DoD Budget Plan Takes Aim at TRICARE

February 27, 2014 | Terry Howell

The proposed 2015 DoD budget could kill TRICARE Prime and increase out-of-pocket medical expenses for dependents and retirees. … [Read more...]

DoD Budget Cuts Draw Fire from Veterans Groups

February 25, 2014 | Terry Howell

The proposed 2015 defense budget has been released, and it is not pretty. To summarize, the DoD is proposing limiting troop pay raises to below the civilian rate of growth … [Read more...]

The Legion Explains the Importance of the COLA Battle

February 21, 2014 | Terry Howell

The following guest blog offers insight into why fighting over the reduced cost-of-living-adjustment for military retirees was important for all veterans and servicemembers. Why Getting the COLA … [Read more...]

MOAA Thanks Congress for Stepping Up

February 13, 2014 | Terry Howell

The following is Military Officers Association of America Statement regarding the repeal of the COLA cap. The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) wishes to thank all members of Congress … [Read more...]

Update: Pres Signs Law to Repeal COLA Cap

February 12, 2014 | Terry Howell

COLA Cap Repeal: Finally something we all can agree on. … [Read more...]

Philpott’s Forum: Understanding Retiree’s COLA Cap Anger

January 30, 2014 | Tom Philpott

Philpott's Forum is dedicated to sharing the opinion, insight, and questions posted by readers of Tom Philpott's Military Update. The following is a sampling of the responses to a recent … [Read more...]

Why Worry About the COLA Cuts?

January 18, 2014 | Terry Howell

The following was provided by the Military Officers Association of America MOAA has put together their top 5 reasons why you should worry about the COLA cut. Here is a quick summary: 1. Cuts … [Read more...]

Congress’ Efforts to Save COLA May Miss the Mark

January 16, 2014 | Terry Howell

The recently passed national defense budget includes a requirement to cap the annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) for all “working age” military retirees (under age 62) at one percent below … [Read more...]

Bill to End Retiree COLA Reduction Passes

January 15, 2014 | Terry Howell

Update: Both the House and the Senate have passed a $1.1 trillion Continuing Resolution spending plan that would fund the government through September. The CR could roll back some of the … [Read more...]

The Legion Asks Congress to Rethink COLA Cuts

January 07, 2014 | Terry Howell

Guest Post by Daniel M. Dellinger Congress should look elsewhere for ways to cut federal deficits. Cost-of-living-adjustment cuts passed by Congress in its budget bill are nothing more than a … [Read more...]

Defense Bill May Enable Retirees to Get Back on TRICARE Prime

December 13, 2013 | Terry Howell

The House version of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act has a provision to allow the military retirees who were kicked off TRICARE Prime last October, a one-time shot at re-enrolling. As … [Read more...]

House Passes Defense Act and Ryan-Murray Budget Deal

December 12, 2013 | Terry Howell

[CORRECTION] - Just a quick update - both the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act and the socalled Ryan-Murray Budget agreement  made it through the House, and are now headed to the … [Read more...]