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  1. 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.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  2. 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.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  3. A soldier and a contractor agent inspect the soldier's car at a processing center. The Defense Department is working with its new vehicle shipping contractor to resolve a growing number of complaints about shipment delays. Defense Department

    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.

    • Aug. 15, 2014
  4. 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.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  5. 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.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  6. 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.

    • Aug. 5, 2014
  7. DoD tightens oversight on new vehicle shipping contractor

    Defense transportation officials have set up a team of experts to quickly address problems service members are experiencing with the shipping and storage of their privately-owned vehicles.

    • Aug. 5, 2014
  8. University of Maryland University College military students participate in a class discussion at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The military is applying new rules on how troops can use tuition assistance money to further their off-duty personal education. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Poor college grades mean you may have to repay TA

    Troops may begin to think twice before tapping tuition assistance benefits starting this fall when new Pentagon rules will require more service members who get bad grades to repay their tuition money with out-of-pocket cash.

    • Aug. 4, 2014
  9. Tricare appeals lengthy but not unfair, report finds

    Appealing a Tricare decision to the highest level within the Defense Health Agency may take nearly a year but that doesn't necessarily mean those decisions go against beneficiaries in the end, according to a report recently provided to Congress.

    • Aug. 2, 2014
  10. New Tricare policy retains therapists

    A new Defense Health Agency policy allows Tricare patients to get therapy from certain mental health specialists who otherwise would have been dropped from the military's list of approved providers this year.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  11. Civilians offered buyouts under HQ reduction plan

    The Air Force is encouraging civilians to apply for voluntary early retirement or separation to help the service achieve planned headquarters staff reductions.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  12. Ask the Lawyer: Ignorance of illegal drug can be defense

    A. As far as the Uniform Code of Military Justice is concerned, ignorance may be bliss — but only in certain specific circumstances.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  13. DoD testing child care online search tool

    A project is underway to allow military families to search online for military child care — and get placed on the waiting list — at their current duty station or next duty station.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  14. Brig. Gen. Brian Kelly says two major factors threaten pilot retention: The high operations tempo of recent years and the lure of private- sector jobs. Rob Curtis/Staff

    AF fighting — with cash — to keep fighter pilots

    The Air Force is afraid the commercial airline industry's long-awaited hiring boom is right around the corner. And for the second year in a row, the service is planning to pay big to keep airlines from poaching their fighter pilots.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  15. The nomination of former corporate CEO Bob McDonald to be the next VA secretary may be voted on before the Senate takes its August break. Charles Dharapak/The Associated Press

    VA nominee Bob McDonald pledges more effective agency

    Last fall, at a leadership event at Abilene Christian University, former Procter & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald talked about how a West Point cadet prayer has influenced most of his business career.

    • Jul. 7, 2014
  16. When sexual harassment becomes sexual misconduct

    A. Troops can face stern punishments for sexually offensive comments, gestures and actions. But when such sexual misconduct impacts the workplace, the offense escalates to the level of sexual harassment. And the potential punishments escalate, too.

    • Jul. 2, 2014
  17. Airmen chow down in the dining hall at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The Defense Department is in the midst of an initiative to provide healthier eating choices on military installations. Kemberly Groue/Air Force

    DoD seeks healthier food choices for troops

    Concerns about the comparative scarcity of healthy food choices on military installations have led defense officials to launch a comprehensive study of dining facilities, fast food and vending machine options, according to Defense Department officials.

    • Jul. 1, 2014
  18. Outgoing Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale says members of Congress are becoming comfortable with reducing some military pays and benefits. Staff

    DoD: Curbs on pay and benefits finally taking hold

    Despite stiff opposition in some quarters to cutting back on some military compensation programs, overall military personnel costs are in fact coming down, and the Pentagon's long battle against rising pay and benefits is showing signs of gaining momentum

    • Jul. 1, 2014
  19. Spaces for pets to fly overseas fill up fast

    If you have a pet and are moving to or from an overseas location, remember that pet spaces on the Patriot Express fill up quickly in the summer months, according to a pet travel advisory issued by Air Mobility Command.

    • Jul. 1, 2014
  20. If the military doesn't reimburse you for some of your expenses, you may be able to claim them as deductions. Getty Images/iStockphoto

    Document expenses for your PCS moves

    Next tax season you'll be glad you kept tabs on your expenses during your permanent change-of-station move. First and foremost, save all moving expense receipts.

    • Jul. 1, 2014
  21. Consumer Watch: Commissaries to group 'Better for You' products

    Commissary officials are making it easier for customers to make healthy food choices. Beginning with the Fort Meade, Maryland, commissary, they're creating a 'gluten-free' section and rearranging other items to highlight their '

    • Jun. 27, 2014
  22. Psychiatrist Navy Capt. (Dr.) Robert Koffman says therapy dogs can benefit patients with mental health issues because petting a dog releases the calming hormone oxytocin. Terri Moon Cronk/Defense Department

    Researchers try to verify whether canines help patients with TBI, PTSD

    For dog lovers, it's an absolute: The unconditional love of a canine companion heals the soul, reaching into the heart to cross canyons of loneliness and despair.

    • Jun. 26, 2014
  23. Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson speaks June 18 in Washington. Jose Luis Magana / AP

    VA plays down seriousness of its errors, report says

    Even when acknowledging serious mistakes, Veterans Affairs officials routinely downplay the severity of errors and the harm caused to veterans, according to a new investigation by the Office of Special Counsel released Monday.

    • Jun. 23, 2014
  24. VA home loans underused, real estate experts say

    Too many troops and veterans either don't know about their VA home loan benefit or are being discouraged from using it, experts say.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  25. PCS packing list to help prevent frustration

    Whether you're making a permanent change-of-station move across the state, the country or overseas, these packing tips can temper what could become an overwhelming task.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
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