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Around the Force

  • DoD transitioning from paper to electronic notifications

    To reduce cost and increase efficiency, the Department of Defense is moving away from mailing letters with update information. This means that instead of a letter, beneficiaries will get an email notifications when there are important changes to their DOD benefits, including Tricare. The email will link them to milConnect, a secure DOD website, where their personal information will be posted.

  • Captains brainstorm to reacquaint Americans with Army

    By DAVID VERGUN

    Army News Service

    There’s a growing disconnect between Americans and their Army.

    A 2011 Pew Research Center survey found that only 57 percent of civilian respondents, ages 30 to 49, said they had an immediate family member who served. The percentage dropped to one-third, among respondents ages 18 to 29.

    Getting Acquainted Time

  • Veterans Affairs launches improved GI Bill tool

    VA Office of Public Affairs

  • National Preparedness Month kicks off

    By CLAUDETTE ROULO

    DOD News, Defense Media Activity

    September is National Preparedness Month, a time when people across the country are encouraged to prepare for emergen-cies and disasters, Todd Rosenblum, acting assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and Americas’ security affairs, said Aug. 26.

    “National Preparedness Month is essentially about the entire nation building its preparedness to have resiliency to respond to natural or manmade disasters,” Rosenblum said.

  • Exchange service named among top companies for Latina employees

    Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs

    “LATINA Style” magazine has named the Army & Air Force Exchange Service one of the 50 best companies for Latinas to work, further highlighting the Exchange’s commitment to diversity in the workplace.

    The Exchange’s selection to the 2014 LATINA Style 50 will be published in the magazine’s special August issue, and the Exchange will be recognized at the magazine’s awards ceremony and diversity conference early in 2015.

  • DOD to broaden suicide prevention programs, resources

    By AMAANI LYLE

    DOD News, Defense Media Activity

    The Veterans Affairs Department has named September National Suicide Prevention Month, but the Defense Department continues its year-round, comprehensive, multipronged approach to address the issue of suicide in the military, a Pentagon official told The Pentagon Channel Aug. 21.

  • VA issuing new Veteran Health ID Card

    By HANS PETERSEN

    VA Staff Writer

    Newly-enrolled veterans or enrolled veterans who do not have the legacy Veteran Identification Card will need two forms of identification to request the new Veteran Health Identification Card.

    Why Are Two Forms of ID Needed?

    VHICs are used to access U.S. military bases and, in some cases, allow access through U.S. airport security. As a result, VA wants to ensure the new VHICs are issued appropriately and to the correct person.

  • VA taking steps to expand facilities’ capacities

    VA Office of Public Affairs

    Speaking to a crowd of medical students, residents and faculty at Duke University’s School of Medicine, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald launched a recruiting initiative Friday aimed at bringing the best and brightest health professionals to the Department of Veterans Affairs which will ultimately expand access to care for veterans.

  • Soldiers often targets for predatory lenders

    By LISA FERDINANDO

    Army News Service

    “Need money fast? Need a new car? No problem! Instant approval for members of the military!”

    While advertisements for immediate cash and merchandise are appealing, service members can land in hot water if they are not careful.

    Soldiers, especially junior-enlisted members, are targets for high-interest car loans, or payday loans with exorbitant rates, said Maj. Emma Parsons, Department of the Army banking officer.

  • New call center tailored to women veterans

    By HANS PETERSON

    VA Staff Writer

    “I think the benefit of having a call center that focuses on women veterans is that we are letting the women who served our country know we recognize that they are out there and we are here to serve them now,” said to Tamatha Lee, Women Veterans Call Center telephone agent.