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Explaining TRICARE annual cost increases

Posted May 25, 2018 by

Population growth, aging, and price increases for medical goods and services drive many health care costs in the U.S. In any given year, these price increases are related to rising drug costs, using new medical technology, increasing provider rates or other factors. In response, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which tracks health care costs…

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Blast from the past: WWII bomb tech Soldier recounts experiences

Posted May 18, 2018 by Staff Sgt. Lance Pounds

Army photograph by Staff Sgt. Lance Pounds Gerald “Jerry” Simon (left), and Lt. Col. Gregory Hirschey, the 71st Ordnance Group (EOD) deputy commander, share stories about their careers after a professional leadership development session, May 10, 2018, at the National Guard Training Center on Fort Carson, Colo. Three years after President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous…

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Veterans ask court to reinstate lawsuits over open burn pits

Posted May 11, 2018 by Denise Lavoie

RICHMOND, Va.–Veterans and their families asked a federal appeals court May 9 to reinstate dozens of lawsuits alleging that a government contractor caused health problems by using burn pits during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. More than 60 lawsuits allege that KBR Inc. — a former Halliburton subsidiary — dumped tires, batteries, medical waste…

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Three female Army nurses received Silver Star for WWI actions

Posted May 11, 2018 by Ronald W Wolf

U.S. Army Military History Institute photograph Personnel of Mobile Hospital 2. Jane Rignel, Chief Nurse, is highlighted with officers and nurses of Mobile Hospital No. 2. Rignel was awarded the Citation Star for her valor on July 15, 1918 with Mobile Hospital No. 2. With the ongoing commemoration of the World War I centennial and…

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US, Iceland remember WWII heroes with monument dedication

Posted May 9, 2018 by MC3 Evan Parker

Navy photograph by PO3 Evan Parker U.S. and Iceland honoured the crew of B-52 Liberator ‘Hot Stuff’ monument dedication ceremony on the 75th anniversary of it crashing in Iceland during a heavy storm. All but one passenger on board were killed to include famous World War II Lt. Gen. Frank Maxwell Andrews. As two of…

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Sailor who died at Pearl Harbor to be buried in Kansas

Posted May 9, 2018 by AP

ASHLAND, Kansas–The city of Ashland in southwest Kansas is preparing to welcome home a native son who died while serving in the Navy more than 76 years ago. Navy Seaman 1st Class Willard Aldridge died aboard the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. He was among 429 sailors who…

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Take Command: Changes coming to TRICARE retiree dental program

Posted May 4, 2018 by

Do you have TRICARE Retiree Dental Program coverage now? If so, then you need to know that the TRDP will end on Dec. 31, 2018. Not to worry — anyone who was in TRDP this year or would have been eligible for the plan, will be able to choose a dental plan from among 10…

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President Trump’s pick to lead VA hit with claims of inappropriate behavior, over-prescription of drugs

Posted April 24, 2018 by Hope Yen and Lisa Mascaro

President Donald Trump’s pick to be Veterans Affairs secretary is facing late-surfacing allegations about inappropriate behavior on the job and over-prescribing prescription drugs, forcing a delay in his confirmation hearing. The hearing for Ronny Jackson had been set for April 25 at the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. “We take very seriously our constitutional duty to…

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Vietnam helicopter pilots, crewmembers memorialized in Arlington National Cemetery

Posted April 23, 2018 by C. Todd Lopez

Army photograph by C. Todd Lopez The Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and Crewmember Monument is dedicated, April 18, 2018, in Arlington National Cemetery. The monument is carved in Barre granite, which was quarried in Vermont. It is located in Section 35 of Arlington National Cemetery, and is located near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The…

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Leaving the AOR on their own terms

Posted April 11, 2018 by Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega Jr.

Eight wounded warriors, who have visible and invisible injuries from combat, were on a mission to find closure by returning to the place of their traumatic incident through Operation Proper Exit, April 4-8, 2018.

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