militarytimes.com http://www.militarytimes.com en-us Copyright 2014, militarytimes.com 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141030/BENEFITS07/310300062 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141030/BENEFITS07/310300062 Kevlar for the Mind: Private groups offer mental health care http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141030/NEWS/310300058 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141030/NEWS/310300058 Consumer Watch: Diligently protect your financial accounts http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141030/BENEFITS02/310300056 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141030/BENEFITS02/310300056 Tricare Help: Dad's mad - can he cut off child's Tricare? http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141030/BENEFITS06/310300055 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141030/BENEFITS06/310300055 Virginians to vote on tax exemption proposal for spouses of troops killed in action http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141030/NEWS/310300048 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141030/NEWS/310300048 Troops' sleep problem may be new disorder http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141030/BENEFITS06/310300047 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141030/BENEFITS06/310300047 Senate to vote on advance funding for VA http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141030/NEWS05/310290070 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141030/NEWS05/310290070 New prosthetic limb may prevent chafing, swelling http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141030/NEWS04/310300039 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141030/NEWS04/310300039 VA adds $50 to deceased vet's 59 cent bill http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141029/NEWS/310290034 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141029/NEWS/310290034 Report: On-base banks, credit unions should offer more info online http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141028/BENEFITS07/310280059 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141028/BENEFITS07/310280059 VA settles Pittsburgh Legionnaire's suit for $125K http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141028/NEWS/310280046 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141028/NEWS/310280046 VA secretary defends pace of disciplinary actions http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141027/NEWS/310270031 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141027/NEWS/310270031 Veteran's canceled appointment drips with irony http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141027/BENEFITS/310270028 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141027/BENEFITS/310270028 'Suicides are a problem in the Guard' http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141027/BENEFITS06/310270025 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141027/BENEFITS06/310270025 Meghan McCain shares veterans' stories on air http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141025/NEWS/310250032 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141025/NEWS/310250032 Injured Marine uses viral posts to promote VA reform http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141025/NEWS/310250036 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141025/NEWS/310250036 Vehicle shipper still at odds with subcontractor http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141024/BENEFITS07/310240066 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141024/BENEFITS07/310240066 Transgender troops say they want to serve openly http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141024/NEWS/310240056 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141024/NEWS/310240056 Commentary: Opportunities for veterans abound in agriculture http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141024/NEWS01/310240057 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141024/NEWS01/310240057 Leadership is key to troops' tolerance of transgender persons, allied forces say http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141024/NEWS/310240055 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141024/NEWS/310240055 'We cannot accept average,' surgeons general say http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141023/BENEFITS06/310230040 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141023/BENEFITS06/310230040 Ask the Lawyer: Be careful when, to whom you admit drug use http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141023/NEWS06/310230044 Q. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:19:00 -0400 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141023/NEWS06/310230044 Few vets use free credit monitoring after VA breaches http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141023/BENEFITS/310230047 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141023/BENEFITS/310230047 Mission Family: Survivors' education clearinghouse inspired by student's pain, drive http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141023/OFFDUTY03/310230042 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141023/OFFDUTY03/310230042 Tricare Help: TFL and skilled nursing home care http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141023/BENEFITS06/310230041 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141023/BENEFITS06/310230041 Internal investigation ID'd Phoenix VA fraud in 2008 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141022/NEWS05/310220079 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141022/NEWS05/310220079 1.7 percent COLA increase starts in January http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141022/BENEFITS02/310220052 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141022/BENEFITS02/310220052 Arkansas state VA seeks to change name http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141022/NEWS/310220044 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141022/NEWS/310220044 TBI rehabilitation program extended http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141021/BENEFITS04/310210060 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141021/BENEFITS04/310210060 Free financial checkup for active-duty families http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141021/BENEFITS02/310210039 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141021/BENEFITS02/310210039 Fewer veterans running for congressional office http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141020/NEWS05/310200031 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141020/NEWS05/310200031 Tricare rules on compounded medicines should be reviewed, GAO