Navy

Researcher Recognized for Early Success; Military Family Tradition Led Him to VA

By Steve Lewis Jeff Capadona, PhD CLEVELAND – It’s no coincidence that Jeff Capadona, PhD, has chosen a career dedicated to bettering the lives of veterans. But while his father, uncle and grandparents all served in the military, fate apparently… Read More

Data Not Available to Determine Success of Initial VA, DoD Joint Healthcare Facility

By Stephen Spotswood CHICAGO — If VA and DoD expect to use the Lovell Federal Healthcare Center (FHCC) in Chicago as a blueprint for future joint facility integration projects, the departments will need to develop some kind of way to… Read More

Military Medicine Comes Up with Novel Treatments for Phantom Limb: Pain Persists After Amputation

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — In October 2010, Marine Lance Cpl. Sebastian Gallegos stepped into a canal in Afghanistan just as a comrade stumbled onto an improvised explosive device (IED). The impact blew Gallegos forward and almost severed his arm.… Read More

Novel Use of Fractional Lasers for Scarring Improves Quality of Life for Injured Troops

By Stephen Spotswood SAN DIEGO NAVAL MEDICAL CENTER, CA — Thanks to the work of physicians here and at a select number of facilities around the country, the paradigm of how scars are treated might be shifting. Whereas, in the… Read More

Servicemembers Lose Benefits after Improper Discharges for Alleged Personality Disorders

By Stephen Spotswood WASHINGTON — The U.S. military continues to use improper processes to diagnose significant numbers of servicemembers with pre-existing personality disorders (PD) and then discharge them, according to government documents obtained by an advocacy group. The Vietnam Veterans… Read More

Director of Award-Winning Residency Program Driven by Heart of Service

By Steve Lewis JACKSONVILLE, FL— The residency program at the Naval Hospital-Jacksonville was named  Clinical site of the year by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 2011, but the program’s director scoffs at taking personal credit. Cmdr.… Read More

Report Prompted by Fort Hood Shooting Calls DoD Physician Credentialing Inadequate

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Reporting the results of an investigation begun after an Army physician opened fire and shot more than 40 people at Fort Hood in 2009, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says the military services need to… Read More

Program Protects Single Wounded Warriors from Financial Opportunists

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Single injured or wounded servicemembers might not have close family to take care of them when they return from deployment, and the financial compensation they receive can make them vulnerable to deceitful relationships. That’s why… Read More

Navy Medicine Moves Forward In 2012

Vice Adm. Matthew L. Nathan, U.S. Navy Surgeon General I am pleased to report that the state of Navy Medicine is strong. I am proud and humbled to be at the helm of this 63,000-person organization and though numerous… Read More

Troops Severely Injured Outside of War Zones Now Eligible for Payouts

WASHINGTON — Military veterans injured between 2001 and 2005 are now retroactively eligible for traumatic injury benefits, even if they never deployed overseas to battle zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. The benefit also applies to National Guard and Reserve members… Read More

Many Servicemembers Who Commit Suicide Have Never Seen Battle

Jonathan Woodson, MD WASHINGTON — When servicemembers commit suicide, a common misperception is that the extreme act is a response to traumatic battlefield experiences. In reality, many, if not most, military personnel who kill themselves have never been… Read More

Resilience Programs Have Mushroomed in Military, But Do They Work?

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has implemented programs and strategies to promote psychological resilience among troops as stress from the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan has taken a toll. Little is known, however, about the effectiveness of those programs,… Read More

A Sea Change for Military Medicine: Walter Reed Joins Navy Medical Center in Bethesda

WASHINGTON — A new chapter in military medicine is set to begin this month with the opening of the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. The completion of the new medical center comes after six years… Read More

Schoomaker: Military Personnel Left Confused by Different Evaluation Systems at VA, DoD

WASHINGTON—Despite significant efforts by DoD and VA to revamp the disability evaluation process, the new system remains “complex and adversarial,” the top Army doctor told a congressional subcommittee. DoD and VA agreed on a new disability and evaluation system to… Read More