There is no higher calling than the one that calls us to address the needs of our injured and severely injured Soldiers. The 340 Soldiers we're supporting right now have done more than their share. They have lived the Warrior Ethos as an oath and as a promise.
Gen. Richard A. Cody
Army Vice Chief of Staff
DISABLED SOLDIER SUPPORT SYSTEM (DS3)
The Disabled Soldier Support System (DS3) provides severely disabled Soldiers and their families with a system of advocacy, follow-up and personal support, assisting our heroes as they transition from military service to the civilian community.
- Incorporates and integrates several existing programs to provide holistic support.
- Tracks and monitors severely disabled Soldiers for a period up to five years beyond their medical retirement in order to ensure appropriate assistance.
- Provides eligible Soldiers with a personal DS3 advocate, called a Soldier/Family Management Specialist, who assists with securing support services and future employment.
The Army's Warrior Ethos includes the statement "I will never leave a fallen comrade." The DS3 program embodies our commitment to fallen comrades, ensuring their physical, mental and financial needs are understood and addressed.
Human Resources Command took over operations of DS3 at the end of April. Originally under G-1, DS3 moved in order to bring the program together into one location. (Story)
Find out more about DS3 at www.Army.mil/DS3.
Army Suggesters of the Year
The selected award recipient for the Suggester of the Year military category is SSG Kevin Lade of the USA Aviation and Missile Command. SSG Lade suggested an idea to repair and calibrate equipment which resulting in first year savings of $977K.
The civilian winners are three individuals from the Sierra Army Depot; Mr. Richard Chase, Mr. Richard Schmidt and Mr. Samuel Turner. Their team submission, a method to improve storage of hospital supplies, resulted in savings of $270K.
The Military and Civilian Suggesters of the Year award is presented annually for outstanding suggestions approved and implemented that result in cost savings benefits to the Army.
If you have an idea you would like to share with the Army Suggestion Program, go to https://armysuggestions.army.mil/services/asp/asp_home.cfm.
(AKO username and password required)