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  • Two fathers use own tragedies to teach suicide prevention

    Sep 13, 2010

    Two fathers belong to a club that is growing every day.

  • Army reserve-component suicides rising

    Sep 9, 2010

    While active-duty Army suicides are trending downward, reserve-component suicides appear to be on the rise -- a fact that worries leaders as the Army observes Suicide Prevention Month.

  • New clinics bring health care to families

    Sep 9, 2010

    Active-duty family members who live near some Army installations soon will have an additional option for health care, without traffic, waiting time, expense and frustration that may sometimes be involved with going to on-post medical facilities or TRICARE network providers.

  • TRICARE Retired Reserve launches

    Sep 9, 2010

    For the first time, members of the Retired Reserve who are not yet age 60, the so-called "gray area" retirees, can purchase TRICARE health coverage for themselves and their eligible family members with the Sept. 1, 2010 launch of TRICARE Retired Reserve, or TRR.

  • Preventive medicine keeps Soldiers in the fight

    Sep 9, 2010

    The unforgiving terrain of the Nangarhar, Nuristan, Konar and Laghman provinces in eastern Afghanistan hosts hoards of insects and wildlife that create quite a hairy situation when it comes to cohabitating with troops; however, the Soldiers of the preventive medicine section of Charlie Company, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, Task Force Bastogne, see "combat" with these creatures on a daily basis.

  • Master Resilience Training course catches on in Army

    Sep 3, 2010

    In the past year, more than 1,300 Soldiers, including about 20 drill sergeants from Fort Benning, have taken the Master Resilience Training course, part of the Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program.

  • 'The Warrior Pose': Army considers yoga to treat Soldiers' pain

    Sep 3, 2010

    If Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker has his way, yoga and other alternative therapies would be integrated into Army medicine to treat the pain of wounded Soldiers.

  • Dreams, sleep important facets of resiliency issues for health care providers

    Sep 2, 2010

    "What are dreams' Inside the Sleeping Brain," was recently shown at Brooke Army Medical Center as an opportunity for staff to learn about the science behind sleeping and dreams.

  • Civilians can join Army-sponsored fitness program

    Sep 1, 2010

    DoD is in the middle of a civilian employee fitness campaign called "Leap into Fall" that challenges employees to log 1.5 million hours of physical activity.

  • ACE suicide prevention program wins national recognition

    Sep 1, 2010

    The Army ACE Suicide Intervention Training Program, developed by U.S. Army Public Health Command (Provisional) behavioral health experts, was evaluated by a panel of suicide prevention experts and is now listed in the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and American Foundation Best Practice Registry for Suicide Prevention.

  • Warrior Transition Command welcomes new commander

    Sep 1, 2010

    The Army's Warrior Transition Command celebrated its first change of command since its inception nearly 17 months ago in the Pentagon courtyard Aug. 26.

  • Veterans Affairs works to reduce claims backlog

    Sep 1, 2010

    The Veterans Affairs Department is making great strides in its efforts to reduce the backlog of veterans' claims, VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki told thousands of veterans attending the 92nd Annual American Legion National Convention in Milwaukee.

  • Study focuses on use of animal assisted therapy in Warrior Transition Battalion

    Aug 31, 2010

    A study to measure the effectiveness of animal assisted therapy using dogs is in the final stages at the Warrior Transition Battalion at Brooke Army Medical Center.

  • VA publishes final regulation to aid veterans exposed to Agent Orange

    Aug 31, 2010

    Veterans exposed to herbicides while serving in Vietnam and other areas will have an easier path to access quality health care and qualify for disability compensation under a final regulation that will be published on Aug. 31, 2010, in the Federal Register by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • 2010 Fall/Winter Safety Campaign products now available

    Aug 29, 2010

    The 2010 Army Fall/Winter Safety Campaign provides information to help Soldiers, family members and civilians understand the hazards of cold weather activities and how education, awareness and information can guide them safely through the fall and winter seasons.

