2012 Legislative Center

January 31, 2012 | Terry Howell

We just updated the 2012 Military.com Legislative Center "Current Legislation" database. Since the 112th Congress covers 2011-2012, much of the legislation has been carried over from 2011. Many of … [Read more...]

TRICARE Troubles Looming

January 30, 2012 | Terry Howell

TRICARE Prime fee increases, limited access to military treatment facilities, and fewer civilian care providers are likely to be an issue in 2012 and beyond.    TRICARE Prime Fees for Military … [Read more...]

Navy to Replace ‘Birth Control Glasses’

January 27, 2012 | Terry Howell

Okay I admit that this is not the kind of story we normally post, but I couldn't avoid the headline with the words "birth control glasses." It brought back memories of boot camp. From the Military … [Read more...]

DoD Budget: Pay Safe, TRICARE Fees Increase

January 26, 2012 | Terry Howell

As reported by Military.com, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey gave reporters a "preview" of the fiscal 2013 defense budget that will be sent to Congress … [Read more...]

Is the Disability Claims Process Broken?

January 25, 2012 | Terry Howell

The House Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs latest hearing was held to determine if the current disability rating systems at the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs … [Read more...]

Looking at Cutting TRICARE Costs from New Angle

January 24, 2012 | Terry Howell

Our friends at the Military Officers Association of America reported some encouraging TRICARE news this week. According to MOAA the DoD will soon release a report that focuses on options to save money … [Read more...]

Worried About Pay and Benefit Cuts in 2012?

January 23, 2012 | Terry Howell

According to Military.com’s DoD Buzz, members of both parties in Congress are gearing up for a protracted game of political chicken over the potential threats to the future of DoD’s … [Read more...]

Older Vets to Get GI Bill Benefits

January 21, 2012 | Terry Howell

The President has signed the  VOW to Hire Heroes Act into law. There are several provisions in the law that will have a positive impact on the veteran unemployment rate. The most often reported of … [Read more...]

Vets Need to Apply for Disability Review

January 19, 2012 | Terry Howell

According to Congressional findings, some servicemembers that were medically separated between Sept. 11, 2001, and Dec. 31, 2009 were low-balled on the disability ratings even though their medical … [Read more...]

VA Reports Some May See Delay in GI Bill Payments

January 13, 2012 | Terry Howell

The following was posted on the VA's GI Bill website: "There was a delay in processing verifications submitted through WAVE and the automated phone system over the New Year's holiday. If you … [Read more...]

Military Retiree 2011 Tax Statements

January 10, 2012 | Terry Howell

Military retirees (DoD) can expect to get their 2011 tax statements and annual Retiree Account Statements anytime from mid-December through January. Getting your Tax Statements Online - Your tax … [Read more...]

LIVE GI Bill Q&A – Transcript

January 06, 2012 | Terry Howell

House Committee on Veterans' Affairs staff members recently participated in a Live Blog, answering GI Bill questions. The following is the transcript of the event. … [Read more...]