Military/Veteran News – October 12th, 2016

SEX-REASSIGNMENT SURGERY MAY BE COVERED BY PENTAGON

When physicians deem sex-reassignment surgery necessary for active-duty troops there may be coverage by the Pentagon. Non-active duty does not qualify for benefits. Therapy and hormone treatments will be covered by military health program. The Defense secretary announced recently that gender dysphoria no longer disqualifies an individual from military service. “The Veterans Affairs Department has proposed a plan that would allow VA to cover sex-reassignment surgery on a case-by-case basis.”
Source: Military Times

STUDENTS AT DOD SCHOOLS MUST HAVE FLU SHOT
The center for Disease Control and Prevention’s advisory committee on Immunization Practices and the Department of Defense Joint Medical Services has advised against the 2016-2017 nasal flu spray vaccine. Students at the Department of Defense Education (DODEA) Activity Schools are now required to get a flu shot by December 1. Individuals can contact the local Military Treatment Facility clinic for more information.
Source: Military Times

US WARSHIP: NAVY NEAR MISS
Two missiles fired from Yemen fell short of a US warship patrolling the Red Sea off the coast of the war-torn country. “Both missiles impacted the water before reaching the ship,” said Dunn, adding that “there were no injuries to our sailors and no damage to the ship”. Rebel forces did not seem to be targeting any particular ship. “Also on Monday, the Riyadh-led coalition fighting the Huthis accused the rebels of firing a ballistic missile towards the southwestern Saudi city of Taif, hundreds of kilometres (miles) from the Yemeni border.”
Source: Military Times