en-us Copyright 2015, SaxoTech Online Mon, 04 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 Mon, 04 May 2015 05:49:02 -0400 15 Bush carrier strike group set to return Four ships, one air wing and more than 5,000 sailors of the Bush carrier strike group are scheduled to return home Saturday after a nine-month deployment to 5th and 6th Fleets that caught national attention as the carrier led airstrikes against Islamic State group militants. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:47:00 -0400 Shipping delays appear to be easing for troops' personal vehicles The backlog of troops' privately owned vehicles has almost been cleared, according to an analysis of numbers provided by the contractor responsible for shipping troops' cars on reassignment moves to and from overseas. Sun, 09 Nov 2014 10:26:00 -0400 Justice Department's influence in VA cases up for debate When Congress passed new rules for firing Veterans Affairs executives in July, the goal was to get rid of problem employees faster and without bureaucratic confusion. So far, it's done neither. Fri, 07 Nov 2014 08:50:00 -0400 Death prompts changes at Hampton VA hospital A patient's death has prompted policy changes at the Hampton VA Medical Center. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 10:15:00 -0400 Medical tests for PTSD and TBI not far off Researchers are inching closer to creating medical tests to detect post-traumatic stress or mild traumatic brain injury - conditions that now are diagnosed only with self-reported symptoms and subjective exams. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 12:51:00 -0400 Autism therapy benefit to be analyzed for DoD The Defense Department has hired Rand Corp. to analyze its autism therapy benefit to determine whether the level of coverage is appropriate and how well it stacks up against private insurers. Wed, 05 Nov 2014 17:27:00 -0400 VA names new director for Phoenix medical center The Department of Veterans Affairs has named longtime administrator Glen Grippen as the third interim executive to oversee the Phoenix VA Health Care System since it became the hub of a national crisis over mismanagement and delayed care. Wed, 05 Nov 2014 09:26:00 -0400 Some veterans to receive health care 'choice cards' this week Veterans Affairs Department 'choice cards' will arrive in some veterans' mailboxes this week, allowing them to seek out private medical care and have VA pick up the bill. Wed, 05 Nov 2014 07:35:00 -0400 DoD proposes consolidating Tricare regions into two The Defense Health Agency is proposing to cut the number of Tricare regions from three to two, a cost-savings plan that would sharply increase competition for the next round of lucrative Pentagon health care contracts. Tue, 04 Nov 2014 16:42:00 -0400 Mission Family: Limits on nonprofit groups designed to protect military families You may not have realized there was a problem. You may not have known that some nonprofit groups have been trying to make your life easier but are hitting roadblocks when military installation officials won't allow them access. Tue, 04 Nov 2014 10:27:00 -0400 Tricare Help: How to disenroll from Tricare Young Adult Q. I'm enrolled in Tricare Young Adult. But I just graduated college and got a job that offers health benefits. Tue, 04 Nov 2014 09:39:00 -0400 Ask the Lawyer: Uncharged offenses relevant in sexual assault cases A. Under the Military Rules of Evidence, prosecutors generally can't use evidence of other crimes, wrongs or acts to prove that it was within a service member's character to commit whatever offense he or she is charged with. Tue, 04 Nov 2014 09:33:00 -0400 'Ask the Lawyer' columnist to appear before Supreme Court Attorney Mathew Tully, the longtime 'Ask the Lawyer' columnist for Air Force Times, Army Times, Marine Corps Times and Navy Times, will appear before the Supreme Court on Tuesday in a case pitting the Homeland Security Department against a federal whistle Tue, 04 Nov 2014 13:49:00 -0400 E-mails: VA secretary sought changes in Phoenix report A top Department of Veterans Affairs official and a White House appointee successfully pressed for changes in an inspector general's report on the Phoenix VA medical center. Mon, 03 Nov 2014 08:01:00 -0400 DoD to monitor troops exposed to Iraqi chemical weapons The Defense Department will provide medical assessments and health surveillance for troops and veterans exposed to chemical agents during the 2003-2011 Iraq War who may not have received proper treatment, senior officials said. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:39:00 -0400 Troops' sleep problem may be new disorder A 39-year-old soldier arrived at the sleep clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center with symptoms not uncommon in combat soldiers: nightmares of his war experiences and thrashing in his sleep, at one point clocking his wife hard enough to leave bruises. Wed, 05 Nov 2014 13:39:00 -0400 U.S. military to train more Ebola response teams The U.S. military will train more medical personnel to respond to domestic cases of Ebola should they occur, a senior Defense Department official said Thursday. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:24:00 -0400 Online shopping privileges for all vets is likely, official says Expanding online shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans isn't a matter of 'if,' but 'when,' the chief executive officer of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service said at a meeting in Washington on Wednesday. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:50:00 -0400 Kevlar for the Mind: Private groups offer mental health care The government spends hundreds of millions of dollars a year on mental health treatment for service members and veterans. