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  • New Prosthesis Could Help Keep Troops in the Fight

    Jul 23, 2007

    A new prosthesis under development will give servicemember amputees more flexibility and help them better perform their military jobs if they choose to stay on active duty.

  • Answering the C.A.L.L. to fight a killer

    Jul 19, 2007

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" There is a killer lurking among us. Every 10 days, it takes as many American lives as the events of 9/11 and the global war on terrorism combined.

  • PTSD - mTBI Programs

    Jul 19, 2007

    PTSD and mTBI Chain Teaching Program available in two locations.

  • New Prosthesis Could Help Keep Troops in the Fight

    Jul 19, 2007

    A new prosthesis under development will give servicemember amputees more flexibility and help them better perform their military jobs if they choose to stay on active duty. A preview of the new technology July 17 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here drew key staff and several servicemember amputees. The open forum allowed users to see improvements in prototype form and ask developers questions or offer suggestions.

  • Peer Amputee Volunteer Puts Experience, Compassion Into Recovery

    Jul 19, 2007

    The peer visitor program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center began four years ago with a small group of amputees experienced in listening and helping new amputees. It has since grown into a formal program offering training and certification.

  • PTSD - MTBI / USACE Katrina Report

    Jul 18, 2007

    New program to teach Soldiers help Soldiers cope with PTSD and MTBI; USACE releases study to determine why and how Hurricane Katrina wrecked so much havoc.


    Jul 18, 2007

    The Army initiates a PTSD-MTBI chain teach to inform Soldiers and Family members of the signs and sources for help.

  • Army Targets Behavioral Health Issues Using Chain Teaching

    Jul 18, 2007

    The U.S. Army launches a Aca,!A"chain teachingAca,!A? program today to help Soldiers and their families identify symptoms of, and seek treatment for those suffering from, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and mild Traumatic Brain Injury.

  • Beach Homes For the Brave Program Kicks-Off in Florida

    Jul 17, 2007

    Aca,!A"Beach Homes for the Brave,Aca,!A? a new program for military veterans and those wounded while serving in support of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom kicked off its inaugural event last weekend. This program provides the war veterans with a complimentary weekend getaway to Palm Island.

  • Clean-Up in Florida / Cultural Awareness Cards

    Jul 17, 2007

    97th Transportation Company participate in an environmental clean-up in Florida; Fort Drum hands out Middle Eastern Cultural Awareness Cards to deploying troops.

  • Hippotherapy

    Jul 17, 2007

    Wounded Warriors in therapeutic riding program.

  • Army Launches Chain Teaching Program for PTSD, MTBI

    Jul 16, 2007

    The Army launched today a Aca,!A"chain-teachingAca,!A? program to help Soldiers and their Families identify symptoms and seek treatment for those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and mild Traumatic Brain Injury.

  • Darmstadt summer camp full of adventure

    Jul 13, 2007

    DARMSTADT, Germany Aca,!" Kids are having a ball, literally and figuratively, at DarmstadtAca,!a,,cs School-Age Services summer camp.

  • Army Healers

    Jul 10, 2007

    All Soldiers know the basics of first aid. Together with Army medical personnel, they treat ill and injured Soldiers, civilians and even captured enemy fighters.

  • Enlistment Quest

    Jul 10, 2007

    Soldiers loses 166 pounds, earns GED to join Army.

  • Army Medics Save Air Force Broadcaster's Life

    Jul 10, 2007

    The quick actions of Army medics following a June 28 mortar attack here proved critical in helping save an Air Force broadcaster's life.

  • Canines Offer Healing Therapy to Wounded Warriors

    Jul 6, 2007

    Sweetheart, Jackson and Ellie Mae, three four-legged pooches, are helping to change the lives of wounded warriors and injured Soldiers at Brooke Army Medical Center.

  • Utah NG Fights Fires / Achilles Hope Run

    Jul 5, 2007

    Utah National Guard helps fight wild fire in Utah; Wounded Warriors participate in Achilles Hope and Possibility 5 mile run.

  • Spc. Natasha McKinnon, Wounded Warrior at WRAMC

    Jul 5, 2007

    Spc. Natasha McKinnon mastering her prosthetic limb at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

  • Gait Labs / Army Combat Readiness Center

    Jun 27, 2007

    Gait Labs at WRAMC helps wounded Troops live more active lives by creating better prosthetics; The Army Combat Readiness Centers wants to remind everyone about heat related injuries as summer heats up.

  • Army's Medical Hotline Serves Soldiers, Families

    Jun 27, 2007

    The Army's three-month-old Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline, established March 19, has already fielded thousands of calls from Soldiers and concerned Family members.

