Monthly Archive for: ‘May, 2016’

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Navy Faces $848 Million Ops & Maintenance Shortfall

US Navy leaders have made no secret the fleet’s maintenance accounts are underfunded. The situation – exacerbated by several years of sequestration-mandated budget cuts, a government shutdown, Congress’ chronic ability to pass a budget before the end of each fiscal year, a high operating tempo and the cumulative effects of all those problems – is affecting the readiness of ships, …

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NDAA Timetable Pushed Back

Lawmakers left Thursday for the Memorial Day recess with the fiscal 2017 NDAA process slowed in both chambers.  As of Thursday evening, more than 250 amendments had piled up to be debated when the Senate takes up the fiscal 2017 defense policy bill (S 2943) on June 6 when the Senate reconvenes.  Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain said he …

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A Memorial Day Message from NAUS President Tom Wilkerson

30 May 2016 For all NAUS Members; I share this with you as today is so much more than a three-day weekend holiday. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. It was first officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army …

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Looking Back on the Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima

According to White House officials, today, May 27, the President will visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, a site at the center of Hiroshima where the United States dropped an atomic bomb in 1945 in an effort to end World War II. “He will not revisit the decision to use the atomic bomb at the end of World War II,” Benjamin J. …

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Telephonic Healthcare Applications at VA

Beginning in July, 2016, all veterans will be able to complete applications for VA health care enrollment over the phone. This will eliminate paper applications, which means veterans will be able to get quicker access to medical attention.  Also, VA is accelerating the applications of 31,000 combat Veterans who already have paper or online applications in the system.

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VA Starts New Mental Health Telehealth Resource Centers

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the establishment of five VA Mental Health Telehealth Clinical Resource Centers to provide enhanced mental health access and services to veterans in remote locations. VA’s Mental Health Telemedicine Clinical Resource Centers will provide veterans, particularly those living in rural areas, with rapid access to mental health services where local barriers exist.  This expanded effort …

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Attend a special screening of the documentary “Thank You For Your Service”.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE A Film by Tom Donahue Produced by Ilan Arboleda, Tom Donahue, and Matt Tyson Executive Producer: Gerald Sprayregen Co-Executive Producer: Regina K. Scully “Gripping, wrenching and persuasive” – The Village Voice “A film every American should see” -Mark Di Ionno. The Star-Ledger The U.S. military faces a mental health crisis of historic proportions. Thank You …

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TRICARE System Outage

TRICARE announced there will be a planned system outage this weekend of the information system that tracks a beneficiary’s eligibility for TRICARE benefits to perform routine maintenance. Health care providers, the Nurse Advice Line and retail pharmacies will not be able to confirm if you are eligible for TRICARE benefits during parts of this outage. The system outage will also …

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House Again Freezes Its Pay

Too many folks are under the impression that Congress gets yearly pay raises no matter what the COLA.  Just so that misinformation can be put to rest, we thought you might like to know the truth. The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, May17, approved a fiscal 2017 legislative branch spending bill that would freeze representatives’ pay for the eighth consecutive …

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House Passes VA/Milcon Bill

On May 19, 2016, the House passed (295-129) H.R.4974, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017. The legislation contains $81.6 billion in funding – $1.8 billion above the fiscal year 2016 level – to house, train, and equip military personnel, to provide housing and services to military families, to maintain base infrastructure, and to support veterans’ benefits and programs.  Of …

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