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Tom Philpott: Military Forum Archives

January 04, 2013: Vets React to Delayed Claims and New RX Fees

December 28, 2012: Reaction to Planned TRICARE Changes

November 17, 2012: Will TRICARE Prime Changes Hurt TRICARE-for-Life?

October 20, 2012: Women Still Waiting for VA Care

October 08, 2012: Some Commissary Patrons Ready for Online Shopping

October 02, 2012: Ex-Spouse Investigate Improved Benefits

September 06, 2012: Readers Sound Off on TRICARE Mail Order Rx

August 22, 2012: TRICARE Fees, Camp LeJeune, and TriWest

August 03, 2012: Drill Pay Cuts Would Hit Hard

July 03, 2012: Reservists Defend Drill Pay

June 15, 2012: Divorce Issues and TRICARE Fees

June 02, 2012: Disability Compensation and Divorce

May 25, 2012: Divide Over Disability Pay and Divorce

May 22, 2012: Retiree Health Care Issues

May 13, 2012: Dispelling Myths - Health Care and Divorce Rates

May 04, 2012: Reaction to Calling Promised Care a "Myth"

April 19, 2012: TRICARE Hikes and Broken Promises

April 06, 2012: DoD's TriWest Decision Upsets Patrons

March 30, 2012: Readers Views on TRICARE Fee Increases and More

March 09, 2012: Wal-Mart Cheaper than TRICARE Mail-Order

March 02, 2012: Retirees Sound Off on TRICARE Issues

February 24, 2012: Retirees Respond to TRICARE Fee Hikes

February 17, 2012: VA Claims Backlog, Hollow Force, and More

February 03, 2012: Some Fear Paperless VA Claims Won't Help

January 06, 2012: PTSD Vets and Their Families Need Help

December 30, 2011: Unemployment for Vets and TRICARE Prime Fees

December 23, 2011: Retirees Ping Senators on TRICARE Fee Hikes

December 16, 2011: Avoid Double Recoupment of Separation Pay

December 03, 2011: SBP Premiums Can be Higher for Gays

November 15, 2011: Retirees Losing Faith in Politicians

October 07, 2011: Accounting for the Invisible Wounds of War

September 30, 2011: New TRICARE For Life Fees

September 27, 2011: Jobless Vets Deserve More

September 16, 2011: Troops Need to Protect Their Hearing

September 12, 2011: Cost-Savings Better Than Cutting Benefits

August 25, 2011: GI Bill Transfers: Too Restrictive or Wasteful?

August 12, 2011: Why Military Has a 20-Year Retirement

August 11, 2011: Primary Target for Retirement Reform

July 28, 2011: Walgreens to Leave TRICARE Pharmacy Network

July 01, 2011: Separation Pay Recouped Before Disability Pay Begins

June 24, 2011: Retired Enlisted: 'Reasonable' Fee Hike Can Still Be Unfair

June 17, 2011: Remarried, Now Wise to Unfairness of Ex-Spouse Law

June 10, 2011: Scientist Challenges AO Illness Link for C-123 Crews

June 03, 2011: Many AO Exposures Still Not Recognized

May 27, 2011: Auditors Wrong on Camp Lejeune Housing Shortage

May 23, 2011: TRICARE Retired Reserve for 'Gray-Area' Retirees

May 13, 2011: No Pulse Felt on CRDP for 'Under 20' Disabled Retirees

May 06, 2011: Some Still See TRICARE Young Adult as a 'Deal'

April 29, 2011: Priority Group 7 & 8 Vets Worry About Medicare Costs

April 22, 2011: Housing Assistance Plan Out of Cash for PCS

April 15, 2011: Veterans Divided on Pushing Cat 7/8s Out of Care

April 08, 2011: Ratings Reviewed for Disabled Separated Since 9/11

April 01, 2011: Lawmaker Said to Miss 'Big Picture' on LHI Contract

March 25, 2011: Retirees: 'Health Czar' Post Unneeded

March 18, 2011: Redux 'Bonus' Still a Government Ripoff

March 11, 2011: Reservists Can't Draw Both Military & VA Disability Pay

March 04, 2011: Retirees Divided Over TRICARE Fee Hikes

February 25, 2011: 300,000 Ineligible for GI Bill Transfer

February 18, 2011: Expired Tax Break Explains Withholding Jump

February 03, 2011: Family Needs Affordable 'Young Adult TRICARE'

January 28, 2011: Disabled Vet Auto Allowance Jumps in October

January 21, 2011: Disappointed by 'TRICARE Young Adult'

