Appeals legislation a win for veterans

On August 23, President Trump signed into law a long-awaited piece of legislation designed to create a more timely and accurate system for processing veterans’ appeals for disability claims. Veterans have faced unnecessary and unacceptable delays within the current VA disability appeals system, on average taking between three to five…

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

      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, including retirees of any age, though…

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VA: Letting Vets Seek Community Healthcare Will Save Billions

  Allowing more veterans to seek medical care outside VA facilities will save taxpayers billions of dollars over the next decade, top VA officials said. VA Secretary David Shulkin on Monday said increasing private care options under the proposed Coordinated Access and Rewarding Experiences, or CARE, Act would result in…

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‘Forever’ GI Bill passes for future veterans

Recipients of the Post-9/11 GI Bill—Chapter 33—currently have a 15-year time frame in which to use their benefits. Legislation to eliminate the current limit on using those benefits, and to improve the overall benefit for veterans discharged after Jan. 1, 2013, was signed into law by the President Aug. 16,…

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Finally: Actual, Physical Vet Cards Will Be Issued To Veterans Who Apply Starting In November

Okay, so say it’s Veterans Day and you’re a veteran and you’ve been waiting in line all morning to get your free meal at Applebee’s. But then you suddenly realize that you forgot to bring a copy of your DD-214, and you don’t have a Department of Veterans Affairs health…

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