Washington Report (April 25, 2017) Asking new military members to pay up to $2,400 for their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit is either an ill-conceived tax or a fair method of preserving and expanding the benefit. Veterans groups are on both sides of the idea put forward in draft legislation from Rep.... Read more
Washington Report (April 11, 2017) The House voted unanimously last week to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to continue the Veterans Choice Program until it runs out of funding. The Senate approved its version of the legislation two days earlier. The Veterans Choice Program Improvement Act... Read more
Washington Report (April 4, 2017) Two lawmakers who served as Marines in Iraq have introduced legislation that would establish the National Global War on Terrorism Memorial in Washington, D.C. The bill introduced last week by Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., and Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., would exempt... Read more
Washington Report (April 4, 2017) A program that allows veterans to seek care from private providers would continue until the money runs out if Senate legislation becomes law. Senators voted unanimously Monday to eliminate the August deadline for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Choice... Read more
Washington Report (April 4, 2017) The Senate Appropriations Committee met last week at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia where officials say space for further burials will run out in less than 25 years without policy changes and additional space. Karen Durham-Aguilera, the executive director... Read more
Washington Report (March 28, 2017) Care for women veterans through the Department of Veterans Affairs would improve under legislation introduced last week by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. The ranking member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee said the Deborah Sampson Act would “change the VA’s... Read more
Washington Report (March 21, 2017) Veterans who received other-than-honorable discharges will have access within a few months to mental-health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs if the agency’s boss has his way. VA Secretary David Shulkin told lawmakers last week that the VA has the... Read more
Washington Report (March 14, 2017) The Department of Veterans Affairs secretary asked a congressional committee last week to extend a program that allows veterans to seek care outside of VA clinics and hospitals. The Choice Card program was created in 2014 to allow veterans who live more than 40... Read more
Washington Report (February 14, 2017) Democrats in the House are lining up behind a bill that would exempt veterans from the federal government hiring freeze put in place when President Donald Trump signed an executive order less than one week after taking office. Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass.,... Read more
Washington Report (February 7, 2017) The unemployment rate for the youngest generation of veterans is significantly higher than the overall rate for veterans. Veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq showed an unemployment rate of 6.3 percent in January   The figures reflect about 211,000 of... Read more