January 14, 2011: Echoes of Wars Past for Veterans, Spouses

January 07, 2011: Vet Says GI Bill Reform to Cost Him $15,000 a Year

December 31, 2010: Proposal to Raise TRICARE Fees Angers Retirees

December 27, 2010: Housing Pay Protection for New Parents

December 17, 2010: Elderly Veteran Falls After VA Ends Travel Help

December 10, 2010: Skeptic Sees Gay Benefits Expanding Fast

December 03, 2010: Some See VA as Welfare System

November 26, 2010: Military Minimum Wage

November 20, 2010: Congress Should Lead in Taking Cuts

November 12, 2010: Higher TRICARE Fees Easier Than Ingratitude

November 05, 2010: Empower Patients to Curb Rising Health Costs, Abuse

October 29, 2010: 'Savings' That Paid for the 'Veterans' Benefits Act'

October 22, 2010: GI Bill Reform: $2.3B Over 10 Years

October 15, 2010: Behind Insurance Bump for Totally Disabled Vets

October 08, 2010: Vietnam Vets Deserve AO Compensation

October 01, 2010: Push on to Extend TRICARE Child Coverage to Age 26

September 24, 2010: Disabled Members Shut Out for GI Bill Transfers

September 17, 2010: Service Efforts to Find, Help Stop-Loss Vets Hit

September 10, 2010: Ischemic Heart Disease Rating Not Automatic

September 03, 2010: 90,000 Need to Claim Stop Loss Pay by Deadline

August 27, 2010: $400 Reagan-Era Hammers and Today a $636 Nut

August 20, 2010: Health Care, Pension Myths Regarding Congress

August 12, 2010: 'Unsustainable Benefits' Report Hits a Nerve

August 06, 2010: TRICARE Retired Reserve Premium Rates Set for Fall

July 30, 2010: More Reforms Suggested for Post-9/11 GI Bill

July 22, 2010: Old Era for PTSD Claims Remembered with Regret

July 16, 2010: As Hearing Nears, AO Debate Heats Up

July 09, 2010: Federal COLA Still not Sure Thing

July 02, 2010: TRICARE for Gray-Area Retirees to Begin

June 25, 2010: Popping the Myth of Military Families on Food Stamps

June 18, 2010: AO Vets Scorch Webb Over Claims Review

June 11, 2010: HAP Hit as 'One More Bailout'

June 04, 2010: Embers of Progress on Chapter 61

May 28, 2010: Recalled Retirees Can Open Thrift Savings Plans

May 21, 2010: Military Pay Too Generous? Weigh the Sacrifices

May 14, 2010: Inequality Deepens with New Caregiver Law

May 07, 2010: Doctor Fee Threat Unrelated to Health Reform Law

April 30, 2010: VA Caregiver Plan has Qualification Hurdles

April 23, 2010: Why CBO Projects TRICARE 'Health Reform' Savings

April 16, 2010: Remarry to Draw Full SBP? Ridiculous, Indeed

April 09, 2010: Feeling Cheated on AO Retro Pay

April 02, 2010: The Math Behind VA Disability Ratings

March 26, 2010: TRICARE Might Extend Coverage to Age 26

March 19, 2010: Sen. Webb Should Lead USFSPA Reform

March 12, 2010: 'GFEBS' Next 'DIMHRS Disaster'?

March 05, 2010: Vet Transition Briefings Required

February 26, 2010: Ignore TRICARE Rx "Customary Charges"

February 22, 2010: Retirees Recall Mail Order Drug Glitches

February 14, 2010: Why Compare Military Pay with Civilian Pay?

February 01, 2010: Satisfied with TRICARE Contractors

January 22, 2010: TRICARE Controls Shadow Health Reform

January 15, 2010: Vets Exposed to Agent Orange Still Wait

January 08, 2010: Where to Go for Help Filing New Agent Orange Claims

December 18, 2009: 'Mystery' of GI Bill Payment Delays Slowly Solved

December 11, 2009: GI Bill Delays Force Out-Of-Pocket Pay

December 04, 2009: Skepticism Congress Will Protect TRICARE

November 30, 2009: TRICARE Is a "Cadillac Plan" Protected

November 20, 2009: Return To Draft Would End These Wars

November 13, 2009: Hold On Vet Bill Draws Heat, Support

November 06, 2009: SBP Choice Hurt by Lack of Good Info

October 30, 2009: Banner Recruiting Year Doesn't Please All

October 24, 2009: Misinformation Fuels 'TRICARE for Life' Scare

October 18, 2009: Chapter 61 Retirees Denied Concurrent Receipt

October 09, 2009: VA Facility Where Father Died Praised

October 02, 2009: Former Submariners Wary Of Women Onboard

September 25, 2009: Concurrent Receipt Relief Not for All

September 18, 2009: Dealings with Physical Disability Board

September 11, 2009: VA Rating Schedule Is Not 'Liberal'

