July 2014

Lawmakers recently introduced a bill that would require military health care to provide female servicemembers with FDA-approved contraceptives without co-pays, according to The Washington Times.

7/30/2014 - A Senate bill aims to provide military women with free contraception

Lawmakers recently introduced a bill that would require military health care to provide female servicemembers with FDA-approved contraceptives without co-pays, according to The Washington Times. read more »

After a unanimous vote, the Senate has confirmed that McDonald will serve as the new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

7/30/2014 - Senate approves new VA secretary Bob McDonald

After a unanimous vote, the Senate has confirmed that Bob McDonald will serve as the new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. read more »

A $1 million federal grant awarded to the University of Michigan-Flint will benefit veterans by offering an accelerated nursing program that focuses on past military training, according to the Associated Press.

7/29/2014 - University of Michigan-Flint awarded $1 million grant to train veterans in nursing

A $1 million federal grant awarded to the University of Michigan-Flint will benefit veterans by offering an accelerated nursing program that focuses on past military training, according to the Associated Press. read more »

After weeks of disagreement and heated debate, House and Senate lawmakers have made a deal regarding how to help fix the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system, which has been mired by scandals, long wait times, and whistleblower retaliation for months, according to The Associated Press.

7/28/2014 - Lawmakers come to an agreement about VA health care

After weeks of disagreement and heated debate, House and Senate lawmakers have made a deal regarding how to help fix the Department of Veterans Affairs' health care system, which has been mired by scandals, long wait times, and whistleblower retaliation for months, according to The Associated Press. read more »

Buying discounted tobacco products will be a thing of the past for military servicemembers, according to The Associated Press.

7/28/2014 - The military targets tobacco

Buying discounted tobacco products will be a thing of the past for military servicemembers, according to The Associated Press. read more »

Dedicating their lives to the protection of their human companions and to citizens thousands of miles away, they have been called the guardians of America's freedom. They are the U.S. military's combat dogs. Unfortunately, many of them have been left behind.

7/25/2014 - Some combat dogs are left behind

Dedicating their lives to the protection of their human companions and to citizens thousands of miles away, they have been called the guardians of America's freedom. They are the U.S. military's combat dogs. Unfortunately, many of them have been left behind. read more »

Following the order of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, about 1,000 Texas National Guard soldiers will be dispatched to the Texas-Mexico border. However, these servicemembers will only serve in a listening and observation capacity, according to Military Times.

7/24/2014 - National Guard will observe the border, but not apprehend immigrants

Following the order of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, about 1,000 Texas National Guard soldiers will be dispatched to the Texas-Mexico border. However, these servicemembers will only serve in a listening and observation capacity, according to Military Times. read more »

President Barack Obama's nominee for secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs attended a confirmation hearing recently where he promised several organizational and leadership changes to the VA.

7/23/2014 - VA nominee Bob McDonald promises change

President Barack Obama's nominee for secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs attended a confirmation hearing recently where he promised several organizational and leadership changes to the VA. read more »

A new tech jobs training initiative started by the White House will specialize in veteran-specific training and placement efforts in order to lower veteran unemployment and resupply the nation with local tech specialists.

7/22/2014 - The White House unveils a new high-tech job initiative for veterans

A new tech jobs training initiative started by the White House will specialize in veteran-specific training and placement efforts in order to lower veteran unemployment and resupply the nation with local tech specialists. read more »

In a recent demo at a Fort Hood training area, the U.S. Army Tank and Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center unveiled the latest technology in unmanned military vehicles.

7/22/2014 - TARDEC showcases unmanned Army vehicles

In a recent demo at a Fort Hood training area, the U.S. Army Tank and Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center unveiled the latest technology in unmanned military vehicles. read more »

Following a heavy influx of undocumented foreign immigrants crossing the southern border from Mexico to the U.S., Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced plans to send 1,000 Texas National Guard servicemembers to the border to help secure the territory.

