Conferees Shape Leaner Budget for Military Pay, Benefits

October 01, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Military members and families have little to cheer from compromises House and Senate conferees reached as they finalized details of key personnel provisions in the fiscal 2016 … [Read more...]

New Commissary Reform Plan to Protect Shopper Savings

September 17, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott The Department of Defense is modifying its approach to reform the commissary benefit with new guarantees to preserve overall shopper savings and also to avoid pay cuts for current … [Read more...]

Attractions of Service Obscured by Hard Costs of War

August 27, 2015 | Tom Philpott

by Tom Philpott Perhaps to a degree not seen before, news outlets, politicians of every stripe and wounded warrior charities have turned an intense spotlight on problems service members and … [Read more...]

Guard and Reserve Retirement Choices Become Clear

May 07, 2015 | Tom Philpott

Military Update: Reserve, Guard Retirement Choices in Sharper Focus Many current Reserve and National Guard members, particularly those who are younger and have fewer years of service, are likely … [Read more...]

New Bill to Reform Education for Vets and Troops

November 18, 2013 | Terry Howell

The Serve Act of 2013 - Bipartisan legislation aims to improve the quality of educational programs for servicemembers and veterans. Last week Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), … [Read more...]

TRICARE Payment Changes in Effect

January 04, 2013 | Terry Howell

As of Jan. 1, 2013, TRICARE will only accept monthly premium payments using recurring automatic payments by credit /debit card or Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) from a linked bank account. Those … [Read more...]

TRICARE Reserve to Change Payment Policy

October 18, 2012 | Terry Howell

TRICARE will stop taking premium payments by mail for the TRICARE Reserve Select and TRICARE Retired Reserve programs at the end of the year. Starting Jan. 1,2013,  TRICARE will accept only … [Read more...]

Sequestration Q&A with Congressional Leadership

September 20, 2012 | Terry Howell

We recently featured a live blog with House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon and House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller. Check out the replay below to see how our … [Read more...]

New Guard and Reserve Dental Benefits Under TRICARE TAMP

February 24, 2012 | Terry Howell

The following was provided by TRICARE. National Guard and Reserve members separating from active duty after an activation of greater than 30 days in support of a contingency operation may now … [Read more...]