September 04, 2009: Retirees Upset By Idea of No 2009 COLA

August 28, 2009: Opinions Differ on TRICARE Commute Rule

August 21, 2009: Retirees Unnerved By New TRICARE Contracts

August 14, 2009: Obama Doesn't Quiet Skeptics On Health Reform

August 07, 2009: VA Clothing Allowance: Still Automatic

July 31, 2009: TRICARE Not Tied To Obama 'Reforms'

July 24, 2009: Anxiety Over TRICARE Contract Shift

July 17, 2009: Guard Members Irked By GI Bill Exclusions

July 10, 2009: Percent Breakdown of New GI Bill

July 03, 2009: GI Bill and Early Tuition Reimbursement

June 26, 2009: Limits on Transferring GI Bill Hit

June 19, 2009: On-Line Post-9/11 GI Bill Transfers

June 12, 2009: Time to Repeal 'Redux' Scam

June 05, 2009: Chapter 61 Plan Stings Retirees Left Out

May 29, 2009: Not Keen On GI Bill Transfer Rules

May 22, 2009: Who Could See Retired Pay Restored?

May 15, 2009: Info for Those Who Exhausted MGIB

May 08, 2009: Recent Retirees Angry Over Transfer Limits

April 24, 2009: Set Family Visit Fees; Don't Hit Retirees

April 17, 2009: Better Staffing Will Improve Hospital Care

April 10, 2009: SSIA Not Easing DIC Offset's Sting

April 03, 2009: Current Health Record System 'Flawed'

March 27, 2009: Strings Attached To Early Retirement

March 20, 2009: Vet Health Care Questions, Thoughts

March 13, 2009: Reservists Talk Retirement Gains

March 06, 2009: Vets Hit New Disability Board

February 27, 2009: Re-Armed To Resist Redux

February 20, 2009: Credit Union Members Oppose Bailout

February 13, 2009: Retirees Forfeit Severance Pay

February 06, 2009: Ready For 'Yellow Ribbon'

January 30, 2009: Active Duty Retirees Explain Higher Death Rates

January 23, 2009: Group 8 Vets Say Tap Other Insurance

January 16, 2009: Don't Raise Our Health Fees

January 09, 2009: Beneficiaries Angry Over TRICARE

January 02, 2009: Rx for Military Family Care

December 24, 2008: Health Record System Criticism Unjustified

December 19, 2008: BAH Rate Shaped By Housing 'Profile'

December 12, 2008: Qualifying for GI Bill Transferability

December 05, 2008: New Health Record Systems 'Unfit'

November 28, 2008: 'Glitch' Update for Paid-Up Rule

November 21, 2008: Tightening of 'PD' Discharges Lauded

November 14, 2008: New GI Bill Transferability Requirements

November 07, 2008: MGIB for Early Separations

October 31, 2008: Blue-Water Sailors Ask Supreme Court to Review Case

October 24, 2008: Separation Pay Recouped

October 17, 2008: 10 Days' Paternity Leave Passed

October 10, 2008: New Survivor Allowance Begins

October 03, 2008: 'IU' Retro Payments: An Update

September 26, 2008: Sting of SBP-DIC Offset

September 19, 2008: Widows Praise SBP Protection

September 12, 2008: 'Discontent' with MTF Pharmacies

September 05, 2008: More Family Leave Deserved

August 29, 2008: CBS Bonus: Gov't-Designed 'Rip-Off'

August 22, 2008: Alternative Retirement Plan 'Stinks'

August 15, 2008: Long Waits For Disability Benefits

August 08, 2008: Disability Discharges Reviewed

August 01, 2008: Help with CRSC Claims Available

July 25, 2008: Vets Wait and Wait for VA

July 18, 2008: Clearing up Confusion on the GI Bill

July 11, 2008: Mixed Feelings Over Post-9/11 GI Bill

July 04, 2008: Support For Injured Soldier

June 20, 2008: Fees Discourage Use of VA Loan

June 13, 2008: The Ex-Spouse Law Dodge

June 07, 2008: Congress Ignores 'Blue Water' Claims

May 30, 2008: Surprised By TSP 'Spousal' Rules

May 23, 2008: Restarting VA Disability Pay

May 16, 2008: Paternity Leave a 'Great Idea'

