Operation Brainstorm from the National Headache Foundation

Operation Brainstorm was established by the National Headache Foundation as a health resource initiative for veterans and active-duty military personnel living with migraine disease and headache disorders.

  • Operation Brainstorm is a series of forums, hosted at American Legion halls, that brings veterans together to learn about chronic headache and migraine. 
  • Educational videos for patients 
  • Training programs for healthcare professionals treating migraine and headache disorders.
  • Production and distribution of free migraine survival toolkits. 

Through this program, the National Headache Foundation hopes to reach and support veteran and military patients and physicians.

If you are interested in having the National Headache Foundation visit your organization, please contact us at 1-888-643-5552 or [email protected]

In recent years, the Afghan and Iraq Wars have increased the prevalence of migraine disease and headache disorders in veterans returning to the United States. In one study of 3,621 U.S. soldiers screened within 90 days of returning from a one-year combat tour in Iraq, soldiers were shown to have two to four times the incidence rate of migraine as compared to the general population.

This research and more like it has validated that men and women in the military are returning to civilian life experiencing migraine headaches due to conditions like Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Poorly managed migraine translates to a potentially huge impact on a patient’s quality of life—from missed or non-productive work days to lost family and personal time.

The National Headache Foundation feels that it is vital to reach out to these men and women who have served our country by providing resources to better understand and manage headache pain.

To do this, the NHF is proud to introduce Operation Brainstorm. The program consists of in person listening forums, sponsorship of Veterans Views, educational videos, training programs for healthcare professionals, migraine survival toolkits for veterans, and  an online resource guide that provides the top resources available to help military men and women cope with neurological trauma effectively.

Periodically, the NHF will also provide information about the latest research, statistics and governmental assistance programs set in place during this crucial time.

Contact us if you would like to receive multiple brochures for your veterans organization.


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Thanks to BioHaven for their support of Operation Brainstorm.