Where The Heck Is VA Benefits Head Allison Hickey?

November 21, 2014 | Benjamin Krause

Many of my readers write to Allison Hickey on the regular basis by email now that word has gotten out that she replies. So where the heck is Allison Hickey these days? The quick answer is that she … [Read more...]

TRICARE Improves Autism Care, But Cost Worries Remain

November 20, 2014 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE: Autism Care Coverage Improves, Patient Costs Still a Worry More than 26,000 military families with autistic children are getting better TRICARE coverage of applied behavior … [Read more...]

Voc Rehab Uncorked – Abused Veterans Turn To Social Media

November 14, 2014 | Benjamin Krause

VA Secretary McDonald and Under Secretary Hickey better listen up to the voices of abused veterans getting hammered by unethical VA Voc Rehab Counselors nationwide. “Where do they find these people … [Read more...]

Law Requires VA to Provide Care for Lejeune Vets and Families

November 13, 2014 | Terry Howell

MILITARY UPDATE: Lejeune Vets Gain by Knowing Details of 2012 Toxin Law By Tom Philpott A 2012 law that requires VA to cover healthcare of former Marines, sailors and family members with ailments … [Read more...]

VR&E – What Happens When Your VA Disability Goes Up?

November 08, 2014 | Benjamin Krause

Veterans wrote in yesterday with questions about VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment to find out what happens when your VA disability rating increases. The answer really depends on the … [Read more...]

First VA Care ‘Choice Cards’ Mailed Out

November 06, 2014 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE: First 'Choice Cards' Mailed to 320,000 Vets Living Far from VA Care The Department of Veterans Affairs has mailed its first medical “Choice Cards,” with letters explaining how … [Read more...]

Commissaries Respond to Drop in Sales

October 30, 2014 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE: Commissaries Answer Sales Drop with 'Value Brand' and More The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) faced a tough operating environment in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 as sales … [Read more...]

3 Keys to Preparing for a Voc Rehab Meeting (Or Any VA Meeting)

October 24, 2014 | Benjamin Krause

There are three key down and dirty elements that you need to prepare before you attend a first meeting Voc Rehab meeting with your Voc Rehab Counselor that we will cover here. Do you know what they … [Read more...]

Retiree COLA Set for 2015

October 23, 2014 | Tom Philpott

Military and federal civilian retirees, survivor benefit annuitants, disabled veterans and Social Security recipients will see a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment in January. The yearly COLA on … [Read more...]

Slim Chance to Stop Higher Rx Co-Pays, Smaller ‘BAH’ Hikes

October 23, 2014 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott When Congress reconvenes Nov. 12, opponents of billions of dollars in military compensation “reforms” sought by President Obama and the Joint Chiefs of Staff will have one final … [Read more...]

Ebola: Informed and Not Afraid

October 22, 2014 | Terry Howell

Posted at the Request of the Dept. of Defense By Rosemary Freitas Williams, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy Ebola. It is on everyone’s mind, … [Read more...]

Top 4 Strategies When Your Voc Rehab Counselor Will Not Pay Tuition

October 17, 2014 | Benjamin Krause

Disabled veterans have long been plagued with one unresponsive Voc Rehab Counselor after another without much room for recourse or means to encourage timely communications to pay things like tuition. … [Read more...]