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• Bill to improve transportation services for rural veterans:

On September 8, 2017 U.S Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Congressman Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) and Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to help rural veterans get to and from their medical appointments more easily. The … Continue reading

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• Tricare’s 2017 changes (a partial list):

Currently, Tricare operates on the October to September fiscal year for most coverages. But that changes in 2018. Starting Jan. 1, Tricare will instead operate on a calendar year. That means annual enrollment fees for some users, such as retirees, … Continue reading

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• VA to shorten benefit enrollment program window to expedite claims (

Service members will have less time to claim disability compensation before leaving the military but should get benefits faster under changes being made by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Starting Oct. 1, troops who want to resolve disability claims before … Continue reading

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Help for veterans exposed to burn pits

Congress moved closer Monday to approving help for tens of thousands of veterans exposed to toxic “burn pits” in Iraq and Afghanistan. The “Helping Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act” passed the Senate as part of the National Defense Authorization … Continue reading

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Senate defense bill goes for final vote

Senators are poised to approve a massive $700 billion defense bill Monday night, setting the stage for a budget fight on how to fund a major increase in military spending. The plan, like its counterpart in the House, surpasses budget … Continue reading

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 Concurrent Receipt Amendment Support:

The FRA is asking that veterans support Senator Dean Heller’s amendment to H.R. 2810 that provides for comprehensive concurrent receipt reform. This amendment provides payment of full military retired pay and veterans’ disability compensation for all disabled retirees. Currently only … Continue reading

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 Welcome Home, Col. Ronald Scott:

As reported September 14 by Tom Fink for CNHI News, Air Force Col. Ronald Scott’s remains have been identified 50 years after his loss. According to DPAA, Scott was declared missing in action following an explosion during an armed reconnaissance … Continue reading

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 Prescription filling options ► new express script policy:

Beginning Sept. 15, 2017, Express Scripts will need annual consent from patients who want to receive automatic refills of their maintenance medications enrolled in TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery. This means that just before one of your prescriptions runs out of … Continue reading

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 VA Women Vet Programs ► H.R.2452 | Deborah Sampson Act:

Representative Elizabeth Esty introduced the Deborah Sampson Act (H.R.2452/S.681) This comprehensive measure addresses gender disparities and would improve and expand programs and services for women veterans provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). If enacted, this bill would establish … Continue reading

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 Surviving family members will get more money, but less time

Besides access to Yellow Ribbon, spouses and children of service members who died in the line of duty on or after 9/11 will also see their monthly education stipend from the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program increase by $200. … Continue reading

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