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TRICARE Website: Easier to Use

On July 24, unveiled a new website design to give TRICARE’s 9.6 million beneficiaries clear and easy access to benefit information.  Users now have more ways to browse our site. We’ve added easier navigation, a login button for quicker access to our partner’s secure services, and a section on the homepage dedicated to life-changing events. We’ve also streamlined and reorganized our content so users can find what they’re looking for in the way they’re expecting.

We’re listening to our beneficiaries.  Our new design is the result of an ongoing review about what beneficiaries are looking for when they visit We are using satisfaction surveys, analytics, and user feedback to highlight key information. We are also closely monitoring our most visited pages and our most frequent search terms on Some of the most popular things that beneficiaries look for include:

What plan can I use?
What’s covered?
How do I find a doctor?
How much will I pay?

We paired these findings with an extensive review of 34 government and private sector health insurance plan websites. This allowed us to apply common industry practices of website navigation, organization, content, naming convention, and readability. is a powerful educational tool for beneficiaries to learn about their health benefits and stay updated on the latest changes. Visit TRICARE Website to see the new design and explore the TRICARE benefit.


VVA supports S.2738, Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2014 introduced by Senatora Jerry Moran-KS and Richard Blumenthal-CT

August 1, 2014
No. 14-17
Contact: Mokie Porter

Sen. Jerry Moran Joins With Senator Blumenthal To Introduce Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act of 2014

(Washington, DC) – “We applaud Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) for joining forces to introduce The Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2014, said VVA National President John Rowan. “Among the so-called invisible wounds of war are those brought home by troops that may not manifest for decades. And most tragically, the damage done by the toxins may pass on genetically to the children and grandchildren of our nation’s warriors. Our children are the innocent victims of our military service.”

This bill, (S.2738), instructs the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish a national center for research on the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions of the descendants of veterans exposed to toxins during service in the Armed Forces. Further, S.2738 calls for the establishment of an advisory board to oversee and assess the work of the center to determine health conditions that result from toxic exposure and to study and evaluate cases of exposure. The advisory board will advise the Secretary of VA on issues related to research conducted at the National Center and the particular benefits and services required by the descendants of individuals exposed while serving as members of the Armed Forces.

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Commission to Hold Hearing in Fayetteville, NC

The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC) will conduct a town hall meeting on the evening of Wednesday, June 25 2014 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The Commission requests participation from anyone who resides in the general vicinity of Fayetteville. The Commissioners will hear testimony from witnesses on matters surrounding the programs that compensate the members of our Unformed Services and that therefore support the long-term health of the All-Volunteer Force.
Go to this website <> for additional information about the Commission.
The Chairman and Commissioners will hear from Service members, veterans, retirees, family members, and the public. Attendees will be given an opportunity to address the Chairman and Commissioners and relay to them their experience and comments.

Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Location: Embassy Suites, 4760 Lake Valley Drive, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28303
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm


VA Opening Burn Pit Registry

VA Press Release

The VA is committed to caring for the needs of Veterans who have lung and other health conditions possibly related to their deployment to the Southwest Asia Theater of Operations. The Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry <> will enable VA to better assess the health of veterans exposed to burn pits and other airborne hazards.

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Families still feeling effects of Agent Orange

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Tony Musolino (from left), Mack Mitchell and Rossi Nance take part in a planning meeting for an upcoming town hall meeting about the effects of Agent Orange at the Vietnam Veterans of America offices in Wilmington on Tuesday. The town hall meeting is scheduled for June 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Elks Lodge at 5102 Oleander Drive in Wilmington.

Click here to view the event web site

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Vietnam Veterans of America Responds to Sen. Burr Open Letter to America's Veterans


May 27, 2014


The Honorable Richard Burr

825 A Hart Senate Building

Washington, D.C. 20510


Dear Senator Burr:


On behalf of the membership of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), we write to express our astonishment at your insulting remarks about the testimony and staff of VSOs in your May 23 “Open Letter to America’s Veterans.”  Clearly you were neither present, nor listening when you were present, to our testimony and that of our colleagues, none of whom defended “the status quo within the VA,” or spoke to “protecting our relationships within the agency and securing access to the Secretary and his inner circle.”  


And similarly, for you to state that VSO executive staff “ignored the constant VA problems expressed by their members and is more interested in their own livelihoods and Washington connections…,” is blatantly false and, in reality, is perhaps more reflective of your lack of knowledge of the character, integrity, and honor of these fine people who serve their membership. The VVA staff is known for their candor and bluntness when discussing problems with health care and other vitally needed veteran services, either with VA officials or with Members or Senators in the Congress.

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