Hobbled VA Caregiver Program Dims Chance of Expansion

September 25, 2014 | Tom Philpott

by Tom Philpott For older generations of spouses, mothers and other family caregivers of severely disabled veterans, the startling feature of the Family Caregiver Program that Congress enacted in … [Read more...]

Discharge Upgrades May be Possible for Vets with PTSD

September 18, 2014 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE: 80,000 Vets with PTSD Could Gain Discharge Upgrades   As many as 80,000 veterans who suffered from post-traumatic stress and received Other Than Honorable discharges can … [Read more...]

VA Needs to Plus Up Medical Staff

September 11, 2014 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE: VA Chief: 'Tens of Thousands' More Medical Staff Needed The Department of Veterans Affairs needs “tens of thousands” more personnel working in VA hospitals and clinics to meet … [Read more...]

4 Pro Steps To Contacting Your Voc Rehab Office Boss

September 06, 2014 | Benjamin Krause

One veteran recently asked me how to find the Voc Rehab office boss at his VA regional office. I answered his question and wrote down the steps I used as a professional investigative journalist, … [Read more...]

Vets Invited to Capitol Hill Jobs Forum

September 05, 2014 | Terry Howell

On September 10, 2014 veterans, active duty, reserve, National Guard, military families, and supporters are invited to participate in a veteran jobs forum at our Nation’s Capitol. The event is being … [Read more...]

New ‘In-State Tuition’ Rule for GI Bill

September 04, 2014 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE: Understanding New 'In-State Tuition' Ceiling on GI Bill Perhaps the first thing veterans using GI Bill education benefits should understand about new “in-state tuition” … [Read more...]

MOAA Pushes Back on Pay Cap

September 02, 2014 | Terry Howell

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) issued a statement strongly objecting to the proposal to again cap military pay below private sector pay growth. The statement points to a … [Read more...]

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...]