Pay and Benefits

Washington Report (May 3, 2016) Financial experts are telling the Pentagon that the reformed military retirement plan would shortchange career service members, especially those in the enlisted ranks, according to a report this week from Military Times. While National Guard members continue to wait... Read more
Washington Report (April 19, 2016) The Democratic presidential candidates, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., added their voices to the chorus opposing cuts to Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, which are in a House bill that includes other services for veterans.... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 29, 2016) Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, told Congress to delay a plan that would remove some dual-status technicians from the Guard and make them civilian employees of the federal government. The plan in the fiscal 2016 National Defense... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 29, 2016) At the urging of Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the Department of Veterans Affairs has modified a policy that had been causing a financial hardship for many reserve-component members who receive both VA benefits and drill pay. Because they are not permitted to... Read more
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

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