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Veterans with suspected movement disorders are typically referred to a PADRECC or a Consortium Center by a consult from their VA primary care provider or general neurologist. Please, see our Getting Care page for more information.

If you are a Veteran and are not yet in the Veteran Affairs Healthcare System, print out your VA Welcome Kit and explore to learn about your benefits.

Parkinson's Disease and Military Exposures
Veterans diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease who served in-country or on the inland waterways of Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975 are presumed exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides and are eligible for presumptive service-connection. To learn more, about Agent Orange and other military exposures, click these links:

Agent Orange website or call 1-800-749-8387, the Special Health Issues Toll-Free Helpline.

Camp Lejeune past water contamination and Parkinson's disease

VA Military Exposures and Veterans' health concerns pages

WRIISC: War Related Illness & Injury Study Center, may have additional information

Support Groups

Nationwide via telephone

Parkinson's Telephone Education/Support Conference- PD @ Home

Meetings: 2nd Tuesday each Month;  10-11am PT, 11am-12noon MT, 12-1pm CT, 1-2pm ET  download flyer

Location: call 1 (800) 767-1750 enter code 54321#

Philadelphia VA PADRECC

Meetings: 1st Monday of the Month
1:30pm-2:30pm EST April-December

Location: Currently by telephone:
1-800-767-1750         Access Code: 46599#

Contact: Gretchen Glenn
(215) 823-5934

San Francisco PADRECC (Support Group Page)

Meetings: Third Tuesday of Each Month 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Location: Virtual

Annie Li Wong, GNP, MSN, RN

Email for video links

Tel: 415 379 5530

Richmond PADRECC (Support Group Page)

Meetings: 4th Thursday, most months

Location: Hunter Holmes McGuire VAMC
1201 Broad Rock Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23249
Room 2K113

Contact: Debbie Dellinger or Miriam Hirsch
(804) 675-5931


Meetings: 1st Thursday of each month

Location: by Telephone line
(800) 767-1750  Code 39135#

Contact: Sally J. Samuel, RN
(713) 794-8410

West Los Angeles PADRECC

VA Greater Los Angeles (SW) PADRECC

Meetings: PD @ Home,

2nd Tuesday of the Month

10:00 – 11:00 PT

Location: Telephone 1.800.767.1750   Access Code:   54321#

Contact:   Patricia V. Pittman

310.478.3711 x48001

Northwest PADRECC-Portland

Meetings: 2nd Friday of the month


Location: VA Portland Health Care System (presently held virtually)

Contact: call to register-- 503-220-8262 x5894

Parkinson's Disease Organizations

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American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA)

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

Parkinson's Foundation

The Parkinson Alliance

Davis Phinney Foundation

Clinical Trials

International Essential Tremors Foundation

Lewy Body Dementia Association


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Educational Resources

My Parkinson's Story 

My Parkinson's Story on YouTube is a series of short videos addressing various aspects of Parkinson's disease told through the grace of Veterans' stories:   
VA Parkinson's disease playlist on YouTube

  • Early Parkinson's Disease
  • Deep Brain Stimulation and Parkinson's Disease
  • The Impact of Depression in Parkinson's Disease
  • Thinking and Memory Problems with Parkinson's Disease
  • Impact of Falls and Parkinson's Disease
  • Sleep Problems and Parkinson' Disease
  • My Parkinson's Story: ADVANCED PARKINSON'S
  • My Parkinson's Story: DRIVING
  • My Parkinson's Story: EXERCISE
  • My Parkinson's Story: HOSPITALIZATION
  • My Parkinson's Story: IMPULSIVE BEHAVIOR
  • My Parkinson's Story: MEDICATIONS
  • My Parkinson's Story: The CAREGIVER
  • My Parkinson's Story: SPEECH and SWALLOWING
  • My Parkinson's Story: GENETICS
  • My Parkinson's Story: ENVIRONMENTAL EXPOSURE
  • My Parkinson's Story: ATYPICAL
  • My Parkinson's Story: DYSKINESIAS
  • My Parkinson's Story: PAIN
  • My Parkinson's Story: VISUAL DISTURBANCES
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The PADRECCs publish two newsletters to provide clinicians with information on recent developments concerning movement disorders. These newsletters are also available to our patients. Go to our For Professionals page and look for the VA Parkinson Report and the Bi-Monthly Transmitter on the right-hand side.

Patient Education Brochures:

Patient Education Brochures were developed by the PADRECCs to provide patients and families with information on the most common topics concerning Parkinson's disease.

Exercise and Physical Activity

Fall Prevention

Parkinson’s Disease Medications

Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Agent Orange and Toxic Exposures and Parkinson’s Disease (being updated)

Suggested Education Essentials:

Suggested Education Essentials for Veterans with Parkinson’s Disease is a document that has been reviewed by the PADRECC Education Committee and includes useful articles such as: Overview of PD, Exercise, Medications, Nutrition, and Organizations.


Hospitalization Plan for PD

PADRECC Hospital Kit materials - use these specially designed tools & ask your local PADRECC for more information. Hospital Kit Checklist & Emergency Plan (a list of what should go in your hospital kit); Quick Fact Sheet for Providers about PD (to educate staff who care for you during a hospital stay); Reminder cards (post on the communication board in your hospital room or give to nursing staff to remind them you need your PD meds on time, every time). Wallet Cards and Medication Lists can be printed from  MyHealtheVet. Medical Alert ID Bracelets can be obtained by consult to VAMC Prosthetics department. 

Critical Information for Caring for the Parkinson's Patient developed by Parkinson's Resources of Oregon & OHSU's Parkinson Center of Oregon. Individualized information to share with inpatient medical staff in case of hospitalization.

Additional Resources:

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Parkinson's Foundation Digital Resources for Veterans with Parkinson's Disease: collection of digital books, fact sheets, videos, webinars, and podcasts

Aware in Care Kit from the Parkinson's Foundation aims to help people with Parkinson's get the best care possible during a hospital stay.

VA Resources

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I'm Caring for a Veteran with Parkinson's Disease (PD) -  What do I need to know? Download fact sheet

The VA has a National Caregiver Support Line. The National Caregiver Support Line Toll-Free number is 1-855-260-3274.

Visit the VA's Caregiver support site at


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