May 09, 2008: Dividing Vets by Combat

May 02, 2008: Disabled Vets Severance Recouped

April 25, 2008: Opposition To Webb GI Bill Rankles

April 18, 2008: Favoring Roth IRA Over TSP

April 11, 2008: Retiree Colas Seen Falling Behind

April 04, 2008: Recomputing Retired Pay an Indulgence

March 28, 2008: Ideas for Improving GI Bill Benefits

March 21, 2008: Trading In MGIB for Webb Plan

March 14, 2008: Many Rave New GI Bill Plan

March 07, 2008: Lawyers Kept Out Of VA Claims

February 29, 2008: Age-62 Drop In SBP Ends April 1

February 22, 2008: Widows Buoyed by SPB-DIC Ruling

February 15, 2008: Retirement Law Steams Guardsmen

February 08, 2008: War Zone Perk: No Tax Returns

February 01, 2008: Vet Mileage Rate Raised

January 25, 2008: SBP and Open Season Enrollees

January 18, 2008: Right To Communicate With Congress

January 11, 2008: TRICARE Proposals Still Rile Retirees

January 04, 2008: Star-Rank Heavy Task Force Hit

December 28, 2007: 'TFL' Fee Seen as Promise Broken

December 21, 2007: Reserve War Vets Are Angry

December 14, 2007: Nam Vets Have Stake in Haas Case

December 07, 2007: Frustrations Over Retro Pay Delays

November 30, 2007: Difference In Disability Pay Opposed

November 23, 2007: Marine Recruits Stir Memories

November 16, 2007: AF Drawdown Raises Workload

November 09, 2007: Retirees Blast 2.3% Cola

November 02, 2007: Unfair Disability Pay Reforms

October 26, 2007: Ex-Spouse Hits Ex-Spouse Law

October 19, 2007: No Pay Reform for Long Disabled Vets

October 12, 2007: Anger Over End to Employer TRICARE Plans

October 05, 2007: TRICARE Hopes Raised for Vet Families

September 28, 2007: Dole-Shalala to Help Not Hurt Vets

September 21, 2007: Readers Cool to New Health Agency

September 14, 2007: Disability Evals Flawed

September 07, 2007: Dole-Shalala Should Help All Vets

August 31, 2007: Don't Trim TRICARE Prime Areas

August 24, 2007: Pensions for WWII Filipino Vets Hit

August 17, 2007: TRS Improved but not Open to All

August 10, 2007: Disability Reform Challenges

August 03, 2007: CRDP for 10-40% Disabled

July 27, 2007: VA Healthcare Mileage Rate

July 20, 2007: Pay Disparities Divide Vets

July 13, 2007: Retirees Want Ex-Spouse Law Reform

July 06, 2007: Fight Over All-Vet Healthcare

June 29, 2007: Young Disabled Vets Underpaid

June 22, 2007: No Retired Pay 'Recomputation'

June 15, 2007: Disability Severance Pay Taxed

June 08, 2007: Tiered TRICARE Fees Opposed

June 01, 2007: Anger Greets Opposition to 3.5 Raise

May 25, 2007: Joint Basing Stirs EM

May 18, 2007: Return GI Bill 'Pay Cut'

May 11, 2007: Pay Favored Over Days Off

May 04, 2007: Disability Rating Policy Angers Vets

April 27, 2007: 'VA Retro Pay' Delays Questioned

April 20, 2007: Black Enlistments and the Iraq War

April 13, 2007: Reacting to Direct-Care Cuts

April 06, 2007: Improving TRICARE Mail Order

March 30, 2007: Only Some Understand Sacrifices

March 23, 2007: Ex-Spouse Documents Lost

March 16, 2007: End to SBP-DIC Offset Overdue

March 09, 2007: Supporting Total Force GI Bill

March 02, 2007: Not All Oppose Health Fee Hike

February 23, 2007: Mail Order Drugs Debated

February 16, 2007: New Pay Table's Impact

February 09, 2007: Ex-Spouse SBP Fumbled

February 02, 2007: TRICARE Fee Reaction

January 26, 2007: Unexpected Assignments

January 19, 2007: Sharing Disability Pay With Ex

January 12, 2007: Job Match for Iraq Duty

January 05, 2007: Paperwork Hides Heroics

December 29, 2006: Why Not Unified Medicine?

December 15, 2006: Behind the Medal Count

December 08, 2006: Why Not Recruit Dropouts?

