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  • Record keeping may be responsible for prescription spike

    Mar 31, 2010

    A change in reporting methods may be partially responsible for a spike in prescription drug use among Soldiers, according to the Army surgeon general.

  • Army Master Resilience Training course provides valued instruction

    Mar 29, 2010

    The Army is continuing to enhance its warfighters with something more powerful than new artillery weapon systems, night vision scopes and expensive gadgets.

  • Commentary: American Red Cross long-time friend to Soldiers

    Mar 26, 2010

    In the mid-1800s, Clara Barton, the ARC founder, risked her life on Civil War battlefields to tend to fallen Soldiers. Since then, the ARC has continued helping servicemembers and their families through every military conflict, humanitarian effort and peacekeeping operation.

  • VA proposes change to aid veterans exposed to Agent Orange

    Mar 26, 2010

    The more than 100,000 veterans exposed to herbicides while serving in Vietnam and other combat areas will have an easier path to qualify for disability pay under a proposed regulation published by the Department of Veterans Affairs that adds three new illnesses to the list of health problems found to be related to Agent Orange and other herbicide exposures.

  • Army to stem overuse of prescription drugs, Congress told

    Mar 25, 2010

    Overuse of prescription painkillers by Soldiers -- as reported recently in the civilian press -- may be the result of seemingly unrelenting deployments to both Afghanistan and Iraq.

  • VA recognizes 'presumptive' illnesses in Iraq, Afghanistan

    Mar 24, 2010

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is taking steps to make it easier for veterans to obtain disability compensation for certain diseases associated with service in the Persian Gulf War and in Afghanistan.

  • Stress dogs can be a Soldier's best friend

    Mar 22, 2010

    It can be difficult for some Soldiers to open up after a traumatizing event, or even if they are having problems at home while they are overseas. But the 85th Medical Detachment, 1st Medical Brigade, a combat stress control unit, is learning to work with some very unique ice breakers...

  • Resilience school to open in April: Fort Jackson at forefront of Army's new mental fitness prog

    Mar 18, 2010

    When Staff Sgt. Keith Allen, an instructor at Victory University, was selected to participate in the Master Resilience Training pilot program at the University of Pennsylvania in August, he was skeptical, at best.

  • Army graduates new Master Resilience Trainers

    Mar 17, 2010

    About 200 Soldiers join the ranks of the Army's first several hundred master resilience trainers as they graduate today from the Army's new Master Resilience Training program.

  • Traumatic brain injuries can occur outside of combat, too

    Mar 16, 2010

    Brain injuries occur outside of combat as well as within. Our Soldiers and their Families, our children and the elderly, are at risk for traumatic brain injury.

  • Army nursing to have major changes in near future

    Mar 16, 2010

    Having a consistent and standardized system of care is the future of Army nursing, Deputy Surgeon General Maj. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho told Madigan Healthcare System senior nurses at a recent presentation.

  • Deadline for Global Assessment Tool approaching

    Mar 15, 2010

    The deadline is approaching for Soldiers to complete the Global Assessment Tool, part of a new Army-wide holistic initiative focused on building resilience: Comprehensive Soldier Fitness.

  • Policy to mandate head injury evaluations

    Mar 11, 2010

    Defense Department officials expect to launch a new policy in the coming months that will make head-injury evaluations mandatory for all troops who suffer possible concussions.

  • Combat medics complete transformation to modern-battlefield healthcare specialists

    Mar 10, 2010

    An eight-year process to transform training and skills of Army combat medics culminated last year as all members of the old 91B Military Occupational Specialty became qualified as 68W Healthcare Specialists.

  • Wounded Green Beret honored with custom motorcycle for Daytona Bike Week

    Mar 10, 2010

    Thousands lined the streets of downtown Daytona Beach, Fla., March 4, to honor Chief Warrant Officer Romulio Camargo, a Special Forces Soldier who was paralyzed during combat in Afghanistan in 2008.

  • VA seeks fast track for Agent Orange claims

    Mar 9, 2010

    The Department of Veterans Affairs announced a new initiative to solicit private-sector input on a proposed "fast track" veterans' claims process for service-connected illnesses due to Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War.

  • Wounded warrior ties for National Geographic's Adventurer of Year

    Mar 8, 2010

    Wounded by a roadside bomb more than three years ago, Lt. Col. Marc Hoffmeister has surmounted his injuries to tie for the National Geographic magazine's Reader's Choice Adventurer of the Year Award.

  • 'Black Hawk Down' pilot rises above challenges

    Mar 5, 2010

    Before focusing on the message he was delivering at Redstone Arsenal's National Prayer Luncheon on Friday, retired Chief Warrant Officer Mike Durant thought he should give his audience the "short version" of what is widely known as his "Black Hawk Down" experience.

