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Shutdown Ends…And 171,000 Veterans Get Tossed Off of Tricare Prime

Lost among all the huffing and hullaballoo over the federal shutdown, the debt ceiling, the WWII Monument and the baseball playoffs, some 171,000 veterans and their families have been unceremoniously kicked off of Tricare Prime, effective October 1. Earlier this year, the Department of Defense sent out a letter to affected families that any families living more than 40 miles from active or former military installations would be cut off from Tricare Prime. These families are being forced onto the more expensive Tricare Standard,...

“Drone Pilot Medal” Goes Down in Flames

The Secretary of Defense has abandoned his earlier defense of the Distinguished Warfare Medal and its placement above the Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal in the order of precedence. In a memo released on April 15th, Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that he was adopting the recommendations of the Joint Chiefs that the Pentagon scrap the Distinguished Warfare Medal as a separate, stand-alone decoration. Instead, the Department will create a device, similar to the “V” device or oak leaf cluster, that can be attached to an existing...

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