en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:56:30 -0400 15 Congress unhappy with DoD, VA health records progress House lawmakers plan to hold back millions in dollars of technology funding from Defense and Veterans Affairs department planners until Congress is convinced they are making progress on developing a way to share electronic medical records. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:22:00 -0400 'Complex' report on allotments now 3 months late Defense officials are more than three months late on a report on the military allotment system, which will recommend steps to protect troops from unscrupulous businesses and lenders that use allotments to take advantage of them. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:21:00 -0400 Patients rate VA medical centers high for satisfaction Patients at Veterans Affairs medical centers remain satisfied with the care they receive and complaints are down, a new survey released Wednesday by the American Customer Satisfaction Index found. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:04:00 -0400 Military hotline aids sexual assault victims One of the first things you notice about the Pentagon's sexual assault support hotline is its non-military look. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:51:00 -0400 Tricare presents plan for re-enrolling some in Prime Tricare announced Tuesday its plans for reinstating thousands of beneficiaries who lost eligibility for Tricare Prime last October, but by law, not all who were booted off Prime will be able to re-enroll. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:33:00 -0400 Your medical files may be at risk After veteran Aaron Alexis shot and killed a dozen people at the Washington Navy Yard last September, the Air Force noted a spike in the number of personnel dipping into his electronic medical file. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:21:00 -0400 Anonymous online counseling for vets shows early success When they contracted with the Vets Prevail program late last year, Veterans Affairs Department officials hoped the Web-based mental health resource could enroll about 2,200 new veterans in its anonymous counseling over a year. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:13:00 -0400 White House unveils expanded support for military, vets' caregivers The White House continued its focus on veterans and military families by announcing new programs Friday to expand support and services available to those who care for injured or ill troops. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:23:00 -0400 Homeless vets in rural areas lack options, advocates say Housing advocates worry that veterans in rural America may be getting left behind in the national push to end homelessness. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:08:00 -0400 40 lawmakers seek to halt closure of military fast food outlets Forty lawmakers have signed a letter asking the Labor Department to exempt some military morale, welfare and recreation and exchange operations - such as fast food concessions - from wage regulations affecting federal contractors on military bases. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:34:00 -0400 Life insurance premium rate to go up this summer The premium rate for Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance will rise July 1 to 7 cents per month for every $1,000 of coverage, up from the current 6.5 cents. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:59:00 -0400 Congressman: Wait until '15 for major pay, benefits reform The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee wants to wait on major military compensation reform until next year, but may accept some smaller changes to pay and benefits in the current budget debate. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:56:00 -0400 Senate bill would expand benefits for caregivers Responding to a Rand Corp. report issued last week on challenges facing those who care for ill or injured veterans, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., on Thursday introduced a bill that would increase federal support for this largely invisible group. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:34:00 -0400 Mission Family: Résumé tool helps spouses highlight experience With the military's heavy moving season upon us, the thoughts of many spouses often turn to résumé writing. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:29:00 -0400 Key senator opposes commissary budget cut The chair of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee strongly opposes a Pentagon plan to cut funding for commissaries, another signal that the drastic $1 billion proposed reduction will not survive the congressional budget process. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:52:00 -0400 Tricare Help: It will cover some co-pays for other insurance Q. I'm a retiree who is eligible for Tricare but has other health insurance, to which Tricare acts as second payer. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:58:00 -0400 Ask the Lawyer: Sniffing legal substances is still against rules Q. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:58:00 -0400 Some Vietnam vets with PTSD fight for benefits George Siders remembers his first enemy kill like it happened yesterday. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:07:00 -0400 Carter, Dole spouses join military families effort Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are getting a dose of high-profile support for their nationwide effort to help military families. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:17:00 -0400 Fla. veteran treats PTSD by going nude Every year, millions of people in the United States are diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, but for some a doctor's office just isn't enough. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:26:00 -0400 Small study finds problem in Gulf War vets' cell function A minuscule study of cell function in veterans of the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War could have widespread impact on future research into Gulf War illness. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:20:00 -0400 Caregivers for post-9/11 vets need more help, study finds More than 1 million Americans provide care and support for injured or ill Iraq and Afghanistan war-era veterans, and they often do so at great personal sacrifice, facing social isolation, income loss and poor health, according to a new study. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:56:00 -0400 VA doesn't track tissue used in surgeries, GAO says Veterans Affairs Department officials used tens of thousands of biological implants in surgeries last year, but they can't fully account for their safety, according to investigators from the Government Accountability Office. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:24:00 -0400 After guardsman son's suicide, parents work to save others Former Army National Guard Sgt. Daniel Somers served as a turret gunner and tactical human intelligence team member during two deployments to Iraq. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:22:00 -0400 VA: Treatment delays may have led to 23 cancer deaths Delays in cancer treatment consultations may have played a role in the deaths of 23 veterans and compromised the health of 53 others, according to an internal review released this week by the Veterans Affairs Department. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:38:00 -0400 New DoDEA chief has a military parent's perspective As a retired Army colonel, Thomas Brady brings a unique perspective to his new role as director of the Department of Defense Education Activity, which operates 191 schools for military children around the world. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:31:00 -0400 Army to delve into Fort Hood gunman's medical history The Army will deconstruct Spc. Ivan Lopez's medical history to determine if there were holes in his treatment or whether the service needs to change current policies or programs geared toward helping soldiers with psychiatric conditions. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 11:20:00 -0400 Military playing catch-up on PTSD Even as a soldier diagnosed with mental illness opened fire at Fort Hood, Texas, this week, a river of troubled veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars keeps flowing out of the military, according to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:01:00 -0400 Proposal would make it easier to fire VA officials A push from the Speaker of the House and a continued stream of scandals involving Veterans Affairs administrators has pushed legislation to ease the firing of department officials onto the fast track. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:33:00 -0400 Tricare Help: MTFs can help arrange care when retirees go overseas A. U.S.-based Tricare beneficiaries who need medical care while traveling overseas should first contact the nearest U.S. military treatment facility. A list of overseas MTFs is at: Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:07:00 -0400 Consumer Watch: Protect yourself from unscrupulous debt collectors In the military community, some creditors have long used deceptive and aggressive tactics against service members and their families. Now we're getting a picture of the scope of that problem. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:41:00 -0400 Maine wants recognition of Agent Orange exposure Gov. Paul LePage is poised to sign into law a bill calling on the federal government to recognize disabilities suffered by Maine soldiers who were exposed to Agent Orange at a military base in Canada. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 08:21:00 -0400 Commissary cuts could hurt MWR programs Proposed cuts in commissary funding not only would drive shoppers away because their grocery prices would rise, but also could have a 'devastating' ripple effect on base morale, welfare and recreation programs, advocates said. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:01:00 -0400 Fellow warriors teach you how to avoid financial pitfalls When Army Capt. John ' Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:53:00 -0400 VA notes new low in backlogged claims A backlog of about 350,000 disability claims doesn't sound like good news. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:19:00 -0400 Hagel supports review of on-base tobacco sales Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday that he supports a forcewide review of tobacco use and sales on military installations. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:00:00 -0400 Caregivers for veterans face hurdles, report finds An estimated 1.1 million Americans provide care for ailing or disabled veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, including parents and spouses whose cumulative efforts save taxpayers $3 billion each year, according to a RAND study released Monday. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:49:00 -0400 Opinion: Don't let VRAP grind to a halt On Monday, the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, a benefit that provides unemployed veterans ages 35 to 60 with 12 months of Montgomery GI Bill education benefits, is set to expire - possibly leaving a number of veterans seeking careers in high-dema Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:29:00 -0400 VA restores aid to homeless veterans The VA has reversed course in the face of complaints from community groups and a USA TODAY query and restored aid to potentially several thousand homeless veterans who otherwise could have been left on the streets. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:57:00 -0400 DoD to look at consolidating commissaries, exchanges Defense officials have ordered a review of options that include consolidating commissaries and exchanges, as well as having commissaries adopt an 'Exchange-like business model,' according to information obtained by Military Times. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 10:01:00 -0400 Senators weigh impact of proposed Tricare fee hikes Military advocacy groups appear divided over a Pentagon proposal to consolidate Tricare health programs, but all agree that active-duty families should not have to pay higher medical costs just because they don't live near a military hospital. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:17:00 -0400 Special pays reductions hit troops' bottom lines With no fanfare or controversy, the Pentagon has quietly shaved several billion dollars from troops' total compensation in recent years as the flow of cash benefits known as special pays and incentive pays has slowed dramatically. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:35:00 -0400 DoD official: 'Tough choices' necessary on pay and benefits reform Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale pleaded with Senate lawmakers Wednesday not to undo money-saving personnel changes in the fiscal 2015 budget proposal, saying such a move would devastate spending plans for years to come. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:28:00 -0400 Legion pushes VA to continue progress on claims The American Legion's national commander is happy with work Veterans Affairs Department officials have done on their disability claims and veteran outreach goals. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:29:00 -0400 House lawmakers cool to DoD pay, benefits proposals The Pentagon's pay and benefits proposals for fiscal 2015 would be crippling for troops and their families, and potentially a disincentive for many to continue serving, according to House lawmakers who oversee personnel programs in the annual defense budg Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:50:00 -0400 Military to pay for some lab tests that Tricare does not The Defense Health Agency is moving ahead with plans to cover the costs of some laboratory tests that Tricare, by law, cannot. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:46:00 -0400 Some vets won't have to report income for VA care Starting this month, veterans who qualify for care from the Veterans Health Administration under income thresholds will no longer need to report their income information to Veterans Affairs annually. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:27:00 -0400 Research OK'd into effects of pot on PTSD symptoms Physicians in states where medical marijuana is available often prescribe the drug for treating post-traumatic stress disorder. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:51:00 -0400 Bill would remove cap on traumatic injury payments Two lawmakers have introduced a bill that would eliminate the $100,000 cap on payments to wounded warriors for multiple, severe injuries under the Traumatic Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance program. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:27:00 -0400 Odierno weighs in on soldier concerns Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno and a team of leaders reassured soldiers via Facebook on Friday during a virtual town hall meeting that tackled issues ranging from the status of Army bands (good to go, with Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:25:00 -0400 Navy mulls banning tobacco sales on all bases, ships The Navy is on the verge of eliminating tobacco sales on all its bases and ships, according to sources inside and outside the Defense Department. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:17:00 -0400 Vets group calls for better suicide prevention services When Kristofer Goldsmith tried to kill himself six years ago, the Army responded by kicking him out of the military for misconduct. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:10:00 -0400 VA urged to make lung disease service-connected A New York congressman wants the Veterans Affairs Department to make a rare lung disease found in some Iraq and Afghanistan veterans service-connected, meaning having the condition automatically would rate compensation and care from VA. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:45:00 -0400 House bill would delay commissary budget cuts Another legislative proposal has been introduced to ward off cuts in commissary funding - at least until the commission that is studying all military compensation completes its work. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:15:00 -0400 VA-DoD common records system may still be possible After being jilted again and again by the Pentagon in pursuit of a common digital health records system, the Veterans Affairs Department is hoping a new makeover will finally get its own system noticed - and perhaps get defense officials to commit to a lo Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:30:00 -0400 Post-9/11 veterans employment improves but still lags civilian rate Employment for the latest generation of veterans improved in 2013 but still lags well behind that of civilians, according to a new government report. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:05:00 -0400 Veterans learn organic farming in Pa. program With his burly physique and woolly beard, Brandon Barnhart looks every inch the laid-back country kid from tiny West College Corner, Ind. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:52:00 -0400 Tricare Help: Retiree might be able to see doctors at England facilities Q. I'm a retiree with a family enrolled in Tricare Prime and Delta Dental, with no other health care coverage. I'm also a federal civilian employee and am about to take a posting in England. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:12:00 -0400 Kevlar for the Mind: Symptoms determine type of depression Post-traumatic stress disorder is not the only psychiatric condition that some veterans deal with as a result of their military service. Many also struggle with depression. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:04:00 -0400 Consumer Watch: Commissary Club tests bulk sales Case lot sales at commissaries have been canceled again this year due to budget cuts, according to a commissary spokesman. 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