  • VA to award $6 million to research deployment-substance abuse link

    Aug 26, 2010

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is partnering with the National Institutes of Health to award $6 million in grants for research examining the link between substance abuse, military deployments and combat-related trauma.

  • Pentagon urges employees to 'leap' into fitness

    Aug 25, 2010

    The Pentagon has adopted a new civilian employee fitness challenge that officials say is not only good for employees and the Defense Department, but also for the nation.

  • Retired military leaders worry recruit population is 'Too Fat to Fight'

    Aug 24, 2010

    A study initiated by more than 100 retired generals and admirals claims that being overweight or obese is the leading medical reason why potential recruits fail to qualify for military service.

  • Army benefits attract older Soldiers

    Aug 20, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Although tough economic times can help with Army recruiting, it wasn't the economy that drove Pvt. Dale Langrehr to join the Army at age 41. Rather, it was the challenge.

  • New pain relief methods for traumatic injuries in Afghanistan

    Aug 19, 2010

    New pain relief measures are being employed by anesthesiologists at three coalition hospitals in Afghanistan to help Soldiers suffering from traumatic injuries caused by improvised explosives devices.

  • Trauma medicine focus at casualty care conference

    Aug 18, 2010

    The Advanced Technology for Applications and Combat Casualty Care Conference is underway for 2010, focusing on medical care for the warfighter.

  • Dried plasma may be approved for Army use within five years

    Aug 17, 2010

    Blood plasma, the liquid component of blood, is being considered again in its dried form as an addition to Army medics' kit bags, Army officials said Tuesday.

  • Soldier saves another's life with A.C.E.

    Aug 17, 2010

    By noticing differences in actions and listening to what another Soldier was saying, one Soldier in Iraq was able to prevent another from taking his life by employing the Army's "ask, care and escort" suicide prevention program.

  • Soldiers evaluate themselves via Global Assessment Tool

    Aug 16, 2010

    The Global Assessment Tool is a self-appraisal designed to boost personal growth, strengthen relationships and give people better coping skills for dealing with potentially traumatic events.

  • Special clinic treats Soldiers with special injuries

    Aug 14, 2010

    Insurgent attacks, improvised explosive devices and even vehicle rollovers are all common threats on today's battlefield that can cause a variety of injuries to Soldiers.

  • Army officer beats suicide, helps others

    Aug 11, 2010

    "Thankfully I learned that there is something you can do if you are suicidal," said an Army officer who began therapy and joined a depression-management group last winter.

  • Leadership key to tackling suicide, says Medal of Honor recipient

    Aug 9, 2010

    Leadership at all levels is the key to lowering the suicide rate among servicemembers, a Medal of Honor recipient told National Guard members Sunday.

  • IMCOM looking for team members to join DoD fitness challenge

    Aug 6, 2010

    The Department of Defense's "Leap Into Fall" Fitness Challenge kicks off Aug. 16, challenging DoD personnel to include more physical activity in their daily routine.

  • IMCOM Safety Office starts awareness initiative via Web

    Aug 6, 2010

    Installation Management Command is taking an aggressive approach to accident prevention as explained in the Command Safety Policy and the IMCOM Campaign Plan.

  • Army takes a hard look at chronic, acute pain

    Aug 5, 2010

    Localized story about the steps taken at Ireland Army Community Hospital to help warriors with chronic and acute pain; new pain management clinic opened.

  • Medical treatment in Abu Ghraib has gone mobile

    Aug 5, 2010

    A donation of two mobile health clinic vehicles from the Raider brigade make it possible for health care to come to Abu Ghraib.

  • Suicide solution involves leadership, Mullen says

    Aug 3, 2010

    Addressing the National Guard Family Program Volunteer Workshop in New Orleans, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen touched on the need to care for servicemembers, both physically and emotionally.

  • Programs help installations stand against anger

    Aug 2, 2010

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. -- It can "lead to the dark side," but anger doesn't have to be an emotion that takes over and ruins one's life.

