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  1. 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.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  2. Tricare Help: Vet's family must use CHAMPVA, not Tricare

    Q. My husband is an Army veteran rated 100 percent disabled.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  3. 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

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  4. Consumer Watch: Save money this holiday season

    It's hard to believe, but it's time to start easing into holiday shopping mode.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  5. Report: DoD should review Tricare rules on compounded medications

    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.

    • Oct. 10, 2014
  6. 6 military-related charities join Combined Federal Campaign

    Six charities that serve the military community in a variety of ways — from providing legal services to veterans seeking federal benefits, to linking pets with troops and veterans — have joined the two military-related charity federations under this year'

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  7. Tricare to stop mailing paper notification letters

    Starting this month, Tricare will stop mailing letters to patients notifying them of changes to their health coverage or eligibility for military health programs.

    • Oct. 8, 2014
  8. Shielding troops from high interest rates may help DoD

    Giving troops more protections against high-cost debt could save the Defense Department between $13 million and $137 million per year because it would reduce the number of troops involuntarily separated over financial problems, according to DoD estimates.

    • Oct. 8, 2014
  9. Thomas Brady, director of the Department of Defense Education Activity, says parents should expect the same standards among all DoDEA schools. Department of Defense Education Activity

    DoDEA schools' course work to be in sync, chief says

    Whether they are attending Defense Department schools in Germany, Japan or Fort Bragg, North Carolina, military children in the same grades should be learning the same concepts at the same time, said Thomas Brady, the director of the Department of Defense

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  10. The Military Lending Act would apply to all forms of payday loans, vehicle title loans, refund anticipation loans, deposit advance loans, installment loans, unsecured open-end lines of credit, and credit cards, under proposed new rules released by the Defense Department on Sept. 26. Julio Cortez/ / The Associated Press

    New rules to cap credit interest rates for troops

    Defense Department officials have proposed sweeping new rules that would limit the amount of interest that could be charged to service members and their spouses on most forms of credit — including credit cards.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  11. 13 projects to study pain treatment alternatives

    The federal government has awarded 13 grants worth up to a total $21.7 million over five years to examine alternatives to drugs for treating pain.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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. 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
  16. U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald speaks during a news conference at Veterans Affairs Department Monday, Sept. 8 in Washington, DC. Secretary McDonald shared stories of veterans he met across the country. He also outlined his key priorities to better serve veterans. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    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.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  17. 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.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  18. Army National Guard Spc. Robert Quattrocchi and his now-wife, Monica, during a 2011 deployment to Afghanistan. Quattrocchi was injured while serving in theater and is awaiting back pay. Quattrocchi family

    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.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  19. 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.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  20. 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.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  21. 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

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  22. 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.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  23. The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz. Christian Petersen / Getty Images

    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

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  24. 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.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  25. 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.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
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