Senate Votes to End Hide-the-Food-Stamps Game Stateside

June 25, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott The Senate has voted to end a special food allowance stateside that was conceived 14 years ago primarily to avoid more news reports of military families using food stamps. On that … [Read more...]

Senate Action: Privatized Commissaries Killed; ‘Couples BAH’ Cut Survives

June 18, 2015 | Tom Philpott

Senate Action: Privatized Commissaries Killed; ‘Couples BAH' Cut Survives The Senate voted Wednesday to kill a plan hatched by its armed services committee to privatize five large commissary … [Read more...]

House Supports Biggest Military Pay Raise in Five Years

June 17, 2015 | Terry Howell

[UPDATED: June 18, 2015] Last week the House of Representatives passed their version of the 2016 defense budget (H.R. 1735) , which includes plans to give service members a 2.3 percent pay increase … [Read more...]

DoD: Reshape ‘Blended Retirement’ Plan to Better Protect AVF

June 11, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Military leaders and Department of Defense pay experts have presented to Congress a reshaped version of that new “blended retirement” system for future service members, saying … [Read more...]

White House to Senate: Scuttle ‘Marriage Penalty’ on BAH

June 04, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott The Obama administration applauds several steps the Senate Armed Services Committee has taken to dampen military compensation growth next year, including support for a third … [Read more...]

Access to GI Bill Transferability May Tighten

June 01, 2015 | Terry Howell

A hint that the Congress is seeking budget savings in the form of tightening access to Post-9/11 GI Bill transferability is hidden in the details of the Senate’s version of the 2016 National Defense … [Read more...]

Senate Looks at Slashing Dual-Service Couples BAH and Modernizing Retirement

May 28, 2015 | Tom Philpott

Military Update: Dual-Service Couples Could See Housing Allowances Slashed Many of the 40,000 dual-service couples in the military -- members married to other service members – have for years … [Read more...]

Plans to Squeeze Commissary Benefit Okayed by Senate Panel

May 21, 2015 | Tom Philpott

Military Update: Senate Panel Accepts Plan to Squeeze Commissary Benefit The Senate Armed Services Committee has accepted a Defense Department plan to pare taxpayer support of base grocery stores, … [Read more...]

House Passes 5 Veteran’s Bills in a Day

May 18, 2015 | Terry Howell

Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the following veterans related bills: H.R. 1382, the Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment Act would allow the VA secretary, when awarding … [Read more...]

TRICARE ‘Reforms’ Rejected; Caps on Pay and BAH Raises Remain Possible

May 14, 2015 | Tom Philpott

Military Update: Big TRICARE 'Reforms' Rejected; Caps on Pay, BAH Raises Still Eyed Both the Senate and House armed services committees have rejected two TRICARE reform plans, one from the Obama … [Read more...]

Guard and Reserve Retirement Choices Become Clear

May 07, 2015 | Tom Philpott

Military Update: Reserve, Guard Retirement Choices in Sharper Focus Many current Reserve and National Guard members, particularly those who are younger and have fewer years of service, are likely … [Read more...]

HASC Votes 55-8 for ‘Blended’ Military Retirement Plan

April 30, 2015 | Tom Philpott

Military Update: House Panel Supports 'Blended' Military Retirement Plan Despite vigorous opposition from a few colleagues who are military retirees, the House Armed Services Committee voted … [Read more...]