Budget Calls for Cuts to VA Programs as Tradeoff for Extending Choice

  Stars and Stripes | 23 May 2017 | by Nikki Wentling WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s budget released Tuesday proposes cutting monthly stipends to some disabled, unemployed veterans and reducing veterans’ cost-of-living adjustments as offsets to continue a program that allows veterans to seek care outside the Department of…

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President’s Budget Proposes to Reduce Veterans’ Benefits

David W. Riley, DAV National Commander and Frances J. Costa, DAVA National Commander <lbogle@dav.org>     On May 23, 2017, the Administration released the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) budget for fiscal year 2018. Contained within this budget were two legislative proposals that DAV strongly opposes because if enacted into law,…

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Trump Budget to Cap Next Raise, Hike Retiree TRICARE Fees, Slam ‘IU’ Vets

  POSTED BY: TOM PHILPOTT MAY 25, 2017 Military Update: President Trump’s first budget request embraces many Obama administration ideas to dampen military compensation growth. It would cap the next military pay raise; hike healthcare fees “modestly” for working-age military retirees, and increase co-payments on pharmacy drugs for TRICARE beneficiaries,…

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