Military Compensation Commission’s Final Recommendations

January 29, 2015 | Tom Philpott

Commission: Offer Choices and See Compensation Costs Fall - The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission is urging President Obama to endorse and Congress to enact sweeping … [Read more...]

VA Regional Counsel Tip – All Claimants Must Sign On The Line

January 30, 2015 | Benjamin Krause

I talked with a VA Region Counsel attorney about the steps they prefer when a claimant submits an SF-95 tort claim. Here is what he said to make sure you get it right. When it comes to filing an … [Read more...]

Deadline Looms for TSP Required Update

January 28, 2015 | Terry Howell

Important Notice from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service - Active duty Roth TSP participants have until Saturday midnight to get updated contribution elections submitted via myPay or risk … [Read more...]

New Ruling Opens Ed Benefit to All Texas Vets

January 27, 2015 | Terry Howell

According to an article posted on, a judge recently struck down a clause in a the Hazlewood Act that limits veterans' tuition benefits to those who enlisted in the military while … [Read more...]

Many Housing Residents to Feel ‘BAH Pinch’

January 22, 2015 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE: Privatized Housing Residents to Feel 'BAH Pinch' Too - Families living in privatized military housing units will not escape the impact of moves Congress made last month to dampen … [Read more...]

Individual Unemployability Myth Destroyed – Vets Can Use Voc Rehab With 100% TDIU

January 22, 2015 | Benjamin Krause

One veteran wrote in this week after being misinformed via an Individual Unemployability (TDIU) myth from a VA Voc Rehab counselor that TDIU veterans couldn’t use Voc Rehab wondering if the claim … [Read more...]

Dogged Reservist Behind Win for Ailing C-123 Crewmen

January 15, 2015 | Tom Philpott

Retired Air Force Reserve Maj. Wes Carter almost didn’t travel to Washington D.C. last week where, to his surprise, he heard an independent panel of scientists verify what he had dogged the Air … [Read more...]

ANECDOTE ALLEY – Do Veterans Read VA Claims Denials?

January 09, 2015 | Benjamin Krause

Like some veterans, I did not read my VA claims denials for the first seven years I fought against erroneous VA claims denials. This anecdote is my own and an embarrassing confession as to how long … [Read more...]

Doctor-Lawmaker Heck Ready to Triage Compensation Reforms

January 08, 2015 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE: Doctor Lawmaker Ready to Triage Compensation Reforms - As an Army Reserve physician triaging the care of arriving wounded at the combat support hospital on Al Asad Airbase, Iraq, … [Read more...]

Congress Walks Back Star-Rank Retired Pay

December 31, 2014 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE: Congress: We Went Too Far on Star-Rank Retired Pay At the urging of then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Congress in 2006 took aggressive steps to raise pay and future … [Read more...]

Recap of 2014 Military and Veteran Legislation

December 26, 2014 | Terry Howell

Posted by The Military Officer Association of America As most regular readers of our MOAA Career Networking Group's weekly career building content are aware, we are first and foremost a … [Read more...]

Average 2015 Basic Allowance for Housing to Rise Only .5 Percent

December 22, 2014 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE: Average Stateside Housing Allowance to Rise Only .5 Percent Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to a million service members living off base in the United States will rise by an … [Read more...]