  • Army releases report on suicide, high-risk behavior

    Jul 29, 2010

    To curb suicides in the Army, commanders must pay more attention to junior Soldiers and to those who exhibit high-risk behavior, such as drug use or driving under the influence.

  • IMCOM officials note disturbing fire trends

    Jul 29, 2010

    Installation Management Command safety officials have noticed a disturbing trend in recent fires and are increasing their efforts in reducing the number and severity of preventable incidents.

  • Using foot shape to select running shoe is 'sports myth'

    Jul 26, 2010

    Results of three military studies showed that prescribing shoes based on foot shape made no difference in the rate at which injuries occurred in Army, Marine and Air Force basic trainees, who spend quite a bit of time running.

  • Aggressive treatment of pain prevents future complications

    Jul 23, 2010

    Treating pain aggressively, at the time of injury all the way to healing, means fewer complications.

  • Army opens resilience evaluation to DA civilians

    Jul 22, 2010

    The Army's extended its concern about the mental fitness of Soldiers and their families to the civilians that serve stateside, abroad and in combat zones.

  • New policies protect troops from mild traumatic brain injuries

    Jul 22, 2010

    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. has sent a message to commanders throughout the force to reinforce new policies designed to minimize the effects of mild traumatic brain injuries.

  • Mullen: Military needs leaders to address suicide issue

    Jul 22, 2010

    Leadership and the effects it can have to help bring down the suicide rate were among the topics the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff discussed with servicemembers here today.

  • Conference focuses on minimizing stress on special-needs families

    Jul 20, 2010

    The Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command Exceptional Family Member Program brought together about 100 EFMP program managers from around the world to discuss program initiatives, receive updates and learn how to work seamlessly with the Child Youth and School Services school liaison officers.

  • Army releases new video to combat suicides

    Jul 16, 2010

    The Army released a candid suicide prevention training video July 15 in an effort to deter the increasing number of suicides amongst troops.

  • Bouncing back: Mobile Master Resilience Trainer Course tried at Fort Meade

    Jul 16, 2010

    FORT MEADE, Md. -- Faced with challenges, how does a Soldier cope and bounce back from adversity'

  • Double amputee takes charge of Wounded Warrior Program

    Jul 14, 2010

    The U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program gained a new director Tuesday-one who has a lot in common with those he'll be leading. Lt. Col. Gregory D. Gadson, a West Point graduate, lost both of his legs to a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2007.

  • Wounded warriors bike 'Sea to Shining Sea'

    Jul 13, 2010

    Dedicated combat survivors and their supporters are demonstrating their physical prowess and determination as they travel from San Francisco to Virginia Beach during the Sea to Shining Sea cross-country cycling event.

  • Army nursing students save patient's life in Madigan parking lot

    Jul 13, 2010

    Two practical nursing course students used Army medical skills and quick instincts to save the life of a patient suffering from a heart attack June 25, outside Madigan Army Medical Center.

  • Mobile training team aims to bring resilience to Soldiers

    Jul 13, 2010

    The Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program reached a milestone July 12, when it kicked off another iteration of its Master Resilience Training course at Fort Meade, Md. -- this time using a mobile training team.

  • VA eases claims process for veterans with PTSD

    Jul 13, 2010

    The Veterans Affairs Department will publish a final regulation today intended to ease the claims process and improve access to health care for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • Obama: Veterans with post-traumatic stress deserve best care

    Jul 12, 2010

    The Veterans Affairs Department will begin making it easier for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder to obtain the benefits and treatment they need starting next week, President Barack Obama said in his weekly message, calling veteran care the nation's "solemn responsibility."

  • Like 'running on the moon': Brigade uses new technology to advance Soldiers' rehab

    Jul 8, 2010

    Fort Jackson Soldiers who are injured during Basic Combat Training have a new weapon at their disposal to get up and running again.

