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VA to offer dental insurance program

Posted November 21, 2013 by

WASHINGTON – VA is partnering with Delta Dental and MetLife to allow eligible Veterans, plus family members receiving care under the Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA), to purchase affordable dental insurance beginning Nov. 15, VA officials announced today. “VA continues to explore innovative ways to help Veterans get access to the care and services…

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AF improves its personnel reliability program

Posted March 20, 2014 by Master Sgt. Angelita Colón-Francia and Joel Fortner

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Changes are coming to the Air Force’s program used to ensure personnel who perform nuclear-related duties are of sound mind and body on the job. The decades-old Personnel Reliability Program, or PRP, is used by all branches of service with duties tied to nuclear weapons to ensure personnel are reliable to perform nuclear-related responsibilities,…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier)
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Family Health and Fitness Fair held at BX

Posted July 31, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier

More than 100 Desert Lightning Team members attended a Family Health and Fitness Fair which was held at the Base Exchange July 25. Vendors from 18 programs on base set up booths and provided information about their organization. The fair gave retirees, active duty and dependents the opportunity to ask questions and learn about programs…

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Fire Prevention Week 2014

Posted October 23, 2014 by (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski) Sparky the Fire Dog, National Fire Protection Association spokesdog, and members from the 355th Fire Emergency Services flight taught children from the Child Development Center how to stop, drop and roll at Davis-Monthan, Oct. 8. The 355th FES conducted several events in conjunction with Fire…

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Prescription tracker gives vets online access to status

Posted February 5, 2015 by

Veterans can now track the status of most of their prescriptions online, thanks to an innovative idea by a Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) employee. The new 24/7 service allows online tracking for most prescriptions mailed from the VA Mail Order Pharmacy. The Prescription Tracker was recommended by VA employee Kenneth Siehr, a winner of…

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AF phases in employees’ injury, illness comp portal

Posted May 28, 2015 by Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force, in conjunction with other Defense Department services, is phasing in the use of the Employees’ Compensation Operations and Management Portal (ECOMP), which is intended to eventually replace the current system used to file injury and illness compensation claims. ECOMP is a free, Web-based portal for…

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Kids lasso safety lessons at bicycle rodeo

Posted June 14, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

The 355th Fighter Wing Ground Safety office held a Bicycle Rodeo here June 9. The Bicycle Rodeo was for children of all ages and focused on teaching the basics of bike safety. “This event teaches kids the basics…

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Posted September 27, 2012 by Michelle McLoughlin

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and advocates across the country will be showing support for the cause in a variety of ways.

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VA issues new report on suicide data

Posted February 7, 2013 by Staff

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Veterans Affairs Department today released a comprehensive report on veterans who die by suicide. In the past, data on veterans who died by suicide was only available for those who had sought VA health care services. Today’s report also includes state data for veterans who had not received health care services…

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Protect your children from UV rays

Posted June 27, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Timothy Young

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The desert sun can be dangerous to anyone within its reach, but children’s skin is more vulnerable to harmful ultraviolet rays than the average adult. “Children, and particularly infants, have a thinner outer skin layer than adults which can lead to increased absorption of harmful UV rays from the sun,” said…

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