Military May 19, 2019

By Jeff Schogol: ‘I am so very sorry that your family will now have to hurt in a similar way as I have,’ Green Beret’s widow tells Navy SEAL who helped kill her husband
Before she met Matthews, Michelle Melgar read a statement in court saying she forgave him and she is sad for what his family is going through because of his “reckless choices that have cost you your career and my husband’s life.”

“You finally coming forward was the beginning of the end of this mess, and for that I am grateful,” she said. “This has been a nightmare that I would never wish on anyone. I have hurt enough for everyone, and I am so very sorry that your family will now have to hurt in a similar way as I have.”

She also said she did not care how long Matthews went to prison because no amount of jail time could bring her husband back.

“The important thing to me is that you are no longer in a position to ever do this to another service member and that you are no longer wearing the Trident that so many others wear honorably and with pride,” Michelle Melgar said., Walker, Mich. | By Tanda Gmiter: Coast Guard Commander Dies from Injuries in Motorcycle Crash
Because Waters had chosen to be an organ donor, a special “honor walk” ceremony was scheduled for early this morning prior to the procedure. “It is requested that as many shipmates as possible join forces to honor a fellow Coastie and show support to the family,” the military wrote. | By Gina Harkins: 1st Woman Completes Marines’ Urban Leaders Course
One of the Marine Corps’ female infantry riflemen hit another milestone when she became the first woman to graduate from the service’s Urban Leaders Course.

Lance Cpl. Autumn Taniguchi, with 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, finished the three-week course that prepares leathernecks to lead troops in urban environments on May 3.

“This course is not easy,” Taniguchi said, according to a Marine Corps news release. “I didn’t expect it to be easy, but it also helps to show me that I can do more than I thought I could.”
By C. Todd Lopez: 5 Installations Lead the Way in Suicide Prevention Efforts
Suicide affects the lives of coworkers, teammates, families and friends, she said. When intervention can prevent a suicide, all those individuals benefit.

“You may not know the names or faces of every individual you have helped,” Van Winkle told installation representatives. “But you have been there for them. You may not know the names or see the faces of the children whose parents or siblings are still with them today because of the efforts you do. But you have profoundly affected their lives. They are out there, and when you pause and reflect on your work, please know that you have played a vital role in all of their lives.” | By Patricia Kime: This ‘Brain Game’ Is Helping Vets with TBI Improve Their Memory
BRAVE was funded by Posit Science through a grant from the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, and the researchers included Mahncke. It drew others from across the Department of Veterans Affairs and DoD, and included scientists from the VA Boston Healthcare System; the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston; the VA Connecticut Healthcare System; the Army Health Clinic Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

More research needs to be done to determine whether BrainHQ can ward off cognitive decline or improve the brain health of those with other conditions that cause memory loss. But the research, said Joseph DeGutis with VA Boston, “provides evidence that this computerized cognitive training program can be incorporated as part of a treatment plan to improve cognitive function.”

“Patients with persistent cognitive impairment following TBI can self-administer this computerized cognitive training program in their own homes with remote supervision by health coaches,” he wrote in the poster board presented at the Traumatic Brain Injury Conference in Washington this week.
By Terri Moon Cronk: Musician Gene Simmons Visits Service Members, Tours Pentagon
For Simmons, the Pentagon is a somewhat personal symbol. When his mother was 14, she was in a Nazi concentration camp, he said, and he is grateful for what the U.S. military has done for democracy and freedom around the world.
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