Military Benefits

VA Health Care Benefits for Active Duty Service Members

Did you know you may be allowed to apply for VA healthcare benefits while serving on active duty? Some vets, especially returning service members deployed as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn, can apply for VA health care while still on active duty. This is true after these troops… Read more »

VA Home Loans for National Guard Members

The Department of Veterans Affairs has eliminated an expiration date on its VA home loan policy, allowing VA mortgages to members of the National Guard with qualifying full-time service. Thanks to policy updates in 2024, Guard Members will benefit from expanded VA loan eligibility rules until the Department of Veterans Affairs says otherwise. In 2020,… Read more »

ASVAB Scams Prey on New Recruits

Military communities have always been the target of scammers, but in 2024, the scams have become more sophisticated. Potential new recruits are the latest victims of “pay-for-free-help” scams around the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB. Military Test Scams And Test Prep Scams In the last five years, scammers have aggressively targeted certain aspects… Read more »

Lawmakers Call for More Commissary Options for Kosher, Halal Groceries

Some lawmakers are calling on the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) to be more inclusive about the types of groceries it stocks at stateside and overseas bases. Two U.S. Representatives have called on DeCA to improve access to food that is acceptable to the approximately 15 thousand Jewish and Muslim troops in the United States military…. 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 »

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 »

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 »