Fostering Safety, Health, and Preparedness: A 9/11 Anniversary Message for Our Military Healthcare Community   [open pdf - 215KB]

"Military medical providers will play an important role this fall as the nation observes the 5th anniversary of 9/11, the anthrax attacks, and the War on Terror. Disaster anniversary events are often catalysts that cause many individuals to re-experience powerful feelings around trauma and loss. For many, disaster anniversaries provide permission to seek help for physical and emotional problems. It is important that military healthcare settings create a safe environment this fall for our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and their families to feel comfortable about discussing health and safety concerns, which may be more pronounced at this time. Our military community has learned a great deal about preparing and responding to disaster and terrorism these past five years and has met the challenge in supporting deployments and protecting the nation. This Courage to Care provides highlights from previous issues related to individual, family and community preparedness that can serve as 'teachable moments' to foster the health and safety of our troops and their families at this important moment in our nation's history."

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