Disabled Soldiers Support System (DS3)

Monday October 24, 2005

The Disabled Soldier Support System is an Army program that provides personal support, advocacy, and follow-up. This program reflects The Army's commitment to our Severely Disabled Soldiers, their families, and their communities.

The Army will provide severely Disabled Soldiers and their families with a focused system that recognizes their unique sacrifices in support of national defense as well as their individual requirements as they transition from active military service to contributing members of their civilian communities.


- Provide a system of advocacy and follow-up to severely injured and ill Soldiers and their Families with personal support during their rehabilitation and transition back to military service or into the civilian community.

- Assist Soldiers and their families in accessing critical resources.

- Facilitate Soldiers' and families' contact and coordination with external supporting agencies (VA, Labor, Veteran Service Organizations, etc.).

- Ensure Soldiers' and family member's access to non-medical support services throughout the rehabilitation, return to duty or separation / retirement process, and for 5 years following retirement.

- Ensure access to a network of information and resources wherever needed.

The DS3 can facilitate assistance with and provide information about family travel to VSI/SI Soldier's bedside (Invitational Travel Orders - ITO's), pay issues, options for Continuation on Active Duty (COAD), The Medical Evaluation Board (MEB) and Physical Evaluation Board (PEB) process, federal government and private sector employment opportunities upon retirement and many other topics as well.

For more information, see the site: DS3 Website

For phone inquiries: 800-833-6622
ARNEWS story
Now part of Human Resources Command, DS3 program helps injured Soldiers


  • Green Berets get Silver Stars for actions in Iraq, Vietnam (ARNEWS)
  • National Guard: staying on (SLT | EB)
  • Army, local Hazmat teams clean up New Orleans for residents' return (ARNEWS)
  • Investigators attribute levee failures to design flaws (WP | EB)
  • Family trio serves in Iraq (ARNEWS)


  • Return to enemy body counts (WP | EB)
  • Secretary urges prompt resolution of misconduct allegations (AFIS)
  • As U.S. tolls near 2,000, military expects public to remain quiet (BS | EB)
  • Election results show that democracy works in Iraq, says top U.S. Army official (KT | EB)
  • Iraqi army needs logistics, noncommissioned officers (AFIS)
  • Touches of home help raise U.S. troops morale (ADS | EB)
  • Now U.S. forces worry about pressure-triggered bombs (USAT | EB)
  • Iraqi women bear arms (WT | EB)
  • Experts say terrorism may spread in Iraq (HC | EB)
  • Insurgents sharing bomb expertise (USAT | EB)


  • Zawahri urges Muslims to give aid to Pakistan (BG | EB)
  • U.S. expands 'defensive measures' on North Korea (NYT | EB)
  • Rumsfeld promises U.S. support for Ukraine's NATO ambitions (AFIS)
  • Reviews blame U.S. disaster response plans (BS | EB)
  • U.S. seeking access to chinese records on war MIAs (AR | EB)
  • U.S. and Romania close to deal on Black Sea bases (WT | EB)
  • 'Virtual Commissary' opens for business (ARNEWS)
  • "In praise of the noncoms" Opinion (LAT | EB)



A championship weekend for the Army! Not only did Tony Schumacher clinch his second straight World Championship, he won the Budweiser Shootout, and also won the race in Las Vegas! A perfect weekend for him in which he won the largest amount of prize money ever in a single weekend in the history of drag racing. Teammate, Angelle Sampey, made it to the pro stock bike finals but lost to Chip Ellis. Joe Nemechek finished 23rd in Martinsville after a pit road penalty that resulted in him being penalized one lap. The PBR World Finals begin next weekend in Vegas, although Mike Lee, James White, and Jaron Nunnemaker all competed in the Challenger Tour event this weekend in D.C. with both Mike and Jaron making the Short Round. Watch for Mike in Vegas these next 2 weekends!

NASCAR Race: Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway
Driver: Joe Nemechek
Qualified: 8
Finished: 23
Rank: 13 (no movement from last week)
Next race: October 30, Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

NHRA Race: ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals
Driver: Tony Schumacher
Qualified: 2
Finished: Won the race defeating David Grubnic
Rank: 1

Driver: Angelle Sampey
Qualified: 5
Finished: Lost in Finals to Chip Ellis
Rank: 3

Driver: Antron Brown
Qualified: 9
Finished: Lost in 1st round to Craig Treble
Rank: 4

Next Race: November 3 - 6, Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona, California

Subscribe to STAND-TO! to learn about the U.S. Army initiatives.


There is no higher calling than the one that calls us to address the needs of our injured and severely injured Soldiers. The 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.

General Richard A. Cody
Vice Chief of Staff, United States Army


STAND-TO! is an information paper-based web platform that supports the U.S. Army’s strategic communication objectives.

The information papers -- written, approved and submitted by the Army agencies -- provide a broad, objective view of the Army’s current operations, doctrine and programs. The "Today’s Focus" topics highlight Army Staff initiatives and support Army wide strategic-level issues.

All published editions are sent to subscribers via email and archived daily in the STAND-TO! Archives.

STAND-TO! falls under the management of the Online and Social Media Division (OSMD) in the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs (OCPA).

Subscribe to STAND-TO! to learn about the U.S. Army initiatives.