Sky-High Price Has VA Rationing New Hepatitis C Drug

December 18, 2014 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) used one of his last hearings as chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee to review how VA has had to ration a break-through medicine that cures … [Read more...]

VA Records Request Fees Demystified

December 12, 2014 | Benjamin Krause

Lately, a ton of veterans have been writing in with problems requesting VA records from the Department of Veterans Affairs with a FOIA or Privacy Act request. VA has been trying to charge for things … [Read more...]

Commissary $$$ Restored; Base Tobacco Prices Rising

December 11, 2014 | Tom Philpott

by Tom Philpott House and Senate conferees negotiating a package to fund the Department of Defense through September 2015 have protected commissary operations by restoring 90 percent of a planned … [Read more...]

Why Is Voc Rehab Blocking Veteran Entrepreneurship?

December 05, 2014 | Benjamin Krause

Voc Rehab has amazing resources available to veterans where self-employment is a feasible goal, but rumors are circling the nation that the program is discouraging entrepreneurship. Counselors are … [Read more...]

Transitioning Service Members Get More Time to Access MilConnect

December 04, 2014 | Terry Howell

Reposted From TRICARE sponsors, spouses, and their dependent children 18 years and older have access to their personal information, health care enrollments, eligibility and other … [Read more...]

Retiree COLA Reduction Delayed

December 04, 2014 | Terry Howell

By Bryant Jordan - A move to reduce retirement pay increases for future career service members by 1 percent lower will not go into effect for another year under the 2015 defense budget … [Read more...]

2015 Military Pay Pinch Could Become 2016 Punch

December 04, 2014 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE: 2015 Pay Pinch to Become 2016 Punch If Sequester Is Not Lifted Military folks will see compensation packages pinched in 2015 under a deal struck this week by House and Senate … [Read more...]

Benefit Fight Has 2015 Defense Bill on Ropes

November 27, 2014 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE: Late-Hour Benefit Fight Has Defense Bill on Ropes A dispute between House and Senate armed services committees over whether to slow growth in military housing allowances and raise … [Read more...]

Changes to Discretionary Allotments

November 24, 2014 | Terry Howell

New Department of Defense regulations prohibit the use of discretionary allotments for the purchase, lease or rent personal property. Personal property includes vehicles, appliances and consumer … [Read more...]

Where The Heck Is VA Benefits Head Allison Hickey?

November 21, 2014 | Benjamin Krause

Many of my readers write to Allison Hickey on the regular basis by email now that word has gotten out that she replies. So where the heck is Allison Hickey these days? The quick answer is that she … [Read more...]

TRICARE Improves Autism Care, But Cost Worries Remain

November 20, 2014 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE: Autism Care Coverage Improves, Patient Costs Still a Worry More than 26,000 military families with autistic children are getting better TRICARE coverage of applied behavior … [Read more...]

Voc Rehab Uncorked – Abused Veterans Turn To Social Media

November 14, 2014 | Benjamin Krause

VA Secretary McDonald and Under Secretary Hickey better listen up to the voices of abused veterans getting hammered by unethical VA Voc Rehab Counselors nationwide. “Where do they find these people … [Read more...]