says http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141020/NEWS/310200043 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141020/NEWS/310200043 Hagel seeks info on Iraq chemical weapons exposure http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141017/NEWS/310170052 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141017/NEWS/310170052 Progress on car shipments difficult to measure, verify http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141017/BENEFITS07/310170049 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141017/BENEFITS07/310170049 Proposed online AAFES shopping for vets inches forward http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141017/BENEFITS04/310170041 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141017/BENEFITS04/310170041 VA secretary: I'm 'aggressively' firing problem employees http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141015/NEWS/310150056 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141015/NEWS/310150056 Tricare Help: Vet's family must use CHAMPVA, not Tricare http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141015/BENEFITS06/310150060 Q. My husband is an Army veteran rated 100 percent disabled. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:49:00 -0400 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141015/BENEFITS06/310150060 Kevlar for the Mind: Guided imagery may reduce anxiety http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141015/BENEFITS06/310150059 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141015/BENEFITS06/310150059 Consumer Watch: Save money this holiday season http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141015/BENEFITS/310150058 It's hard to believe, but it's time to start easing into holiday shopping mode. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:41:00 -0400 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141015/BENEFITS/310150058 Opinion: Helping VA do better http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141015/NEWS05/310150055 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141015/NEWS05/310150055 New Mexico VA leaders got bonuses amid complaints http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141015/NEWS/310150043 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141015/NEWS/310150043 La. Gov. Jindal seeks reversal of budget cuts for military funerals http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141014/BENEFITS04/310140042 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141014/BENEFITS04/310140042 Veterans Affairs secretary wooing medical students http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141013/BENEFITS06/310130051 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141013/BENEFITS06/310130051 Ohio VA employees got big bonuses http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141013/NEWS/310130029 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141013/NEWS/310130029 Autism therapy reimbursements won't change - for now http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141010/BENEFITS06/310100049 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141010/BENEFITS06/310100049 Report: DoD should review Tricare rules on compounded medications http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141010/BENEFITS06/310100060 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141010/BENEFITS06/310100060 American Legion boss: Vets have earned federal hiring preference http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141010/JOBS/310100050 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141010/JOBS/310100050 Troops fighting Ebola will earn up to $400 extra per month http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141009/BENEFITS02/310090049 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141009/BENEFITS02/310090049 Military funeral funding cuts hit Minnesota vets http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141009/NEWS/310090061 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141009/NEWS/310090061 Scrutiny over latest VA firings likely just the start http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141009/NEWS05/310090042 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141009/NEWS05/310090042 6 military-related charities join Combined Federal Campaign http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141009/BENEFITS02/310090055 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141009/BENEFITS02/310090055 Tricare to stop mailing paper notification letters http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141008/BENEFITS06/310080057 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141008/BENEFITS06/310080057 Trust offers peace of mind to seriously wounded, caregivers http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141008/NEWS/310080054 Each week, retired Army National Guard Sgt. Wed, 08 Oct 2014 12:31:00 -0400 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141008/NEWS/310080054 Shielding troops from high interest rates may help DoD http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141008/NEWS/310080053 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141008/NEWS/310080053 VA moves to ax 4 senior execs in scandal response http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141007/NEWS05/310070049 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141007/NEWS05/310070049 Potential Ebola vaccines studied by DoD agencies http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141006/NEWS/310060049 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141006/NEWS/310060049 Consumer Watch: Know your POV compensation rights http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141006/NEWS/310060055 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141006/NEWS/310060055 Tricare Help: Medicare Part B requirement is set by law http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141006/NEWS/310060054 A. You're raising several interrelated issues. Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:16:00 -0400 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141006/NEWS/310060054 No wage-hike exemption for on-base restaurants http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141006/NEWS/310060051 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 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141006/NEWS/310060051 Kevlar for the Mind: 5 questions to ask your therapist http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141006/NEWS/310060053 Psychotherapy is typically a one-way street when it comes to asking questions. Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:12:00 -0400 http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141006/NEWS/310060053