Video: Remembering the Fallen

May 30, 2011 | Terry Howell

Please take a moment this memorial day to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. The following videos are a tribute to the fallen and their loved ones... Added on Memrial Day - … [Read more...]

Veterans Get Free Help from Lawyers

May 27, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

The American Bar Association just announced a Memorial Day initiative to assist veterans nationwide in getting the legal help they need to get their benefits, among other things. While the veterans’ … [Read more...]

GI Bill Transferability for Retirees Proposed

May 27, 2011 | Terry Howell

Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) has introduced H.R. 2002.  A bill that would expand Post-9/11 GI Bill Transferability to cover those who have been retired due to disability or medical reasons and … [Read more...]

2012 Military Pay and Benefits Update

May 27, 2011 | Terry Howell

The House passed the FY2012 Defense Authorization Bill (H.R. 1540) earlier this week. As expected the final version of the House bill calls for a 1.6 percent military pay raise, the same amount the … [Read more...]

Gates Puts Pay Cuts on the Table

May 26, 2011 | Terry Howell

Under pressure to reduce the DoD budget, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has -- until recently -- avoided asking for a reduction in military pay and benefits. However, the Wall Street Journal has … [Read more...]

Pat Tillman Scholarship

May 25, 2011 | Terry Howell

From Department of Veterans Affairs The Pat Tillman Foundation’s Military Scholars program supports our nation’s active and veteran servicemembers and their families by removing financial … [Read more...]

VA to Police Hand Washing

May 24, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

Stop laughing; I’m not kidding. The VA recently announced a new IT solution to an old problem – employees not washing hands after using the toilet.  Rather than post simple “Employees Please … [Read more...]

Plan to Freeze GI Bill Stipends Dropped

May 23, 2011 | Terry Howell

UPDATE: The House passed HR 1383 and it is now waiting for Senate action. Read the full report from Stars and Stripes' Leo Shane, House Passes GI Bill Fixes, but will the Senate Act? The House … [Read more...]

23% of Disability Claims Processed Incorrectly

May 21, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

In a recent audit of the VA Disability Compensation System at 16 Regional Offices, the VA Office of the Inspector General estimates that the rating staff incorrectly processed 23 percent of the 45,000 … [Read more...]

2012 Retiree COLA Update

May 20, 2011 | Terry Howell

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the national inflation rate is still trending upward. Of course anyone who has been grocery shopping lately could tell you that, but, the BLS reports … [Read more...]

Veterans Court Funds Axed By House

May 18, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

The House markup last Friday for governmental spending targeted all agencies for reductions from the 2011 budget. That is, except for the Defense’s budget. Overall, the VA budget cuts are projected … [Read more...]

House Moves to Cut Widows Tax

May 17, 2011 | Terry Howell

The final mark-up of the House Armed Services Committee’s version of the defense authorization act is a provision to end the "widow's tax" – otherwise known as the SBP/DIC offset -- for 57,000 … [Read more...]