Vets in Pain
Presented by the American Chronic Pain Association

With so many of our veterans returning home, many with injuries, there is an increased need to help them to return to a full life.  One of the major obstacles for so many of them is their injuries that, for many lead to chronic pain problems.  Our focus is to validate the impact of chronic pain among veterans and their families as we increase knowledge about pain management among veterans so that they can improve the quality of their life and reduce their sense of suffering. We are in the process of scheduling these events in select VA facilities in 2016 (PART OF THE SCHEDULE IS BELOW), which will focus on pain management, starting and maintaining peer lead groups for people with pain as well as how to maintain  wellness.   All veterans and staff members are welcome to attend.  There is no cost to attend these events.


  1. Explore the impact that pain has on the person with pain, their family, health care professionals and the public, and what the ACPA provides.
  2. Learn about the American Chronic Pain Association Ten Steps from Patient to Person.  Understand what the steps, what they mean and how to apply them to daily life.
  3. Identify what it takes to establish a peer lead group for people with pain.  Discuss what the ACPA provides to potential facilitators and the basics of starting and maintaining a group.

VA Events 2016

 The events are open to all veterans, family members and health care staff.  You must register for the event by calling 800.533.3231

March 30, 2016, Mather, CA

April 28, 2016, Salisbury, NC

May 2, 2016, Reno, NV

May 18, 2016, Topeka, KS

May 25, 2016, Tampa Bay, Fl

June 1, 2016, Cincinnati, OH

August 2, 2016, Detroit, MI


We’d like to thank you for your service, and for your sacrifices.  In return, we hope that in these pages you’ll find information you can use as you make your journey to a fuller, more rewarding life.  We’re glad you’re here.

ACPA – Living with Pain Video Series

Veterans, check out the video we have made for you! Veterans In Pain Video

Please contact the American Chronic Pain Association at 1-800- 533-3231  to receive your free copy.


Pathways to Safer Opioid Use

Pathways to Safer Opioid Use is an immersive, interactive training tool that was designed using the opioid-related recommendations outlined in the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention (ADE Action Plan). The training uses the principles of health literacy and a multimodal, team-based approach to promote the appropriate, safe, and effective use of opioids to manage chronic pain.

This web-based training allows you to assume the role of 4 playable characters who make decisions – controlled by you – about preventing opioid-related adverse drug events (ADEs). The characters represent the following roles: primary care physician, nurse, pharmacist, andpatient.

In this behavior-based training using interactive video, you will learn how to:

  • Apply health literacy strategies to help patients understand and act on information to prevent opioid-related ADEs
  • Identify individual risk factors, opioid medications, and interactions that place individuals with chronic pain at increased risk for opioid-related ADEs
  • Recognize the importance of a multidisciplinary, team-based approach to treating patients with chronic pain
  • Demonstrate the ability to combine the principles of the Health Literate Care Model and the biopsychosocial model of chronic pain management through case study examples

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