For Veterans and Family - Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Centers
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Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Centers


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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

Parkinsonism added to list of presumptive service connected conditions associated with Agent Orange.

VA Military Exposures and Veterans' health concerns pages

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

Support Groups

Joint Philadelphia & Richmond VA PADRECC


1st Monday of the Month 1:00pm-2:00pm EST

Location: Virtual via Webex


Gretchen Glenn, email or call for link information:  (215) 823-5934

San Francisco PADRECC 

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


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: Virtual

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

Notice: When you click on a links provided below, you will be leaving the Department of Veterans Affairs Website. The VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of any of the links listed below. Please refer to the VA's official disclaimer at:

Parkinson's Foundation

American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA)

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

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 

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 links to resources that provide information on topics such as: Overview of PD, Exercise, Medications, Nutrition, and Organizations. 

Additional Resources:

Notice: When you click on a links provided below, you will be leaving the Department of Veterans Affairs Website. The VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of any of the links listed below. Please refer to the VA's official disclaimer at:

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

The Parkinson’s Foundation developed a hospital safety kit called the “Aware in Care” kit to help people with Parkinson’s disease stay safe while in the hospital.  To learn more about the Parkinson’s Foundation Hospital Kit and what it means to be “Aware In Care” please call 1-800-4PD.INFO (473-4636) or go online at   

VA Resources

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The VA Caregiver Support Program contains a wealth of resources for caregivers/partners, including self-care and caring for your Veteran. Visit the VA Caregiver Support Program website at or call the National Caregiver Support Line, at 1-855-260-3274.

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

Connect With Others

Program of General Caregiver Support Services

Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers

Publications and Resources by Topic

Tips and Tools

VA Geriatrics and Extended Care
Has worksheets and handouts for caregivers/partners and Veterans on shared decision-making, well-being and advance care planning, home and community based services, residential settings, and nursing homes. To learn more visit: 


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