  • Dogs go the distance: Program provides service to veterans with PTSD

    Mar 4, 2010

    For over 40 years Ken Costich, a former Army colonel, has dealt with post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.

  • VA announces $41 million in hospital contracts

    Mar 2, 2010

    The Department of Veterans Affairs announced the award of two contracts totaling $41.5 million to create a "polytrauma center" that cares for the most severely injured veterans and to improve the existing wards at the Audie L. Murphy VA Medical Center.

  • Analysis program focuses on preventing combat injuries

    Mar 2, 2010

    Every time a servicemember is killed or wounded in combat, it sets off a sweeping process aimed at identifying what happened, who perpetrated it and how it might have been prevented -- and instituting changes to reduce the likelihood of it being repeated.

  • Broncos emphasize mental health during CSA visit

    Mar 1, 2010

    The leaders of the Bronco Brigade met with Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. in a roundtable discussion about Comprehensive Soldier Fitness during his recent visit.

  • U.S. forces partner to help provide medical care for 1,000 patients in Philippines

    Feb 25, 2010

    Numerous governmental organizations, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and military doctors from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines teamed up to treat more than 1,000 patients at a Medical Civic Action Project.

  • Updated Web site helps wounded warriors, families

    Feb 25, 2010

    Defense Department officials have updated and improved access to the National Resource Directory, a Web site for wounded, ill and injured servicemembers, veterans, their families and those who support them.

  • Civil affairs teams help displaced citizens in Haiti

    Feb 19, 2010

    Citizens living in a sprawling tent city in north Port-au-Prince were visited by members of a U.S. Special Operations civil affairs team as part of an effort to assess conditions in the camp and better align the delivery of food and medical aid.

  • Commentary: Fort Jackson ready for CSF role

    Feb 12, 2010

    In case you haven't been following this story line, it's worth repeating. Fort Jackson is playing a major role in the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program with the opening of the Master Resilience Training school this spring.

  • Holistic healing offers new alternative to medicine

    Feb 12, 2010

    Since the Army introduced the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program in October, there has been much focus on a holistic approach to physical, emotional, social, spiritual and family well-being.

  • Virtual reality helps Soldiers deal with real world burn pain

    Feb 4, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Military members who have combat burn injuries can suffer through some of the most intense and prolonged types of pain imaginable. Patients need daily care to clean the wound and daily physical therapy to stretch the newly healed skin.

  • Wounded Soldier still longs to fight, contribute to Army mission

    Feb 4, 2010

    Two years ago, Spc. Jeffrey Jamaleldine was still recovering from a bullet wound to the face, wondering if he'd ever get back into the action of fighting.

  • NFL stars and vets support injured servicemembers

    Feb 3, 2010

    Scientists, researchers and former NFL players have joined together to raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and brain injuries.

  • Wounded warrior becomes first blind Soldier to take company command

    Feb 2, 2010

    Capt. Scotty Smiley became the first blind officer to assume company command as he accepted the guidon for a Warrior Transition Unit at West Point, N.Y., Monday.

  • New group of wounded vets returns to Iraq

    Jan 31, 2010

    Six wounded warriors stepped off a C-130 Hercules in Baghdad, Jan. 31, and took their first steps in Iraq after being severely wounded the last time they were here. It was the fourth time wounded servicemembers returned to Iraq as part of Operation Proper Exit.

  • Surgeon general: Improving medevac times requires balancing act

    Jan 29, 2010

    Speeding up critical medical-evacuation times in Iraq and Afghanistan must be balanced against flight crew safety, said the Army's surgeon general.

  • Stay in the game with a safe Super Bowl party plan

    Jan 29, 2010

    In just a few short days, millions of people will gather for Super Bowl XLIV parties in homes, bars and restaurants across the country to watch what analysts have billed as a meeting of "super-sized offenses." As these great gatherings start to take shape, officials at the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center are reminding all party hosts and attendees to keep the "offenses" on the field.

  • Soldiers attend State of Union address

    Jan 28, 2010

    While many watched President Barack Obama's first State of the Union address from their homes, several former Soldiers and a current one had seats near the first lady inside the U.S. Capitol building.

  • Army extends Comprehensive Soldier Fitness to families

    Jan 27, 2010

    Resilience assessment and training is now available online for family members of Soldiers.

  • Franks recommends streamlining disability evaluations

    Jan 26, 2010

    Retired Gen. Frederick Franks Jr. says to streamline the medical evaluation board process by eliminating "dual" disability ratings.

  • Make a movie, save a life, win $2,000

    Jan 25, 2010

    Prizes totaling nearly $4,000 are still up for grabs as the 2nd Annual Peer to Peer Safety Video Competion heads into the final months.

