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TRICARE for Kids

Military Family Input on Sec 735 of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act

Sec 735 of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which we will refer to as “TRICARE for Kids”, recognizes that children’s health care needs and standards of care are different than those of adults, and calls for a comprehensive review of TRICARE policies with respect to pediatric care. It directs the Secretary of Defense to conduct a comprehensive review and develop a plan to ensure that TRICARE meets the pediatric-specific needs of military families, and protects their access to these services and care settings. In furtherance of TRICARE for Kids, the stakeholder groups of pediatric healthcare advocacy and professional organizations, disability advocacy groups, military family advocacy organizations, and military families have recently engaged in an exploration of the issues facing military children and their families, share experiences and expertise, and provide thoughtful and expert input for consideration as the Department of Defense conducts its TRICARE for Kids review.

Military Children and Families

The Future of Children, Vol. 23, No. 2, Fall 2013

Today’s military children and families experience unique hardships. They move around the country and the world repeatedly, and they must therefore adjust to new living environments, schools, and peer groups much more often than other children and families do. Given the extraordinary sacrifices that military personnel make, the children of military families deserve to have policies and programs designed to fit their developmental needs. The articles in this issue of Future of Children expand our knowledge and illuminate a path toward a more representative depiction of military children and their families.

 Learning to Care

 Webinar series educates about military children

An ongoing webinar series, "Caring to Learn, Learning to Care," is sponsored by Purdue Extension, Operation: Military Kids and the Military Family Research Institute. Each 90-minute session features a presentation on a specific topic or aspect of dealing with children in military families.

 RAND: Hidden Heroes: America's Military Caregiver

There are 5.5 million military caregivers across the United States, with nearly 20 percent caring for someone who served since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Military caregivers experience more health problems, face greater strains in family relationships, and have more workplace issues than noncaregivers. Changes are needed to both provide assistance to caregivers and to help them make plans for the future.