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  1. Life insurance premium rate to go up this summer

    The premium rate for Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance will rise July 1 to 7 cents per month for every $1,000 of coverage, up from the current 6.5 cents.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  2. Senate bill would expand benefits for caregivers

    Responding to a Rand Corp. report issued last week on challenges facing those who care for ill or injured veterans, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., on Thursday introduced a bill that would increase federal support for this largely invisible group.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  3. Small study finds problem in Gulf War vets' cell function

    A minuscule study of cell function in veterans of the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War could have widespread impact on future research into Gulf War illness.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  4. VA: Treatment delays may have led to 23 cancer deaths

    Delays in cancer treatment consultations may have played a role in the deaths of 23 veterans and compromised the health of 53 others, according to an internal review released this week by the Veterans Affairs Department.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  5. House lawmakers cool to DoD pay, benefits proposals

    The Pentagon's pay and benefits proposals for fiscal 2015 would be crippling for troops and their families, and potentially a disincentive for many to continue serving, according to House lawmakers who oversee personnel programs in the annual defense budg

    • Mar. 25, 2014
  6. Some vets won't have to report income for VA care

    Starting this month, veterans who qualify for care from the Veterans Health Administration under income thresholds will no longer need to report their income information to Veterans Affairs annually.

    • Mar. 25, 2014
  7. Tricare Help: Retiree might be able to see doctors at England facilities

    Q. I'm a retiree with a family enrolled in Tricare Prime and Delta Dental, with no other health care coverage. I'm also a federal civilian employee and am about to take a posting in England.

    • Mar. 19, 2014
  8. More military consumers cite aggressive debt collection

    Debt collection is emerging as a big issue for service members and veterans, according to data released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on March 6.

    • Mar. 7, 2014
  9. DoD plans no cuts to spouse tuition program, official says

    Many troops and families may be worried about the future of family support and community programs, but one program that isn't suffering from budget woes is the military spouse tuition program Military Spouse Career Advancement Account, or MyCAA.

    • Mar. 6, 2014
  10. Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., and Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. AFP

    Key lawmaker: Don't try to hash out pay reform this year

    The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee wants to delay any major military retirement and compensation debate until next year, instead focusing on other areas of potential savings for the fiscal 2015 defense budget.

    • Feb. 27, 2014
  11. Congress skeptical about plan to shrink military

    The Obama administration's push for a smaller, nimbler military must now face the scrutiny of a Congress that has spent years battling the Pentagon's vision for a new security strategy.

    • Feb. 25, 2014
  12. Senate vote to come soon on massive veterans' bill

    The Senate is poised to vote on a sweeping veterans' benefits bill that addresses the gamut from education to military retirement pay reductions.

    • Feb. 4, 2014
  13. Service members and veterans of all branches of the military are eligible to apply for PenFed Foundation's Dream Makers program. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    Grants help military families buy homes

    More than 200 military families in 39 states received grants last year from the nonprofit Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation to help with the down payment and closing costs to buy homes generally their first homes, according to foundation official

    • Jan. 20, 2014
  14. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel talks with retired Army Col. Rebecca Hooper, program manager for the Center for the Intrepid, after Hagel spoke to soldiers, veterans and staff Wednesday at the center in San Antonio. Lisa Krantz / AP

    Hagel: COLA cuts won't impact disabled vets

    Speaking to amputees and burn victims at a military hospital in San Antonio, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the new law that will slash future retirement benefits for veterans will be changed to exempt those with disabilities.

    • Jan. 8, 2014
  15. Compensation commission gets lengthy extension

    The commission that could trigger historic changes to military pay and benefits system was granted an extension and will not conclude its work until February 2015, many months after its original deadline.

    • Jan. 3, 2014
  16. Compensation commission in San Antonio next week

    Military troops, families and retirees in the San Antonio area will have an opportunity to offer feedback next week about potential changes to the military pay and benefits system.

    • Jan. 2, 2014
  17. Survey: Many troops at risk on mortgages, other debt

    Compared to the civilian population, service members are better at making ends meet, planning ahead and general financial knowledge, according to a new military report on financial capability from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

    • Dec. 3, 2013
  18. Faster airport screening expands for troops

    The hassle of air travel will soon ease significantly for service members under a new agreement between the Defense Department and the Transportation Security Administration.

    • Nov. 13, 2013
  19. VA meets goal of hiring 800 mental health counselors

    The Veterans Affairs Department has met a goal mandated by President Obama to hire 800 veteran peer-to-peer counselors, announcing Tuesday it has exceeded the mandate by 15 employees.

    • Nov. 6, 2013
  20. New bill would prevent disruptions in death benefits

    With another partial government shutdown possible in mid-January, two lawmakers are moving to provide permanent funding for military death benefits.

    • Oct. 30, 2013
  21. Senate bill would make it easier to break residential leases

    Military families would find it easier to break leases so they could move into military housing under a bill introduced Monday by Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I.

    • Oct. 29, 2013
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    New privately run 'GI Bill' site could raise concerns

    Little more than a year after government officials took over the private website, saying that it misled veterans, a new website has popped up that may renew similar concerns.

    • Oct. 22, 2013
  23. Rep. Jim Moran Kris Connor/Getty Images

    House passes retroactive pay bill for furloughed feds

    The House on Saturday unanimously approved a bipartisan bill to ensure back pay to hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal employees once a partial government shutdown ends.

    • Oct. 5, 2013
  24. Pentagon still mum on shutdown pay policy

    Four days after lawmakers passed a seemingly simple law declaring troops and essential civilians could be paid during the government shutdown, the Pentagon remains mum on the details about how it will interpret that law.

    • Oct. 4, 2013
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