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MHS and MOS Town Hall: "To Your Health"

Image of Images of Dr. Theresa Schulz and Colonel Mark Reynolds. MHS and Military OneSource presents a discussion with experts from the Hearing Center of Excellence and the Vision Center of Excellence.

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Join us live on Tuesday, June 8 at noon ET, for the next Military Health System-Military OneSource Town Hall! Titled "To Your Health," we'll be joined by experts from the Hearing Center of Excellence and the Vision Center of Excellence to discuss the important topics of vision and hearing health. Dr. Theresa Schulz is the Chief of Prevention and Surveillance at HCE, and Colonel Mark Reynolds, U.S. Army, Chief, VCE. 

June is Vision and Hearing Loss Prevention and Protection Month. The DOD is committed to protecting the sensory health of service members. Healthy vision and hearing is vital to ensure service members are able to perform effectively, efficiently, and safely on and off duty.

Please also join us on June 22, 2021 for another COVID-19 Town Hall update!

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