0
comments
Health & Safety

Same-sex spouses eligible for TRICARE benefits

Posted September 27, 2013 by

Spouses, including same-sex spouses, of service members (active duty, retired or Guard/Reserve) are eligible for TRICARE. Coverage for same-sex spouses is retroactive to June 26, 2013. For full information on enrolling a spouse in TRICARE, visit the getting married page at www.tricare.mil/LifeEvents/Marriage. For more information on filing claims with your managed care support contractor, visit…

Full Story »

0
comments
Health & Safety

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Posted September 27, 2013 by

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and to promote self-awareness, anonymous and free depression screening is available at www.myhealth.va.gov. For anyone that needs help, the following resources are available: National Suicide Prevention Hotline:  800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) Mental Health Office:  (661) 277-5291 Employee Assistance Program:  (661) 277-1183 / 800-222-0364 Air Force Aid Society: (661) 277-0723 Airman &…

Full Story »

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara
0
comments
Health & Safety

Edwards T-38 aircrew prep for new ejection seat upgrade

Posted September 20, 2013 by Jet Fabara

Courtesy photograph Edwards is working to install new ejection seats in its T-38 fleet in order to increase the overall safety of the training aircraft. For test pilots at Edwards, their long-time trainer airframe, the T-38 Talon, is receiving an upgrade that is set to ensure the safety of T-38 aircrew now and well into…

Full Story »

suicide
0
comments
Health & Safety

National Suicide Prevention Month: Ask, care, escort

Posted September 20, 2013 by Lt. Col. Kristian Zhea

  “Always remember that our most valuable resource is each other. When one of us faces a challenge, we all must stand together. By fighting as one team, we can – and we will – help prevent suicide.” – Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel   The month of September has been designated as National Suicide…

Full Story »

0
comments
Health & Safety

AFMC to eliminate flu shots for some civilians due to budget

Posted September 13, 2013 by Michelle Martz

As command officials make tough budget decisions with fewer dollars to spend, Air Force Materiel Command civilian employees who are not beneficiaries of the TRICARE health program will no longer receive AFMC-provided flu shots in advance of the upcoming flu season. Civilian health is a top priority in AFMC. However, vaccine purchases had to be…

Full Story »

Untitled-1
0
comments
Health & Safety

Edwards reminds everyone to ‘Be Ready’ for September, all year

Posted September 6, 2013 by Jet Fabara

With September known as National Preparedness Month, the Edwards Emergency Management team is helping raise awareness on emergency preparedness. “Since 2004, the nation has observed September as National Preparedness Month. Every year, during this month, Americans focus on how best to prepare themselves, their homes, businesses, schools and communities for local disasters,” said Michael Feyerle,…

Full Story »

0
comments
Health & Safety

Official notes progress in suicide prevention effort

Posted September 6, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Making sure people know where to turn for help during a time of crisis is the continuing goal of the Defense Department’s suicide prevention program, the Pentagon official in charge of the effort said here Aug. 30. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Jacqueline Garrick said…

Full Story »

suicide
0
comments
Health & Safety

Suicide prevention – It’s everyone’s business!

Posted August 30, 2013 by Nancy Koch-Castillo

We as a “community” must get passed the stigma of talking about suicide prevention. I am not saying we have to be in everyone’s business 24/7, but we do need to step up our game in letting those around us know WE CARE. We should as individual citizens, employees, and spouses care about the well-being…

Full Story »

0
comments
Health & Safety

Check what’s in your food, supplements

Posted August 23, 2013 by

While in Florida, a military member recently purchased a yogurt cup that included hemp seeds as one of its ingredients. Luckily she looked at all the ingredients before ingesting the snack. Air Force Instruction 44-121 states: “3.2.2. Studies have shown that products made with hemp seed and hemp seed oil may contain varying levels of…

Full Story »

U.S. Air Force graphic
0
comments
Health & Safety

Website teaches coping skills to military community

Posted August 16, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

U.S. Air Force graphic Screengrab of the “Moving Forward” website, designed to help service members find ways to overcome challenges, stress and depression. WASHINGTON, D.C. -†As part of the Integrated Mental Health Strategy, the Defense Department’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology and the Veterans Affairs Department’s mental health informatics section have partnered to develop…

Full Story »


All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.