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June 1, 2017

Army's First Muslim Division-Level Chaplain Serves All Faiths

Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Khallid Shabazz, who recently became the Army's first division-level Muslim chaplain and previously served as an enlisted soldier as well as a Christian, employs those experiences in providing evenhanded advice and counsel to all.

May 27, 2017

Mattis to TAPS Members: ‘You Represent Best of Our Country’

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis welcomed family members of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors to the Pentagon as part of the organization’s 23rd annual National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp.

April 27, 2017

Face of Defense: Airman Provides Family, Haven for Orphans

Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Henry Hayes and his wife, Stephanie, have devoted their lives to help others in need, as evident in their fostering of 13 children and the adoption of two more. Deeply rooted in faith, the family has always gravitated toward serving those who are, at times, helpless, said Hayes.

April 20, 2017

Face of Defense: Airman Applies Lessons Inside, Outside Classroom

Air Force Staff Sgt. Megan Schreder wears two hats: she's an elementary school teacher as well as an Alaska Air National Guard member. When in uniform, she performs the duties of a services craftsman for the 168th Force Support Squadron. When Schreder is out of her camouflage, she dons the uniform of a fifth-grade teacher.

April 14, 2017

TAPS Honors Survivors, Mentors at Annual Gala

“What TAPS really means to those of us still in uniform is that someone is always going to be there for us and our families, especially if we confront tragedy,” Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during the event to honor loved ones.

April 6, 2017

Servicemembers Group Life Insurance Program Receives Online Portal

The Veterans Affairs and Defense departments are introducing to service members who have Servicemembers Group Life Insurance an online enrollment system that enables its members to manage their group and family coverage online.

March 30, 2017

Face of Defense: Airman’s Service Makes Resources Available for Special Needs Son

Senior Airman Katie Cogbill has achieved success in the Air Force, and her military service also helps her take care of her son, Barrett. Cogbill said that after getting her son's autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, she wanted to go into the medical field to learn more about neurological disorders. She is now a medical technician at Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas.

March 20, 2017

Veteran Helps Others Find Peace Through Horses

Retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Sam Rhodes, an Iraq veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, helps himself and other veterans and their families find peace at his horse farm in Georgia.

Feb. 1, 2017

Free Tax Software, Support Available for Military, Families

With the tax season upon us, service members and their families can access free tax-filing software and consultations to help them navigate the task of submitting their annual taxes.

Jan. 5, 2017

Affordable Care Act Mandates Reporting Minimum Essential Health Care Coverage

Defense Department civilians, military members, nonappropriated funds employees and their families will need to validate their minimum essential health care coverage as reported to the Internal Revenue Service, the Pentagon’s top health official said.

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