Annual Tricare Prime enrollment fees will be frozen for survivors of deceased active-duty service members and for medically retired uniformed services members and their dependents under a new rule effective Oct. 30. Current Tricare enrollees in these categories will have their annual fees frozen at the rate for the fiscal year in which they enrolled. Fees for future enrollees will be frozen at the rate in effect at the time they enroll.
Several Republican lawmakers have indicated they are willing to consider a White House budget proposal that would significantly reduce Pentagon budget cuts put in place by sequestration. "I would consider any plan that avoids sequestration," said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
The U.S. has agreed to provide support for South Korea in the event of an attack or "provocation" by North Korea. A statement released by the U.S. offered few details about what would constitute a provocation, but one South Korean official cited a 2010 shelling of Yeonpyeong Island by North Korea.
The Senate voted to end debate on a bill for a continuing spending resolution to fund the government and avert a shutdown. The $982 billion bill also includes a 2013 Pentagon appropriations bill. The current continuing resolution expires on March 27.
A mobile application called ANC Explorer helps visitors sort through information on graves at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, including by name, date of birth and date of death, and to get graves' locations. The app also offers photos of headstones, maps routes through the cemetery and identifies nearby points of interest.