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Past articles by Military:


'Blue Water Navy' backers press Trump to pressure senators

The bill would make tens of thousands of ailing veterans who had served on ships off Vietnam eligible for VA disability compensation and health care → Read More


VA leaders vow post-9/11 GI Bill allowance delays near over

The VA’s undersecretary for benefits vowed that GI Bill users won’t be inconvenienced by systemic payment delays again in the 2019 spring semester. → Read More


Officer personnel managers weigh how, when to use new tools

Congress approved seven significant changes to the law governing officer management. It shelved four more controversial provisions the Senate alone had endorsed. → Read More


TRICARE seeking right mix of therapies for kids with autism

TRICARE's Applied Behavioral Analysis program is still labeled a “demonstration” because the effectiveness of its techniques for autism remain unproven. → Read More

Military Update: Restructuring of health system slows to curb readiness risk

October was to be the month that the five-year-old Defense Health Agency (DHA) assumed management responsibility for all Army, Navy and Air Force health care facilities, which includes 59 hospitals and 360 clinics across the nation and at U.S. bases overseas. → Read More


TRICARE recoups $280 million so far from compound drug scams

By the time TRICARE recognized it was the target of a scam, the military pharmacy program had been bilked out of an estimated $1.5 billion. → Read More

Military retirees to gain access to wider menu of dental plans

Sometime in October military retirees can begin to review online the various features and monthly premiums of dental plan options for replacing their TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP), which is set to expire after Dec. 31. → Read More


Military Update: VA cites slow-rolled Agent Orange report to oppose spina bifida bill

A report raised the possibility that VA might add as many as four new conditions to its list of illnesses possibly caused by Agent Orange exposure. → Read More


Military update: VA rips 'Blue Water' Agent Orange bill, urges Senate to sink it

VA officials strongly oppose passing the Blue Water Navy bill, which would extend Agent Orange disability benefits to 70,000 and 90,000 veterans. → Read More


Military Update: Number of disabled vets to get tax refunds jolts law's backers

Vets can get more info on the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act at by searching for “Combat Injured Veterans.” → Read More


Philpott: Many medically discharged vets missing out on ratings upgrade

Congress ordered disability reviews after thousands of service members who were medically separated from service were low-balled on their benefits. → Read More


Philpott: Shulkin's trip scandal hurt fight to slow 'Choice' effect on VA

VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin, a strong proponent of keeping the VA health care system intact, saw his support deteriorate in recent months. → Read More


Philpott: VA Secretary says he would — if he could — expand care for Agent Orange veterans

VA Secretary David Shulkin says he favors expanding Agent Orange-related care to new categories of veterans but certain factors stand in the way. → Read More


Philpott: New DoD task force eyed for merging exchange services, DECA

Military exchange services and the Defense Commissary Agency would be merged into a single resale enterprise under a new proposal. → Read More

286,000 service members can’t deploy. The Pentagon wants to to get rid of some of them

A new “universal retention policy” across the four service branches seeks to trim the pool of non-deployable members, which stands at 14 percent of all active and ready reserve personnel. → Read More


Philpott: Falling commissary sales are raising risks to shopping benefit

Falling sales leave military commissaries open to criticism that they’re losing relevancy and are too costly for taxpayers to support. → Read More

Declining sales threaten military's commissary benefit

Sales at on-base grocery stores have fallen six percent in the past year, 21.3 percent since 2012, putting the shopping benefit at greater risk, say commissary executives. → Read More


Philpott: Hill, agencies target home loan 'churning' aimed at veterans

The goal of refinancing VA home loans is to generate profits for lenders. The side effects often are devastating for veterans and their families. → Read More


Philpott: Opting in sooner for blended retirement can add value to TSP

The sooner military members opt into the High-3 retirement plan, the sooner the government’s contribution and matching funds begin. → Read More

Small rise coming for military's Basic Allowance fo Housing

The increase in the Basic Allowance for Housing will average $10 per month. Some areas will see no increase. → Read More