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Top 10 Reasons I Admire Military Kids

By Elaine Sanchez
April 1, 2013

In honor of April’s Month of the Military Child, I created a Top 10 list of the qualities I most appreciate about children from military families. Their amazing service and sacrifice deserve a much longer list, but I figured this would at least be a start.

The top 10 reasons I admire military children:

10. Their sense of humor. Military kids do all they can to keep their spirits up. Some carry life-sized cardboard posters of parents called “Flat Daddies” and “Flat Mommies” to keep deployed loved ones close at hand. They carry them to pizza parties and movies, sporting events and concerts. During a past deployment, military wife Vivian Greentree’s sons took it a step further. They pasted pictures of their deployed dad on a stick, dubbed it a “dad on a stick” and took it everywhere with them. They even asked their “dad” to help them make macaroni and cheese.

9. They selflessly serve their community. Military children possess a strong sense of service — perhaps modeled after their military parents who serve and sacrifice daily. A shining example is last year’s Army Military Child of the Year, Amelia McConnell. Soon after her father returned from Iraq in 2006, he was diagnosed with leukemia. After treatment, he redeployed to Iraq in 2007. In 2009, her only brother, Sgt. Andrew McConnell, was killed in Afghanistan. Still, Amelia excelled in school and in sports, and volunteered hundreds of hours a year for a number of organizations. When asked why she does so much, she said, “I always think there are a lot of people in worse situations than I am.”

8. They stand by their military parent through thick and thin. I met a high school senior several years ago who told me his father would miss his graduation and his departure to college. But this teen wasn’t upset in the least. “He loves to be a soldier, and if it makes him happy, it makes me happy,” he said. “How can I possibly complain that he’s not watching me graduate when he’s out there sacrificing for our nation.”

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BAMC Dietitians Can Guide You to Better Health

By Lt. Col. Marybeth Salgueiro
Registered Dietitian, BAMC Department of Nutritional Medicine

Ads_NNM13_v1Did you know Brooke Army Medical Center has dietary experts on hand who can help you make positive lifestyle changes for good health?

Here at BAMC, we have a staff of 18 military and civilian registered dietitians assigned to the Department of Nutritional Medicine. All are food and nutrition experts who translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. 

RDs work in hospitals, schools, clinics, food service management, education and research.  Most of our staff has advanced degrees and many hold special certifications in areas such as nutrition support, diabetes education, pediatrics, weight management and sports nutrition. 

Whether you are interested in losing weight, improving physical performance, or have a special dietary need, we are standing by ready to help you make positive lifestyle changes for good health. 

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Stars Show Appreciation for BAMC Staff, Patients

By Elaine Sanchez
BAMC Public Affairs
BAMC Beat blog

 

Celebrity chef Robert Irvine passes on a few grilling tips to 14-year-old Sarah Neal, a BAMC pediatric oncology patient, during the appreciation day at San Antonio Military Medical Center, March 6, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Jen Rodriguez
Celebrity chef Robert Irvine passes on a few grilling tips to 14-year-old Sarah Neal, a BAMC pediatric oncology patient, during the appreciation day at San Antonio Military Medical Center, March 6, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Jen Rodriguez

Yesterday, a few Hollywood stars showed their appreciation for our nation’s warriors, their Families and those who care for them with a huge celebration in the front of San Antonio Military Medical Center.

Nearly 6,000 Brooke Army Medical Center staff, patients and Families came out for the concert featuring Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band and a barbecue prepared by celebrity chef Robert Irvine.

The lines snaked around the food tables and out to the kids’ bouncy houses, but moved along quickly as people piled their plates high with hamburgers, hot dogs and barbecue chicken.

Chef Irvine, sporting a maroon BAMC T-shirt, took time out from posing for photos to share a few grilling tips with fans of his show, “Restaurant: Impossible.”

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Staying Fit: Hit the Gym, Not the Snooze Button

By Beverly Benson
BAMC RN/Health Promotion Educator
Army Public Health Nursing

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Sgt. 1st Class Mike Atkins tries out the rope climb at the track behind the Warrior and Family Support Center. The track, which is open to Wounded Warriors, their Families and BAMC staff, features equipment for a variety of upper and lower body exercises. U.S. Army photo by Marsha Huffman

Increased stress and worry often bring on insomnia, which gives ammunition to that guy on your shoulder who says: “It’s okay. Just roll over and go back to sleep. You don’t need to get up early. You’re tired. You can do it AFTER work.”

So, giving in to that lie, you hit snooze or turn off the alarm and go back to sleep.

Dragging into work, late because you hit snooze yet again, your stress level is already up from all of the stressors you worried about during the drive in. And now the stress you normally have at work has been increased due to budget cuts.

Needless to say, at the end of the day you are exhausted (cue the shoulder guy) so you say, “I’ll go home and take a short nap on the couch then I’ll go for a walk.” You wake up at 9 p.m. …”Oh, I’m tired and just going to bed. I’ll get up in the morning” The next morning is “wash, rinse, repeat” and so goes the week.

If this sounds familiar to you, here are five tips to help you get back on that train and into your healthier routine.

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Focus on Warriors’ Ability

By Elaine Sanchez
BAMC Public Affairs
BAMC Beat blog
 

Marine Cpl. Sebastian Gallegos operates a smart phone.  Courtesy photo
With the help of his prosthetic arm, Marine Cpl. Sebastian Gallegos operates his smart phone. Gallegos lost his arm in an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2010. Courtesy photo

Marine Cpl. Sebastian Gallegos was browsing a store in South Texas when he overheard a passerby talking about his robotic arm.

The man approached the Marine and asked him a question that Gallegos still cringes about today: “Is that a Halloween costume?”

The typically laid-back Marine immediately “took him to task,” explaining he had lost his right arm in an explosion in Afghanistan.

Due to insensitive comments like this one, the Marine now wears a jacket outside, despite the sweltering Texas heat. “I just want to avoid the stares,” said Gallegos, who is undergoing rehabilitation at the Center for the Intrepid.

 

Marine Cpl. Sebastian Gallegos started kayaking during his recovery and is now considering trying out for the national Paralympic team. Gallegos lost his arm in an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2010. Courtesy photo
Marine Cpl. Sebastian Gallegos started kayaking during his recovery and is now considering trying out for the national Paralympic team. Gallegos lost his arm in an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2010. Courtesy photo

At Brooke Army Medical Center, we’re accustomed to the sight of Wounded Warriors with prosthetic limbs or visible scars. Rather than stares or whispers, their presence evokes a deep sense of pride and gratitude.

However, as Gallegos has discovered, this sentiment isn’t always echoed elsewhere. When he’s out in short sleeves, people either stare or shower him with a torrent of personal questions that he’d rather not broach.

“It’s embarrassing,” he said. “And, to me as a Marine, it shows a lack of respect.”

These people typically see just a disability, he said, rather than a symbol of courage and sacrifice.

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