  • AFIP Change of Directorship

    Jun 25, 2007

    The Executive Agent for the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology transferred the responsibility of that Department of Defense organization from the outgoing military director to the incoming civilian director in a traditional ceremony held in front of the AFIP building today. This historic event took place at 9:00 a.m., followed by a reception at the AFIP National Museum of Health and Medicine.

  • Extreme biking tests Soldiers

    Jun 25, 2007

    WINTERBERG, Germany -- Atop Winterberg awaits a day better than Christmas for a group of Soldiers revved up to do something that has become more of a passion -- or an obsession -- than a hobby.

  • Walter Reed Gait Laboratory Puts Amputee Troops Back in Step

    Jun 22, 2007

    As today's highly active servicemember amputees push their prosthetic devices to the limits, a lab at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here is gathering data that will help designers make the prostheses better, while enabling faster, more efficient recoveries for patients.

  • Walter Reed Weapons Training System Gets Troops Back to Shooting

    Jun 22, 2007

    The Fire Arms Training System is part of occupational therapy at the center. It teaches servicemembers how to adjust to their injuries and how to fire military weapons despite new limitations. A computer system runs scenarios, and servicemembers fire a variety of electronically integrated weapons at a large screen. The results are digitally tallied in a computer, and progress is charted.

  • VA Medical Centers / Sock Monkeys

    Jun 21, 2007

    VA Medical Centers are staying open later to help veterans; America Supports You partner, Sock Monkey Ministries, are brightening Soldiers day by sending Sock Monkeys with personalized messages.

  • Expert Field Medical Badge

    Jun 20, 2007

    Army medics try to earn the Expert Field Medical Badge at Graffenwoer, Germany. Spc. Kenia Krauss reports.

  • Medical Action Plan - "10 Quick Wins"

    Jun 19, 2007

    The Army meets its "10 Quick Wins" set forth under its Medical Action Plan.

  • Reducing Stigma Provides Key to Better Mental Health, Officials Say

    Jun 19, 2007

    The key to improving mental health care in the military and in America is to reduce the stigma associated with seeking help, Defense Department medical officials said.

  • WRAMC Cake Cutting Ceremony

    Jun 15, 2007

    The Acting Secretary of the Army, the Sgt. Maj. of the Army, the Acting Surgeon General and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Commander celebrate the Army Birthday with wounded troops and Walter Reed medical personnel at a cake cutting ceremony at Walter Reed.

  • Army's Newest Units to Address Soldier Medical Care and Transition Nationwide

    Jun 14, 2007

    The U.S. Army announced today a series of improvements for wounded SoldiersAca,!a,,c medical care and outpatient assistance to prepare them for continued, successful military service or transition to active citizenship Aca,!" including the national establishment June 15 of Warrior Transition Units at the ArmyAca,!a,,cs major installations nationwide.

  • Medical Models Cut Time, Risk for Walter Reed Patients

    Jun 14, 2007

    Walter Reed Army Medical Center's 3-D Medical Applications Center uses technology originally designed for the manufacturing industry to cut down on the amount of time a patient is in surgery by as much as six hours.

  • 500k R&R Milestone

    Jun 14, 2007

    Army reaches 500,000 passenger milestone for the Rest and Recuperation Program. Sgt. 1st Class Scott Malone reports on the homecoming at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Texas.

  • WRAMC Cake Cutting

    Jun 14, 2007

    Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth Preston, wounded Soldiers, and other high-ranking guests took time to celebrate the Army birthday at Walter Reed Army Medical Center with a ceremonial cake cutting.

  • Medical Outreach Brings Care to Afghans

    Jun 14, 2007

    During a two-day medical engagement, more than 350 Afghans received preventative medicine supplies, medications and medical treatment from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

  • Medical Models Cut Time, Risk for Walter Reed Patients

    Jun 14, 2007

    Walter Reed Army Medical Center's 3-D Medical Applications Center uses technology originally designed for the manufacturing industry to cut down on the amount of time a patient is in surgery by as much as six hours.

  • Walter Reed Prosthetic Technician 'Pulls' for Troops

    Jun 13, 2007

    As a prosthetic technician at Walter Reed, his job is part science, part art, and a lot of muscle.

  • Disabled Vets to Test Limits During Wheelchair Games

    Jun 12, 2007

    More than 20 veterans injured during combat in Iraq and Afghanistan will join some 600 other disabled veterans next week for the 27th National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

  • Warrior Transition Brigade at WRAMC

    Jun 12, 2007

    Warrior Transition Brigade stands up at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

  • VSO/MSO Conference

    Jun 12, 2007

    Veterans Service Organizations and Military Service Organizations attend a conference where the Army updates them on current practices especially those related to medical and the Army receives feedback.

