No Tuition Assistance Cuts in 2012

October 31, 2011 | Terry Howell

The same week the Marine Corps backed off their decision to gut their tuition assistance program, the DoD’s American Forces Press Service released an article saying the DoD would not be reducing … [Read more...]

Disability Claims and Lay Evidence: It Works

October 30, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

There is a longstanding debate about personal statements in disability claims. I was personally shocked to learn that some Veteran Service Officers discourage veterans from writing personal statements … [Read more...]

Are Veterans Benefits Under Attack?

October 30, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

This year, we have seen an assault against the protections and benefits promised to veterans. From health care cuts to retirement pay reductions, veterans and active military are in the cross hairs of … [Read more...]

DBB Retirement Plan Draws Fire

October 28, 2011 | Terry Howell

Several Congressmen have joined veterans' organization leaders in their opposition to the Defense Business Board's recommendation to radically overhaul the current military retirement … [Read more...]

The Corps Retreats on TA Cuts

October 26, 2011 | Terry Howell

Great news for Marines who plan to use tuition assistance, the Marine Corps has officially backed away from the decision to drastically cut the Tuition Assistance. In fact they have canceled the … [Read more...]

Servicemembers Oppose Retirement System Changes

October 24, 2011 | Terry Howell

A recent Fleet Reserve Association survey found that more than 80 percent of the 1,700 respondents strongly opposed proposals to “civilianize” the current military retirement system. In addition, … [Read more...]

4 Ways To Keep Them Honest

October 22, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

So that the truth may set you free, or at least help your claim along. Last week we talked about the “Not Surprise” factor of VA foibles. This time, we’ll see how to communicate safely with … [Read more...]

2012 COLA Rate Announced

October 19, 2011 | Terry Howell

It's official, military and federal civilian retirees, survivor benefit annuitants, disabled veterans and Social Security recipients will see a 3.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment in January, their … [Read more...]

Marines First to Cut Tuition Assistance

October 17, 2011 | Terry Howell

Newly released Marine Corps TA policy ends speculation on DoD's plan to cut tuition assistance. The Marine Corps has made it official, as of October 1, 2011, (yes that was 17 days ago) the Corps … [Read more...]

McCain Okay With Cutting Military Benefits

October 16, 2011 | Terry Howell

According to the Associated Press, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) sent a letter to the bipartisan budget supercommittee in which he indicated he is open to cost-saving steps in military benefits. The AP … [Read more...]

Top “Must Do’s” to Research and Win Your Disability Claim

October 15, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

Over the next month, we’re going to go in-depth into the mystery world of VA to file disability claims with the Dept. of Veterans Affairs and winning. If you don’t know yet, this kind of … [Read more...]

VOW Act Passes House, Now On To Senate

October 14, 2011 | Terry Howell

This week the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act with more than 400 votes.  The bill known as the VOW Act aims to help veterans of all eras by … [Read more...]