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  • Casey visits Soldiers in resilience training

    Nov 17, 2009

    Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. visited a program designed to help Soldiers and their families develop resilience in Philadelphia, Pa., Monday.

  • Pentagon, VA expand disability claims test

    Nov 17, 2009

    Defense and Veterans Affairs officials Monday, announced another step in their efforts to streamline the process of determining veterans' disability ratings.

  • Stuttgart substance abuse program named best in Army

    Nov 17, 2009

    STUTTGART, Germany - Community members can probably recite them by heart: "DUI... it's not worth it. Call a cab!" and "Choose your ride: Don't Drink and Drive."

  • Soldiers learning to 'bounce back' in Philly

    Nov 16, 2009

    In Philadelphia, the Army is equipping Soldiers with a new tool designed to help them better deal with the psychological effects of combat that can lead to post traumatic stress disorder.

  • Study finds morale, mental health better in Iraq than Afghanistan

    Nov 13, 2009

    While the mental health and morale of Soldiers in Iraq is improving, according to the latest study, more behavioral-health providers are needed in Afghanistan.

  • Commentary: Quit during Great American Smokeout

    Nov 13, 2009

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Soldiers face stresses unique to their occupation. Time away from home, deployments and heavy workloads cause Soldiers to feel substantial work-related stress.

  • Save a Life: Drinking and driving simulator tour begins in Europe

    Nov 13, 2009

    The Save a Life Tour, an alcohol-awareness program designed to educate people about the dangers associated with drinking and driving, kicked off its European tour in Kaiserslautern and will be traveling to various installations through December.

  • Casey pledges progress on mental health resources

    Nov 10, 2009

    The Army has worked hard on developing programs to maintain the psychological health of the service, but much more needs to be done, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. said Sunday.

  • In line of fire: Fort Hood first responders heroically save lives

    Nov 7, 2009

    "Pop, pop, pop." Those were the sounds Fort Hood's first responders heard when they arrived at the Soldier Readiness Processing Center on Fort Hood, Texas, Thursday.

  • Medic hopes her stress story can help others

    Nov 5, 2009

    Staff Sgt. Megan Krause's words come out in a rush, as if she wants everyone to hear and learn from her story.

  • Pentagon sends H1N1 vaccine to Central Command area

    Nov 5, 2009

    U.S. Central Command has received half of the vaccine needed to inoculate its forces against the H1N1 virus.

  • Military will have enough H1N1 vaccine, officials say

    Nov 2, 2009

    As shipments of some 3.7 million doses of H1N1 vaccine ordered by the Defense Department continue to arrive from the manufacturer, more than enough will be available for all military personnel and their beneficiaries.

  • National Guard to be included in DoD vaccination effort

    Oct 30, 2009

    The Defense Department has acquired enough doses of the H1N1 flu vaccine to immunize all 460,000 members of the National Guard, officials announced Thursday.

  • Year of the NCO: Wounded warrior continues to lead

    Oct 27, 2009

    The noncommissioned officer corps often is considered the backbone of the Army, but defining what it means to be a part of that brotherhood is not as easy as it sounds.

  • Obama signs veterans health care legislation

    Oct 23, 2009

    President Barack Obama signed new legislation Thursday that creates predictable funding for veterans' health care.

  • H1N1 vaccine to arrive in November

    Oct 21, 2009

    H1N1 vaccinations are expected to be available in November for active-duty servicemembers and their families, according to the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command.

  • U.S. Army uncovers successful results for AIDS vaccine

    Oct 21, 2009

    The fight against one of the deadliest virus known may have met its match against the United States Army as researchers have uncovered successful results for an AIDS vaccination.

  • Battlemind: Training helps spouses, couples cope with deployment challenges

    Oct 21, 2009

    In a room of 20 military spouses, about 15 raised their hands as Chaplain (Capt.) Josh Metz asked, "Who's gone through a deployment before'" The number wasn't surprising.

