Monday, October 15, 2012

ObamaCare To Cost Military Families More; Marines Experiment With Women In Infantry Course; Resources For Veterans Filing Medical Claims; Chuck Yeager Still Has The Right Stuff; Law Enforcement Line of Duty Deaths

No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy...Motto of the 1st Marine Division-"The Old Breed."

ObamaCare To Cost Military Families More

"Families covered by Tricare, the health program for active and retired members of the military, must pay as much as $200 a month to let an adult stay on their plan until age 26," Wall Street Journal.

With one child, it would amount to a military family or retiree paying up to $2,400.00 a year. Multiply that if they have more children under 26.

Most standard health insurance policies allowed children to remain on their parents' policies until they were between 23 to 25 years old as long as they were dependents especially if they were full-time students. Now, under ObamaCare, they must accept young adults to age 26.  In addition, they do not have to be dependents.

Based on their low salaries, let's hope the government considers giving military families subsidies to be able to afford these bumps in costs.
Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Huffington Post

Marines To Experiment With Women In Infantry Course For The First Time

To date, over 280,000 women have been deployed to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, but not in the infantry. In the last 10 years, women have also been moving into many ranks in the military that were previously barred to them. These included, but have not been limited to, flying combat aircraft, serving on submarine crews and being attached to forward bases. That might all change in the future.

Two Marine women are now part of the Marine Corps' Infantry Officer Course. Allowing the women volunteer for the course is part of an experiment to determine how they perform in a rigorous regimen of physical and psychological stress. "We're not just trying to see who is the most enduring or the toughest. They have to be able to make decisions under stress and duress," said Gen. James Amos, Marine Corps commandant.

One of the two women who volunteered did not make it through the first day but neither did 27 of 109 men. The course is 13 weeks in duration.
The Marine Times, USA TODAY

Resources For Veterans Filing Medical Claims

Below are some online resources for veterans filing medical claims. Most of this information is free and available to all veterans.

Chuck Yeager Still Has The Right Stuff

Chuck Yeager, 89, a retired major general in the United Air Force, test pilot and featured in the movie, "The Right Stuff," flew in an F-15 Eagle commemorating his breaking of the sound barrier exactly 65 years ago yesterday. Yeager was the first human to fly faster than the speed of sound.

Yeager enlisted in the U.S. Army Air forces in 1941 and initially worked as an aircraft mechanic.  He later received his wings in 1943. He flew combat missions in WWII and Vietnam.

In 1947, as an Air Force test pilot, he broke the sound barrier in the X-1.

He retired from the Air Force in 1975. He occasionally flew for the Air Force and NASA as a test pilot. He is now fully retired from military test piloting.

Yeager's many honors and awards including Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star for Valor, Purple Heart, and The Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 Law Enforcement Line Of Duty Deaths

  • To date, 96 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty in the United States. That's down 33% from last year.
  • Average age: 42
  • Average Tour of Duty: 12 years, 11 months
  • 86 men have died; 10 women
  • The state with the highest line of duty deaths: Texas with 8
  • Gunfire deaths: 34. Automobile deaths: 22.  Both show a decline from last year.
  • There have also been 15 K-9 line of duty deaths to date. 
Officer Down Memorial Page


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