Pay and Benefits

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
Washington Report (July 28, 2015) A bill passed Monday by the House would improve access to Veterans Affairs benefits for members of the military who have been sexually assaulted.    According to the Associated Press, the law says a statement by a survivor of military sexual assault would "be... Read more
Washington Report (July 21, 2015) The Department of Veterans Affairs credits a change in eligibility for an increase in appointments under the Veterans Choice program.   According to Military Times, the figures jumped from April to June because the program was opened to veterans who must drive at... Read more
Washington Report (July 14, 2015) Congressional leaders say it's likely the House and Senate will not pass a budget before the end of the fiscal year. Instead, Congress is headed towards a continuing resolution to keep spending at current levels at the start of fiscal 2016.    "I don't want to do... Read more
Washington Report (July 14, 2015) Congress easily passed last week legislation to create an identification card for all honorably discharged service members. Supporters say the bill, now awaiting the signature of the president, will allow veterans to quickly prove their honorable service if they... Read more
Washington Report (July 7, 2015) Congress has a lot of work ahead of it following the Fourth of July recess, from high-profile Pentagon confirmations to defense spending bills. It has nondefense issues, like highway funding, to address, as well.   Topping the defense list is the fiscal 2016... Read more

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