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  • Air Force youth of the year recognized in Pentagon ceremony

    Fifty teens were honored at the 2011 Air Force Youth of the Year Award ceremony Aug. 3 in the Pentagon auditorium here.The annual ceremony, held in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America Youth of the Year Program, recognizes Air Force youth for contributions to their installation youth

  • TRICARE officials expand retail pharmacy vaccine program

    TRICARE officials are expanding the number of preventive vaccines covered at retail network pharmacies. Until now, the majority of vaccines were only covered when obtained through a physician's office."Vaccines are a critical part of every family's preventive health program," said Rear Adm.

  • Officials train a resilient family, force

    Officials from Seymour Johnson Air Force base hosted a resiliency training session for Air Combat Command dependents Aug. 12 here."Spouses and teenagers deal with the deployment schedules and battle rhythm that our active-duty forces deal with each and every day," said Col. Patrick Doherty, the 4th

  • Resilience study can help DOD officials strengthen programs

    The military has a plethora of programs aimed at building resilience in service members and their families, but needs a better system in place to measure their success, a study has revealed.Commissioned by officials from the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain

  • 'Military Line' works to boost financial fitness

    A young service member saddled with debt and in need of some quick cash doesn't have to go far. Lenders offering same-day loans sit outside the gate of nearly every military installation in the nation.But the lure of fast and easy cash can lead strapped troops down a path of steep interest rates and

  • Buckley service members guard World Trade Center artifacts

    Service members at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. held a recognition ceremony Aug. 8 displaying pieces of steel from the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center."This special ceremony was to honor the lives that were lost on Sept. 11, 2001," said Col. Daniel Dant, the 460th Space Wing Commander.

  • Retroactive coverage closing for TRICARE Young Adult program

    The opportunity to purchase retroactive TRICARE Young Adult, or TYA, coverage expires on Sept. 30.  Retroactive TYA provides coverage for young adults back to Jan. 1, or the day they became eligible if that was after Jan. 1.TYA allows eligible adult children to purchase TRICARE coverage after their

  • VA quality data released to public on CMS Hospital Compare website

    Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers are now included in the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services Hospital Compare website, which measures hospital quality based on what matters most to patients, the outcomes of care. "VA is committed to providing veterans and their family members

  • AF teens learn teamwork, leadership skills at camp

    More than 80 teens from Air Force installations world-wide learned about college life, teamwork and leadership skills during a week long summer camp here July 10-15. The Air Force Teen Leadership Camp was held at the University of Texas, San Antonio campus to expose the teens to personal development

  • VA officials reach out to veterans to explain upcoming changes to GI Bill

    Department of Veterans Affairs officials are reaching out to inform veterans of recent changes made by Congress to the Post 9/11 GI Bill that take effect in 2011. "The Post 9/11 GI Bill is incredibly important because it reduces the financial burdens of higher education so that veterans have an

  • TRICARE survivor benefits continue upon death of sponsor

    TRICARE will continue to provide coverage for family members if a sponsor dies. Options and costs will vary based on the sponsor's military status when he or she dies and if the surviving beneficiary is a spouse or child If a beneficiary is the spouse of an active duty service member who died while

  • Operation Warmheart provides funds for those displaced

    Among the several organizations ready to support Airmen and their families here in times of need is Operation Warmheart. Its mission is to provide emergency grants to base members.Run by the first sergeants here, the organization has received more than $25,000 in donations and has seen contributions

  • Program helps disabled vets become entrepreneurs

    Retired Army 1st Sgt. Renee Floyd wasn't about to let a disability stop her from realizing her dream of having her own business.Applying 21 years of experience as an Army mechanic, she launched BRF Mobile Lube Service in Phenix City, Ala., in 2009 and began traveling to people's homes and businesses

  • Caring for People Forum addresses issues facing Airmen, families

    The Air Force's 2011 Caring for People Forum concluded here July 21 with the presentation of several initiatives focusing on a range of issues affecting Airmen and their families.More than 250 attendees from various base-level organizations met to recommend special focus areas to the Air Force

  • Children learn to cope during deployment support camp

    Children here attended the "With You All The Way" camp July 13 through 15.The three-day camp, hosted by Trevor Romain, a Public Broadcasting Service children's series host, taught children to express and manage their feelings regarding their parents' deployments and the stresses of being a military

  • New guide helps communities aid homeless women vets

    Officials with the Women's Bureau of the Department of Labor have released an online publication that will help community service providers aid homeless women veterans, Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis said July 20.Solis addressed an audience of several hundred at the Women in Military Service for

  • Air Force Key Spouses of the Year honored at forum

    Some of the Air Force's outstanding 'Key Spouses' were honored during the service's Caring for People Forum here July 19.Suzie Schwartz, wife of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, and Paula Roy, wife of Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Roy, accompanied Lt. Gen. Darrell

  • First lady plans 'Joining Forces' events

    First Lady Michelle Obama will take part in three events over the next several days to promote "Joining Forces," a national initiative that mobilizes all sectors of American society to support service members and their families. The first lady and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden,

  • TRICARE covers skilled nursing facility care

    A skilled nursing facility is designed to provide short-term care for people who no longer need acute care in the hospital but are not well enough to go home. Under TRICARE, a SNF must have the staff and equipment to provide skilled nursing, skilled rehabilitation or other medically necessary health