Entries for January, 2017

New Year Saw Rare Aircraft Carrier Deployment Gap

By Debbie Gregory. As the first month of 2017 draws to an end, we learned a very interesting fact. For the first week of this year, for the first time since World War II, no U.S. aircraft carriers were deployed, anywhere, a Navy spokesman confirmed. Had the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, which had been in […]

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Changes to DOD’s Pharmacy Program Likely to Save More than $1 Billion

By Debbie Gregory. Thanks to higher beneficiary co-pays, tighter point-of-service rules and recent streamlining of prescription drug processes across the military, the Department of Defense pharmacy program may be able to reduce the cost of prescriptions by more than $1 billion in the five year period between 2014 and 2019. Policy changes have forced or […]

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US Agrees to Pay Billions to Former Marines at Camp Lejeune

By Debbie Gregory. From 1953 through 1987, people serving or living at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, were potentially exposed to water contaminated with industrial solvents, benzene, and other chemicals. This chemical exposure may have led to adverse health conditions. Now, after years of waiting, those veterans may now be able […]

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Air Force Relaxes Tattoo Policy to Help Recruitment

By Debbie Gregory. In an effort to open the door to more recruits who would otherwise be barred from service because of their body ink, the U.S. Air Force is revamping its restrictions on tattoos. The U.S. Marines overhauled its tattoo restrictions about six months ago, with the goal of balancing “the personal desires of […]

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DOD Allowing More Vets to Shop Exchanges Online

By Debbie Gregory. The Department of Defense has made a policy change to allow 16 million honorably discharged veterans to shop online for discounted military exchange products. Not only does the change reward those who have served by giving them a 20 percent savings over commercial department stores, but it will also increase exchange revenues […]

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