Pay and Benefits

Washington Report (November 3, 2015) The Army may devise a plan to pay soldiers extra cash for noncombat deployments, just as it provides hazardous-duty pay for those in war zones. Sgt. Major of the Army Dan Dailey says it is part of a push to make all soldiers ready to deploy, according to Army... Read more
Washington Report (October 27, 2015) GOP lawmakers were wrong when they said President Barack Obama's veto of the fiscal 2016 defense policy bill last week would hold up pay raises for service members next year. The National Defense Authorization Act does not address military pay, Army Times... Read more
Washington Report (October 27, 2015) Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., says Congress must overhaul a Department of Veterans Affairs program designed to give veterans the option of receiving medical care from private providers. In a speech on the Senate floor last week, Murray said the VA Choice program... Read more
Washington Report (October 27, 2015) The Defense Department's decision to place a for-profit university on probation has drawn fire from three Republican senators, who think the Pentagon acted unfairly when it restricted the school's access to bases and prevented new students from enrolling if they... Read more
Washington Report (October 13, 2015) The 2016 National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress last week will not reach the president's desk until next week. President Barack Obama has said he will veto the bill because it bypasses caps on military spending. But the bill has not yet been... Read more
Washington Report (October 6, 2015) The Senate could vote as soon as today on the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, but the president has said he will veto the version of the bill that passed the House last week.   President Barack Obama opposes the bill because House Republicans included... Read more
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

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