Veterans

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
Washington Report (March 22, 2016) Combat veterans waiting for approval of their health-care claims from the Department of Veterans Affairs can use the telephone to complete their applications, the VA announced last week. The new method of application is open now to combat veterans, but will be... Read more
Washington Report (March 15, 2016) Men and women who leave the military should have longer access to the benefits available through Military OneSource, a Pentagon official told the acting secretary of the Army last week. Rosemary Williams, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for military... Read more
Washington Report (March 8, 2016) Service members diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic-brain injury could not be discharged from the military if a bill introduced last week in the House becomes law, according to a report in Military Times. The legislation introduced by a... 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 Library of Congress has reached a milestone in its Veterans History Project and is renewing its call for veterans to preserve their wartime memories. The project has received 100,000 recollections from veterans from World War I to the wars in Afghanistan and... 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
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

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