  • Commentary: tele-behavioral healthcare to help where needed

    Jan 21, 2010

    As part of an increasing commitment to addressing behavioral health care for Soldiers, families, and retirees, several tele-behavioral health initiatives are under way.

  • Study investigates sit-ups vs. core strengthening during APFT

    Jan 21, 2010

    A joint team of physical therapists at the Army Medical Department Center & School, Fort Sam Houston, in partnership with the University of Florida began a study aimed at the prevention of low back pain and determining whether a core-strengthening exercise program during training might decrease low back injuries.

  • U.S. troops provide medical aid in Haiti

    Jan 19, 2010

    Soldiers with the the 82nd Airborne Division, 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, provide medical assistance in support of the earthquake relief effort in Haiti.

  • Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy to combat PTSD

    Jan 19, 2010

    Behavioral health providers have treatment options for Soldiers dealing with serious examples of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but one in particular is receiving lots of attention in the medical community -- Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy.

  • Army programs to battle increase in suicides

    Jan 15, 2010

    Statistics for December suicides in the Army were released today, and show as many as 10 potential suicides amongst active-duty Soldiers.

  • A new course: resilience school to open on Fort Jackson

    Jan 14, 2010

    When Gen. George Casey, Army chief of staff, discussed Comprehensive Soldier Fitness during his visit to Fort Jackson in July, he said the installation had great potential to be an important part of the program.

  • Eliminating stigma key to suicide prevention

    Jan 13, 2010

    The Army's director of behavioral health proponent said until the service changes policies that perpetuate stigma, many potentially suicidal Soldiers will avoid seeking help.

  • 'Real Warrior' describes post-traumatic stress

    Jan 12, 2010

    When Staff Sgt. Megan Krause returned home from a deployment in Iraq in 2006, she thought the scariest moments of her life were over.

  • Army to increase medevac support, add new CAB, more UAVs

    Jan 7, 2010

    The Army G3 and former director of the Army aviation task force said not only will the Army add a new combat aviation brigade to the warfight, the Army will increase the number of aircraft in its medevac companies.

  • Injured instructor resumes career with robotic hand

    Jan 7, 2010

    Staff Sgt. Luis Elias considers the last six months as just a bump along lifeAca,!a,,cs road. Aca,!A"Adapt and overcome is the name of the game. ItAca,!a,,cs just something that happened,Aca,!A? said Elias, a Fort Benning drill sergeant, who lost his right hand in a training accident on June 30.

  • Yoga helps vets find balance

    Jan 7, 2010

    For Roslyn Reesemoran, a horrible accident in the early days of the Iraq war remains fresh in her mind.

  • Army studies high-altitude health effects

    Jan 5, 2010

    Climate and altitude commonly inhibits the optimal effectiveness of servicemembers in many theater operations. In the mountainous country of Afghanistan in particular, servicemembers are asked to perform at thousands of feet above sea level, oftentimes hindering their cognitive and physical performance.

  • NCO taps into medical database to process Soldier claims faster

    Jan 5, 2010

    A senior NCO at a warrior transition unit discovers access to the deployed medical records database and saves time processing Soldiers' medical claims.

  • Understanding and preventing cold weather injuries

    Jan 5, 2010

    During the past 10 years, Soldiers have experienced an average of 361 cold weather-related injuries every year. Cold weather injury prevention is a command and leadership as well as a personal responsibility and successful management of cold depends on proper knowledge and understanding of problems associated with working in cold environments.

  • Operation Proper Exit helps injured combat vets heal emotional wounds

    Dec 30, 2009

    Alive day is a term dubbed by a number of injured combat veterans to describe the day they escaped death. Some were left with scrapes and bruises, others lost their limbs and, for some, there would be emotional wounds they will struggle with for the rest of their lives.

  • Countering impact of persistent conflict through holistic fitness

    Dec 29, 2009

    Army established the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness directorate on Oct. 1, 2008. The mission of this program is to develop and institute a holistic fitness program for Soldiers, families, and Army civilians in order to enhance performance and build resilience.

  • DoD looks at long-term effects of burn pits

    Dec 29, 2009

    The Defense Department has launched a study on the possible long-term effects of the smoke emitted from burn pits used in overseas locations such as Iraq.

  • Giving a helping hand in Iraq

    Dec 28, 2009

    The child looked to be about 11 years old, standing confidently with his friends despite an arm cast loosely supported by a piece of rope draped around his neck.

  • Army secretary visits troops at Landstuhl

    Dec 23, 2009

    During his first trip downrange as Secretary of the Army, John McHugh was in familiar territory in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well during his subsequent visit to wounded warriors at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

  • Recognizing problem biggest step toward fixing suicides

    Dec 18, 2009

    In 2008, the Army experienced for the first time, suicide rates higher than the civilian population. In the same year, the Army entered an agreement with the National Institute of Mental Health to find out why.

