<a href="//www.army.mil/ds3/" target="_blank">DISABLED SOLDIER SUPPORT SYSTEM (DS3)</a>

Tuesday May 10, 2005

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)


  • Army chief praises Stryker (TNT | EB)
  • Army bases in Europe to be closed, funds will build new bases in U.S. (PI/EB)
  • Commission recommends slow return of Soldiers from Europe and Asia (HC | EB)
  • Army increases safety of weapons training (USAT | EB)
  • Court-martial finds LT guilty of conduct unbecoming (ARNEWS)


  • 100 insurgents killed in offensive in western Iraq (NYT | EB)
  • U.S. to increase prison facilities in Iraq (WP | EB)
  • Training key to Iraqi reconstruction capacity (CENTCOM News)
  • Search for best IED detection technology continues (AWST/EB)
  • War spending bill laden with unrelated items (WT | EB)
  • Afghanistan extends amnesty to top terrorists (NYT | EB)


  • Base, troop shifts take account of transport needs (WSJ/EB)
  • "Bracing for BRAC" -- Editorial (CSG/EB)
  • DoD jobs at risk in northern Virginia (WP | EB)
  • 'Super Clinic' to serve military, vets in Florida and Alabama (MH | EB)
  • Think tanks recommend more spending on domestic security (WSJ/EB)
  • Congress opposes bunker buster research (WT/EB)
  • Putin, Bush celebrate VE Day and new Russian pride (NYT | EB)
  • America honors World War veterans on VE Day (ARNEWS)
  • N. Korea suggests atomic test could be soon (WP | EB)
  • U.S. trying to persuade N. Korea back to talks (USAT/EB)
  • Iran acknowledges processing uranium ore (NYT | EB)


  • Two car bombs exploded in Baghdad (Aljazeera)
  • Russian president warns against early withdrawal from Iraq (Aljazeera)
  • Israeli prime minister delays pullout from Gaza Strip by three weeks (Arab News)
  • U.S. ambassador to Kuwait urges citizens to have more contact with U.S. information (Arab Times)
  • "Energy, U.S. national security and the Mideast" -- Opinion (Middle East Times)
  • U.N. electoral team to provide technical aid to Lebanese elections (Daily Star, Lebanon)
  • Japan and Germany pushing for seats on U.N. security council (Japan Times)
  • U.S., U.N. lines blurred in Afghanistan (Kabul Press)

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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


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