TRICARE coverage for their young adult daughters cost the Brock family more than $13,000 over five years.
The steep costs meant carefully monitoring their budget and making sacrifices, but cutting off access to health care for their daughters by pulling them out of the TRICARE Young Adult (TYA) program was not a risk they were willing to take, said matriarch Annie Brock, who served in the Army for almost 10 years.
“Why wouldn’t we want to make sure they had good health insurance?” Brock said. “I think every parent wants to make sure their child is taken care of when they need health care, but not every parent is able to make it happen.”
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Military kids can take a stroll through Sesame Street’s virtual world on a special website dedicated to their unique life experiences.
In a new series of games and videos, the Sesame Street gang takes military kids on a virtual visit to a medical checkup with a doctor and to a pharmacy. It’s the latest part of the Sesame Street for Military Families website, which offers resources for families to discuss experiences unique to military life, such as frequently meeting new doctors, moving, and deployments.
“It’s not as stressful if children know what to expect,” Maria Galarza, assistant vice president of U.S. Social Impact for Sesame Street, told Military Officer.
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Military officers from North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) are expecting a visit from a special aviator.
The combined military command will work with Canadian partners to monitor Santa’s journey across the globe on Christmas Eve – just like it’s done for the past 65 years. Every other day of the year, NORAD uses satellites and sensors to monitor threats against North America.
Capt. Jim Carman, USN (Ret), MOAA’s Vice President for Council/Chapter and Member Support and a retired Navy reconnaissance pilot, spoke with Col. John Krellner, USAF, a stealth fighter jet pilot, about supporting NORAD’s Santa-tracking mission from Alaska.
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Military families with special needs should be notified of actual availability of appointments – not just that special-needs providers exist – before moving to their next duty station, MOAA’s director of government relations for health affairs told lawmakers Wednesday during a House Armed Services (HASC) subcommittee hearing.
Karen Ruedisueli was one of five military family advocates who testified before HASC’s military personnel panel about problems with the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) and the Military Health System (MHS), including gaps in care that can be caused by lengthy waitlists as servicemembers move to new duty stations. She called on members of the subcommittee to address concerns of special needs families.
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Employers who support their National Guard and Reserve employees when they step away for training and deployments improve the lives of servicemembers and their families – and might keep them in uniform longer.
The benefit brought by such employers was among several topics tackled by top Guard and Reserve leaders, and other stakeholders, during the inaugural National Guard and Reserve Family Forum on July 26 in Washington, D.C. The forum, co-hosted by MOAA and the Reserve Officers Association, shed light on issues faced by members of these components, such as family support services and maintaining health care coverage through changes in duty status.
“It has been a challenge for our employers, particularly the smaller employers, as deployments have become a regular battle rhythm,” said Air Force Maj. Gen. Dawne Deskins, director of Manpower and Personnel for the National Guard Bureau Joint Staff. “It does become a strain on employers. Anything we can do to make service more attractive, that has a real impact.”
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