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Military Health System

Our History

Military medicine has a long and celebrated history. We apply lessons from our past to improve the care of military personnel and their families today and in the future. New surgical techniques, powerful painkillers, antibiotic drugs, and triage and evacuation procedures have revolutionized military medicine.

In this section, you'll find featured stories and information about the history of military medicine.

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S. Ward Casscells, M.D. and Ellen P. Embrey

Congressional Testimony
2/7/2008

S. Ward Casscells, MD, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, and Ms. Ellen P. Embrey, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Health Protection and Readiness, testified on Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, before the Subcommittee on Defense Appropriations Committee.

S. Ward Casscells, M.D.

Congressional Testimony
7/12/2007

S. Ward Casscells, MD,Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), testified on Mental Health Concerns before the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

Michael E. Kilpatrick, M.D.

Congressional Testimony
5/24/2007

Michael E. Kilpatrick, MD, Deputy Director for Force Health Protection and Readiness, testified on Mental Health Concerns, before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Stephen L. Jones

Congressional Testimony
5/8/2007

Stephen L. Jones, DHA, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), testified on Sharing Electronic Medical Records between DoD and VA, before the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

S. Ward Casscells, M.D.

Congressional Testimony
5/2/2007

S. Ward Casscells, MD, Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), testified on an Overview of the Defense Health Program's Budget, before the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Defense.

Dr. David S. C. Chu

Congressional Testimony
5/1/2007

Dr. David S. C. Chu, Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness), testified on an Overview of Health Personnel, before the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Defense.

Ellen P. Embrey

Congressional Testimony
5/1/2007

Ms. Ellen P. Embrey Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) for Force Health Protection and Readiness and Director, Deployment Health Support, testified on Preventative Medicine and Cancer Programs, before the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Defense.

Michael Dominquez

Congressional Testimony
4/18/2007

Michael Dominguez, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Program and Readiness), testified on Access to VA Health Care: How Easy is it for Veterans? Addressing the Gaps, before the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Health.

Michael Dominquez

Congressional Testimony
4/17/2007

Michael Dominguez, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Program and Readiness), testified on the Independent Review Group: Results, Recommendations, and Implementation (WRAMC Follow-up), before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs.

Gordon England

Congressional Testimony
4/12/2007

Gordon England, Deputy Secretary of Defense, testified on DoD/VA Disability Rating Systems and the Transition of Service Members for the DoD to the VA, before a joint session of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee.

Dr. David S. C. Chu and Dr. Stephen L. Jones

Congressional Testimony
3/28/2007

Dr. David S. C. Chu, Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) and Dr. Stephen L. Jones, DHA Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), testified on the state of the Military Health System, before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Personnel.

Ellen P. Embrey

Congressional Testimony
3/27/2007

Ms. Ellen P. Embrey Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) for Force Health Protection and Readiness and Director, Deployment Health Support, testified on VA-DOD Cooperation and Collaboration, before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee.

William Winkenwerder, Jr., MD

Congressional Testimony
3/8/2007

William Winkenwerder, Jr., MD, Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), testified on the Challenges and Obstacles Wounded and Injured Service Members Face During Recovery, before the House Armed Services Committee.

Dr. David S. C. Chu

Congressional Testimony
3/6/2007

Dr. David S. C. Chu, Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness), testified; and William Winkenwerder, Jr., MD, Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), testified on Care, Living Conditions, and Outpatient Administration at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

William Winkenwerder, Jr., MD

Congressional Testimony
2/13/2007

William Winkenwerder, Jr., MD, Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), [testified] on the state of the Military Health System, before the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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