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  1. The Personal Property directorate at Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command manages the Department of Defense's Privately Owned Vehicle shipping program. Army

    Shipping delays appear to be easing for troops' personal vehicles

    The backlog of troops' privately owned vehicles has almost been cleared, according to an analysis of numbers provided by the contractor responsible for shipping troops' cars on reassignment moves to and from overseas.

    • Nov. 9, 2014
  2. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald, right, speaks as U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, during a news conference on Oct. 1 after a visit to the James A. Haley Medical Center in Tampa, Fla. Chris O'Meara / AP

    Justice Department's influence in VA cases up for debate

    When Congress passed new rules for firing Veterans Affairs executives in July, the goal was to get rid of problem employees faster and without bureaucratic confusion. So far, it's done neither.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
  3. Death prompts changes at Hampton VA hospital

    A patient's death has prompted policy changes at the Hampton VA Medical Center.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
  4. Researchers are inching closer to creating medical tests to detect post-traumatic stress or mild traumatic brain injury — conditions that now are diagnosed only with self-reported symptoms and subjective exams. Tim Brakemeier / AFP via Getty Images

    Medical tests for PTSD and TBI not far off

    Researchers are inching closer to creating medical tests to detect post-traumatic stress or mild traumatic brain injury — conditions that now are diagnosed only with self-reported symptoms and subjective exams.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  5. Autism therapy benefit to be analyzed for DoD

    The Defense Department has hired Rand Corp. to analyze its autism therapy benefit to determine whether the level of coverage is appropriate and how well it stacks up against private insurers.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  6. Glen Grippen VA

    VA names new director for Phoenix medical center

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has named longtime administrator Glen Grippen as the third interim executive to oversee the Phoenix VA Health Care System since it became the hub of a national crisis over mismanagement and delayed care.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  7. Some veterans to receive health care 'choice cards' this week

    Veterans Affairs Department 'choice cards' will arrive in some veterans' mailboxes this week, allowing them to seek out private medical care and have VA pick up the bill.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  8. DoD proposes consolidating Tricare regions into two

    The Defense Health Agency is proposing to cut the number of Tricare regions from three to two, a cost-savings plan that would sharply increase competition for the next round of lucrative Pentagon health care contracts.

    • Nov. 4, 2014
  9. A little boy plays with his toy trains at a 'What to Expect' baby shower put on by the DC Metro Chapter of Operation Homefront to celebrate with 100 new and expecting military mothers representing each branch of service from Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. Alex Wong/ / Getty Images

    Mission Family: Limits on nonprofit groups designed to protect military families

    You may not have realized there was a problem. You may not have known that some nonprofit groups have been trying to make your life easier but are hitting roadblocks when military installation officials won't allow them access.

    • Nov. 4, 2014
  10. Tricare Help: How to disenroll from Tricare Young Adult

    Q. I'm enrolled in Tricare Young Adult. But I just graduated college and got a job that offers health benefits.

    • Nov. 4, 2014
  11. Ask the Lawyer: Uncharged offenses relevant in sexual assault cases

    A. Under the Military Rules of Evidence, prosecutors generally can't use evidence of other crimes, wrongs or acts to prove that it was within a service member's character to commit whatever offense he or she is charged with.

    • Nov. 4, 2014
  12. Attorney Mathew Tully, the longtime 'Ask the Lawyer' columnist for Air Force Times, Army Times, Marine Corps Times and Navy Times, will appear before the Supreme Court on Tuesday to present a 'friend of the court' brief. Staff

    'Ask the Lawyer' columnist to appear before Supreme Court

    Attorney Mathew Tully, the longtime 'Ask the Lawyer' columnist for Air Force Times, Army Times, Marine Corps Times and Navy Times, will appear before the Supreme Court on Tuesday in a case pitting the Homeland Security Department against a federal whistle

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  13. A top Department of Veterans Affairs official and a White House appointee successfully pressed for changes in an inspector general's report on the Phoenix VA medical center. Nick Oze/The Arizona Republic