  • AW2 Symposium puts GI Bill transferability among top issues

    Jul 7, 2010

    Being able to transfer GI Bill benefits to dependents if medically retired rates high among concerns for wounded warriors, as identified at the Army Wounded Warrior Program Symposium, June 21-25, in San Antonio, Texas.

  • USDS Psychologist fights battle of minds

    Jul 2, 2010

    Soldiers are known for performing under pressure, but even the hard chargers need someplace to turn when the going gets tough.

  • New program brings holistic approach to health, wellness

    Jun 29, 2010

    Commanders charged with addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of Soldiers and families have a new "tool" that focuses all available installation resources on those needs.

  • Army looking at yoga, acupuncture to treat pain

    Jun 25, 2010

    The Army's healthcare system may soon see changes in how Soldiers are treated for pain, according to a report released by the Army's surgeon general Wednesday which recommends 109 changes.

  • Chiarelli: suicides down, but not enough

    Jun 24, 2010

    While the number of suicides among active-duty Soldiers has fallen, the Army's vice chief told lawmakers that it's not enough.

  • Senate staffers visit Fort Carson to review DES pilot

    Jun 18, 2010

    Two Senate Veterans Affairs Committee staff members met with Evans Army Community Hospital leaders June 4 as part of a Disability Evaluation System pilot fact-finding trip to Fort Carson.

  • Surveys to look at reserve-component medical board process

    Jun 16, 2010

    Members of both the Army Reserve and National Guard have been asked to complete an online survey about their perceptions of the medical review process.

  • Are your children eating healthy'

    Jun 11, 2010

    WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M., June 10, 2010 - With the current rate of childhood obesity more than tripling in the last 30 years, the Missile Ranger took a look at the situation at White Sands Missile Range as first lady Michelle Obama implements a new program to help combat the ongoing epidemic.

  • Corps of Engineers recommends safe boating practices to the public

    Jun 11, 2010

    Most boating accidents and injuries are preventable by following safety precautions. A recent accident in Florida resulted in five people dead, nine severely injured and nearly $50,000 in property damage.

  • Personal experience leads MP to become resiliency trainer

    Jun 9, 2010

    MANNHEIM, Germany -- With 25 years in the Army, Sgt. 1st. Class Daniel Stoner is no stranger to change or to the ups and downs that often accompany military life. In fact, it's one of the reasons he agreed to take on his latest mission - Stoner is the master resiliency trainer for the 18th Military Police Brigade in Mannheim.

  • Army realigns substance-abuse services

    Jun 8, 2010

    The Army has implemented improvements in the way it delivers alcohol and drug-abuse services on its installations, combining all clinical services with testing, education, counseling, prevention and training under the oversight of the Installation Management Command.

  • Top Army NCO promotes 'complete fitness' to Soldiers

    Jun 7, 2010

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston talked about the Army's plan for the continued complete fitness and well-being of Soldiers, and stressed the importance of mental fitness for today's Soldier while meeting with Hawaii-based Soldiers, June 3.

  • DoD launches personalized quit tobacco training

    Jun 1, 2010

    The U.S. Department of Defense has announced the launch of Train2Quit, an innovative Web-based tobacco cessation training specifically designed for military personnel and families.

  • Troop care tops nation's obligations, Biden says

    May 27, 2010

    Caring for troops is the nation's "one truly sacred obligation," Vice President Joe Biden said during a dinner for wounded warriors.

  • Wounded warriors begin their journey from 'Sea to Shining Sea'

    May 26, 2010

    Through much fanfare and the support of family members and the local community of San Francisco, 18 of our nation's heroes embarked on a journey from San Francisco Calif., to Virginia Beach Va.

  • Gates reports on visit to Carson Warrior Transition Unit

    May 21, 2010

    A visit to the warrior transition unit at Fort Carson, Colo., this week was worth the time, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a Pentagon news conference.

