VA Webinars

Description: A Collection of VA webinar recordings and handouts made available for free on-demand viewing.

Special Considerations in Veteran Suicide Prevention: End-of-Life

This presentation describes the important role of palliative and hospice care in suicide prevention. The Home Based Primary Care Suicide Prevention Toolkit Special Considerations Training Module on Suicide Prevention and End of Life is reviewed and assessment and treatment approaches that can result in decreased thoughts of death/suicide in an end of life population is discussed. A case presentation demonstrating the use of an acceptance-based intervention for managing chronic suicidal ideation at end of life is also be shared.

Soul Injury and Opus Peace Tools with Deborah Grassman
The mental and emotional injuries that accompany trauma are readily identified. Less recognized are the insidious wounds that occur with trauma and, indeed, with all of us when we become separated from our real self. Whether traumatic or insidious, Soul Injuries cut us off from the energy of our deepest self, robbing us of the essence of our being. Connecting with the part of self-holding the pain, paradoxically, restores wholeness. The basis for addressing Soul Injury originated with a group of VA hospice nurses who cared for 10,000 dying Veterans. The nurses witnessed Soul Injuries firsthand as they surfaced unbidden on combat Veterans’ deathbeds. Let “warrior wisdom” show you how the heart can be disarmed from fear and revitalized through love, forgiveness, and self-compassion – a process that “restoreths the soul.” On this webinar, she will share with you the compelling lessons that DYING veterans have to teach us about a phenomenon called Soul Injury and the unmourned loss and unforgiven guilt and shame that cause it. 

We Honor Veterans 101
For those who are new to We Honor Veterans or would just like a refresher on the program, helpful tips and resource updates. This webinar provides a program overview, showing you how to navigate the website and submit your activities, and answers any and all questions that come up for partners getting acquainted with the program.

Vietnam Veterans: Untold Stories at the End of Life
Deborah Grassman provides you with tools to create a safe emotional environment for our Vietnam veterans so that they can share their stories, heal, and “come home” at last! You will also learn about a simple Somatic Awareness exercise (Anchoring Heart Technique) that can be used with PTSD patients when they are triggered. The value of sponsoring a Fallen Comrades ceremony to heal the unmourned loss and unforgiven guilt that sometimes lingers in war’s aftermath will be provided as well." 


Warriors: Their Relationship to Death and Dying
Description: Join Dr. Ed Tick as he explores the psycho-spiritual relationship between warriors, death and dying from ancient times to the present. You will learn about spiritual warrior traditions and practices that help us make peace with death and how we can apply them to guide Veterans facing their own demise during our brief period of tending through Hospice.  

Building VA Community Partnerships: Strategies for Success

Presented on May 19, 2015
Join We Honor Veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs to learn about practical strategies and resources to establish and nurture a VA community partnership that facilitates the coordination of quality healthcare that Veterans and their families deserve. During the webinar, you will learn about two successful VA Community Partnership initiatives – Hospice-Veteran Partnerships and Veteran Community Partnerships – and how to put partnership into action. Also, hear about a new Veteran community partnership training opportunity (designed for hospice veteran partnerships) held in August, 2015. 

Caring for Vietnam Veterans at the End of Life
Presented on October 16, 2014
Description: The Vietnam War was the longest and most unpopular war in which Americans ever fought. Many of these Veterans have experienced long-term medical and psychological health issues that may be present when providing end-of-life care. Learn from an expert panel of speakers about the unique health care needs, clinical challenges and psycho-spiritual approaches for caring for this very special group of Veterans. Handout

Caring for Veterans in Rural Areas At the End of Life
Presented on November 13, 2012
Description: For Veterans and their families living in rural communities, health care presents many challenges, especially at the end of life. Contemporary medical care, even when focused on comfort rather than cure can be complex and technologically challenging, leaving the Veteran, family and care provider often frustrated with the quality of care delivered...Handout

Volunteers: An Essential Ingredient for EOL Care for Veterans
Presented on February 15, 2012
Description: Hospices across the country are finding that Veterans serving as volunteers are valuable resources because they can be matched with Veteran patients of similar interests and backgrounds. Also, the common experiences allow for camaraderie and trust to be built between the Veterans...Handout

Reaching Out Model Programs
Presented on October 18, 2011
Description: This session reviewed model programs developed in 2010 and 2011 as part of the We Honor Veterans program. These include Community Partnerships, Vet to Vet Volunteers, and Foster Home Hospice, developed and implemented by hospices in AR, IA, KY, TN, VA and OR...Handout

Building Partnerships, Improving Care
Presented on September 20, 2011
Description: Like many of us, Veterans and their families who are struggling with end of life issues look to their community for help. Even though VA Medical Centers and Community-based Out-patient Clinics offer care specific to Veterans, many Veterans want to stay in their communities and not be away from family and friends. When community Hospices work closely with their VA partners, everyone wins...Handout

The Experiences of Veterans from Different War Eras
Presented on April 19, 2011
Description: Cultural attributes are important factors that can have a profound effect on how individuals respond and interact to others and their environment. Often culture is defined as the community one is born into and/or raised in. However, sometimes individuals will join a group or organization that has distinct cultural attributes that can affect how this individual will live their life...Handout

Psychosocial Issues in Veterans
Presented on March 15, 2011
Description: This module addresses some key psychosocial issues that are important to consider in the care of Veterans in palliative care. These issues are not entirely unique to Veterans, and although they may be more common in certain Veteran populations. For example, while Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is recognized as a common condition among combat Veterans, not all combat Veterans have PTSD and non-Veterans may have PTSD related to non-military related trauma. However, VHA has expertise in the recognition and management of these conditions and has often developed programs...Handout

Peace at Last- Deborah Grassman
Presented on February 15, 2011
Description: Hear author, Deborah Grassman, speak about the triple-entendre title of her book, Peace at Last. In this presentation she depicts the overt story of combat veterans seeking peace after returning home from war, and highlights the more subtle themes of her book...Handout

Creating a Veteran-Centric Culture 
Presented on January 18, 2011
Description: This session will give an overview of VA structure and Veteran-related statistics, describe the elements of a “Veteran-centric” culture, and discuss the transition from “what’s in it for me” to “what’s in it for us”...Handout