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  1. 'Complex' report on allotments now 3 months late

    Defense officials are more than three months late on a report on the military allotment system, which will recommend steps to protect troops from unscrupulous businesses and lenders that use allotments to take advantage of them.

  2. Congress unhappy with DoD, VA health records progress

    House lawmakers plan to hold back millions in dollars of technology funding from Defense and Veterans Affairs department planners until Congress is convinced they are making progress on developing a way to share electronic medical records.

  1. White House unveils expanded support for military, vets' caregivers

    The White House continued its focus on veterans and military families by announcing new programs Friday to expand support and services available to those who care for injured or ill troops.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  2. Homeless vets in rural areas lack options, advocates say

    Housing advocates worry that veterans in rural America may be getting left behind in the national push to end homelessness.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  3. Troops and and civilians enjoy American fast food at the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center's food court in 2009. Army & Air Force Exchange Service PAO

    40 lawmakers seek to halt closure of military fast food outlets

    Forty lawmakers have signed a letter asking the Labor Department to exempt some military morale, welfare and recreation and exchange operations — such as fast food concessions — from wage regulations affecting federal contractors on military bases.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  4. Life insurance premium rate to go up this summer

    The premium rate for Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance will rise July 1 to 7 cents per month for every $1,000 of coverage, up from the current 6.5 cents.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  5. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard 'Buck' McKeon, R-Calif., runs a March 14 hearing on Capitol Hill. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Congressman: Wait until '15 for major pay, benefits reform

    The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee wants to wait on major military compensation reform until next year, but may accept some smaller changes to pay and benefits in the current budget debate.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  6. Senate bill would expand benefits for caregivers

    Responding to a Rand Corp. report issued last week on challenges facing those who care for ill or injured veterans, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., on Thursday introduced a bill that would increase federal support for this largely invisible group.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  7. Mission Family: Résumé tool helps spouses highlight experience

    With the military's heavy moving season upon us, the thoughts of many spouses often turn to résumé writing.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  8. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Key senator opposes commissary budget cut

    The chair of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee strongly opposes a Pentagon plan to cut funding for commissaries, another signal that the drastic $1 billion proposed reduction will not survive the congressional budget process.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  9. Tricare Help: It will cover some co-pays for other insurance

    Q. I'm a retiree who is eligible for Tricare but has other health insurance, to which Tricare acts as second payer.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  10. Some Vietnam vets with PTSD fight for benefits

    George Siders remembers his first enemy kill like it happened yesterday.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  11. Carter, Dole spouses join military families effort

    Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are getting a dose of high-profile support for their nationwide effort to help military families.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  12. Max Sanchez, a war veteran, says going bare at a nearby clothing-optional community helps him deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. WTSP-TV

    Fla. veteran treats PTSD by going nude

    Every year, millions of people in the United States are diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, but for some a doctor's office just isn't enough.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  13. Small study finds problem in Gulf War vets' cell function

    A minuscule study of cell function in veterans of the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War could have widespread impact on future research into Gulf War illness.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  14. Military caregivers — spouses, parents and friends who assist severely injured service members with complex, chronic conditions and mental health issues — need more support themselves, a new study says. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

    Caregivers for post-9/11 vets need more help, study finds

    More than 1 million Americans provide care and support for injured or ill Iraq and Afghanistan war-era veterans, and they often do so at great personal sacrifice, facing social isolation, income loss and poor health, according to a new study.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  15. VA doesn't track tissue used in surgeries, GAO says

    Veterans Affairs Department officials used tens of thousands of biological implants in surgeries last year, but they can't fully account for their safety, according to investigators from the Government Accountability Office.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  16. After guardsman son's suicide, parents work to save others

    Former Army National Guard Sgt. Daniel Somers served as a turret gunner and tactical human intelligence team member during two deployments to Iraq.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  17. VA: Treatment delays may have led to 23 cancer deaths

    Delays in cancer treatment consultations may have played a role in the deaths of 23 veterans and compromised the health of 53 others, according to an internal review released this week by the Veterans Affairs Department.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  18. Thomas Brady, the new director of the Department of Defense Education Activity, says his experience as a soldier with children in DoDEA schools — as well as his experience as a base commander communicating with the local school district on behalf of parents — will help inform his decision-making. Tara Parekh/Defense Department

    New DoDEA chief has a military parent's perspective

    As a retired Army colonel, Thomas Brady brings a unique perspective to his new role as director of the Department of Defense Education Activity, which operates 191 schools for military children around the world.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  19. Army Spc. Ivan Lopez killed three people and wounded 16 others in a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas April 2, before killing himself. AP Photo/Courtesy of Glidden Lopez

    Army to delve into Fort Hood gunman's medical history

    The Army will deconstruct Spc. Ivan Lopez's medical history to determine if there were holes in his treatment or whether the service needs to change current policies or programs geared toward helping soldiers with psychiatric conditions.

    • Apr. 4, 2014
  20. Military playing catch-up on PTSD

    Even as a soldier diagnosed with mental illness opened fire at Fort Hood, Texas, this week, a river of troubled veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars keeps flowing out of the military, according to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  21. A push from Speaker of the House John Boehner and a continued stream of scandals involving Veterans Affairs administrators has pushed legislation to ease the firing of department officials onto the fast track. Jim Watson / AFP

    Proposal would make it easier to fire VA officials

    A push from the Speaker of the House and a continued stream of scandals involving Veterans Affairs administrators has pushed legislation to ease the firing of department officials onto the fast track.

    • Apr. 2, 2014
  22. Tricare Help: MTFs can help arrange care when retirees go overseas

    A. U.S.-based Tricare beneficiaries who need medical care while traveling overseas should first contact the nearest U.S. military treatment facility. A list of overseas MTFs is at: www.tricare.mil/mtf/.

    • Apr. 2, 2014
  23. Consumer Watch: Protect yourself from unscrupulous debt collectors

    In the military community, some creditors have long used deceptive and aggressive tactics against service members and their families. Now we're getting a picture of the scope of that problem.

    • Apr. 2, 2014
  24. Maine wants recognition of Agent Orange exposure

    Gov. Paul LePage is poised to sign into law a bill calling on the federal government to recognize disabilities suffered by Maine soldiers who were exposed to Agent Orange at a military base in Canada.

    • Apr. 2, 2014
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