VA ‘Choice Card': Uncertainties Swirl as Deadline Nears

October 16, 2014 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Congress last August gave the Department of Veteran Affairs 90 days to issue medical “Choice Cards” to 9.1 million veterans enrolled in VA care. The tight deadline of Nov. 5 … [Read more...]

DoD Health Care on Par with Civilian Providers

October 09, 2014 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE Health Review Verifies a Pearl: Secure Doc-Patient Email The recent 90-day review of the Military Healthcare System found it “comparable in access, quality and safety to average … [Read more...]

Hobbled VA Caregiver Program Dims Chance of Expansion

September 25, 2014 | Tom Philpott

by Tom Philpott For older generations of spouses, mothers and other family caregivers of severely disabled veterans, the startling feature of the Family Caregiver Program that Congress enacted in … [Read more...]

Veterans’ Access Act Expands and Improves GI Bill

August 15, 2014 | Terry Howell

Although the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 focused on the VA Health Care Crisis, it included two important GI Bill education benefit … [Read more...]

Hidden Heroes Congressional Caucus

August 15, 2014 | Terry Howell

The Fleet Reserve Association recently reported that congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle have formed a new bipartisan congressional caucus to lead efforts in Congress to address the … [Read more...]

Most Vets Favor Idea of Online Exchange Shopping

June 23, 2014 | Tom Philpott

Plipott's Forum presents opinions, insights and questions from readers of Tom Philpott’s weekly Military Update column. What a great idea to open exchange shopping online to all veterans with … [Read more...]

Congressional Benefits: Addressing the Myths

March 08, 2014 | Tom Philpott

Philpott’s Forum presents opinions, insights and questions from readers of Tom Philpott’s Military Update news column. I read your article on the Department of Defense proposals to squeeze … [Read more...]

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...]

Sleep Apnea Boom Splits Vet Community

February 25, 2014 | Tom Philpott

Philpott’s Forum presents opinions, insights and, on occasion, answers questions from readers of Tom Philpott’s Military Update news column.  Below readers react to a recent column on an … [Read more...]

A Vet’s Life: One Frame at a Time

November 05, 2013 | Terry Howell

Video Provided by USAA - Stacy Pearsall was a combat photographer in the Air Force before sustaining a combat injury in Iraq and the only female to be twice-named the NPPA Military Photographer of … [Read more...]

Will the Shutdown affect you?

October 14, 2013 | Terry Howell

Post provided by the Military Officers Association of America  - Congress and the Pentagon scrambled this week to restart critical benefits and get civilian employees back to work. Hours before … [Read more...]

Get Your Mug on a NASCAR Car!

October 02, 2013 | Terry Howell

A message from our friends at IAVA: Hey race fans, you ever dream of driving your own NASCAR car? Well, we can't get you qualified, but we can get your face on Ryan Newman's #39 Quicken Loans car … [Read more...]