  • Wounded warriors spur recovery with Iraq visit

    May 20, 2010

    Mothers or any family member or friend can play a pivotal role in the recovery of servicemembers severely wounded in combat, according to wounded veterans visiting the day after Mother's Day.

  • Soldiers bring cheer to sick children

    May 19, 2010

    Soldiers from 5th Brigade, 1st Armored Division, and the 591st Military Police Company on Fort Bliss gave children at the Sierra Providence Health Network Children's Hospital in El Paso, Texas, a taste of Army life May 1.

  • Army Surgeon General discusses medical care

    May 18, 2010

    Army medical personnel are making progress across a broad range of issues affecting health care for Soldiers and their families, according to the Army's top medical officer.

  • Six wounded warriors get master's through partnership program

    May 18, 2010

    Six wounded warriors graduated May 16 with master's degrees as part of a new partnership between the Army and University of Kansas.

  • Diet: major piece of Soldier's health, fitness puzzle

    May 17, 2010

    As Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey Jr. stresses the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program, the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy finds itself at the tip of the spear in offering health and fitness insight to its enlisted members.

  • Cyclists refuse to leave teammate behind

    May 14, 2010

    The Warrior Games' cycling competition, held at the U.S. Air Force Academy Thursday in a May snow shower, would have daunted the toughest of professional cyclists, but not wounded, ill and injured servicemembers.

  • Soldier saves battle buddy's life with simple act of caring

    May 14, 2010

    It was a hot Iraq day Aug. 7, 2008 and it seemed like the walls were closing in on Spc. Joe Sanders.

  • Care at Warrior Transition Units: work in progress

    May 13, 2010

    Top Army leaders say finding the correct equation to caring for wounded Soldiers is an evolving concept -- one that will continue to change as treatment methods are examined.

  • Change in Army culture marked by 1,000th MRT graduate

    May 13, 2010

    It's always sunny in Philadelphia - at least when the 1,000th Master Resilience Trainer graduates.

  • Soldiers say extreme sports best way to beat post-deployment blues

    May 12, 2010

    When Soldiers return from a battle zone, they can have trouble adjusting from the fast-paced, combat environment to the caterpillar-crawl of their everyday lives.

  • WTC commander envisions future of Warrior Games

    May 12, 2010

    It's been only one day since the start of the inaugural Warrior Games for wounded, ill and injured servicemembers at the Olympic Training Center, and the commander of the Warrior Transition Command is already dreaming about future competitions.

  • WTU Soldier hopes to make splash at Warrior Games

    May 10, 2010

    Spc. Trevor Mitchell loves swimming and always dreamed of competing at a high level. However, he never expected his deployment injury would provide him with an opportunity to achieve that dream.

  • Wounded warrior on quest for gold

    May 7, 2010

    Sgt. Juan Alcivar will be competing for gold in the inaugural Warrior Games May 10-14 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

  • Obama signs veterans, caregivers legislation

    May 6, 2010

    President Barack Obama signed legislation today to improve health care for veterans and to recognize the important role that family caregivers play in the recovery of wounded personnel.

  • DOD using virtual reality for PTSD treatment

    May 3, 2010

    A humvee slowly drives down a dusty road in Afghanistan and seconds later, an IED explodes off to the right, causing the windshield to crack and the driver to swerve.

  • Soldier aiming for gold at Warrior Games

    May 3, 2010

    He'll have a tough time swimming -- and shooting -- and he's got stiff competition from his training buddy. But Sgt. Robert W. Laux wants to take home a medal and some recognition from the Warrior Games in Colorado.

  • Resiliency training in Iraq keeps Soldiers strong

    May 1, 2010

    Soldiers have to be prepared for the emotional and mental stress of being deployed away from home. The United States Division - South is working to keep Soldiers in the fight with resiliency training.

  • Battling PTSD: Major shares his story

    Apr 29, 2010

    Ryan Kranc was traveling with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment near Ramadi, Iraq, on July 23, 2003, when his convoy was hit with an improvised explosive device. Kranc, now an Army major, survived. His commander, his friend, Capt. Josh T. Byers, did not.

