U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney

A group of Marines based in southern California are embroiled in a health insurance scam that cost the military’s medical provider, TRICARE, more than $67 million. The scheme, reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune on Aug. 18, involved Marines who were allegedly paid $100 to $300 a month to talk to doctors as part of a “telemedicine exam,” according to an affidavit obtained by the Union-Tribune.

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Photo via DoD

The rule is usually discovered by parents bracing for their child to die.

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accesstocare.va.gov

The Department of Veterans Affairs today officially launched a new, searchable Yelp-style ratings website for VA medical centers — a program whose existence was first reported by Task & Purpose last week.

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DOD/Lt. Col. Brandon Lingle

When you’re fighting a war for the better part of two decades, you set a lot of records. But in 2016, U.S. service members downrange in Iraq and Afghanistan set the kind of record you really want to hear about: an entire year without combat amputations. Stars & Stripes reports:

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U.S. Army photo by Stacy Sanning

A treatment involving the injection of a local anesthetic next to a bundle of nerves in the neck has eased post-traumatic stress symptoms in some patients in as little as 30 minutes with dramatic, lasting results.

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AP photo by Jim Mone

Most veterans get some health care from private doctors.

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