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DOD, VA to speed integration of health records

Posted February 6, 2013 by Jim Garamone

DOD photograph by PO1 Chad J. McNeeley Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki address reporters after meeting at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Feb. 4, 2013. The secretaries announced that Defense and Veterans Affairs departments will accelerate the timetable to enable service members to transfer their electronic health care…

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VFW helps disabled vets recoup $3.7 billion

Posted February 5, 2013 by

Last year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States helped 125,000 disabled veterans recoup more than $3.7 billion in earned compensation and pension from the Department of Veterans Affairs. This exceeds 2011’s record totals by 23,000 veterans and almost $1.7 billion, and provides further proof that all eligible veterans and transitioning military members…

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Retiree ID cards now have expiration dates

Posted February 1, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

Blue retiree identification cards issued prior to December 2012 had the word “indef” instead of an expiration date. Since December, retiree cards issued have an expiration date effective the day before the retiree’s 65th birthday. Although benefits will not automatically expire, some changes will take effect based on Medicare eligibility, Air Force Personnel Center officials…

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VA issues new report on suicide data

Posted February 1, 2013 by

The Veterans Affairs Department Feb. 1 released a comprehensive report on veterans who die by suicide. In the past, data on veterans who died by suicide was only available for those who had sought VA health care services. Today’s report also includes state data for veterans who had not received health care services from VA….

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DOD, VA improve online access to benefits information

Posted January 28, 2013 by

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have released improvements to the functionality of eBenefits, a joint, self-service Web portal that provides registered users with secure online information and access to a variety of benefits resources for service members and veterans. “The increasing capabilities of eBenefits give veterans and service members greater flexibility in securing the…

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Arlington Cemetery debuts upgraded welcome center

Posted January 28, 2013 by Jim Dresbach

Arlington National Cemetery's endeavor to inform of its past and to educate visitors continued to move forward Jan. 20, with the official opening of a revamped welcome center.

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New co-pays for TRICARE pharmacy customers

Posted January 25, 2013 by

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 will be effective sometime…

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VA, Ancestry.com partner to index historic burial records

Posted January 25, 2013 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs has partnered with the Internet-based genealogy research firm Ancestry.com to bring burial records from historic national cemetery ledgers into the digital age. The effort will make the collection – predominantly of Civil War interments – accessible to researchers and Ancestry.com subscribers undertaking historical and genealogical research. “We are excited to…

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First, second ladies vow to continue ‘Joining Forces’

Posted January 23, 2013 by by Donna Miles

Pentagon Channel still photograph First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, vow in an interview with The Pentagon Chanel in Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, to continue the Joining Forces initiative during the next four years with a goal of creating a national culture of appreciation and support. Lauding…

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World War II soldier, character actor Charles Durning to be interred at Arlington

Posted January 18, 2013 by J.D. Leipold

DOD photograph by PO1 Chad J. McNeeley Triple Purple Heart holder, Silver Star recipient and award-winning character actor Charles Durning, who died at 89 on Christmas eve of natural causes, will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Feb. 21, 2013. Pictured here, actor Joe Mantegna introduces World War II hero and Academy…

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