December 01, 2006: 'Gray Area' Retired Pay

November 27, 2006: Ex-Spouses Gain From CR Laws

November 17, 2006: HPSP Stipend Frozen

November 10, 2006: 30-Plus-Year Retired Pay

November 03, 2006: Ex-Spouse Law Dissatisfaction

October 26, 2006: Ire Over Drug Discounts

October 20, 2006: Top Officers' Raise Hits Nerve

October 13, 2006: Second-Rate Reserve MGIB

October 06, 2006: TSGLI Too Restrictive

September 29, 2006: Missing Drug Money

September 22, 2006: Reacting to Unified Medicine

September 15, 2006: Lawyers and VA Claims

September 06, 2006: Improving Your Next Move

September 01, 2006: Stryker Wives Admired

August 25, 2006: Thoughts on Commissaries

August 18, 2006: Back Pay Not Limited

August 11, 2006: Shift to Retail Drugs

August 04, 2006: Ending SBP Premiums

July 27, 2006: Back Pay Cases Vary

July 21, 2006: AF Health Scholarships

July 14, 2006: Domestic Violence Rights

June 16, 2006: Vets' Benefits at Risk

June 09, 2006: Feelings on 10-Year Rule

June 02, 2006: VA Eligibility Revised

May 26, 2006: Health Savings Bad Idea

May 19, 2006: Inequity in Reserve MGIB

May 12, 2006: Reserve Retirement Change

May 05, 2006: Behind the Co-Pay Jump

April 28, 2006: Bill for WWII Mariners

April 21, 2006: Mixed Reviews on Records

April 14, 2006: Outraged Over TRICARE

April 07, 2006: Mail Order vs. Retail

March 31, 2006: Options Due for Retirees

March 24, 2006: Measuring Pay Disparity

March 17, 2006: GI Bill License Coverage

March 10, 2006: MGIB Transferability

March 04, 2006: Split Over Pay Disparity

February 24, 2006: Comparing Retired Pay

February 10, 2006: Why SBP is too Pricey

January 27, 2006: Retirement for Reserves

January 20, 2006: Cut TRICARE Waste

January 13, 2006: Chiefs' Stand on TRICARE

December 30, 2005: Congress Care Not Free

December 23, 2005: Fees Inflame Retirees

December 16, 2005: Inspirational Service

December 05, 2005: TSP not for Retirees

November 29, 2005: TRICARE Drug Benefits Surpass Medicare Part D

November 18, 2005: Duckworth's Courage

November 11, 2005: Don't Raise TRICARE Costs

November 04, 2005: Cranial Molding Helmets

October 28, 2005: Low Priority Vets Shut Out

October 07, 2005: Rescue Response

September 30, 2005: Lottery Tickets

September 23, 2005: Ex-Spouse Law

September 16, 2005: SBP Open-Season

September 09, 2005: Widows Hit Warner Plan

September 02, 2005: PTSD Review

August 26, 2005: Bring on TRICARE

August 20, 2005: Boosting Army Recruiting

August 12, 2005: Military Pay is Higher

August 12, 2005: Military Pay is Higher

July 29, 2005: Ex-Spouse Act Changes

July 22, 2005: Two-Tier Death Benefit

July 16, 2005: 'Out-Sourcing' Retiree Care?

July 07, 2005: Re-Shaping Retirement

July 01, 2005: Higher TRICARE Fees Unpopular Notion

June 24, 2005: TRICARE for Drilling Reservists

June 21, 2005: Are 1099 Forms Accurate?

June 10, 2005: Selective Service

May 27, 2005: Reserve Retirement Age

May 20, 2005: Combat-Related Death Gratuity

May 13, 2005: Base Stores vs. Wal-Marts

May 06, 2005: Up-or-Out Rules Creating Hardships

April 23, 2005: VEAP-Decliners and Retired Pay

April 15, 2005: Reservist and Vet Health

April 09, 2005: Reactions to Pharmacy Plan

April 04, 2005: SBP, Social Security, Phase Out, Disability Compensation



Tom Philpott: Military Update Archives

 
About Tom Philpott

Tom Philpott has been breaking news for and about military people since 1977. After service in the Coast Guard, and 17 years as a reporter and senior editor with Army Times Publishing Company, Tom launched "Military Update," his syndicated weekly news column, in 1994. "Military Update" features timely news and analysis on issues affecting active duty members, reservists, retirees and their families. Tom also edits a reader reaction column, "Military Forum." The online "home" for both features is Military.com.

Tom's freelance articles have appeared in numerous magazines including The New Yorker, Reader's Digest and Washingtonian. His critically-acclaimed book, Glory Denied, on the extraordinary ordeal and heroism of Col. Floyd "Jim" Thompson, the longest-held prisoner of war in American history, is available in hardcover and paperback.

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