DCoE Blog

  • Leaving the Military? Sesame Street Can Help Your Kids Adjust
    Sesame Street characters Rosita and Elmo with a military family
    Photo courtesy of Sesame Workshop 2016

    It’s hard enough for a service member to move back to civilian life after active duty, but it can be uniquely stressful for military children who have never lived in a non-military community. And while kids get lots of help from family programs when moving from one base to another, that help isn’t always there when a family leaves the service.

    Now, a new resource on the popular Sesame Street for Military Families website fills this gap. This new resource helps parents and children maintain good mental health, “during the time of transition from active-duty to civilian life, which is more pronounced now because of the drawdown of troops,” said psychologist Kelly Blasko of the National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2).

  • DCoE Brings Resources to Army Reserve Members, Families
    RSCs conduct first joint Yellow Ribbon event
    Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joel Quebec

    More than 700 members of the Army Reserve and their families from throughout the Northeast Region of the United States recently gathered in Northern Virginia for a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program event.

    The 99th Regional Support Command (RSC) hosted the event to help service members and their families learn about local support agencies and resources, and to offer briefings focused on different stages of the deployment cycle, explained Brig. Gen. Christopher R. Kemp, commander of the 335th Signal Command, one unit supported by the 99th RSC.

  • In Case You Missed It: Summit Highlights Resilience, Psychological Health, Suicide Prevention

    “Psychological Health and Resilience Summit” brimmed with research and take-aways during the three-day event late last week at Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, Virginia. Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) hosted the signature event.

    DCoE Director Navy Capt. Richard F. Stoltz, Dr. Warren Lockette, deputy assistant secretary of defense for health services and policy oversight, Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Navy Capt. Anthony Arita, Deployment Health Clinical Center (DHCC) director, were among subject matter experts who shared intense examinations of the state of psychological health care in the military, including:

  • In Case You Missed It: TBI Global Synapse Highlights

    “TBI Global Synapse: A Summit Without Borders,” took place this week at Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, Virginia. Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) and Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC), a DCoE center, hosted the signature event.

    DCoE Director Navy Capt. Richard F. Stoltz, Air Force Lt. Gen. Douglas Robb, Defense Health Agency director, and Kathy Helmick, DVBIC deputy director kicked off three days of discussions including:

  • Stay Healthy By Eating Right, Exercising More and Getting Restful Sleep
    People shop for vegetables and fruits
    Photo by Operation Live Well

    Nowadays, we’re conscious of the merits of a healthy lifestyle. The messages are everywhere if you choose to pay attention. Whether it’s clean eating, exercising, getting adequate rest or not smoking, many of us are dedicated to creating or improving health habits.

    The Defense Department is also doing its part with its healthy living initiative, “Operation Live Well.” The health and wellness campaign targets every individual in the military community — service members, veterans, families, civilians — and encourages everyone to adopt positive habits that promote good health.

    Operation Live Well provides tips to make better food choices, stay physically active, quit or avoid tobacco, and stay mentally fit. The site also helps you develop your own personalized health plan incorporating physical activity, nutrition, mental wellness tools and mobile apps. Information is divided into six models for good health with links to resources:

  • Military Psychological Health, TBI Highlights from Research Symposium

    Last week military medical experts gathered at the Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to present information on research and health care advancements within the areas of combat casualty care, military operational medicine, clinical and rehabilitative medicine, and military infectious disease research programs. MHSRS is the Defense Department’s premier scientific meeting to address the unique medical needs of the warfighter. Also there — Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) leadership including center leaders and health experts to learn and present their research related to psychological health and traumatic brain injury (TBI) diagnosis and treatment.

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