Judge Gives VA Agent Orange Denial A Roundhouse Kick

August 29, 2014 | Benjamin Krause

One judge finally gave a VA Agent Orange denial a judo chop followed by a roundhouse kick when reversing a denial of a veteran formerly stationed in South Korea. Well, kind of. The decision was … [Read more...]

Number of VA Claims Explodes

August 28, 2014 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE: CBO: Why VA Claims Exploded and Ways to Slow the Trend America’s population of living veterans fell by almost five million, or 17 percent, from 2000 to 2013. So why did the … [Read more...]

AAFES Wants to Let Vets Shop Online

August 21, 2014 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE: AAFES Makes 'Business Case' for All Vets to Shop Online Allowing 18.8 million honorably-discharged veterans to shop online through military exchange services, which also operate … [Read more...]

How To Make Your VA Voc Rehab Counselor Love You

August 20, 2014 | Benjamin Krause

There is a very simple thing any disabled veteran can do to make their VA Voc Rehab Counselor love you the first day. Get educated. The key to getting the most out of your VA benefits from the … [Read more...]

Attracted to Notion of Veterans Healthcare from Civilian Doctors

August 19, 2014 | Tom Philpott

  Philpott’s Forum presents opinions, insights and questions from readers of  Tom’s weekly news column, Military Update.   This week readers react to the Dept. of Veterans … [Read more...]

Veterans’ Access Act Expands and Improves GI Bill

August 15, 2014 | Terry Howell

Although the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 focused on the VA Health Care Crisis, it included two important GI Bill education benefit … [Read more...]

Hidden Heroes Congressional Caucus

August 15, 2014 | Terry Howell

The Fleet Reserve Association recently reported that congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle have formed a new bipartisan congressional caucus to lead efforts in Congress to address the … [Read more...]

Civilian Doctors to Backstop VA Health Care

August 14, 2014 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE: Civilian Doc Networks to Backstop VA Primary Care Too More than two decades ago, when a shrinking military healthcare system saw patient demand exceed its capacity to deliver … [Read more...]

CBO Proposes Huge Cuts To Veterans Disability Program

August 12, 2014 | Benjamin Krause

On the back of one of the most disgusting scandal against veterans ever, our government just took a renewed look into cutting VA's veterans disability program. Yesterday, Washington Times (WT) … [Read more...]

Did ‘Bold Goals’ Spark the VA Crisis?

August 07, 2014 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE: Did Leadership by 'Bold Goals' Spark VA Wait-Time Crisis? Until he resigned in May, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki led his department of more than 350,000 employees for five years by … [Read more...]

Veterans Legislation – Updated: August 1

August 01, 2014 | Terry Howell

The following is an update on the veterans legislation that have been sent to the president for signature this week: H.R.3230 - Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and … [Read more...]

‘Veteran’s Choice Card’ to Help Vets Get Care

July 31, 2014 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE: How 'Choice Card' and $15 Billion Will Help Vets Get Care Veterans reading only headlines, hearing only sound bites, might have a few misconceptions about how Congress and the VA … [Read more...]