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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!

Vision and Hearing Loss Protection and Prevention Month: Stay Sight and Sound Ready

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Addendum to Guidance on the Establishment of Department of Defense Standardization for Ordering and Procurement of Hearing Devices Prostheses 13-006

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DoD Instruction 6490.05: Maintenance of Psychological Health in Military Operations

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This instruction establishes policy and assigns responsibilities in accordance with References (c), (d), and (e) for developing combat and operational stress control (COSC) programs within the Military Departments, the Combatant Commands, and joint Service operations.

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