navytimes.com http://www.navytimes.com en-us Copyright 2014, navytimes.com SaxoTech Online Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:40:05 -0400 15 Pay and benefits reform still in limbo http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140827/BENEFITS02/308270081 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 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140827/BENEFITS02/308270081 One-third of domestic violence victims in active-duty military families are men http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140827/NEWS/308270080 Army Special Forces Sgt. Casey Gray clearly recalls the day when his fiancée turned violent. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:10:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140827/NEWS/308270080 Obama announces veterans mental health efforts, but most aren't new http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140826/BENEFITS06/308260075 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 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140826/BENEFITS06/308260075 Obama to announce VA initiatives today at American Legion convention http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140826/BENEFITS06/308260041 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 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140826/BENEFITS06/308260041 IG: Better training, new scheduling practices needed at Phoenix VA http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140826/BENEFITS/308260065 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 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140826/BENEFITS/308260065 HUD: Number of homeless veterans continues to drop http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140826/BENEFITS04/308260055 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 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140826/BENEFITS04/308260055 No proof deaths caused by delay in VA care, IG says http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140825/NEWS05/308250034 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 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140825/NEWS05/308250034 VA touts progress on suicides; data tell another story http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140825/BENEFITS06/308250024 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 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140825/BENEFITS06/308250024 UPS data breach does not affect exchange customers http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140822/NEWS/308220056 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 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140822/NEWS/308220056 McCain: Why is Phoenix VA boss still employed? http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140822/NEWS05/308220050 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 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140822/NEWS05/308220050 Army doctor promotes use of tourniquets among domestic first responders http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140820/NEWS/308200048 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 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140820/NEWS/308200048 New school year, new home: Military families look to adjust http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140820/BENEFITS07/308200059 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 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140820/BENEFITS07/308200059 Tricare Help: The many shades of Tricare eligibility http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140820/BENEFITS06/308200056 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 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140820/BENEFITS06/308200056 Consumer Watch: For vets, it pays to shop around for life insurance http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140820/BENEFITS05/308200055 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 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140820/BENEFITS05/308200055 Kevlar for the Mind: Anxiety can have big impact on quality of life http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140820/NEWS/308200054 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 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140820/NEWS/308200054 Military kids' education may turn on 2 studies http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140820/NEWS/308200043 Two studies that could affect the future of military children's education are in their final stages, officials said. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:15:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140820/NEWS/308200043 DoD questions military data in food bank study http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140819/BENEFITS07/308190062 The Pentagon's personnel chief is taking exception to statistics from a recent study that concluded 25 percent of military households use food banks. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:19:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140819/BENEFITS07/308190062 Ex-officer says she was discharged for reporting burn-pit danger http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140819/NEWS/308190063 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. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:15:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140819/NEWS/308190063 Last state adopts military kids education compact http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140819/NEWS/308190045 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. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:18:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140819/NEWS/308190045 More pay for longer deployments http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140818/BENEFITS02/308180013 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. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:39:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140818/BENEFITS02/308180013 DoD releases list of genetic tests covered by Tricare http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140818/BENEFITS06/308180041 The Defense Health Agency has announced which genetic tests Tricare will cover starting in September. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:16:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140818/BENEFITS06/308180041 Report: VA employee took recovering vet to crack house http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140818/BENEFITS04/308180029 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. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:42:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140818/BENEFITS04/308180029 VA backlog grew despite online application program http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140818/NEWS05/308180023 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. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 08:48:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140818/NEWS05/308180023 Veterans look to farming to grow and heal http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140817/NEWS/308170027 Mike Simester had always dreamed of a being a career soldier. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:27:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140817/NEWS/308170027 TRANSCOM deploys teams to sort out vehicle shipment problems http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140815/NEWS/308150052 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. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:27:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140815/NEWS/308150052 VA chief: Firings of workers a deliberate process http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140814/NEWS05/308140066 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. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19:33:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140814/NEWS05/308140066 Experts concerned about discrepancies in old, new PTSD criteria http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140814/BENEFITS06/308140062 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 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:06:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140814/BENEFITS06/308140062 Vets in workforce ramp up as military gears down http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140813/NEWS/308130055 About 1,200 soldiers were ordered and urged by Fort Bragg brass to prepare Wednesday for their future mission: transition to a civilian job. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:05:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140813/NEWS/308130055 Vets awaiting primary care at VA can now seek private physician http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140813/BENEFITS04/308130056 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. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:51:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140813/BENEFITS04/308130056 Ask the Lawyer: The many nuances of 'aiding and abetting' http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140813/OFFDUTY/308130054 A. Wrongfully introducing a controlled substance onto a military installation violates Article 112a of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:17:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140813/OFFDUTY/308130054 Tricare Help: When over 65 is supplemental coverage needed? http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140813/BENEFITS06/308130053 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. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:00:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140813/BENEFITS06/308130053 Mission Family: Spouses helping spouses get ahead http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140813/OFFDUTY/308130052 Over the past few years, increasing attention has been focused on connecting spouses with employers that can provide them opportunities for meaningful, portable careers. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:51:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140813/OFFDUTY/308130052 Art studio to offer vets 'healing space' http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140812/NEWS/308120063 A nonprofit organization plans to open a walk-in art studio for veterans in the Washington, D.C., area. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:55:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140812/NEWS/308120063 VA takes big strides in treating military sex trauma victims http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140812/BENEFITS06/308120062 It was in 1990 that 22-year-old Melissa Davis went to the Veterans Affairs Department office in Houston to seek treatment for depression. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:42:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140812/BENEFITS06/308120062 Senate bill calls for research on families of troops exposed to toxins http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140812/BENEFITS06/308120050 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. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:26:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140812/BENEFITS06/308120050 Virtual High School open to more students http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140812/BENEFITS/308120049 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. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:19:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140812/BENEFITS/308120049 McDonald works to soften image of VA employees http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140811/NEWS/308110028 The rebranding of Veterans Affairs employees has begun. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:33:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140811/NEWS/308110028 New VA secretary touts fixes to veterans group http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140810/NEWS/308100030 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.' Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:26:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140810/NEWS/308100030 VA will open scheduling books to outside audit http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140808/BENEFITS04/308080079 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. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 09:22:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140808/BENEFITS04/308080079 VA has higher burden of proof for PTSD claims related to sex trauma http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140808/BENEFITS06/308080073 Jamie Livingston joined the Navy in 2000 because she 'wanted to be part of something bigger than myself.' Fri, 08 Aug 2014 13:45:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140808/BENEFITS06/308080073 Obama signs VA reform, but changes will take time http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140807/NEWS05/308070065 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. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 07:27:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140807/NEWS05/308070065 VA executive: Wait times can be fixed in 2 years http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140806/BENEFITS06/308060076 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. Thu, 07 Aug 2014 11:11:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140806/BENEFITS06/308060076 VA Secretary Robert McDonald coming to Phoenix on Friday http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140806/BENEFITS06/308060075 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. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 20:07:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140806/BENEFITS06/308060075 VA deputy chief: More employees face punishment http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140806/NEWS05/308060051 More Veterans Administration employees will be disciplined as the department sorts out a scandal over long waits for health care and falsified data, Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson said Tuesday. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 10:46:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140806/NEWS05/308060051 U.S. gov't, military had role in experimental Ebola drug http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140805/NEWS/308050051 Two American aid workers infected with Ebola are getting an experimental drug so novel it has never been tested for safety in humans and was only identified as a potential treatment earlier this year, thanks to a longstanding research program by the U.S. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:20:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140805/NEWS/308050051 VA secretary calls for town hall meetings http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140805/NEWS05/308050061 New Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald has ordered town hall meetings at all department health and benefits facilities by the end of September, in an effort to better understand veterans' complaints about services. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 09:27:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140805/NEWS05/308050061 Tricare Help: Dependent child down to the eligibility wire http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140805/BENEFITS06/308050072 Q. I'm a full-time student but my ID card expires next month and I turn 23 two months after that. I won't be finished with school for another year. Tue, 05 Aug 2014 16:08:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140805/BENEFITS06/308050072 Kevlar for the Mind: Sleeping well without medication - 10 simple tips http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140805/OFFDUTY/308050071 A. A common practice among doctors is to give a pill to a service member suffering from insomnia. Tue, 05 Aug 2014 15:39:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140805/OFFDUTY/308050071 Consumer Watch: Prepare for saving money at commissary case lot sale http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140805/BENEFITS07/308050070 Whether you've just moved to a new duty station and need to restock your pared-down pantry; or want to stock your barracks room; or need to stock up on drinks and other items for the kids' school lunches; or you want to save money on items you use all yea Tue, 05 Aug 2014 15:21:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140805/BENEFITS07/308050070 DoD tightens oversight on new vehicle shipping contractor http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140805/NEWS/308050059 Defense transportation officials have set up a team of experts to quickly address problems service members are experiencing with the shipping and storage of their privately-owned vehicles. Tue, 05 Aug 2014 11:46:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140805/NEWS/308050059 Poor college grades mean you may have to repay TA http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140804/EDU02/308040013 Troops may begin to think twice before tapping tuition assistance benefits starting this fall when new Pentagon rules will require more service members who get bad grades to repay their tuition money with out-of-pocket cash. Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:24:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140804/EDU02/308040013 Post-9/11 GI Bill turns 5 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140804/BENEFITS/308040033 Seventy years ago, the original GI Bill provided a bridge to the middle class for veterans returning from war who may have otherwise found limited opportunity in the civilian world. Mon, 04 Aug 2014 14:34:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140804/BENEFITS/308040033 Tricare appeals lengthy but not unfair, report finds http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140802/BENEFITS06/308020045 Appealing a Tricare decision to the highest level within the Defense Health Agency may take nearly a year but that doesn't necessarily mean those decisions go against beneficiaries in the end, according to a report recently provided to Congress. Sat, 02 Aug 2014 14:49:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140802/BENEFITS06/308020045 Study: Shock waves can damage eyes http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140801/BENEFITS06/308010063 A decade ago, the Defense Department launched a combat eye protection program that contributed to a drop in war-related eye injuries. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:51:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140801/BENEFITS06/308010063 New Tricare policy retains therapists http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140801/BENEFITS06/308010065 A new Defense Health Agency policy allows Tricare patients to get therapy from certain mental health specialists who otherwise would have been dropped from the military's list of approved providers this year. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:44:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140801/BENEFITS06/308010065 $16.3B VA reform bill passes Senate 91-3; Obama expected to sign http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140731/NEWS05/307310088 The Senate overwhelmingly gave final approval to a $16.3 billion Veterans Affairs reform bill on Thursday night, sending the measure to the White House and giving Congress a legislative victory before the start of its summer break. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 23:17:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140731/NEWS05/307310088 Congress presses DoD for allotment system reform http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140731/BENEFITS02/307310084 Lawmakers are stepping up pressure on the Pentagon to improve the paycheck allotment system that allows service members to direct portions of their biweekly pay to certain people or institutions. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:15:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140731/BENEFITS02/307310084 U.S. Family Health Plan too costly, watchdog report says http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140731/BENEFITS06/307310085 A popular health care program that serves more than 130,000 military family members and retirees is redundant and should be eliminated, the Government Accountability Office says. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:03:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140731/BENEFITS06/307310085 Ask the Lawyer: 'Concealed weapon' has broad meaning http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140731/OFFDUTY/307310067 A. The General Article of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Article 134, prohibits service members from carrying concealed weapons. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:43:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140731/OFFDUTY/307310067 Tricare specifics on infertility coverage http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140731/OFFDUTY/307280050 A. Tricare is picky about what it will and will not cover in this area. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:59:00 -0400 http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140731/OFFDUTY/307280050