  • Fort Jackson opens GAT facility

    Apr 29, 2010

    Fort Jackson officials cut the ribbon on its new Global Assessment Tool facility, April 28.

  • Surgeon general: Nothing to hide at WTUs

    Apr 27, 2010

    The Army surgeon general invited members of the press, politicians and especially parents and families of Soldiers now assigned to the Army's "Warrior Transition Units" to see for themselves what conditions exist there.

  • Official calls wounded warriors report 'unrepresentative'

    Apr 27, 2010

    The focus of a New York Times article depicting neglect and suffering endured by a group of wounded Soldiers recovering in an Army program is unrepresentative of the recovery effort at large, the Army surgeon general said Monday.

  • Sexual assault impact is detrimental to Army family

    Apr 27, 2010

    The message reinforced the theme for April, which is designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month: 'What hurts one, affects all. Preventing sexual assault is everyone's duty.'

  • Warrior transition unit commander speaks to healthcare professionals

    Apr 23, 2010

    A unit at Fort Benning, Ga., is using technology to develop an enhanced comprehensive transition plan for all wounded warriors.

  • Official urges Gulf War vets to seek VA care

    Apr 23, 2010

    Gulf War veterans with medical symptoms should seek treatment through the Department of Veterans Affairs in light of a recent study that says Gulf War service is a cause of post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • Better prosthetics coming for wounded warriors

    Apr 23, 2010

    From developing a new microprocessor-controlled prosthetic leg to a non-chafing socket device, the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center is making big strides in advancing prosthetic science to improve wounded warriors' quality of life.

  • SMA testifies to Congress on force stress, resilience

    Apr 16, 2010

    The Army's senior enlisted advisor told members of Congress Wednesday that what keeps him awake at night is stress on the force.

  • Wounded Soldiers seek growth at Warrior Games

    Apr 16, 2010

    Each of the 200 disabled veterans and wounded servicemembers training for next month's inaugural Warrior Games has demons to battle and obstacles to overcome.

  • Surgeon general says new centers to help with blast injuries

    Apr 15, 2010

    The Army surgeon general told members of Congress, April 13, that the Defense Centers of Excellence, especially for psychological health and traumatic brain injury, provide great promise for wounded warriors.

  • Still time to get H1N1 vaccines

    Apr 15, 2010

    Non-active duty TRICARE Prime enrollees face a deadline at the end of this month if they want to get vaccinations against H1N1 influenza from a non-network provider without a referral from their primary-care managers.

  • Secretary of the Army visits Master Resilience Training

    Apr 13, 2010

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh addressed students at the Army's Master Resilience Training course held at the Universtity of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, April 13. The Army opened its own training facility at Fort Jackson, S.C., last week, and is on track to graduate 1,800 Master Resilience Trainers by the end of the year.

  • Wounded warriors encourage paratroopers to help stop Soldier suicides

    Apr 13, 2010

    Eight battle-wounded veterans of the Iraq war shared lessons learned from their recovery processes with paratroopers here April 6, including advice on suicide prevention.

  • Former Heisman winner discusses his struggle with mental health

    Apr 9, 2010

    Herschel Walker told a group of Soldiers from the Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Meade, Md., that he was diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder after his football career ended, the reaction of many Soldiers was not one of surprise, but of admiration.

  • Army public health strengthened by transformation

    Apr 8, 2010

    The Army's public health capabilities are being integrated to form a new U.S. Army Public Health Command. The integration is part of the Army Medical Command's transformation from a "sick-care" system to a "health-care" system-one that emphasizes prevention and sustaining good health.

  • Class act: MRT Course opens on Fort Jackson

    Apr 8, 2010

    The Army's Master Resilience Training Course facility opened April 5 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The school is one of the components of the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program, which aims to strengthen Soldiers' emotional, social, family, spiritual and physical strength.