Lifting Concurrent Receipt Ban Left Out Many Vets

July 22, 2014 | Tom Philpott

Philpott’s Forum presents questions, opinions and insights from readers of Tom Philpott’s Military Update news column.   The following are readers comments and questions concerning … [Read more...]

VA Fears Opening ‘Floodgates’ to Private Care

July 17, 2014 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE: VA Asks Hill Not To Open 'Floodgates' to Private Care   The ambitious push by Congress and its veteran affairs committees to swiftly solve a health care wait-time crisis for … [Read more...]

Military Consumer Protection Day

July 16, 2014 | Terry Howell

Make July 16 Matter - Guest Post by Holly Petraeus, Assistant Director for Servicemember Affairs. In case you haven’t heard, Military Consumer Protection Day (MCPD) is on July 16th this year. If … [Read more...]

Veterans Legislation Update – July 15

July 15, 2014 | Terry Howell

The following is an update on the veterans bills that have been sent to the president for signature this week: H.R.272 - To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense … [Read more...]

TRICARE Coverage Restored for Genetic Lab Tests

July 10, 2014 | Tom Philpott

  MILITARY UPDATE: TRICARE to Restore Coverage for Up to 40 Genetic Lab Tests The Defense Health Agency, relying on medical laboratory experts and existing authority to conduct medical … [Read more...]

Stage Set for Military Pay Reform

July 02, 2014 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE: Commission Interim Report 'Sets Stage' for Pay Reform Military folks upset that recent defense budgets have targeted their pay and benefits have no reason to fear a new 358-page … [Read more...]

New York VA Audit Shows 30% Veterans’ Claims Improperly Evaluated

July 02, 2014 | Benjamin Krause

New York, NY – A New York VA audit revealed the New York VA Regional Office failed to properly evaluate 30 percent of disability claims in the sample. Half of those claims improperly evaluated had … [Read more...]

Roth TSP Favored by Military Savers

June 26, 2014 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE:Military Savers Favoring 'Roth' TSP to Grow Nest Eggs Military savers are discovering the special advantages a Roth-type Thrift Savings Plan (Roth TSP) provides to them, given that … [Read more...]

Most Vets Favor Idea of Online Exchange Shopping

June 23, 2014 | Tom Philpott

Plipott's Forum presents opinions, insights and questions from readers of Tom Philpott’s weekly Military Update column. What a great idea to open exchange shopping online to all veterans with … [Read more...]

Solving VA Care-Delay Crisis too Costly?

June 19, 2014 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE: Cost of Rush to Solve VA Care-Delay Crisis: $54B Yearly Like a waiter bringing the check after a high-spirited meal in a fine restaurant, the Congressional Budget Office has … [Read more...]

VA Voc Rehab FAQs Sheet Deceives TDIU Disabled Veterans

June 19, 2014 | Benjamin Krause

On Monday, we touched base on a felonious Voc Rehab FAQs sheet the agency passes out to veterans seeking information on VA Vocational Rehabilitation. At the time of the publication of the Voc Rehab … [Read more...]

The Questionable VA Voc Rehab FAQs Sheet

June 16, 2014 | Benjamin Krause

I recently snagged this VA Voc Rehab FAQs sheet from the local VA Vocational Rehabilitation office here in St. Paul that is chalk full of questionable claims and legal angling - one of which is … [Read more...]