en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:51:09 -0400 15 Hagel seeks info on Iraq chemical weapons exposure A defense official says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has asked his military chiefs and service-branch secretaries to look into questions about the medical care and treatment of about 20 service members who were exposed to chemical weapons during the Iraq Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:06:00 -0400 Progress on car shipments difficult to measure, verify A backlog of personal vehicle shipments in U.S. Customs has been 'significantly reduced and is very near to normal clearance timelines,' according to the new contractor responsible for shipping troops' cars on reassignment moves to and from overseas. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:58:00 -0400 Proposed online AAFES shopping for vets inches forward The tide may be turning in the effort to allow all honorably discharged veterans to shop at the online store operated by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:39:00 -0400 VA secretary: I'm 'aggressively' firing problem employees Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald says he's working 'aggressively' to fire problem employees in his department and is frustrated by congressional criticism that dismissals aren't moving fast enough. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:42:00 -0400 Tricare Help: Vet's family must use CHAMPVA, not Tricare Q. My husband is an Army veteran rated 100 percent disabled. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:49:00 -0400 Kevlar for the Mind: Guided imagery may reduce anxiety Research efforts directed at alleviating post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety and other psychological ills of war are improving the lives of countless service members and veterans, and advances in cognitive, behavioral and medication therapies are g Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:45:00 -0400 Consumer Watch: Save money this holiday season It's hard to believe, but it's time to start easing into holiday shopping mode. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:41:00 -0400 Opinion: Helping VA do better In his second inaugural address, President Lincoln articulated a clear principle to guide our nation's commitment to military veterans. The goal, he said, should be 'to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.' Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:51:00 -0400 New Mexico VA leaders got bonuses amid complaints Five top administrators in the Veterans Affairs' health care system in New Mexico received more than $24,000 in bonuses in 2013 despite complaints from veterans about lapses and delays in care. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:05:00 -0400 La. Gov. Jindal seeks reversal of budget cuts for military funerals Gov. Bobby Jindal said Tuesday that federal budget cuts will nearly eliminate the free military funeral ceremonies provided to families of veterans in Louisiana. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:50:00 -0400 Veterans Affairs secretary wooing medical students The new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs made an impassioned recruitment pitch to medical school and nursing students at the University of Vermont on Monday, urging them to consider careers in the VA. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:19:00 -0400 Ohio VA employees got big bonuses A newspaper investigation has found that Ohio Veterans Affairs hospitals paid out nearly $6.5 million in bonuses to employees in the past year. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 08:47:00 -0400 New travel pay rates mean less money for TDY Traveling on temporary duty is not as lucrative as it used to be. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:47:00 -0400 Autism therapy reimbursements won't change - for now The Pentagon is postponing a plan to cut reimbursements for autism therapy provided under the Tricare health program. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:00:00 -0400 Report: DoD should review Tricare rules on compounded medications Tricare spends $259 million a year on medications it is not obligated to cover and should align its policies on compounded medications with existing regulations or change those rules, a federal watchdog agency says. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:36:00 -0400 American Legion boss: Vets have earned federal hiring preference The American Legion has a message for federal workers upset over veterans preference rules: Get over it. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 10:59:00 -0400 Troops fighting Ebola will earn up to $400 extra per month U.S. troops deploying to West Africa for the Ebola mission could earn up to $400 a month in special pays, according to Defense Department officials. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:28:00 -0400 Military funeral funding cuts hit Minnesota vets Federal funding has been cut for honor guards at military funerals in Minnesota, leaving some people concerned that veterans will miss out on the graveside honor they have earned. Thu, 09 Oct 2014 13:26:00 -0400 Scrutiny over latest VA firings likely just the start Four Veterans Affairs senior executives being dismissed this month are the first to face the department's controversial new firing authorities, approved by Congress in July. Thu, 09 Oct 2014 12:37:00 -0400 6 military-related charities join Combined Federal Campaign Six charities that serve the military community in a variety of ways - from providing legal services to veterans seeking federal benefits, to linking pets with troops and veterans - have joined the two military-related charity federations under this year' Thu, 09 Oct 2014 11:30:00 -0400 Tricare to stop mailing paper notification letters Starting this month, Tricare will stop mailing