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  • MLK Day: A Day ‘On’

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    Petty Officer 3rd Class Rylan Burchell, left, hospital corpsman, and Sgt. Chester Ginter, motor transportation chief, both with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, assemble boxes during a volunteer event in Vista, California. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos)

    In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., millions of Americans will offer their day off as a day of service. This gesture, which distinguishes Martin Luther King Jr. Day from other national observances, helps people make a community more than a simple collection of individuals.

    Service is beneficial to those who need help and to those performing the service. In fact, research shows those who volunteer often experience greater health benefits than those who receive support.

    For men and women with a traumatic brain injury or psychological health concerns, connecting with others, especially in their communities, is an important part of recovery.

    “I think that one of the major problems [for injured service members], in addition to loneliness and depression, is loss of community,” said Dr. Donald Marion, senior clinical consultant for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center. “Service can be an excellent way to get reconnected to the community.”

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  • Routine Military Medical Visits Can Include Behavioral Health Checkup

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    A mental health specialist provides triage to a soldier during a behavioral health assessment. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Calvert)

    When Frances stepped on the scale at her primary care visit, she had gained more than 10 pounds. She was under a lot of stress, she told the physician assistant.

    The response was immediate: A new member of the primary care team could help Frances with a plan for coping with stress. Minutes later, she was sitting down with internal behavioral health consultant Erica Jarrett. Six months later, not only was Frances less stressed, but she’d also lost the extra weight.

    Frances (not her real name) is benefiting from the Military Health System’s decision to integrate an internal behavioral health consultant (IBHC) -- either a psychologist or a licensed clinical social worker -- into the primary care team. For the military, the goal is healthier, fitter service members.

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  • DCoE Director on Resilience: The Power of Healing, Forgiveness

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    Navy Captain Richard F. Stoltz

    Navy Capt. Richard F. Stoltz, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) director, spoke to health care professionals about the role of resilience in handling life’s curve balls--particularly for service members, veterans and their families who have faced extraordinarily difficult situations--at the 2014 conference of the Society for Federal Health Professionals (AMSUS).

    During his presentation, Stoltz highlighted several things to consider when developing healthy resilience strategies. He concluded with his thoughts about the power of healing and forgiveness.

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  • DCoE Blog Best of 2014: Posts Worth Re-reading

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    It was “Rapid” Robert Feller, National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher and the first Major League Baseball player to enlist in World War II, who said, "Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday's success or put its failures behind and start over again.”

    Throughout the year, we worked to apply that philosophy to our blog posts. Whether we highlighted new coping tools to help you or your loved one recover from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), different techniques to help surmount posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or more effective treatments, therapies and practices, the DCoE Blog team strived to feature important information for you and your family.

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  • DVBIC Director Explains TBI Pathway of Care: Roles, Functions

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    Col. Sidney R. Hinds

    This blog post is the final part of a two-part series on the TBI Pathway of Care

    Col. Sidney R. Hinds, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) national director, spoke to health care professionals about the Traumatic Brain Injury Pathway of Care at the recent 2014 conference of the Society for Federal Health Professionals (AMSUS).

    DVBIC serves as the Defense Department lead agency on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and manages the TBI Pathway of Care for the Military Health System (MHS).

    The previous DCoE Blog post about TBI Pathway of Care focused on the nature and purpose of the pathway. This post outlines specific DVBIC roles and functions relative to management of the pathway.

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  • DCoE Director on Resilience: Considering Truth, Trust, Trauma

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    Navy Captain Richard F. Stoltz

    Navy Capt. Richard F. Stoltz, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) director, spoke to health care professionals about the role of resilience in handling life’s curve balls--particularly for service members, veterans and their families who have faced extraordinarily difficult situations--at the 2014 conference of the Society for Federal Health Professionals (AMSUS).

    Stoltz shared that when people accept personal truths, trust others, and prepare for the possibility of trauma they are more likely to stay resilient.

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