TRICARE BENEFICIARIES NOW HAVE the option to call the TRICARE Nurse Advice Line (NAL) and speak with a registered nurse who will help you determine whether you can handle your health concern at home or you need to seek help from a medical professional. The NAL can be especially useful for those ben-

eficiaries who have medical concerns after regular business hours or are traveling away from home. NAL staff also can help you find a doctor, schedule next-day appointments at military treatment facili- ties, and decide what kind of medical care is neces- sary for your situation. For additional information on the NAL, visit or call (800) TRI-CARE (874-2273).

Democracy Fund Grant

Absentee voting challenges* for servicemembers and their families occur every election cycle. That’s why the Democracy Fund recently awarded the MOAA Military Family Initiative, a 501(c)(3) subsid- iary foundation of MOAA, a $218,000 grant to help military family members understand how to cast an absentee vote. The Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation that works to ensure the American peo- ple come first in the nation’s political system. Each election, deployed servicemembers or families

overseas often wonder: In which state should I vote? The answer: Speak with a judge advocate general about your state of legal residence or where you reside in the eyes of the law. Your state of legal residence is the true, fixed address you consider your permanent home where you once had a physical presence. State of legal residence and voting residence some-

times are mistaken for home of record. While your voting residence might be the same as your home of record at the beginning of your military career, if you change your legal residence or domicile at any point, you also need to update your voting residence. To register to vote, request an absentee ballot, or

find the address of your local board of elections, visit

In Review

The U.S. Coast Guard in World War II. By Malcolm F. Willoughby. Naval Institute Press, 2016. $36.95. ISBN 978-1-59114-606-3.

Originally published in 1957 and now rere- leased by the Naval Institute

Press, this smart history of Coast Guard participation in World War II is a tribute to the small military service with the big motto — “Sem- per Paratus,” Always Ready. Malcolm Willoughby

(1923-2000) was a Coast Guard veteran and service historian. His detailed his- tory describes all aspects of the Coast Guard’s wartime activity, such as recruiting, training, the reserve com- ponent, and how thousands of Coast Guardsmen staff ed more than 1,400 ships, including 600 Army and Navy vessels. Willoughby describes

the Coast Guard’s wartime roles in port security, coast- al and beach patrol, convoy escort, antisubmarine and amphibious operations, and maintenance of weather, communications, and navigation facilities. He also tells of dramatic combat ac- tions in the North Atlantic, the South Pacifi c, and the Mediterranean, as well as

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stories of shipwrecks, dead- ly sea and air rescues, and Greenland’s dogsled patrol.

Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War. By Fred Kaplan. Simon & Schus- ter, 2016. $28. ISBN 978-1- 4767-6325-5.

Cyber war is a “mu- tual threat and op- portunity, a tool of espionage,

and a weapon of war,” ac- cording to Pulitzer Prize- winning journalist Fred Kaplan. His book reveals no cyber secrets; rather, it is an interesting, critical history of cyber warfare develop- ment, both deliberate and accidental, showcasing many problems and off ering few solutions.

Kaplan describes cyber

war’s potential to infl ict disproportionate damage to a nation’s military, economy, infrastructure, and political will, highlighting American defensive vulnerabilities and off ensive capabilities. He tells of U.S. cyber

war successes in Haiti, Iraq, Serbia, and Syria, as well as defensive failures in ongoing cyberattacks from China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia. His conclusion: Cyber protection is more important for U.S. security than cyber projection. — William D. Bushnell

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