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Brain Injury & Recovery-TBI Program

Contact Us

HeatherLynn Bahme

BS (Retired U.S.Army)
Brain Injury & Recovery-TBI Program Manager
Office: 509-828-0449

Brianna Flott

Brain Injury & Recovery-TBI Program Specialist


Email the Brain Injury & Recovery-TBI Program at: braininjuryrecovery@dva.wa.gov


VA Medical Centers:

Puget Sound VA Healthcare System

Walla Walla




FY 21-22

18 trainings across Washington to 225 individuals.
80 veterans and 44 family members have received 1:1 guidance, referrals and support.

Max Impact Analytics:
20 referrals to providers
17 WDVA contacts
253 NEW users in the state of Washington
177 sessions
28 contacts in Washington State
14 users in 4 US states, such as California Connecticut, Minnesota, and Oklahoma, of those states 2 are new users

The WDVA Brain Injury & Recovery-TBI Program supports and represents every veteran in Washington State who has incurred a Brain Injury or is experiencing symptoms of Brain Injury.

That means that we:

  • Provide one on one support 
  • Provide answers, resources, and referrals 
  • Support the groups and agencies that are out there doing great things for our veterans 
  • Provide training and advice to any agency, group, summit, conference, etc. that wants to know more about how to help veterans living with Brain Injury or experiencing symptoms related to Brain Injury.

Why we do it:

The veteran community experiences brain injury at a rate much higher than that of their civilian counterparts. These injuries often go undetected and underreported because they do not appear “severe” enough to warrant treatment and simply an invisible wound many veterans experience. The blast injury, for example, is considered the signature injury of OEF/OIF and can cause brain damage with symptoms such as light sensitivity, migraines, difficulty with emotions and memory, and will increase the risk of substance abuse, homeless and suicide to name a few yet many vets are unaware they have even been injured from having experienced a blast.


Brain Injury & Recovery