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VA and DOD Senior Leaders Commit to Aligned Electronic Health Records System Rollout - Oct. 10, 2018
The U.S. Secretaries of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense (DOD) signed a joint statement Sept. 26 pledging that their two departments will align their plans, strategies and structures as they roll out a new electronic health records (EHR) system that will allow VA and DOD to share patient data seamlessly.   More...

New DoD Policy Prohibits GPS-Enabled Devices in Deployed Settings - Aug. 6, 2018
WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2018 - Deployed service members are going to have to ditch their “geolocation devices” in response to a new memo from Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan.  More...

Soldier Amputees Have More Options for Continued Service - July 25, 2018
ARLINGTON, Va., July 25, 2018 - Thanks to advances in modern medicine and the availability of sturdier prosthetics, soldiers who are able to redeploy after amputation have a number of possible options for continued military service.  More...

Eligible Veterans Can Seek Refund for Taxes on Disability Severance Payment - July 16, 2018
WASHINGTON, July 16, 2018 - The Defense Department has identified more than 130,000 veterans who may be eligible for a refund for taxes paid on their disability severance payment, a DoD tax expert said.  More...

Mattis: New Policy Cracks Down On Force Deployability - Feb. 18, 2018
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2018 - The Defense Department has a “higher expectation” of deployability by its forces, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said yesterday.  More...

Pentagon Releases New Policy on Nondeployable Members - deploy-or-be-removed - Feb. 16, 2018
WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2018 - The Defense Department has released a new policy on military retention for nondeployable service members as it seeks to provide more ready and lethal forces, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness told Congress yesterday.  More...

Free Tax Filing Software Available to Military Members - Jan. 18, 2018
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2018 - 'Tis the season -- for taxes!With the new year bringing a new tax season, Military OneSource has launched its free tax software to support military members and their families in the annual task of filing.  More...

Trump Signs Order to Improve Mental Health Resources for Transitioning Veterans - Jan. 9, 2018
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2018 - Transitioning service members and veterans can now receive up to a year of mental health care from the Veterans Affairs Department after discharge from the service, according to an executive order President Donald J. Trump signed today.  More...

Blended Military Retirement System to Take Effect Jan. 1 - Dec. 19, 2017
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2017 - One of the most wide-reaching and significant changes to military pay and benefits over the last 70 years goes into effect Jan. 1 with the implementation of the Uniformed Services Blended Retirement System, known as BRS.  More...

Honorably Discharged Vets Now Have Online Exchange Shopping Privileges - Nov. 14, 2017
DALLAS, Nov. 14, 2017 - Some 18.5 million honorably discharged veterans now have a lifetime benefit enabling them to shop online at ShopMyExchange.com, marking the first expansion of military exchange privileges since 1990.  More...

Attention all retirees and annuitants - Nov. 14, 2017
The Defense Finance and Accounting Service's addresses changed effective May 1, 2017. The old addresses are being discontinued and will be replaced by addresses in Indianapolis. The new addresses are:   More...

AAFES to Open Online Shopping to Veterans - Oct. 23, 2017
DALLAS, Oct. 23, 2017 — With less than a month until the much-anticipated official launch of the veterans online shopping benefit, more than 225,000 honorably discharged veterans have already been verified to shop at online military exchange websites when the sites open to veterans Nov. 11.  More...

DoD Releases Clarifying Guidance to Veterans Regarding Discharges and Military Records - Aug. 28, 2017
The Department of Defense today released clarifying guidance for discharges and military records reviews. In the past few years, the department has issued guidance for consideration of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) but there remained some questions about how the guidance applied to sexual assault, sexual harassment, or mental health conditions other than PTSD. This guidance fills in the gaps and resolves any confusion that veterans or the review boards may have had, and it ensures a fair and equitable review of separations for all veterans. The guidance has been forwarded to a number of Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) and Military Service Organizations (MSOs) in order to spread the news to as many veterans as possible.  More...

DoD Announces New Outreach Efforts to Veterans Regarding Discharges and Military Records - Dec. 30, 2016
The Department of Defense today announced a renewed effort to ensure veterans are aware of the opportunity to have their discharges and military records reviewed. Through enhanced public outreach, engagement with Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs), Military Service Organizations (MSOs), and other outside groups, as well as direct outreach to individual veterans, the department encourages all veterans who believe they have experienced an error or injustice to request relief from their service's Board for Correction of Military/Naval Records (BCM/NR) or Discharge Review Board (DRB).   More...

Absentee Voter Tips for Military, Overseas Citizens - Sept. 26, 2016
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 26, 2016 - With less than two months until the general election on Nov. 8, absentee voters are beginning to receive their state ballots.  More...

President Proclaims Sept. 11 Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance - Sept. 9, 2016
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2016 - This Sunday is a time for all Americans to “honor all who lost their lives in the heartbreaking attacks of Sept. 11 and all who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country in the years that followed,” President Barack Obama said in his proclamation issued today declaring Sept. 11, 2016, as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.  More...

President Proclaims National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week - Aug. 20, 2016
WASHINGTON, Aug. 20, 2016 - Calling upon all Americans to join him in expressing thanks to the members of the National Guard and Reserve and their civilian employers, President Barack Obama yesterday signed a proclamation declaring August 21 through August 27, 2016, as National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week.  More...

DoD Program Aids Military Members, Civilian Employees With Disabilities - July 27, 2016
WASHINGTON, July 27, 2016 - Yesterday marked the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the landmark civil rights legislation that has removed barriers for millions of Americans and serves as a gold standard around the world.  More...

Tax Changes Could Affect Service Members, Families - Feb. 23, 2016
WASHINGTON, February 23, 2016 - Several tax law changes could significantly affect how service members and their families file their 2015 income tax returns.  More...

Service Members Should Register and Request Absentee Ballots Now - Jan. 25, 2016
WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2016 - Defense Department personnel and their families who plan to vote by absentee ballot in the upcoming presidential primaries and the general election in November should complete a registration application and request their ballots now, according to a Federal Voting Assistance Program release.  More...






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