SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING
"Its award is so rare because the feat of bravery it recognizes is so exceptional … ordinary Americans who took extraordinary action on the battlefield."
-Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn III., at the Pentagon Hall of Heroes ceremony, explaining the rarity of the Medal of Honor award, which has been awarded less than 3,500 times, amongst the tens of millions of Americans who have served in combat for the United States since 1862.
Korean War MOH recipients inducted into Hall of Heroes
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
"Someone once wrote a book, It Takes a Village to Raise a Child. I'm here to tell you it takes a nation to heal a warrior. Not just the military,"
- Lt. Col. Erich Campbell, one of the first servicemembers to receive a Purple Heart for traumatic brain injury, or TBI.
Review of Purple Heart award policy allows Fort Riley officer to receive Purple Heart for TBI
INFORMATION YOU CAN USE
A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT
2010-2013: 60th Anniversary of the Korean War
150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War
Sexual Assault Prevention Awareness Month:
- Army's SHARP Program
Month of the Military Child: Operation Military Kids website
Celebrate Diversity Month:
- Asian Pacific Americans in the US Army
- African Americans in the US Army
- Hispanic Americans in the US Army
- Women in the US Army
WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS
- A night to remember
- The MH-60 crash at bin Laden's house
- We will not Chinook aircraft like 'football lineman with the speed of a wide receiver and skills of a quarterback'
- SSG Dale Sweetnam, U.S. Army
- The story behind the photo, Cpl. Kendra Coleman
- Signal-style field training
What is it?
Army Medicine is committed to strengthening psychological resilience and improving the behavioral health of our Soldiers and their families. Overall, the total Army rate of Soldiers with a behavioral health diagnosis is consistent with that of the general U.S. population, at 5.9 percent vs 6 percent. However, the ongoing wars are having considerable impact on the population at large with higher rates within our wounded warrior population. The Army Medical Department offers an extensive array of behavioral health services to address the strain on Soldiers and families who have experienced multiple deployments and other demands of military life during this period of increased operational tempo.
What has the Army done?
The Army implemented the Comprehensive Behavioral Health System of Care Campaign Plan. This plan is intended to further standardize and optimize the vast array of Behavioral Health (BH) policies and procedures across the Medical Command to ensure seamless continuity of care to better identify, prevent, treat and track behavioral health issues that affect Soldiers and families during every phase of the Army Force Generation cycle.
The Army Medical Command currently supports over 90 behavioral health programs. In 2010, the Army provided an additional $168 million in behavioral health support to sustain implementation of over 45 behavioral health care initiatives under the categories of access to care, resiliency, quality of care, and surveillance across Army installations worldwide. The Army is also enhancing behavioral health services provided to its family members through Child, Adolescent and Family Assistance Centers and the School Behavioral Health Programs.
Since 2007, the Army has added 1,745 civilian, military and contract BH providers to help meet the needs of a stressed and growing force.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army will continue to resource additional capacity through its Comprehensive Behavioral Health System of Care effort with an expected budget of $193 Million and is currently resourced through 2017.
Beginning in FY12, the Army will increase behavioral health teams assigned to all its brigade size operational units that will provide two behavioral health providers and two behavioral health technicians assigned to every Brigade Combat Team, Support Brigade and Sustainment Brigade in the Active, Reserve and National Guard Army inventory. This increase will be complete by FY17 and increase the total available uniformed behavioral health force by over 1,000 additional personnel.
Army Medicine Behavioral Health website
ABOUT THE ARMY
- Korean War MOH recipients inducted into Hall of Heroes (The US Army)
- Military recognizes role of spouses (The US Army)
- U.S. Army War College in Carlisle changes with the times (The Patriot-News)
- Military spouses honored at Fort Meade luncheon (The Severn Patch)
- MRAP University expands (The US Army)
- Warrior Clinic reduces pain medication use (The US Army)
- Spouse Resiliency Academy brings Comprehensive Soldier Fitness to families (The US Army)
- Diverse radio fleet, dedicated field support enhance Soldier communications (The U.S. Army)
- $645 for $12.51 spare part? Boeing gives Army refund (Seattle Times)
- Panetta: new Al-Qaeda chief will be next enemy No. 1 (Yahoo)
- With bin Laden gone, will U.S. stick to war plan? (USA Today)
- In Afghan outpost, sunset means a new attack (NPR)
- U.S. presses Pakistan for information on Osama bin Laden compound (Washington Post)
- With bin Laden’s death, U.S. sees a chance to hasten the end of the Afghan war (Washington Post)
- Taliban's muted response draws attention (Wall Street Journal)
- Osama Bin Laden fall means Afghanistan spring (San Francisco Chronicle)
- Massive intelligence haul (Wall Street Journal)
- For Obama, big rise in poll numbers after Bin Laden raid (New York Times)
- For military families, bin Laden's death brings fear, uncertainty (CNN)
- PTSD more likely among active Soldiers with prior mental health disorders (Medical News)
- Missouri Levee blast eases threat to Illinois town (NPR)
- DoD officials: Cutbacks won't hurt industrial base (Defense News)
- New military pay threat deadline: Aug. 2 (Army Times)
- Bin Laden: Pakistan says world intelligence failed (BBC)
- Pakistan’s role in war on terror should not be doubted: Kayani (Dawn)
- Military personnel killed in helicopter crash in Pakistan (NDTV)
- Pakistan says told US about compound in 2009 (SBS Australia)
- Osama bin Laden killing prompts war of words between Pakistan and U.S. (The Guardian)
- Video: Osama's will obtained? (Times of India)
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