Category Archives: News

• Women vet health risks ► greater than civilians:

Women who’ve served in the military are more likely to suffer from suicidal thoughts, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and other problems according to a new study looking at the health of female veterans. Female vets report higher rates of cancer, mental … Continue reading

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• VA Blue Water claims update ► expansion proposal sidelined:

The failure again raises problematic questions for lawmakers about how to balance federal costs with government responsibilities. Critics noted that on the same day lawmakers offered a massive tax reform measure expected to cost $5.8 trillion over 10 years, they … Continue reading

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• VA Secretary ► Agent Orange presumptive ailment expansion:

Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin said 6 NOV he’s decided to expand the list of “presumptive” ailments for Agent Orange compensation subject to approval by the Trump administration. Shulkin didn’t disclose the expanded list — “I’m protecting the sanctity … Continue reading

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• ID Card copying restrictions ► U.S. Code Violation:

Recent incidents regarding the photocopying of military identification cards and common access cards (CAC), by commercial establishments to verify military affiliation or provide government rates for service, have been reported. Personnel are reminded that the photocopying of US Government Identification … Continue reading

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• Absence from home is new top issue among troops, families:

Before you read the following, I would like for you to clear your mind and think – How do I feel after 1 week away from my family? The top military life concern for military families and active duty service … Continue reading

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• Tricare users must make provider, plan changes before blackout date:

Tricare users soon will be blocked for more than three weeks from making changes to their plans or primary-care providers due to the systems upcoming shift to a new pair of contractors and region shake-up. The blackout will run from … Continue reading

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• Women veterans’ fight for equality gains momentum with bipartisan women’s caucus panel:

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) Executive Director Allison Jaslow joined the Women’s Congressional Policy Institute and the bipartisan House Women’s Caucus for their annual Women Veterans Briefing in Washington D.C. Jaslow underscored the need for IAVA’s groundbreaking She … Continue reading

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• Bill to increase funeral and burial benefits for veterans introduced in House:

H.R. 1212 creates two categories of burial benefit: service-connected and non-service connected deaths. Veterans would be eligible for: $2,000 for a death from service-connected disability; the benefit would be indexed for inflation $749 for a death in a VA department … Continue reading

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• Free career training BEFORE you leave the service:

Leaving the military can be a major life change for many military members and their families. Traditionally, transition is simply a class they have to take and paperwork they have to sign before they officially return to the civilian world. … Continue reading

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 Big decision on retirement pay looming for service members:

According to military news – Service members must choose soon whether to keep their retirement plans or enroll in a new plan that more closely resembles those available in the private sector. Training required for service members to decide whether … Continue reading

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