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TV announcements illustrate signs of suicide risk

Posted May 17, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Officials at the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have produced three public service announcements to help families and friends recognize the signs of potential suicide in veterans and service members. The television announcements have aired since April on the Pentagon Channel and American Forces Network, and are 15, 30 and 60 seconds in…

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Posted September 6, 2013 by By 99th Medical Group

  Q. My sponsor is on active duty. What do I have to do to get Applied Behavior Analysis for my child who I think has an Autism Spectrum Disorder? A: There has been no change to the existing ABA benefit. Under the basic TRICARE benefit, ABA provided by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst or…

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Nellis community runs Turkey Trot, Great American Smokeout

Posted November 27, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler

Airman 1st Class Alesha Beverly, 99th Medical Support Squadron patient administrator, sprints toward the finish line at the 5k Turkey Trot/Great American Smokeout in front of the Warrior Fitness Center, Nov. 21 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The top three finishers in the race for both males and females received plaques for their performance.

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As Nutrition Awareness month ends; eating healthy doesn’t have to

Posted March 28, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Jake Carter

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — When people start eating, some start to wonder how many calories are in this and how much weight will be gained. Nutrition Awareness Month kicked off in March and dietitians are ready to answer people’s questions on how to start better eating habits. “Nutrition awareness is important as this helps…

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Sunscreen saves lives

Posted June 13, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Meagan Schutter

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — “One in five people will develop some form of skin cancer during their lifetime,” according to Maj. Shelley Aldrich, 374th Medical Group chief of Dermatology. That can be a sombering fact for sun lovers and those who like to make regular trips to their local indoor tanning facility. The three most…

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Wake up: Don’t drive while tired

Posted August 8, 2014 by

U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Senior Airman Jason Couillard The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 100,000 police reported crashes are the direct result of driver fatigue each year. This equals to 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in monetary losses. Although there are many studies about driving while fatigued, there are…

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Posted November 26, 2014 by 99th Medical Group

Q. Does TRICARE pay to replace durable medical equipment? A.  Yes, as long as you own it. The damage must be accidental and the equipment is broken and unrepairable.  Also, it may be replaced if there’s a change in your physical condition or the Food and Drug Administration states the equipment is unsafe. Regional contact…

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Posted April 3, 2015 by 99th Medical Group

Q: What’s a transitional survivor? A: Spouses and children are “transitional survivors” for the first three years after their active duty sponsor dies. During this time, they’re covered as active duty family members and their health plan options and costs don’t change. After three years, coverage for children doesn’t change — they’re covered as active…

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Water hazards: summer’s silent killer

Posted June 22, 2012 by By Senior Airman Jack Sanders

With temperatures in the triple digits and the risk of heat related incidents rising, nothing could be better than a little water, right? Wrong.

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Knowing where to request records saves time, money

Posted August 24, 2012 by By Tammy Cournoyer

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — In an effort to save time and money, the master personnel records branch staff at the Air Force Personnel Center wants retirees and former Airmen to know the correct procedures for requesting medical and personnel record information. “Knowing the correct procedures can not only cut down on the requestor’s…

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