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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"As a result, the United States needs a broad portfolio of military capabilities with maximum versatility across the widest possible spectrum of conflict. This strategic reality shaped the QDR's analysis and subsequent conclusions, which directly informed the program decisions contained in the budget."

- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, stating that QDR has to look beyond 'an outdated assumption' that's guided U.S. defense planning and requirements for decades as now security challenges on the horizon, range from new technologies that deny access to sea, air, space and cyberspace, to terror inflicted by non-state actors.

Budget, defense reviews focus on current wars

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"They are very eager to learn better tactics. They focus a lot more on safety now. It is encouraging when you see them looking at the cause-and-effect scenarios when they plan scenarios. That wasn’t always there."

- Staff Sgt. Mark Lowe, 3rd Infantry Division’s 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, speaks about the training that U.S. Soldiers are providing their Iraqi counterparts as part of the responsible drawdown from Iraq

Veterans see improvement in Iraqi army

CALENDAR

February 2010

African American History Month See Web site: African Americans in the U.S. Army

Feb.1-7: National Patient Recognition Week

Feb. 15: President's Day

Feb. 24- 26: AUSA Winter Symposium

March 2010

Women’s History Month
Brain Injury Awareness Month


Mar. 18: Army Day

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TODAY'S FOCUS

Franks Report

What is it?

In July of 2008, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Army chief of staff, asked retired Gen. Frederick Franks Jr. to review the current Physical Evaluation Board (PEB)/Medical Evaluation Board (MEB) process and recommend improvements to supporting the Army's wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and their families. Gen. Franks sought guidance from numerous experts within the Army, across the services and from several allied nations. Franks produced three strategic and 43 tactical recommendations designed to create a PEB/MEB process with greater trust and transparency.

What has the Army done?

Brig. Gen. Richard Mustion, the adjutant general and commanding general, U.S. Army Physical Disability Agency, and Brig. Gen. Gary Cheek, commander, Warrior Transition Command and Assistant Surgeon General for Warrior Care and Transition, will execute Gen. Franks' report. The vice chief of staff of the Army is holding regular video teleconferences with senior commanders to review progress of key tasks. One of the major improvements already implemented was to apply the Warrior Transition Command's organization inspection findings across the Army to drive standardization and improve its procedures and familiarity with the Disability Evaluation System (DES) through centralized "Communities of Practice" where physicians and case managers collaborate and share best practices.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army will take part in the Disability Evaluation System Pilot program with the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (DVA) to streamline disability evaluations and remove duplicative processes. Additionally, the Army will engage with the DOD and DVA to shift the emphasis of the PEB/MEB from disability and compensation to ability and supporting servicemembers in their effort to realize their full potential through rehabilitation, training and appropriate compensation. Currently Gen. Franks is conducting a strategic review of the reserve-component's medically not ready Soldiers, and their access to the Disability System to provide recommendations to improve reserve-component unit medical readiness and board processes.

Why is this important to the Army?

The entire Army family will do all it can to provide wounded, ill and injured Soldiers with the resiliency, self-reliance, re-education and employment options to return to the service or civilian life. The Army will refocus the process on of rehabilitation and transition, without loss of entitlements. With the help of Congress, Veterans Service Organizations, and other government agencies, we can execute another Gen. (Ret.) Franks' recommendations - to continue a national dialogue about what our nation should do for our wounded, ill and injured Soldiers.

Resources:

STAND-TO! edition: May 20, 2009: Expanded Education Benefits for Children of Fallen Soldiers

Related article: Franks recommends streamlining disability evaluations

Disability Benefits for Wounded Warriors

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