  • Combat Stress Prevention

    Jun 11, 2007

    Combat Stress Control Prevention Team travels Diyala Province talking to Soldiers.

  • Army Path Takes Amputee Soldier to Forefront of Amputee Care

    Jun 11, 2007

    As an armored cavalry troop commander, Maj. Rozelle lost his right foot to an anti-tank mine in Iraq in 2003. Since then, he has been blazing new trails for amputees in the Army.

  • VSO/MSO Conference

    Jun 8, 2007

    Soldier and Veteran care is addressed at the VSO/MSO Conference.

  • Prosthetics Demonstration at WRAMC

    Jun 7, 2007

    Wounded Warriors demonstrate the prosthetic technology at WRAMC. Jini Ryan reports.

  • Occupational Therapy, Determination Get Amputees Through the Day

    Jun 7, 2007

    Amputees work individually and with therapists in creative and interesting ways to regain skills they had before their injuries.

  • Schweinfurt turns out in force for marrow donation

    Jun 7, 2007

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- One hundred and twenty members from the Schweinfurt community are life-savers - or are at least willing to be.

  • Field Medicine

    Jun 5, 2007

    While doctors and medics provide high-quality treatment for the sick and injured, Soldiers of all ranks and all specialties know and practice the basics of field medicine.

  • A.I. Prosthetics

    Jun 5, 2007

    Wounded Soldiers demonstrate artificially intelligent prosthetics at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

  • Walter Reed Workshop Showcases Prosthetic Technology

    Jun 4, 2007

    As the use of improvised explosive devices has continued steadily against U.S. troops in Iraq, the Defense Department has made treating those troops seriously injured in the blasts a top priority.

  • Pandemic Influenza / Platelet Donors Needed

    May 31, 2007

    DoD prepares for pandemic influenza; Fort Bragg needs platelet donors.

  • Hot Summer Months Mean Watching Diet, Exercise, Supplements

    May 30, 2007

    While in Iraq, many Soldiers take the opportunity to focus on getting healthy and working out. Some Soldiers run, some walk, some hit the basketball court, some play football and some hit the weight rooms. For a small portion of these Soldiers looking to get fit, supplements might seem like an easy way to get fast results. Unfortunately, while some supplements help, others might do more damage than good. As temperatures in Baghdad easily peak 100 degrees, the need for proper nutrition rises just as quickly as the mercury.

  • Amputee Blazes New Trails On, Off the Battlefield

    May 25, 2007

    Maj. David Rozelle learned early the importance of leading from the front and setting the example for his fellow Soldiers. He climbed up from the enlisted ranks through the Reserve Officers' Training Corps at North Carolina's Davidson College.

  • Liaisons 'watch over' Landstuhl's wounded

    May 25, 2007

    LANDSTUHL, Germany. Soldiers have their battle buddies. Airmen have their wingmen. Sailors have their shipmates. At U.S. Army, Europes Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, wounded warriors have their Unit Liaison Officers.

  • Iraqi Health Care Briefing

    May 24, 2007

    BG Michael Walsh, Commanding General, Gulf Region Div, US Army Corps of Engineers, Dr Quraish Alkasir, advisor to Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister and President of Society of Iraqi Surgeons, provide an update on Iraqi health care efforts.

  • Secretary of the Army visits Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg

    May 23, 2007

    Acting Secretary of the Army Pete Geren visited the Womack Army Medical Center here today to meet wounded Soldiers and take a firsthand look at the programs and treatment offered to Soldiers and their families. 'Womack is doing an excellent job of taking care of the wounded Soldiers and meeting the needs of the families,' said Geren.

  • MEDCOM Now

    May 22, 2007

    Six weeks ago, the first edition of Walter Reed Now brought you the highlights and the latest information on progress to restore Walter Reed Army Medical Center to its rightful place as the "crown jewel" of Army Medicine. The sixth edition published April 30, 2007, was the last. Moving forward, we bring you MEDCOM Now, a newsletter highlighting the challenges and successes of Army Medicine.

  • New Lab To Study Sports-Related Injuries in Soldiers

    May 22, 2007

    A new Sports Medicine Laboratory here will help researchers study sports-related injuries in military personnel during regular physical training, combat operations and recreational time.

  • Leaders Have Restored Trust at Walter Reed, Official Says

    May 21, 2007

    Since taking command of the ArmyAca,!a,,cs premier medical center, Army Maj. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker has restored the trust of patients and energized staff members, the Defense DepartmentA-A?A1/2s top health official said today.

