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The Military Health System (MHS) is an interconnected network of Service Members whose mission is to support the lives and families of those who support our country. Everyday in the MHS advancements are made in the lab, in the field, and here at home. These are just a few articles highlighting those accomplishments that don't always make it to the front page of local papers.

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Immunization Healthcare nurses have all bases covered

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5/12/2017
Immunization Healthcare Branch nurse practitioner Ann Morse (left) speaks to Sailors about immunizations at a health fair. The Health Fair was part of a long-range plan to improve the overall health and wellness of Sailors.(U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Mckensey Smith)

The nurses and nurse practitioners of the DHA Immunization Healthcare Branch carry on a proud tradition of nursing in military medicine, through education, policy development, adverse event management, research and training all done in the name of caring for patients and providers and ensuring the health of our warfighters.

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Caregivers mark National Nurses Week with wreath at Arlington National Cemetery

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5/11/2017
Several military nurses participated in laying a wreath at the Nurse's Memorial in Section 21 of Arlington National Cemetery, May 8, 2017, as part of National Nurses Week. (U.S. Army photo by C. Todd Lopez)

Military nurse leaders participated in laying a wreath at the Nurses Memorial in Section 21 of Arlington National Cemetery

Mother's Day a chance to highlight care in the Military Health System

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5/11/2017
This year, the Nunns will be celebrating Mother’s Day with four-year-old daughter Sabella and the newest addition to the family, four-month-old son Gideon. (Courtesy photo)

The Military Health System helps deliver more than 100,000 babies each year. As Mother’s Day approaches, we talk about what is offered to make sure those experiences are world-class, no matter where people are in the world.

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Children's Health | Women's Health

Army sergeant and Paralympian: "I'm so grateful military nurses put up with me."

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5/10/2017
Retired Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho (left) shares the spotlight with Sgt. Elizabeth Marks in March at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., after Marks was inducted into the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation Hall of Fame. (Courtesy photo)

As a wounded warrior who worked relentlessly to be declared fit for duty, Marks' interactions with nurses have been plentiful.

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May is better speech and hearing month

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5/10/2017
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds maintenance professionals, wearing hearing protection, watch  Thunderbird 5 taxi out during the Wings of Freedom Open House and Air Show performance, Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Auditory injury is an invisible condition that is often viewed as an unavoidable, acceptable consequence of military service, but service-related hearing loss is largely preventable. Most hearing protection, if worn properly during noise-hazardous conditions, is effective in preventing hearing loss. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Stan Parker)

The Veterans Benefits Administration reports that tinnitus and hearing loss are the top two service-connected disabilities for U.S. military veterans

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Military nurses honored during ceremony at Defense Health Headquarters

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5/10/2017
(l-r) Maj. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, Air Force deputy surgeon general and chief of the Air Force Nurse Corps; Army 1st Lt. Kelsey Lane, Ft. Belvoir Community Hospital; Air Force 2nd Lt. Jeffery Reimer, Ft. Belvoir Community Hospital; Navy Lt. Cmdr. Melissa Troncosco, student nurse and Ph.D. candidate at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Army Sgt. Elizabeth Marks, winner a gold medal in swimming at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio; and Navy Rear Adm. Colin Chinn, acting deputy director for the Defense Health Agency, took part in a cake cutting during a ceremony honoring military nurses during National Nurses Week at the Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia, May 9, 2017.

The Military Health System has joined in recognition of National Nurses Week, with continues through May 12, as a way to spotlight the contributions military nurses make to readiness and care of service members, retirees, and their families.

Wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery highlights Nurses Week

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5/9/2017
Maj. Gen. Dorothy Hogg (left), Air Force deputy surgeon general and chief of the Air Force Nurse Corps, and Hollyanne Milley (right), a registered nurse and wife of Gen. Mark Milley, Army Chief of Staff, stand by the wreath placed at the Nurses Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery May 8, 2017.

Maj. Gen. Dorothy Hogg (left), Air Force deputy surgeon general and chief of the Air Force Nurse Corps, and Hollyanne Milley (right), a registered nurse and wife of Gen. Mark Milley, Army Chief of Staff, stand by the wreath placed at the Nurses Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery May 8, 2017.

Program offers holistic recovery tools to Soldiers with TBI

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5/9/2017
MIST Program participants engage in traditional and nontraditional therapies, such as creating symbolic masks. The MIST Program offers holistic treatment to service members with traumatic brain injuries and other traumatic conditions. (U.S. Army photo by Suzanne Ovel)

The holistic focus of MIST recognizes that the whole person is affected by brain injuries and the conditions that often accompany them

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Military Hospitals and Clinics | Mental Health Care | Traumatic Brain Injury | Mental Wellness

Military, civilian nurses learn, teach in unique DoD-VA collaboration

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5/9/2017
The Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, located 40 miles north of Chicago, is a first-of-its-kind facility staffed with uniformed nurses from the Navy, and serves nearly 67,000 eligible beneficiaries. Navy Lt. Nathan Aranas (left) and Christine Barassi-Jackson (right) work side-by-side at the center. Aranas is an active duty Navy registered nurse and Barassi-Jackson works as a registered nurse with the Veteran’s Affairs. (Courtesy photo)

Military nurses get the chance to learn and teach in a unique collaboration in North Chicago

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Navy Capt. Michele Kane is both nurse and doctor – and a lot more

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5/8/2017
Most people define military nurses as medical professionals who provide care to service members, retirees, and family members, at home and around the globe. But that definition doesn’t go far enough.  One nurse, Navy Capt. Michele A. Kane, seems to have done it all. (Courtesy photo)

Education, research, and leadership have defined her unconventional career

Military Health System chief points to thousands of everyday heroes during DC dinner honoring military medicine

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5/5/2017
Dr. David Smith, currently performing the duties of the assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, speaks during the Heroes of Military Medicine dinner in Washington, D.C., May 4, 2017.

Heroes of Military Medicine were on display during a special event May 4 in Washington, D.C. Dr. David Smith, currently performing the duties of the assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, used the occasion to point out there are everyday heroes all around the Military Health System.

The scoop on probiotic and prebiotic foods

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5/5/2017
Prebiotic foods include bananas, onions, garlic, leeks, asparagus, artichokes, and whole grains. (Courtesy photo)

Benefits from eating foods with probiotics and prebiotics occur when they’re part of a diet that includes whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat sources of dairy and protein

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Between two worlds: Guard and Reserve nurses perfect professional balancing act

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5/5/2017
Theresa Prince, a civilian nurse practitioner and Air National Guard assistant to the Air Force Nurse Corps chief, said that her two careers, while different, have provided her with valuable skills and experiences that help her as a nurse and leader (Courtesy photo from Theresa Prince)

Reserve and National Guard nurses who are also nurses in their civilian life bring a range of skills and experiences to their roles in the military. Their contributions are celebrated during National Nurses Week.

Military nurses develop diverse skills, capabilities

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5/4/2017
Karyn Miller in 1976 at the beginning of a Navy nursing career that would take her from the Carolinas to Iceland and Guam. (Courtesy photo)

Nurses became a permanent part of the armed forces more than 100 years ago, and have shown initiative, flexibility and commitment in both traditional and atypical roles.

Marine learns to seek help for his mental health, encourages others to do same

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5/4/2017
As one of the most storied battles of recent Marine Corps history, the Battle of Fallujah took the lives of more than two dozen Marines and injured many more. Not all of those injuries were immediately apparent. (Courtesy photo)

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Mathew Barr survived the Battle of Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004. But he then faced a new battle for his mental wellness.

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Mental Health Care | Mental Wellness
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