Retiree COLA Set for 2015

October 23, 2014 | Tom Philpott

Military and federal civilian retirees, survivor benefit annuitants, disabled veterans and Social Security recipients will see a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment in January. The yearly COLA on … [Read more...]

Slim Chance to Stop Higher Rx Co-Pays, Smaller ‘BAH’ Hikes

October 23, 2014 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott When Congress reconvenes Nov. 12, opponents of billions of dollars in military compensation “reforms” sought by President Obama and the Joint Chiefs of Staff will have one final … [Read more...]

Ebola: Informed and Not Afraid

October 22, 2014 | Terry Howell

Posted at the Request of the Dept. of Defense By Rosemary Freitas Williams, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy Ebola. It is on everyone’s mind, … [Read more...]

Top 4 Strategies When Your Voc Rehab Counselor Will Not Pay Tuition

October 17, 2014 | Benjamin Krause

Disabled veterans have long been plagued with one unresponsive Voc Rehab Counselor after another without much room for recourse or means to encourage timely communications to pay things like tuition. … [Read more...]

VA ‘Choice Card': Uncertainties Swirl as Deadline Nears

October 16, 2014 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Congress last August gave the Department of Veteran Affairs 90 days to issue medical “Choice Cards” to 9.1 million veterans enrolled in VA care. The tight deadline of Nov. 5 … [Read more...]

VA Officials Answer To Vets In A Snap

October 10, 2014 | Benjamin Krause

Veterans reaching out to VA officials like Secretary McDonald and Under Secretary Hickey have received stunningly fast responses via email, which is a dramatic change from the Shinseki … [Read more...]

DoD Health Care on Par with Civilian Providers

October 09, 2014 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE Health Review Verifies a Pearl: Secure Doc-Patient Email The recent 90-day review of the Military Healthcare System found it “comparable in access, quality and safety to average … [Read more...]

Is Redux Retirement a Rip-Off?

October 02, 2014 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE: Redux Retirement - $30,000 'Loan' Costs You $390,000 Would an E-6 careerist nearing retirement accept a $30,000 car loan if forced to pay back a total of $390,000 in principal and … [Read more...]

Hobbled VA Caregiver Program Dims Chance of Expansion

September 25, 2014 | Tom Philpott

by Tom Philpott For older generations of spouses, mothers and other family caregivers of severely disabled veterans, the startling feature of the Family Caregiver Program that Congress enacted in … [Read more...]

Discharge Upgrades May be Possible for Vets with PTSD

September 18, 2014 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE: 80,000 Vets with PTSD Could Gain Discharge Upgrades   As many as 80,000 veterans who suffered from post-traumatic stress and received Other Than Honorable discharges can … [Read more...]

VA Needs to Plus Up Medical Staff

September 11, 2014 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE: VA Chief: 'Tens of Thousands' More Medical Staff Needed The Department of Veterans Affairs needs “tens of thousands” more personnel working in VA hospitals and clinics to meet … [Read more...]

4 Pro Steps To Contacting Your Voc Rehab Office Boss

September 06, 2014 | Benjamin Krause

One veteran recently asked me how to find the Voc Rehab office boss at his VA regional office. I answered his question and wrote down the steps I used as a professional investigative journalist, … [Read more...]