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:18:00 -0400 Consumer Watch: Diligently protect your financial accounts The unfortunate experience of a military retiree who recently had his retired pay stolen from his bank account offers a stark reminder to be vigilant about our finances. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:40:00 -0400 Tricare Help: Dad's mad - can he cut off child's Tricare? Q. I am a 20-year-old dependent of my father, who is retired from the Air Force. I have Tricare Prime through him. Recently he became upset with me, and I am worried he will take me off Tricare insurance. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:33:00 -0400 Virginians to vote on tax exemption proposal for spouses of troops killed in action Virginians were being asked to decide Tuesday whether to approve a constitutional amendment that would exempt the surviving spouses of U.S. military members killed in action from paying real estate taxes. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:27:00 -0400 Senate to vote on advance funding for VA When Congress returns next month, the Senate will vote on legislation to provide all Veterans Affairs Department funding a full year in advance, preventing government shutdowns or budget gridlock from interrupting veterans services. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:43:00 -0400 New prosthetic limb may prevent chafing, swelling Prosthetic technology has come a long way in the last few decades, offering state-of-the-art robotic arms, carbon-fiber blades and joints that contain microchips and processors. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:36:00 -0400 VA adds $50 to deceased vet's 59 cent bill It's bad enough that the Department of Veterans Affairs billed a deceased Navy vet for 59 cents this summer. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:26:00 -0400 Report: On-base banks, credit unions should offer more info online Service members need more information - and protection - from banks and credit unions that operate on military installations, according to research by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:29:00 -0400 VA settles Pittsburgh Legionnaire's suit for $125K The Department of Veterans Affairs has agreed to pay $125,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the son of a Marine veteran who died after contracting Legionnaire's disease at a Pittsburgh VA hospital. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:03:00 -0400 VA secretary defends pace of disciplinary actions Critics of the Veterans Affairs Department want to know why the director of the agency's Phoenix medical center - and dozens of other problem executives - still haven't been fired. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:34:00 -0400 Veteran's canceled appointment drips with irony In October, Army Reserve Maj. Leslie Haines walked into the Fort Wayne campus of the Northern Indiana VA Health Care System for her regularly scheduled appointment at the PTSD clinic. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:53:00 -0400 'Suicides are a problem in the Guard' Tami Mielke's decision to end her life raises serious questions about South Dakota's care of its emotionally wounded warriors. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:34:00 -0400 Meghan McCain shares veterans' stories on air Meghan McCain wants America to know about the issues veterans face and the skills veterans possess that can make them top performers at any business. Sun, 26 Oct 2014 12:41:00 -0400 Transgender troops say they want to serve openly The landmark repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' in 2011 allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:26:00 -0400 Vehicle shipper still at odds with subcontractor A month after the end of the peak moving season, troubles continue for International Auto Logistics, the new contractor that is responsible for shipping troops' cars on reassignment moves to and from overseas. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:53:00 -0400 Commentary: Opportunities for veterans abound in agriculture Veterans have sacrificed dearly to keep this country safe. Every day, they confront and triumph over those that threaten our national security. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:45:00 -0400 Leadership is key to troops' tolerance of transgender persons, allied forces say Transgender persons are barred from serving openly in the U.S. military but can do so in the armed forces of 18 other nations worldwide, including NATO allies Sweden and the United Kingdom as well as Australia and New Zealand. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:31:00 -0400 'We cannot accept average,' surgeons general say The message the Army, Navy and Air Force surgeons general have taken from the military health system review released earlier this month is that their hospitals and clinics are performing on par with the nation's top private systems. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:29:00 -0400 Ask the Lawyer: Be careful when, to whom you admit drug use Q. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:19:00 -0400 Few vets use free credit monitoring after VA breaches Only about one in 25 veterans offered free credit monitoring in the wake of Veterans Affairs Department security breaches has signed up for the service, a figure that VA officials call disappointingly low. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:03:00 -0400 Mission Family: Survivors' education clearinghouse inspired by student's pain, drive If you're a member of the military community, you know all too well the variety of struggles that the lifestyle can bring. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:55:00 -0400 Tricare Help: TFL and skilled nursing home care Q. My father is an 82-year-old Korean War veteran and military retiree. He is in a skilled nursing home but has exhausted his Medicare coverage. He's very ill, with four compression fractures, liver cancer and dementia. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:46:00 -0400 Internal investigation ID'd Phoenix VA fraud in 2008 Inspectors at the Department of Veterans Affairs caught Phoenix VA managers falsifying patient appointment records during a probe six years ago, but agency officials did not divulge those findings at the time, according to documents obtained by The Arizon Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:22:00 -0400 1.7 percent COLA increase starts in January Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:41:00 -0400 Arkansas state VA seeks to change name The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs wants to change its name to differ from the federal agency to avoid confusion, department Director Cissy Rucker said. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:14:00 -0400 TBI rehabilitation program extended The Veterans Affairs Department is broadening a small program designed to help veterans with moderate to severe brain injuries live their lives to their fullest. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:59:00 -0400 Free financial checkup for active-duty families Wondering whether you're on the right track financially? Will you be able to meet your goal of buying your dream truck, putting your kids through college, living comfortably in retirement, or all of the above? Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:22:00 -0400 Fewer veterans running for congressional office The number of veterans in Congress has been steadily dropping in recent election cycles, but the legislative branch's meager military credentials could take a major hit this year. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:23:00 -0400 Tricare rules on compounded medicines should be reviewed, GAO says Tricare spends $259 million a year on medications it is not obligated to cover and should align its policies on compounded medications with existing regulations or change those rules, a federal watchdog agency says. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:56:00 -0400 Hagel seeks info on Iraq chemical weapons exposure A defense official says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has asked his military chiefs and service-branch secretaries to look into questions about the medical care and treatment of about 20 service members who were exposed to chemical weapons during the Iraq Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:06:00 -0400 Progress on car shipments difficult to measure, verify A backlog of personal vehicle shipments in U.S. Customs has been 'significantly reduced and is very near to normal clearance timelines,' according to the new contractor responsible for shipping troops' cars on reassignment moves to and from overseas. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:58:00 -0400 Proposed online AAFES shopping for vets inches forward The tide may be turning in the effort to allow all honorably discharged veterans to shop at the online store operated by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:39:00 -0400 VA secretary: I'm 'aggressively' firing problem employees Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald says he's working 'aggressively' to fire problem employees in his department and is frustrated by congressional criticism that dismissals aren't moving fast enough. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:42:00 -0400 Tricare Help: Vet's family must use CHAMPVA, not Tricare Q. My husband is an Army veteran rated 100 percent disabled. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:49:00 -0400 Kevlar for the Mind: Guided imagery may reduce anxiety Research efforts directed at alleviating post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety and other psychological ills of war are improving the lives of countless service members and veterans, and advances in cognitive, behavioral and medication therapies are g Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:45:00 -0400 Consumer Watch: Save money this holiday season It's hard to believe, but it's time to start easing into holiday shopping mode. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:41:00 -0400 Opinion: Helping VA do better In his second inaugural address, President Lincoln articulated a clear principle to guide our nation's commitment to military veterans. The goal, he said, should be 'to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.' Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:51:00 -0400 New Mexico VA leaders got bonuses amid complaints Five top administrators in the Veterans Affairs' health care system in New Mexico received more than $24,000 in bonuses in 2013 despite complaints from veterans about lapses and delays in care. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:05:00 -0400 La. Gov. Jindal seeks reversal of budget cuts for military funerals Gov. Bobby Jindal said Tuesday that federal budget cuts will nearly eliminate the free military funeral ceremonies provided to families of veterans in Louisiana. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:50:00 -0400 Veterans Affairs secretary wooing medical students The new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs made an impassioned recruitment pitch to medical school and nursing students at the University of Vermont on Monday, urging them to consider careers in the VA. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:19:00 -0400 Ohio VA employees got big bonuses A newspaper investigation has found that Ohio Veterans Affairs hospitals paid out nearly $6.5 million in bonuses to employees in the past year. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 08:47:00 -0400 New travel pay rates mean less money for TDY Traveling on temporary duty is not as lucrative as it used to be. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:47:00 -0400