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• TRICARE Fee Increases | grandfather clause:

The House and Senate have passed their respective versions of the FY 2018 Defense Authorization bill. A conference committee will be appointed to resolve the differences between the two bills. The Senate bill provides for substantial TRICARE fee increases by … Continue reading

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• Vietnam Veterans Memorial:

When the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. in 1982, a promise was made to never forget those who served and sacrificed their lives in the Vietnam War. Etched in its black granite walls are the names of … Continue reading

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• Exchange online shopping ► Registration Required:

All honorably discharged veterans will have access to the online exchanges as of that date. VetVerify is the first step in the eligibility process. Some veterans will be chosen as “beta testers” and will have access to the online stores … Continue reading

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 TRICARE 2018 transition:

You may be wondering what action you need to take, if any, to ensure you continue TRICARE coverage in 2018. If you’re currently enrolled in or eligible for TRICARE coverage on Dec. 31, 2017, you’ll transition to your respective TRICARE … Continue reading

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• DAV, PenFed Foundationpartnership:

“The PenFed Foundation has supported post 9/11 veterans in time of need with emergency financial assistance. Through the new partnership with the DAV, qualifying veterans of all eras who are working with a national service officer and have a VA … Continue reading

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Meeting of the minds

Excerpts for an article in the DAV magazine – “What’s most important about the annual meeting is the free flowing information and exchange of ideas,” said current national commander of the Commander and Adjutants Association President Danny Oliver. In my … Continue reading

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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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