en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:18:23 -0400 15 Flexibility key for spouses, says AF secretary's husband In Frank Beatty's experience in the private sector, discussions about job losses and benefits cuts are not limited to the military community. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:31:00 -0400 $300 incentive pay for officers, some enlisted assigned to nuclear mission begins Oct. 1 Officers assigned to the Air Force's nuclear mission will receive $300 a month in incentive pay beginning Oct. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:49:00 -0400 Delays affect 80 percent of troops' overseas auto shipments The on-time delivery rate for troops' vehicles being shipped to and from overseas was about 20 percent in July, according to a senator who wants more information from U.S. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:27:00 -0400 Critics: VA influenced Inspector General to change Phoenix report for spin-control A Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general's report on delayed health care at the Phoenix VA medical center used a standard to evaluate patient deaths that would be virtually impossible to meet, according to medical experts. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:08:00 -0400 Mismanagement alleged at VA appeals board A senior attorney at the Board of Veterans Appeals told lawmakers Wednesday that managers at the agency covered up delays in appeals processing and doctored records to protect their performance bonuses. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0400 Survey: 40 percent of wounded face problems getting VA care As a peer mentor for Wounded Warrior Project, Josh Renschler regularly helps severely injured veterans navigate the Veterans Affairs Department health care system. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:25:00 -0400 Investigations still open at 93 VA facilities The Veteran Affairs Department's review of the wait times scandal at its Phoenix facility is over, but lawmakers and investigators are promising that department officials will still face intense scrutiny and criticism in coming months. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 07:58:00 -0400 McDonald launches 100-day VA reform plan SitRep video: Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald said the recurring complaint he heard during a month-long listening tour across America is that his department's culture is still too closed and unfriendly. Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:58:00 -0400 Feds respond to report on Minn. VA Sources say the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General is flying an investigator to Minnesota next week to interview whistleblowers who told KARE 11 News they were pressured to falsify patient records at the Minneapolis VA medical cent Mon, 08 Sep 2014 11:49:00 -0400 Suicides in first 3 months of year hold steady The Pentagon released its data on suicides among troops in the first quarter of 2014, showing that the Defense Department is holding steady in its battle against self-inflicted deaths. Fri, 05 Sep 2014 14:38:00 -0400 DoD: It takes only one person to stop a suicide Just six days before the start of Suicide Prevention Month in September, Army Sgt. 1st Class Paula Walker, 33, barricaded herself inside an office at Fort Lee, Virginia, and, in what military leaders later described as ' Fri, 05 Sep 2014 09:55:00 -0400 DoD delays launch of rental housing website The launch of a new Defense Department website aimed at helping service members and their families find available rental housing has been delayed indefinitely, an official said. Thu, 04 Sep 2014 15:48:00 -0400 DoD willing to reconsider discharges of Vietnam vets with PTSD The Defense Department has agreed to reconsider the bad-paper discharges for thousands of Vietnam-era veterans who may have suffered from combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder but were kicked out of the military in the era before that became a dia Thu, 04 Sep 2014 12:09:00 -0400 Consumer Watch: Here's where to turn if you need help buying food A recent study by the nonprofit Feeding America concludes that one out of four military households is getting charitable feeding assistance - such as groceries from food banks. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 17:51:00 -0400 Tricare Help: Philippines claims present problem Q. I'm a military retiree. My spouse and I have adopted two children in the Philippines who are registered as my dependents for Tricare eligibility purposes. The children recently became ill. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 17:22:00 -0400 Kevlar for the Mind: Bipolar disorder is serious - and sometimes lethal The recent suicide of actor and comedian Robin Williams has brought acute awareness to the effects of bipolar disorder, a chronic and persistent mental illness that wreaks emotional, physical and social havoc on millions of people each year. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:45:00 -0400 Soldier wins settlement from storage company A special operations soldier has won a settlement from the storage company that got rid of his property while he was deployed - including $8,044 worth of Army-issued equipment - in violation of the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 09:30:00 -0400 White House pushes for lower pay raise in 2015 The White House is moving ahead with plans for another slimmed-down pay raise for troops in 2015, and outside advocates still aren't happy about it. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:15:00 -0400 Injured guardsman's family lives in poverty, and waits Army National Guard Spc. Robert Quattrocchi, 31, spends much of his time these days helping wife Monica care for the couple's 4-month-old daughter in a rambling, uninsulated Georgia farmhouse that belongs to his in-laws. