VA Puget Sound


With a reputation for excellence, innovation and extraordinary care of our Nation's heroes, VA Puget Sound strives to lead the nation in terms of quality, efficiency and public service through its proven record of innovation and extraordinary care of Veterans. As the primary referral site for VA's northwest region, VA Puget Sound provides care for over 90,000 Veterans each year from Washington, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, and Oregon.

The Mental Health Service has a strong academic and teaching mission, serving as a major research and training site for future psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, and a number of other allied health professionals. The VA Puget Sound has one of the Nation’s largest VA research budgets, and is on the leading edge in many areas impacting our Veteran population to include traumatic brain injury, telemental health, smoking cessation, geriatrics, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), to name a few.

Education and Training

The VA Puget Sound also commits itself to the education and training of the next generation of mental health professionals. Our Seattle and American Lake divisions host numerous research and clinical trainees in the fields of psychiatry, social work, psychology, and other medical and allied health disciplines. 

The Seattle Division is a major clinical training site for the UW Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences psychiatry residency program. The VA Puget Sound also supports its own psychology internship programs and numerous psychology and psychiatry clinical and research fellowships through our MIRECC, GRECC, and CESATE centers at both the Seattle and American Lake Divisions. Finally, the VA Puget Sound helps to educate hundreds of medical students from the University of Washington School of Medicine every year.  

Supporting education not only ensures the training of superb future clinicians, but also enriches our clinical and research environments, as it requires a focus on the provision of cutting-edge clinical care combined with the scholarly pursuit of the origins of mental illness.

Please visit the VA’s Clinical and Research services for additional information.