Veteran Benefits

Senate Legislation Shrinks GI Bill Housing Allowance Over Time

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Senate lawmakers on Thursday approved an omnibus Veterans Affairs bill they say expands programs without paying for them at the expense of others by reworking the GI Bill housing payment to mirror that received by active-duty members. The nearly 400-page Veterans First Act approved by the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee does not, for example,... more

Lawyer Pans VA's Explanation for Not Firing Convicted Employee

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An attorney and expert in federal employment law panned the claim by the Veterans Affairs Department that it could not fire a San Juan VA hospital employee following her arrest in connection with an armed robbery. Cheri Cannon, a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Tully Rinckey LLC, said the VA could easily have made the legal argument ... more

Getting Approved for the VA Loan You Want

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When exploring your VA home loan option, there are several important moving parts. First, your eligibility for the VA home loan must be determined evidenced by your certificate of eligibility, obtained from the VA. You must also have established a credit history and provide your VA lender with a credit report that shows you have the minimum cred... more

Many Tricare Users to Pay Enrollment Fee under Congressional Proposal

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Many Tricare users would face annual enrollment fees in a newly named plan under a draft proposal released Monday by the House Armed Services Committee. Under the plan, current users of Tricare Standard and Tricare Extra would fall into the newly minted Tricare Preferred plan. Users would continue to be permitted to self-refer to providers, but... more

Atomic Veterans Healthcare Parity Act

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.; Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Rep. Mark Takai, D-Hawaii, have introduced the Atomic Veterans Healthcare Parity Act, which provides for the treatment and service-connection presumption of certain disabilities that could be related to exposure to radioactive fallout while serving in the Marshall Islands. These veterans we... more

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