  • Medical Aid

    May 16, 2007

    A US Physicians Assistant and an Iraqi Surgeon reopen a clinic in Baqubah, Iraq.

  • Carson Encroachment

    May 16, 2007

    Fort Carson Environmental Resource Managers develop strong civic partnerships and pursue conservation easements in order to sustain the installations ability to train.

  • Wounded Soldiers Kayak With Team River Runner

    May 15, 2007

    Wounded Soldiers recovering at WRAMC learn how to kayak with the Potomac Rivers Runners. Crystal Park has the story.

  • Pandemic Flu Plan

    May 9, 2007

    The Defense Department has just released its plan to help the country deal with a pandemic health crisis.

  • Soldier Combat Stress / Black Jack Boxing

    May 9, 2007

    MHAT IV finds Soldiers are under more non-combat stress during deployments than Marines; Soldiers take out stress during Black Jack Boxing.

  • Defense Department Releases Mental Health Assessment Findings

    May 7, 2007

    The military has a robust system in place to deal with mental health issues, but longer and more frequent deployments are causing strain on servicemembers, a Defense Department study has found.

  • Sec. Gates Puts Punch Behind Fixing Wounded Warrior Care

    May 4, 2007

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates put teeth into implementing changes in Wounded Warrior care by announcing an oversight committee.

  • Defense Secretary Visits 'Amazing' Army Rehabilitation Center

    May 4, 2007

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates visited Fort Sam Houston, Texas, to meet Wounded Warriors and take a firsthand look at the Center for the Intrepid, the Army's state-of-the-art physical rehabilitation center.

  • Ft. Bliss Curbsiders

    May 2, 2007

    Fort Bliss soldiers rely on Curbsiders to dispose of hazardous waste.

  • Overcoming Paralysis

    May 2, 2007

    Two years after a major automobile accident, Army Major Ron Upton beats paralysis and completes the Spirit of St Louis Marathon.

  • Gen. Cody on WRAMC / Army 10-Miler Registration

    Apr 30, 2007

    General Cody says WRAMC problems are fixed for the most part; Registration deadline approaches for Army 10-Miler.

  • Changes at Walter Reed

    Apr 30, 2007

    Brig. Gen. Michael Tucker and Gen. Richard Cody roll out action plan for improvements at Walter Reed.

  • Warrior Transition Brigade Activation

    Apr 27, 2007

    A new brigade to oversee the health and well being of wounded Soldiers has been activated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

  • Walter Reed commander: actions more important than words

    Apr 27, 2007

    Not long before taking command of Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command, Maj. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker was given John C. Maxwell's book "Leadership Promises for Every Day" by a chaplain friend. In addition to daily devotionals, the book contains advice on leadership.

  • Walter Reed activates Warrior Transition Brigade

    Apr 27, 2007

    Walter Reed Army Medical Center activated its new Warrior Transition Brigade Wednesday in the Rose Garden. The brigade will oversee the overall health, welfare and morale of Warriors in Transition.

  • Walter Reed Briefing

    Apr 26, 2007

    Army Vice Chief of Staff General Richard Cody briefs the media on Soldier outpatient medical care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

  • Improved Outer Tactical Vest

    Apr 24, 2007

    The Army introduces its new and improved outer tactical vest. The new vest weighs less, increases area of coverage, and is a better fit for the Soldier. Sgt. Stephen Smith has the story.

  • Medical Logisticians Train Iraqi Soldiers

    Apr 24, 2007

    Soldiers with the 32nd Multi-Functional Medical Battalion trained troops from the Taji National Depot and the Iraqi 6th Infantry Division April 15 to 20 as part of the Iraq and American Medical Logistics Partnership program.

  • Innovative Training Enhances Unit's Ability to Protect Homeland

    Apr 24, 2007

    The Ohio National Guard's radical new tool in the effort to protect the homefront, the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High-Yield Explosives (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP, recently conducted its first full-fledged training event February 24 through March 3.

  • Purple Heart Recipients at Walter Reed

    Apr 23, 2007

    Crystal Park meets with wounded Soldiers and their Families who discuss their receipt of one of our nations oldest military honors.

  • Rock Climbing

    Apr 23, 2007

    Climbing back from the depths of a devastating physical injury means regaining a foothold and fighting upward with heart and spirit. Staff Sgt. Michelle Johnson meets some extraordinary veterans who raise the stakes of what is possible for athletes everywhere.

  • Silent Killer

    Apr 23, 2007

    The Army National Guard is going on the offensive battling a deadly disease.

