"I was confirmed 97-to-0," said VA Secretary Bob McDonald, recalling the Senate vote in July 2014 on his nomination to lead 360,000 VA employees and an aging infrastructure in delivering health car
For an eighth straight year, a period spanning the wartime presidency of President Obama, Congress will fail to pass a defense budget on time.
The House voted 310-116 Wednesday to arm the Department of Veterans Affairs, exclusively among federal departments, with tougher employee "accountability" tools to punish misconduct and better prot
Commission on Care leaders defended their tough diagnosis and 18-point treatment plan for what ails the VA health care system, including their controversial push to let veterans begin to choose the
Earlier this week, my editor called my attention to a recently released Congressional Research Service report entitled "How Big Should the Army Be?" When he does something like that, it's a pretty
More than 740,000 currently serving active duty members and 176,000 drilling Reserve and National Guard personnel are expected to opt in to the new BRS, or Blended Retirement System, when the choic
In recent months, articles raising alarms about the U.S. military's increasing vulnerability to cyber attack have flooded my email in-box.
Commissary shoppers have long suspected that they save more on groceries at some bases than at others, compared to local commercial stores.
The Defense Department's Executive Resale Board voted unanimously last week to recommend that military exchange services open online discount shopping to 19 million honorably discharged veterans st
More than 2 million claims for private-sector emergency health care services provided to VA-enrolled veterans since February 2010 could be eligible for VA reimbursement if a recent ruling by the U.
Two no-cost initiatives to honor the service of Reserve and National Guard members are edging forward in Congress, though final passage this year is still far from certain.
Leaders of military medicine are promising TRICARE beneficiaries a smooth transition of health care coverage next year when three support contract regions (North, South and West) are reorganized in
Many military commanders might have been surprised June 30 when Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that, effective immediately, transgender service members could be open about their preferred g
Before Donald Trump or House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., or a panel of health industry executives called this month for a leadership makeover to save VA health care, a
Twelve of 15 commissioners appointed by Congress and the president to propose reforms to veterans' health care have endorsed 18 "bold" steps to transform the system, but in the end rejected a push
A House-Senate conference committee negotiating final details of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill will decide this summer whether to impose a fourth straight cap on the annual military pa
The nation's leading veteran services organizations are rallying behind the Department of Veterans Affairs and its beleaguered health care system, touting the experience of staff, the breadth of se
It has been a noteworthy week.
The House and Senate, in passing separate versions of the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, haven't yet agreed on the size of the next military pay raise, how to reform health care or
For decades the military services avoided paying millions of dollars extra every year to subsidize American-made athletic shoes for new recruits by adopting a voucher system that simply helped recr
Back in antiquity, when I had the honor to command a field artillery battalion in the Republic of Korea, my battery commanders and I engaged in a monthly ritual that we called the Battalion Budget
Military associations and the resale industry that supplies groceries to base commissaries are sounding alarms over a provision in the Senate's fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill that would dir
It's an election year, and therefore what many observers rightly have labeled "the silly season." But as every daily newspaper and TV broadcast reconfirms, this campaign season is even sillier than
The Senate Armed Services Committee, as part of a more aggressive campaign to hold down military compensation costs, is calling for "substantial reform" of the $21 billion Basic Allowance for Housi
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