Pay and Benefits

Imagine pulling up to your local pharmacy as you do every month to pick up your prescription. However, this time the pharmacist informs you that TRICARE says you are not currently covered. Amidst your frustrations, you quickly call TRICARE only for them to ask one simple question: “Has your duty... Read more
Washington Report (March 22, 2016) Legislation introduced by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., would cap interest rates for troops on loans, mortgages and credit cards at 3 percent, according to a report from Military Times. Those eligible for hostile-fire pay or imminent-danger pay would pay no interest... Read more
Washington Report (March 15, 2016) The Department of Labor is trying to identify people who are using the Post 9/11 GI Bill education benefits and collecting unemployment benefits so they can stop the jobless pay. The agency is trying to enforce a law passed last year that was part of the fiscal... Read more
Washington Report (March 8, 2016) The Department of Veterans Affairs has eased the payment process for its program that allows veterans to seek care outside of the VA system, the agency announced last week. No longer will doctors taking part in the Veterans Choice program be required to submit a... Read more
Washington Report  (March 1, 2016) The top enlisted leaders of the military services told lawmakers last week that pay and compensation concerns are affecting the morale of the force. In response, one lawmaker decried his retirement pay which will be about $60,000, an amount he said is "not a lot... Read more
Washington Report (February 23, 2016) A member of Congress wants to prevent possible problems with cost-of-living adjustments for veteran benefits by linking them by law with Social Security. Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-La., introduced the bill, which passed the House, to make the COLA adjustments for... Read more
Washington Report (February 9, 2016) Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., says the proposed pay raise of 1.6 percent for military members is "ridiculous" and vows to push for an increase. The President's Budget for fiscal 2017 was released today, but word had leaked ahead of time that it would include the pay... Read more
Washington Report (February 9, 2016) The Rural Guard and Reserves Act of 2016 introduced in the House last week would remove a $300 cap on travel reimbursement for qualifying National Guardsmen and Reservists who face long or expensive commutes to training exercises or other activities. Sponsored... Read more
Washington Report (February 2, 2016) The Department of Veterans Affairs will not be issuing national identification cards to veterans for several months. That's not good enough, according to Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., who sponsored the bill passed last year creating the cards. "Another year is too... Read more
Washington Report (December 8, 2015) More veterans are eligible to access private health services under changes to the Veterans Choice Program. The changes, which are designed to streamline eligibility requirements, follow feedback from veterans along with veteran-service organizations, the... Read more

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