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  1. Experts concerned about discrepancies in old, new PTSD criteria

    Changes to the diagnostic criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder made in 2013 provide flexibility for new PTSD diagnoses in troops, but leave out some who would have been diagnosed with PTSD under the old standards, according to a new study published

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  2. More than a hundred employers and community leaders attend the Fort Bragg Veterans Jobs Summit on Tuesday at Fort Bragg, N.C. The two-day summit is held in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundations Hiring Our Heroes program, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Army. Sara D. Davis/AP Images for U.S. Chamber of Commer

    Vets in workforce ramp up as military gears down

    About 1,200 soldiers were ordered and urged by Fort Bragg brass to prepare Wednesday for their future mission: transition to a civilian job.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  3. VA Secretary Bob McDonald visits the Phoenix VA Medical Center on Aug. 9. Veterans Affairs

    Vets awaiting primary care at VA can now seek private physician

    Veterans waiting for a primary care appointment at a VA medical facility may now be able to get one at a private physician under a program that allows veterans to seek medical treatment outside the Veterans Affairs Department.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  4. Ask the Lawyer: The many nuances of 'aiding and abetting'

    A. Wrongfully introducing a controlled substance onto a military installation violates Article 112a of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  5. Tricare Help: When over 65 is supplemental coverage needed?

    A. You won't have a choice. According to MOAA's website, the group's Mediplus Tricare Supplemental Insurance coverage is available only to MOAA members under age 65. Most, if not all, Tricare supplemental policies have the same age cutoff.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  6. Mission Family: Spouses helping spouses get ahead

    Over the past few years, increasing attention has been focused on connecting spouses with employers that can provide them opportunities for meaningful, portable careers.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  7. 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
  8. VA takes big strides in treating military sex trauma victims

    It was in 1990 that 22-year-old Melissa Davis went to the Veterans Affairs Department office in Houston to seek treatment for depression.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  9. Senate bill calls for research on families of troops exposed to toxins

    More research is needed on the health of the children and grandchildren of troops exposed to environmental pollution and chemicals while they served in the military, several U.S. senators say.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
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    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
  10. McDonald works to soften image of VA employees

    The rebranding of Veterans Affairs employees has begun.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  11. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald, right, meets with DAV national commander Joseph Johnston on Aug. 9 at the DAV 2014 National Convention in Las Vegas. David Becker / AP

    New VA secretary touts fixes to veterans group

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald addressed a veterans group for the first time since taking over the troubled agency last month, calling his plans to fix it 'an opportunity we can't miss nor underestimate.'

    • Aug. 10, 2014
  12. Robert McDonald, testifies before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on July 22, 2014 at his confirmation hearing. Win McNamee/Getty Images

    VA will open scheduling books to outside audit

    Veterans Affairs Department officials will open their scheduling books to outside reviewers in an effort to get an independent assessment of how to fix medical center wait time problems, VA Secretary Bob McDonald said Friday.

    • Aug. 8, 2014
  13. VA has higher burden of proof for PTSD claims related to sex trauma

    Jamie Livingston joined the Navy in 2000 because she 'wanted to be part of something bigger than myself.'

    • Aug. 8, 2014
  14. President Obama signs into law the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, a bill providing the Department of Veterans Affairs the resources to improve access and quality of care for veterans, on Thursday at Fort Belvoir, Va. J. Scott Applewhite/The Associated Press

    Obama signs VA reform, but changes will take time

    President Obama signed the new Veterans Affairs Department reform bill into law Thursday, but it will be a while before veterans see any of its effects.

    • Aug. 7, 2014
  15. Deputy Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson speaks during a press conference during a visit to a Denver veterans hospital, on Wednesday. Gibson said that the VA's scheduling problems and personnel investigations can be cleared up in two years. Brennan Linsley/The Associated Press

    VA executive: Wait times can be fixed in 2 years

    Long wait times for veterans to get health care can be cleared up in two years, along with investigations of employees accused of falsifying data to hide the problem, Deputy Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 6, 2014
  16. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald testifies before a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearings to examine his nomination to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 22. The Associated Press

    VA Secretary Robert McDonald coming to Phoenix on Friday

    Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald is scheduled to visit Phoenix Friday, his first stop at a VA medical center since being nominated and confirmed to the cabinet post last month.

    • Aug. 6, 2014
  17. VA deputy chief: More employees face punishment

    More Veterans Administration employees will be disciplined as the department sorts out a scandal over long waits for health care and falsified data, Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson said Tuesday.

    • Aug. 6, 2014
  18. In this handout provided by Samaritan's Purse, Dr. Kent Brantly, right, one of the two Americans who contracted Ebola, works at an Ebola isolation ward at a mission hospital outside of Monrovia, Liberia. Brantly arrived on U.S. soil after contracting the deadly disease and is showing signs of improvement as he is treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. A second American, Nancy Writebol, is expected to arrive in the U.S. for treatment as well. The two Americans worked for North Carolina-based Samaritan's Purse, an evangelical Christian humanitarian relief organization, where they were treating Ebola patients at a Liberian hospital. Getty Images

    U.S. gov't, military had role in experimental Ebola drug

    Two American aid workers infected with Ebola are getting an experimental drug so novel it has never been tested for safety in humans and was only identified as a potential treatment earlier this year, thanks to a longstanding research program by the U.S.

    • Aug. 5, 2014
  19. New Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald has ordered town hall meetings at all department health and benefits facilities by the end of September, in an effort to better understand veterans' complaints about services. AP

    VA secretary calls for town hall meetings

    New Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald has ordered town hall meetings at all department health and benefits facilities by the end of September, in an effort to better understand veterans' complaints about services.

    • Aug. 5, 2014
  20. Tricare Help: Dependent child down to the eligibility wire

    Q. I'm a full-time student but my ID card expires next month and I turn 23 two months after that. I won't be finished with school for another year.

    • Aug. 5, 2014
  21. 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
  22. Consumer Watch: Prepare for saving money at commissary case lot sale

    Whether you've just moved to a new duty station and need to restock your pared-down pantry; or want to stock your barracks room; or need to stock up on drinks and other items for the kids' school lunches; or you want to save money on items you use all yea

    • Aug. 5, 2014
  23. 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
  24. 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
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