Trump Signs 2018 Defense Bill: Here’s What It Means for You

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a massive defense bill that authorizes everything from troop pay raises to military end strength in fiscal 2018. The Fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, authorizes about $700 billion for the Defense Department, including $634 billion for the base budget and $66…

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Coming changes to TRICARE

New fees, structure for health care system             Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, Defense Health Agency director, hosted a veterans and military service organization roundtable in August to discuss upcoming changes to TRICARE and solicit feedback about beneficiaries’ concerns. “This is their health care plan, and…

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Navy Officer’s Loudspeaker Broadcast of Taps Is Ending

In this 2015 photo, Joshua Corney poses for a portrait outside his Glen Rock, Pa. home. (Chris Dunn/York Daily Record via AP)   The Associated Press 30 Nov 2017 GLEN ROCK, Pa. — A Pennsylvania man whose nightly broadcast of taps through loudspeakers led to lawsuit threats and complaints from…

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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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