• DOD Medical Mistake Victims to Testify on Capitol Hill

    DOD Medical Mistake Victims to Testify on Capitol Hill0

    Victims of military medical mistakes will appear before the House Armed Services Committee next week to testify that Congress should change laws preventing malpractice cases against the Defense Department, Military Times reported. The April 30 hearing will focus on a 1950 Supreme Court ruling referred to as the Feres doctrine that lower courts have repeatedly

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  • In Our Communities

    In Our Communities0

    The Air Force is restructuring its KC-135 fleet to bring on more KC-46s, moving 12 of the tankers from McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., to Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Air Force Magazine reported. The service recently announced the 92nd Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild will receive the KC-135s beginning in fiscal 2020, a shift

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  • ADC Seeking Examples of Affordable Off-Base Housing Plans

    ADC Seeking Examples of Affordable Off-Base Housing Plans0

    While recent news coverage has focused on privatized family housing, many service members and military families live off base. ADC wants to learn more about how communities, regions and states are planning, developing and maintaining quality, affordable housing outside the gate. We are looking for examples of plans, initiatives, organizations or people advancing these issues

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  • Army Launches Registry to Track Housing Complaints

    Army Launches Registry to Track Housing Complaints0

    The Army will launch a new privatized military housing complaint registry for maintaining a record of ongoing housing-related health and safety issues, Task and Purpose reported Tuesday. Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Nadja West signed a memo to many privatized housing residents. “Through a records review of Army Family Housing work orders, you have been

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  • Proposed Bills Protect Military Families from Lead Exposure

    Proposed Bills Protect Military Families from Lead Exposure0

    New legislation introduced in the House and Senate would protect military families from lead exposure in their homes, the New Bern, N.C., Sun Journal reported Tuesday. The proposal by Sens. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Reps. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) would guarantee lead exposure testing in children; require testing

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  • DOD Changing Hiring Rules to Improve Spouse Employment Opportunities

    DOD Changing Hiring Rules to Improve Spouse Employment Opportunities0

    DOD has changed some rules in its on-base hiring practices to improve employment opportunities for active-duty spouses, Military.com reported Tuesday. A statement from DOD last week detailed that its Priority Placement Program will now allow active-duty spouses to use employment preference for one offer of permanent employment per duty location. It covers positions funded by

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