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Dublin says care remains strong amid VA scandal

Dublin says care remains strong amid VA scandal

Gus Allbritton, a volunteer for the Carl Vinson V.A. Medical Center in Dublin says care at that hospital remains strong despite problems at other locations across the country.

Recently, the Department of Veterans Affairs has faced allegations that 40 people may have died at a V.A. center in Phoenix after being delayed care.

A veteran told WXIA in Atlanta that he has waited months for treatment at a facility in Cobb County.

Sport Fencing growing at high school and middle school levels

Sport Fencing growing at high school and middle school levels

Many parents and educators across the U.S. are coming to realize the benefits to students of Olympic Sport Fencing.  Sport fencing has been a small but ever present sport in America since the 19th century.  Usually, and erroneously, associated with the privileged class, it has found little place at large in the ball dominate sports arena in America.  However, that view has been changing rapidly over the 25 years.  The U.S. has grown steadily in world prominence including generation of World Champions and Olympic Gold and Silver medalist.  This growth is attributed with broader media coverage but also with a concerted effort by coaches and fencing enthusiast to promote this exciting sport at the middle school and high school levels around the country.  This moves fencing out from the traditional private salles (clubs) and college environments so as to make it accessible to everyone who is interested. 

Houston County restaurant ratings

Houston County restaurant ratings

See how Houston County restaurants rated with the Georgia Department of Health from March 25-April 25:

Hagel supports review of on-base tobacco sales

Hagel supports review of on-base tobacco sales


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday that he supports a force-wide review of tobacco use and sales on military installations.

"I think we owe it to our people," Hagel said at a Pentagon news conference.

The military's health care costs attributable to tobacco use are "astounding, well over a billion dollars" a year, Hagel said.

"Dollars are one thing, but the health of your people, I don't know if you put a price on that. So I do think it needs to be looked at and reviewed," Hagel said.

"Whether we, in the military, through commissaries [and] PXs, sell or continue to sell tobacco is something that we need to look at. And we are looking at it," Hagel said.

Robins TRICARE center closing

Robins TRICARE center closing


The TRICARE benefits walk-in service center at Robins Air Force Base is closing Tuesday, the base says.

TRICARE is the Defense Department health care program. According to its website,Tricare covers about 9.6 million active- duty service members, National Guard and Reserve members, retirees, their families and survivors.

The Department of Defense is closing all of its service centers nationwide to save an estimated $250 million over the next five years.

They say the centers are becoming obsolete due to advancements in on-line technology that lets people manage benefits from home. Walk-in centers are the most expensive service option, the Department of Defense says.

New battlefield acupuncture could soon come to Robins AFB

New battlefield acupuncture could soon come to Robins AFB

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Medical patients here looking for pain relief may soon have the option of nontraditional treatment.

The treatment, called battlefield acupuncture, was recently introduced to physicians and other healthcare professionals by Dr Tom Piazza, one of three acupuncturists at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

Piazza led a day-long training session at the 78th Medical Group to get personnel acquainted with and ultimately credentialed on the battlefield acupuncture. Students received hands-on instruction by performing the acupuncture procedure on each other as well as volunteers seeking relief from persistent pain.

The procedure is specific to the surface of the ear and consists of five small needles, which remain in place for two to four days before being removed or falling out on their own. Though performed in minutes, results of the procedure are often felt within seconds.

Burger King puts lower-calorie fries in Kid's Meal

Burger King puts lower-calorie fries in Kid's Meal

Bruce Horovitz, USA TODAY

Burger King is tweaking its Kid's Meals with fries that are less nutritionally naughty.

The burger giant Tuesday announced that its crinkle-cut Satisfries -- with 40% less fat and 30% fewer calories than McDonald's fries -- will immediately become the standard fries served in Burger King Kid's Meals nationally. Although BK charges slightly more for Satisfries with adult meals, it will not charge more for its Kid's Meals.