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Apply for your American Indian/Alaska Native Veteran copayment exemption

VA News – If you are an eligible American Indian/Alaska Native Veteran, you no longer have to make co-payments for health care and urgent care received through VA. So far, more than 4,000 Native Veterans have been approved for this exemption. VA established the Office of Tribal Health to provide outreach in your community and/or attend an event to help with co-payment exemption applications, send an email to You can

Summer is here. Stay hydrated.

VA News – Summer has arrived, meaning hot days and more time outside, and adults 60 years and older are at increased risk for dehydration related to a drop in thirst levels and lower muscle mass. Hydration is important for controlling body temperature, supporting brain health and can even help with reducing joint pain. If you don’t enjoy drinking water, then milk, juice, sports drinks, herbal teas and coffee can all

Civil War heroes get long-awaited Medal of Honor recognition

U.S. Army – Part of a group of 24 Soldiers known as Andrews’ Raiders, Civil War Soldiers Pvt. Philip Gephart Shadrach and Pvt. George Davenport Wilson will be awarded the Medal of Honor for their heroism and courage during the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862. Each Soldier’s oldest living relative will accept the award during a ceremony at the White House. “To volunteer for a venture they knew little about, and

Helping our youth become game changers

U.S. Army – More than 100 Fort Cavazos, TX, children participated in the Marcus Smart Basketball Clinic Saturday, learning fundamentals of the game by volunteers of Smart’s organization YounGameChangers. “It’s important for Marcus and his foundation to give back to the youth,” said Shane Rogers, clinics director for YounGameChangers. “We are trying to impact the youth and teach them life skills through basketball. Being able to do it at an Army

Everything you need to know about weight-loss surgery

theSITREP – Bariatric surgery treats obesity by altering the structure of your digestive tract, limiting the amount of food you can eat. In this episode of theSITREP, Dr. Ann Smith discusses its different types, qualifications, how it works, and more. .youtube { overflow:hidden; padding-bottom:60%; position:relative; height:0; } .youtube iframe { left:0; top:0; height:100%; width:100%; position:absolute;

Tips for Fraud Protection and Prevention

RallyPoint – Older adults are targeted with misinformation daily and in commemoration of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is highlighting the types of scams affecting the elderly community. Fraudsters can use a variety of tactics, including: Pretending to represent an official government agency or someone they trust. Mentioning there’s a problem or offering a prize. Pressuring them to act immediately. Telling them to pay in a specific way

Empowering women, cultivating health

VA News – Women’s Health Awareness Month is an excellent opportunity for women Veterans to consider making informed nutrition and lifestyle choices to prevent high-risk conditions and improve their overall health. It’s important to speak up for yourself and be your own advocate when dealing with health issues. VA facilities across the country offer specialized programs that support women’s health, with many VA facilities also having lifestyle education classes. If you’re

Big Red One Attends Annual D-Day Celebrations

U.S. Army – U.S. Army Soldiers serving in the 1st Infantry Division led ceremonies at the 80th Annual D-Day Commemoration, overlooking the Easy Red sector of Omaha Beach where Soldiers of the Big Red One assaulted German defenses during the opening stages of the Invasion of Normandy. The mission of the 1st Inf. Div. was to be the vanguard of the invasion up the bluffs, while the mission of the Allied

The Heroic Nurses of D-Day – During the WWII, there were more than 59,000 Army nurses on duty and on the D-Day landings in 1944, U.S. Army nurses played a pivotal role during and after the largest amphibious invasion in history. Nurses were deployed soon after to set up field hospitals and treat those injured. The following stories and memories are from three heroic U.S. Army Corps nurses who treated the wounded in the days