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March Is Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month, a time to recognize and support the more than 5.3 million Americans who are living with traumatic brain injury-related (TBI) disabilities, including thousands of military service members and veterans. Those suffering from traumatic brain injury can display a wide variety of symptoms based on the severity of the injury. Common signs and symptoms include headache or neck pain; memory loss; slowness in thinking, speaking, acting, or reading; getting lost or easily confused; fatigue...

TRICARE Coverage for your College Student

While in college your child may be eligible for TRICARE until their 23rd birthday or until they graduate, whichever comes first. For eligibility to extend beyond the age of 21, he or she must be enrolled in a full course of study at an approved institution of higher learning and be dependent on the sponsor for more than half of their financial support. If qualified, your child's "student status" must be entered in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) to remain eligible past age 21. Check with DEERS...

Veterans Benefits for National Guard and Reserve Servicemembers

Reserve and National Guard Eligibility  Reservists who served on active duty establish veteran status and may be eligible for the full-range of VA benefits, depending on the length of active military service and a discharge or release from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable. In addition, Reservists not activated may qualify for some VA benefits. National Guard members can establish eligibility for VA benefits if activated for federal service during a period of war or domestic emergency. Activation for other...

Tricare for Life pharmacy pilot begins March 15

If you are a beneficiary of Tricare for Life, you should have received a letter notifying you of a new pharmacy pilot program. The new program requires users to get certain medications through home delivery or at a military pharmacy. Officials said the congressionally mandated pilot program, which begins March 15, applies to refills of maintenance medications that are taken regularly for chronic conditions. Under the pilot program, Tricare will stop paying for these medications when filled from a retail pharmacy. The program...

2014 Military Handbooks Now Available

ARLINGTON, VA - Military Handbooks has released their FREE 2014 handbooks for military personnel. These handbooks, written specifically for military service members, include a variety of information about pay, benefits, education and transitioning from the military. Download any of the handbooks for FREE or purchase a printed copy. Don't forget to tell all of your military colleagues about these free handbooks too!   2014 Military Handbooks - Now Available - 2014 AFTER THE MILITARY HANDBOOK - 2014 BASE INSTALLATION...

Readjustment Counseling Services with the VA

VA provides outreach and readjustment counseling services through 300 community-based Vet Centers located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and America Samoa.   Eligibility: Veterans are eligible if they served on active duty in a combat theater during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, or the campaigns in Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Global War on Terror. Veterans, who served in the active military during the Vietnam-era,...

Shopping for Supplemental Military Health Insurance

There are many places to obtain supplemental health insurance. Several fraternal associations and many commercial insurance companies offer such plans, but you should look carefully for the one that is best for you. Insurance plans vary greatly with which medical procedures are covered and the percentage the policy will pay. When shopping for health insurance, first consider the benefits you may have as a retiree or veteran. Then purchase supplemental insurance. The trick is to find a supplemental insurance plan that covers...

‘Kaitlyn’s Law’ to Authorize TRICARE Reimbursement of Horse and Other Physical Therapies Introduced in Congress

A law requiring TRICARE to fund or reimbursed certain therapies for individuals with disabilities and the severely wounded or injured was introduced this week in the House of Representatives. The Rehabilitative Therapy Parity for Military Beneficiaries Act, dubbed “Kaitlyn’s Law” by supporters, seeks to amend Title 10 with the following language: (g) Rehabilitative therapy provided pursuant to subsection (a)(17) may include additional therapeutic exercises or therapeutic activities if such exercises or activities are included...

College Students and TRICARE

While in college your child may be eligible for TRICARE until their 23rd birthday or until they graduate, whichever comes first. For eligibility to extend beyond the age of 21, he or she must be enrolled in a full course of study at an approved institution of higher learning and be dependent on the sponsor for more than half of their financial support. If qualified, your child's "student status" must be entered in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) to remain eligible past age 21. Check with DEERS...

Military Sexual Trauma: What Help is Available?

Last year, the Air Force was embroiled in a scandal centering on rape allegations at the basic training facility at Lackland Air Force Base, part of Joint Base San Antonio. At least one instructor, Luis Walker, was convicted of 28 separate UCMJ counts arising from the raping female trainee, and sexually abusing as many as nine others. Follow-up investigations ensnared twelve instructors accused of sexually victimizing 31 female trainees. A recent report recommended that military commanders do more to prevent rape and sexual...

Defense Bill To Contain Taxpayer Funding of Abortions

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 contains language that authorizes the federal government to provide taxpayer funding of abortions. The Act will allow the Department of Defense to conduct abortions at military hospitals, at taxpayer expense, if the patient is deemed to have been a victim of rape or incest. This is a departure from the policy of previous years, which prohibited taxpayer funding of abortion with federal dollars. DoD funding of abortions has been prohibited by law since 1996, except where necessary...

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