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Gun safeSignificant Weight Lifted for Military PCS

by Carolyn Alston, MyAFB Strategic Communications

While our nation’s military is trained in handling guns, firearms can be detrimental when handled by the wrong person. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, firearms were the leading cause of death among U.S. children and adolescents in 2020. Safety is the top priority for Airmen, Guardians, and their families.

The Joint Travel Regulations for service members were updated May of 2022 to exclude the weight of gun safes from the total weight allowance of household goods in a permanent change of station (PCS). The current weight allowance for service members is between 5,000 and 18,000 pounds, depending on rank and custodial dependent status. This will eliminate approximately 200 to 1,000 pounds (the approximate range of weight for a gun safe) from the total household weight allowance. Instead, an empty gun safe will be allowed to ship separately with a weight load of up to 500 pounds... (more)


New benefits that bring military families closer together

by Carolyn Alston, MyAFB Strategic Communications

New benefits and recent updates to parental leave and separation policies place emphasis on the importance of families. Airmen, Guardians, and families endure a great deal of pressure from their work lives, these new benefits will help in balancing work and family life.

The Department of the Air Force Instruction 36-3003, Military Leave Program, was recently updated to include leave time for Airmen and Guardians who elect to participate in a fertility treatment program at a military medical treatment facility. This update provides up to 35 days of Permissive Temporary Duty (TDY), which can also be divided into parts as deemed necessary by the medical provider. Military members can undergo treatment at any one of six fertility treatment facilities... (more)

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VA launches $20 million innovation challenge to reduce Veteran suicide

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2022 - As part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ 10-year strategy to reduce Veteran suicide, VA invites innovators across the country to participate in Mission Daybreak — a $20 million challenge designed to help VA develop new suicide prevention strategies for Veterans.


VA implements COVID-19 health protection levels enhancing Veteran, visitor and employee safety at medical facilities

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2022 - The Department of Veterans Affairs Health Administration launched three operational levels called VHA COVID-19 Health Protection Levels to provide a consistent, nationwide approach at its medical centers.