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Vol. 24

No. 49

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December 13, 2012

USU Holds First Mandated Class in Alternative Medicine By Jeremy Johnson NSAB Public Affairs staff writer

Photo by Jeremy Johnson

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) fourth year student 2nd Lt. Andre Liem practices yoga in an interactive demonstration during an alternative treatment workshop held at the school Friday.

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) held the school’s first mandatory alternative medical treatments workshop for fourth year students last week. During the workshop, students were introduced to non-traditional methods of staying healthy, and managing stress and physical pain. Classes included interactive demonstrations in acupuncture, yoga, meditation and even self-hypnosis. The two-day event was organized by USU in partnership with Samueli Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to the science of healing. Though students were given the option to choose the sessions they wanted to attend, their pres-

ence at the workshop was mandatory, making it the first time USU has made an experience like this a requirement. According to Eric Schoomaker, former U.S. Army Surgeon General and Scholar-in-Residence at USU, the workshop served a dual purpose. First, he said, it exposed students to avenues of treatment outside traditional methods, such as acupuncture of the ears, a technique used to relieve pain without medication. Second, the sessions offered students tools for handling stress and fatigue they may face in their own lives as military doctors. “The final focus is selfcare,” said Schoomaker. “What can students who are going to be future physicians in the military learn about

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Wounded Warriors Compete In USA Hockey Sled Classic By Bernard S. Little WRNMMC Journal staff writer Wounded warriors, many who received care at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), recently competed in the third annual USA Hockey Sled Classic presented by the National Hockey League (NHL) in Buffalo, N.Y. This year’s USA Hockey Sled Classic featured 14 teams, two divisions and 12 NHL affiliations. The USA Warriors, including wounded warriors from WRNMMC, represented the Washington Capitals. The Veterans Day weekend competition culminated with championship games on Nov. 11. In the “A” Division, the Dal-

las Stars took home the title by beating the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, while the Washington Capitals defeated the Carolina Hurricanes by a 6-0 count to earn the “B” Division crown. Other NHL clubs that sponsored teams included the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues and Tampa Bay Lightning. Walter Reed Bethesda and the USA Warriors ice hockey program uses hockey to help wounded warriors rehabilitate physically and emotionally, according to Tiffany S. Smith, a certified therapeutic recreation specialist at WRNMMC. “Recreation therapy is an extension of wounded warriors rehabilitation plan through Oc-

Photo by Bernard S. Little

Wounded warriors from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center attend a recent sled hockey workout at the Rockville Ice Arena where the USA Warriors ice hockey team practices. cupational and Physical Therapy,” Smith explained. “Therapeutic recreation provides wounded warriors the opportu-

nity to increase independency, cognitive abilities, physical capabilities and work on social skills. Everything wounded

warriors have learned and trained for under their clinical therapist in the hospital setting,are being transferred to an adaptive sports activity outside the clinic.” “It means a lot,” said Navy SEAL Bo Reichenbach, 24, about competing in the USA Hockey Sled Classic. He was injured by an improvised explosive device in July while serving in Afghanistan, and both of his legs were amputated above the knees. He is undergoing rehabilitation at WRNMMC. “We’re all thankful to be here, and we love the game,” Reichenbach added about sled hockey. “It’s awesome,” said the Sailor who explained his younger brother has inspired

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Bethesda Notebook

Commander's Column Naval vessels maintain a "deck log", an ongoing narrative that records the significant events and happenings aboard the ship. The deck log is an official document governed by regulation and frequently reviewed as part of any investigation into a mishap that occurred aboard that ship. However, while not as ancient as many maritime traditions, for several decades now it is commonplace for the first deck log entry of the year to be "poetry" as in rhyme. The earliest documented foray of this type is from the USS Ranger, the U.S. Navy's first true aircraft carrier, recorded on Jan. 1, 1937. As this is my closest opportunity to Jan. 1, 2013 to write for the Journal, please allow me to carry on this tradition with a whimsical and rhyming look back at some of the major doings here at NSAB during 2012. It was the night before Christmas and all through NSAB's house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse (unless Mickey has some more customer service training for us). The Sailors were nestled all snug in their beds while visions of NEX sales danced in their heads. I heard a vibration and sprang from my bed, Blackberry in hand to see what it said. Was it a gate crasher, we've had one this year, we don't want another unless he comes with reindeer. Could it be a bomb threat, we've had one of those too, a lack of excitement would be something new.

