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Highlights of the October 2013 Issue


PHYSICAL THERAPY:
VA and DoD Joining Forces In Support of Veterans

 

Since Sep. 11, 2001, more than 2.5 million American service members have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and hundreds of thousands of service members have been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). To improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions, President Barack Obama released an executive order directing the federal agencies to develop a coordinated National Research Action Plan that focuses on improving mental health coverage for veterans, especially for those who are suffering from the effects of PTSD and TBI.

“We're unveiling a new national action plan to guide mental health research across government, industry and academia, so that we're going to focus on developing more effective ways to prevent, diagnose and treat mental health conditions like TBI and PTSD,” the president said in August. “And to get it done, we're moving ahead with more than $100 million in new research.”

The Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Education (ED) have stepped up with a widereaching plan to improve scientific understanding, effective treatment and reduce occurrences of PTSD and TBI, co-occurring conditions, as well as suicide. ...

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Fort Belvoir Opens Facility To Treat Brain Injuries

 

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund joined with military leaders on Sept. 12 to officially dedicate the new $11 million “Intrepid Spirit,” a National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite Center at Fort Belvoir, Va., which will provide crucial treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) in returning service members.

“The NICoE System is an essential element of the Military Health System's holistic approach to the recovery and transition of wounded, ill and injured service members,” says Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and TRICARE Management Activity.

The center was funded and built by the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund through a $100 million campaign to support returning veterans with TBI and PTS, and is the first of nine Intrepid Spirit centers nationwide to be completed and open for patients.

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OUTDOOR RECREATION: Fort Stewart Provides an Outdoorsman's Paradise

 

Fort Stewart Paintball

At Fort Stewart, Ga., the Outdoor Recreation (ODR) program has been expanding to meet the growing demand for increased programming, equipment and support, including the highly successful Warrior Adventure Quest program, which provides high-adrenaline ODR activities for service members returning from deployment.

An outdoorsman's paradise, Fort Stewart has more than 280,000 acres available for outdoor recreation activities. “You can hunt and fish year round,” says Fort Stewart Outdoor Recreation Director Susan Chipple. “We have more than 15 managed ponds and two rivers. The Canoochee River runs through the center of the installation, which is situated along Georgia's coast providing quality offshore fishing, beach combing, camping and other recreation opportunities. And the Ogeechee River skirts the northern boundary of the installation. Wildlife management promotes Quality Deer Management Zones and trophy Bass ponds, and Fort Stewart has fishermen catching 10-pound-plus largemouth bass on a regular basis.”

A great deal of improvement and expansion has gone on at the Holbrook Pond Recreation Area, which consists of the Outdoor Recreation Center, skeet and trap range, picnic area and campground, which were originally built in 1979. ...

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MILITARY RECREATION: AFRN Incoming Chair Matt Enoch - 'Focus On Training'

 

Matt EnochArmed Forces Recreation Network (AFRN) Incoming Chair Matthew Enoch began his career in military recreation in 2006 working within the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department at Fort Riley, Kansas, his home state. Enoch then served with MWR at Fort Knox, Ky. and USAG Hawaii, and recently returned to Fort Riley as the community program coordinator with oversight of sports, fitness, aquatics and recreation programming.

As a graduate of Kansas State University, he has 17 years in the park and recreation field, having served with state, federal and campus agencies. ...

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MILITARY RECREATION: AFRN Outgoing Chair John Lucas - Resiliency During Trying Times

 

John LucasArmed Forces Recreation Network (AFRN) Outgoing Chair John Lucas is the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) director at Norfolk Naval Shipyard and NSA Hampton Roads, Va. As a Navy MWR veteran with more than 20 years experience, Lucas has worked in various positions within MWR at NS Norfolk, Va. and at JEB Little Creek-Fort Story, Va. Before taking his current position in 2009, Lucas spent time at the regional and headquarters levels, as the Regional Operations Manager, Mid-Atlantic Region, Commander, Navy Installation Command (CNIC), from 2005-2008, and as the Navy Sports Director, CNIC Headquarters, from 2008-2009. ...

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