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 Concurrent receipt status – CBO proposes elimination:

Congressional researchers say that eliminating the ability of nearly 600,000 military veterans to collect retirement pay and disability compensation simultaneously could save billions and contribute to deficit reduction. The Congressional Budget Office, a federal agency that provides lawmakers with budgetary … Continue reading

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 Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act

On December 16, 2016, H.R. 5015, the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016 became Public Law No: 114-292. This new law provides veterans medically separated, or retired from the military due to combat-related injuries another opportunity to recoup the … Continue reading

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• VA National Cemeteries Now Offering Pre-need Eligibility Determinations:

The VA now provides eligibility determinations for interment in a VA national cemetery prior to the time of need. Through the Pre-need Determination of Eligibility Program, upon request, individuals can learn if they are eligible for burial or memorialization in … Continue reading

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• Passage of Fairness for Veterans Act; Calls for Investigation into “Bad-paper” Discharges:

The Fairness for Veterans Act has the support of a bipartisan coalition, including many veterans elected to Congress. An important provision of the Fairness for Veterans Act was included as part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017. Once … Continue reading

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• The Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015 Passes Senate; Awaits President’s Signature:

H..R. 6416 now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law. The bill contains legislation consistent with several of DAV’s national resolutions. Highlights of the measure include provisions to: Benefits Establish automatic entitlement to survivor benefit payments in … Continue reading

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• TRICARE & other health insurance (OHI):

TRICARE beneficiaries with other health insurance (OHI) must disclose their OHI coverage information. It’s important to make sure your OHI is reflected accurately in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). For all beneficiaries other than active duty service members, … Continue reading

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• Obama to sign Fairness for Veterans Act:

PTSD Legislation proposed by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters is on its way to President Barack Obama’s desk to be signed into law. The Fairness for Veterans Act helps veterans who may have been given an administrative discharge from the military, … Continue reading

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 VA Agent Orange benefits update:

A new study has found a close relationship between Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War and high blood pressure, a conclusion that could lead the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to dramatically expand the number of veterans eligible for … Continue reading

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 MyVA311: One number to call to reach VA:

VA is introducing 1-844-MyVA311 (1-844-698-2311) as a go-to source for Veterans and their families who don’t know what number to call. This new national toll-free number will help eliminate the feeling of frustration and confusion that Veterans and their families … Continue reading

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 The Pentagon Is now deploying reservists without granting GI bill benefits:

By law, reservists involuntarily mobilized under a new and obscure deployment code do not receive credit for the GI Bill while they are activated. Nearly 300 Marines came home from their seven-month deployment to Central America this week. They have … Continue reading

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