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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
  2. 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
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    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
  4. 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
  5. Meeting with Legislative Affairs for Senator Crapo on Wed (1) Courtesy Kristine Schellhaas Courtesy photo

    Spouse calls out Barrett on Hill testimony

    Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Mike Barrett made it clear that he believed a Military Times report took out of context controversial remarks he made to a Senate Armed Services Committee panel, particularly his statement that budget tightening on pay a

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  6. The Corps' top enlisted Marine disagrees with the idea that tobacco products should be banned from base stores. Marti Gatlin / Marine Corps

    SMMC says tobacco ban is a 'shameful idea'

    The sergeant major of the Marine Corps will fight for Marines' right to buy and use tobacco products on base, despite Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's full support of a review of the product's use and sales aboard military installations.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Some Vietnam vets with PTSD fight for benefits

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

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  17. Carter, Dole spouses join military families effort

    Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are getting a dose of high-profile support for their nationwide effort to help military families.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  18. Max Sanchez, a war veteran, says going bare at a nearby clothing-optional community helps him deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. WTSP-TV

    Fla. veteran treats PTSD by going nude

    Every year, millions of people in the United States are diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, but for some a doctor's office just isn't enough.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  19. Small study finds problem in Gulf War vets' cell function

    A minuscule study of cell function in veterans of the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War could have widespread impact on future research into Gulf War illness.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  20. Military caregivers — spouses, parents and friends who assist severely injured service members with complex, chronic conditions and mental health issues — need more support themselves, a new study says. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

    Caregivers for post-9/11 vets need more help, study finds

    More than 1 million Americans provide care and support for injured or ill Iraq and Afghanistan war-era veterans, and they often do so at great personal sacrifice, facing social isolation, income loss and poor health, according to a new study.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  21. VA doesn't track tissue used in surgeries, GAO says

    Veterans Affairs Department officials used tens of thousands of biological implants in surgeries last year, but they can't fully account for their safety, according to investigators from the Government Accountability Office.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  22. After guardsman son's suicide, parents work to save others

    Former Army National Guard Sgt. Daniel Somers served as a turret gunner and tactical human intelligence team member during two deployments to Iraq.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  23. VA: Treatment delays may have led to 23 cancer deaths

    Delays in cancer treatment consultations may have played a role in the deaths of 23 veterans and compromised the health of 53 others, according to an internal review released this week by the Veterans Affairs Department.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  24. Thomas Brady, the new director of the Department of Defense Education Activity, says his experience as a soldier with children in DoDEA schools — as well as his experience as a base commander communicating with the local school district on behalf of parents — will help inform his decision-making. Tara Parekh/Defense Department

    New DoDEA chief has a military parent's perspective

    As a retired Army colonel, Thomas Brady brings a unique perspective to his new role as director of the Department of Defense Education Activity, which operates 191 schools for military children around the world.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
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