TRICARE and You: Transition challenges in the West Region

Several customer service issues are now affecting TRICARE beneficiaries in the western U.S., including call center wait times, processing backlogs and a limited provider directory. The DHA is aware of these issues and is monitoring the regional contractor’s response to address these challenges.


New Periodic Health Assessment in effect

The new Periodic Health Assessment (PHA) is now in effect (as of March 1, 2018). Due to the many changes, we’ve decided to describe them in greater detail.


General Messages Weekly Roundup

All Hands selects several messages to publish in a weekly post to help raise awareness about specific messages and useful information.


General Messages Weekly Roundup

All Hands selects several messages to publish in a weekly post to help raise awareness about specific messages and useful information.


Dear Coast Guard Family: 10 things you may not know about the Coast Guard Reserve

The United States Coast Guard Reserve is a flexible, responsive operational force that exists to support the Coast Guard roles of maritime homeland security, national defense, and domestic disaster operations. The Coast Guard depends on the Reserve force to be always ready (Semper Paratus!) to mobilize with critical competencies in boat operations, contingency planning and response, expeditionary warfare, marine safety, port security, law enforcement and mission support.


TRICARE and You: Navigating TRICARE for reservists

As a Coast Guard Reserve member or family member, you have access to TRICARE, the Department of Defense’s premier health care program. TRICARE brings together military hospitals and clinics with a network of civilian providers to offer you medical, pharmacy, and dental options. As a TRICARE beneficiary, you have access to the health care you need wherever you are.


Two ships passing in the night

A thunderous cheer from the class of 1995 announced the completion of four years meant to educate and prepare students for the challenges of life, but nothing could have prepared Mark Hiigel and Joanna Beste for the challenges that come with being married to another service member.


Serving in a Port Security Unit

Port Security Units (PSU) are part of the Coast Guard’s Deployable Specialized Forces (DSF) and have become the pinnacle of the national defense mission, which spawned the formation of the Coast Guard Reserve itself. PSUs need highly-motivated members in the boatswain’s mate (BM) and maritime enforcement specialist (ME) ratings to fill critical billets in Waterside and Shoreside Security Divisions, which are necessary to meet the Coast Guard’s readiness conditions for overseas deployments supporting maritime security operations.


General Messages Weekly Round-up

All Hands selects several messages to publish in a weekly post to help raise awareness about specific messages and useful information.


There is always a better way: Policymakers, researchers consider approaches to reducing Reserve suicides

In the past five years, 10 Coast Guard reservists have died by suicide, an average of two a year. That percentage is lower than that of other military branches and on par with the civilian suicide rate. It’s also small enough that statisticians and health professionals have difficulty pinpointing patterns that would provide the ones left behind reliable answers or contexts.


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