February 2012

2/29/2012 - VA, DoD both look at mental health treatment

Of all the effects combat has on soldiers, some of the most serious injuries cannot be seen by the naked eye. read more »

2/28/2012 - New Jersey fire chief develops first responder app

Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, fire chief John Reilly knows all too well the challenges he and other firefighters face. read more »

2/28/2012 - Governors, Air National Guard protest proposed cuts

Every branch of the military is likely to experience cuts in the coming years, but some feel that the Air Force is being unfairly targeted. read more »

2/27/2012 - Louisiana bills aimed at helping vets, military families

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal recently proposed new laws aiming to make life a little easier for military families and veterans. read more »

2/27/2012 - Military leaders discuss Army's future at conference

The Armed Forces is likely to undergo many changes over the next decade, and the topic was front and center this weekend. read more »

2/27/2012 - Fort Stewart brigade gets own physical therapist

Injured soldiers who require physical therapy often have to travel to the base hospital or even further to receive treatment. read more »

2/24/2012 - Coast Guard official asks for new ships

As the Pentagon looks to slash costs and reduce troop sizes, one high-ranking official hopes that his branch of the military gets the opposite treatment. read more »

2/24/2012 - Pentagon plan requires TRICARE recipients to pay more

A proposal from the Pentagon to raise fees for all TRICARE beneficiaries is being met with some resistance from veterans groups. read more »

2/23/2012 - United Airlines changes pet policy after military backlash

Troops with pets who are slated to move were facing substantial fees to fly their cats or dogs with them. read more »

2/23/2012 - As Pentagon budget cuts loom, number of vets in Congress rises

From changes in retirement benefits to concerns about deployment, issues facing the military are some of the biggest topics being tackled in Congress. read more »

2/22/2012 - DoD recognizes Military Saves Week

Military families often face a significant burden, but it can be even more so when financial snags are thrown in the mix. read more »

2/22/2012 - Nationwide first responder network gets approval

A long-awaited communications network for first responders was given approval from Congress recently. read more »

2/22/2012 - Ohio Rep. proposes bill to help veteran-owned businesses

Nobody knows the needs of veterans more than the former servicemembers themselves, and a proposed bill looks to take advantage of that. read more »

2/21/2012 - Bank partners with Operation Homefront to provide housing

In an effort to provide 100 homes to wounded warriors, veterans and military families in the coming year, JPMorgan Chase teamed up with Operation Homefront to provide the organization with additional support. read more »

2/21/2012 - 51-year-old mother decides to re-enlist

Many Americans have shown their support for the Armed Forces, but few have done more than Sandra Coast. read more »

2/17/2012 - Mentor program helps military children

For the children of deployed soldiers, it may seem like nobody understands what they're going through. read more »

2/16/2012 - Army Reserve may become more important as troop levels wane

As the Pentagon looks to make drastic budget cuts over the next several years, the number of active duty troops will fall. read more »

2/16/2012 - Army tests innovative radio in combat situation

The Army recently took a large step forward in the quest to provide better communication among soldiers. read more »

2/16/2012 - Pentagon details plans for Afghanistan withdrawal

The Pentagon has been saying for months it hopes to transition out of a combat role in Afghanistan, but on Wednesday it offered some specifics on how it aims to do so. read more »

2/15/2012 - Dempsey stands behind fee hike

Among the proposed changes to military benefits under the 2013 Pentagon budget is a provision that would require retirees to pay a bit more for healthcare. read more »

2/15/2012 - Obama may cut nuclear arms by 80 percent

Soon after President Barack Obama took office in 2009, he pledged to drastically reduce the number of nuclear weapons carried by the United States, and sources close to the White House suggest he's going to make good on the promise. read more »

2/14/2012 - Obama hopes to hire vets as first responders

First responders and soldiers are some of the bravest people in the country, so as President Obama looks to get veterans back to work it makes sense for the two groups to cross paths. read more »

2/14/2012 - Pentagon releases 2013 budget, military pay not affected

The Pentagon released its 2013 budget plan on Monday and although it calls for a 6 percent reduction in overall spending, officials are quick to point out that it will not negatively affect active duty troops. read more »

2/14/2012 - Navy going green at Guantanamo

Guantanamo Bay Naval Base may be best known as the stronghold of the Pentagon justice system, but it is also at the forefront of the Department of Defense's push to go green. read more »

