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  • Tricare proposal splits veterans' groups

    Type of content: News

    The leaders of several prominent veterans’ and uniformed services’ organizations are split over a proposal to effectively abolish Tricare, the military’s health insurance plan.

    The proposal, one of 15 recommendations put forward by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, has become a flashpoint on Capitol Hill.

    The suggested change would allow nearly 5 million active-duty family members, reserve soldiers and military retirees who are not yet old enough to receive Medicare, to leave the Tricare system and sign up for a private insurance plan.

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  • Top enlisted personnel: Protect family programs

    Type of content: News

    Service families are well cared for in today's military but face increasing stress amid discussions on altering benefits like health care and family programs, the services' top enlisted members told Congress on Wednesday.

    With the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission proposing sweeping reforms to military pay and benefits packages and the White House's proposed 2016 budget pitching cost-savings measures like health care fee hikes and commissary cutbacks, the men implored Congress to protect family benefits.

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  • New bill for Veterans would help them start families

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    WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) introduced a bill on Wednesday that would allow veterans who have suffered catastrophic injuries to receive reproductive services.

    The bill, titled the Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act of 2015, would end the Department of Veteran Affairs' ban on in vitro fertilization, or IVF, and expand the Department of Defense's current fertility treatment programs.

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  • Veterans must learn to connect with American civilians

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    ear Adm. John F. Kirby is the U.S. Navy’s chief of information. This article is adapted from commencement remarks given at the Naval War College last month.
    In more than 10 years of war, we in the military have gone to great expense and trouble to listen to the concerns of foreign peoples and cultures. We have learned Dari and Arabic and Pashto. We have sat cross-legged in shura and tribal councils. And yet I worry that we do not pay our fellow Americans the same courtesy.

    It’s time that we do a better job understanding and relating to the people we serve.

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