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Volunteers Needed for Wreath Placing

Volunteers are needed at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of the 21st annual Wreaths Across America event. Volunteers will assist with placing wreaths on graves and minor beautification projects around the cemetery. Transportation is on an asneed basis, and will be provided to the cemetery from Walter Reed Bethesda, departing from the America Building, patient drop-off zone, at 8 a.m. Those interested in volunteering should contact Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Elizabeth Patterson at Elizabeth.J.Patterson.mil@h ealth.mil and provide your name, phone number and whether you will need transportation. For more information, call Patterson at 301-319-8576 or Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Arnel Galapir at 301319-4654.

Out on the lawn there arose such a clatter; someone had called to see what was the matter. I had to find out, I did not know, I made a quick call to my CDO. "What is that construction," I started barking, "This better not mean a reduction in parking!" Not at all sir you'll be happy to know, construction's begun on the new USO. A new place for warriors and their families to heal, and celebrity visits add to the appeal. On Letterman, NASCAR, Montel and Jo Jo, who's that over there, is it someone I know? We've also broke ground on Sanctuary Hall, a place to heal for those who've answered the call. We've met every challenge from new stores to gates and the staff has been patient while having to wait. My first year as CO has been filled with pride, at what you've accomplished, I'm just along for the ride. And so as I finish this bad Christmas rhyme, I hope you will give me just a little more time, so you'll hear me exclaim as I Segway out of sight, Happy Holidays to all, in 2013 we'll soar to new heights.

Caroling on the Wards

The Pastoral Care Department will feature caroling in the America Building on Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m., and on Dec. 23 on the wards in Building 9 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. For more information, call Chaplain (Capt.) Sergio I. Daza at 301295-1433.

Festive Christmas Meal Planned

Walter Reed Bethesda’s Festive Christmas meal will be Dec. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Café 8901 in Building 9, lower level. The meal will include shrimp cocktail, lobster bisque, sliced asiago chicken roulade, carved beef striploin with au jus, baked salmon with mango salsa, sautéed vegetable ribbons, fingerling potatoes, and an array of cakes, pies and other desserts. The cost of the meal is $7.50 ($6.40 for dependants of E-1 to E-4). For more information, call Charlita Mayhand at 301-295-5360.

All Ahead Full, Capt. Frederick (Fritz) Kass Naval Support Activity Bethesda Commanding Officer

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With the First Game in the History Books, NSAB Army edges out Navy 21-20 in Overtime By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dion Dawson NSAB Public Affairs staff writer Before the Army Black Knights and the Navy Midshipmen College football teams took to the gridiron Saturday for the 2012 Army/Navy game, Soldiers and Sailors onboard Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB) faced off in their own local rendition during the Morale Welfare and Recreation’s (MWR) first Army/Navy game, on Dec. 6 at Forest Glen, Md. With the Army nursing a small lead and time winding down, the Navy scored a touchdown and tied the game, sending it into overtime. With the rules changing in overtime, each team has four plays. If the team

Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dion Dawson

Members of the Army and Navy are all smiles after a grueling football game, where the Army beat the Navy 21-20 in Naval Support Activity's Morale,Welfare and Recreation first Army versus Navy game. with the ball first scores, then the other team has the opportunity to tie the game or go for the win. As team

captains met with officials in the middle of the field for the ensuing coin toss, the intense atmosphere mirrored that of

a National Football League (NFL) game. As the quarter hit the ground, it was heads; Army gets the ball first.

