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Our History

Military medicine has a long and celebrated history. We apply lessons from our past to improve the care of military personnel and their families today and in the future. New surgical techniques, powerful painkillers, antibiotic drugs, and triage and evacuation procedures have revolutionized military medicine.

In this section, you'll find featured stories and information about the history of military medicine.

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TRICARE

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12/22/2022
TRICARE

A new TRICARE contract that facilitates beneficiary health care in the civilian sector, known as T-5, is expected to start in 2024. The changes will improve the delivery, quality, and cost of health care services for service members, retirees, and their families.

Wounded Warrior CARE Event: Archery

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12/21/2022
Wounded Warrior CARE Event: Archery

Recovering service members, veterans, and staff participate in the Air Force Wounded Warrior Northeast Warrior CARE event at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland in November 2022. (Photo by T.L. Cornwell, Department of Defense)

Wounded Warrior CARE Event: Wheelchair Volleyball

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12/21/2022
Wounded Warrior CARE Event: Wheelchair Volleyball

Recovering service members, veterans, and staff play wheelchair volleyball in the Air Force Wounded Warrior Northeast Warrior CARE Event at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland in November 2022. (Photo by T.L. Cornwell, Department of Defense)

Wounded Warrior CARE Event: Art

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12/21/2022
Wounded Warrior CARE Event: Art

Recovering service members, veterans, and staff participate in the Air Force Wounded Warrior Northeast Warrior CARE Event at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland in November 2022. (Photo by T.L. Cornwell, Department of Defense)

Wounded Warrior CARE Event: Concert

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12/21/2022
Wounded Warrior CARE Event: Concert

Recovering service members, veterans, and staff participate in the Day of Healing Arts during the Air Force Wounded Warrior Northeast Warrior CARE Event at the National Harbor in Maryland on Nov. 17, 2022. (DoD Photo by Roger L. Wollenberg, Department of Defense)

Wounded Warrior CARE Event: Swimming

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12/21/2022
Wounded Warrior CARE Event: Swimming

Recovering service members, veterans, and staff participate in the Air Force Wounded Warrior Northeast Warrior CARE Event at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland in November 2022. (Photo by T.L. Cornwell, Department of Defense)

Wounded Warrior CARE Event

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12/21/2022
Wounded Warrior CARE Event

Recovering service members, veterans, and staff participate in the Air Force Wounded Warrior Northeast Warrior CARE Event at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland in November 2022. (Photo by T.L. Cornwell, Department of Defense)

Wounded Warrior CARE Event: Rowing

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12/21/2022
Wounded Warrior CARE Event: Rowing

Recovering service members, veterans, and staff participate in the Air Force Wounded Warrior Northeast Warrior CARE Event at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Nov. 14, 2022. (Photo by Roger L. Wollenberg, Department of Defense)

Wounded Warrior CARE Event: Basketball

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12/21/2022
Wounded Warrior CARE Event: Basketball

Recovering service members, veterans, and staff participate play basketball at the Air Force Wounded Warrior Northeast Warrior CARE Event at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland in November 2022. (DoD Photo by Roger L. Wollenberg, Department of Defense)

Wounded Warrior CARE Event: Day of Healing Arts

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12/21/2022
Wounded Warrior CARE Event: Day of Healing Arts

Recovering service members, veterans, and staff participate in the Day of Healing Arts during the Air Force Wounded Warrior Northeast Warrior CARE Event at the National Harbor in Maryland on Nov. 17, 2022. (Photo by Roger L. Wollenberg, Department of Defense)

U.S. Army Enlisted Medical Soldiers

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12/6/2022
U.S. Army Enlisted Medical Soldiers

The Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. R. Scott Dingle poses with civilian partners from trauma centers that help train U.S. Army medical personnel at the Defense Health Headquarters during Army Medicine's first Military Civilian Partnership Summit.

Dario Family

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11/29/2022
Dario Family

U. S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant (Ret.) Dario Rodriquez was awarded the Distinguished Service Award posthumously at the Military Health System Research Symposium in Orlando, Florida, on, Sept. 12. His son, Steven Rodriquez (left), and wife, Christine Rodriquez (center), accept the award from Seileen Mullen, the acting Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs.

ECRD Caregiver

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11/29/2022
ECRD Caregiver

Ida Malone helps her husband, Navy Chief Petty Officer Averill Malone, stretch before bicycling during the Navy’s training camp for Department of Defense’s Warrior Games at Ventura County Naval Station Port Hueneme in Oxnard, California. Malone is the caregiver for her husband, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. The new electronic Caregiver Resource Directory, from the Defense Health Agency, provides caregivers with thousands of resources available at their fingertips. (DOD News photo by EJ Hersom)

ATD Warrior Care-725

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11/29/2022
ATD Warrior Care-725

Service members, military spouses, and veterans participate in a Warrior Care employment program initiative in Bethesda, Maryland on Oct. 20, 2022. The Department of Defense, Defense Health Agency, Warrior Care - Recovery Coordination Program, and other organizations regularly join forces to provide information on and support with career opportunities for transitioning active-duty service members. (Photo: Roger L. Wollenberg, Department of Defense)

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MCMWTC High-altitude Tactical-725

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11/28/2022
MCMWTC High-altitude Tactical-725

U.S. Marines with the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment and Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center (MCMWTC) Bridgeport, Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command undertake a tactical exercise at MCMWTC Bridgeport, California, Jan. 25, 2022. (Photo: U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Andrew R. Bray)

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