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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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DHA Minute | January 2023

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1/17/2023
DHA Minute | January 2023

Introducing the DHA Minute, a monthly news product for the Defense Health Agency team. Learn more about the new Director’s vision and mission for the agency in this clip.

Importance of Updating DEERS

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1/11/2023
Importance of Updating DEERS

The easiest way to access your medical records is through the MHS GENESIS Patient Portal. Update all your contact information on DEERS before logging into MHS GENESIS. If not, it can cause a delay or issue with claims, referrals, or delivery of home prescriptions. Learn more at www.health.mil/MHSGenesis

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Becoming a Military Doctor: Why Work at DHA?

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1/11/2023
Becoming a Military Doctor: Why Work at DHA?

Former DHA Director Lt Gen Ron Place tells his personal experience about becoming a military doctor and the honor of working at the Defense Health Agency. Search for jobs at dha.usajobs.gov.

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January is National Blood Donor Month

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1/5/2023
January is National Blood Donor Month

Blood is being collected to be shipped out all over the world and we have Army, Air Force, Navy and DOD civilians acting as the local community. Now more than ever, especially in the pandemic, we need to donate and give blood as there has been a shortage of blood donors. What better time than on National Blood Donor Month?

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Defense Health Agency Change of Directorship - Remarks from DHA Director Maj. Gen. Telita Crosland

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1/3/2023
Defense Health Agency Change of Directorship - Remarks from DHA Director Maj. Gen. Telita Crosland

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Telita Crosland becomes the fourth director of the Defense Health Agency (DHA) in a ceremony Jan. 3, 2023, at Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia.

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Thunderbirds 2022: Disney Flyover, Orlando Air and Space Show

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12/16/2022
Thunderbirds 2022: Disney Flyover, Orlando Air and Space Show

The Thunderbirds not only performed a flyover at The Magic Kingdom, but headlined the Orlando Air and Space Show! The trip to Florida wrapped up the team's 68th show of the 2022 season, with only one remaining show at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

Blue Angels 2021 B-Roll Package

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12/16/2022
Blue Angels 2021 B-Roll Package

The mission of the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron is to showcase the teamwork and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach.

MHS Minute | Nov 2022

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12/12/2022
MHS Minute | Nov 2022

The latest MHS Minute focuses on highlights from DHA Director Lt. Gen. Ronald J. Place’s final virtual town hall with the workforce, Nov. 16, 2022. The discussion included the agency’s biggest accomplishments over the past three years and the impact of COVID-19 on DHA’s reputation and approach to health care delivery.

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Older Adults and Mental Health

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12/12/2022
Older Adults and Mental Health

Mental health often goes undiagnosed in older adults.

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Service Members and Mental Health

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12/12/2022
Service Members and Mental Health

TRICARE covers mental health services, including telehealth.

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Warrior Care: The Military Adaptive Sports Program

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12/7/2022
Warrior Care: The Military Adaptive Sports Program

Meet Coach Patrick Johnson, a veteran of the U.S. Navy who medically retired 13 years ago. Today he helps run Walter Reed's military adaptive sports program and coaches multiple crew teams in the National Capital Region. To learn more about military adaptive sports program, visit health.mil/warriorcare.

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Introducing Contraceptive Care Clinics (Instagram Reel)

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11/23/2022
Introducing Contraceptive Care Clinics (Instagram Reel)

Contraceptive Care Clinics are now available to Military Treatment Facilities. No referral or appointment is required. Check with your local MTF to see if there is a clinic at your facility and if walk-in appointments are available. Learn more a health.mil/womenshealth.

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Introducing Contraceptive Care Clinics

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11/23/2022
Introducing Contraceptive Care Clinics

Walk-in contraceptive services are now available at military hospitals and clinics. No referral or appointment is required. Check with your local military hospital or clinic to see if walk-in appointments are available. Learn more at health.mil/womenshealth.

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The Healing Roots of Polynesian Dance

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11/22/2022
The Healing Roots of Polynesian Dance

BETHESDA, Md. (May 18, 2022) Kristine Keliiliki, a Dance/Movement Therapist with Creative Forces, and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), holds a dance workshop where she shares the healing roots of Polynesian dance, how it supports a clinical setting, and also as a celebration of the Polynesian islands as part of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center's Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebration. Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is observed in the United States during the month of May, and recognizes the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. (DoD video by Ricardo J. Reyes)

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Winter Safety: Winter Drinking

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11/18/2022
Winter Safety: Winter Drinking

Driving during winter can be hazardous and scary, especially in regions that receive a lot of snow and ice this time of year. Additional preparations can help make a trip safer. It is important to follow the safe winter driving practices. The holidays are full of cheer and merriment. Follow these tips to keep you and your loved ones safe and prepared this time of year. #winterandalcoholdontmix

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