Pay and Benefits

Washington Report (July 28, 2015) Congressional leaders say the House and Senate will not come to an agreement on the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act before members head back to their home states for August recess.    "We're going into September at this point," Rep. Adam Smith, D-... Read more
Washington Report (July 28, 2015) A bill passed Monday by the House would improve access to Veterans Affairs benefits for members of the military who have been sexually assaulted.    According to the Associated Press, the law says a statement by a survivor of military sexual assault would "be... Read more
Washington Report (July 21, 2015) The Department of Veterans Affairs credits a change in eligibility for an increase in appointments under the Veterans Choice program.   According to Military Times, the figures jumped from April to June because the program was opened to veterans who must drive at... Read more
Washington Report (July 14, 2015) Congressional leaders say it's likely the House and Senate will not pass a budget before the end of the fiscal year. Instead, Congress is headed towards a continuing resolution to keep spending at current levels at the start of fiscal 2016.    "I don't want to do... Read more
Washington Report (July 14, 2015) Congress easily passed last week legislation to create an identification card for all honorably discharged service members. Supporters say the bill, now awaiting the signature of the president, will allow veterans to quickly prove their honorable service if they... Read more
Washington Report (July 7, 2015) Congress has a lot of work ahead of it following the Fourth of July recess, from high-profile Pentagon confirmations to defense spending bills. It has nondefense issues, like highway funding, to address, as well.   Topping the defense list is the fiscal 2016... Read more
Washington Report (June 30, 2015) The House of Representatives could vote this summer to curb abuse of the GI Bill by helicopter training programs across the country. The bill has been approved by the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, according to The Los Angeles Times.   The legislation is HR... Read more
Washington Report (June 23, 2015) The Senate passed its version of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act Thursday, and the measure includes some key language in support of the National Guard. The bill, among other things, prevents the Army from transferring any of the Guard's remaining... Read more
Washington Report (June 23, 2015) Rep. Garret Graves, R-La., plans to introduce a bill today that would allow a member of the reserve component who dies in a training status to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery if they are killed alongside a member of the active component. His legislation... Read more
Washington Report (June 16, 2015) The family of a Louisiana Army National Guardsman killed during training earlier this year will be able to bury him at Arlington National Cemetery after all, John McHugh announced Friday. McHugh, the secretary of the Army, granted an exception to the policy that... Read more

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