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  • Arctic Wolves Make Expert Field Medical Badge History at Fort Wainwright MOUT Site

    Sep 4, 2007

    The Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TC3) test lane of the Expert Field Medical Badge, test recently hosted by the Arctic Wolves of the 1/25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, begins as the exhausted young medic carefully but quickly repacks his aid bag.

  • Check Out Suicide Prevention Multimedia Products on USACHPPM Website

    Aug 31, 2007

    The US Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine website if filled with important material about suicide prevention, including brochures, help cards, news articles, and a variety of multimedia resources for Soldiers, Families and Leaders.

  • Armed Services Blood Program Calls for AB Blood Donors

    Aug 31, 2007

    The Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) is asking all AB donors to come forward and give blood! AB donors, as universal plasma donors, possess a unique gift and therefore play a vital role in saving lives. Many do not know that group AB blood is a critical component used to treat patients during times of urgency.

  • Fighting Cancer: A Family Story

    Aug 31, 2007

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" There are several simple descriptions for cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, it is a term for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control.

  • $100 Million for Family Programs

    Aug 28, 2007

    Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff okay $100 million for Family Programs and Services.

  • Med Simulator

    Aug 28, 2007

    Medical simulator training center helps prepare soldiers for battlefield.

  • Help Heal Hire Program

    Aug 27, 2007

    Help Heal Hire Program for Warriors in Transition.

  • BAMC Steps up Care for Warriors in Transition, Families

    Aug 23, 2007

    Since June, Brooke Army Medical Center has implemented a series of sweeping changes designed to improve the quality of care for Soldiers in transition and their Families.

  • SecArmy Geren Interview Pt. 3

    Aug 23, 2007

    In Part 3 of an interview with Jini Ryan, Secretary of the Army Pete Geren talks about supporting the Soldiers.

  • Program Gives Chance a 'Chance'

    Aug 23, 2007

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" An Army program to provide free, qualified care for exceptional family members has just become even better, and might mean a little boy named Chance learns to communicate with the world.

  • 62nd Medical Brigade Takes Up Medical Mission in Iraq

    Aug 22, 2007

    The 3rd Medical Command, Fort Gillem, Ga., transferred responsibilities as the commanding medical unit in Iraq to the 62nd Medical Brigade, Fort Lewis, Wash., during transfer of authority ceremony Aug. 15 at Al-Faw Palace at Camp Victory.

  • Medical Engagement

    Aug 20, 2007

    U.S. Soldiers work with local doctors to provide medical care to Iraqis. Pfc. Joseph Labutka reports.

  • Army Releases Suicide Data, Promotes Prevention Programs

    Aug 17, 2007

    Though its number of suicides increased in 2006, the Army's suicide rate still is lower than the rate for the same age and gender group in the overall U.S. population, according to a report the service released Aug. 16.

  • Soldiers Provide Medical, Dental Treatment to Hondurans

    Aug 17, 2007

    U.S. military personnel are providing medical and dental services to residents in Honduras during a two-week medical readiness training exercise.

  • Healing Hands Visit Honduras Hospital

    Aug 16, 2007

    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras Aca,!" In a brightly lit room in Hospital Escuela here Aug. 14, two U.S. hand surgeons bent over the hand of a 64-year old Honduran man.

  • Deaf Spouse

    Aug 16, 2007

    A deaf spouse prepares for husband's deployment and her own battle with cancer. Michelle Michael reports.

  • MSTC Open House Features Human Patient Simulators

    Aug 15, 2007

    The Fort Bliss Medical Simulation Training Center held an open house to mark its official opening, July 19. Four human patient simulators took center stage at the event. These simulators are the most innovative training tools Soldiers will use to train on combat lifesaver skills, said Joe Ricondo, Jr., Military Education and Government Systems and Programs.

  • Communication is Key for Children of Deploying Parents

    Aug 15, 2007

    Deployments are tough on military Families, especially children.

  • Soldiers and Stress

    Aug 6, 2007

    CSM Bobby Moore discusses Soldiers in combat and stress.

  • Walter Reed Names Building After Fallen Combat Medic

    Aug 6, 2007

    About 50 family members, friends and fellow Soldiers of Cpl. Angelo J. Vaccaro, an Army medic killed in Afghanistan, gathered for a dedication ceremony at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, as Aca,!A"Building 38Aca,!A? was renamed Aca,!A"Vaccaro Hall.Aca,!A?

  • A Lot of Heart

    Aug 6, 2007

    Army Staff Sgt. Heath Calhoun, left, leads the Soldier Ride group into downtown Baltimore, Md., July 11. The ride, which started in Los Angeles, May 21, and ended in Montauk, N.Y., July 19, includes wounded Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, their Families, and active-duty volunteers. Participants in Soldier Ride are raising money for Wounded Warrior programs.

  • Armed Services Blood Program explains Department of Defense Rules for blood donations

    Aug 4, 2007

    WASHINGTON, D.C., August 3, 2007Aca,!"The Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) has come under fire recently in Greensboro, N.C., and Columbus, Ohio, due ironically, to a groundswell of support from passionate individuals who are not active-duty military, but who wish to offer their blood Aca,!" a most precious commodity Aca,!" to help save the lives of our troops. These individuals who want to support the Armed Services Blood Program in its missionAca,!"to supply blood and blood products to service members and their families in both peace and warAca,!"want to know why they are not called on to volunteer as blood donors.

  • Army's Medical Hotline Continues to Help Soldiers, Families

    Aug 3, 2007

    The Army's four-month-old "Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline" continues to find answers to Soldiers' and Families' medical questions.

  • PTSD/MTBI Classes

    Aug 2, 2007

    The mandatory PTSD/MTBI chain teaching process starts at the Pentagon.

  • Iraq Security / Suicide Hotline

    Aug 1, 2007

    Improving security in Iraq; Suicide Hotline.

  • Home Safety

    Aug 1, 2007

    Home Safety Council tips on how to make your home safer. Crystal Park reports.

  • Commission Urges Improvements to Servicemembers' Care

    Jul 26, 2007

    A commission tasked to fix problems with wounded servicemembersAca,!a,,c care today presented a 29-page proposal to President Bush that suggests overhauling the disability-rating system and urges more attention be paid to returning Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans suffering from brain injuries.

  • Researchers Test Warfighter Physiological Status Monitor

    Jul 24, 2007

    The Warfighter Physiological Status Monitor lets an observer view heart rate, respiration and core temperature from a remote location. Although intended for medical personnel to monitor the critical vital signs of Warfighters on the battlefield or in training, it also has other uses.

  • TRICARE Hacked

    Jul 24, 2007

    TRICARE information may have been hacked into.

  • Game Therapy at LRMC

    Jul 24, 2007

    Occupational therapists treat patients with new therapy technique using the Nintendo Wii at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. Michelle Michael reports.

  • Sled Hockey Scores Goal With Wounded Warriors

    Jul 23, 2007

    Wounded Warriors and local players make up the San Antonio Rampage Sled Hockey Team. The sport is a modified version of ice hockey, altered to accommodate physical disabilities. The sport is great therapy, not just physically but mentally.

  • 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.