United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Mental Health



Center of Excellence Returning War Veterans 



In order to improve the quality of life for current and future generations of Veterans who are returning from conflict and to foster the well being of their families, the Mission of the VISN 17 Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans is to promote research on the:

  1. Patterns and course of post-deployment adjustment
  2. Development of models predicting risk, resilience, recovery and relapse to the sequelae of conflict in war theatres
  3. Adaptation and evaluation of existing and as yet undeveloped treatment for Veterans (and the families of Veterans) with pathologic response to war in order to facilitate rehabilitation
  4. Dissemination and education on the results of the Center’s efforts

Based on this Mission, the goals of the VISN 17 Center of Excellence are to:

  1. Conduct useful state-of-the-art research on the assessment and treatment of co-occurring mental health problems in returning war veterans and their families
  2. Develop best practices for these veterans and their families
  3. Disseminate results of the research to build a standard of evidence-based practice for complex patients
  4. Provide training to current and future generations of mental health providers
  5. Disseminate results nationally and internationally
  6. Educate both researchers and administrators in the research environment to ensure VA has a future generation ready to take and carry the torch forward