Within three plays, the Army scored and converted a twopoint conversion. Now they had to stop the Navy. They were four plays from victory. “We knew that if we were going to win, our defense would have to step up and put pressure on the quarterback,” said Sgt. 1st Class Parrish Purnell, coach of the Black Knights. “If we could put pressure on him, he would make rushed passes and we could capitalize,” he added. Capitalize, they did. As the Navy celebrated a touchdown on their last chance, the game would be decided by the final two-point conversion. As both sidelines screamed and yelled in support of their respective branches, the game would be lost or won on this play. As the Navy quarterback yelled

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Combined Federal Campaign nearing end Donating to Charitable Groups Possible Through Feb. 4, 2013 By Sharon Renee Taylor WRNMMC Journal staff writer A charity fair held Monday marked the last large-scale effort for keyworkers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to solicit federal employees for participation in the 2012 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), scheduled to end Dec. 15. Campaign workers ensured 100 percent of the medical center’s assigned personnel, military and civilian employees were contacted through personal appeal or group presentations, according to Army Capt. Michael Baker, who serves as this year’s CFC Manager at Walter Reed Bethesda. As of Dec. 7, the campaign raised more than $117,000, he said. More than a third of the way towards this year’s $387,495 monetary goal, Baker remains hopeful. “We’re not there yet. I’m going to stay optimistic. We

still have a long way to go. The thing is, we have to stop soliciting CFC on Dec. 15, however, people can still donate up until February,” he explained. “We still have plenty time to raise money.” Baker said, despite feeling financial constraints of Hurricane Sandy, the holiday season and economic uncertainty, many people keep on giving to CFC. Federal workers can continue to choose whether to donate through payroll deduction or one-time contribution until Feb. 4, 2013, explained Army Sgt. 1st Class Don Berry, a Walter Reed Bethesda CFC organizer. With more than 4,500 charities to choose from, federal employees can donate to an array of international, national and local organizations, causes, advocacy programs and churches. Both Baker and Berry explained campaign efforts used a different approach to reach all contributors of the large medical facility this year. The plan included a series

of events with a campaign kick-off, and used two charity fairs to bring organizations face-to-face with possible contributors. Berry said the fairs allowed federal workers to see, hear and learn first-hand from representatives what the organizations actually do. “We’re trying to give everybody an understanding because sometimes looking in a book you can see the charities, but you don’t get a chance to know the real charity,” explained Berry, who has served as a CFC keyworker for the past three years and personally contributed to both CFC and the Army Emergency Relief fund for more than decade. To donate, or to find more information about the CFC, visit http://cfcnca.org. For information about the WRNMMC CFC, call or email Capt. Baker at 301-2956583, or michael.a.baker@h ealth.mil, or email Sgt. 1st Class Don Berry at don.r.berry@health.mil.

Photo By Sharon Renee Taylor

Ashy Palliparambil, a representative of a local charity, provides information to a passerby at a Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) charity fair held at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Dec. 10. More than a dozen charities shared information with federal workers during two charity fairs held since the campaign began in September.


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NEX Bethesda Employees Bury a Time Capsule to Commemorate New Store By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John K. Hamilton NSAB Public Affairs staff writer Navy Exchange personnel gathered at a ceremony recently to witness the burial of their time capsule, a container filled with mementos from the present day that will be opened by a future generation. Rick Pimentel, general manager Navy Exchange Bethesda, opened the ceremony with remarks about the new store. “We would like to welcome everyone to our time capsule ceremony,” said Pimentel.“The project [construction of the new exchange] started in 2010, and two years later on Nov. 10 we opened this big beautiful store. This time capsule represents a lot of hard work and dedication from the associates in the Navy Exchange. So, I would like to congratulate everyone and thank you for a job well done.” Pimentel would only dis-

Photo by Rico J. Macaraeg

Naval Support Activity Bethesda Commanding Officer Capt. Frederick Kass addresses those in attendance at the time capsule burial ceremony at the Bethesda Navy Exchange recently. close the contents of a few items located in the time capsule, stating that it was top secret and that one would have to come back in 10 years to find out exactly what’s inside. “There is a note from Capt. Kass to the future CO (commanding officer) of the base,” said Pimentel. “There is a let-

ter from me to the future GM (general manager) of the store and several employees put things inside like pictures and different interesting pieces that came from the actual building. [There’s] also trivia and data we pulled from different people and different places, not from just the Navy Exchange, but

throughout the base.” Naval Support Activity Bethesda Commanding Officer Capt. Frederick Kass was also in attendance and gave a speech stating how much he appreciates the Navy Exchange employees. “I find my relationship with the Navy Exchange to be a little funny,” said Kass.

