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Message from Secretary Hagel on Suicide Prevention Month

By Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Department of Defense   The Department of Defense has no more important responsibility than supporting and protecting those who defend our country and that means we must do everything possible to prevent military suicide. As we observe Suicide Prevention Month, the entire DoD community – service members, civilians, members of our families and leaders at …

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Navy Medicine Chaplain Offers Compassion for Suicide Prevention

By Capt. Roosevelt Brown, chaplain, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery I remember my first experience of interacting with someone who was suicidal. Even though I was with my pastor, it was a scary occurrence.  I was 23 years old and I was learning to be a chaplain.  He had been called by this young man who said that …

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Navy SeaPerch Challenge Showcased in Los Angeles

 By Lt. Eric Banker, perioperative nurse and command diversity officer, Naval Medical Center San Diego I was very excited to participate in the “2013 SeaPerch Challenge” at the USS Iowa (BB-61), retired naval vessel and now a museum, in San Pedro, Calif. I was lucky enough to help comprise a group of 20 hospital corpsmen and medical Naval Officers from …

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Navy Medicine Units Reflect on Receiving Awards

By Chief Hospital Corpsman Carlos Romero, Naval Medical Center San Diego and Cmdr. Sean Barbabella, department head, Emergency Medicine Department, Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune/ 2D Marine Division (Forward) surgeon, Afghanistan; interview by Joshua Wick, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs Editor’s note: Several Navy Medicine personnel, medical treatment facilities (MTFs), units and programs were recognized this year by the …

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Infant Immunization Week: Protecting Infants from Preventable Diseases

By Capt. Joseph McQuade, M.D., director for Public Health, Naval Hospital Jacksonville To mark National Infant Immunization Week (April 21-28), I’d like to call attention to the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventative diseases.  To address the myths and misinformation about vaccine safety that often confuse parents, know that the United States currently has the safest, most effective vaccine supply …

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