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President Trump Signs Order to Improve Mental Health Care for Transitioning Veterans
WASHINGTON, DC (January 10, 2018) -- Transitioning service members and veterans can now receive up to a year of mental health care from the Veterans Affairs Department after discharge from the service, according to an executive order President Donald J. Trump signed yesterday.

Year in Review: Innovations Aid Warfighters, Families
FALLS CHURCH, VA (December 26, 2017) -- Read a review of some innovations in 2017 that provided continued momentum for the Military Health System’s mission of a medically ready force and ready medical force.

Army Leads the Charge in Medical, Technological, Cyber Innovations in 2017
WASHINGTON, DC (December 21, 2017) -- From advancements in battlefield care, to continued dominance in cybersecurity and a renewed emphasis on modernization, 2017 was a groundbreaking year for Army innovations in the medical, technological, and cyber fields.

Doctors Use Cutting-Edge Research at Navy Hospital
SAN DIEGO, CA (November 30, 2017) -- A Defense Department study on the benefits of surfing for patients with posttraumatic stress, a clinical tracking tool used to manage patient care, and an advanced electroencephalogram and eye tracker. The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center's traumatic brain injury clinic at Naval Medical Center San Diego and the Naval Health Research Center at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego are developing and using cutting-edge research to better help service members, their family members, and retirees.

Defense Health Agency Symposium Brings Together Minds to Get the Most Out of Research Dollars
FALLS CHURCH, VA (October 17, 2017) -- The DHA-sponsored Return On Investment Symposium, Oct. 11, 2017, brought together Military Health System experts in the medical and acquisition fields with their counterparts from other federal government agencies, academia, and private industry, to discuss how best to get the most out of taxpayer dollars going into care for warfighters.

Special Reaction Team graduates Combat Life Saver Course
OKINAWA, Japan (October 4, 2017) -- Marines with the Provost Marshal’s Office Special Reaction Team (SRT) completed a rigorous Combat Life Saver (CLS) course Oct. 4 aboard Camp Foster. The CLS course educates and trains Marines in basic casualty and combat care, preparing them to provide aide to injured service members in combat situations. Marines learn to provide similar life-sustainment care that a corpsman would administer until the causality can be treated by a medical professional.

WWRP Researchers Use Data to Understand Long-Term Health Outcomes for Combat-injured Amputees
KISSIMMEE, FL (September 8, 2017) -- During the Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS) Aug. 29, researchers from the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) shared findings from a recent report that described quality of life outcomes for combat-injured amputees. To better understand the impact on the health and well-being of military personnel, NHRC researchers with the Wounded Warrior Recovery Project (WWRP), a long-term study examining injury effects on wounded service members’ quality of life, conducted an investigation to learn more about the characteristics of this combat-amputee population and examine differences between them and injured service members without amputation.

People with PTSD May Have Overactive ‘Fight or Flight’ Response
SILVER SPRING, MD (August 8, 2017) -- Imagine you are in a life-threatening situation. You survey your surroundings and play out various scenarios in your mind. You have seconds to decide how to protect yourself. Do you run away or do you fight your way to safety? How you react to this situation is your intuitive “fight or flight” response.

Counter-hemorrhaging Medical Device Saves Service Members' Lives
BETHESDA, MD (July 18, 2017) -- Born out of necessity on the battlefield, a new medical device is buying vital time for critically wounded patients in combat and in emergency care environments worldwide.

Army Surgeon General Highlights New Opportunities for Soldier Healthcare
FORT BRAGG, NC (July 5, 2017) -- Lt. Gen. Nadja Y. West, Army Surgeon General and commanding general, U.S. Army Medical Command, hosted three town hall meetings during her visit to Fort Bragg in order to discuss challenges and opportunities for Army Medicine and to solicit feedback from the community, Womack Army Medical Center staff, and Fort Bragg leaders.

Department of Defense Hiring Heroes Program
WASHINGTON, DC (June 26, 2017) -- The Department of Defense Hiring Heroes Program organizes and conducts specialized career fairs to increase awareness of job opportunities for wounded, ill, injured, and transitioning service members, veterans, spouses, and primary caregivers.

May is National Better Speech and Hearing Month
ARLINGTON, VA (May 5, 2017) -- Service members and veterans are at a greater risk of hearing injury than the general public. The Veterans Benefits Administration reports that tinnitus and hearing loss are the top two service-connected disabilities for U.S. military veterans and tinnitus is the most common service-related disability among OEF/OIF/OND veterans.

The VA And Navy Look At Long Term Amputee Outcomes
SAN DIEGO, CA (March 27, 2017) -- The Navy and Veterans Administration Hospital in La Jolla are releasing the most complete data so far on how amputees are dealing with their injuries from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Navy Chemists Develop Lightweight Transparent Armor
WASHINGTON, DC (March 20, 2017) -- Research chemists at U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have developed and patented a transparent thermoplastic elastomer armor to reduce weight, inherent in most bullet-resistant glass, while maintaining superior ballistic properties.

Deployed Wounded Warrior Completes Back-to-back Tours
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (January 5, 2017) -- “I’ve deployed, I’ve remained on active duty. I’m a fully active member of the military now. If my story can motivate people or help people, then great,” said Tech. Sgt. Jason Caswell, an amputee.