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  • Health Care Professionals Give On-Demand Summit High Marks

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    Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury 2016 Summit. Enroll today at dcoe.cds.pesgce.com. Did you miss it? It's OK. You can register for on-demand sessions and apply for continuing education credits now through April 2017. That's right, you can access summit courses when and where you want. Up to 28 hours of credits are available for health care professionals; credits vary by course. Courses available on demand through April 2017.

    The reviews are in. Health care providers give high marks to the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) Summit home study sessions. The 2016 summit, “State of the Science: Advances, Current Diagnostics and Treatments of Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury in Military Health Care” is offered on demand until April 30.

    For another 10 weeks, providers can receive continuing education credit for completing the summit webinars, said Dr. Lolita O’Donnell, DCoE chief of planning and logistics.

  • Why I Give: Stories on Volunteering, Giving Back (Heather Fixler)

    Photo courtesy of Heather Fixler

    When people hear “Superwoman,” the words justice and strength may come to mind. This cherished comic book character positively affects the lives of those she encounters, but who’s to say she isn’t real? This is the third article in a four-part series that shares how four superwomen change lives and take on unique, yet rewarding, challenges as they offer their time as community volunteers.

    There’s Always Time

    Finding 12 hours each month to volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America as leader of a wolf den might seem intimidating, but Heather Fixler does it graciously.

    “I was always taught that we all have a responsibility to participate in the growth and well-being of our communities,” said Fixler, a program manager at the National Center for Telehealth and Technology. “We all use community resources and we need to help maintain them. That includes the emotional well-being of members as well as the physical [community]. There’s always time.”

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  • Can You Get a Good Night’s Sleep in the Military?

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    Photo Credit: David Vergun

    Getting a good night’s sleep can be difficult for service members. The demands of military life are often at odds with proper rest, but even on active duty, you have options to improve your sleep. 

    Studies of service members show that poor sleep can lead to a variety of mental and physical health concerns, including increased risk of posttraumatic stress disorder or depression. Poor sleep can also cause problems such as fatigue or daytime impairment during daily tasks.

    Many strategies for getting enough rest involve altering your sleep environment, your bedtime or wake-up time. These strategies assume you have control over your schedule and quarters. Often, you don’t control these factors, especially while deployed. Issues such as low manpower, fast-paced work and frequent shift jobs can increase fatigue. What’s more, noise and light may be impossible to regulate.

  • Why I Give: Stories on Volunteering, Giving Back (Demietrice Pittman)

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    Photo courtesy of Pittman

    When people hear “Superwoman,” the words justice and strength may come to mind. This cherished comic book character positively affects the lives of those she encounters, but who’s to say she isn’t real? This is the second article in a four-part series that shares how four superwomen change lives and take on unique, yet rewarding, challenges as they offer their time as community volunteers.

    Get Happy

    Through her career in the Army, Maj. Demietrice Pittman has traveled the world, but that didn’t prepare her for one of the most anticipated times of year.

    “It’s cookie season! It’s always a great time of year for my troop,” said Pittman, a clinical psychologist who is the implementation science team chief at the Deployment Health Clinical Center. “The girls are excited and ready to have fun, which is the most important thing.”

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  • Single? Deployed? These Relationship Tips are Helpful No Matter What Your Status Is

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    U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Raymond Lloyd

    Valentine’s Day is known for cards, chocolates, flowers and sweet affirmations. But if you’re a member of the military — or loved one of a service member — the holiday can bring a mix of emotions. Some relationships face the obstacles of military life, while others face deployment. Some people have no romantic relationship. No matter what your status is, there’s a relationship resource available for you.

    Military Couples

    The life of a service member is hectic at times and maintaining relationships can get difficult. Taking time to celebrate your love on Valentine’s Day can help keep your significant other’s heart close and your relationship resilient. These resources can help you keep your relationship and communication strong throughout the year.

    • Find fun activities: Positive Activity Jackpot mobile app from the National Center for Telehealth and Technology will help you find something fun for you and your date to do in your area.
  • Why I Give: Stories on Volunteering, Giving Back (Jessicah Ray)

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    Photo courtesy of Jessicah Ray

    When people hear “Superwoman,” the words justice and strength may come to mind. This cherished comic book character positively affects the lives of those she encounters, but who’s to say she isn’t real? This is the first article in a four-part series that will share how four superwomen change lives and take on unique, yet rewarding, challenges as they offer their time as community volunteers.

    Bigger Than Me

    Imagine beginning each day in a house with eight people. Now imagine getting five children ready for their day, cooking all meals, cleaning up where you can, and then working eight hours yourself — only to come home and do it all again the next day. Finally, find room in your schedule for a few hours of community service. For some, juggling the demands of such a life would be too much to handle, but for Jessicah Ray, nothing is more fulfilling.

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