• Military Comic Author Talks About New Book, How it Helps Vets
    Terminal Lance

    Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. The “Terminal Lance” series does contain foul language; adult discretion advised.

    Former Marine Maximilian Uriarte began self-publishing his irreverent and often not-safe-for-work online comic strip on life in the Marine Corps infantry, “Terminal Lance,” in 2010. Uriarte’s sharp wit strikes a chord with service members of every branch by highlighting the trials, idiosyncrasies and absurdities of military life.

  • 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:

  • 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.

  • 'People Magazine' Features Real Warriors Campaign Profilee Maj. Jeff Hall
    MAJ Jeff Hall
    Maj. Jeff Hall on patrol in Iraq in March 2005. (Photo courtesy of Real Warriors Campaign)
    “I was a broken man … helping others is my way of paying it forward.” — U.S. Army Maj. Jeff Hall

    After two tours of duty in Iraq, Maj. Jeff Hall found himself coping with posttraumatic stress disorder, depression and thoughts of suicide. Jeff and his wife Sheri, volunteers for DCoE’s Real Warriors Campaign, shared their story in the Feb. 18 print issue of “People Magazine.”

    The couple spoke candidly about how Jeff’s experiences during and after deployment affected their marriage and family life, their decision to seek psychological health care and how reaching out for help contributed to the long-term success of Jeff’s military career. Knowing Jeff needed help, Sheri mustered the courage to approach his commanding officer.

    “He said the opposite of what Jeff feared most,” said Sheri. “He said, ‘we’re going to fix this.’”

  • DCoE October Webinar: Generational PTSD and Post-traumatic Growth
    U.S. Army photo

    Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) will host its next webinar, “Generational Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Post-traumatic Growth,” Oct. 27 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. (EDT).

    With each conflict of the 20th century, health care providers have learned more about the effects of war trauma exposure. A historical overview of PTSD has contributed to our present-day understanding and knowledge of the diagnosis...