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New Navy combat stress program
The International Congress on Military Medicine Returns to the USA
Students Participate In Presidential Classroom Held At The Pentagon
Ensuring every military vote is counted in Election 2004
Project DE-STRESS: providing care for victims of traumatic stress
OEF veteran talks about experiences
 
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New Navy combat stress program

Aug 17, 2004 -- WASHINGTON (DeploymentLINK) -- Under the direction of Navy senior leaders, a multimedia programóCombat Stress Reactions: Normal Responses to Abnormal Conditionsówas produced to encourage combat veterans to review their attitudes and seek assistance for combat stress reactions. The five-segment program gives advice to service members, their families and their commanders on how to identify combat-related reactions and what to do about them.

The demands and stressors of war can be traumatizing. Whether service members in a war zone serve on the front line or in a supportive role, they witness death, destruction, and suffering. Combat stress is not new. It was called shell shock in World War I, battle fatigue in World War II, and traumatic stress in the Vietnam War. Combat stress is a typical and normal response to working in a war zone, and it should not cause shame or embarrassment.


The International Congress on Military Medicine Returns to the USA

Jul 27, 2004 -- WASHINGTON (DeploymentLINK) -- For the first time since 1939, the United States will host the International Congress on Military Medicine. This thirty-fifth International Congress takes place September 12-17, 2004, at the Marriott Gateway Hotel, Arlington, VA.

The assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, William Winkenwerder, will host this prestigious event on behalf of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

"The ICMM provides a vehicle for international health networking, consulting, and training," Winkenwerder said. "The biennial Congress fosters increased international dialogue and cooperation between international militaries to support humanitarian assistance requests for global needs."


Students Participate In Presidential Classroom Held At The Pentagon

Jul 21, 2004 -- WASHINGTON (DeploymentLINK) -- Students from as far away as Chile and across the United States traveled to Washington D.C., in June to take part in the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program of Presidential Classroom.

Presidential Classroom takes high school junior and seniors behind the scenes of the nation's capital to observe the federal government and see the development of public policy.

"The Science, Technology and Public Policy Program gives students a look at the political responses to scientific advances, environmental quality, space exploration, disease control and changing technology," said Honorable Jack Buechner, president and CEO of Presidential Classroom.


Ensuring every military vote is counted in Election 2004

Jul 9, 2004 -- WASHINGTON -- "It's all about making sure those ballots are counted." That sounds like courtroom dialog from Florida in 2000. Instead it's the promise of Polli Brunelli, the director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program for the Defense Department program who is responsible for ensuring all uniformed services members and overseas voters have information and resources necessary to vote.


Project DE-STRESS: providing care for victims of traumatic stress

May 11, 2004 -- WASHINGTON -- One unavoidable fact about military action is that service members will have to deal with traumatic stress. The Department of Defense is working to find the best way to help troops deal with the harmful effects of the stress people face in combat. One part of that effort is a treatment trial called Project DE-STRESS.


OEF veteran talks about experiences

May 11, 2004 -- WASHINGTON -- In pre-deployment briefings, Afghanistan is often compared to Texas. But geographic size is about the only characteristic that the country and the Lone-Star state share, an Operation Enduring Freedom veteran told staff at the Deployment Health Support Directorate in a post-deployment briefing.