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:53:00 -0400 DoD takes lead on finding drugs to fight superbugs With very few antibiotics in development at major pharmaceutical companies, the Pentagon is stepping in to support research to combat the growing threat of 'superbugs' - bacteria that can't be stopped with current medications. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:46:00 -0400 DoD makes advances toward blood test to diagnose concussions The Defense Department is closing in on a blood test to detect concussions. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:01:00 -0400 California lawmakers vote to protect in-state tuition for veterans California lawmakers have approved legislation to offer in-state college tuition for veterans who were stationed in California immediately before being discharged. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:30:00 -0400 Pilot program to launch to help spouses earn college credit Defense officials are launching a pilot program in the fall that will help military spouses put together portfolios of education and work experience for possible college credit. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:49:00 -0400 Tricare Help: Tricare options for retirees living overseas Q. My husband and I recently decided that we want to move to Ireland. He's a medically retired soldier using Tricare for Life. My son and I have Tricare Prime. Are there U.S. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:37:00 -0400 Company touts improvements to POV moving The logjam that's caused delays in getting troops' cars to and from overseas is starting to clear, said an official with the new contractor. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:58:00 -0400 Expert: Move pain management into 21st century Contrary to a popular military tenet, pain is not weakness leaving the body. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:46:00 -0400 Mission Family: Free online resources for school year While you're getting back into school routines for your children, and perhaps even for yourself, consider some of the free resources the Defense Department provides that can help you with research - and even free tutoring and homework help. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:33:00 -0400 Ask the Lawyer: Yes, sex with a minor is a crime A. When a service member has a sexual relationship with a child over age 12 but under age 16, the back story of the romance is largely irrelevant. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:33:00 -0400 VA wait times have decreased, new data show The Department of Veterans Affairs has reduced by half the number of veterans waiting more than three months to see a doctor since a scandal erupted at the agency in spring over delays in health care, according to data released Thursday. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:04:00 -0400 'Mystery patients' evaluate medical staff When Col. Bret Burton took command of the 375th Medical Group at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, he put customer satisfaction near the top of his priority list. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:53:00 -0400 Alabama VA employee accused of sexually abusing patient A Veterans Affairs Southeast Network employee who works at the Tuskegee VA medical center and was charged with sexual abuse of a veteran patient in February is still receiving a paycheck. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:44:00 -0400 Concerns arise about opening online exchanges to veterans While giving all honorably discharged veterans online exchange shopping privileges would be an added benefit, there are questions within the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments about whether some of the profits should also go back to veterans' progra Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:46:00 -0400 Pay and benefits reform still in limbo In about five months, the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission will unveil its recommendations for a radical overhaul of troops' pay and benefits. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:19:00 -0400 One-third of domestic violence victims in active-duty military families are men Army Special Forces Sgt. Casey Gray clearly recalls the day when his fiancée turned violent. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:10:00 -0400 Obama announces veterans mental health efforts, but most aren't new In his speech before the American Legion on Tuesday, President Obama touted new initiatives intended to improve mental health treatment and support for service members and veterans. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:08:00 -0400 Obama to announce VA initiatives today at American Legion convention The White House is unveiling a slate of executive actions Tuesday designed to ease troops' transition from military to civilian life and boost veterans medical-care options in the wake of scandals at the Veterans Affairs Department. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:37:00 -0400 IG: Better training, new scheduling practices needed at Phoenix VA A scathing report looking into care delay problems at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health system recommends an overhaul in scheduling practices, better training and oversight for all employees, and possible firing of numerous system leaders as starting po Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:38:00 -0400 HUD: Number of homeless veterans continues to drop The number of homeless veterans dropped under 50,000 last year, the fourth consecutive year of decreases since White House officials refocused efforts on getting that population into stable housing. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:39:00 -0400 No proof deaths caused by delay in VA care, IG says Veterans Affairs leaders say they're relieved that investigators have found no evidence of patient deaths connected to serious medical appointment delay problems at the Phoenix VA Health Care System, but said the months-long review still points to numerou Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:40:00 -0400 VA touts progress on suicides; data tell another story Seven years ago, the Veterans Affairs Department rejected allegations by media outlets and watchdog organizations that America faced a suicide epidemic among former military personnel. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:05:00 -0400 UPS data breach does not affect exchange customers Military shoppers who made purchases or shipped packages through The UPS Store locations operated through the Army and Air Force Exchange Service were not affected by the data breach involving about 1 percent of The UPS Store locations nationwide, AAFES o Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:13:00 -0400 McCain: Why is Phoenix VA boss still employed? More than two months after Sharon Helman was suspended as director of Phoenix's VA Health Care System, she remains on the payroll collecting regular checks and benefits despite passage of a new federal statute targeting accountability in the Department of Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:23:00 -0400 Army doctor promotes use of tourniquets among domestic first responders An Army Reserve doctor and nationally recognized trauma surgeon is pressing for broader availability of tourniquets - in the pockets of every U.S. first responder and staged alongside portable defibrillators in offices, shopping malls and elsewhere. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:04:00 -0400 New school year, new home: Military families look to adjust Linh Narum knows what it means to be a part of a military family. Her father served in the Air Force for 27 years and she and her husband, Air Force Col. Jerry Narum, a communications officer, have two sons of their own. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:34:00 -0400 Tricare Help: The many shades of Tricare eligibility A. Assuming your daughter's military sponsor remains eligible for Tricare, and assuming she remains unmarried, then the answer is yes. As long as she remains a legal military dependent and single, she remains eligible for Tricare. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:30:00 -0400 Consumer Watch: For vets, it pays to shop around for life insurance A 75-year-old veteran wrote in to express frustration that rates for Veterans' Group Life Insurance increased in July for those 70 and older, noting that it's hard to find comparable private-sector coverage at that age. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:27:00 -0400 Kevlar for the Mind: Anxiety can have big impact on quality of life Anxiety is as much a part of the American culture as cable TV, fast food and overpriced sneakers. The military, as a microcosm of the larger society, is certainly not immune. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:23:00 -0400 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. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:15:00 -0400 DoD questions military data in food bank study The Pentagon's personnel chief is taking exception to statistics from a recent study that concluded 25 percent of military households use food banks. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:19:00 -0400 Ex-officer says she was discharged for reporting burn-pit danger An officer who says she was discharged from the Navy for alerting senior officials of the potential health dangers of open-air burn pits and improperly stored water at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, is suing to get her job back. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:15:00 -0400 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. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:18:00 -0400 DoD releases list of genetic tests covered by Tricare The Defense Health Agency has announced which genetic tests Tricare will cover starting in September. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:16:00 -0400 Report: VA employee took recovering vet to crack house Although a Veterans Affairs police officer determined that a Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System employee took a patient to a crack house and helped him buy illegal drugs, the worker is still employed more than a year after the incident. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:42:00 -0400 VA backlog grew despite online application program The number of backlogged veterans' health care applications grew despite an online program the Veterans Administration introduced in 2010 and touted as a quick, easy way for veterans to apply for benefits, according to a newspaper report. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 08:48:00 -0400 Veterans look to farming to grow and heal Mike Simester had always dreamed of a being a career soldier. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:27:00 -0400 Eielson AFB housing provider rejects borough tax deal A private company that recently took over management of housing on Eielson Air Force Base has rejected a deal that would have reduced its property tax bill. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:13:00 -0400 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. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:27:00 -0400 VA chief: Firings of workers a deliberate process The Veterans Affairs Department is in the process of holding bad employees accountable amid a scandal about long wait times for patients and other problems, VA Secretary Robert McDonald said Thursday, but he declined to say how many people were being fired and who they were. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19:33:00 -0400 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 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:06:00 -0400 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. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:05:00 -0400