letters to patients notifying them of changes to their health coverage or eligibility for military health programs. Wed, 08 Oct 2014 13:55:00 -0400 Trust offers peace of mind to seriously wounded, caregivers Each week, retired Army National Guard Sgt. Wed, 08 Oct 2014 12:31:00 -0400 Shielding troops from high interest rates may help DoD Giving troops more protections against high-cost debt could save the Defense Department between $13 million and $137 million per year because it would reduce the number of troops involuntarily separated over financial problems, according to DoD estimates. Wed, 08 Oct 2014 12:17:00 -0400 VA moves to ax 4 senior execs in scandal response The Veterans Affairs Department said it is firing four senior executives as officials move to crack down on wrongdoing following a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care, and falsified records covering up the delays. Tue, 07 Oct 2014 08:21:00 -0400 Potential Ebola vaccines studied by DoD agencies Agencies within the Defense Department are hard at work on a potential Ebola vaccine, with safety testing on humans expected to begin as early as next week. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:02:00 -0400 Bataan ARG begins trek home, where extra pay awaits The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, with members of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked, transited the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean Sea and 6th Fleet on Oct. 2 - the first step in the ARG's journey home. Tue, 07 Oct 2014 19:09:00 -0400 Consumer Watch: Know your POV compensation rights If you've made a permanent change-of-station move to or from overseas and shipped your car through the military this summer, you may be among those who have encountered a huge inconvenience because your car was not delivered when expected. Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:17:00 -0400 Tricare Help: Medicare Part B requirement is set by law A. You're raising several interrelated issues. Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:16:00 -0400 No wage-hike exemption for on-base restaurants Labor Department officials have rejected requests to exempt fast food concessions on military bases from regulations that will raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for all workers on federal construction and service contracts. Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:14:00 -0400 Kevlar for the Mind: 5 questions to ask your therapist Psychotherapy is typically a one-way street when it comes to asking questions. Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:12:00 -0400 Military health system: Patients say they can't get in to see their doctors An unprecedented Pentagon review of the military health system -- prompted by the VA hospitals scandal -- concluded that military hospitals and clinics overall provide health care on a par with private-sector programs, despite longstanding complaints by troops, retirees and their families frustrated by long wait times and inadequate care. Sun, 05 Oct 2014 16:29:00 -0400 Military hospitals perform 'statistically worse' for some measures of childbirth care More than 50,000 babies are born each year in military hospitals, and while most are delivered without major complications, the recent Pentagon military health system review found that for half the measures used by the National Perinatal Information Cente Sun, 05 Oct 2014 12:49:00 -0400 Number of U.S. troops to fight Ebola may reach 4,000 The military's mission to fight the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa is ramping up to potentially include as many as 4,000 troops and uniformed health officials are hammering out detailed protocols in the event a service member gets infected with the o Sun, 05 Oct 2014 09:26:00 -0400 After heiress's push, D.C. memorial for disabled vets to be dedicated Lois Pope, heiress to the National Enquirer fortune, was a Broadway singer in the 1960s when she vowed to do something to help disabled veterans. Fri, 03 Oct 2014 11:52:00 -0400 VA under scrutiny even when Congress is out Congress is out of town in preparation for the November elections, but that hasn't stopped lawmakers' scrutiny of the Veterans Affairs operations in Washington, D.C. Fri, 03 Oct 2014 09:30:00 -0400 Antibiotic-resistant bacteria on DoD's radar The Pentagon figures prominently in President Obama's new national plan to fight lethal, antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Fri, 03 Oct 2014 11:47:00 -0400 Springsteen, Metallica, Rihanna booked for Veteran's Day 'Valor' concert Eminem, Bruce Springsteen, Metallica and Rihanna are among the artists booked for a televised live concert from the National Mall in Washington next month to raise awareness of issues concerning veterans. Thu, 02 Oct 2014 18:49:00 -0400 New program helps families of fallen access education benefits Even with hundreds of millions of dollars in scholarship money and education benefits available for spouses and children of fallen service members, many of those families struggle to pay for college because they don't know the benefits exist, or have trou Thu, 02 Oct 2014 08:51:00 -0400 Report: Military hospitals show broad disparities in patient care A comprehensive review of the military health care system finds that overall, the military health system is functioning on a par with private-sector care, but patients face broad disparities in appointment wait times and quality of care - and have little Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:06:00 -0400 ED cases among troops double since 2004 Erectile dysfunction diagnoses have skyrocketed in the U.S. military in the past decade, with the rate among troops more than doubling from 2004 to 2013. