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Military Funding in Question After Congress Passes 4th Continuing Resolution

On Thursday, February 29, 2024, Congress passed a fourth continuing resolution funding government operations, including the Department of Defense. But only until March 222, 2024, will the funding issue become a problem again. Using a fourth-in-a-row continuing resolution instead of fully funding the government means many Defense Department plans (including modernization and quality-of-life upgrades) may… Read more »

Cyberattack Disrupts U.S. Military Pharmacies Worldwide

If you have tried to get a military prescription filled since February 21, 2024, you may have experienced issues or delays due to a cyberattack on the commercial pharmacy company serving the Department of Defense due to a cyber security issues. Change Healthcare Cyberattack On February 21, 2024, Change Healthcare announced it was experiencing a… Read more »

Defense Budget Warning From Joint Chiefs of Staff

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff warns that PCS moves and military construction projects may be threatened if lawmakers in the House and Senate can’t agree to a full-year defense budget. The DoD would be nearly $6 billion short if a full-year Pentagon spending bill cannot be agreed to. A Brief History of… Read more »

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Will a Government Shutdown Affect Federal Benefits Open Season?

Update: Federal Benefits Open Season is now closed. On Wednesday, November 15, 2023, the Senate approved a stopgap spending bill and sent it to the President’s desk for signature. The bill extended the current operation of the U.S. government in a two-tiered fashion, with the last of the temporary funding expiring in February 2024. The… Read more »

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VA Glitches Continue: 40 Thousand Pension Earners Potentially Overpaid

Multiple sources report as many as 40 thousand veterans, and surviving family members have been overpaid by the Department of Veterans Affairs since 2011. These beneficiaries are typically those who qualify for VA pensions, and now the VA is trying to decide what to do about the overpayments. Typically, when the VA overpays a benefit,… Read more »

Guard and Reserve Disability Claims Less Likey to be Approved?

A report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) indicates that Guard and Reserve VA claims are less likely to be approved than their active duty counterparts. That might sound like discrimination at first glance, but the reality of the situation seems to be related in part to a lack of awareness in the Guard/Reserve of… Read more »

VA Warning on Increased Benefit Redirection Scams

The Department of Veterans Affairs is warning against rising numbers associated with a type of veteran benefits scam called “payment redirection fraud.” Due to increased volume in VA claims, a higher profile for those claims thanks to headlines about the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act (PACT Act), and other factors, VA.gov notes,… Read more »

VA Partners With Military Bases to Offer Healthcare Services

In the last part of 2023, the Department of Veterans Affairs may have started a healthcare revolution for veterans living in military communities. The first headlines on this issue focused on a VA partnership with Naval Hospital Pensacola to provide outpatient surgical services to more than 35 thousand veterans living along the Gulf Coast. Those… Read more »

Pentagon Reforms Military Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Guidelines

The Pentagon has announced reforms to its guidelines for those who win military medical malpractice claims against the Department of Defense. Those who successfully bring a case against the DoD may now get up to $750 thousand in damages unrelated to awards for “economic damages,” which have no cap. The $750 thousand cap announced on… Read more »

Department of Veterans Affairs Announces New Mission Statement

The Department of Veterans Affairs has updated its mission statement to better reflect its’ 21st century goals to care for all who have served, their families, care providers, and survivors. The VA serves well over 600 thousand women vets, 600 thousand surviving family members, and approximately 50 thousand caregivers in addition to the rest of… Read more »