  • VA to ease burden of proof requirement for some Agent Orange rulings

    Oct 14, 2009

    A new Department of Veterans Affairs ruling will soon relieve Vietnam veterans suffering from three specific illnesses from the burden of proving their ailments are linked to Agent Orange exposure to receive VA health care and disability payments.

  • Army psychiatrist: Military children have increased mental-health risk

    Oct 8, 2009

    The increasing mental-health needs of military children are taxing both the military and civilian health care systems.

  • Education key to overcome PTSD stigma

    Oct 7, 2009

    The author of "Collateral Damage: How Can the Army Best Serve a Soldier with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder," spoke at an Association of the U.S. Army forum about the recommendations he made in his paper that he hopes will aid in better understanding how to care and treat mental health problems for Soldiers and their families.

  • Chiarelli: Mental wounds 'no phantom issue'

    Oct 7, 2009

    The "signature wounds of this war" are post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli said Tuesday.

  • Resiliency training to be given Army-wide

    Oct 6, 2009

    Officials describe Comprehensive Soldier Fitness and its implementation throughout the Army during a forum at the Association of the United States Army conference on Oct. 5, 2009.

  • Army fights against domestic violence

    Oct 5, 2009

    Army leaders plan to work hand in hand with family advocacy specialists to increase awareness of domestic violence, educate military families about the signs of abuse and reinforce the negative effects domestic abuse has on Army family readiness while highlighting prevention and victim programs and services.

  • Drill Sergeant determined to return Army Strong

    Oct 5, 2009

    A sudden accident may have cost Staff Sgt. Luis Elias his hand, but it hasn't stripped him of his positive attitude or impacted his plans for the future.

  • Army must beat suicide stigma, general says

    Oct 2, 2009

    Maj. Gen. Mark Graham and his wife Carol shared with a Forces Command gathering their personal story of losing their son Kevin to suicide in June 2003.

  • Comprehensive Soldier Fitness: Strong Minds, Strong Bodies

    Oct 2, 2009

  • Army confirms suspected H1N1-related death

    Oct 2, 2009

    A Soldier stationed at Fort Jackson, S.C., who died Sept. 10, possibly is the first H1N1-related death suffered by the U.S. armed forces.

  • Comprehensive Soldier Fitness: Strong Minds, Strong Bodies

    Oct 1, 2009

    Today, Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh announced the formal beginning of an Army-wide implementation of a $125 million program focused on enhancing the performance and improving the overall strength and resilience of Soldiers, Family members, and Army civilians. Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) is a holistic fitness program offering mental and physical resilience assessments and training that increase physical, emotional, social, spiritual and family strengths.

  • VA warns veterans of telephone prescription scam

    Oct 1, 2009

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is warning veterans not to give credit card numbers over the phone to callers claiming they will update VA prescription information.

  • Wounded warrior, wife, share experiences with Schweinfurt community

    Oct 1, 2009

    One hundred twenty-nine pints of blood poured into Lt. Col. Greg Gadson's body in the single night that Soldiers, doctors and a vast team of others brought together by a roadside bomb fought together to save his life.

  • Chief outlines Comprehensive Soldier Fitness at Landstuhl

    Sep 30, 2009

    During a visit with wounded warriors in Germany, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. discussed challenges his Soldiers and their families have successfully faced in the last few years, and explained initiatives underway to help -- one of them scheduled to begin over the next month.

  • Soldiers telling PTSD stories will decrease treatment stigma

    Sep 30, 2009

    It will take Soldiers telling about their successful treatment of post traumatic stress disorder to begin breaking down the stigma that prevents other troops from seeking care, said Brig. Gen. Colleen McGuire.

  • Surgeon General emphasizes access to care

    Sep 30, 2009

    The medical care provided in Army hospitals and clinics is regarded as among the best in the world. All entitled beneficiaries want to receive the care they have earned, and sometimes that means demand exceeds supply, especially when Army medics also must support an Army at war.

