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New policy benefits noise-exposed service members

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New policy benefits noise-exposed service members

A Department of Defense policy will soon require hearing protector fit testing for DOD personnel who are exposed to certain noise levels, according to the Defense Health Agency Hearing Center of Excellence. The change is an update to Department of Defense Instruction 6055.12 "Hearing Conservation Program" and is expected to be

Simplifying the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill application process

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Simplifying the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill application process

For the first time in 78 years, G.I. Bill® applicants can receive an immediate, real-time education benefits decision, thanks to the simplified Post-9/11 G.I. Bill application experience. Since 1944, over 25 million beneficiaries have taken advantage of G.I. Bill benefits. Many of these individuals waited up to a month to receive

Store-to-door-service

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Store-to-door-service

  Shopping for that new refrigerator, washer or dryer may come with a few more options, to include improved delivery and installation services, through a new partnership between Home Depot and military exchange officials according to a story by Military Times. According to Karen Cardin, chief merchandising officer for the Army &

Closure for Vietnam veterans

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Closure for Vietnam veterans

In hosting a Vietnam War era Veterans Pinning Ceremony Oct. 20 at Lakewood City Hall, Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland's (WA-10) sincerity toward the veterans and their family members was palpable. "My father, William Strickland, is a veteran who served in World War II and Korea," she began. "I know that military families

'Tar'

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'Tar'

Cate Blanchett is such a blazing and commanding force in Tar, we almost instantly believe she's been the title character her entire life: one Lydia Tar, a globally renowned classical conductor who is a generational genius, a fiercely protective mother, a passionate lover, an influential mentor, a generous benefactor, a

VA closes gap in survivor benefits for LGBTQ+ Veterans and survivors

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VA closes gap in survivor benefits for LGBTQ+ Veterans and survivors

VA announced Oct. 13 that it is closing a gap in survivor benefits for certain survivors of LGBTQ+ Veterans - specifically, for those who were unable to wed until the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision, and who, therefore, were not married to their now-deceased veteran spouses for long

Local veteran shares his small business story

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Local veteran shares his small business story

DJ Brown enlisted in the Navy in 1986 to take advantage of the opportunity to gain life skills as both an aviation electrician and recruiter. When he retired as a Chief Petty Officer in 2006, he and his wife were in the process of purchasing a UPS store when Mail

Which GI Bill is best for you?

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Which GI Bill is best for you?

You proudly served your country, but what's next? Now it's time to put the GI Bill to use and get the education you've earned. The Department of Veterans Affairs has several programs that can cover the cost of education and training for both active military and veterans, take care of housing fees

Million Veteran Program (MVP) to bring veterans personalized health care

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Million Veteran Program (MVP) to bring veterans personalized health care

Million Veteran Program (MVP) researchers are committed to understanding the relationship between genes and health. Imagine walking into your VA medical center and receiving screenings and treatments designed just for you. For example, your health care provider knows that you have a gene variant indicating you're at higher risk for heart

Out of the box mental health care

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Out of the box mental health care

While serving as a police officer, David Simonsen realized that his ability to help individuals in distress was limited. "I wanted to be more instrumental in helping people change their behavior so they could have better relationships," he began. "I truly believe the healthier one is in their relationships, the more

Combat trauma & sleep disorder connected

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Combat trauma & sleep disorder connected

A team of military and civilian researchers has identified a new sleep disorder that's been disrupting the lives of trauma survivors for decades, if not centuries. The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine published the groundbreaking study, titled "Clinical and polysomnographic features of trauma associated sleep disorder"; on its site in August. While

‘Screaming’ for sweet deals

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‘Screaming’ for sweet deals

FORT LEE, Va. - When the candy-starved "goblins" and "zombies" come calling on Halloween, commissary customers can be ready with plenty of sweets for the little "monsters" bags or food and drink for their parties - all at significant savings. "If you shop your commissary, the prospect of handing out candy

'Ticket to Paradise'

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'Ticket to Paradise'

We're only about 20 minutes into the half-baked, ultra-lightweight, almost instantly forgettable rom-com Ticket to Paradise when our hearts start to sink, as we realize this big-screen reteaming of Julia Roberts and George Clooney is quite likely going to be sideswiped and eventually sunk by a leaden screenplay that doesn't

2-2 SBCT packs its bags

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2-2 SBCT packs its bags

Moving is complex, especially when it involves a Stryker Brigade. In September, the Army announced that Joint Base Lewis-McChord's 2-2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, will deploy to Korea as part of a regular nine-month, unaccompanied rotation of forces in support of the U.S. commitment to the Republic of

The XLRP to health

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The XLRP to health

The Executive Leader Readiness Program, or XLRP, creates a time for senior commanders, command sergeants major, eligible GS-15s, and their significant others to pause and reflect on their personal and families' holistic health and fitness. The program director is Lt. Col. Lisa Buckles, a nurse practitioner; the co-director is Dr. Karen

Survey asks service members about discrimination, extremism experiences

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Survey asks service members about discrimination, extremism experiences

Service members: if you've been wanting to make your voice heard on issues related to race and discrimination in the military, now's your chance to do so. On Sept. 26, the Department of Defense released the 2022 Workplace and Equal Opportunity Survey for a random selection of active-duty, reserve and National

'Alaska Daily'

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'Alaska Daily'

We won't bury the lead: The ABC journalism drama Alaska Daily is a solid, impressively credentialed and entertaining albeit conventional series that plays like a comfort-viewing, hourlong show from the 1990s. With a fish-out-of-water premise, an ongoing mystery plot that will no doubt play out over the course of the

New reporting options for sexual harassment victims

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New reporting options for sexual harassment victims

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) - Uniformed airmen and guardians who experience sexual harassment now have the option to file a restricted or unrestricted report with the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office to access advocacy services and supportive referrals. This change now allows members to seek support services for both sexual harassment

Update on blast injuries to the brain

Health

Update on blast injuries to the brain

Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, often stems from physical impacts to the head or acceleration/deceleration injuries - where the brain strikes the inside of the skull. But what about brain injury caused by a blast wave from an explosion? Should that type of brain injury be considered distinct from a

Getting the most of your medical benefits

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Getting the most of your medical benefits

The mission of US Family Health Plan (USFHP) is to ensure that all eligible military beneficiaries (active-duty, retirees and their family members under the age of 65) make educated decisions about their healthcare. "I enjoy educating military members about their benefits, which allows them to make the best decisions about their

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