“I have the tendency to get some credit. I get, ‘oh I love your Navy Exchange, and your new Navy Exchange is beautiful,’ but I didn’t do anything. It’s all of you here day in and day out [that make the exchange beautiful]. As you’ve heard me say multiple times, it’s a big pretty box without the right people in it doing the right things. That’s all of you and I appreciate that immensely.” Kass said it’s important to document the present and then look back with some nostalgia when the capsule is dug up in 10 years. “Here is your chance to put a little piece of yourselves into something that 10 years later people will look back on,” said Kass. “Those are fun moments and all of you have earned it with everything you’ve done here the past months to years, depending on your involvement with the project.“ The time capsule is scheduled to be un-earthed in December of 2022 in a similar ceremony.

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Hearts Apart Brings Family Members of Deployed Service Members Together By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan Parde NSAB Public Affairs staff writer A Hearts Apart Wrapping Party will offer family members of deployed military men and women the opportunity to come together to share their experiences and wrap holiday presents Dec. 20. “Hearts Apart support group is an Army program that brings together families of deployed service members,” said Caitlin Mullins, work and family life/deployment specialist at Naval Support Activity Bethesda’s Fleet and Family Support Center. “I wanted to open this up to family mem-

bers of all military branches as an opportunity to share and learn from experiences related to deployment and separation, especially during the holidays.” Mullins, who has served as a military spouse and spent holidays separated from her husband, said if even one spouse of a deployed service member comes to the wrapping party, it will be worthwhile. “It’s important, especially around the holidays, to provide opportunities to come together and support one another,” she said. Wrapping paper, bows, and various supplies will be provided, along with light refreshments. All that a person would need to bring to the event is the gifts that they would like to wrap, said Mullins. “Kids are invited, and we will have stocking stuffers that were donated by Operation Homefront,” she said. “Every child will receive a bag full of small toys.” Mullin added that, especially during the holiday season, it can be easy to get caught up in the daily bustle, but it is also important to take time for oneself. “Take this time to come out and meet other people who may be going through the same things,” she said. “My goal is for people to feel that support and understand that we are here to help, in whatever way we can.” Anyone interested in participating in the Hearts Apart Wrapping Party should RSVP by 3 p.m. on Dec. 20, by calling 301-319-4087 or by sending an email with the subject line “Wrapping Party” to ffsc@med.navy.mil.

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Lung Cancer Survivors Say Early Detection Saves Lives

many were exposed to Agent Orange as well as other known carcinogens such as radon, asbestos, diesel fuel exhaust and other battlefield emissions. Such was the case with Nugent and Horner. "I served 31 years in the Army," said Nugent, 78. "My service was with the artillery, air defense artillery and intelligence branches, and I also served on the Department of the Army General Staff. I retired in 1986, and I am a three-time cancer survivor." In 2005, Nugent developed chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), discovered as a result of a routine annual physical exam. Prostate cancer was found by a biopsy after he developed a urinary tract infection in 2006. "In

2009, I got lung cancer," he added. "After I noticed a very small drop of blood from coughing into a tissue, I had a CT scan, and the cancer was confirmed by a biopsy," Nugent said, who explained his cancers were treated at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center, National Institute of Health and WRNMMC. "The CLL is still in remission," Nugent added. "The prostate cancer was cured, although there were some minor urinary difficulties. The lung cancer treatments were successful, but there was some functional loss in my lung capacity. "The Department of Veterans Affairs has made presumptive findings that all of my cancers could have been

caused by exposure to Agent Orange in the Republic of Vietnam in 1966 and 1967," Nugent said. "As for the lung cancer, my previous smoking was more likely the blame." Horner, 65, also served in Vietnam in the late 1960s, was exposed to Agent Orange and was a smoker as well. He said his lung cancer was discovered in 2006, and like Nugent, was treated with radiation and chemotherapy. In January 2007, he had surgery and had two cancerous tumors removed from his lungs, followed by additional chemotherapy. “I was given a 15 percent chance of survival for five years and I'm still around," said Horner. “Doctors told me lung cancer patients diagnosed in Stage III or greater are given

