3 2 ©2018 US Family Health Plan. All rights reserved. TRICARE® is a registered trademark of the Department of Defense, Defense Health Agency. All rights reserved. FAM is a publication of US Family Health Plan @ Saint Vincents. The con- tents of FAM are copyrighted and may not be reproduced without the writ- ten permission of US Family Health Plan or content author. US Family Health Plan does not take any responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs, which may be treated as unconditionally assigned for publication. Advertisers and contributors assume all liability for the content and photographs they supply to US Family Health Plan or any company acting on behalf of US Family Health Plan and assume responsibility for any claims against the publisher and publication arising from their adver- tisement or editorial and photos that were contributed by them. Photography submitted to FAM must have written consent from the sub- ject and is the contributors’ responsibility to obtain. US Family Health Plan assumes no liability for services advertised in the magazine. The publisher reserves the right to edit, rewrite, or reject editorial material and assumes no responsibility for accuracy, errors or omissions. All artwork including advertisements created for FAM is the property of US Family Health Plan and cannot be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. Neither the publisher or US Family Health Plan management nor any agency or contractor is responsible for any offers, products, services, statements, information, and content expressed within this magazine. Any person or entity that relies on information obtained from this magazine does so at his or her own risk. The content is provided as an information service only, and it is the sole responsibility of the reader to investigate and evaluate any and all content provided. One of my roles as the Executive Director of US Family Health Plan is to work with representatives on “the hill” to ensure that the National Defense Authorization Act appropriates and sets forth policies addressing the healthcare needs of our TRICARE beneficiaries. In addition to policies regarding the Defense Health Program the bill authorizes appropriations to DOD for compensation, personnel benefits, and various other critical defense expenditures. Mac Thornberry, Chairman of the House Armed Service Committee recently stated “For the 58th straight year, the House has passed the NDAA with overwhelming bipartisan support. The key focus of this bill is restoring readiness to ensure that when our men and women in uniform go out on mission, they have the best equipment, the best training and the best support our nation can provide. This bill also takes crucial steps toward rebuilding our military and reforming the Pentagon. I know that we are in a political business, but there is a time to leave politics at the door. There is also a time to come together to tell allies and adversaries alike that we are serious about defending this country. And most of all, there is a time to come together to support the men and women who risk their lives to defend our country and protect our freedoms”. The United States is faced with challenging times and we must ensure that our armed forces have the tools and resources needed to defend and protect our country. It’s time to modernize our forces and focus on readiness. Our men and women in uniform and their families not only need our support, but the full support of Congress and the current administration. It’s time to band together and do, not only what’s right for our heroes, but what’s right for our country. Jeff Bloom FAM a US FAMILY HEALTH PLAN MAGAZINE Rhonda Morris Director of Corporate Communications, Editor in Chief Angelo Puleo Production Director Carolyn Geida Art Director Contributing Writers: Wil Acosta Dr. Natalie Richardson Contributing Articles: Army Captain Defeats Cancer by Stephen Standifird 6 tools to fight college freshman depression: http://athletesconnected.umich.edu/ six-tools-to-help-fight-college-freshman-depression/ Making the Vaccine Decision: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/ vaccine-decision/index.html On the Cover: “Aiden” son of Tim Kwiat & Pam Kwiat (Senior Health Benefits Consultant for USFHP) Photo by Pamela Kwiat From the Executive Director Jeff Bloom addresses commitee members at NJANG Business meeting