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Letter from the editor.

It's a tragic and unalterable fact that wars produce casualties, and the war on terror in which this nation is now engaged is no different.

However, it is also a fact that advances in battlefield medicine ensure that wounded or injured American service members have a far better chance of survival now than at any time in history. Thanks to equally important advances in reconstructive surgical techniques, burn treatment, rehabilitative care and psychological-support services, those who once were casualties can look forward to lives as full and satisfying as human ingenuity can make them.

In this special issue of Soldiers we highlight some of the organizations and methods that are helping ensure wounded and injured service members get the world-class care they deserve.

Heike Hasenauer's "The Frontline of Care" examines the ways in which forward-deployed combat-support hospitals undertake the initial care of the wounded and injured, while in "Where Recovery Begins" Heike gives us an in-depth look at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

In "The Army's Burn Center" Andricka Hammonds takes us inside Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas, and in "Caring for Amputees" Nelia Schrum offers an equally important look at how the Army is helping Soldiers regain their mobility and independence after losing limbs. Janice Arenofsky continues that theme by showing us the latest developments in limb replacement in "New Hope for Amputees." Finally, in "R&R in Garmisch" Heike shows us how a quiet interlude in Bavaria helps Soldiers and their families recover from the psychological stresses of deployment and separation.

Gil High

Editor in Chief
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Title Annotation:psychological stress
Author:High, Gil
Publication:Soldiers Magazine
Article Type:Editorial
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2006
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