New DOD Website Deters Stolen Valor

The Defense Department has officially unveiled a new website that honors service members’ highest acts of valor.

The site can be found — at http://valor.defense.gov — and it is designed to raise awareness of service members’ heroism and to help deter those who falsely claim military honors.

Currently, the new DOD website initially listed only those service members awarded the congressional Medal of Honor — the country’s highest military honor — since the 9/11 attacks, but Pentagon officials recently added some of (and will eventually include all of) the past and present service members who have been awarded:

to the database over the next few months.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said. “One of the most important things we can do for all veterans is to honor the service of those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.”  Panetta also stated that the database will “help maintain the integrity of awards and honors earned by service members and veterans”

Ultimately, officials said, the intent of the website is to honor soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who received the highest valor awards in operations since Sept. 11, 2001. These are the Medal of Honor, service crosses and the Silver Star. The listing covers only awards since Sept. 11, 2001. The site currently lists only those awarded the Medal of Honor, and will expand to include the other awards, officials said.

“It is essential that we honor and recognize our service members’ achievements, while maintaining the integrity of our award data,” said Erin C. Conaton, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. “We are working quickly to compile accurate information on the heroes of the post-9/11 conflicts. At the same time, we will work with the military services to identify and seek to address the challenges associated with compiling data from earlier conflicts.”

VA and DoD Electronic Health Partnership: Origins and Registration Information

If you are a veteran discharged prior to 2002, then you may not be aware of the partnership now in existence between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD).  These once separate entities now share health information between their unique Electronic Health Record systems.

The VA’s computerized system is known as the VistA CPRS (Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture/Computerized Patient Record System), and they have been working together with the DoD’s Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application (AHLTA, formerly known as CHCS II) to share information for nearly a decade.

The concept of shared information has improved clinical efficiencies and health care outcomes for both entities.  Veterans and active duty Service members can now receive needed health care without having to endure the unnecessary “duplication” of medical tests.  Thanks to modern technology, both VA and DoD clinicians can quickly review important health data from each other’s facilities.

The VA and DoD now share the following health information:

*Admission, disposition, and transfer data *Allergy data *Clinical theater data *Consults *Deployment Health Assessments *Drug and food allergy data *Laboratory orders and results *Outpatient pharmacy data *Patient demographics *Progress notes *Radiology reports *Vital signs data

Future plans include the development of a Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) to ultimately share benefit, personnel, and health data from the start of a recruit’s military service through their transition to Veteran status and for the remainder of their life.

If you are a veteran who has NOT registered with the new electronic system (My HealtheVet), then please visit the following website to

register TODAY: www.myhealth.va.gov

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DOD Partnership to help Military Spouses Seeking Employment

The Defense Department is launching a new partnership next week that’s intended to expand job opportunities for military spouses by connecting them with employers actively seeking to hire them. The partnership is based on memoranda of agreement to hire military spouses. Microsoft, Home Depot, Starbucks and the Navy Federal Credit Union join about 60 other corporations and companies that have agreed to partner.

When the partnership is launched on June 29th at the Chamber of Commerce in D.C., Robert L. Gordon III (deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy) anticipates that at least 14 more companies will have joined the roster. Some 100 job fairs are scheduled, starting in Los Angeles on July 10th, with 200 companies ready to offer them jobs.

“The design of this program is to bring together those spouses who want to work with a web portal where companies that would like to employ our military spouses can find them,” he said.

That web portal is Military OneSource — located at http://www.militaryonesource.com — which also offers job-seeking resources such as resume building.  Call a OneSource consultant toll-free today at 1-800-342-9647.

“Military spouses bring a lot to the table,” he said. “They’ve volunteered and lead different activities on and off our installations. They are skilled, diverse, and know how to operate in a team environment.”

Their sense of team focus and strong work ethic are some of the attributes and characteristics employers are looking for in a 21st century work force, he added.