Fort Rucker Holds Safety Seminar

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Officials gathered to discuss how they can help prevent injuries to thousands of soldiers.

Lieutenant Colonal Steven Bullock is one of many military officials who attended a safety seminar at Fort Rucker.

"This symposium I think has been excellent because it's exposed a lot of people who are very very smart into some areas that perhaps they hadn't considered before," said LtC. Bullock.

The bi-annual meeting gives officials a chance to throw ideas on the table on how to better assist in lowering the number of injuries a soldier sustains.

Colonel Mike Simmons says it is one thing to converse over the phone, but one on one discussion is a vital tool.

"Despite all the great technologies that we have it is extremely difficult to replicate that human touch, so the ability to actually share in person is absolutely invaluable," says Col. Simmons.

"Anything that we can do to preserve the strength of the individual, keep them from going to the hospital, wasting the time at the appointment, wasting the time to get to the appointment, wasting the time in the rehabilitation of the injury, is the time and investment back to the investment," says LtC. Bullock.

Since March 2003, invasion of Iraq, about 350 US military personnel were wounded in action each month. That number jumped to 675 per month in September of 2007.

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