Senate Votes to End Hide-the-Food-Stamps Game Stateside

June 25, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott The Senate has voted to end a special food allowance stateside that was conceived 14 years ago primarily to avoid more news reports of military families using food stamps. On that … [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...]

White House to Senate: Scuttle ‘Marriage Penalty’ on BAH

June 04, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott The Obama administration applauds several steps the Senate Armed Services Committee has taken to dampen military compensation growth next year, including support for a third … [Read more...]

Access to GI Bill Transferability May Tighten

June 01, 2015 | Terry Howell

A hint that the Congress is seeking budget savings in the form of tightening access to Post-9/11 GI Bill transferability is hidden in the details of the Senate’s version of the 2016 National Defense … [Read more...]

Plans to Squeeze Commissary Benefit Okayed by Senate Panel

May 21, 2015 | Tom Philpott

Military Update: Senate Panel Accepts Plan to Squeeze Commissary Benefit The Senate Armed Services Committee has accepted a Defense Department plan to pare taxpayer support of base grocery stores, … [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...]