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  • 03 Sep 2018 9:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    When you retire from active duty, your TRICARE plan options will change. Retiring from active duty is a Qualifying Life Event (QLE). A QLE allows you to enroll in a new TRICARE plan or change your coverage options within 90 days of the life event. As a retiree, you’ll need to take action to enroll in a TRICARE plan if you want to continue to receive coverage for civilian care.

  • 26 Aug 2018 9:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    <https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2018/08/20/walgreens-expands-va-partnership-to-coordinate-veterans-prescriptions/#310dfea1d8e3>
    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is expanding its partnership with Walgreens Boots Alliance to better coordinate medication and immunization histories of the nation’s veterans. The new "VA-Walgreens exchange” enables VA doctors to “easily view medications directly that are prescribed to VA-enrolled patients by community providers and filled at Walgreens pharmacies.”

  • 25 Aug 2018 10:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Department of Defense announced on 13 Aug, it will extend eligibility for Military OneSource benefits from the current 180 days to 365 days after separation or retirement from military service to ensure all service members and families have access to comprehensive support as they transition to civilian life.  This change goes into effect today in accordance with the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2019.

    Military OneSource provides information, resources and support for active-duty, National Guard and reserve service members, their families and survivors. Provided at no cost, Military OneSource gives exclusive access to programs, tools, and benefits designed to help ensure service members and their families are mission-ready and able to thrive in both their military and post-military lives.

    “Each person is unique, and so is each military-to-civilian transition,” said. A.T. Johnston, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy. “We want all of Military OneSource’s resources to be there when someone needs them — whether it is a day, a week or many months after their transition to civilian life.”

    As a DOD program, Military OneSource offers a wide range of services designed exclusively for the military community. Services include help with relocation, tax support, financial planning, health and wellness coaching, as well as confidential non-medical counseling and specialty consultations for spouse employment, education, adoption, elder care, special needs and much more.

    “Military OneSource is powered by people with extensive knowledge and training in meeting the needs of our military community, many of whom have also served or lived in military families,” explained Lee Kelley, program director of the Non-medical Counseling Program Office within military community and family policy. “We’re dedicated to providing expert, proven, and practical support and information to our service members and their families to help them achieve their goals and live their best military life.” 

    Military OneSource services are accessible 24/7, service members and family members can call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 or go to www.militaryonesource.mil. To explore additional benefits that may be available through the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to https://explore.va.gov/

  • 25 Aug 2018 10:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Hi .,


    The VA Mission Act of 2018, recently signed into law by President Trump, 

    tackles in-network and non-VA healthcare issues, veterans’ homes, access to 

    walk-in VA care, prescription drug procedures, and much more. That being said

    I thought you might be interested in this interactive presentation which will guide

    you through the key process improvements laid out by the VA, as they work to 

    maintain internal systems and strengthen integrated outside networks.

    View the presentation


    Inside you’ll find insights on:

    • Streamlining the VA’s community care programs
    • Improvements to VA healthcare delivery
    • Caregiver program expansion

              and more...

  • 28 Feb 2017 8:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The federal bureaucracy moved at an agonizing crawl for the Marine Corps veterans sickened by the contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Some died waiting for government benefits. But the Department of Veterans Affairs Thursday, after more than a year of work, finalized rules that will allow potentially thousands of veterans stationed at the base — or surviving spouses — to receive automatic benefits if they have been diagnosed with one of eight diseases.

    This marks the end of a long wait for many veterans who have been denied benefits by the VA and may be in desperate need for disability pensions and medical care. The estimated cost to taxpayers over the next five years is $2.2 billion. FULL STORY CLICK HERE

     


  • 09 Aug 2016 12:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The first time Kit Parker's phone rang, everything seemed fine. It was January 2006, and Parker's old Army buddy Chris Moroski was calling to say hi.

    Parker and Moroski had jumped out of airplanes together in the 1990s when they were paratroopers in the National Guard. But after the attacks on Sept. 11, Parker had been deployed to Afghanistan, his friend to Iraq. They'd lost touch.

    "Somehow I realized he's asking for help," Parker says. "It's not being verbalized, but that's why he's calling." Click here to find out how this scientist discovered how a blast effects the brain...click


  • 09 Aug 2016 12:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A landmark study sheds new light on the damage caused by “blast shock”—the signature injury of wars for more than a century.

    A research team in the United States may have solved a mystery that has haunted soldiers and veterans for more than a century: how blast force from battlefield explosions injures the human brain.

    The findings, published Thursday in the medical journal the Lancet Neurology, reveal a unique and consistent pattern of damage in the autopsied brains of eight military service members who had served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere in the Middle East.  Full story,click here

  • 04 Jul 2016 8:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Cathy McMorris Rodgers

    A Washington state lawmaker has proposed placing all Veterans Affairs Department medical facilities under a nonprofit entity and giving all new veterans access to private health care.

    Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., unveiled a legislative proposal Tuesday to reform the Veterans Health Administration, calling for the creation of three health programs under VA:

    • Direct care provided by the department in its own hospitals and clinics overseen by a government nonprofit.
    • Private care through a revamped Choice program.
    • And a health plan that would serve as secondary payer for Medicare-eligible veterans.
    Click here for full story
     
  • 09 Apr 2016 6:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Marine Corps Veteran Brian Barber Sr. knows firsthand how difficult life can be once you take off the uniform and leave the battlefield behind you – he’s been living it for more than 10 years.

    “Seeing Veterans like myself, wounded and broken from battle affects your day-to-day living in ways that you can’t imagine,” said Barber, who served from 1995 to 2005 as a radio operator and did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    According to the National Center for PTSD, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are the longest combat operations since Vietnam. Many stressors face these Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) troops.

    As an OEF/OIF Veteran himself, Barber wanted to do more for Veterans dealing with PTSD. click here for rest of the article

  • 02 Apr 2016 10:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    VA Core Values:  Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, Excellence (“I CARE”)

    Please Remember:

    • If you are seeking employment in the federal government, particularly the VA, our VA for Vets high-tech tools and resources can help. Visit online at http://vaforvets.va.gov/ or call 1-855-824-8387.

    If you would like to contact us about your VA education benefits:

    You can send us a secure email that will usually be answered within 48 hours. You can also search for answers to frequently asked questions and register to be notified of any updates to the information. This contact method is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can also be utilized worldwide. Click here to enter the "Ask A Question" site or here to review our frequently asked questions.

    You can call 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551). This line only accepts calls from 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM central time Monday – Friday. 

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