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  • 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.

  • 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.

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