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...]

New Fairness to Veterans Act Unveiled

April 08, 2015 | Terry Howell

The following has been provided by The American Legion - 'Fairness to Veterans' empowers veteran-owned businesses in rebuilding nation's infrastructure  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Mike … [Read more...]

Caution Flag Up on More Easing of VA ‘Choice Card’

April 02, 2015 | Tom Philpott

Military Update: Caution Flag Up on More Easing of VA 'Choice Card' Usage An actuarial firm under contract to the Department of Veterans Affairs projects that allowing veterans who live more than … [Read more...]

VA Announces New Grants to Help End Veteran Homelessness

March 31, 2015 | Terry Howell

New VA Initiative Targets 45,000 Homeless and At-Risk Vets and Families in High Need Communities WASHINGTON – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today announced the award of nearly … [Read more...]

President Supports Commission’s Goals for Pay and Compensation

March 30, 2015 | Terry Howell

The following text is from the letter sent from President Obama to Congress in regard to his support for the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission 's recommendations. Dear … [Read more...]

The Great Divide Over Compensation Reforms

March 26, 2015 | Tom Philpott

Military Update: The Great Divide Over Compensation Reforms The Military Coalition can make Congress tremble from time to time, by presenting a united front of millions of members from more than 30 … [Read more...]

Dying Veteran Exposes Veterans Choice Card Problems

March 21, 2015 | Benjamin Krause

KARE 11 investigative reporter AJ Lagoe helped dying veteran Paul Walker expose Veterans Choice Card program problems, problems that provide many veterans with no choice at all. Coverage aired on … [Read more...]