2/13/2012 - GE pledges to hire 5,000 vets over five years

n an effort to help veterans get back to work, General Electric recently announced plans to hire 5,000 servicemembers over the next five years. read more »

2/13/2012 - DoD opens up combat positions to women

Just days after President Barack Obama nominated someone who could potentially be the first female four-star general in the history of the Air Force, the Pentagon made another step forward for women in the military. read more »

2/13/2012 - Hunting program helps wounded warriors transition

For the last two years, officials from Colorado Parks and Wildlife have helped soldiers obtain hunting licences and waived any necessary fees for the process. read more »

2/10/2012 - More amputations in 2011, but better treatment

The military made strides in Iraq and Afghanistan during 2011, but new statistics from the Pentagon show that it came at a steep cost. read more »

2/9/2012 - Soldier vows to complete 1 million push ups for charity

Most New Year's resolutions fizzle out after a month or two, but Sgt. Enrique Trevino has a much greater incentive to complete his goal. read more »

2/9/2012 - Obama nominee could break down gender barriers

President Barack Obama's latest nomination could be one for the record books. The commander-in-chief recently nominated Lt. Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger to be the commander of Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. read more »

2/8/2012 - Researchers developing IED-specific crash test dummy

For years, crash test dummies have been a viable resource in assessing a car's safety performance in certain situations. read more »

2/8/2012 - Military doctor, Jeopardy winner donates haul to charity

Contestants on the venerable game show Jeopardy often come home with big pay days, and while many choose to use the money on themselves, that's not the case for one recent winner. read more »

2/7/2012 - Cancer rate among NYC cops tripled since 9/11

In the more than 10 years since the September 11 attacks, many have claimed first responders on the scene inhaled toxic materials that heightened their risk of developing cancer, and recent statistics seem to back up the assertion. read more »

2/7/2012 - DoD officials urge TRICARE beneficiaries to visit military hospitals

Servicemembers who receive TRICARE benefits have the option of going to private providers authorized by the plan, but visiting military hospitals and clinics may save the Department of Defense billions of dollars, Military Times reports. read more »

2/7/2012 - Court decision approves more benefits for soldiers with PTSD

For years, veterans who left service between 2003 and 2008 with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were not able to take advantage of a new policy that gave them a 50 percent retirement rating. read more »

2/6/2012 - Servicemembers root for the home team while abroad

While serving overseas, military members often miss big events going on at home. read more »

2/6/2012 - Rotating Marine expeditionary unit potentially coming to Australia

Since President Barack Obama made the announcement last year that Marines would be deployed to the city of Darwin, Australia, military analysts and the media alike have been speculating what the new presence in the region will look like. read more »

2/3/2012 - Obama administration seeks grants for veterans jobs programs

The Obama administration recently unveiled a plan that would not only help rebuild America's infrastructure but also put a dent in stubbornly high veteran unemployment. read more »

2/3/2012 - Troop cuts unlikely in Pacific

Although the presence of American troops may be set to diminish over the next several years, such is not the case in the South Pacific. read more »

2/3/2012 - Small tweak in pay could save Pentagon millions

The Department of Defense (DoD) is getting ready to change the way it issues imminent-danger pay, and the small tweak could save as much as $30 million each year. read more »

2/2/2012 - Congressman fights back against possible BRAC

Earlier this week, the Pentagon hinted that it might ask Congress to approve two more rounds of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), but certain legislators have a different take on the matter. read more »

2/2/2012 - Troops to end combat role in Afghanistan by 2013

The military has long said it plans to be out of Afghanistan by 2014, but new comments from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta suggest the Armed Forces' combat role could be over much sooner. read more »

2/2/2012 - Traumatic Brian Injury department set to open at Fort Belvoir

The effects of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) on soldiers have come to the forefront after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and military officials hope the opening of a new department at Fort Belvoir will help doctors better understand them. read more »

2/1/2012 - Consolidated health agency would streamline care

With significant budget cuts to the Defense Department on the horizon, many soldiers are concerned about what will become of their health benefits. read more »

2/1/2012 - Army vice chief of staff Chiarelli retires after 40 years of service

Army Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli officially retired yesterday, bringing to a close a 40-year career serving the United States. read more »