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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...

Licenses From 5 States No Longer Accepted at DoD Bases - Jan. 20, 2016
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2016 - Defense Department installations will no longer accept driver's licenses from Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico and Washington as proof of identity, DoD officials said.  More...

Pentagon Announces Changes to Military Decorations and Awards Program - Jan. 7, 2016
WASHINGTON Jan. 7, 2016 - The Pentagon has made a number of changes to the military decorations and awards program to ensure service members receive appropriate recognition of their actions, according to a statement released today.  More...

The Affordable Care Act, your taxes and you - Dec. 9, 2015
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), all Americans including all military members (active duty, retired, Selected Reserve, or Retired Reserve) and their eligible family members must have health care coverage that meets a minimum standard called minimum essential coverage or pay a fee. Your TRICARE coverage meets the minimum essential coverage requirement under the ACA.   More...

Carter Opens All Military Occupations, Positions to Women - Dec. 3, 2015
WASHINGTON Dec. 3, 2015 - Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today that beginning in January 2016, all military occupations and positions will be open to women, without exception.  More...

Veteran Unemployment Rate Lowest in Nearly 8 Years - Dec. 2, 2015
WASHINGTON December 2, 2015 - A concerted national effort to hire veterans, coupled with their sought-after essential skills training, likely had an effect on making October's veteran unemployment rate the lowest since April 2008, a Defense Department official said Nov. 30.  More...

President Asks Nation to Reflect on Service on Veterans Day - Nov. 6, 2015
President Barack Obama saluted the service and sacrifices of America's service members -- past and present -- and proclaimed Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2015, a day to "reflect on the immeasurable burdens borne by so few in the name of so many, and we rededicate ourselves to supporting those who have worn America's uniform and the families who stand alongside them."  More...

Employers Commit to Hiring Military Spouses - Oct. 29, 2015
WASHINGTON October 29, 2015 - Thirty-seven new companies and organizations were formally inducted into the Military Spouse Employment Partnership during a ceremony in Alexandria, Virginia, yesterday, bringing the total number of partners to 297.  More...

No Cost Flu Shots for Enrolled Veterans - Oct. 15, 2015
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The Affordable Care Act, your taxes and you - Oct. 14, 2015
​Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), all Americans including all military members (active duty, retired, Selected Reserve, or Retired Reserve) and their eligible family members must have health care coverage that meets a minimum standard called minimum essential coverage or pay a fee. Your TRICARE coverage meets the minimum essential coverage requirement under the ACA.   More...

The Power of 1: A Single Person Can Save a Life - Sept. 22, 2015
WASHINGTON September 22, 2015 - As part of ongoing Defense Department and Department of Veteran's Affairs efforts to continue to combat suicide, Pentagon officials recently emphasized the powerful role of individuals -- as well as peer support and other resources -- in suicide prevention.  More...

Defense Officials Praise Troops' Actions in Train Attack - Aug. 22, 2015
WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2015 — In a statement released today, Defense Secretary Ash Carter praised three Americans for their actions yesterday on a train outside of Brussels, Belgium.  More...

Department of Defense Issues Final Military Lending Act Rule - July 21, 2015
After nearly three years of study, the Department of Defense today issued the final Military Lending Act (MLA) rule.   More...

Shootings in Tennessee Leave Four Marines Dead - July 16, 2015
WASHINGTON, July 16, 2015 - Four Marines were killed and another service member was wounded in two separate shootings in Chattanooga, Tennessee, today, military officials confirmed.  More...






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