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The Department of Defense received about $10.5 billion to help it respond to COVID-19. We examined DOD's strategy for protecting servicemembers as well as its research and development work on vaccines, testing, and more.
To help address the growing rate of military suicides, DOD provides clinical treatment such as medication to servicemembers. DOD has also implemented various non-clinical suicide prevention efforts, such as distributing gun locks and providing suicide awareness training.
Physicians, dentists, and other practitioners who want to provide care at military hospitals and clinics must receive permission from the Department of Defense to do so. DOD routinely monitors providers at military facilities to make sure they provide safe, high-quality care.
In January 2017, then President-elect Trump stated that he and the VA would consult private citizens to help address VA’s issues related to managing and overseeing its operations. This has raised questions about the influence of these citizens on VA’s decisions.
Beneficiaries of DOD's TRICARE Prime health care plan must get referrals for specialty care. They may obtain this care from military or civilian providers. To ensure continuity of care, these providers must communicate with each other.
The Defense Department's graduate medical education programs provide specialty training to medical school graduates who agree to active duty service. These programs prepare physicians for service at military hospitals and on deployment.
Does DOD have the right number and right kinds of medical personnel for wartime?
While peacetime medical care is important, a Senate committee and DOD are concerned that prioritizing it has made the military health system less able to treat combat injuries.
Over 241,000 people work in DOD's health system, which reaches from the battlefield to large hospitals in the United States. The workforce includes active and reserve military, federal civilian staff, and private sector contractors.