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Default Air Force Logo Difficult-to-detect ailment killing thousands
A difficult-to-detect ailment kills 200,000 people in the United States each year -- more than AIDS and breast cancer combined, according to Tricare officials. Yet few people have heard of Deep Vein Thrombosis. DVT has been dubbed the "economy-class syndrome" because of its association with long flights in cramped conditions; however, it can also
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2008
Default Air Force Logo DFAS announces 2008 retired, annuitant pay adjustments
Based on the increase in the U.S. Consumer Price Index, there will be a cost-of-living adjustment increase for retired pay and Survivor Benefit Plan annuities effective Dec. 1, according to Defense Finance and Accounting Service officials. Retirees being paid on an account where the retiree first became a member of the uniformed services before
0 3/28
2008
Default Air Force Logo Shingles vaccine available to Tricare beneficiaries 60 and older
Following a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Oct. 19 recommendation, Tricare now covers Zostavax, the vaccine designed to prevent shingles for beneficiaries 60 and older. Shingles is a painful viral disease that affects more than 1 million Americans every year. More than half of those cases happen in people age 60 or older. The CDC
0 3/28
2008
Default Air Force Logo New Web site lets beneficiaries manage health information online
Tricare Prime and Prime Remote beneficiaries in the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, can manage their health care online. "The new online system may be one of Tricare's most convenient tools to date," said Army Maj. Gen. Elder Granger, deputy director of the Tricare Management Activity. "Beneficiaries can manage some of their health-care
0 3/27
2008
Default Air Force Logo Retirees should 'kick butts' during annual smokeout
Tricare and the military health system encourage retired beneficiaries and their families to visit www.ucanquit2.org, in celebration of the annual Great American Smokeout set for Nov. 15. Ucanquit2.org is the official Web site of the "Quit Tobacco: Make Everyone Proud" educational campaign sponsored by the Department of Defense. The mission of the
0 3/27
2008
Default Air Force Logo Vietnam Veterans Memorial marks 25th anniversary
With wounds and memories of a long and bitterly protested war still open and raw, and veterans being treated as villains instead of heroes, Army veteran Jan Scruggs conceived building a memorial honoring those who served in Vietnam. Facing more opposition than support, those who believed in the vision saw it through to the end. Nov. 13 marks the
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2008
Default Air Force Logo 'Veterans Pride Initiative' shows support for servicemembers
For veterans to show their support of the U.S. military, especially for the men and women serving overseas in the war on terrorism, acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Gordon H. Mansfield called on the nation's 24 million veterans to wear their military decorations on Veterans Day. "By wearing our decorations, we show the world the unity of our
0 3/27
2008
Default Air Force Logo New legislation affects Tricare supplements
Many Tricare beneficiaries are getting letters from their employer stating they will no longer offer Tricare supplements as an employer-sponsored medical option effective Jan 1. Beneficiaries should look closely at their health-care options, according to Tricare officials. A provision of the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal
0 3/27
2008
Default Air Force Logo New legislation affects Tricare supplements
Many Tricare beneficiaries are getting letters from their employer stating they will no longer offer Tricare supplements as an employer-sponsored medical option effective Jan 1. Beneficiaries should look closely at their health-care options, according to Tricare officials. A provision of the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal
0 3/27
2008
Default Air Force Logo VA plans new national cemetery in Florida
The Department of Veterans Affairs has named the future national cemetery to be constructed near Sarasota, Fla., as the "Sarasota VA National Cemetery." Located on a 295-acre site in Sarasota County along State Route 72, the new cemetery becomes operational in late 2008. It provides burial space for nearly 400,000 veterans and their families who
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2008
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