Reserve and Guard Retirees Near to Becoming ‘Veterans’

November 12, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott On the eve of Veterans’ Day, the Senate passed a bill with language to grant “honorary” veteran status to as many as 200,000 Reserve and National Guard retirees -- those not … [Read more...]

Lawmaker is ‘Ground Zero’ for 2016 Commissary Reforms

November 05, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.) is a brigadier general in the Army Reserve, a soldier-physician thrice deployed and also a discerning commissary shopper. Heck bristles at seeing half … [Read more...]

DoD Replaces Plan It Concedes Put Commissaries At Risk

October 29, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott The Pentagon’s last two budget plans to “reform” the commissary benefit for military families and retirees were driven by a goal to save money, without due regard for … [Read more...]

Bum Comparison: No Retiree COLA Vs. Military Pay Caps

October 22, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Come January, some military retirees are sure to ask why they haven’t seen an annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in first-of-year paychecks. About the same time, some … [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...]

‘Force of the Future’ to Reward Talent, Diversity, Motherhood

August 13, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Defense Secretary Ashton Carter next month will be presented with a package of detailed proposals for reshaping military and defense civilian pays, promotions and quality of life, … [Read more...]

Commissary Reformers Eye Repeal of ‘Cost-Plus-5%’ Pricing

August 06, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Defense officials appear ready to ask Congress to repeal a law that commissaries must sell products at cost plus five percent, a formula that for decades has ensured commissary … [Read more...]

Compound Drugs Fleece TRICARE, Create Deep Budget Hole

July 30, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Dodgy companies peddling pricey compound pharmaceuticals have fleeced the TRICARE program so severely this year, before tougher screening procedures took effect May 1, that they are … [Read more...]

Military Hospitals to Seek More Challenging Patient Mix

July 09, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott The Department of Defense will ask Congress for new authorities to funnel more challenging cases into military treatment facilities, a move aimed at sustaining wartime specialty … [Read more...]

DoD: Reshape ‘Blended Retirement’ Plan to Better Protect AVF

June 11, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Military leaders and Department of Defense pay experts have presented to Congress a reshaped version of that new “blended retirement” system for future service members, saying … [Read more...]

Senate Looks at Slashing Dual-Service Couples BAH and Modernizing Retirement

May 28, 2015 | Tom Philpott

Military Update: Dual-Service Couples Could See Housing Allowances Slashed Many of the 40,000 dual-service couples in the military -- members married to other service members – have for years … [Read more...]

HASC Votes 55-8 for ‘Blended’ Military Retirement Plan

April 30, 2015 | Tom Philpott

Military Update: House Panel Supports 'Blended' Military Retirement Plan Despite vigorous opposition from a few colleagues who are military retirees, the House Armed Services Committee voted … [Read more...]