Veterans

Washington Report  (January 12, 2016) Aviators who fly remotely piloted aircraft will receive an "R" to attach to the appropriate noncombat medals to recognize their efforts in military operations, the Pentagon announced last week. The small attachment that would "recognize remote impacts on combat... Read more
Washington Report  (January 12, 2016) Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., have introduced legislation that would allow veterans of the Women Airforce Service Pilots to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The WASPs was organized during World War II and its pilots flew... Read more
Washington Report (January 5, 2016) The Department of Veterans Affairs failed to eliminate its backlog of disability claims by the end of 2015, but it did succeed in pushing the number to its lowest level in years, to just under 75,000 cases, according to a report in Army Times.   That's down from... Read more
Washington Report (January 5, 2016) The two New York Air National Guardsmen killed last month by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan have been named Honorary Air Force Office of Special Investigations Special Agents by Brig. Gen. Keith M. Givens, the OSI commander.    Tech. Sgt. Joseph G. Lemm, 45, and... 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
Washington Report (December 8, 2015) The problem of suicides in the military is a generational issue, not a military one, according to a study performed by two psychologists for the University of Utah's National Center for Veterans Studies. They made this conclusion after examining the many... Read more
Washington Report (December 1, 2015) A study published this week finds that evacuating injured and wounded troops by airplane out of combat zones to hospitals far away may increase the damage done by traumatic brain injury because of the changes in air pressure aboard the aircraft.   The study was... Read more
Washington Report (November 24, 2015) Members of a congressional panel tasked with looking at military pay and compensation said Nov. 18 the current system does not meet the needs of today's all-volunteer force.    Three Republican commissioners on the Military Compensation and Retirement... Read more
Washington Report (November 24, 2015) Veterans lose their enthusiasm for higher education on traditional four-year college campuses that are geared for recent high-school graduates, according to a study from Syracuse University.    As a result, veterans turn to for-profit and online schools that... Read more
Washington Report (November 17, 2015) All retired National Guardsmen will likely soon be able to legally call themselves veterans.    The Senate passed legislation last week that would grant veteran status to any Guardsman or Reservist who has served 20 years. The House approved a similar provision... Read more

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