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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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Suicide prevention: How to recognize the warning signs

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9/22/2016
Five signs that may mean someone is in emotional pain and might be at risk for suicide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Chris Botzum)

How to recognize the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide, and what steps to take

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Mental Health Care | Suicide Prevention

Nurse Advice Line serves as important tool for suicide prevention

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9/21/2016
Army Private 1st Class Luselys Lugardo, a soldier assigned to the New Jersey Army National Guard, poses in front of a shattered mirror for a portrait. The shattered glass represents the way suicide hurts families, friends and coworkers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht)

There are many resources to help service members and their families in dealing with suicide. The Nurse Advice Line is one more tool to use.

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Mental Health Care | Suicide Prevention | Access to Health Care

Psychological issues key part of recent military health summit

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9/21/2016
Public Health Service Cmdr. Robin Toblin with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research was one of the more than 1,700 health care providers and policy makers from the Military Health System, the Department of Veterans Affairs, academia and commercial research companies who met in person and virtually during the recent Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Summit held at the Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia. (DCoE photo by Terry Welch)

Mental health issues were an important part of the recent 2016 Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Summit that was held at the Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia.

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U.S. Army medical brigade trains Ukrainian soldiers on field litter ambulances

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9/20/2016
A Ukrainian Soldier uses hand signals during a ground guide exercise of field litter ambulance familiarization on the driving range at Yavoriv Training Area, Ukraine. A team of medics and a mechanic from 557th Medical Company and 212th Combat Support Hospital are working together to conduct field littler ambulance and medical equipment  familiarization with the Ukrainian military. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jeku)

Field litter ambulances provide mobility for emergency situations and provide a quick link between battlefield casualties and emergency services not available on the front lines of battle

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Soldier overcomes physical, invisible wounds: From contemplating suicide to advocating others' wellness

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9/19/2016
Then-Army Maj. Ed Pulido, stands with his wife, Karen, and daughters, Kaitlin and Kinsley in June 2010. Pulido retired from the Army and is 12 years into his recovery and credits his family for encouraging and supporting him during that time.

As part of Suicide Prevention Month, retired Army Maj. Ed Pulido tells his own story about contemplating suicide, how his experience changed perspective on mental health and what he does now.

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Vitamins D and B12 play important roles in health and wellness

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9/19/2016
Adequate intake of B vitamins is important to ensure optimum energy production and the building of muscle tissue.

Vitamins D and B12 are key nutrients to staying healthy and having a balanced diet

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Navy Medicine accepting applicants for 2017 enlisted to medical degree prep program

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9/16/2016
EMDP2 is a partnership between USUHS and the armed services. It is a 24-month, full-time academic program that includes intensive coursework, preparation, and mentoring for the student's medical school application. Once students complete the program, they are eligible to compete for entrance into USUHS or any civilian medical school in the United States. Students are not guaranteed admission or commission upon successful completion of the program. (U.S. Navy photo)

EMDP2 is a two-year program for academically-promising enlisted service members to complete preparatory coursework making them competitive medical school applicants

USS Decatur MEDEVAC exemplifies importance of US, ROK partnership

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9/16/2016
A Republic of Korea navy UH-60 Black Hawk takes off from the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur. The ROKN helped in an emergency medical evacuation of a U.S. Sailor. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gerald Dudley Reynolds)

USS Decatur was assisted by the Republic of Korean navy in an emergency medical evacuation of a Sailor

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2016 DCoE Summit: Advancement in care focus of opening day

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9/15/2016
Dr. Thomas DeGraba, National Intrepid Center of Excellence chief innovation officer, shares updates to the clinical practice guidelines for the management of concussion during the 2016 DCoE Summit Sept. 13, 2016, at the Defense Health Headquarters, Virginia. (DCoE photo by Terry Welch)

Understanding how health care has advanced and how it can continue to improve was the message speakers delivered at the summit

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Bono tells military summit on psychological health and TBI: DHA is here to support efforts

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9/15/2016
Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency, spoke on the final day of the 2016 Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Summit, Sept. 15, 2016.

The 2016 Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Summit is being held Sept. 13-15, at the Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia

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DoD makes prescription drug disposal easy for beneficiaries

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9/15/2016
Defense Department health care beneficiaries can now safely and easily dispose of expired and unused medications by bringing them to a military treatment facility or, in some cases, picking up a mailing envelope from the installation to send for destruction of the medications free of charge. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The new Drug Take Back program allows for disposal of expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter medications

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Remembering 9/11, finding hope

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9/15/2016
Jessica Meyle and her son, Robert, born on May 13, 2002—just barely eight months after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Ms. Meyle was a public affairs specialist in the TRICARE Management Activity, Communications and Customer Service division and still supports the Defense Health Agency today. Robert just started his first year in high school.

Jessica Meyle, a current employee at the Defense Health Agency recalls events on 9/11 and the day after.

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9/11 Memories - Army Col. (Dr.) Geoffrey G. Grammer

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9/14/2016
Army Col. (Dr.) Geoffrey G. Grammer, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center director

Army Col. (Dr.) Geoffrey G. Grammer recalls the events of 9/11

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9/11 Memories - Kate McGraw

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9/14/2016
Kate McGraw, DCoE Deployment Health Clinical Center interim director

Kate McGraw recalls the events of 9/11 at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware

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Guice to military summit on psychological health and TBI: ‘Vigilance can’t stop’

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9/14/2016
Dr. Karen Guice, acting assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, addressed attendees on the second day of the 2016 Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Summit Sept. 14, 2016.

The 2016 Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Summit is being held Sept. 13-15, at the Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia

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