  • Vaccine shows promise in preventing HIV

    Sep 24, 2009

    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Sept. 24, 2009) -- An Army-sponsored study has shown that administration of a specific combination of vaccines can reduce the potential to contract HIV by 31.2 percent.

  • New MEDEVAC fleet lands at Fort Polk

    Sep 21, 2009

    Fort Polk's U.S. Army Air Ambulance Detachment, 5th Aviation Battalion, now has three brand new, fresh-from-the-factory, medevac-configured Lakota UH72A Light Utility helicopters in its fleet.

  • Saving Soldiers from suicide: Army seeks to stamp out stigma

    Sep 21, 2009

    A phone call devastated his world, crumbling to dust his hopes and dreams for the future. He only survived because of an aware and caring battle buddy.

  • AW2 launches new Web site, Blog

    Sep 18, 2009

    The U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program launched a redesigned Web site and blog Thursday as part of the program's realignment under the Army's Warrior Transition Command.

  • Vaccination is your best protection against influenza

    Sep 18, 2009

    This year health officials are preparing for the Novel H1N1 flu - initially known as Aca,!A"swine fluAca,!A? when it was widely publicized last year - in addition to the seasonal flu vaccinations to which military personnel are accustomed.

  • Soldier wellness, mental health top priorities for Army

    Sep 16, 2009

    With Soldier suicides reaching what Army leadership is calling "alarming numbers," a renewed emphasis is being placed on the mental well-being of Soldiers, the Army's second-in-charge said Sept. 13.

  • Commentary: Free health care available to those willing to sacrifice

    Sep 10, 2009

    As Americans and their elected officials heatedly debate how to implement universal health care, the value of that compensation for the U.S. military is left out of the equation.

  • Tour raises awareness of mental illness

    Sep 9, 2009

    Ambassadors from the land of Hollywood visited Multinational Division - Baghdad Soldiers, here, Sept. 4.

  • Suicide prevention week educates, promotes awareness

    Sep 9, 2009

    Over the years, the Army has emphasized that no Soldier stands alone. However, with recent increases in suicides and the numbers continuing to rise, the concept has become ever so significant.

  • Study points to fats, carbs as 'brain food'

    Sep 3, 2009

    A high-fat diet, at least for a few days, could enhance mental performance, according to a study unveiled Tuesday.

  • Former NFL quarterback speaks on suicide prevention

    Sep 3, 2009

    Former NFL Detroit Lions' quarterback Eric Hipple paid a call on Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli at the Pentagon today to discuss ideas on suicide prevention among Soldiers.

  • Army expects H1N1 vaccine in October

    Sep 3, 2009

    Soldiers and families can expect to get two flu shots this year. In addition to the conventional flu shot administered each fall, the H1N1 or "Swine Flu" vaccine should be available by mid-October.

  • Army medical center, mothers help others through cord blood donation

    Sep 2, 2009

    Womack Army Medical Center officials announced their cord blood donation program Aug. 31 and are now the seventh collection site for the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank at Duke University Medical Center.

  • VA suicide-prevention program adds chat service

    Sep 2, 2009

    The suicide-prevention campaign of the Department of Veterans Affairs is expanding its outreach to all veterans by piloting an online, one-to-one "chat service" for veterans who prefer reaching out for assistance using the Internet.

  • Troops to receive H1N1 Flu vaccinations

    Sep 2, 2009

    All military personnel will be vaccinated against the H1N1 flu virus, and the vaccine will be available to all military family members who want it, a Defense Department health affairs official said Tuesday.

  • Helmet sensors providing data that may decrease brain injury

    Sep 1, 2009

    For the past year, almost 7,000 sensors mounted on helmets in Iraq and Afghanistan have been collecting data on blast trauma from improvised explosive devices.

  • Soldier overcomes suicidal ideations, encourages others to reach out, get help

    Sep 1, 2009

    Capt. Emily Stehr is in the business of healing. But five months after returning from Iraq, she was struggling with her own internal wounds of war that had not healed. She decided to kill herself.

