Military Failed to Screen Some Civilians in On-Base Housing

The Defense Department Inspector General has revealed that many civilian tenants that have applied to live in privatized housing on base have not been properly screened. This included background checks that were not conducted at Fort Detrick, Maryland, which is considered a sensitive installation and the home to chemical and biological research programs. Since the report was revealed, DOD IG spokeswoman Kathie Scarrah stated that the background checks have now been completed on those still living in the installations.
Source: Military Times

Congress Approves Fertility Treatments for Vets But Funding Not Available

After a long fight, Congress has approved the VA to cover reproductive services for wounded veterans, but the VA ban still applies. Under the new legislation, the VA would have to locate money in its medical services account. VA assistant deputy under secretary for patient health services, Dr. Rajiv, stated the the department supported the bill, but had “concerns about ensuring VA had appropriate resources,” for it. The new benefit would allow veterans to access to treatment like in vitro services and adoption services. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is still working to overturn the VA ban.
Source: Military Times

Flu Shots Required for All Students at Department of Defense Schools

As of this academic year, all students at Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools are now required to have a flu shot by December 1. According to the DoDEA website, the influenza vaccine would be the best defense against the infectious disease since military families and community are always on the move. Students will not be forced to leave their school if they are unable to acquire the shot by the deadline or if the military treatment facility does not yet have the vaccine available. Parents can contact their local MTF immunization clinic or their school nurse for further details.
Source: Military Times

Army Considers Upgrading Discharges for Some Veterans with PTSD, TBI

The Army is considering upgrading other-than-honorable discharges for about 73 soldiers diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury. A servicewide review showed that these veterans may have not had the required medical examination upon discharge. These cases will be sent to the Army Review Boards Agency. A previous investigation from National Public Radio (NPR) reported that over 20,000 soldiers with PTSD or TBI were separated due to misconduct since 2009. Several senators wrote to Defense Secretary Ash Carter requesting military-wide policy that would require a review before the decision of an involuntary other-than-honorable discharge is made to understand what the misconduct was stemming from, such as a TBI or sexual assault.
Source: Military Times