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How would you spend an $81,000 re-enlistment bonus?

Benefits

How would you spend an $81,000 re-enlistment bonus?

  The latest re-enlistment bonus list released by the DoD stated incentives to stay in the military are running as high as $81,000 for select MOSs – a reason some might change their MOS to reap these larger payouts, or stay in the service longer to get the signing cash. But what

Health

Military may soon sue for medical negligence

Each year, more than 250,000 deaths in the U.S. are caused by medical negligence. Many more suffer short- or long-term impacts. Families struggle to find answers and hold medical professionals accountable for their actions, but it is not simple, particularly for military members.   Since 1950, the Feres Doctrine has prevented active-duty

Buying a local car via text or email

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Buying a local car via text or email

    If you are less concerned about taking a test drive or getting whiffs of that new car smell from lots of different vehicles, you might consider negotiating your next car deal without leaving your house. Adam Nunn, whose dad served 20 years in the Air Force, recently bought a car via

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JBLM starts to re-open more services

  (Ranger Staff & JBLM release)   Cases of COVID-19 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord continue to slow along with the rest of the state Lt. Gen. Randy George, I Corps and base commander said Tuesday during a regular scheduled townhall meeting via Facebook. “(Lower cases) means its easier to maintain readiness and return to

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Reservists have rights at work

  The last thing reservists and National Guard members called to duty should expect is to find their civilian job no longer there when they return. Yes, employers face burdens and inconveniences when an employee leaves for an extended period of time, but laws are in place to protect military members.

Housing

Should you own two homes?

  It is bound to come up in a military homeowner’s mind. Should you keep your current home and rent it out while buying another home at your next duty station?   An expert at Harborstone Credit Union says you need to know how VA loans work before boxing yourself into a corner.   Seeing

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Local COVID support for military

  It’s nice to have someone on your side, especially during these uncertain times when your household income may have dropped and the future isn’t clear.   Harborstone Credit Union, with a branch on Joint Base Lewis McChord, is supporting that effort through its Financial Navigator program.   Think of it like having a trusted

Schools

GI Bill/TA lets you do self-paced schooling

Do you want to go back to school, but not on someone else's schedule?  However, in the past, you thought the GI Bill and Tuition Assistance didn't count for self-paced programs? You can earn that certificate, associates, bachelors or master's degree on your own schedule using your military education benefits. You

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Virtual schools impact JBLM

The impact of local school districts going virtual only this fall is a priority for all senior leaders on Joint Base Lewis-McChord said Col. Owen Ray, I Corps, during a townhall meeting Wednesday.AD: Tricare covers depression help in Lakewood and Lacey - TMS is a no-drug and successful program.  START

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Free education for military

  One of the largest benefits of military service for active duty, reserves and family members are the savings available for higher education.  From a certificate to medical school, you can save a bundle as you prepare for a satisfying career. These options are discussed in great detail Saturday during a morning

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No update on PCS, leave orders

Stop movement orders for PCS and leave this summer were not updated Wednesday as of press time. Speaking Tuesday during his weekly town hall address, Lt. Gen. Randy George said Forces Command had not given a final greenlight to release the current stop movement order despite saying last week he thought

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Madigan changes visitations and companion policies

Madigan released new rules on visitations to the hospital including how the companion policy will move forward.  Here is their release today: • ALL patients in the hospital, emergency room and outlying clinics/appointments may have one (1) ADULT visitor, subject to restrictions and exceptions as follows: Screening: AD: Depression is

Town Hall updates summer changes, events on base

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Town Hall updates summer changes, events on base

Services and programs across Joint Base Lewis-McChord updated the greater military community Wednesday in the age of COVID-19 and how that affects activities on base this summer. Col. Skye Duncan, garrison commander hosted the event.  Here are the updates of greatest interest. AD: Depression treatments using MRI-like technology not drugs AND covered

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PCS move dates from San Diego still unknown

There were more questions than answers to the big concerns military personnel and their families put forth during a Facebook Live event with Captain John DePree, commanding officer at Naval Base Coronado. DePree said he is waiting like everyone else to find out when gyms would open, troops can PCS,

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Washington expands religious opportunities

Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that some restrictions on religious gatherings would ease.  He said religious groups in phase one and two would see expansion of opportunities to be together. For in person services in the first phase (which includes all counties right now) outdoor religious services can be up to

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Base openings expand as cases near zero

Following on the heels of towns and cities across the United States, military troops, families and retirees in the South Sound will gain even more access to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, said Lt. Gen. Randy George, commander of I Corps and JBLM told a town hall audience via Facebook, Tuesday. "We've

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More services opening on JBLM

A fresh batch of programs and services are opening on the base, Lt. Gen Randy George, commander of Joint Base Lewis-McChord told a town hall audience via Facebook, Tuesday. The base library will open Wednesday, May 20 for curbside pick up only. Officials are still working out a system for

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D Street Gate likely to not re-open

Lt. Gen Randy George, I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord commander told a town hall audience via Facebook, Tuesday that although still being discussed, it is highly unlikely that the D Street Gate will re-open in the future. The gate is on the back end of North Fort closest to Lakewood

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PCS window dates and more

A few more services will open next week for local military, Lt. Gen Randy George told a town hall audience via Facebook, Tuesday.   In addition, the windows for PCS move dates were also announced. AD: Depressed?  Looking for a natural treatment covered by Tricare.  Contact NeuroStim in Lakewood and Lacey.  Start

Neighborhoods

JBLM store openings and closings

Joint Base Lewis-McChord diners and shoppers will see a few changes in the coming weeks. An update from the Exchange Service Wednesday highlights several shifts. Here are the highlights according to the release: >> At the new PX on JBLM Main theClass Six has recently opened soon to be followed by the

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