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Preparing to survive: Family matters

Posted April 5, 2013 by Robert J. Kaschak

Family preparation is paramount for survival during any type of major disaster. In addition to personal issues, other items require attention in the household. One of the serious outcomes of a major earthquake is flying debris. Therefore, it makes good sense to secure items in the home that may become potential hazards during such an…

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Air Force reservists and retirees eligible for TRICARE healthcare programs

Posted April 5, 2013 by Col. Bob Thompson

WASHINGTON, D. C. — TRICARE has affordable healthcare programs available for all Air Force Reserve retirees, including “gray-area retirees” and actively-participating Air Force reservists, no matter what orders they are on. Reservists that retire before age 60 are eligible for TRICARE Retired Reserve coverage while they are in the “gray-area.” This is the waiting period…

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Preparing to survive: A series on disaster preparation

Posted March 30, 2013 by Robert J. Kaschak

The Eastern and Midwestern regions of the U.S. routinely deal with tornadoes and hurricanes; however, in the West, in particular Southern California, the most likely natural disaster will come from earthquakes. Unlike other disasters, earthquakes are the most unnerving because occurrences cannot be predicted. The primary focus of emergency planners is to analyze disaster scenarios…

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Be on the lookout for illegal supplements

Posted March 25, 2013 by Patricia J. Sveda

It is the responsibility of every Airman to be aware of what substances he or she is ingesting. In some cases, power bars and health foods are not always the best choice. If the ingredients of a drink, food, or snack are questionable, a physician or pharmacist should be consulted immediately. Air Force Instruction 44-121,…

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The doctor is in: Resolve to get fit every day

Posted March 15, 2013 by by Brig. Gen. W Bryan Gamble, M.D.

Getting fit is not just a popular New Year’s resolution; it is something we need to think about every day. Fitness is critical to the readiness, mental and physical health and productivity of our service members, but it is just as beneficial to those who are not in uniform. Today is a perfect time for…

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Doctor: Substance abuse research progresses

Posted March 15, 2013 by by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON D.C. — Defense Department officials are developing research-based methods to curb substance abuse among service members, their families and veterans, a senior DOD medical official said, March 11. Dr. Michael E. Kilpatrick, deputy director for force health protection and readiness programs in the office of the deputy assistant secretary of defense for force health…

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Thrift Savings Plan officials warn against unsanctioned app

Posted March 15, 2013 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A free iPhone app for the Thrift Savings Plan, available at the Apple App Store could pose a security risk, program officials warned. A notice on the Thrift Savings Plan website says the “TSP Funds” app, which asks participants for their account login information, is not sanctioned. “This app is not being…

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Welcome packets are next step in TRICARE West Region transition

Posted March 8, 2013 by TRICARE Management Activity

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — TRICARE West Region beneficiaries should keep their eyes on their mailboxes. UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans, the incoming West Region health care support contractor, will be sending out welcome packages in early March. The welcome packets include contact information for UnitedHealthcare, where to file claims and information on continuing automatic payments, new…

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Family, Medical Leave Act expands protections for military families

Posted February 15, 2013 by 1st Lt. Andre J. Bowser

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. — More support has been extended to military dependents through expansions of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, which include unpaid, job-protected time off for care of injured servicemembers or veterans and activities arising from a servicemember’s deployment. While family members of the U.S. Armed Forces have enjoyed entitlements…

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New co-pays for TRICARE pharmacy customers

Posted February 1, 2013 by TRICARE Activity

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — New co-payments for prescription drugs covered by TRICARE will go into effect soon. The Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act requires TRICARE to increase co-pays on brand name and non-formulary medications that are not filled at military clinics or hospitals. There is no increase to co-pays for generic medications. Increases…

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