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MHS Video Contest Deadline is March 30


FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The Military Health System (MHS) is running "Share Your Care," a video contest to showcase the people, programs and facilities supporting the health of our service members and families.

The contest runs Feb. 27 through March 30, 2009.

The contest, open to all service members, their families and MHS personnel, is the first of its kind for MHS, using the social media website, YouTube, to manage and collect submissions. Winners will receive a coveted coin from the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Dr. S. Ward Casscells, and have their videos featured on

"We don't often hear about the men and women who get up every day and tirelessly care for our wounded, ill and injured," said Dr. Casscells, Assistant Secretary of Defense, Health Affairs. "This video contest affords the opportunity to service members, families and personnel to share their stories of where the MHS’s commitment to care is most embodied."

Videos will be accepted on a range of military health topics, such as outstanding employees and medical providers, rehabilitation experiences or volunteer efforts.  Videos should fall into at least one of five categories: Humor, Poignancy, History, Artistic Beauty (highlighting place of work and surrounding area) and/or Song.

"This contest is not about us, but about you. Maybe it's a story about care received at a warrior transition unit or military treatment facility or maybe it's a particular individual who made the difference such as a doctor, nurse, physical therapist, or receptionist, for example, who never complains and brings a smile to work every day," said Casscells. "Be bold and creative in your videos and have some fun."    

Members of the YouTube community will vote on their favorite videos, selecting the top five as winners.  Full contest rules and instructions are available at at and on the contest page on YouTube, at