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“My VA is about keeping veterans at the table: In control of how, when and where they wish to be served.” - VA Secretary Robert McDonald “My VA” is how Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald described his ideal standard of care when speaking today about his vision for an... Read more
Washington Report (March 15, 2016) Men and women who leave the military should have longer access to the benefits available through Military OneSource, a Pentagon official told the acting secretary of the Army last week. Rosemary Williams, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for military... Read more
Washington Report (February 23, 2016) The Defense Department is responding to criticism that it wants to make the new blended retirement system more favorable to longer-serving troops at the expense of those who spend only a short time in uniform. "We absolutely do not agree that this is something... Read more
Washington Report (February 2, 2016) The Department of Veterans Affairs will not be issuing national identification cards to veterans for several months. That's not good enough, according to Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., who sponsored the bill passed last year creating the cards. "Another year is too... Read more
Washington Report (November 24, 2015) Members of a congressional panel tasked with looking at military pay and compensation said Nov. 18 the current system does not meet the needs of today's all-volunteer force.    Three Republican commissioners on the Military Compensation and Retirement... Read more
Washington Report (October 20, 2015) Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III is set to retire March 1 after three years as director of the Air National Guard and more than three decades in uniform.   Reflecting back on his career in an interview with Air Force Times, Clarke shared one of the most important... Read more
Washington Report (October 6, 2015) The Senate could vote as soon as today on the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, but the president has said he will veto the version of the bill that passed the House last week.   President Barack Obama opposes the bill because House Republicans included... Read more
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 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

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