en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:01:53 -0400 15 Online shopping privileges for all vets is likely, official says Expanding online shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans isn't a matter of 'if,' but 'when,' the chief executive officer of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service said at a meeting in Washington on Wednesday. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:50:00 -0400 Kevlar for the Mind: Private groups offer mental health care The government spends hundreds of millions of dollars a year on mental health treatment for service members and veterans. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:18:00 -0400 Consumer Watch: Diligently protect your financial accounts The unfortunate experience of a military retiree who recently had his retired pay stolen from his bank account offers a stark reminder to be vigilant about our finances. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:40:00 -0400 Tricare Help: Dad's mad - can he cut off child's Tricare? Q. I am a 20-year-old dependent of my father, who is retired from the Air Force. I have Tricare Prime through him. Recently he became upset with me, and I am worried he will take me off Tricare insurance. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:33:00 -0400 Virginians to vote on tax exemption proposal for spouses of troops killed in action Virginians were being asked to decide Tuesday whether to approve a constitutional amendment that would exempt the surviving spouses of U.S. military members killed in action from paying real estate taxes. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:27:00 -0400 Troops' sleep problem may be new disorder A 39-year-old soldier arrived at the sleep clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center with symptoms not uncommon in combat soldiers: nightmares of his war experiences and thrashing in his sleep, at one point clocking his wife hard enough to leave bruises. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:30:00 -0400 Senate to vote on advance funding for VA When Congress returns next month, the Senate will vote on legislation to provide all Veterans Affairs Department funding a full year in advance, preventing government shutdowns or budget gridlock from interrupting veterans services. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:43:00 -0400 New prosthetic limb may prevent chafing, swelling Prosthetic technology has come a long way in the last few decades, offering state-of-the-art robotic arms, carbon-fiber blades and joints that contain microchips and processors. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:36:00 -0400 VA adds $50 to deceased vet's 59 cent bill It's bad enough that the Department of Veterans Affairs billed a deceased Navy vet for 59 cents this summer. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:26:00 -0400 Report: On-base banks, credit unions should offer more info online Service members need more information - and protection - from banks and credit unions that operate on military installations, according to research by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:29:00 -0400 VA settles Pittsburgh Legionnaire's suit for $125K The Department of Veterans Affairs has agreed to pay $125,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the son of a Marine veteran who died after contracting Legionnaire's disease at a Pittsburgh VA hospital. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:03:00 -0400 VA secretary defends pace of disciplinary actions Critics of the Veterans Affairs Department want to know why the director of the agency's Phoenix medical center - and dozens of other problem executives - still haven't been fired. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:34:00 -0400 Veteran's canceled appointment drips with irony In October, Army Reserve Maj. Leslie Haines walked into the Fort Wayne campus of the Northern Indiana VA Health Care System for her regularly scheduled appointment at the PTSD clinic. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:53:00 -0400 'Suicides are a problem in the Guard' Tami Mielke's decision to end her life raises serious questions about South Dakota's care of its emotionally wounded warriors. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:34:00 -0400 Meghan McCain shares veterans' stories on air Meghan McCain wants America to know about the issues veterans face and the skills veterans possess that can make them top performers at any business. Sun, 26 Oct 2014 12:41:00 -0400 Injured Marine uses viral posts to promote VA reform Many are likely to view getting shot as the worst thing a person could experience, but former Lance Cpl. Matt McElhinney said getting turned over to Veterans Affairs care has been more painful than anything he experienced on the battlefield. Sun, 26 Oct 2014 10:22:00 -0400 Vehicle shipper still at odds with subcontractor A month after the end of the peak moving season, troubles continue for International Auto Logistics, the new contractor that is responsible for shipping troops' cars on reassignment moves to and from overseas. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:53:00 -0400 Transgender troops say they want to serve openly The landmark repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' in 2011 allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:20:00 -0400 Commentary: Opportunities for veterans abound in agriculture Veterans have sacrificed dearly to keep this country safe. Every day, they confront and triumph over those that threaten our national security. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:45:00 -0400 Leadership is key to troops' tolerance of transgender persons, allied forces say Transgender persons are barred from serving openly in the U.S. military but can do so in the armed forces of 18 other nations worldwide, including NATO allies Sweden and the United Kingdom as well as Australia and New Zealand. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:31:00 -0400 'We cannot accept average,' surgeons general say The message the Army, Navy and Air Force surgeons general have taken from the military health system review released earlier this month is that their hospitals and clinics are performing on par with the nation's top private systems. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:29:00 -0400 Ask the Lawyer: Be careful when, to whom you admit drug use Q. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:19:00 -0400 Few vets use free credit monitoring after VA breaches Only about one in 25 veterans offered free credit monitoring in the wake of Veterans Affairs Department security breaches has signed up for the service, a figure that VA officials call disappointingly low. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:03:00 -0400 Mission Family: Survivors' education clearinghouse inspired by student's pain, drive If you're a member of the military community, you know all too well the variety of struggles that the lifestyle can bring. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:55:00 -0400 Tricare Help: TFL and skilled nursing home care Q. My father is an 82-year-old Korean War veteran and military retiree. He is in a skilled nursing home but has exhausted his Medicare coverage. He's very ill, with four compression fractures, liver cancer and dementia. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:46:00 -0400 Internal investigation ID'd Phoenix VA fraud in 2008 Inspectors at the Department of Veterans Affairs caught Phoenix VA managers falsifying patient appointment records during a probe six years ago, but agency officials did not divulge those findings at the time, according to documents obtained by The Arizon Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:22:00 -0400 1.7 percent COLA increase starts in January Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:41:00 -0400 Arkansas state VA seeks to change name The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs wants to change its name to differ from the federal agency to avoid confusion, department Director Cissy Rucker said. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:14:00 -0400 TBI rehabilitation program extended The Veterans Affairs Department is broadening a small program designed to help veterans with moderate to severe brain injuries live their lives to their fullest. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:59:00 -0400 Free financial checkup for active-duty families Wondering whether you're on the right track financially? Will you be able to meet your goal of buying your dream truck, putting your kids through college, living comfortably in retirement, or all of the above? Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:22:00 -0400 Fewer veterans running for congressional office The number of veterans in Congress has been steadily dropping in recent election cycles, but the legislative branch's meager military credentials could take a major hit this year. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:23:00 -0400 Tricare rules on compounded medicines should be reviewed, GAO says 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. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:56:00 -0400 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 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 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