en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:11:31 -0400 15 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. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:28:00 -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 Tricare Help: Tricare coverage on a vacation cruise Q. While my wife and I were on a vacation cruise, my wife fell during a shore excursion in Mexico. She was treated by the physician on the cruise ship for a hand fracture, a forehead laceration and a chest contusion. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:42:00 -0400 Consumer Watch: Being loyal customer may work against you If you need another reason to shop around for auto insurance, how about this: Some companies may charge higher rates if they believe you won't shop around. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:43:00 -0400 TRANSCOM chief tells vehicle shipping company to shape up The four-star chief of U.S. Transportation Command has personally told contractor International Auto Logistics that he expects better performance in shipping troops' vehicles to and from overseas locations. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:58:00 -0400 Tricare Help: Sorting out health care at 65 A. The answers actually begin with a tidbit that you mention in Question No. 5. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:36:00 -0400 Kevlar for the Mind: Psychological fault lines of decision making One can argue that the hardest decision a political leader faces is sending men and women to war. In the U.S., this decision is limited to a very small but highly influential group of presidents and lawmakers. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:36:00 -0400 Navy, Marine Corps approve new pay for long deployments Sailors and Marines deployed longer than 220 days in a row are to start receiving a new op tempo pay intended to reward them for the hardships of serving through an extended deployment. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:25:00 -0400 CFC changes will make donating easier Troops who want to donate to a charity through the Combined Federal Campaign this season will see some improvements. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:16:00 -0400 Auditor ties Phoenix VA waits to deaths The Department of Veterans Affairs' internal watchdog testified Wednesday that delayed treatment for thousands of Arizona veterans may have contributed to some deaths, a strikingly different emphasis than in an August report on the Phoenix VA medical cent Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:45:00 -0400 House passes bill to oversee VA hospital building The House has passed a bill to increase oversight of veterans' hospitals under construction, following a report that some medical centers take three years longer to complete than estimated and cost an extra $366 million per project. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:04:00 -0400 Flexibility key for spouses, says AF secretary's husband In Frank Beatty's experience in the private sector, discussions about job losses and benefits cuts are not limited to the military community. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:31:00 -0400 Delays affect 80 percent of troops' overseas auto shipments The on-time delivery rate for troops' vehicles being shipped to and from overseas was about 20 percent in July, according to a senator who wants more information from U.S. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:27:00 -0400 Critics: VA influenced Inspector General to change Phoenix report for spin-control A Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general's report on delayed health care at the Phoenix VA medical center used a standard to evaluate patient deaths that would be virtually impossible to meet, according to medical experts. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:08:00 -0400 Mismanagement alleged at VA appeals board A senior attorney at the Board of Veterans Appeals told lawmakers Wednesday that managers at the agency covered up delays in appeals processing and doctored records to protect their performance bonuses. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0400 Survey: 40 percent of wounded face problems getting VA care As a peer mentor for Wounded Warrior Project, Josh Renschler regularly helps severely injured veterans navigate the Veterans Affairs Department health care system. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:25:00 -0400 Investigations still open at 93 VA facilities The Veteran Affairs Department's review of the wait times scandal at its Phoenix facility is over, but lawmakers and investigators are promising that department officials will still face intense scrutiny and criticism in coming months. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 07:58:00 -0400 McDonald launches 100-day VA reform plan SitRep video: Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald said the recurring complaint he heard during a month-long listening tour across America is that his department's culture is still too closed and unfriendly. Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:58:00 -0400 Feds respond to report on Minn. VA Sources say the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General is flying an investigator to Minnesota next week to interview whistleblowers who told KARE 11 News they were pressured to falsify patient records at the Minneapolis VA medical cent Mon, 08 Sep 2014 11:49:00 -0400 Suicides in first 3 months of year hold steady The Pentagon released its data on suicides among troops in the first quarter of 2014, showing that the Defense Department is holding steady in its battle against self-inflicted deaths. Fri, 05 Sep 2014 14:38:00 -0400 DoD: It takes only one person to stop a suicide Just six days before the start of Suicide Prevention Month in September, Army Sgt. 1st Class Paula Walker, 33, barricaded herself inside an office at Fort Lee, Virginia, and, in what military leaders later described as ' Fri, 05 Sep 2014 09:55:00 -0400 DoD delays launch of rental housing website The launch of a new Defense Department website aimed at helping service members and their families find available rental housing has been delayed indefinitely, an official said. Thu, 04 Sep 2014 15:48:00 -0400 DoD willing to reconsider discharges of Vietnam vets with PTSD The Defense Department has agreed to reconsider the bad-paper discharges for thousands of Vietnam-era veterans who may have suffered from combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder but were kicked out of the military in the era before that became a dia Thu, 04 Sep 2014 12:09:00 -0400 Consumer Watch: Here's where to turn if you need help buying food A recent study by the nonprofit Feeding America concludes that one out of four military households is getting charitable feeding assistance - such as groceries from food banks. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 17:51:00 -0400 Tricare Help: Philippines claims present problem Q. I'm a military retiree. My spouse and I have adopted two children in the Philippines who are registered as my dependents for Tricare eligibility purposes. The children recently became ill. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 17:22:00 -0400 Kevlar for the Mind: Bipolar disorder is serious - and sometimes lethal The recent suicide of actor and comedian Robin Williams has brought acute awareness to the effects of bipolar disorder, a chronic and persistent mental illness that wreaks emotional, physical and social havoc on millions of people each year. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:45:00 -0400 Soldier wins settlement from storage company A special operations soldier has won a settlement from the storage company that got rid of his property while he was deployed - including $8,044 worth of Army-issued equipment - in violation of the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 09:30:00 -0400 White House pushes for lower pay raise in 2015 The White House is moving ahead with plans for another slimmed-down pay raise for troops in 2015, and outside advocates still aren't happy about it. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:15:00 -0400 Injured guardsman's family lives in poverty, and waits Army National Guard Spc. Robert Quattrocchi, 31, spends much of his time these days helping wife Monica care for the couple's 4-month-old daughter in a rambling, uninsulated Georgia farmhouse that belongs to his in-laws. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:53:00 -0400 DoD takes lead on finding drugs to fight superbugs With very few antibiotics in development at major pharmaceutical companies, the Pentagon is stepping in to support research to combat the growing threat of 'superbugs' - bacteria that can't be stopped with current medications. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:46:00 -0400 DoD makes advances toward blood test to diagnose concussions The Defense Department is closing in on a blood test to detect concussions. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:01:00 -0400 California lawmakers vote to protect in-state tuition for veterans California lawmakers have approved legislation to offer in-state college tuition for veterans who were stationed in California immediately before being discharged. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:30:00 -0400 Pilot program to launch to help spouses earn college credit Defense officials are launching a pilot program in the fall that will help military spouses put together portfolios of education and work experience for possible college credit. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:49:00 -0400 Tricare Help: Tricare options for retirees living overseas Q. My husband and I recently decided that we want to move to Ireland. He's a medically retired soldier using Tricare for Life. My son and I have Tricare Prime. Are there U.S. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:37:00 -0400 Company touts improvements to POV moving The logjam that's caused delays in getting troops' cars to and from overseas is starting to clear, said an official with the new contractor. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:58:00 -0400 Expert: Move pain management into 21st century Contrary to a popular military tenet, pain is not weakness leaving the body. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:46:00 -0400 Mission Family: Free online resources for school year While you're getting back into school routines for your children, and perhaps even for yourself, consider some of the free resources the Defense Department provides that can help you with research - and even free tutoring and homework help. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:33:00 -0400 Ask the Lawyer: Yes, sex with a minor is a crime A. When a service member has a sexual relationship with a child over age 12 but under age 16, the back story of the romance is largely irrelevant. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:33:00 -0400 VA wait times have decreased, new data show The Department of Veterans Affairs has reduced by half the number of veterans waiting more than three months to see a doctor since a scandal erupted at the agency in spring over delays in health care, according to data released Thursday. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:04:00 -0400 Alabama VA employee accused of sexually abusing patient A Veterans Affairs Southeast Network employee who works at the Tuskegee VA medical center and was charged with sexual abuse of a veteran patient in February is still receiving a paycheck. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:44:00 -0400 Concerns arise about opening online exchanges to veterans While giving all honorably discharged veterans online exchange shopping privileges would be an added benefit, there are questions within the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments about whether some of the profits should also go back to veterans' progra Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:46:00 -0400 Pay and benefits reform still in limbo In about five months, the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission will unveil its recommendations for a radical overhaul of troops' pay and benefits. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:19:00 -0400 One-third of domestic violence victims in active-duty military families are men Army Special Forces Sgt. Casey Gray clearly recalls the day when his fiancée turned violent. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:10:00 -0400 Obama announces veterans mental health efforts, but most aren't new In his speech before the American Legion on Tuesday, President Obama touted new initiatives intended to improve mental health treatment and support for service members and veterans. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:08:00 -0400 Obama to announce VA initiatives today at American Legion convention The White House is unveiling a slate of executive actions Tuesday designed to ease troops' transition from military to civilian life and boost veterans medical-care options in the wake of scandals at the Veterans Affairs Department. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:37:00 -0400 IG: Better training, new scheduling practices needed at Phoenix VA A scathing report looking into care delay problems at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health system recommends an overhaul in scheduling practices, better training and oversight for all employees, and possible firing of numerous system leaders as starting po Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:38:00 -0400 HUD: Number of homeless veterans continues to drop The number of homeless veterans dropped under 50,000 last year, the fourth consecutive year of decreases since White House officials refocused efforts on getting that population into stable housing. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:39:00 -0400 No proof deaths caused by delay in VA care, IG says Veterans Affairs leaders say they're relieved that investigators have found no evidence of patient deaths connected to serious medical appointment delay problems at the Phoenix VA Health Care System, but said the months-long review still points to numerou Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:40:00 -0400 VA touts progress on suicides; data tell another story Seven years ago, the Veterans Affairs Department rejected allegations by media outlets and watchdog organizations that America faced a suicide epidemic among former military personnel. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:05:00 -0400 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 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:13:00 -0400 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 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:23:00 -0400 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. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:04:00 -0400 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. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:34:00 -0400 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. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:30:00 -0400 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. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:27:00 -0400 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. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:23:00 -0400