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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‘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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VA Shelves Plan to Cut Benefit for Elderly Disabled Vets

In this March 7, 2017, file photo, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, addresses a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) Military.com | 14 Jun 2017 | by Richard Sisk

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DAV action on Proposal to Eliminate Individual Unemployability Rating at Age 62

  Over the past several weeks, DAV has received hundreds of inquiries from DAV members and other concerned parties regarding the proposal to eliminate the total disability rating based on Individual Unemployability (IU) benefits for veterans over the age of 62 contained in the President’s fiscal year 2018 budget. Specifically,…

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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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