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  1. UPS data breach does not affect exchange customers

    Military shoppers who made purchases or shipped packages through The UPS Store locations operated through the Army and Air Force Exchange Service were not affected by the data breach involving about 1 percent of The UPS Store locations nationwide, AAFES o

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  2. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says change at the VA is imminent amid Congress' oversight, media coverage and veteran outrage. Emmanuel Lozano/The Arizona Republic

    McCain: Why is Phoenix VA boss still employed?

    More than two months after Sharon Helman was suspended as director of Phoenix's VA Health Care System, she remains on the payroll collecting regular checks and benefits despite passage of a new federal statute targeting accountability in the Department of

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  3. Army doctor promotes use of tourniquets among domestic first responders

    An Army Reserve doctor and nationally recognized trauma surgeon is pressing for broader availability of tourniquets — in the pockets of every U.S. first responder and staged alongside portable defibrillators in offices, shopping malls and elsewhere.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  4. New school year, new home: Military families look to adjust

    Linh Narum knows what it means to be a part of a military family. Her father served in the Air Force for 27 years and she and her husband, Air Force Col. Jerry Narum, a communications officer, have two sons of their own.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  5. Tricare Help: The many shades of Tricare eligibility

    A. Assuming your daughter's military sponsor remains eligible for Tricare, and assuming she remains unmarried, then the answer is yes. As long as she remains a legal military dependent and single, she remains eligible for Tricare.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  6. Consumer Watch: For vets, it pays to shop around for life insurance

    A 75-year-old veteran wrote in to express frustration that rates for Veterans' Group Life Insurance increased in July for those 70 and older, noting that it's hard to find comparable private-sector coverage at that age.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  7. Kevlar for the Mind: Anxiety can have big impact on quality of life

    Anxiety is as much a part of the American culture as cable TV, fast food and overpriced sneakers. The military, as a microcosm of the larger society, is certainly not immune.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  8. Military kids' education may turn on 2 studies

    Two studies that could affect the future of military children's education are in their final stages, officials said.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  9. Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) sort through donated non-perishable food items during a community service project at the Bremerton Food Line food bank in Bremerton, Wash, in 2013. MC2 Lauren Howes / Navy

    DoD questions military data in food bank study

    The Pentagon's personnel chief is taking exception to statistics from a recent study that concluded 25 percent of military households use food banks.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  10. Ex-officer says she was discharged for reporting burn-pit danger

    An officer who says she was discharged from the Navy for alerting senior officials of the potential health dangers of open-air burn pits and improperly stored water at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, is suing to get her job back.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  11. Last state adopts military kids education compact

    New York has become the last state to adopt the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, an agreement that aims to smooth out administrative issues involved in moving from one school district to another.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  12. The carrier George H.W. Bush conducts a vertical replenishment with the dry cargo and ammunition ship Robert E. Peary. Sailors in the Bush carrier strike group may be eligible for a new allowance when their deployment exceeds 220 days. MC3 Lorelei Vander Griend/Navy

    More pay for longer deployments

    About 7,000 sailors with the Bush carrier strike group and the Bataan ampibious ready group likely will be about $1,000 richer than expected when they get back from deployment this fall.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  13. DoD releases list of genetic tests covered by Tricare

    The Defense Health Agency has announced which genetic tests Tricare will cover starting in September.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  14. Report: VA employee took recovering vet to crack house

    Although a Veterans Affairs police officer determined that a Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System employee took a patient to a crack house and helped him buy illegal drugs, the worker is still employed more than a year after the incident.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  15. VA backlog grew despite online application program

    The number of backlogged veterans' health care applications grew despite an online program the Veterans Administration introduced in 2010 and touted as a quick, easy way for veterans to apply for benefits, according to a newspaper report.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  16. Mike Simester stands next to his tractor on his 10-acre farm in Muscatime, Iowa. Gannett

    Veterans look to farming to grow and heal

    Mike Simester had always dreamed of a being a career soldier.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  17. A soldier and a contractor agent inspect the soldier's car at a processing center. The Defense Department is working with its new vehicle shipping contractor to resolve a growing number of complaints about shipment delays. Defense Department

    TRANSCOM deploys teams to sort out vehicle shipment problems

    The four-star chief of U.S. Transportation Command has ordered survey teams into the field to verify the location of every service member's vehicle that is in transit in an effort to restore confidence in the government's shipping process for privately-owned vehicles.

    • Aug. 15, 2014
  18. VA Secretary Bob McDonald visits the Phoenix VA Medical Center on Aug. 9. Veterans Affairs

    VA chief: Firings of workers a deliberate process

    The Veterans Affairs Department is in the process of holding bad employees accountable amid a scandal about long wait times for patients and other problems, VA Secretary Robert McDonald said Thursday, but he declined to say how many people were being fired and who they were.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  19. Experts concerned about discrepancies in old, new PTSD criteria

    Changes to the diagnostic criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder made in 2013 provide flexibility for new PTSD diagnoses in troops, but leave out some who would have been diagnosed with PTSD under the old standards, according to a new study published

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  20. More than a hundred employers and community leaders attend the Fort Bragg Veterans Jobs Summit on Tuesday at Fort Bragg, N.C. The two-day summit is held in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundations Hiring Our Heroes program, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Army. Sara D. Davis/AP Images for U.S. Chamber of Commer

    Vets in workforce ramp up as military gears down

    About 1,200 soldiers were ordered and urged by Fort Bragg brass to prepare Wednesday for their future mission: transition to a civilian job.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  21. VA Secretary Bob McDonald visits the Phoenix VA Medical Center on Aug. 9. Veterans Affairs

    Vets awaiting primary care at VA can now seek private physician

    Veterans waiting for a primary care appointment at a VA medical facility may now be able to get one at a private physician under a program that allows veterans to seek medical treatment outside the Veterans Affairs Department.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  22. Ask the Lawyer: The many nuances of 'aiding and abetting'

    A. Wrongfully introducing a controlled substance onto a military installation violates Article 112a of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  23. Tricare Help: When over 65 is supplemental coverage needed?

    A. You won't have a choice. According to MOAA's website, the group's Mediplus Tricare Supplemental Insurance coverage is available only to MOAA members under age 65. Most, if not all, Tricare supplemental policies have the same age cutoff.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  24. Mission Family: Spouses helping spouses get ahead

    Over the past few years, increasing attention has been focused on connecting spouses with employers that can provide them opportunities for meaningful, portable careers.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  25. Art studio to offer vets 'healing space'

    A nonprofit organization plans to open a walk-in art studio for veterans in the Washington, D.C., area.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
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