Oklahoma City, Okla. (May 22, 2023) – The National Headache Foundation (NHF) announced today it is hosting a listening session affiliated with Operation Brainstorm at the American Legion Post 12 in Warr Acres, Okla., from 6 – 7:30 p.m. on June 7. Operation Brainstorm is a NHF dedicated program created to offer enhanced services to veterans and active duty personnel with headache disorders and migraine disease.
Leaders of American Legion Post 12 encourage Veterans and military personnel to bring their families, caregivers and medical providers. There is no cost to attend and free migraine survival kits will be available, courtesy of the National Headache Foundation. Refreshments will be provided.
American Legion Post 12 is located at 6101 NW 50th Street, Warr Acres, Okla. 73122. The link to register is https://www.eventbrite.com/e/operation-brainstorm-veteran-migraine-and-headache-information-session-tickets-630127748057
Jaclyn R. Duvall, M.D., AQH, a neurologist who practices in Tulsa, will answer questions during the listening session, offering an opportunity for Veterans and military personnel to discuss challenges with headache and migraine and to seek answers and resources for headache care.
Dr. Duvall is a board-certified neurologist and a fellowship-trained headache specialist, of which there are only a few in Oklahoma.
Dr. Duvall explained that Operation Brainstorm was launched by the National Headache Foundation, on whose board she serves, in July 2022, and NHD program leaders soon learned that much more can be done to broaden services. “We need far more resources to increase access and quality of headache care for the service members and Veterans who are currently serving or have previously served our country,” said Duvall. “We also recognized the need to listen and learn from the Veterans and military personnel who are experiencing headache disorders and migraine disease.”
The National Headache Foundation -NHF – has been offering enhanced health resources for veterans and active-duty military, with funding and support from Pfizer Inc. Initiatives include:
- Production and distribution of migraine survival toolkits.
- Sponsoring Veterans Views, a syndicated radio show hosted by Veterans and focusing on issues affecting veterans.
- Primary care provider training in headache via the NHF’s Primary Care Migraine (PCM) on-line educational program. PCM is available to healthcare providers throughout the VA medical system.
- A series of listening sessions, hosted at American Legion halls and other venues, which bring Veterans together to learn about chronic headache and migraine.
NHF goals for Operation Brainstorm include adding other resources and direct programs to support veteran and military patients, their caregivers, and healthcare providers.”
NHF is coordinating its efforts with Jason Sico, M.D., National Director of Headache Centers of Excellence (HCoE) Program – U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and a member of the NHF Board of Directors. The HCoE is a national initiative to improve headache care delivery through educational programs, innovative care delivery models, including telehealth, and standardized care algorithms that incorporate patient self-management and interdisciplinary headache care.