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Darrell Frederick Gaskins
Vanceboro NC
date of birth April 6, 1934
branch of service and rank US Army SSGT
date of casualty June 11, 1967
Frederick L Martin
New Bern NC
date of birth May 6, 1947
branch of service and rank US Army PFC
date of casualty February 29, 1968
Clarence Lee Sexton
New Bern NC
date of birth June 24, 1929
branch of service and rank US Army MSGT
date of casualty July 30, 1966
Woodrow Wilson
Havelock NC
date of birth December 7, 1934
branch of service and rank US Army SFC
date of casualty March 19, 1968

Anyone with any information on family or friends of the above service members that were KIA, please contact the Craven County Veterans Services at (252) 636-6611 OR visit us at the Craven County Human Services Complex, 2818 Neuse Blvd, Suite 15, New Bern, NC, 28562 OR email vglover@cravencountync.gov OR lmoran@cravencountync.gov.


The Department of Defense today announced the opening of a 24-hour outreach center to provide information and referrals to military service members, veterans, their families and others with questions about psychological health and traumatic brain injury.

The new center, which is operated by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE), can be contacted around the clock, 365 days a year, by phone toll-free at 1-866-966-1020 and by e-mail at resources@dcoeoutreach.org.

"We're providing 24/7 support to assist callers with questions regarding psychological health and traumatic brain injury," said Brig. Gen. Loree K. Sutton, M.D., director of DCoE. "Getting the best possible information and tools, hassle-free, will empower and strengthen warriors and their families to successfully manage what can be confusing and disturbing circumstances."

The center can address everything from routine requests for information about psychological health and traumatic brain injury, to questions about symptoms a caller is having, to helping callers find appropriate health care resources.

DCoE promotes resilience, recovery and reintegration of service members facing psychological health and traumatic brain injury issues, and works to advance research, education, diagnosis and treatment of these conditions.

"If we need to research a question, we'll do the legwork and quickly reconnect with callers," Sutton said. "We welcome feedback on how we can better meet the needs of those we are so privileged to serve."

The DCoE outreach center is staffed by behavioral health consultants and nurses, most with master's degrees. In addition to answering questions, staffers refer callers to contact centers in other parts of the Department of Defense, other federal agencies, and outside organizations when appropriate. Other contact centers also refer callers to the DCoE outreach center.

The center serves members, leaders and healthcare providers of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, Reserve and all uniformed services, along with veterans of all the services. The families of service members and of veterans are also served by the new center.

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
On the Web:
http://www.defense.gov/releases/default.aspx
Media Contact: http://www.defense.gov/faq/press-media.html or call (703) 697-5131.
Public Contact:
http://www.defense.gov/landing/comment.aspx or call (703) 571-3343.


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