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  1. New program helps families of fallen access education benefits

    Even with hundreds of millions of dollars in scholarship money and education benefits available for spouses and children of fallen service members, many of those families struggle to pay for college because they don't know the benefits exist, or have trou

  2. Report: Military hospitals show broad disparities in patient care

    A comprehensive review of the military health care system finds that overall, the military health system is functioning on a par with private-sector care, but patients face broad disparities in appointment wait times and quality of care — and have little

  1. Jordan Buisman died awaiting an appointment at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center KARE 11

    VA to investigate whether Marine's data was falsified

    The Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday it will investigate allegations that the appointment records of a retired Marine who died after having seizures were falsified to cover up delays in patient care at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
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    Mission Family: Easing into stateside driving after deployment

    When Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Josh Seery returned from Afghanistan in July 2013, he knew he wasn't ready to drive a car on the streets of Wichita, Kansas. So he asked his wife, Jennifer Roth, to be the primary driver.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
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    Jessica Huskey stands by a yellow ribbon placed there by her spouse Nivia Huskey before Nivia's military deployment on Saturday in Jacksonville, N.C. Last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act ensured that federal military benefits extend to same-sex partners and their children. But about two-thirds of active-duty personnel in the U.S. are based in states that don't recognize gay marriages, leaving thousands of military families missing out on legal rights they would enjoy if Uncle Sam had stationed them elsewhere. Gerry Broome / AP

    Rights of same-sex military spouses vary by state

    On the wall over her bunk in Kuwait, Marine Cpl. Nivia Huskey proudly displays a collection of sonogram printouts of the baby boy her pregnant spouse is carrying back home in North Carolina.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
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    Tricare Help: Are noncitizens with visas eligible for Tricare?

    A. If your wife and stepchild were deemed eligible for registration in DEERS, then they are fully eligible for Tricare coverage under your sponsorship.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  2. Tricare 'meeting the needs' of children, with some caveats

    A recent Defense Department report finds that the military health system is meeting the needs of its youngest beneficiaries — but raises concerns that Pentagon officials don't have enough data or information in some areas to make a complete assessment on

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  3. Jordan Buisman died awaiting an appointment at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center KARE 11

    VA records show vet rescheduled appointment after death

    According to official medical records, a former Minnesota Marine apparently contacted the Minneapolis VA from his grave to cancel an existing appointment and reschedule it.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  4. Neurologic pain signature, a standard map that can be applied to individual people who may be experiencing pain. Tor Wagner/AP

    Report: Some causes of suicide in military need more study

    While the military has poured more money into suicide research than any other sector of American society in recent years, certain targets in dire need of study remain under-funded, according to a RAND Corp. report released Monday.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  5. Group says it gave hundreds of veterans free pot

    Hundreds of military veterans received free marijuana during a special giveaway in Denver designed to show that pot can help ease their pain.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  6. Under the new service, troops will be able to get basic Internet with a data transfer speed of 128 kilobits per second, as well as TV services with local channels, for free. They'll also have the option to pay to upgrade to faster speeds and more channels. Army

    Bigger, better, cheaper Wi-Fi coming soon to barracks, dorms

    A new Wi-Fi service is being rolled out over the next year in barracks and dormitories for soldiers, airmen and Marines.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  7. Ask the Lawyer: Leaving child alone may be endangerment

    A. Quite a bit; that could lead to a charge of child endangerment, a violation of Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  8. Online tools expected to ease absentee voting

    If you plan to vote in the Nov. 4 elections, now is the time to request an absentee ballot, said the defense official who runs the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  9. Mission Family: Transition help open to spouses, too

    When a service member leaves the military, it affects the entire family. How a family prepares for that transition can make a huge difference.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  10. Tricare Help: Tricare coverage on a vacation cruise

    Q. While my wife and I were on a vacation cruise, my wife fell during a shore excursion in Mexico. She was treated by the physician on the cruise ship for a hand fracture, a forehead laceration and a chest contusion.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
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    Consumer Watch: Being loyal customer may work against you

    If you need another reason to shop around for auto insurance, how about this: Some companies may charge higher rates if they believe you won't shop around.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  11. Gen. Paul Selva, TRANSCOM commander, said that with TRANSCOM's involvement and the company's voluntary corrective action plan, there have been improvements. Air Force

    TRANSCOM chief tells vehicle shipping company to shape up

    The four-star chief of U.S. Transportation Command has personally told contractor International Auto Logistics that he expects better performance in shipping troops' vehicles to and from overseas locations.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  12. Tricare Help: Sorting out health care at 65

    A. The answers actually begin with a tidbit that you mention in Question No. 5.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  13. Kevlar for the Mind: Psychological fault lines of decision making

    One can argue that the hardest decision a political leader faces is sending men and women to war. In the U.S., this decision is limited to a very small but highly influential group of presidents and lawmakers.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  14. Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious transport dock Mesa Verde are to be among the first to receive a new deployment pay approved by the Navy Department. Cpl. Manuel A. Estrada / Marine Corps

    Marine Corps, Navy approve new pay for long deployments

    Marines and sailors deployed longer than 220 days in a row are to start receiving a new op tempo pay intended to reward them for the hardships of serving through an extended deployment.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
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    CFC changes will make donating easier

    Troops who want to donate to a charity through the Combined Federal Campaign this season will see some improvements.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  15. Assistant Inspector General for Healthcare Inspections John Daigh, Jr., from left, with Department of Veterans Affairs Acting Inspector General Richard Griffin; Retired Medical Director Samuel Foote, of the Diamond Community-Based Outpatient Center, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Veterans Health Administration; and Medical Director Katherine Mitchell of the Iraq and Afghanistan Post-Deployment Center, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Veterans Health Administration, testifies Wednesday during a House Committee on Veterans' Affairs hearing on 'Scheduling Manipulation and Veteran Deaths in Phoenix: Examination of the OIG's Final Report' on Capitol Hill in Washington. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

    Auditor ties Phoenix VA waits to deaths

    The Department of Veterans Affairs' internal watchdog testified Wednesday that delayed treatment for thousands of Arizona veterans may have contributed to some deaths, a strikingly different emphasis than in an August report on the Phoenix VA medical cent

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  16. The dome of the US Capitol is seen March 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. As work continues on the dome restoration, the last chance for ?scaffold-free? views of the Capitol is approaching, with the best opportunity within the next two weeks. AFP PHOTO/ Karen BLEIER KAREN BLEIER / AFP

    House passes bill to oversee VA hospital building

    The House has passed a bill to increase oversight of veterans' hospitals under construction, following a report that some medical centers take three years longer to complete than estimated and cost an extra $366 million per project.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  17. 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.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  18. A vehicle inspector inspects an airman's vehicle in a garage at the vehicle processing center at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, in 2011. In a letter to TRANSCOM, Sen. Mark R. Warner said he was 'stunned to hear' the low performance rate for on-time delivery of troops' vehicles being shipped to and from overseas. Air Force

    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.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  19. Veterans Affairs acting Inspector General Richard Griffin, left, testifies Aug. 24 on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. Assistant Inspector General John Daigh is at right. AP

    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.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
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