  • Commentary: My wife saved my life

    Aug 27, 2009

    Walking with my surgeon from the exam room to his office to schedule my impending surgery, I told him it was my wife's concern about an unsightly mole on my back that sent me to a dermatologist.

  • Working with war wounds: AW2 program helps warriors find work

    Aug 26, 2009

    Richard Ranno suffers from postconcussive syndrome and post traumatic stress disorder, which manifests as frequent headaches, dizziness, nausea, hypersensitivity, nightmares and abnormal anxiety, among other symptoms. But, despite his injuries, Ranno has found work in Heidelberg thanks to the Army Wounded Warrior program, and is thriving as a federal employee, according to his boss, Kevin Williams, Heidelberg postmaster.

  • VA simplifies compensation for post-traumatic stress

    Aug 25, 2009

    The Veterans Affairs Department is taking steps to help veterans seeking compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder, VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced recently.

  • Soldiers' songs bring smiles to sick children

    Aug 21, 2009

    Children at several Indianapolis hospitals were entertained by Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division Aug. 21, who were in town for the 82nd Airborne Division Association convention.

  • Pilot program allows Soldier self-referral for alcohol treatment

    Aug 20, 2009

    A pilot program underway now at some Army installations allows Soldiers who think they might have a problem with alcohol to seek out help without risk to their careers.

  • Soldiers learn to impart mental toughness on others

    Aug 19, 2009

    Some 50 Soldiers will finish up "master resiliency training" this week in Philadelphia, Pa., as part of the Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program.

  • Servicemembers risk permanent damage if they ignore hearing protection

    Aug 18, 2009

    According to Air Force Staff Sgt. Lee Adams, an Ear, Nose and Throat technician at Bagram Airfield, more than 50 percent of the patients seen in the ENT walk-in clinics are there for hearing related issues.

  • Chief of Staff visits first-ever master resiliency course

    Aug 16, 2009

    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. visited the pilot class for Army "Master Resiliency Trainers" at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa., on Aug. 15, 2009. The class is in support of a new Army program called "Comprehensive Soldier Fitness" that is being developed to provide Army families, civilians and Soldiers better mental fitness resources.

  • VFW collects wheelchairs for disabled vets

    Aug 13, 2009

    There are people out there who at one time wrote a blank check to this country who are not doing so well right now. I think it is our responsibility as citizens to do what we can for these people. Some of them have fallen on hard times.

  • Nebraska Guard plans to boost Afghan medical care

    Aug 12, 2009

    The Nebraska National Guard and the Afghan army and national police kicked off a new bilateral relationship last week when two Afghan surgeons general traveled here for talks about ways Nebraska can help Afghanistan develop its medical infrastructure.

  • Self-defense class aims to prevent sexual assault in Basra

    Aug 11, 2009

    "You're not fighting in the UFC... you're not there to stick around and fight," said Sgt. 1st Class Erin James as he taught the Multi-National Division-South self-defense class.

  • Wounded warrior promotes his hero to sergeant

    Aug 11, 2009

    A Soldier who lost both of his legs in Iraq but still remains in service went to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Aug. 6, to promote the Soldier who he credits with saving his life.

  • For first time, medical recruiter named best

    Aug 5, 2009

    The Army's best recruiters and career counselors were honored during a ceremony Aug. 5, at the Pentagon for their contributions to the all-volunteer force.

  • Army developing master resiliency training

    Aug 5, 2009

    The Army has been working with the University of Pennsylvania to develop master resiliency training that will soon be taught to Soldiers, family members and Army civilians.

  • Senators hear of Guard chemical exposure in Iraq

    Aug 4, 2009

    Three former National Guard members told a Senate committee Monday they were exposed to a deadly chemical with long-term health effects while serving in Iraq.

  • Vice says mental health more than stopping suicides

    Aug 3, 2009

    The Army must go beyond preventing Soldier suicides, and take a look at addressing other symptoms of a force struggling with eight years of persistent conflict, said the service's vice chief.

