Dual-Service Couples Could See Housing Allowances Slashed

May 28, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Many of the 40,000 dual-service couples in the military -- members married to other service members – have for years drawn combined housing allowances stateside that more than … [Read more...]

Senate Panel Accepts Plan to Squeeze Commissary Benefit

May 21, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott The Senate Armed Services Committee has accepted a Defense Department plan to pare taxpayer support of base grocery stores, which if enacted into law would lower shopper savings at … [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...]

Wages for 15,000 Commissary Employees Targeted

April 23, 2015 | Tom Philpott

by Tom Philpott To save millions of dollars in compensation and ease streamlining of store operations on base, Defense officials are weighing a plan to convert the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) … [Read more...]

Congress Steps Toward New ‘Blended’ Military Retirement

April 23, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Congress on Thursday took a first, perhaps historic step toward phasing out the 20-year-or-bust retirement system the U.S. military has used to shape and retain its career forces … [Read more...]

Armed Services Subcommittee Proposals for Military Retirement and Benefits

April 22, 2015 | Terry Howell

The following is the House Armed Services Subcommittee for Military Personnel press release, which summarizes the subcommittee's  proposals for the 2016 National Defense Authorization … [Read more...]

Commissary-Exchange Consolidation Idea Gaining Steam

April 16, 2015 | Tom Philpott

Military Update: Commissary-Exchange Consolidation Idea Gaining Steam Consolidation of the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) and three separate military exchange services into a single Defense … [Read more...]

Get The Truth On ‘Scientific Literature’ For VA Disability Claims

April 11, 2015 | Benjamin Krause

Some VA examiners and VA doctors alike are confusing veterans and Veterans Benefits adjudicators about what 'scientific literature' actually is when denying a claim. Do not be fooled. Personally, I … [Read more...]

The War to Destroy Daesh Forces

April 09, 2015 | Tom Philpott

Military Update: From One Cockpit, the War to Destroy Daesh Forces The Department of Defense daily releases a list of U.S. and coalition airstrikes conducted in the previous 24 hours against … [Read more...]