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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. VA takes big strides in treating military sex trauma victims

    It was in 1990 that 22-year-old Melissa Davis went to the Veterans Affairs Department office in Houston to seek treatment for depression.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  17. Senate bill calls for research on families of troops exposed to toxins

    More research is needed on the health of the children and grandchildren of troops exposed to environmental pollution and chemicals while they served in the military, several U.S. senators say.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
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    Virtual High School open to more students

    More military children are eligible to take courses through the Department of Defense Education Activity's Virtual High School, thanks to legislation being implemented this school year.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  18. McDonald works to soften image of VA employees

    The rebranding of Veterans Affairs employees has begun.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  19. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald, right, meets with DAV national commander Joseph Johnston on Aug. 9 at the DAV 2014 National Convention in Las Vegas. David Becker / AP

    New VA secretary touts fixes to veterans group

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald addressed a veterans group for the first time since taking over the troubled agency last month, calling his plans to fix it 'an opportunity we can't miss nor underestimate.'

    • Aug. 10, 2014
  20. Robert McDonald, testifies before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on July 22, 2014 at his confirmation hearing. Win McNamee/Getty Images

    VA will open scheduling books to outside audit

    Veterans Affairs Department officials will open their scheduling books to outside reviewers in an effort to get an independent assessment of how to fix medical center wait time problems, VA Secretary Bob McDonald said Friday.

    • Aug. 8, 2014
  21. VA has higher burden of proof for PTSD claims related to sex trauma

    Jamie Livingston joined the Navy in 2000 because she 'wanted to be part of something bigger than myself.'

    • Aug. 8, 2014
  22. President Obama signs into law the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, a bill providing the Department of Veterans Affairs the resources to improve access and quality of care for veterans, on Thursday at Fort Belvoir, Va. J. Scott Applewhite/The Associated Press

    Obama signs VA reform, but changes will take time

    President Obama signed the new Veterans Affairs Department reform bill into law Thursday, but it will be a while before veterans see any of its effects.

    • Aug. 7, 2014
  23. Deputy Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson speaks during a press conference during a visit to a Denver veterans hospital, on Wednesday. Gibson said that the VA's scheduling problems and personnel investigations can be cleared up in two years. Brennan Linsley/The Associated Press

    VA executive: Wait times can be fixed in 2 years

    Long wait times for veterans to get health care can be cleared up in two years, along with investigations of employees accused of falsifying data to hide the problem, Deputy Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 6, 2014
  24. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald testifies before a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearings to examine his nomination to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 22. The Associated Press

    VA Secretary Robert McDonald coming to Phoenix on Friday

    Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald is scheduled to visit Phoenix Friday, his first stop at a VA medical center since being nominated and confirmed to the cabinet post last month.

    • Aug. 6, 2014
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