  • Training, Technology Combine to Save Lives in Iraq

    Apr 23, 2007

    Expanded training in combat life-saving procedures has enabled a greater than 98 percent survival rate for U.S. troops injured in Iraq, a coalition surgeon said.

  • Purple Hearts at WRAMC

    Apr 20, 2007

    Wounded Warriors receive their Purple Heart awards during a ceremony at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Crystal Park reports.

  • New Behavioral Health Website Offers Answers

    Apr 19, 2007

    What exactly is a Post-Deployment Health Reassessment' Where can I get help for my spouse who is having nightmares about experiences in combat' My buddy said he's thinking about committing suicide, what should I do'

  • Soldiers Provide Medical Care for Vietnamese People

    Apr 18, 2007

    Soldiers partner with civilians to provide healthcare and other humanitarian assistance for the people of Hue, Vietnam.


    Apr 17, 2007

    This Army Medical Department poster fosters the "ONE TEAM" motto Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center.

  • Gen. Petraeus Letter / Army Anesthesia Ranking

    Apr 17, 2007

    Gen. David Petraeus issues letter to families of Soldiers affected by the deployment extension; Army anesthesia program ranked second in nation.

  • AMEDD Retention

    Apr 17, 2007

    This U.S. Army Medical Department poster entitled "AMEDD Retention" was created to foster the ONE TEAM motto embraced by the AMEDD Carl R. Darnall Army Medcial Center.

  • Battlemind

    Apr 17, 2007

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth Preston discusses the preparation of equipment and keeping gear serviceable and combat-ready. Through Battlemind Training, Soldiers can use skills to keep their mind combat-ready too.

  • Soldiers Battle for 'Top Army Medic' Title

    Apr 17, 2007

    In a grueling competition April 13-16 at Camp Bullis and Fort Sam Houston, Texas, medics from throughout the Army met to see who is best.

  • Gen. Casey Visits WRAMC

    Apr 16, 2007

    Gen. Casey visits WRAMC to present Soldiers with awards and says medical care and is a top priority and comments on improvements by leadership.

  • New Horizons DENTRETE

    Apr 13, 2007

    New Horizons DENTRETE exercise in Central America.

  • Army Chief of Staff Visits Walter Reed

    Apr 13, 2007

    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. visited Walter Reed Army Medical Center to discuss wounded Soldier care and to award the Purple Heart to three Soldiers wounded in Iraq.

  • Revised Lunch Program / Congress Report

    Apr 12, 2007

    DODs Free and Reduced School Lunch Program has been revised; Acting Secretary of the Army Pete Geren has submitted a new Army Medical Report to Congress and the DOD.

  • Army Anesthesia Program Ranked Second in Nation

    Apr 12, 2007

    An Army Medical Department Center and School program was ranked second in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report magazine in this year's edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools," which hit the stands in early April.

  • 'Biggest Losers' Shape Up, Slim Down

    Apr 11, 2007

    Ms. Olivia Mendoza is learning a new math these days. She's discovered that she can burn about 140 calories for every 10 minutes of high-intensity aerobics. By her calculations, she can then eat a 60 calorie chocolate rice cake, workout and still be ahead by 80 calories.

  • Soldiers, Airmen Mentor Afghan Medical Instructors

    Apr 11, 2007

    A team of five highly-skilled Air Force and Army medics mentor Afghan National Army instructors at the Combat Medic School in Kabul. Their mission is to guide the ANA instructors into leading the Combat Medic Course, which was recently extended to eight weeks. As instructors, they serve as mentors and help promote the growth and professionalism of the ANA's road to self-sufficiency.

  • SAPR Program Pt. 2

    Apr 10, 2007

    The Army observes Sexual Assault Prevention Month. Part 2.

  • Sexual Assault Prevention Month

    Apr 9, 2007

    The Army observes Sexual Assault Prevention Month.

  • SAPR Program Pt. 1

    Apr 9, 2007

    Army observes Sexual Assault Prevention Month. Part 1.

  • "Walter Reed NOW" Newsletter

    Apr 9, 2007

    We are gaining momentum - progress can be seen in nearly every facet of healthcare here at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. With the valued assistance of the Army Staff providing support, coupled with congressional leaders and others examining overarching processes, itAca,!a,,cs clear to me, our nationAca,!a,,cs warriors in transition are going to benefit greatly from these sweeping improvements. We are dependent upon these dynamic groups to join with us and continue to unravel the complex issues that still face our servicemen and women. They have served us with greatness and honor Aca,!" let us honor them with great healthcare service.