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  • DOD announces policy change on transfer of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits

    The Department of Defense issued a substantive change today to its policy on the transfer by service members in the uniformed services of Post-9/11 GI Bill educational benefits to eligible family member recipients. Effective one year from the date of this change, eligibility to transfer those benefits will be limited to service members with less
  • Can you relate? An 8th Air Force Airman talks candidly about work life, challenges and value

    Many times in the military we don’t have a choice about what challenges are thrust upon us. Many of us don’t get to choose our career field, where we work, who our supervisor is or when deployments happen. Sometimes it can be challenging to see the big picture, to remember why we do what we do, and to maintain a positive perspective.  The following
  • TRICARE Prime beneficiaries referral waiver period is over

    A temporary referral waiver for TRICARE Prime beneficiaries ended June 30, 2018, and patients need to take action to continue receiving specialty healthcare.The waiver allowed TRICARE West Region beneficiaries to bypass the review and approval process for most specialty outpatient care through the end of June.Although the waiver program was
  • Air Force Widow vows to bring awareness to invisible wounds

    Air Force veteran Stacey Pavenski, 46, of Palm Bay, Florida, has post traumatic stress disorder, but she didn’t get it from serving in combat. It came from her husband’s combat struggles that drove him to take his own life in their bedroom, Sept. 18, 2017, while she was in the kitchen. He was 45.That fateful day has led her on a journey to bring
  • A peek behind the curtain: Prolonged exposure therapy for PTSD

    Post-traumatic stress disorder can be debilitating, but there are therapies that can reduce symptoms, improve quality of life, and help Airmen return to duty.One of the most effective therapies, practiced by many Air Force mental health professionals, is prolonged exposure therapy.PTSD symptoms can create a network of fear. Memories and sensations
  • PTSD: The Ugly, Raw, Imperfection

    Tucked away in a circle of 1800’s refurbished homes, banging and chiseling sounds pour through the cracks, spilling onto a big front porch hosting a mountain of a man who blocks out the swinging screen door behind him.Tony Fantasia, the man with the bear paw that could crush someone’s hand, operates a hand-made hobby shop that doubles as an
  • Check your ego at the door, be your own advocate

    Master Sgt. James Stalnaker always thought going to mental health was a deal breaker for your career; that mental issues make you a weaker person. It took encountering struggles of his own to change those views.  Stalnaker has persevered through a debilitating motorcycle accident that left him struggling with an undiagnosed traumatic brain injury
  • Exposing invisible wounds: A personal story about PTSD, healing

    Tech. Sgt. Joshua Brooks landed at Balad Air Base, Iraq, for the first time in January 2010. An airman 1st class at the time, Brooks was eager to be on his first deployment for the Air Force. “I was so excited about going. I was really blue early in my career--really blue,” Brooks said.  Brooks, a munitions troop, worked at night, building bombs,
  • Out of the mouths of babes

    The United States Air Force hosted the 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 1-9.   These adaptive sport events were for wounded, ill and injured service members from the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Special Operations Command, as well as the United Kingdom Armed
  • A peek behind the curtain: The first step of PTSD care

    Perhaps the most difficult part of seeking help for post-traumatic stress disorder is making that first appointment, since Airmen are often unsure of what to expect.Not knowing what to expect from mental health providers can get in the way of effective PTSD treatment. Lt. Col. Joel Foster, the Air Force Mental Health Policy chief, stresses the
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