Highlights of the October 2013 Issue
Since Sep. 11, 2001, more than 2.5 million American service
members have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and
hundreds of thousands of service members have been diagnosed
with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic
Brain Injury (TBI). To improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment
of mental health conditions, President Barack Obama released an executive order directing the federal agencies to
develop a coordinated National
Research Action Plan that focuses
on improving mental health coverage
for veterans, especially for
those who are suffering from the
effects of PTSD and TBI.
“We're unveiling a new national
action plan to guide mental
health research across government,
industry and academia, so that
we're going to focus on developing
more effective ways to prevent,
diagnose and treat mental health
conditions like TBI and PTSD,”
the president said in August. “And
to get it done, we're moving ahead
with more than $100 million in
The Department of Defense
(DoD), Department of Veterans
Affairs (VA), the Department of
Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Education
(ED) have stepped up with a widereaching
plan to improve scientific understanding, effective treatment
and reduce occurrences of PTSD and TBI, co-occurring
conditions, as well as suicide. ...
Read more VA and DoD Joining Forces In Support of Veterans...
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund joined
with military leaders on Sept. 12 to
officially dedicate the new $11 million “Intrepid
Spirit,” a National Intrepid Center
of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite Center at
Fort Belvoir, Va., which will provide crucial
treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) in returning
“The NICoE System is an essential element
of the Military Health System's holistic
approach to the recovery and transition of
wounded, ill and injured service members,”
says Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary
of Defense for Health Affairs and
TRICARE Management Activity.
The center was funded and built by the
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund through a $100 million campaign
to support returning veterans with TBI and PTS, and is the
first of nine Intrepid Spirit centers nationwide to be completed
and open for patients.
Read more Fort Belvoir Opens Facility To Treat Brain Injuries...
At Fort Stewart, Ga., the Outdoor Recreation (ODR)
program has been expanding to meet the growing demand
for increased programming, equipment and support,
including the highly successful Warrior Adventure Quest
program, which provides high-adrenaline ODR activities for
service members returning from deployment.
An outdoorsman's paradise, Fort Stewart has more than
280,000 acres available for outdoor recreation activities. “You
can hunt and fish year round,” says Fort Stewart Outdoor Recreation
Director Susan Chipple. “We have more than 15 managed
ponds and two rivers. The Canoochee River runs through
the center of the installation, which is situated along Georgia's
coast providing quality offshore fishing, beach combing,
camping and other recreation opportunities. And the Ogeechee
River skirts the northern boundary of the installation. Wildlife
management promotes Quality Deer Management Zones and
trophy Bass ponds, and Fort Stewart has fishermen catching
10-pound-plus largemouth bass
on a regular basis.”
A great deal of improvement
and expansion has gone on at
the Holbrook Pond Recreation
Area, which consists of the Outdoor
Recreation Center, skeet
and trap range, picnic area and
campground, which were originally
built in 1979. ...
Read more FORT STEWART PROVIDES AN OUTDOORSMAN'S PARADISE...
Armed Forces Recreation Network (AFRN) Incoming Chair Matthew Enoch began his
career in military recreation in 2006 working
within the Morale, Welfare and Recreation
(MWR) department at Fort Riley, Kansas, his
home state. Enoch then served with MWR at
Fort Knox, Ky. and USAG Hawaii, and recently
returned to Fort Riley as the community program
coordinator with oversight of sports,
fitness, aquatics and recreation programming.
As a graduate of Kansas State University,
he has 17 years in the park and recreation field,
having served with state, federal and campus
Read more AFRN INCOMING CHAIR MATT ENOCH - 'FOCUS ON TRAINING'...
Armed Forces Recreation Network (AFRN) Outgoing Chair John Lucas is the Morale,
Welfare and Recreation (MWR) director
at Norfolk Naval Shipyard and NSA Hampton
Roads, Va. As a Navy MWR veteran with more
than 20 years experience, Lucas has worked in
various positions within MWR at NS Norfolk,
Va. and at JEB Little Creek-Fort Story, Va.
Before taking his current position in 2009,
Lucas spent time at the regional and headquarters
levels, as the Regional Operations
Manager, Mid-Atlantic Region, Commander,
Navy Installation Command (CNIC), from
2005-2008, and as the Navy Sports Director,
CNIC Headquarters, from 2008-2009. ...
Read more AFRN OUTGOING CHAIR JOHN LUCAS - RESILIENCY DURING TRYING TIMES...