  • Holidays add to deployment stress

    Dec 14, 2009

    Holiday joy and holiday stress go hand in hand, especially for deployed servicemembers and their families.

  • SMA urges Master Resilience Trainers to share knowledge

    Dec 11, 2009

    Soldiers and civilians attending the Master Resilience Training course in Philadelphia, Pa., were challenged by Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston Thursday to take the lessons learned here back their units and share them with Soldiers and families.

  • Partnership helps injured Soldiers continue training

    Dec 11, 2009

    Athletic Training graduate students from the Department of Kinesiology at Auburn University are diagnosing, treating and preventing injuries in Soldiers as part of the Warrior Athletic Trainer Program, a pilot partnership program, with the 192nd Infantry Brigade on Fort Benning, Ga.

  • Spiritual resiliency helps Soldiers weather life's traumas

    Dec 11, 2009

    People who have spiritual resiliency have a greater chance to weather life's traumas and even use them as events to improve their lives than people who don't have great spiritual resiliency, said Chap. (Brig. Gen.) Ray Woolridge.

  • Army updates health promotion regulations

    Dec 10, 2009

    The Army has revised its regulations on health promotion and suicide prevention to provide an improved, comprehensive "how to" guide for commanders and Soldiers.

  • Patients at Walter Reed testing next-generation prosthesis

    Dec 10, 2009

    Several wounded warriors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center are testing a new microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knee.

  • Soldier use movie spoof, laughter to address difficult topic

    Dec 9, 2009

    Members of the 38th Combat Aviation Brigade out of Shelbyville, Ind., put their own spin on the movie "It's a Wonderful Life," addressing suicide while making their audience laugh Dec. 4, at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Army updates suicide-prevention guidance

    Dec 4, 2009

    The Army has updated its suicide-prevention guidance, including the Army Health Promotion regulation (AR 600-63), Army Suicide Prevention pamphlet (PAM 600-24) and FM 6-22.5, the Combat and Operational Stress Control Manual for Leaders and Soldiers.

  • Army approves suicide-intervention training for leaders

    Dec 3, 2009

    The Army has approved two-day and five-day workshops for unit leaders on Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, known as ASIST.

  • VA, Army officials to discuss collaborative efforts on TV

    Dec 1, 2009

    Army and Veterans Affairs officials will discuss a number of programs in which the two departments collaborate to help wounded, ill and injured Soldiers on a Pentagon Channel interview Friday.

  • Gold Star wives heal by helping others

    Dec 1, 2009

    Thanksgiving evening many Americans will gather around the table to take turns with family and friends, expressing what they are thankful for. Many families will convey their heartfelt gratitude recognizing the sacrifices of those serving our country.

  • Soldier loses eye but keeps dreams in sight

    Nov 25, 2009

    Ten months into his deployment with the 101st Airborne Division, Peter Sprenger lost an eye when an improvised explosive device detonated near the forward operating base in Tal Afar, Iraq. But he didn't lose his focus as an infantryman.

  • Army joins with mental health institute to study suicides

    Nov 24, 2009

    The Army is collaborating with the National Institute of Mental Health to launch the largest study ever undertaken of suicide and mental health among military personnel.

  • Army develops new program as 2009 suicide numbers remain high

    Nov 21, 2009

    Recently, the Army released suicide statistics for the month of October and the total number of suicides, suspected and confirmed, for 2009. Data indicates the number of Soldiers taking their own lives has surpassed numbers recorded at the same time last year.

  • Soldiers learn skills critical to sustaining Army health in coming years

    Nov 19, 2009

    About 30 Fort Jackson Soldiers and civilians were part of the first group of people in the Army family to learn about building resilience and enhancing performance, both of which are viewed as fundamentally necessary to sustain the force over the coming years.

  • Mental fitness focus for Vicenza comprehensive working group

    Nov 19, 2009

    Sitting in front of a computer and filling out a questionnaire sounds like a strange way to test fitness, but that's exactly how the Army will measure the fitness of the force as part of the new Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program.

  • Homeless dogs help healing troops

    Nov 18, 2009

    Lawrence Minnis never met a dog he didn't like. "I want just about every dog I see," the Army captain said with a laugh. Minnis is especially fond of pit bulls, and he somewhat resembles his favorite breed -- broad-shouldered, stocky and muscular.

  • Suicide numbers may top 2008, but progress being made

    Nov 17, 2009

    The suicide rate among Soldiers serving on active duty in 2009 is expected to exceed that of 2008 -- a statistic the Army doesn't take lightly, said Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter Chiarelli.

  • 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.

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