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Public Affairs Office
CMR 442 APO AE 09042
U.S. Army Hospital – Nachrichten Kaserne
Postfach 103180 69021 Heidelberg, Germany
Contact Steve Davis 371-3317 Tel. 06221-17-3317
October 20, 2008
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    Warrior Care Month
    Opinions sought as observance begins

    HEIDELBERG, Germany – November has been designated as Warrior Care Month and the Europe Regional Medical Command will be providing information about the health and quality of care for wounded, ill or injured service members and their families.
    Department of Defense-wide information is available at the new Warrior Care Web site at www.warriorcare.mil.
    Also, visit the ERMC home page in November for updated information or to submit a healthcare question by clicking the “Ask the Doc” E-mail link. Questions can also be submitted to Brig. Gen. Keith W. Gallagher, the U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army Command Surgeon and also ERMC Commanding General, on his blog site.
    The Military Health System is asking wounded, ill or injured service members and their families to help health system leadership better understand the needs and expectations of warriors in their care by completing an online questionnaire.
    The questionnaires—one for wounded, ill or injured service members and one for family members—are available through Nov. 28 on the Military Health System Web site at http://www.health.mil.
    The questionnaires ask for feedback concerning a service member’s experience and satisfaction with the care he or she has received since becoming wounded, ill or injured.
    All questionnaire responses are anonymous to encourage honest and specific answers that will lead to positive changes in how the MHS handles care for wounded, ill or injured service members.
    The questionnaires are part of Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ commitment to supporting wounded, ill and injured service members—ensuring that their care is the Department of Defense’s top priority. Care is continually improving but MHS leaders recognize that there is still more to be done. By listening to the opinions of wounded, ill or injured service members and their families, the MHS will be in a better position to meet their needs and expectations.
   America’s Military Health System (MHS) is a unique partnership of medical educators, medical researchers, and healthcare providers and their support personnel worldwide. This DoD enterprise consists of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs; the medical departments of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Joint Chiefs of Staff; the Combatant Command surgeons; and TRICARE providers (including private-sector healthcare providers, hospitals and pharmacies).
   The TRICARE Management Activity, the Defense Department activity that administers the health care plan for the uniformed services, retirees and their families, serves more than 9.2 million eligible beneficiaries worldwide in the Military Health System. The mission of the MHS is to enhance Department of Defense and national security by providing health support for the full range of military operations. The MHS provides quality medical care through a network of providers, military treatment facilities, medical clinics and dental clinics worldwide. For more about the MHS, go to www.health.mil.