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  • TOM PHILPOTT

    Caution flag up on more easing of VA ‘Choice Card’ usage

    An actuarial firm under contract to the Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that allowing veterans who live more than 40 miles from needed VA health care to use private sector care instead could balloon VA health care costs by as much as $46 billion a year.

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    Military coalition divides over compensation reforms

    The Military Coalition can make Congress tremble from time to time, by presenting a united front of millions of members from more than 30 military associations and veterans’ service organizations in support of, or opposition to, legislation affecting military folks and veterans.

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    Budget blueprints alarm joint chiefs but one has lifeline

    The House committee, says it has a fresh gimmick to spare the military BCA cuts in fiscal 2016: Let basic defense spending fall, as planned, but add billions of dollars back to an account BCA can’t touch: the Department of Defense’s Overseas Contingency Operations account.

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    Wounded Warrior Project keeps growing

    Steven Nardizzi, chief executive officer of WWP, said the project is busier than ever filling gaps in education, counseling and other activities needed to “honor and empower” warriors of recent wars. The goal is to make Iraq and Afghanistan veterans “the most successful and ...

  • TOM PHILPOTT

    Isakson vows to ease 40-mile limit on VA ‘Choice’ card

    Representatives of veterans’ service organizations predicted last summer that many veterans would be angered and confused by the arbitrary way Congress shaped a 40-mile rule for use of new Choice Cards under the Veterans Choice, Access and Accountability Act of 2014.

  • TOM PHILPOTT

    New report takes look at volunteer forces

    A new “Population Representation” report on the U.S. military affirms that the four-decade-old volunteer force is a healthy cross-section of America, if just a little smarter, a little better educated and with a deeper Southern drawl than the nation as a whole.

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    Defense plan would ‘destroy’ commissaries, industry reps say

    The Defense Department’s fiscal 2016 budget request would slash taxpayer support of base grocery stores by $322 million in 2016 and by $1 billion next year, enough to “destroy” the shopping benefit, warns the American Logistics Association.

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    Commission ideas on military compensation draw bipartisan praise

    After decades of rejecting military compensation studies, whether from teams of Pentagon analysts or independent blue ribbon panels, Congress this year appears to be embracing the clever weave of proposals prepared by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission.

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    Commission: Offer choices and see compensation costs fall

    The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission is urging President Barack Obama to endorse and Congress to enact sweeping changes to military health insurance and retirement options to “empower” service members to make choices that would drive down compensation costs...

  • TOM PHILPOTT

    Dogged reservist behind big win for ailing crewmen

    Retired Air Force Reserve Maj. Wes Carter almost didn’t travel to Washington D.C. last week where, to his surprise, he heard an independent panel of scientists verify what he had dogged the Air Force and Department of Veterans Affairs about for almost four years.

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