North Carolina News

TRICARE Changes

Changes to the TRICARE Prime military health insurance plan policy aimed to control medical costs will result in increased fees for beneficiaries who do not live near military hospitals.  Those affected will automatically be enrolled in TRICARE Standard, a plan with higher out-of-pocket expenses.  According to data from the Department of Defense (DoD), these changes will affect some 170,000 service members and their families, including 14,000 in North Carolina. Read more…

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Research Advances MH Practices

Testimony from Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, Army Surgeon General, highlights the advances made in military mental health practices that have improved behavioral healthcare services to troops.  Research, supported by Congressional funding, has resulted in programs such as those that embed combat stress teams in Afghanistan, which have “demonstrated significant reductions in key behavioral health measures while knocking down access barriers and stigma.”  Research has also led to improvements in identifying and treating traumatic brain injury and increased access to […]

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Veterans Upward Bound Project

Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) Veterans Upward Bound project supports veterans with getting and staying on track while pursuing a college education. This program, a first in North Carolina, was made possible by a five-year, $1.23 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education. College president Dr. Bud Marchant stated that many of the veterans who could benefit from this program are “potential first-generation college attendees, low-income, or academically at-risk students.”  The college plans to partner with Wake and […]

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‘Best Warrior’ Competition

Between March 26th and 28th, North Carolina National Guard soldiers gathered at the 2013 Best Warrior Competition at Camp Butner National Guard Training Center.  Thirteen participants were chosen to compete from the more than 10,000 North Carolina National Guard soldiers. The competition included a physical fitness test, land navigation, and soldier skills testing.  After three days of competition, Army Maj. Gen. Greg Lusk, the Adjutant General of North Carolina, recognized the accomplishments of all the contestants and named the winners, […]

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April Military Child Month

Since 1983, the Department of Defense (DoD) has recognized military children for the contributions and sacrifices they make to support their parents’ military service. Barbara Thompson, director of DoD’s Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth states that “Military children, youth, and teens are an integral part of their military parent because they stand by them, they’re proud of them, they recognize their sacrifices, and they take on additional responsibilities to meet the needs of their families.” It is important for […]

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Changes to Questionnaire

The Director of National Security James Clapper has agreed to change the National Security Questionnaire to protect victims of sexual assault. This questionnaire contained a question that asked about an applicant’s counseling history. Prior to this announcement, applicants who had received counseling for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) were able to answer “no” to this question, but those who had received counseling for military sexual assault still were required to answer yes.  This announcement came just one day after a panel […]

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Homelessness Issues

After leaving the service, many female veterans find themselves facing a number of challenges leading to homelessness. These challenges include unemployment, underemployment, lack of affordable family housing, poverty, and lack of programs to meet their specific needs.   Experts who work with these female veterans state that these challenges can be greater for women who have experienced the trauma of military sexual abuse (the Service Women’s Action Network or SWAN has a legal and social service helpline at 1-888-729-2089 or helpline@servicewomen.org). […]

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New University Program

The Fayetteville State University’s Collaborative Institute for Interprofessional Education and Practice opened on March 13, 2013. Through collaboration with the FSU Department of Nursing, Departments of social work and psychology, and the FSU/ Fort Bragg Veteran’s Center, this program will focus on the biopsychosocial health of military personnel, veterans, and their families. Sheila Cannon, Ph.D., Clinical Director for the  Institute, will be presenting more information about this program at the North Carolina Focus on Veterans, Servicemembers, and Their Families meeting […]

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Behavioral Health Services Affected by Sequestration

Civilian furloughs due to budget cuts required by sequestration will affect the availability and access to Army behavioral health care states Colonel Rebecca Porter, Chief of Army Behavioral Healthcare. Currently, civilians make up about 60% of Army medical providers, which includes more than half of the 4,500 behavioral health providers. Colonel Porter stated that the Army is looking at a variety of ways to address this problem, including requesting exemptions for some civilian providers, and utilizing active duty medical providers […]

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Ft. Bragg Chosen

The Department of Defense (DoD) has chosen Fort Bragg as one of thirteen sites for the Healthy Base Initiative pilot.  This one-year pilot project aims to increase the health and wellness of servicemembers, civilians, and their family members, targeting a number of health issues including nutrition, weight, and tobacco use. Starting in April, each installation will be assessed on a number of factors, including healthy commissary offerings, ease of exercising, and choices for healthy meals. Outcome information from the pilot […]

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