VA Offers Direct Deposit Alternative

May 09, 2011 | Terry Howell

The VA (through the Treasury Department) will offer beneficiaries without bank accounts the option to enroll in the Direct Express debit card program with Comerica Bank. Direct Express payments will … [Read more...]

VA Appeal Denied After 30-Year Wait

April 23, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

Denied. That has to be the scariest word for many disabled veterans after filing a claim for disability benefits. Unfortunately, appealing that denial could take your lifetime. Recently, five … [Read more...]

Balance the Budget on Vet’s Backs?

April 20, 2011 | Terry Howell

Recent proposals for reducing the $1.35 trillion national deficit include plans to cut benefits and restrict access to VA health care for some veterans. I thought it might be interesting to take a … [Read more...]

VA Disability Claims Backlogged, Again

April 09, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

By 2015, can the VA really ensure "veterans [will] wait no more than 125 days for a decision on a claim, with a 98 percent accuracy rate"? I won't hold my breath. Ooops, they did it again... … [Read more...]

VA Issues Shutdown Guide

April 08, 2011 | Terry Howell

The Department of Veterans Affairs today, issued their “Veterans Field Guide” to help veterans plan for the possible impacts of the federal shutdown. Thankfully there were no real surprises from … [Read more...]

What a Fed Shutdown Means

April 07, 2011 | Terry Howell

What Does a Shutdown Actually Mean? By Amy Bushatz UPDATE: Shutdown Averted and military pay is safe -- at least tem­porar­ily -- but mil­i­tary ser­vice­mem­bers should have never had to … [Read more...]

COLA Likely to Return in 2012

March 29, 2011 | Terry Howell

Our friends at the Military Officers Association of America maintain a constant watch on the factors that determine the cost of living adjustment for military retirement pay, VA compensation and … [Read more...]

More Wars, Less Veterans Benefits

March 27, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

Seems like a week can’t go by without hearing some new deficit reduction planwith veterans’ benefits in the crosshairs of politicians. All the while, these same politicians appear more than … [Read more...]

Shutdown’s Impact on Vets Still Unknown

March 23, 2011 | Terry Howell

UPDATE: I recently spoke to a congressional staff member who confirmed that military retirees and veterans receiving monthly GI Bill or comp and pen payments are already protected from the affects … [Read more...]

Some Vets Get Chance at Medical Retirement

March 19, 2011 | Terry Howell

Roughly 70,000 veterans who were given a medical separation between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2009 have the chance to have their separations reviewed and possibly upgraded to a medical … [Read more...]

Loophole Impacts Reserve Early Retirement

March 11, 2011 | Terry Howell

Call it a glitch or a loophole; either way Pentagon lawyers have interpreted a technicality in the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act in a way that will make it harder for Guard and Reserve … [Read more...]

Good-Bye Interval Pay, We Will Miss You

March 11, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

Many veterans using educational benefits recently received a notice from the Department of Veterans Affairs stating Interval Pay will cease August 1, 2011. And, there is a fair amount of confusion … [Read more...]