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Wounded Soldiers Share Journey to Inspire Boston Victims

By Elaine Sanchez
Brooke Army Medical Center Public Affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, April 26, 2013 – When I saw the Boston bombing events unfold, my heart broke for the victims of this senseless act of violence.

I thought about how their lives would be forever altered. How the victims who lost one or more limbs were robbed, at least temporarily, of the ability to walk or run.

These are the types of injuries I see each day when I walk into work at Brooke Army Medical Center — single, double and even triple amputees striving to overcome immense challenges. They, perhaps more than any others, can relate to the devastating aftermath of an explosion and the emotional and physical pain of lost limbs. And they know firsthand the courage and strength required to heal.

Still, they have a message of hope to deliver.

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New Grab ‘n Gos Offer Healthy Options

By Maj. Nicole Charbonneau
Registered Dietitian, Dept of Nutritional Medicine
April 16, 2013

 Are you feeling hungry?  The Department of Nutritional Medicine wants to make sure you keep those hunger pains away with a variety of nutritious options.  Two new Grab ‘n Go kiosks — the Salad Stop and the Renovation Station — opened earlier this month.

The Salad Stop is located on the first level across from Women’s Health, and the Renovation Station is located on the first level across from the Neurology Clinic.  In early May, the Market on the Green will open in the white structure located outside of the Garden Entrance. 

We are excited to offer you new menus that comply with Department of Defense Menu Standards and the Army Surgeon General’s Performance Triad. Some of the changes will be transparent to our customers, such as offering only lower sodium soups and soy sauce, skim milk instead of whole milk for food preparation, and lean ground turkey instead of beef in our spaghetti sauce, stuffed peppers and other dishes.  Sandwiches will now be served on delicious whole grain bread, ciabatta and naan.  And fresh fruit will be offered at all locations as a sweet treat to end a tasty meal. 

We hope our patrons enjoy our adventurous, but delicious new menu choices to include quinoa salad on a bed of lettuce, lentil tacos, chipotle crusted tilapia and citrus balsamic salmon.  Not everything will change — our famous tortilla soup will still be served every Tuesday at the Market on the Green! 

We have had to say a fond farewell to the BAMC fryers, Menudo, and buffet line in the center of the servery.  When we open up in July 2014, the DNM will have a spacious dining area and all new destination dining stations including a new soup and salad area, a deli with panini presses, pizza oven, international cooking area, pasta and a special area devoted to vegetarian entrees.  

Sleepless in SAMMC?

 By Dr. Laura Avila
Clinical Health Psychologist, Pulmonary Clinic


National Sleep Awareness Week is March 3-10. March 3-10 is the National Sleep Foundation’s annual week-long campaign to celebrate the health benefits of sleep.
March 3-10 is the National Sleep Foundation’s annual week-long campaign to celebrate the health benefits of sleep.

Insomnia is one of the most frequent problems I encounter among patients (and staff!).  Whether it is the inability to fall asleep, stay asleep, or wake up ready to go, insomnia is very frustrating.  However, insomnia is also very treatable.


Sleep is a very natural, automatic process.  The brain left to itself, without any interference, would likely maintain a very balanced and protective sleep-wake cycle.

The following tips have been found by sleep experts to be effective in managing insomnia:

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