Rise in Chronic Pain Affects Troops, Readiness

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Rise in Chronic Pain Affects Troops, Readiness

Chronic pain is a leading cause of disability and reduced readiness among active-duty service members, a Rand Corp. study that analyzed Military Health System data found.

Cost of Caring for Post-9/11 Veterans Expected to Soar

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Cost of Caring for Post-9/11 Veterans Expected to Soar

The U.S. will spend between $2.2 trillion and $2.5 trillion on disability and health care benefits for post-9/11 veterans by 2050, according to a new research paper from Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. 

Army Studies Mindfulness, Holistic Health

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Army Studies Mindfulness, Holistic Health

In its continuing effort to instill a holistic approach to wellness in the force, the Army has launched “a few pilots” to study how it can incorporate the practice of mindfulness among soldiers at every level.

DoD Extends ID Card Renewal Deadlines

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DoD Extends ID Card Renewal Deadlines

Army National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers, military families and retirees now have more time to renew their military identification cards, the Pentagon announced.

The extensions, announced June 7, affect those with Uniformed Services Identification Cards that expire between Jan. 1, 2020, and July 31, 2021. The goal is to allow DoD personnel and beneficiaries to maintain access to health care and other benefits while ID card sites continue to deal with COVID-19 restrictions. 

The new deadlines are:

Soldiers Still Missing Sleep, Avoiding Healthy Foods

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Soldiers Still Missing Sleep, Avoiding Healthy Foods

A June report on Army health finds just 37% of soldiers are getting seven or more hours of sleep, 25% of soldiers are using tobacco products, and less than half of soldiers are eating enough fruits and vegetables. 

DoD Making ‘Good, Steady Progress’ on COVID-19 Shots

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DoD Making ‘Good, Steady Progress’ on COVID-19 Shots

More than 60% of active-duty troops have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose—and that number is “climbing daily,” according to the head of the Defense Health Agency.

“We’ve directly administered almost 3.5 million doses to our eligible beneficiaries and coordinated at least another 800,000 doses of vaccine for our Tricare providers and retail pharmacy networks,” Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Place, director of the Defense Health Agency, told Congress on May 25.

Army Works to Dispel Vaccine Misinformation

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Army Works to Dispel Vaccine Misinformation

The Army is upping its efforts to combat misinformation and provide “full transparency” about the COVID-19 vaccines, the Army surgeon general said.

“We want full transparency about COVID-19 vaccines so that our beneficiaries and our soldiers can make a confident and informed choice about vaccinations,” Lt. Gen. R. Scott Dingle said April 26.

Soldiers Boost COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts

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Soldiers Boost COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts

The Army, along with the rest of DoD, is stepping up to help with COVID-19 vaccination efforts as the rollout continues across the country.

Following a request from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has approved the deployment of 1,110 active-duty troops to support five FEMA vaccination sites.

Leaders Urge Military Families to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

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Leaders Urge Military Families to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

First lady Jill Biden, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley were among a slate of high-profile leaders to appear in a virtual town hall urging military families to get the COVID-19 vaccine.