7/21/2014 - Gov. Perry to dispatch National Guard troops to the border

Following a heavy influx of undocumented foreign immigrants crossing the southern border from Mexico to the U.S., Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced plans to send 1,000 Texas National Guard servicemembers to the border to help secure the territory, according to Texas newspaper the Monitor. read more »

Study finds DCR combat treatment helps save soldiers

7/18/2014 - Study finds DCR combat treatment helps save soldiers

A new study, which appears in JAMA Surgery, is showing that a relatively new method of combat care could be saving soldiers' lives. read more »

To help the VA decrease long wait periods, acting VA secretary Sloan Gibson has asked for an additional $17.6 billion to hire 10,000 new medical staff members, build eight new medical facilities and lease another 77 new medical facilities around the country.

7/17/2014 - VA head requests $17.6 to meet patient needs

To help the VA decrease long wait periods, acting VA secretary Sloan Gibson has asked for an additional $17.6 billion to hire 10,000 new medical staff members, build eight new medical facilities and lease another 77 new medical facilities around the country. read more »

The ReWalk exoskeleton device has become a stunning marvel for paralyzed individuals, and after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the use of the system in the community and at home in late June, it has changed the lives of some wounded soldiers.

7/16/2014 - ReWalk exoskeleton helps paralyzed soldiers walk again

The ReWalk exoskeleton device has become a stunning marvel for paralyzed individuals, and after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the use of the system in the community and at home in late June, it has changed the lives of some wounded soldiers. read more »

The U.S. military has enlisted some unconventional help for a new plan that intends to encase the soldiers of the future in high-tech powered body armor capable of lifting hundreds of pounds.

7/15/2014 - US military works with Hollywood to build exoskeleton for soldiers

The U.S. military has enlisted some unconventional help for a new plan that intends to encase the soldiers of the future in high-tech powered body armor capable of lifting hundreds of pounds. read more »

Traumatic brain injuries rob veterans of their memories and affect their ability to create new memories every year.

7/14/2014 - US military funds memory loss and TBI prosthetics research

Traumatic brain injuries rob veterans of their memories and affect their ability to create new memories every year. read more »

According to Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Drew Sloan, greater energy efficiency can save lives.

7/11/2014 - US military pushes for greener energy

In a report by the Military Times, Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Drew Sloan said greater energy efficiency can save lives. read more »

For Marines and the Army, studying how to integrate women into ground combat positions without sacrificing certain service standards has been tricky.

7/10/2014 - Marines open additional opportunities for females

For Marines and the Army, studying how to integrate women into ground combat positions without sacrificing certain service standards has been tricky. read more »

US military focuses on unmanned drones for security in Iraq

7/9/2014 - US military focuses on unmanned drones for security in Iraq

To increase security and provide increased reconnaissance concerning groups of Islamic extremists in the region, U.S. forces have raised the number of drone surveillance flights over Iraq, according to an article published by Military.com. read more »

Bob McDonald, the former CEO of the fortune 500 company Proctor & Gamble, has a long resume.

7/8/2014 - Will a fortune 500 CEO build a more capable VA?

Bob McDonald, the former CEO of the fortune 500 company Proctor & Gamble, has a long resume. read more »

South Carolina National Guard take maintenance skills to Colombia

7/7/2014 - South Carolina National Guard take maintenance skills to Colombia

Just over a dozen soldiers from the South Carolina National Guard spent last month rolling up their sleeves with the Colombian army, helping foreign soldiers learn to maintain and repair military equipment, according to The Associated Press. read more »

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Brian Meyer is a double amputee working to assimilate himself back into civilian life.

7/3/2014 - Laser treatments help wounded veterans adapt to normal life

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Brian Meyer is a double amputee working to assimilate himself back into civilian life. read more »

Michelle Howard becomes first-ever female four-star admiral in U.S. Navy

7/2/2014 - Michelle Howard becomes first-ever female four-star admiral in US Navy

After 238 years of operation the U.S. Navy has promoted Vice Adm. Michelle Howard to admiral, making her the first four-star officer in the military branch's history, according to a White House report. read more »