Senate Panel Accepts Plan to Squeeze Commissary Benefit

May 21, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott The Senate Armed Services Committee has accepted a Defense Department plan to pare taxpayer support of base grocery stores, which if enacted into law would lower shopper savings at … [Read more...]

Wages for 15,000 Commissary Employees Targeted

April 23, 2015 | Tom Philpott

by Tom Philpott To save millions of dollars in compensation and ease streamlining of store operations on base, Defense officials are weighing a plan to convert the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) … [Read more...]

Congress Steps Toward New ‘Blended’ Military Retirement

April 23, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Congress on Thursday took a first, perhaps historic step toward phasing out the 20-year-or-bust retirement system the U.S. military has used to shape and retain its career forces … [Read more...]

Commissary $$$ Restored; Base Tobacco Prices Rising

December 11, 2014 | Tom Philpott

by Tom Philpott House and Senate conferees negotiating a package to fund the Department of Defense through September 2015 have protected commissary operations by restoring 90 percent of a planned … [Read more...]

Transitioning Service Members Get More Time to Access MilConnect

December 04, 2014 | Terry Howell

Reposted From TRICARE.mil TRICARE sponsors, spouses, and their dependent children 18 years and older have access to their personal information, health care enrollments, eligibility and other … [Read more...]

Slim Chance to Stop Higher Rx Co-Pays, Smaller ‘BAH’ Hikes

October 23, 2014 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott When Congress reconvenes Nov. 12, opponents of billions of dollars in military compensation “reforms” sought by President Obama and the Joint Chiefs of Staff will have one final … [Read more...]

Ebola: Informed and Not Afraid

October 22, 2014 | Terry Howell

Posted at the Request of the Dept. of Defense By Rosemary Freitas Williams, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy Ebola. It is on everyone’s mind, … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]