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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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Art Therapy at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence

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3/23/2022
Art Therapy at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence

Adrienne Stamper, an art therapist at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), provides a window into the process of healing through art therapy. Art therapists are master’s-level behavioral health professionals who are trained to use art as a vehicle for non-verbal thoughts, emotions, and experiences. At NICoE, the service members have freedom of self-expression and use a wide range of media such as painting, sculpting, drawing, wood-burning, collaging, and creative writing. Stamper explains the scientific basis for why traumatic survivors struggle to put their experience into words, and how art therapy can enable them to find their voice. By working with imagery, the emotional brain, and the physical body, art therapy helps to integrate and restore a sense of control over these painful memories. Stamper walks us through the studio, sharing stories of service members who found healing through art therapy, and shows us the faces of the invisible wounds of war.

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The National Intrepid Center of Excellence | Creative Arts Therapies

Accelerating Digital Health Across the MHS

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3/22/2022
Accelerating Digital Health Across the MHS

Across the Military Health System, we are partnering together to leverage digital health wherever we can – to keep our patients at the center of everything we do.

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Health Care Technology | MHS Video Connect | Mobile Apps

Battlefield Acupuncture Training

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3/21/2022
Battlefield Acupuncture Training

Student at the Uniformed Services University learns how acupuncture can help treat pain on the battlefield.

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Dance and Movement Therapy at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence

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3/16/2022
Dance and Movement Therapy at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence

Liz Freeman, lead dance/movement therapist; and Kristine Keliiki, dance/movement therapist at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), discuss the many ways they use dance movement therapy (DMT) to help patients at the NICoE. DMT is the psychotherapeutic use of movement to promote emotional, social, cognitive, and physical parts of a person in order to improve health and well-being. This brings the body into the treatment process to address behavioral health and rehabilitative goals. Freeman and Keliiki also discuss the history of DMT, citing its birth through a dance for communication program in the Federal Psychiatric Hospital St. Elizabeth’s in the 1940s. March 13 to 19 is Creative Arts Therapies Week. To celebrate, the NICoE created videos highlighting a day in the life of some of our creative art therapies at the NICoE. This video is part of a multipart series.

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The National Intrepid Center of Excellence | Creative Arts Therapies

Music Therapy at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence

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3/16/2022
Music Therapy at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence

Nate McLaughlan is a board-certified music therapist at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE). In this video, he discusses the many way music therapy can help patients at the NICoE. He explains that music therapy uses music-based experiences to address identified symptoms and goals with a music therapist who is trained to use elements of music to promote physical, mental, and social health. McLaughlan also describes the different approaches he takes with NICoE patients. They vary from introducing someone to playing an instrument for the first time, revisiting an instrument, figuring out listening strategies, organizing an intentional playlist, and writing music. The music therapy program at the NICoE helps service members and their loved ones connect with themselves and others through music listening, discussion, and making. A unique part of the NICoE music therapy program is each cohort of service members experience interventions as a group, helping ease them into this journey together. March 13 to 19 is Creative Arts Therapies Week. To celebrate, the NICoE created videos highlighting a day in the life of some of our creative art therapies at the NICoE. This video is part of a multipart series.

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The National Intrepid Center of Excellence | Creative Arts Therapies

TRICARE Qualifying Life Events

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3/15/2022
TRICARE Qualifying Life Events

Your TRICARE plan options may change after you experience a TRICARE QLE. Learn more at www.tricare.mil/lifeevents.

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A Retired Navy SEAL Discusses his TBI

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3/9/2022
A Retired Navy SEAL Discusses his TBI

Retired Navy SEAL Edward Rasmussen discusses his TBI, and urges others to seek treatment if they have symptoms. If you’re experiencing symptoms of TBI, visit health.mil/TBI to learn about the resources available to you.

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One Airman's Recovery from TBI

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3/9/2022
One Airman's Recovery from TBI

After a motorcycle accident, Master Sergeant Stalnaker started having symptoms of traumatic brain injury, or TBI. He tells his story about his symptoms and his road to recovery from physical and emotional wounds as a result. If you’re experiencing symptoms of TBI, visit health.mil/TBI to learn about the resources available to you.

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MHS Minute February 2022

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3/3/2022
MHS Minute February 2022

MHS Minute | February 2022

Please Donate Blood!

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2/18/2022
Please Donate Blood!

Lieutenant General Place and CSM Gragg discuss the importance of Blood Donation. Go to www.militarydonate.com to find a donation location in your area.

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A letter from your heart ...

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2/11/2022
A letter from your heart ...

Love letter from your heart. Happy Heart Health Month!

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TBI Prevention

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2/9/2022
TBI Prevention

It is important for everyone to remember that we only have one brain. That means taking the necessary to protect your brain when engaging in sports, driving, or during exercises while on-duty.

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Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence

Keep Your Car Winter Ready

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2/9/2022
Keep Your Car Winter Ready

Driving in the winter can be dangerous, so it's important to follow these tips to properly winterize your car for snow, ice, and cold weather.

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Does CSM Gragg Have COVID-19?

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2/9/2022
Does CSM Gragg Have COVID-19?

CSM Gragg demonstrates how to use a COVID-19 at home rapid test.

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Air Force Medical Student Called to Work as Translator

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2/9/2022
Air Force Medical Student Called to Work as Translator

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) medical school student Air Force 2nd Lt. Kristen Bishop was doing clinical rotations in Portsmouth when she was asked to change her rotations to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to work as a translator for Afghan evacuees.

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