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  • 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.

  • Gates says TRICARE won't be affected by healthcare reform

    Apr 6, 2010

    Servicemembers and retirees enrolled in one of the several forms of TRICARE won't have to buy additional health insurance and won't see a change in their healthcare coverage in the near future, according to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

  • Wounded Soldiers aim for Warrior Games

    Apr 5, 2010

    Wounded Soldiers from throughout the Army came to Fort Benning, Ga., and the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit March 29-April 1 to learn from the military's best shooters in preparation for the inaugural Warrior Games.

  • Safety director commends Fort Hood's motorcycle safety programs

    Apr 5, 2010

    Fort Hood's motorcycle safety initiatives lead the Army in the effort to protect their Soldiers on the roads, according to the commanding general of the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center.

  • 115th Combat Support Hospital 'bubbles up'

    Apr 2, 2010

    The 115th Combat Support Hospital will not be caught unprepared for a chemical or biological attack whether an enemy in the field attacks with mustard gas, blister agents or anthrax.

  • 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

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  • 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.