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Out of the darkness walk

Posted July 31, 2014 by Senior Airman Katie Rosales

Suicide claims more than 38,000 lives per year in the United States. That is equivalent to one suicide every 14 minutes. A suicide attempt is made every minute of every day, resulting in nearly one million attempts annually. However, when you walk in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Walk (www.afsp.org),…

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AADD in the driver’s seat for Airmen wingmanship

Posted May 3, 2012 by Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle

If an Airman is out drinking with some friends on a Friday night, and they turn around to find that their designated driver has succumb to the temptation and festivities around and started knocking back a drink or two, and then they realized they had spent all their money in the spirit of the evening,…

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Protect yourself this summer

Posted July 26, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Mariah Tolbert

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. – — “Everybody, hydrate!” This is a saying that is drilled into the minds of Airmen from the day they arrive at Air Force Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. However, dehydration and other heat related injuries continue to be major issues during the summer months….

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D-M – It’s time for your flu vaccine

Posted October 25, 2012 by 355th Medical Group

It’s that time of year again – flu season. Right now, the 355th Medical Group is administering the flu vaccination to Active Duty and high risk beneficiaries who will be identified by a phone call or letter. Our Immunizations clinic will be open for all beneficiaries to receive the flu vaccine on Nov. 1. The…

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BBB warns of charity scams in wake of Boston Marathon bombing

Posted April 18, 2013 by

Tucson, AZ – At least one poorly-conceived charity scam has already emerged in the wake of the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon yesterday, and more are likely. BBB Wise Giving Alliance, the national charity monitoring arm of Better Business Bureau cautions donors about potential red flags concerning tragedy-related philanthropy. “Tragedies inspire…

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Safe HelpRoom: new support avenue for sexual assault victims

Posted August 8, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – Sexual assault victims now have a way to network with other survivors from the privacy of their own homes, thanks to the launch of a DoD chat service called Safe HelpRoom. Part of the Department of Defense’s ongoing fight against sexual assault among the ranks of service members and DOD civilians,…

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Most TRICARE beneficiaries meet ACA coverage requirements

Posted October 17, 2013 by

The Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, was created to expand access to affordable health care coverage, lower costs, and improve quality and care coordination for all Americans. Under the health care law, people will have health coverage that meets a minimum standard (called “minimum essential coverage”) by January 1, 2014,…

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ANG immunization expert says flu shot still vital

Posted February 20, 2014 by Airman Halley Burgess

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. (AFNS) – It’s deep into flu season, and public health officials continue to work to spread the word about the importance of getting the flu shot, especially in light of a recent increase in a particularly severe flu strain affecting young adults. A recent World Health Organization advisory indicated that flu…

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Avoid being stranded with these vehicle maintenance tips

Posted June 5, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski

With temperatures hovering in the triple digits, it is increasingly important to check the operational status of your vehicle. This includes checking fluids and drive belts. Ensuring you have a safe amount of motor oil in your engine should be your first priority. Motor oil can thin out and break down faster in hot climates…

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Tobacco use harms military readiness, official says

Posted September 5, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Because tobacco use is harmful to military readiness, the Defense Department has an added responsibility to curb its use, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said today, noting that service members are more likely to use tobacco products than civilians. Tobacco use can lead to excess oral cavity disease and…

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