Attractions of Service Obscured by Hard Costs of War

August 27, 2015 | Tom Philpott

by Tom Philpott Perhaps to a degree not seen before, news outlets, politicians of every stripe and wounded warrior charities have turned an intense spotlight on problems service members and … [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...]

VA Chief Counterpunches Over ‘Community Care’ Costs

July 23, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott The Veterans Choice, Access and Accountability Act of 2014, which Congress rushed to pass last summer to address a patient wait-time scandal at dozens of VA hospitals and clinics, … [Read more...]

Get The Truth On ‘Scientific Literature’ For VA Disability Claims

April 11, 2015 | Benjamin Krause

Some VA examiners and VA doctors alike are confusing veterans and Veterans Benefits adjudicators about what 'scientific literature' actually is when denying a claim. Do not be fooled. Personally, I … [Read more...]

Dying Veteran Exposes Veterans Choice Card Problems

March 21, 2015 | Benjamin Krause

KARE 11 investigative reporter AJ Lagoe helped dying veteran Paul Walker expose Veterans Choice Card program problems, problems that provide many veterans with no choice at all. Coverage aired on … [Read more...]

New Bill Would Let Veterans Leverage GI Bill For Small Business Loans

March 06, 2015 | Benjamin Krause

A newly proposed bill would allow veterans access to key small business loans by using their Post 9/11 GI Bill as collateral. The bill is will be designed to especially help formerly Junior Enlisted … [Read more...]

Meet The Bureaucratic Roadblock Behind New Restrictive Painkiller Rules At VA Clinics

February 21, 2015 | Benjamin Krause

New federal rules governing narcotic painkiller prescriptions have taken a toll on countless thousands of veterans relying on them to treat pain from missing limbs and other conditions. Over the … [Read more...]

VA Makes Changes To Beneficiary Travel Pay

February 13, 2015 | Benjamin Krause

The Veterans Benefits Administration is making changes to its Beneficiary Travel Pay program policies within VA Vocational Rehabilitation (VR&E) governed by M28R VR&E Manual due to pay out … [Read more...]

VA Regional Counsel Tip – All Claimants Must Sign On The Line

January 30, 2015 | Benjamin Krause

I talked with a VA Region Counsel attorney about the steps they prefer when a claimant submits an SF-95 tort claim. Here is what he said to make sure you get it right. When it comes to filing an … [Read more...]

Individual Unemployability Myth Destroyed – Vets Can Use Voc Rehab With 100% TDIU

January 22, 2015 | Benjamin Krause

One veteran wrote in this week after being misinformed via an Individual Unemployability (TDIU) myth from a VA Voc Rehab counselor that TDIU veterans couldn’t use Voc Rehab wondering if the claim … [Read more...]

ANECDOTE ALLEY – Do Veterans Read VA Claims Denials?

January 09, 2015 | Benjamin Krause

Like some veterans, I did not read my VA claims denials for the first seven years I fought against erroneous VA claims denials. This anecdote is my own and an embarrassing confession as to how long … [Read more...]

Recap of 2014 Military and Veteran Legislation

December 26, 2014 | Terry Howell

Posted by The Military Officer Association of America As most regular readers of our MOAA Career Networking Group's weekly career building content are aware, we are first and foremost a … [Read more...]