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U.S. starts landmark Agent Orange cleanup in Vietnam

Posted August 8, 2012 by by Mike Ives

DANANG, Vietnam – Vo Duoc fights back tears while sharing the news that broke his heart: A few days ago he received test results confirming he and 11 family members have elevated levels of dioxin lingering in their blood. The family lives in a two-story house near a former U.S. military base in Danang where…

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VA boosts staffing, programs to prevent suicide

Posted June 26, 2012 by by Cheryl Pellerin

The Department of Veterans Affairs is making progress in suicide prevention, adding staff and programs to treat the “invisible scars” carried home from the war by service members and veterans, the VA undersecretary for health said last week. Speaking at the June 20-22 Annual DOD/VA Suicide Prevention Conference in Washington, D.C., Dr. Robert Petzel addressed…

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MAFFS-equipped C-130s resume operations

Posted July 3, 2012 by

The commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command announced that the C-130 Modular Airborne Fire-Fighting System fleet will resume operations July 3 in support of the National Interagency...

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Conduct code for unmanned aircraft is unveiled

Posted July 5, 2012 by by Kevin Begos

A trade group for drone aircraft manufacturers and operators has released the industry's first code of conduct in response to growing...

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Neurotrauma, Psychological Health office partners with VA to study PTSD treatments

Posted July 9, 2012 by by Carey Phillips

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a common anxiety disorder that can stem from any traumatic event experienced by an individual. While there are medications currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat it, they are not sufficiently effective in treating combat-related post-traumatic stress commonly seen in service members and veterans. The U.S. Army…

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Panel calls for annual PTSD screening

Posted July 16, 2012 by by Kevin Freking

The Institute of Medicine recommended July 13 that soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan be screened for post-traumatic stress disorder at least once a year and that federal agencies conduct more research to determine how well the various treatments for PTSD are working. Of the 2.6 million service members deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s…

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TRICARE Prime enrollment fees increase Oct. 1

Posted July 24, 2012 by

New TRICARE Prime enrollment fees for uniformed service retirees and their families will begin Oct. 1. Retirees who were enrolled before Oct. 1, 2011 will see a more significant increase since their enrollment fee remained at the 2011 levels of $230 and $460 per year when the fees increased last year. The National Defense Authorization…

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DOD, VA release mobile app targeting post-traumatic stress

Posted August 2, 2012 by

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have released a free Apple and Android smartphone mobile application for use with post-traumatic stress disorder treatment.

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New imaging technique detects changes in veins that may better illuminate brain injury

Posted August 7, 2012 by by Barb Ruppert

A new dimension in imaging technology detects minute levels of vascular damage in the form of bleeding, clots and reduced levels of oxygenation that may better illuminate our...

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Pentagon restricts F-22 flights, safety a concern

Posted May 16, 2012 by by Robert Burns

Facing a mysterious safety problem with the Air Force’s most-prized stealth fighter, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta May 15 ordered new flight restrictions on the F-22 and summoned help from Navy and NASA experts. Panetta endorsed Air Force efforts to figure out why some F-22 pilots have experienced dizziness and other symptoms of an oxygen shortage…

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