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...]

Benefit Spotlight: Special Monthly Compensation

January 21, 2014 | Terry Howell

Special Monthly Compensation is a cash compensation  (paid in addition to the regular Disability Compensation) to a veteran who, as a result of military service, incurred the loss or loss of use of … [Read more...]

Fully Developed Claims Help Reduce VA Backlog

August 01, 2013 | Terry Howell

Source: The American Legion - Teams of experts from The American Legion’s national staff have been working with several Department of Veterans Affairs regional offices (VAROs) since last … [Read more...]

Legion to Hold VA Claims Fair in DC

February 19, 2013 | Terry Howell

Source: The American Legion  - On Feb. 21, The American Legion will host its first Veterans Benefits Claims Fair at the Washington Hilton Hotel from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., where Legion accredited … [Read more...]

2013 Vet COLA Bill Taken Off “Secret Hold”

September 28, 2012 | Terry Howell reported yesterday that the annual bill to approve the cost-of-living increase for veterans compensation and pension programs has been taken off the “secret hold” and that the Senate … [Read more...]

VA Home Loan Improvements

August 27, 2012 | Terry Howell

President Obama signed The Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act (H.R. 1627) on August 6, 2012. This act, intended to help those sickened by water at Camp Lejeune, … [Read more...]

The Military Advantage Minute: VA Burial Benefits

July 10, 2012 | Terry Howell

USAA, USNI, and partner to provide a series of helpful videos. and USAA recently launched a series of short videos designed to raise awareness of the need for … [Read more...]

VA Dodges Sequestration Axe – For Now

April 24, 2012 | Terry Howell

Yesterday the Office of Management and Budget released a letter responding to a request for their official view on whether or not VA healthcare programs would be exempt from the impact of the looming … [Read more...]

Congressman Seeks to Protect VA From Sequestration

February 13, 2012 | Terry Howell

In a recent Op-Ed on, Representative Jeff Miller (R-FL),the Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, warned that sequestration of government programs is imminent. … [Read more...]

Is the Disability Claims Process Broken?

January 25, 2012 | Terry Howell

The House Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs latest hearing was held to determine if the current disability rating systems at the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs … [Read more...]

Vets Need to Apply for Disability Review

January 19, 2012 | Terry Howell

According to Congressional findings, some servicemembers that were medically separated between Sept. 11, 2001, and Dec. 31, 2009 were low-balled on the disability ratings even though their medical … [Read more...]

Veterans Group Could Lose Constitutional Battle with VA

November 19, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

Last May, the VA lost its three-year case fighting against Veterans for Common Sense. But a recent appeal by the VA could unwind all that. The May ruling told the VA to pull its act together and stop … [Read more...]