  • Combat medics treat Afghan locals, provide healthcare to remote villages

    Aug 1, 2009

    In a garrison environment, medics operate sick-call clinics for ill or injured Soldiers. On the frontlines, medics stabilize severely-wounded troops long enough for a medical evacuation to a field hospital. At Forward Operating Base Baylough, two medics of the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment use their medical skills for not only their fellow Soldiers but also local Afghans.

  • Chief of Staff previews new Army program aimed at combating stress

    Jul 31, 2009

    The Army is looking to improve the resiliency of its Soldiers through a new program, which will be launched in October, said Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Army chief of staff, during a visit to Fort Jackson, S.C., Thursday.

  • Casey tours Fort Hood's Resiliency Center

    Jul 28, 2009

    After eight tough years at war the Army is taking steps to build more resilient Soldiers and families, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. said during a visit to Fort HoodAca,!a,,cs Resiliency Campus, July 28.

  • Army Chief of Staff presents Purple Hearts and praises medics in San Antonio

    Jul 27, 2009

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. presented two Purple Hearts at the Warrior and Family Support Center, Brooke Army Medical Center, July 23.

  • Transition program rolls out welcome mat for wounded Soldiers

    Jul 27, 2009

    Injured Soldiers looking to transition back to civilian life have long been able to start with the Army Career and Alumni Program -- but for wounded warriors who didn't know that, ACAP recently rolled out a virtual welcome mat to remind them.

  • New Belvoir hospital to help replace Walter Reed

    Jul 27, 2009

    The patient- and family-focused design of a new community hospital at Fort Belvoir, Va., is taking physical shape after a year of construction. Under the Base Realignment and Closure Act of 2005, the new hospital will replace DeWitt Army Community Hospital and take over some of the services now offered at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

  • Vice chief challenges doctors to help with 'mental wellness'

    Jul 24, 2009

    Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli told more than 2,000 Army health-care professionals Tuesday that they must produce "mental wellness" through a multidisciplinary approach.

  • SMA calls for review of TRICARE standards

    Jul 23, 2009

    The Army's top enlisted Soldier said military families are experiencing problems finding TRICARE providers off installations, especially in more rural areas.

  • Symposium sets top five issues for wounded warriors

    Jul 22, 2009

    The top issues for wounded warriors across the nation were discussed at the 5th annual Army Wounded Warrior Program Symposium in San Antonio, Texas, July 14-16.

  • Wheelchair basketball helps warriors get back in game

    Jul 22, 2009

    It was another battle within the beltway, this time on wheels, as Walter Reed Army Medical Center faced the National Naval Medical Center for bragging rights in wheelchair basketball Tuesday.

  • New PTSD program answers need

    Jul 21, 2009

    An intensive eight-week therapeutic PTSD teatment program called "evolution" began in March at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

  • Officials unveil results of Fort Carson violent crime study

    Jul 17, 2009

    Army officials have released the results of a study aimed at determining possible causes for a cluster of violent crimes that took place between 2005 and 2008 at Fort Carson, Colo.

  • Wounded warriors continue to serve Army

    Jul 17, 2009

    Five recent combat veterans were sworn in as a Department of the Army civilian through the Army's Wounded Warrior Education Initiative. The program is a partnership with the Army and the University of Kansas that allows wounded warriors to earn a master's degree paid for by the Army.

  • 'Dream team' of researchers to study Army

    Jul 17, 2009

    A ground-breaking study of behavioral health in the Army may soon provide answers on what causes suicide and what programs can best prevent them.

  • Preventive medicine experts continue to monitor H1N1 influenza

    Jul 16, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Preventive medicine specialists monitoring H1N1 influenza encourage military community members to continue practicing good personal hygiene to help mitigate spread of the virus.

  • Counselors help combat mental health stigma

    Jul 15, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- Counselors who never write anything down. Routine clinic visits that begin with six simple questions about your mental health. These are just some of the ways the U.S. military is trying to recognize and treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders and depression.

