en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:01:40 -0400 15 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 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. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:55:00 -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 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. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:11:00 -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 Military kids' education may turn on 2 studies 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 DoD questions military data in food bank study 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 Ex-officer says she was discharged for reporting burn-pit danger 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 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. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:18:00 -0400 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. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:39:00 -0400 DoD releases list of genetic tests covered by Tricare The Defense Health Agency has announced which genetic tests Tricare will cover starting in September. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:16:00 -0400 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. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:42:00 -0400 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. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 08:48:00 -0400 Veterans look to farming to grow and heal Mike Simester had always dreamed of a being a career soldier. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:27:00 -0400 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. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:27:00 -0400 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. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19:33:00 -0400 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 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:06:00 -0400 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. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:05:00 -0400 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. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:51:00 -0400 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. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:17:00 -0400 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. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:00:00 -0400 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. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:51:00 -0400 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. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:55:00 -0400 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. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:42:00 -0400 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. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:26:00 -0400 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. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:19:00 -0400 McDonald works to soften image of VA employees The rebranding of Veterans Affairs employees has begun. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:33:00 -0400 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.' Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:26:00 -0400 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. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 09:22:00 -0400 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.' Fri, 08 Aug 2014 13:45:00 -0400 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. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 07:27:00 -0400 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. Thu, 07 Aug 2014 11:11:00 -0400 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. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 20:07:00 -0400 VA deputy chief: More employees face punishment 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 U.S. gov't, military had role in experimental Ebola drug 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 VA secretary calls for town hall meetings 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 Tricare Help: Dependent child down to the eligibility wire 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 Kevlar for the Mind: Sleeping well without medication - 10 simple tips 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