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DOD electronic health records help VA disability claims

Posted February 14, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department has made troops’ health records electronically available to the Veterans Affairs Department to speed up the adjudication of disability claims, a DOD health information technology official said. Now in place for service members who have separated or discharged from the military since Jan. 1, the Health Artifact and Image Management…

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Hagel to make furlough decision soon, press secretary says

Posted May 3, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will make a decision soon on the scope of civilian furloughs in response to sequestration spending cuts, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said May 2. Hagel is reviewing analysis on the budget “and he’ll reach a decision in the near future,” Little told reporters. Little acknowledged news reports that some services…

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Hagel says national security assured during shutdown

Posted October 4, 2013 by Karen Parrish

SEOUL, South Korea The Defense Department and other government agencies responsible for national security will carry out their missions despite the government shutdown, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in Seoul, South Korea Oct. 1. The secretary, traveling in the Asia-Pacific this week for high-level meetings here and in Japan, sat down with reporters traveling with…

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Legal Assistance Tip: The Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act

Posted July 13, 2012 by by Capt. Francisco Ochoa

We are often asked to clarify the rights of a former spouse to a portion of a member’s retirement pay after divorce. The answer is in the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act, which recognizes the right of state courts to distribute military retired pay to a former spouse and provides a method of enforcing…

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2014 QDR presumes future includes more risk, less money

Posted March 14, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

The 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review isn’t like previous reviews, a senior Defense Department official said March 10. Christine E. Wormuth, deputy undersecretary of defense for strategy, plans and force development spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The QDR is a congressionally mandated review of DOD strategy and priorities. It is intended to…

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Hagel announces fewer furlough days for DOD employees

Posted May 17, 2013 by Nick Simeone and Karen Parrish

After weeks of review, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has concluded budget cuts will require most of the department’s civilian employees to be furloughed beginning in July, but that because of other efforts to deal with the shortfall, only half of the 22 days originally envisioned as temporary layoffs will now be necessary. During a town…

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AAFES supports service members during shutdown

Posted October 11, 2013 by

Although many services on military installations have closed or curtailed operations, as a result of the federal government shutdown that began Oct. 1, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service remains open to support service members, retirees and their family members. “Some of our military installations are located in rural areas, with a few located…

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Tax tips for military personnel

Posted March 21, 2014 by Capt. Nicholas Reyes

The tax season is well underway and, so far the Edwards Tax Center has processed more than 200 returns and gotten our Edwards members more than $450,000 in refunds. If you have not yet filed your taxes, and would like to use our free tax filing services, please call the Edwards Legal Office at (661)…

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Edwards DOD employees begin receiving furlough notices

Posted May 31, 2013 by Kenji Thuloweit

Air Force photograph by Kenji Thuloweit Brig. Gen. Michael T. Brewer, 412th Test Wing commander, and Michelle Lovato, Edwards AFB Civilian Personnel officer, answer questions from supervisors during the last of three meetings announcing the furlough notices to be handed out beginning May 28. Edwards AFB leadership began handing out furlough letters to the base’s…

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DOD warns of non-sanctioned myPay app

Posted October 18, 2013 by Buckley AFB, Colo.

The Department of the Army Computer Crime Investigation Unit has issued a Cyber Crime Alert Notice about the use of any third-party mobile applications to access the Department Finance and Accounting Services myPay system. The third-party mobile apps are not sponsored by the Department of Defense or the U.S. government. The “MyPay DFAS LES” is…

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