a 14 or 15 percent survival rate,” Horner added. He was diagnosed with Stage III lung cancer. "You take advantage of every day you get," said Horner. "You realize quickly there are no guarantees in life, so you live for today and don't think about tomorrow. It's pretty much a wake-up call [being diagnosed with lung cancer]." Horner's advice to his fellow Vietnam veterans is to, "Get checked out. It's worth the investment." Nugent joked, "I am 78 and continue to get older one day at a time. Happily, that still allows opportunity for creating new memories." He added he still receives all his medical care at WRNMMC. "It is no doubt a world-class hospital and I bet my life on it...three times. "My grandparents were from a generation that generally believed people went to a hospital to die,” Nugent continued. “That view may have been somewhat understandable in the early 1900s, but it certainly is no longer justified. I've seen the tragic consequences of ignoring symptoms in the hope that they'd go away. When it comes to serious diseases, proving how tough you are can be fatal. "Early detection of diseases benefits both the patients and the great doctors who must treat them," said Nugent. "It provides a fighting chance for success, and a win-win situation." To participate in the lung cancer screening at WRNMMC or for additional information, email WRNMMC.c ancercenter@health.mil, or call 301-295-0196.

president of the Samueli Institute, agreed self-care was an important part of the motivation in bringing the workshop to USU. “Unlike surgery, which you can’t practice on yourself, health promotion you actually have to practice on yourself,” said Jonas, “otherwise, you can’t actually deliver it to patients. Health care providers have one of the highest burnout rates, and alcoholism rates are some of the highest in the country. It’s because of the pressure that they’re under - even

more so in the military.” Schoomaker said it doesn’t necessarily matter if the patients are seeking alternative health care from the military health care system to stay healthy; the need for knowledge about it remains the same. For example, in the Human Performance Optimization block of the workshop, the focus is on sleep, movement and nutrition - including supplements. “We need to appreciate that our patients are using any or all varieties of these treatments,” said Schoomak-

er. “You don’t have to go to an exchange or base PX to see that nutritional supplements are a multibillion dollar business in this country. Having some insights into good nutrition and how nutritional supplements can help or hinder people [is something] I think people going into military practice need.” Ensign Ryan Austin, one of the students in the workshop said the overall experience was beneficial. “As a doctor in training, anytime you're taught another treatment

modality - given an additional ‘tool in your toolbox’ so to speak - it's a plus,” he explained. “Conventional medicine is wonderful until you run out of ideas for ways to help your patient. If you have some experience with alternative treatment methods in your back pocket you've at least got another avenue to pursue. Even if you don't feel comfortable enough to perform those treatments yourself, you can at least feel good about referring your patient to someone who does.”

By Bernard S. Little WRNMMC Journal staff writer James Nugent and Charles Horner have a number of things in common. Both served in the Army. Both are proud Vietnam veterans. Both served in artillery units and retired as lieutenant colonels, and both are lung cancer survivors. To reduce deaths from lung cancer among military beneficiaries and veterans like Horner and Nugent who honorably served their country, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) kicked off a lung cancer screening program recently. The initiative includes an evaluation to determine if a veteran or beneficiary is at high risk for lung cancer and for those at high risk, enrollment into a screening program that will conduct annual low-dose chest CT (computed tomography) scans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women, and annually, about 200,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with the disease. The CDC also indicates more than 150,000 people in the U.S. die from lung cancer each year, which represents one out of every six deaths from cancer in the country. "Veterans may be among those with the highest risk for lung cancer," said Lt. Cmdr. (Dr.) Corey A. Carter, of the Hematology-Oncology Department at WRNMMC. He credits this to an estimated 50 percent of Vietnam veterans who smoked, and

MEDICINE Continued from 1 these techniques to care for themselves, because it really starts with oneself. How does meditation, yoga, guided-imagery, and help with sleep assist a future provider who is going to be in a very busy practice, sometimes in some very dangerous and austere parts of the world, care for themselves and their families?” Dr. Wayne Jonas, M.D.,

Photo By Bernard S. Little

Retired Army Lt. Col. Charles Horner is a Stage III lung cancer survivor. He says early detection for lung cancer helps saves lives.Walter Reed Bethesda recently began an early lung cancer detection program. "Get checked out, it's worth the investment," said Horner.


