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  • Transition support

    Families facing deployments and those looking forward to homecomings face challenges. These challenges are different, but they both revolve around change. Change is not always easy, but there are tools and resources that can help military families cope with making transitions.You and your family have access to a variety of medical and non-medical
  • What makes a good quitter?

    On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years sooner than nonsmokers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Since about 20 percent of the United States' population smokes, that means almost a fifth of the country could live at least a full decade longer. With the Great American Smokeout just around the corner on Nov.18, now is
  • Victim Advocates-Making a Difference

    Allied with Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) on the front lines in the war against sexual assault, victim advocates (VAs) are the lifeblood of the United States Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program.VAs are military members or DoD civilian volunteers who possess essential information and resources and whose
  • Turbocharge TRICARE referrals

    Your primary care manager has referred you to a specialist. Once your authorization is approved and arrives in the mail (in about a week), you'll be able to make your appointment.But what if your authorization could arrive in hours instead of days?One option is registering for a secure www.TriWest.com account, where you can review or print your
  • Save cash: know emergency, urgent care

    When sickness or injury strikes, service members and their families may save money by knowing the difference between emergency and urgent care.Understanding when something constitutes an emergency, or what to do if you need urgent care after-hours, could help you avoid longer waits and out-of-pocket costs. Emergency CareAnything severe enough to
  • Sexual coercion

    We are all familiar with the terms rape and sexual assault. We've been trained on what constitutes rape and the damaging effects it has on the victim and the Air Force mission. The Air Force is currently being trained on Bystander Intervention to learn how to identify and act on situations that are sexually inappropriate or unsafe. However, the
  • Don’t take a chance, get a flu shot

    If nine out of 10 people who played the lottery actually won, who wouldn't want to try their chances?When it comes to flu shots, it's the same odds. Nine out of 10 healthy people who get a seasonal flu shot, don't get the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.With flu season right around the corner, trying that "lottery"
  • Whooping cough outbreak in California: vaccinate to protect

    An outbreak of whooping cough has swept across California, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Whooping cough, also known as "Pertussis," is an upper-respiratory infection. It's extremely contagious and can be deadly to infants, according to the CDC. It can also cause adults to become very sick. For the first eight months
  • Healthcare for Reserve retirees

    Members of the Retired Reserves and their families have a new TRICARE healthcare option. TRICARE Retired Reserve (TRR) is a new, premium-based healthcare plan available to eligible retired members of the Guard and Reserve, their families and qualified survivors. TRR offers coverage similar to TRICARE Standard for retirees, and includes a monthly
  • Managing TRICARE coverage with OHI

    OHI: If you don't know what that means, and you have a private health insurer, you could end up with a claims mess.OHI stands for Other Health Insurance. This is any health insurance you receive, beyond TRICARE, through an employer or individual plan. Exceptions to this rule are Medicaid, Indian Health Services, other State Funded plans and