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  • Military Families Matter: These Resources Help Build Family Resilience

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    U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod

    Military families face unique life challenges. They rely on support to help them face things such as military moves and transitions, deployments and separations, or injuries.

    In today’s tech-centered world, the military makes it easy to help families find resources to conquer challenges and build resilience. It can be as simple as an internet search.

    Resources for Families

    When service members enlist, their families are directly affected. Whether the family member is a spouse, parent, sibling, adult child or caretaker of a service member, it's important for them to find ways to stay resilient.

  • [How-to] Quit Smoking: You Can Do It!

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    Quitting tobacco is the number one thing we can do to improve health.

    Tobacco use remains an important public health problem. Fifty years after the first Surgeon General’s report, tobacco use among Americans remains the nation’s leading preventable cause of death and disease. But, there is hope. In 2015, the most recent year for which statistics are available, 10,244 service members sought treatment for tobacco dependence.

    It’s never too late to be among those asking for help. Coaching from a health care provider can help you kick your tobacco habit. If you are a service member, retiree or military family member, you can ask your primary care manager about working with an internal behavioral health consultant (IHBC). These consultants are specially-trained psychologists or social workers with the Military Health System.

    To learn more about how these consultants can help, I sat down with Capt. Anne Dobmeyer, a psychologist with the Deployment Health Clinical Center who helped the military implement the IHBC program.

    “We know that quitting tobacco is the number one thing we can do to improve health,” Dobmeyer said.

  • Marine Cyclist Recovers by ‘Following Doctor’s Advice’

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    In honor of Brain Injury Awareness Month, we are featuring the stories of people who sustained brain injuries and recovered. In this post from A Head for the Future, Maj. Eve Baker was injured when a car hit her while biking to work. A video about Eve Baker’s brain injury experience is available on YouTube.

    In 2005, a car struck Marine reservist Maj. Eve Baker head-on while she was biking to work in Honolulu. She flew face-first into the windshield, shattering her helmet — which likely saved her life. Eve was immediately taken to the hospital and spent three days in intensive care.

  • Post Your Selfie to Promote Brain Injury Awareness Month

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    Here’s a new way to support our military community and promote safety during Brain Injury Awareness Month in March: Snap a selfie!

    A Head for the Future, the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) traumatic brain injury (TBI) awareness initiative, launched the #ThinkAhead hashtag card campaign across its Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as on the DVBIC page on Facebook. We urge military communities to spread the word: be safe, know the signs and get help if you think you sustained a TBI.

  • National Salute to Veterans Week: Share Appreciation on Social Media

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    In the eyes of our military community, a simple “thank you” goes a long way. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) kicks off their annual National Salute to Veteran Patients during the week of February 14, offering you an opportunity to honor our nation’s heroes. The week recognizes the more than 98,000 veterans of the U.S. armed services that are cared for every day in VA medical centers, outpatient clinics, residences and nursing homes. The goals of the program are to:

    • Pay tribute and expresses appreciation to veterans
    • Increase community awareness of the role of VA medical centers
    • Encourage citizens to visit hospitalized veterans
    • Ask citizens to get involved as volunteers
  • Disabled Veterans Use Baking to Work through PTSD Symptoms

    Service members are discovering unique ways to cope with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), including practicing mindfulness meditation, competing in a new sport, and working with a service dog. This story, originally posted as a news feature on the Department of Defense website, describes how learning a new craft — baking — is helping some service members cope with health challenges.

    Smiles and the smells of freshly baked bread, cakes and cookies greet visitors of Dog Tag Bakery in Georgetown, a place where disabled veterans can learn more than just baking.

    Disabled veterans, their spouses and caregivers can participate in a work-study fellowship that will help them as they transition from the military to the civilian workforce, said Kyle Burns, senior program director for the fellowship program at Dog Tag Bakery.