Pay and Benefits

Washington Report (September 29, 2015) Congress is likely to pass a short-term measure to fund the government into December, but the Defense Department took the cautionary step Friday of warning troops about what to expect if the government shuts down at midnight Wednesday when the 2015 fiscal year... Read more
Washington Report (September 1, 2015) President Barack Obama has told Congress he intends to cap military pay raises next year at 1.3 percent as the country continues to recover from hard economic times.   In a letter to leaders of the House and Senate Friday, he wrote, "As our country continues to... Read more
Washington Report (August 25, 2015) The Department of Veterans Affairs has reached an "historic milestone" as the number of backlogged disability claims by veterans has fallen below 100,000.      A backlogged claim is one that has been pending for more than 125 days. The average processing time for... Read more
Washington Report (August 25, 2015) Legislation that would allow GI Bill benefits to be used for small-business grants has drawn criticism from some veterans groups who believe it confuses the purpose of the program.   A bill sponsored by Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., advanced last month from the... Read more
Washington Report (August 18, 2015) Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is asking the Department of Veterans Affairs why 35,000 veterans were prevented from signing up for health care.    The veterans, including many from the Iraq war, were victims of a... Read more
Washington Report (August 11, 2015) All veterans could receive health care from private providers and send the bill to the federal government under legislation introduced this month by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.    Called the Permanent VA Choice Card Act, the senator's bill does away with... Read more
Washington Report  (August 11, 2015) The Senate has a new caucus that will focus on issues related to veterans and military members, from reform of the Department of Veterans Affairs to sexual assault in the ranks. The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Caucus was unveiled Monday, according to a report... Read more
Washington Report  (August 11, 2015) After the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force recently changed their policies regarding leave for new mothers, the Army is reviewing its policy for both new mothers and new fathers.   There is no timeline for a decision, an Army spokesman told Army Times.  ... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 4, 2015) President Barack Obama signed a bill Friday after the Senate passed legislation last week that gives veterans and their families more freedom when saving for health care. The legislation passed by a vote of 91-4. Previously, an individual with a high... Read more
Washington Report (July 28, 2015) Congressional leaders say the House and Senate will not come to an agreement on the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act before members head back to their home states for August recess.    "We're going into September at this point," Rep. Adam Smith, D-... Read more