Created in the early 1990s, TRICARE is the U.S. Department of Defense's health care entitlement for active duty, Guard and Reserve and retired members of the military, and their eligible family members and survivors.

As a major component of the Military Health System, the TRICARE health program combines the health care resources at military hospitals and clinics (or direct care) with networks of civilian health care professionals, institutions, pharmacies and suppliers to provide access to high-quality health care services while maintaining the capability to support military operations. TRICARE receives its funding as part of the annual federal defense budget, which is approved by Congress and signed by the President of the United States. For more information regarding the Department of Defense TRICARE Health Care Program, visit

UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans administers the TRICARE program in the 21-state West Region under contract with the DoD.

UnitedHealthcare Customer Service
1-877-988-WEST (1-877-988-9378)

Health Net Federal Services, LLC (HNFS) is the TRICARE West Region contractor for the next iteration of TRICARE, beginning Jan. 1, 2018
We welcome the opportunity to support our service members and their families in the TRICARE West Region and invite you to join our provider network as we carry on the vital mission of the TRICARE program. Together, we can continue to provide health care excellence for our nation’s best.

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Provider Resources (UnitedHealthcare Military and veterans)

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Crisis Connections: When you experience a crisis, help is just a phone call away. You can reach someone at these resources 7-days a week, 24-hours a day.

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

If you have seen or lived through a traumatic event that involved the threat of injury or death, you may experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Veterans returning home from war often have PTSD. It can also follow other events such as an assault, domestic abuse, rape, terrorism, or natural disasters such as a flood or fire. Individuals who are "first responders" may also experience symptoms of PTSD.

Anyone can get PTSD at any age, but not everyone who goes through a dangerous event will develop PTSD. In fact, most will not.

Symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Re-experiencing - experiencing flashbacks, bad dreams, or frightening thoughts
  • Avoidance - staying away from reminders of the experience; feeling emotionally numb; feeling guilt, depression, or worry; losing interest in activities that were once enjoyable
  • Hyperarousal - being easily startled, feeling tense, having angry outbursts, having trouble sleeping

Children with PTSD may react differently than adults. Their symptoms might include bed-wetting, forgetting how to talk, acting out the scary event during playtime, or being unusually clingy with a parent or other adult.

Therapy and medications may be used to treat PTSD. One type of therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), may be particularly helpful. It includes "exposure therapy" and "desensitization" to help people remember and address the traumatic event in a safe and controlled manner. In time, memories become less frightening. Other treatments include medicines that work on the nervous system to reduce anxiety and other symptoms of PTSD. Support groups can also be helpful.

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