Bill to Authorize Firing VA Senior Execs

March 05, 2014 | Terry Howell

Op-ed submitted by Lou Celli, American Legion Legislative Director VA Secretary Shinseki should have the authority to manage his department In 1976, 34 members of The American Legion died from … [Read more...]

Veterans Group Calls for an End to Sequestration

March 04, 2014 | Terry Howell

The following post has been provided by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Sequestration Must End! VFW again calls on Congress to end the sequester The national commander of the nation’s … [Read more...]

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...]

2013 Veterans Day Discounts, Deals and Freebies!

November 06, 2013 | Terry Howell

Veterans Day Discounts are great way for businesses to say thank you. Each year, publishes a list of these Veterans Day discounts and deals on goods, services, and dining. Here is … [Read more...]

A Vet’s Life: One Frame at a Time

November 05, 2013 | Terry Howell

Video Provided by USAA - Stacy Pearsall was a combat photographer in the Air Force before sustaining a combat injury in Iraq and the only female to be twice-named the NPPA Military Photographer of … [Read more...]

DoD and VA to Resume Normal Operations

October 17, 2013 | Terry Howell

The end of the government shutdown means the return of federal workers and the resumption of funding for DoD and VA functions. It also means servicemembers, military retirees, and veterans can relax … [Read more...]

Several VA Helplines in Operation Despite Shutdown

October 03, 2013 | Terry Howell

The Department of Veterans Affairs updated its original online "field manual" detailing which call centers and services remain operating during the government shutdown. The following national phone … [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...]

Congress Wants Your Input on Veterans Services

July 23, 2013 | Terry Howell

Citing the many issues veterans have faced in dealing with problematic support programs, including disability claims backlogs and a sense that some VA employees are not being held accountable, the … [Read more...]

House Seeks to Put VA Funding First

July 15, 2013 | Terry Howell

Congress is considering ‘The Putting Veterans Funding First Act of 2013’ (HR 813). This bill would fulfill our nation’s promise to help veterans readjust back into civilian life. The bill would … [Read more...]

Same-Sex Spouses to Get Military Benefits

June 27, 2013 | Terry Howell

The recent Supreme Court decision to kill certain provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act (a.k.a. DOMA) removes any legal barriers to allowing full military benefits to gay and lesbian spouses of … [Read more...]