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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — An occupational therapist at Yongsan Garrison’s 121st Combat Support Hospital is the recipient of the 2006 Army Medical Specialists Corps’ Award of Excellence for Occupational Therapy.

Capt. Shelli Greer received the Army award in part for her article in the professional journal, “Military Medicine,” about the types of injuries soldiers sustain in Iraq due to lack of proper protective equipment.

According to Lt. Col. Sandra Harrison-Weaver, Greer’s former supervisor at Fort Lewis, Wash., Greer’s article helped spur the Army to conduct studies on the topic and eventually create and issue improved equipment to deployed soldiers.

Greer also initiated a hand clinic at Camp Casey, works as the only occupational therapist at the 121st and performs volunteer work.

Greer’s current supervisor, Maj. John Vondruska, said he plans to hold an awards ceremony for Greer in either late March or early April.

“It doesn’t change what I do,” Greer said of receiving the award. “Every day I try to take care of soldiers the best I can.”

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