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The Military Health System 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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Vision and Hearing Health: Vital to Military Readiness

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6/1/2024
Vision and Hearing Health: Vital to Military Readiness

Vision and hearing heath are crucial to mission readiness and success, both on and off duty.

Defense Health Agency, Veterans Health Administration Collaboration Standardizes Patient Safety Reporting

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6/1/2024
Defense Health Agency, Veterans Health Administration Collaboration Standardizes Patient Safety Reporting

The new Joint Patient Safety Reporting application, a collaborative Defense Health Agency and Veterans Health Administration effort, standardizes the process for medical teams to identify and document medical and dental errors, near-miss events, and close calls that may occur within their facilities.

TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Pinal County, Arizona, due to Simmons Fire

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5/31/2024
TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Pinal County, Arizona, due to Simmons Fire

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The Defense Health Agency announced that TRICARE beneficiaries in Pinal County, Arizona, may receive emergency prescription refills now through June 9, 2024, due to Simmons Fire.

TRICARE Expands Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers to 3 Additional Iowa Counties due to Storm Damage

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5/31/2024
TRICARE Expands Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers to 3 Additional Iowa Counties due to Storm Damage

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The Defense Health Agency announced that TRICARE beneficiaries in 3 additional Iowa counties may receive emergency prescription refills now through June 1, 2024, due to storm damage.

First-Ever Veterans Affairs Department of Defense Joint Planning Summit

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5/31/2024
First-Ever VA-DoD Joint Planning Summit

Leaders from the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs came together for a first-of-its-kind joint-planning summit to identify mutually beneficial resource-sharing opportunities to improve healthcare for both Veterans and DOD beneficiaries in North Carolina and Virginia.

Department of Defense Expands Hearing Protector Fit Testing to Reduce Hearing Loss

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5/31/2024
DOD Expands Hearing Protector Fit Testing to Reduce Hearing Loss

What you need to hear about the expanded hearing protection fit testing requirement.

TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Lincoln County, New Mexico, due to the Blue 2 Fire

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5/31/2024
TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Lincoln County, New Mexico, due to the Blue 2 Fire

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The Defense Health Agency announced that TRICARE beneficiaries in Lincoln County, New Mexico, may receive emergency prescription refills now through June 8, 2024, due to the Blue 2 Fire.

Brooke Army Medical Center Team Wins Best Squad, Best Leader, Best Soldier at Medical Readiness Command – West

Article Around MHS
5/31/2024
Military personnel pose for picture

Medical Readiness Command, West held its Best Leader, Best Squad competition May 13-17. This year, MRC - W teamed up with the Medical Center of Excellence to hold the first consolidated competition where the participants could also earn their Expert Field Medical Badge and the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge.

Medal of Honor Monday: Army Tech. 5th Grade James K. Okubo

Article Around MHS
5/31/2024
Army Technician 5th Grade James K. Okubo, Medal of Honor recipient.

When World War II began, Japanese Americans like James Kazuo Okubo weren't allowed to join the fight because of fears that were stoked by the Pearl Harbor attacks. When that finally changed, Okubo enlisted in the Army to prove his meddle as a medic. He was part of one of the most storied regiments in U.S. history and years after his death, received the Medal of Honor for his heroics.

Nursing Experience Fueled Leader’s Passion for Training, Supporting Military Health

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5/29/2024
Nursing Experience Fueled Leader’s Passion for Training, Supporting Military Health

Dr. Lolita O’Donnell’s military nursing roots took hold more than three decades ago, and although no longer a military nurse, those ideals still influence her duties as the DHA’s Education and Training Directorate’s chief of Executive Skills, Continuing Education & Libraries, and director of the Continuing Education Program Office.

Physical Fitness Holistically Integrates with All Total Force Fitness Domains to Support Readiness

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5/28/2024
Physical Fitness Holistically Integrates with All Total Force Fitness Domains to Support Readiness

By being physically fit, airmen, Guardians, Marines, sailors, and soldiers ensure they are physically ready to meet the demands of their job duties. Being in shape can also reduce the risk of developing many chronic illnesses and even shows improved mental health.

TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Jackson County, Oklahoma, due to Tornado Damage

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5/28/2024
TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Jackson County, Oklahoma, due to Tornado Damage

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The Defense Health Agency announced that TRICARE beneficiaries in Jackson County, Oklahoma, may receive emergency prescription refills now through June 5, 2024, due to tornado damage.

TRICARE Expands Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers to 10 Additional Iowa Counties due to Storm Damage

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5/28/2024
TRICARE Expands Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers to 10 Additional Iowa Counties due to Storm Damage

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The Defense Health Agency announced that TRICARE beneficiaries in 10 additional Iowa counties may receive emergency prescription refills now through June 1, 2024, due to storm damage.

TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Cooke County, Texas, due to Tornado Damage

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5/28/2024
TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Cooke County, Texas, due to Tornado Damage

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The Defense Health Agency announced that TRICARE beneficiaries in Cooke County, Texas, may receive emergency prescription refills now through June 5, 2024, due to tornado damage.

TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Benton County, Arkansas, due to Tornado Damage

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5/28/2024
TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Benton County, Arkansas, due to Tornado Damage

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The Defense Health Agency announced that TRICARE beneficiaries in Benton County, Arkansas, may receive emergency prescription refills now through June 5, 2024, due to severe weather.

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