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:24:00 -0400 DoDEA schools' course work to be in sync, chief says Whether they are attending Defense Department schools in Germany, Japan or Fort Bragg, North Carolina, military children in the same grades should be learning the same concepts at the same time, said Thomas Brady, the director of the Department of Defense Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:37:00 -0400 New rules to cap credit interest rates for troops Defense Department officials have proposed sweeping new rules that would limit the amount of interest that could be charged to service members and their spouses on most forms of credit - including credit cards. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:52:00 -0400 13 projects to study pain treatment alternatives The federal government has awarded 13 grants worth up to a total $21.7 million over five years to examine alternatives to drugs for treating pain. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:16:00 -0400 Nonprofit groups honored for supporting troops, vets and families A housing facility that helps veterans with transition issues or addiction problems, a program that provides critical dental care to needy veterans, two programs that support military children, and an entrepreneurship 'boot camp' for veterans are this yea Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:54:00 -0400 Report: Services for female veterans fall short The Veterans Affairs Department and other government agencies are not doing enough to help women who served in the military, even as their number is rising dramatically, according to a new report. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 12:14:00 -0400 VA to unveil new standardized disability claims forms The Veterans Affairs Department is introducing new, standardized disability claims forms that officials say will make it easier for veterans and their survivors to clearly state what benefits they're seeking from VA and provide the right information to pr Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:15:00 -0400 VA to investigate whether Marine's data was falsified The Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday it will investigate allegations that the appointment records of a retired Marine who died after having seizures were falsified to cover up delays in patient care at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 06:43:00 -0400 Mission Family: Easing into stateside driving after deployment When Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Josh Seery returned from Afghanistan in July 2013, he knew he wasn't ready to drive a car on the streets of Wichita, Kansas. So he asked his wife, Jennifer Roth, to be the primary driver. Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:25:00 -0400 Rights of same-sex military spouses vary by state On the wall over her bunk in Kuwait, Marine Cpl. Nivia Huskey proudly displays a collection of sonogram printouts of the baby boy her pregnant spouse is carrying back home in North Carolina. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:07:00 -0400 Ask the Lawyer: Firing gun into air may bring trouble Q. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:16:00 -0400 Tricare Help: Are noncitizens with visas eligible for Tricare? A. If your wife and stepchild were deemed eligible for registration in DEERS, then they are fully eligible for Tricare coverage under your sponsorship. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:15:00 -0400 Tricare 'meeting the needs' of children, with some caveats A recent Defense Department report finds that the military health system is meeting the needs of its youngest beneficiaries - but raises concerns that Pentagon officials don't have enough data or information in some areas to make a complete assessment on Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:21:00 -0400 VA records show vet rescheduled appointment after death According to official medical records, a former Minnesota Marine apparently contacted the Minneapolis VA from his grave to cancel an existing appointment and reschedule it. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:47:00 -0400 Report: Some causes of suicide in military need more study While the military has poured more money into suicide research than any other sector of American society in recent years, certain targets in dire need of study remain under-funded, according to a RAND Corp. report released Monday. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:21:00 -0400 Cruise pay approved Over the past half-dozen years, sailors and Marines have borne the brunt of longer and longer deployments. Now, for the first time, they'll start getting paid for it after 220 deployed days. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 14:32:00 -0400 Group says it gave hundreds of veterans free pot Hundreds of military veterans received free marijuana during a special giveaway in Denver designed to show that pot can help ease their pain. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:10:00 -0400 Bigger, better, cheaper Wi-Fi coming soon to barracks, dorms A new Wi-Fi service is being rolled out over the next year in barracks and dormitories for soldiers, airmen and Marines. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:04:00 -0400 Ask the Lawyer: Leaving child alone may be endangerment A. Quite a bit; that could lead to a charge of child endangerment, a violation of Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:43:00 -0400 Online tools expected to ease absentee voting If you plan to vote in the Nov. 4 elections, now is the time to request an absentee ballot, said the defense official who runs the Federal Voting Assistance Program. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:53:00 -0400 Mission Family: Transition help open to spouses, too When a service member leaves the military, it affects the entire family. How a family prepares for that transition can make a huge difference. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:47:00 -0400