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Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:43:00 -0400 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140919/NEWS/309190064 Tricare Help: Tricare coverage on a vacation cruise http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140919/BENEFITS06/309190063 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. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:42:00 -0400 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140919/BENEFITS06/309190063 Consumer Watch: Being loyal customer may work against you http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140918/BENEFITS/309180080 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. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:38:00 -0400 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140918/BENEFITS/309180080 Tricare Help: Sorting out health care at 65 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140918/BENEFITS06/309180078 A. The answers actually begin with a tidbit that you mention in Question No. 5. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:36:00 -0400 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140918/BENEFITS06/309180078 Kevlar for the Mind: Psychological fault lines of decision making http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140918/BENEFITS06/309180079 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. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:36:00 -0400 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140918/BENEFITS06/309180079 Marine Corps, Navy approve new pay for long deployments http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140918/BENEFITS02/309180050 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. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:25:00 -0400 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140918/BENEFITS02/309180050 TRANSCOM chief tells vehicle shipping company to shape up http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140918/NEWS/309180071 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. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:47:00 -0400 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140918/NEWS/309180071 CFC changes will make donating easier http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140918/BENEFITS/309180058 Troops who want to donate to a charity through the Combined Federal Campaign this season will see some improvements. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:16:00 -0400 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140918/BENEFITS/309180058 Auditor ties Phoenix VA waits to deaths http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140918/NEWS05/309180043 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 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:45:00 -0400 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140918/NEWS05/309180043 House passes bill to oversee VA hospital building http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140917/NEWS05/309170048 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. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:04:00 -0400 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140917/NEWS05/309170048 Flexibility key for spouses, says AF secretary's husband http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140915/NEWS/309150053 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140915/NEWS/309150053 Delays affect 80 percent of troops' overseas auto shipments http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140912/BENEFITS07/309120051 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140912/BENEFITS07/309120051 Critics: VA influenced Inspector General to change Phoenix report for spin-control http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140912/NEWS05/309120044 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140912/NEWS05/309120044 Mismanagement alleged at VA appeals board http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140910/NEWS05/309100060 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140910/NEWS05/309100060 Survey: 40 percent of wounded face problems getting VA care http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140910/BENEFITS06/309100044 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140910/BENEFITS06/309100044 Investigations still open at 93 VA facilities http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140909/NEWS05/309090058 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140909/NEWS05/309090058 McDonald launches 100-day VA reform plan http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140908/NEWS/309080040 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140908/NEWS/309080040 Feds respond to report on Minn. VA http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140908/NEWS/309080019 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140908/NEWS/309080019 Suicides in first 3 months of year hold steady http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140905/NEWS05/309050048 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140905/NEWS05/309050048 DoD: It takes only one person to stop a suicide http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140904/BENEFITS06/309040057 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140904/BENEFITS06/309040057 DoD delays launch of rental housing website http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140904/BENEFITS07/309040056 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140904/BENEFITS07/309040056 DoD willing to reconsider discharges of Vietnam vets with PTSD http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140903/NEWS05/309030039 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140903/NEWS05/309030039 Consumer Watch: Here's where to turn if you need help buying food http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140903/BENEFITS02/309030058 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140903/BENEFITS02/309030058 Tricare Help: Philippines claims present problem http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140903/BENEFITS06/309030056 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140903/BENEFITS06/309030056 Kevlar for the Mind: Bipolar disorder is serious - and sometimes lethal http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140903/BENEFITS06/309030055 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140903/BENEFITS06/309030055 Soldier wins settlement from storage company http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140902/NEWS/309020044 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140902/NEWS/309020044 White House pushes for lower pay raise in 2015 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140902/NEWS/309020045 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140902/NEWS/309020045 Injured guardsman's family lives in poverty, and waits http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140902/NEWS02/309020043 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140902/NEWS02/309020043 DoD takes lead on finding drugs to fight superbugs http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140831/NEWS/308310021 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140831/NEWS/308310021 DoD makes advances toward blood test to diagnose concussions http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140831/NEWS/308310022 The Defense Department is closing in on a blood test to detect concussions. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:01:00 -0400 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140831/NEWS/308310022 California lawmakers vote to protect in-state tuition for veterans http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140830/BENEFITS04/308300047 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140830/BENEFITS04/308300047 Pilot program to launch to help spouses earn college credit http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140830/BENEFITS/308300055 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140830/BENEFITS/308300055 Tricare Help: Tricare options for retirees living overseas http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140829/BENEFITS06/308290078 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140829/BENEFITS06/308290078 Company touts improvements to POV moving http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140829/BENEFITS07/308290083 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140829/BENEFITS07/308290083 Expert: Move pain management into 21st century http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140829/BENEFITS06/308290082 Contrary to a popular military tenet, pain is not weakness leaving the body. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:46:00 -0400 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140829/BENEFITS06/308290082 Mission Family: Free online resources for school year http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140829/BENEFITS07/308290077 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140829/BENEFITS07/308290077 Ask the Lawyer: Yes, sex with a minor is a crime http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140829/NEWS06/308290076 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140829/NEWS06/308290076 VA wait times have decreased, new data show http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140829/BENEFITS04/308290066 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140829/BENEFITS04/308290066 Alabama VA employee accused of sexually abusing patient http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140828/NEWS06/308280053 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140828/NEWS06/308280053 Concerns arise about opening online exchanges to veterans http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140827/BENEFITS/308270087 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140827/BENEFITS/308270087 Pay and benefits reform still in limbo http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140827/BENEFITS02/308270081 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140827/BENEFITS02/308270081 One-third of domestic violence victims in active-duty military families are men http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140827/NEWS/308270080 Army Special Forces Sgt. Casey Gray clearly recalls the day when his fiancée turned violent. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:10:00 -0400 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140827/NEWS/308270080 Obama announces veterans mental health efforts, but most aren't new http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140826/BENEFITS06/308260075 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140826/BENEFITS06/308260075 Obama to announce VA initiatives today at American Legion convention http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140826/BENEFITS06/308260041 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140826/BENEFITS06/308260041 IG: Better training, new scheduling practices needed at Phoenix VA http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140826/BENEFITS/308260065 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140826/BENEFITS/308260065 HUD: Number of homeless veterans continues to drop http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140826/BENEFITS04/308260055 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140826/BENEFITS04/308260055 No proof deaths caused by delay in VA care, IG says http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140825/NEWS05/308250034 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140825/NEWS05/308250034 VA touts progress on suicides; data tell another story http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140825/BENEFITS06/308250024 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140825/BENEFITS06/308250024 UPS data breach does not affect exchange customers http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140822/NEWS/308220056 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140822/NEWS/308220056 McCain: Why is Phoenix VA boss still employed? http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140822/NEWS05/308220050 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140822/NEWS05/308220050 Army doctor promotes use of tourniquets among domestic first responders http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140820/NEWS/308200048 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140820/NEWS/308200048 New school year, new home: Military families look to adjust http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140820/BENEFITS07/308200059 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140820/BENEFITS07/308200059 Tricare Help: The many shades of Tricare eligibility http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140820/BENEFITS06/308200056 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140820/BENEFITS06/308200056 Consumer Watch: For vets, it pays to shop around for life insurance http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140820/BENEFITS05/308200055 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140820/BENEFITS05/308200055 Kevlar for the Mind: Anxiety can have big impact on quality of life http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140820/NEWS/308200054 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140820/NEWS/308200054 Military kids' education may turn on 2 studies http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140820/NEWS/308200043 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140820/NEWS/308200043 DoD questions military data in food bank study http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140819/BENEFITS07/308190062 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140819/BENEFITS07/308190062 Ex-officer says she was discharged for reporting burn-pit danger http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140819/NEWS/308190063 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140819/NEWS/308190063 Last state adopts military kids education compact http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140819/NEWS/308190045 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 http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140819/NEWS/308190045