    E-mails: VA secretary sought changes in Phoenix report

    A top Department of Veterans Affairs official and a White House appointee successfully pressed for changes in an inspector general's report on the Phoenix VA medical center.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  14. A soldier from a U.S. Army Fox Chemical Reconnaissance team of the Tenth Cavalry Division stands up wind at a distance determined safe by his superior officer, at a site containing suspicious drums full of unknown liquid, outside Baiji, Iraq, April 28, 2003. Brennan Linsley / The Associated Press

    DoD to monitor troops exposed to Iraqi chemical weapons

    The Defense Department will provide medical assessments and health surveillance for troops and veterans exposed to chemical agents during the 2003-2011 Iraq War who may not have received proper treatment, senior officials said.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  15. A soldier lies down as a sleep technician with Madigan Army Medical Center checks sensor connections during a sleep study at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Staff Sgt. Christopher Klutts / Army

    Troops' sleep problem may be new disorder

    A 39-year-old soldier arrived at the sleep clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center with symptoms not uncommon in combat soldiers: nightmares of his war experiences and thrashing in his sleep, at one point clocking his wife hard enough to leave bruises.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  16. Army personnel practice donning personal protective equipment on Oct. 15 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., while preparing for a deployment to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance. Senior Airman Kayla Newman / Air Force

    U.S. military to train more Ebola response teams

    The U.S. military will train more medical personnel to respond to domestic cases of Ebola should they occur, a senior Defense Department official said Thursday.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  17. The Army & Air Force Exchange Service's Summer 2014 catalog. AAFES

    Online shopping privileges for all vets is likely, official says

    Expanding online shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans isn't a matter of 'if,' but 'when,' the chief executive officer of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service said at a meeting in Washington on Wednesday.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  18. Kevlar for the Mind: Private groups offer mental health care

    The government spends hundreds of millions of dollars a year on mental health treatment for service members and veterans.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  19. Consumer Watch: Diligently protect your financial accounts

    The unfortunate experience of a military retiree who recently had his retired pay stolen from his bank account offers a stark reminder to be vigilant about our finances.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  20. Tricare Help: Dad's mad — can he cut off child's Tricare?

    Q. I am a 20-year-old dependent of my father, who is retired from the Air Force. I have Tricare Prime through him. Recently he became upset with me, and I am worried he will take me off Tricare insurance.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  21. Virginians to vote on tax exemption proposal for spouses of troops killed in action

    Virginians were being asked to decide Tuesday whether to approve a constitutional amendment that would exempt the surviving spouses of U.S. military members killed in action from paying real estate taxes.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  22. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a letter that a vote on the The Putting Veterans First Act was 'the right thing for our veterans.' The Associated Press

    Senate to vote on advance funding for VA

    When Congress returns next month, the Senate will vote on legislation to provide all Veterans Affairs Department funding a full year in advance, preventing government shutdowns or budget gridlock from interrupting veterans services.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  23. Military athletes mingle at the 2014 Warrior Games. New advances in sensor technology are leading to prosthetic limbs with potential for better fit and greater comfort for wounded warriors. Mike Morones/Staff

    New prosthetic limb may prevent chafing, swelling

    Prosthetic technology has come a long way in the last few decades, offering state-of-the-art robotic arms, carbon-fiber blades and joints that contain microchips and processors.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  24. Helena Perry of Avondale, Pa., continues receiving bills and correspondence for her late husband David's VA medical care. William H. McMichael/The (Wilmington, Del.) News J

    VA adds $50 to deceased vet's 59 cent bill

    It's bad enough that the Department of Veterans Affairs billed a deceased Navy vet for 59 cents this summer.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  25. A retired service member uses an ATM on a military installation. Staff Sgt. Robert Barnett / Air Force

    Report: On-base banks, credit unions should offer more info online

    Service members need more information — and protection — from banks and credit unions that operate on military installations, according to research by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
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