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The Veterans Health Library expands online presence

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The Veterans Health Library expands online presence

The Veterans Health Library has over 1,600 health sheets and 175 videos in both English and Spanish. It gives veterans access to health information to help them make informed decisions on their care. The medical content in the library aligns with the latest Department of Defense and VA clinical guidelines, and

Best Movies of 2022

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Best Movies of 2022

We kick off our annual "Best Movies of the Year" tribute with the long and impressive list of films that fell short of making the cut but are well worth your time, and this year's group is one of the strongest in recent memory, including:  Avatar: The Way of Water, Violent

New change to promotion board

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New change to promotion board

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) - Effective Jan. 1, 2023, advanced academic degrees will be visible to promotion central selection boards considering major and lieutenant colonel ranks. The change will apply to all eligible Department of the Air Force officers and allow promotion board members to consider an officer's acquisition of valued

Meeting the new year with a new baby at Madigan

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Meeting the new year with a new baby at Madigan

MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Joint Base Lewis-McChord - Majestic Tahoma, the ancient name of what is commonly called Mt. Rainier, peeked through the fog on a chilly morning, Riley's first full day. Madigan's first baby born in 2023 slept easy in the morning calm. Riley first made her appearance at 1:02 a.m.

Meet your community at Lakewood’s New Year, New You Event

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Meet your community at Lakewood’s New Year, New You Event

Love Lakewood New Year, New You Event kicks off on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, at Fort Steilacoom Park. Experience the power of community by joining us for a free Welcome Walk. The gentle 1.5-mile walk is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Starting at Shelter 1, the walk takes you

Veteran eXpeRience brings new reality in health care to veterans

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Veteran eXpeRience brings new reality in health care to veterans

On Dec. 15, Veteran Health Administration (VHA) Office of Healthcare Innovation and Learning (OHIL) hosted the first-ever Veteran eXpeRience at the National SimLEARN Validation, Evaluation, and Testing (SimVET) Center in Orlando, Florida. At this event, more than 40 veterans experienced how VA is using extended reality (XR) to transform veteran

Receiving an Army education

Military Life

Receiving an Army education

Asked how he met the challenges he faced growing up in Liberia, SSG Golaybah Kamara said he "accepted the realities and made use of meager resources." The reality was that while the West African country was engulfed in a civil war, his father passed away when he was 11 years old,

Changes to TRICARE expected in 2024

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Changes to TRICARE expected in 2024

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - A new TRICARE contract that facilitates beneficiary health care in the civilian sector, known as T-5, is expected to start in 2024. The changes will improve the delivery, quality, and cost of health care services for services for service members, retirees, and their families.    There

WDVA director to retire in Jan. 2023

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WDVA director to retire in Jan. 2023

OLYMPIA - The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs announces the retirement of Director Lourdes E. "Alfie" Alvarado-Ramos effective at the end of January. Alfie was Governor Jay Inslee's first cabinet appointment on Jan. 16, 2013 and was confirmed by the Washington State Senate on Feb. 28, 2013. Alfie joined WDVA in 1993

Exploring Tacoma’s Historic Brewery District

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Exploring Tacoma’s Historic Brewery District

The Yakima Valley in Washington produces over 77 percent of the total United States hop crop according to the Washington Beer Commission. It is no wonder that craft breweries are so abundant in Tacoma. The historic Brewery District in Tacoma was once home to several breweries including iconic brands like

DOD increases child care fees

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DOD increases child care fees

The Defense Department implemented annual changes to the Child Development Program Fee Policy and restructured total family income categories which determine child care fees. The policy change includes fee increases necessary to ensure the department's ability to find and keep skilled child care staff and to continue providing quality care

Four changes coming to TRICARE Pharmacy Program in 2023

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Four changes coming to TRICARE Pharmacy Program in 2023

As the new year approaches, make sure you're aware of changes to the TRICARE Pharmacy Program that may affect you. While these changes offer several enhancements, some of the changes may require action on your part. This will ensure you have access to the prescription drugs you and your family

Top 10 TV series of 2022

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Top 10 TV series of 2022

When compiling the list of my favorite TV series of 2022, I've opted not to include continuation seasons in favor of spotlighting shows that debuted this year.   10. We Own This City (HBO and HBO Max) The creative team behind The Wire and many of the cast members of that seminal

Bleachers become garden beds on JBLM

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Bleachers become garden beds on JBLM

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD - Restoring the South Sound prairie after training maneuvers is key to continued training. On Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the Integrated Training Area Management team performs that task. During the fall, a new garden was started in a defunct set of bleachers overlooking the Artillery Impact Area. Planting the

‘Cold Steel’ brigade welcomes new Command Sergeant Major

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‘Cold Steel’ brigade welcomes new Command Sergeant Major

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - The ‘Cold Steel' soldiers of 189th Infantry Brigade Command hosted a Change of Responsibility ceremony Dec. 13, 2022, which saw Command Sgt. Maj. Robert M. Keith relinquish his responsibilities as the brigade's senior enlisted advisor to Command Sgt. Maj. Victor M. Benavides before a large audience

Services showcase menus from Christmases past

Military Life

Services showcase menus from Christmases past

Meals have always been an important part of military life - for sustainment as well as enjoyment. On holidays, the Defense Department has tried to provide especially delicious meals, as troops were often far from family and needed an extra morale boost. In 1933, the Christmas Day menu for Coast Guardsmen

A Gold Star Christmas

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A Gold Star Christmas

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - "Don't ever forget them, and don't ever let their stories die." Damien Snyder is a Gold Star Family member. Snyder lost his sister, Sgt. Devin A. Snyder, while she was serving in Afghanistan in June 2011. "The last time I saw my sister alive was around Christmas time,"

Team McChord brings holiday cheer during Operation Cookie Drop

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Team McChord brings holiday cheer during Operation Cookie Drop

Team McChord volunteers box homemade cookies for Operation Cookie Drop at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Dec. 14, 2022. The goal of Operation Cookie Drop is to spread holiday cheer by giving single airmen a dozen home-baked cookies provided by the Team McChord community.

Army veteran: Battlefield acupuncture has him “on cloud nine”

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Army veteran: Battlefield acupuncture has him “on cloud nine”

Army veteran Joe Knight, from West Haven, Connecticut, had started drinking again when he was unable to obtain opiate pain medications to manage his pain. Battlefield acupuncture (BFA) offered relief for the pain and a new opportunity to enjoy life. At 50, Knight has experienced joint pain typical of someone much

'1923'

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'1923'

A series that premiered Dec. 18 on Paramount Network and Paramount+. Subsequent episodes begin streaming Jan. 1 on Paramount+. "Violence has always haunted this family ... where it doesn't follow, we hunt it down, we seek it." -- Voice-over narration in the pilot episode of 1923.  Truer words have never been spoken

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