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“Month of the Military Child”

Posted April 10, 2015 by

(U.S. Air Force photo staff Sgt. Amanda Grabiec) During April’s Month of the Military Child, the Defense Department recognizes the support provided by and sacrifices made by military children, said Barbara Thompson, director of DOD’s office of family policy/children and youth. Since 1983, DOD has recognized military children for the support they provide to their…

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DOD awards contract for electronic health records

Posted August 7, 2015 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The award of the new modernization contract for electronic health records is a great opportunity to “save money, save time, and most importantly, save lives,” said Christopher A. Miller, the Defense Healthcare Management Systems program executive officer. In a culmination of a more than two-year effort, the Defense Department today awarded a…

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DOD awards TRICARE-managed care support contracts

Posted July 26, 2016 by emmauribe

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — The Defense Department announced on July 22 that the next generation of TRICARE-managed care support contracts were awarded. The new contracts, which go into effect nine months after the award, establish two TRICARE regions in the United States: East and West, instead of the current three. The East Region contract will…

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DOD releases new for harassment prevention, response policy

Posted February 9, 2018 by

On Feb. 8, the Department of Defense announced the release of DOD Instruction 1020.03, “Harassment Prevention and Response in the Armed Forces,” effective immediately.  The comprehensive policy for service members addresses harassment, including sexual harassment and harassment through social media. The policy strengthens and reaffirms the department’s position that it does not tolerate any kind…

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Check health care compliance before tax season kicks off, official says

Posted October 13, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department wants its service members and civilian employees to know it’s not too early to make sure their 2015 health insurance paperwork is in order before filing their federal taxes, the principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said in a recent interview with DoD News. Dr. Karen Guice said the…

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Prince Harry, former President Bush stress importance of healing invisible wounds

Posted May 17, 2016 by Shannon Collins

ORLANDO, Fla.(AFNS) — Great Britain’s Prince Harry, former President George W. Bush, and service members from each of their nations led a discussion at the 2016 Invictus Games Symposium on Invisible Wounds presented May 8 by the George W. Bush Institute here. Former first lady Laura Bush said she and the Bush Institute leadership were…

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DoD plans benefit revision with ‘blended retirement’

Posted February 17, 2016 by Karen Parrish

WASHINGTON — Upon taking office almost a year ago, Defense Secretary Ash Carter promised reforms, saying “that a blended retirement system is a key step in modernizing the department’s ability to recruit, retain and maintain the talent we require of our future force.” An overhaul of the current military retirement system is slated to take effect…

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Sesame Street supports military families in transition

Posted February 5, 2016 by DoD News

WASHINGTON, January — Elmo, Big Bird, and Abby Cadabby are teaming up with the Defense Department to support thousands of military families as they transition to civilian life, according to Transition to Veterans Program Office officials. On Jan. 27, the Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, launched a website devoted to helping families…

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Free tax software, support available for Soldiers, families

Posted February 6, 2017 by Lisa Ferdinando

With the tax season upon us, service members and their families can access free tax-filing software and consultations to help them navigate the task of submitting their annual taxes. Military members and their families can visit the Military OneSource website or call 1-800-342-9647 for the no-cost “MilTax” software, explained Erika Slaton, a program analyst with…

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Program Offers Museum Visits to Service Members, Families

Posted May 29, 2015 by Shannon Collins

WASHINGTON – From Memorial Day through Labor Day, service members and their families can visit more than 2,000 museums in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and American Samoa courtesy of collaboration among the Blue Star Museums, the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Defense Department. At the Phillips Collection art museum…

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