Caps on Pay and BAH and Higher Rx Co-Pays

July 24, 2014 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE: Smaller BAH Raises, Higher Drug Co-Pays Gain Steam The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a fiscal 2015 defense money bill that fully supports the Senate Armed Services … [Read more...]

Get The Newly Updated VA Voc Rehab Bible – Called The M28R Manual

July 23, 2014 | Benjamin Krause

This is a must have for veterans in VA Voc Rehab or even thinking about getting into the program. VA counselors must follow its rules no matter what, so it helps veterans predict what to do and when … [Read more...]

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...]