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  1. Kevlar for the Mind: Antidepressant works on chemical in brain

    A. Zoloft is a trade name of the medication sertraline. It's classified as an antidepressant, although it's used to treat not only depression but also PTSD and several other anxiety disorders.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  2. Tricare Help: Sorting out Medicare, Tricare before age 65

    A. No need to worry. The passage you cite is for the relatively small number of Tricare beneficiaries who become entitled to Medicare Part A earlier than the normal eligibility age of 65 due to certain medical conditions, such as end-stage renal disease.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  3. Consumer Watch: Short sale on a home can have unplanned consequences

    When Marine Corps spouse Charla Williams' husband got orders to Okinawa last summer, the couple did not want to go through a short sale on their Florida home, which was worth less than they paid for it in the depressed housing market there.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  4. DoD to start living quarters allowance debt collections May 4

    Civilian employees assigned to U.S. Air Forces Europe-Africa and Pacific Air Forces who were overpaid for their housing allowance — some months, some years — must begin repaying the debt May 4, unless they have been granted a waiver.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  5. New company to handle shipping private vehicles

    Some troops will have to drive farther to drop off and pick up their vehicles under the Defense Department's privately owned vehicle shipping program, with the closure of seven vehicle processing centers May 1.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  6. Army couple in documentary told from caregiver's point of view

    The timing couldn't be better: In a month dedicated to military and veteran caregivers, a documentary about an Army couple's struggles after devastating combat injuries will premier at one of the world's top film festivals.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  7. 'Complex' report on allotments now 3 months late

    Defense officials are more than three months late on a report on the military allotment system, which will recommend steps to protect troops from unscrupulous businesses and lenders that use allotments to take advantage of them.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  8. Congress unhappy with DoD, VA health records progress

    House lawmakers plan to hold back millions in dollars of technology funding from Defense and Veterans Affairs department planners until Congress is convinced they are making progress on developing a way to share electronic medical records.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  9. Patients rate VA medical centers high for satisfaction

    Patients at Veterans Affairs medical centers remain satisfied with the care they receive and complaints are down, a new survey released Wednesday by the American Customer Satisfaction Index found.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Military hotline aids sexual assault victims

    One of the first things you notice about the Pentagon's sexual assault support hotline is its non-military look.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  11. A veteran patient recieves a vaccination. Tricare announced Tuesday its plans for reinstating thousands of beneficiaries who lost eligibility for Tricare Prime last October. Stephanie McCrobie / U.S. Navy

    Tricare presents plan for re-enrolling some in Prime

    Tricare announced Tuesday its plans for reinstating thousands of beneficiaries who lost eligibility for Tricare Prime last October, but by law, not all who were booted off Prime will be able to re-enroll.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  12. Airmen return from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan. The Air Force has opened a new round of 15-year retirement opportunities for airmen who were deployed, on a short-tour assignment or had an unwaiverable service commitment during the last application window. Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier/Air Force

    New early retirement window opens

    The Air Force on Tuesday opened a new window for select airmen to apply for early retirement.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  13.  Getty Images / iStockphoto

    Your medical files may be at risk

    After veteran Aaron Alexis shot and killed a dozen people at the Washington Navy Yard last September, the Air Force noted a spike in the number of personnel dipping into his electronic medical file.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  14. Anonymous online counseling for vets shows early success

    When they contracted with the Vets Prevail program late last year, Veterans Affairs Department officials hoped the Web-based mental health resource could enroll about 2,200 new veterans in its anonymous counseling over a year.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  15. White House unveils expanded support for military, vets' caregivers

    The White House continued its focus on veterans and military families by announcing new programs Friday to expand support and services available to those who care for injured or ill troops.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  16. Homeless vets in rural areas lack options, advocates say

    Housing advocates worry that veterans in rural America may be getting left behind in the national push to end homelessness.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  17. Troops and and civilians enjoy American fast food at the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center's food court in 2009. Army & Air Force Exchange Service PAO

    40 lawmakers seek to halt closure of military fast food outlets

    Forty lawmakers have signed a letter asking the Labor Department to exempt some military morale, welfare and recreation and exchange operations — such as fast food concessions — from wage regulations affecting federal contractors on military bases.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  18. Life insurance premium rate to go up this summer

    The premium rate for Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance will rise July 1 to 7 cents per month for every $1,000 of coverage, up from the current 6.5 cents.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  19. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard 'Buck' McKeon, R-Calif., runs a March 14 hearing on Capitol Hill. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Congressman: Wait until '15 for major pay, benefits reform

    The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee wants to wait on major military compensation reform until next year, but may accept some smaller changes to pay and benefits in the current budget debate.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  20. Senate bill would expand benefits for caregivers

    Responding to a Rand Corp. report issued last week on challenges facing those who care for ill or injured veterans, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., on Thursday introduced a bill that would increase federal support for this largely invisible group.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  21. Mission Family: Résumé tool helps spouses highlight experience

    With the military's heavy moving season upon us, the thoughts of many spouses often turn to résumé writing.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  22. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Key senator opposes commissary budget cut

    The chair of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee strongly opposes a Pentagon plan to cut funding for commissaries, another signal that the drastic $1 billion proposed reduction will not survive the congressional budget process.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  23. Tricare Help: It will cover some co-pays for other insurance

    Q. I'm a retiree who is eligible for Tricare but has other health insurance, to which Tricare acts as second payer.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  24. Some Vietnam vets with PTSD fight for benefits

    George Siders remembers his first enemy kill like it happened yesterday.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
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