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• Congress presses VA to identify high-risk colleges:

According to a June 22 Stars and Stripes story by Travis J. Tritten thirteen House and Senate lawmakers wrote a letter to VA Secretary Bob McDonald urging him to add a list of high-risk institutions to its online GI Bill … Continue reading

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• Congress presses VA to identify high-risk colleges:

According to a June 22 Stars and Stripes story by Travis J. Tritten thirteen House and Senate lawmakers wrote a letter to VA Secretary Bob McDonald urging him to add a list of high-risk institutions to its online GI Bill … Continue reading

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• Number of Veterans Waiting for Care Is Up 50 Percent:

According to a June 24 Washington Post article the number of veterans on wait lists to be treated for everything from Hepatitis C to post-traumatic stress is 50 percent higher than at the same time last year, according to VA … Continue reading

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Vietnam Vets with PTSD Win 40-Year Fight to Fix Bad Discharge

After decades of fighting, five Vietnam veterans who brought a class-action lawsuit in federal court have finally won: the Pentagon has agreed to upgrade each man’s “other-than-honorable” discharge status. These men are among the estimated 80,000 Vietnam veterans who developed … Continue reading

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 Isakson, Blumenthal Introduce Legislation to Increase Veterans’ Benefits:

U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, introduced bipartisan legislation to increase veterans’ disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment … Continue reading

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 New military retirement system gets Pentagon OK:

After months of official silence, the Defense Department on Wednesday sent to Capitol Hill its formal recommendation for transforming military retirement benefits, a move that is likely to clear the way for major changes to become law. The Pentagon is … Continue reading

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 Commissary funding restored in Senate plan:

Excerpts from an articke by Leo Shane III and Karen Jowers The Senate Appropriations Committee added $322 million in commissary funding back into its fiscal 2016 defense budget plan Thursday, with the panel’s top Democrat describing the initial lowball funding … Continue reading

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 Flag Day – Do You Know the Date?

June 14th is the day when people across the country celebrate “Flag Day” and it is the same day that the United States Army celebrates its birthday. It is a time when people should reflect on the foundations of this … Continue reading

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 Will I Lose My Guns, Hunting License and/or Carry Permit if I Receive VA Mental Health Care?

Several veterans have asked the above question of service officers so let me attempt to explain. Veterans are not required to give up their guns (Second Amendright Rights) in order to receive VA mental health care. Only veterans rated incompetent … Continue reading

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 Congress Looking at Changes to Military Retirement

Congress is considering changing, for the first time in decades, the way service members get retirement pay. Military retirement now carries an all-or-nothing pension plan that requires a minimum of 20 years of service. The new plan would cut those … Continue reading

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