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Military Benefits Changes and Updates 2024

Proposed Law Would Close GI Bill Loophole

Under the current rules of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, military members are permitted to transfer their unused GI Bill benefits to qualifying spouses and school-age children. However, the transfer requires the servicemember to commit to a new tour of duty, and the benefits can’t be transferred after leaving the military. That leaves out certain veterans… Read more »

Proposed Changes Could End Marijuana Testing For New Recruits

In 2025, the Federal Government could stop drug testing new recruits for marijuana, making it easier to join the military as a result. In the past, in addition to broad DoD regulations regarding pot, the various branches of the military, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Space Force, have used service-specific marijuana policy to… Read more »

2025 NDAA Draft Includes Major Pay Raise For Junior Troops

The House Armed Services Committee has presented a draft of the 2025 National Defense Authorization Act that includes a proposed 4.5% pay raise for military members and a proposed 15% pay increase for junior enlisted members. While some military publications breathlessly report this possible 19%-plus military pay raise, it’s crucial to remember that in this… Read more »

DoD Reforms Military Medical Malpractice Guidelines

Once upon a time, when you joined the military in the United States, you were at the mercy of the military medical system as an active duty soldier, sailor, airman, Marine, etc. There was little to no recourse for those who suffered medical malpractice in the military healthcare system. But that has changed. In 2019,… Read more »

Quit Smoking: Veteran Resources

According to the Centers for Disease Control, military veterans have a higher rate of tobacco use than other demographics. Due to its addictive qualities, many are drawn to it despite the risks of heart disease, cancer, and other illnesses it causes. Many also struggle to quit the habit. Did you know there are Department of… Read more »

Does the VA Do Enough for Veterans Without Honorable Discharges?

In late April 2024, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced permanent changes to VA benefits approval guidelines, offering veterans without honorable discharges the right to be considered for VA healthcare benefits. Under past VA policy, the VA medical system was not open to those without Honorable discharges or those characterized as Under Honorable Conditions. Revised… Read more »

VA Admits “No Confirmation” On Whether VA Medical Data Was Stolen In Change Healthcare Breach

On April 9, 2024, we reported a cyberattack on Change Healthcare, which is responsible for fulfilling military healthcare prescriptions worldwide. Basic pharmacy services at military clinics and bases were affected from Scott Air Force Base in Illinois to Kadena Air Base, Japan. In April we reported that Change Healthcare officials had “a high-level of confidence”… Read more »

Denied VA Benefits? Try Re-Filing A VA Claim

VA programs are always subject to change, but some changes are more dramatic than others. In the past, when major changes resulted from a program overhaul, one feature was commonly the ability to reapply for benefits previously denied, but that could be available under new guidelines. If you have been turned down for a VA… Read more »

Defense Commissary Agency Eyes Major Improvements, Expanded Services

Is something wrong with the Commissary system? Amidst multiple problems keeping store shelves stocked, complaints of poor quality, and, in some cases, a lack of basic options, plans are being made to boost Commissary utilization. However, implementing those plans requires actions in addition to those taken to get groceries to Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) stores… Read more »

VA Expands Healthcare Program To Some Without Honorable Discharges

The Department of Veterans Affairs has changed its guidelines for offering VA benefits to those with military discharges that are not characterized as honorable. The new regulations were published in the last full week of April 2024, changing VA guidelines to expand its healthcare program to “some former service members discharged under other than honorable… Read more »