  • First joint U.S.-Vietnamese medical readiness exercise continues

    Jul 14, 2009

    The first bilateral Medical Readiness Exercise, co-hosted by Vietnam and the United States, is intended to improve medical interoperability between the Military Medical Department of Vietnamese People's Army and U.S. Army Pacific.

  • Veterans compete in wheelchair games

    Jul 13, 2009

    A wide range of disabilities cannot stop more than 500 of America's wheelchair athletes, all U.S. military veterans, who are competing in the 29th National Veterans Wheelchair Games being held July 13-18 in Spokane, Wash.

  • Ready Army: Hurricane season is here, now is the time to prepare

    Jul 9, 2009

    Forecasters at Colorado State University have predicted that 12 named tropical storms will form in the Atlantic Basin, which includes the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, with six developing into hurricanes and two becoming major hurricanes with winds faster than 110 mph.

  • Financial problems or PTSD need not affect security clearance

    Jul 8, 2009

    With the nation in the throes of an economic downturn and entering the seventh year of overseas combat, some Soldiers and civilians are worried about their security clearance.

  • Respite care offers families valuable rest

    Jul 8, 2009

    For Army families who are responsible for regular care of persons with disabilities, the Exceptional Family Member Program Respite Care Program provides a temporary rest period for caregivers.

  • Commentary: Weight gain leads to new mission

    Jul 6, 2009

    It's funny how increased weight and poor conditioning can sneak up on you. It's even funnier that the solution can be right under your nose, if you just look for it.

  • Leaders of veterans discuss issues facing Soldiers

    Jul 2, 2009

    The Army's fourth annual leadership conference for veterans' and military-service organizations was held June 26 at the Pentagon. and although a number of issues were discussed, one echoed throughout the day: suicide prevention.

  • Army launches new water-safety tool

    Jun 30, 2009

    To prevent water-related deaths and injuries, the Army has launched a new interactive, Web-based, multimedia water safety tool.

  • Army team gives special welcome home to all wounded

    Jun 29, 2009

    Wounded Soldiers sent home from overseas are greeted by their own before they are even off the plane at Andrews Air Force Base. The Army's wounded are welcomed back to the country by three members of the Army's Medical Evacuation to CONUS Hospitals team.

  • Army employees use recent training to save life

    Jun 26, 2009

    On many occasions, members of the acquisition community are recognized for the systems they provide that save lives, but rarely do those same people save lives with their own hands, as was the case on June 18.

  • Army chaplain, doctor comfort survivors of Metro crash

    Jun 26, 2009

    Several Walter Reed Army Medical Center staffers survived the deadliest accident in Washington Metrorail's 33-year history Monday.

  • Army lab works to improve Soldier health, performance

    Jun 26, 2009

    Nestled in the shadows of the Boston skyline, scientists and soldiers in a one-of-a-kind Army laboratory work quietly behind the scenes to improve the health and performance of today's troops.

  • New combat medic training manual named 'Hot Product'

    Jun 25, 2009

    The Army Medical Department's recently published "68W Advanced Field Craft: Combat Medic Skills," was named a "Hot Product" at the 27th Annual EMS Today Conference and Exposition, hosted by the Journal of Emergency Medical Services.

  • Medics turn aid station into Afghan emergency room

    Jun 25, 2009

    Outside Forward Operating Base Blessing, combat medics serving with 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, spend every morning combing through a crowd of sick or injured Afghans desperate for medical attention.

  • Amputee combat vets return to Iraq for 'proper exit'

    Jun 23, 2009

    Six amputee combat veterans put their uniforms back on and returned to Iraq Sunday for the first time since sustaining their injuries in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • Gates praises volunteers' efforts at Walter Reed

    Jun 23, 2009

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today commended the work of the volunteers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here, saying they set the example for the rest of the country.

  • Army takes steps in H1N1 prevention

    Jun 19, 2009

    The Army is currently taking steps to help prevent and stop the spread of the H1N1 virus for Soldiers at home and abroad.

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