Washington, D.C. (June 26, 2023) – The National Headache Foundation (NHF)’s Operation Brainstorm initiative will participate in Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s upcoming Veterans’ Roundtable on Thursday, June 29th at the Marion Barry Building, 441 Fourth Street, N.W., Conference Room 1114, Washington, D.C.


Operation Brainstorm, a program offered through NHF’s advocacy and educational arm, works to provide headache education and to connect veterans and their caregivers with available headache-focused medical care and other headache specific resources. At this Roundtable, NHF Executive Board member and board-certified neurologist/headache specialist, Dr. Jan Lewis Brandes will discuss headache and migraine disorders. The Roundtable will also offer an opportunity for Veterans to discuss their challenges with accessing headache and migraine disorders medical care and resources with Dr. Brandes, including a question-and-answer session.


“The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that Veterans are far more likely to experience headache and migraine disorders than non-Veterans,” said Dr. Brandes. “More than 20 percent of post 9/11 combat Veterans are currently living with migraine disease.”


NHF created Operation Brainstorm as a dedicated vehicle to provide meaningful assistance to Veterans, their families, medical providers and caregivers and bolster access to the National Headache Centers of Excellence and other sources for headache treatment.  NHF Operation Brainstorm Coordinator, Zachary Figliuolo, will also be attending the Roundtable and provide Veterans with free migraine kits.


Mayor Bowser’s Monthly Veteran’s Roundtable aims to connect the District’s Veterans with information, resources, and organizations that may be beneficial to a successful military transition. The event consists of an informal discussion that revolves around varying topics including housing, employment, healthcare, and legal services. Upon the conclusion of the discussion, all resource providers in attendance offer feedback on any topics discussed or how they can assist the Veteran or their family in a positive capacity.