By Mr. Eric Kowal (RDECOM)May 5, 2011
PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - In recent years, past and current installation and garrison commanders-as well as command sergeants major-have signed important Army documents known as the Army Community Covenant and Army Family Covenant.
The Army Community Covenant was designed to develop and foster effective state and community partnerships with the Army to improve the quality of life for Soldiers and their Families, both at their current duty stations and as they transfer from state to state.
The Army Family Covenant is a commitment by Army leadership to support Soldiers and their families.
When Brig. Gen. Jonathan Maddux received an invitation from the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (AJNC) to attend their Army Community Covenant signing, he was eager to participate.
"I am honored to be here with you today as members of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors sign our community covenant and pledge their support to our military members," Maddux said while addressing the audience April 16 in Long Branch, N.J.
Through a partnership with Army OneSource, the State Chiropractic Association provides chiropractors with resources to help them properly treat the invisible wounds of war.
Chiropractors are able to register for courses on post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury,and issues related to women returning from combat, all at no cost to the practitioner.
The courses assist a chiropractor who may see a veteran or family member on an unrelated issue to develop a better understanding of the culture in which service members and their families live and work.
The courses also provide best practices for identifying and assessing health disorders that result from the trauma of war.
Along with Maddux, about a dozen military dignitaries with ties to the state signed the covenant, including retired Brig.Gen. Rebecca Halstead, a supporter of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress.
Staff members from Army OneSource and the AJNC also signed the covenant.