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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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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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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