National Guard February 2011 : Page 25

NEWSBREAKS Badger, who was treated and released at a local hospi-tal, told one interviewer that Loughner complained, “Oh, you’re hurting me.” He brushed off any com-ments about being a hero and said the man who struck Loughner is more of a hero. Badger said, “Once you’re in the military, you never re-tire.” coverage to age 23. Congress extended this new benefit to military fami-lies, but with the caveat that families pay the full pre-mium. Otherwise, about $300 million would have been added to the Pentagon’s growing bill for providing health care. TMA says the Young Adult Program will be avail-able in the spring and will be made retroactive to Jan. 1. Young adults who are eli-gible for coverage and have had health bills after Jan. 1 are encouraged to keep track of costs so bills can be sub-mitted later. Magazine Archives #FMPXJTBOFYDFSQUGSPNUIF'FCSVBSZ&#1a;&#1a;JTTVFPG N ATIONAL G UARD NBHB[JOF&#0f;*UTQBSUPGBTFSJFTPGSFMFWBOUBS -UJDMFTGSPNUIFQVCMJDBUJPOTNPSFUIBOZFBSTPGBSDIJWFT&#0f; NGAUS Moves to New Quarters 5IF/("64JTPOUIFNPWF&#0f;0SUPCFNPSFBDDVSBUF&#1b; 8FIBWFNPWFECBDLUP0OF.BTTBDIVTFUUT"WFOVF&#0d;/8&#0d; 8BTIJOHUPO%$
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