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Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence (EACE)

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EACE is the leading advocate for research and treatment of Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) patients with extremity trauma and amputation. Working with TRICARE, the Military Health System, VA and other Centers of Excellence, the EACE will lead efforts to enhance collaboration between the DOD and the VA extremity trauma and amputation care providers and conduct scientific research to minimize the effects of traumatic injuries and improve clinical outcomes.

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Legislation and Authority

The EACE was established through Public Law and developed as a Joint effort between the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

  • Public Law 110-417: Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009
  • Deputy Secretary of Defense Memorandum: Delegated authority to the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) to establish the EACE
  • Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) Memorandum: Directs the Department of the Army as the Lead Component for the operation of the EACE
  • Under Secretary for Health, Veterans Health Administration and Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs): Co-Signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the Traumatic Extremity Injuries and Amputations Center of Excellence
  • Senior Military Medical Advisory Committee (SMMAC): Designated the Army and Army Medical Department (AMEDD) as the DoD lead component for the EACE
  • DoD-VA Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center Concept of Operations: Approved in January 2012 by the Military Health System (MHS) Centers of Excellence Oversight Board
Last Updated: January 18, 2022
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