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The Defense Department honors the courage of wounded, ill or injured service members, and highlights the programs that support their return to duty or transition to the civilian community.

Secretary's Message

"Our service members exhibit tremendous strength through recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration back to duty or transition back to community. This strength is represented in the physical, mental, spiritual and career-readiness activities that service members and their families and caregivers engage in to overcome challenges."

- Defense Secretary Ash Carter | 2016 Memo



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A traumatic brain injury patient walks through a virtual reality scenario at the Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment Laboratory at National Intrepid Center of Excellence at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Service Experts Discuss Progress in Recognizing, Treating PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury

Heads of military centers and programs targeting post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury testified before a House panel on Defense Department clinical research and program assessment for PTSD and TBI in service members. More

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Anda Popescu attaches sensors to a subject's head.

Air Force Advances Invisible Wounds Care

When Tech. Sgt. Chris Ferrell was home from deployment he would sit in his family room in the wee hours of the morning, watching TV with his friend, Tech. Sgt. Tony Campbell, who was sprawled out in the recliner next to him. He didn't talk to Tony. Ever. They would just sit there silently in the television's blue glow while Ferrell's wife and children slept. More

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