Department of Defense Warrior Games 2015
Posted on April 30, 2015

The Department of Defense Warrior Games 2015 will take place June 19 - 28 at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.

DoD Warrior Games is an annual sporting competition bringing together wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans from across the country.





TRICARE offers new appointment reminder option
Posted on April 29, 2015

Reprinted courtesy of TRICARE News

New TRICARE Online, or TOL, enhancements allow people to schedule text and email appointment reminders for all appointments, regardless of the booking mechanism.

Whether booked via TOL, a military hospital or clinic's appointment call center, in person at the military hospital or clinic, or via Composite Health Care System personnel, text and email reminders can be scheduled to help manage family's medical appointments.





VA Extends Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury
Posted on April 28, 2015

Contracts Awarded to Assisted Living Providers

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the award of 20 contracts for the Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (AL-TBI). Originally slated to end in 2014, the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (“VACAA”) extended this program through October 2017.





TRICARE Revises Compound Drug Coverage
Posted on April 23, 2015

WASHINGTON -- Starting May 1, 2015, Express Scripts, the TRICARE pharmacy contractor, will screen all ingredients in compound drug claims to ensure they are safe and effective, and covered by TRICARE. This screening process is like the one TRICARE already uses for other prescription drugs, but it will now apply to the ingredients in compound drugs.





The value of MyArmyBenefits’ state fact sheets
Posted on April 22, 2015

Posted by Ask Joe, your benefits guru

We recently published an article about using the Resource Locator in MyArmyBenefits, the Army’s official benefits website, as an aide to find contact information for benefits providers in all the states, territories and overseas settings. An old friend of Army Echoes, LTC Aaron K. Heithoff, member of the Retired Reserve and now a rancher from Texas, wrote to thank us for the article and mentioned how the website had been a big help to him.





Army Emergency Relief Annual Campaign
Posted on April 21, 2015

What is it?
Financial security is a key element of a ready and resilient force. The Army Emergency Relief (AER) Annual Campaign is conducted from March 1 through May 15 in order to increase Soldier awareness of this benefit, as well as to give Soldiers the opportunity to help their fellow Soldiers by donating. Local commanders can adjust their campaign dates as their mission dictates.





14 Army-level boards review personnel actions and more
Posted on April 16, 2015

On behalf of the Secretary of the Army, the Army Review Boards Agency (ARBA) serves as the highest administrative level for review of personnel actions taken by lower levels of the Army and administers 14 boards. ARBA also provides policy oversight of the Army Corrections System (Army prison system) and law enforcement. The boards were established within the Office of the Secretary of the Army pursuant to the provisions of 10 US Code § 874, 951, 952, 953, 1552, 1553, and 1554.




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