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  • Combat-related lung diseases lack diagnosis guidelines, researchers say

    Type of content: News

    Evidence is mounting that veterans are suffering from pulmonary disorders related to deployment to the Middle East, but little is being done to diagnose and treat these illnesses, say researchers who are proposing new guidance for treating affected troops.

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  • New law allows retirees to transfer SBP when ex-spouse dies

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    A new law will prevent military retirees from losing Survivor Benefit Plan benefits when their ex-spouse dies before they do, by allowing the benefit to be transferred to a current or future spouse.

    The 2016 National Defense Authorization Act provision will help an unknown number of people like retired Air Force Lt. Col. Harold Brown, who paid tens of thousands of dollars into his Survivor Benefit Plan for his ex-wife.

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  • Kevlar for the Mind: Some PTSD treatments have spotty success

    Type of content: News

    Post-traumatic stress disorder is one of the most complex and troubling psychiatric issues that veterans face. Roughly 15 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan vets are diagnosed with the disorder; veterans of the Persian Gulf and Vietnam wars face comparable rates.

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  • Penis Transplants Being Planned to Help Wounded Troops

    Type of content: News

    Within a year, maybe in just a few months, a young soldier with a horrific injury from a bomb blast in Afghanistan will have an operation that has never been performed in the United States: a penis transplant.

    The organ will come from a deceased donor, and the surgeons, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, say they expect it to start working in a matter of months, developing urinary function, sensation and, eventually, the ability to have sex.

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  • 2016 National Defense Act Contains Education and GI Bill Changes

    Type of content: News

    The 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was signed into law by President Obama on November 25, 2015. There are many education and GI Bill changes in the new law, we will cover a few of the major changes here.

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    Education
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  • Why evacuating wounded troops by air might do more harm than good

    Type of content: News

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    Physical Well-Being
  • Obama signs defense bill, finalizing military retirement overhaul

    Type of content: News

    After an extra month wait, the annual defense authorization bill is finally law.

    President Obama signed the budget and policy bill on Wednesday, marking the 54th consecutive year the measure has survived Washington political fights to become law.

    The most significant result for troops is the renewal of dozens of specialty pay and bonus authorities, and a massive overhaul of the military retirement system.

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  • Retirement changes mean tough choices for troops ... eventually

    Type of content: News

    In the coming days, President Obama will sign legislation putting in motion a massive military retirement overhaul that will affect the personal finances of hundreds of thousands of service members for decades to come.

    Just not right away. Defense officials still have dozens of details to work out with the new system, and the first individuals to feel the impact likely haven’t enlisted yet.

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  • Vets advocates script plan for new president's first 100 days

    Type of content: News

    Veterans advocates have already scripted the first 100 days of the next president's agenda, whoever he or she might be.

    In a new policy paper from the Center for a New American Security, analysts say swift engagement on veterans issues will be critical for the next administration as a signal not only to those who have already served, but also to those in uniform today and future potential recruits.

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  • Program opens doors in growing solar industry

    Type of content: News

    A program that helps veterans find employment in the solar power industry will expand from three bases to 10 in 2016.

    The Solar Ready Vets pilot program is part of the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative. The job training program launched in 2015 at three bases — Camp Pendleton, California; Fort Carson, Colorado; and Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. The program has trained roughly 100 transitioning military service members as solar photovoltaic system installers, inspectors and sales representatives; 40 more are expected to graduate by year’s end.

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    Employment
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