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March 22, 2017

Face of Defense: Air Force Captain Fights to Keep Fit

Air Force Capt. Eduardo Torrez, an emergency room staff nurse and former competitive fighter, employs boxing as a way to stay fit. The former Army sergeant has had more than 50 amateur fights, winning more than 90 percent of them. Torrez said boxing is one of the best ways to get in shape physically but it also requires mental strength.

March 1, 2017

March Marks Brain Injury Awareness Month Observance

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month, a time to recognize the more than 5 million Americans living with disabilities related to traumatic brain injuries.

March 1, 2017

Face of Defense: Soldier’s Loss Leads to Powerlifting Triumph

Army Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer Palacios channeled last year's loss of her younger brother to suicide into three Florida powerlifting records. Palacios said the competition in which she set state records was her first, definitely not her last, as she plans to compete again soon.

Feb. 27, 2017

Face Of Defense: Air Force Doctor Solves NASA’s Human Waste Problem

A military surgeon has helped to solve a long-term problem for astronauts. Air Force Col. Thatcher Cardon outdid more than 5,000 competitors and won first place in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Space Poop Challenge after inventing promising solutions for managing human waste in space.

Feb. 24, 2017

Face of Defense: Navy Corpsman Steps Closer To Life’s Goal

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sutarto Soeng, a hospital corpsman, was recently told that his name was on the list for the Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program, and he will receive the opportunity to achieve one of his lifelong dreams -- to become a Navy nurse.

Feb. 15, 2017

New DoD Electronic Medical Record System Called A Success

Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Wash., became the first location to use MHS Genesis, a single, integrated electronic inpatient and outpatient health record that transforms health care delivery within DoD’s Military Health System.

Jan. 5, 2017

Affordable Care Act Mandates Reporting Minimum Essential Health Care Coverage

Defense Department civilians, military members, nonappropriated funds employees and their families will need to validate their minimum essential health care coverage as reported to the Internal Revenue Service, the Pentagon’s top health official said.

Nov. 22, 2016

New Peer-Support Service Launches

The DoD “BeThere” peer support call and outreach center is staffed by peers who are veteran service members and family members of veterans, and aims to provide support for everyday problem-solving of career and general life challenges.

Sept. 14, 2016

DoD Makes Prescription Drug Disposal Easy for Beneficiaries

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.

Sept. 9, 2016

‘Be There’ Suicide Prevention Theme Resonates With Troop Values

Preventing suicide requires the commitment of all in the Defense Department, Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a videotaped message at the Suicide Prevention Month kickoff at the Pentagon.

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