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MWR Hosts Winter Festival at Naval Support Activity Bethesda

Twins,Will and Bailey Pearson, 4, and their brother Reilly, 3, share a moment with Santa during the winter festival Friday.

More than a dozen sponsors and organizaPhotos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan Parde Naval Support Activity Bethesda Commanding Of- Five hundred apple pies were given tions were on hand to offer information to ficer Capt. Frederick Kass races Santa Claus on a away to service members and their service members, staff, contractors, patients and visitors at the winter festival. families at the Winter Fest 2012. Segway on the Building 17 indoor track.

Sailors Frocked at Walter Reed Bethesda

Photo by David A. Dickinson

Fifty-one Sailors were frocked (promoted) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center during a ceremony on Dec. 6 in Memorial Auditorium.Three Sailors rose to the rank of petty officer first class, 17 to petty officer second class, and 31 received their promotion to petty officer third class.

FOOTBALL Continued from 3 hike, all eyes were on him. While time expired on the clock, he scanned his options and realized no one was open. As his defenders rushed him, he jumped and threw the ball. With the ball spiraling in the air, everyone’s attention shifted to the pigskin in motion. The intended receiver’s hands outstretched toward the ball, but for naught. The ball hit the ground five yards from the receiver. The pass was incomplete and the game was over. The Army just won the game. The smell of success was in the air for the Army players, as celebrations and smacked hands occurred mid-field as winners of the NSAB 2012 Army/Navy game with an impressive 21-20 victory. Navy Sailors walked off the field, stunned that they let the game slip through their hands. “We had a chance to win and we didn’t finish our comeback,” said Hospitalman Apprentice Jacob Lattermore. “We tip our hats to the Army.They played a great game and they deserve the trophy. But we will win next year and bring the trophy back to its rightful place,” he said. As the players took to the field to

shake hands and congratulate each other, Dwight Jackson, MWR intramural sports director, who helped organize the event, said the goal was to provide a friendly competition which would entitle either service to a year of base "bragging rights." “Leading up to the game, I was worried about the level of competition,” said Jackson. “I wanted everyone from both branches to come out and participate. If the Navy came out on game day with 25 Sailors on their team and the Army only has seven Soldiers, how would it have looked? But luckily, both branches came out and showed camaraderie, teamwork and pride. I couldn’t be more proud of these guys. I can’t wait until next year because if we have an overtime win by one point in the first game, imagine next year’s game,” he said. While "bragging rights" belong to the Navy Midshipmen for this year's ugly win over the Army Black Knights at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Soldiers onboard NSAB earned their year of "bragging rights" until the two teams meet again next year. As both teams walked off the field, one being the victor, and the other being the loser, both teams assured each other of one thing. They will meet again.


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HOCKEY Continued from 1 him to play. “I got to compete with him. I can’t let him be the best.” Army Spc.Tim Hall also spoke of sled hockey benefits. “It got me back out of bed and being active again,” said the Soldier who lost his legs during a mortar attack on June 10, 2010, in Afghanistan. “[Sled hockey] showed me I can do a lot of other sports, too. I’m still active in sports. I just do them a different way.” Hall’s teammate, Christy Gardner, said the ice helps level the playing field for wounded warriors in sled hockey. Gardner was injured in 2006 while serving with the Army in Korea. She suffered a direct hit to her forehead resulting in a skull fracture, which affected the frontal and temporal lobes in her brain.

In her recovery, she had difficulty walking, and speaking, while suffering from memory loss and seizures. Gardner, who is also a member of the U.S. women’s national sled hockey team, explained the sport gives her an opportunity to see what she can do, rather than what she may be no longer able to do. Mike Murphy, also a veteran, competed on the Boston Bruin sled team. He said there’s a bond among the players, especially those who served their country in uniform.“Some of the vets on my team, I’d bend over backwards to give them a helping hand because that’s what it was like in the service – you’re there to support each other; you’re there to make each other a better unit. Now, we are part of another team.” The Washington Capitals/USA Warriors finished with a perfect 5-0 record in the USA Hockey Sled Classic, held during the Veterans Day weekend because of the number of wounded warriors on the

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