Legislative Update 13 January 2017: Renewed Push For Full Concurrent Receipt

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PUSH FOR FULL CONCURRENT RECEIPT IS RENEWED IN THE 115TH CONGRESS

Lawmakers introduce bills to help disabled retirees

Veterans groups cheered this week as legislators introduced new bills to allow full concurrent receipt.

 
 

TRUMP NAMES NEW VA SECRETARY

President-elect names first non-veteran to lead the VA

This week President-elect Donald Trump nominated Dr. David Shulkin to head the VA.

 
 

MATTIS STRESSES NEED FOR BETTER READINESS, STRONG ALLIANCES IN NOMINATION HEARING

Four-star moves towards confirmation as next SecDef

Congress agrees on a waiver to allow Gen. James Mattis, USMC (Ret) to become the next Secretary of Defense.

 
 

BEVY OF BILLS TO BOOST VETS

Congress kicks off session by addressing veteran’s issues

Members of the 115th Congress began introducing a deluge of legislation targeting veterans, including bills aimed at extending benefits to “Blue Water Navy” veterans, revoking bonuses paid to VA employees, and expanding the rules of concurrent receipt of retired and VA disability pay.

 
 

CAMP LEJEUNE, WATER CONTAMINATION, AND VA BENEFITS

New rule for VA benefits related to water contamination announced

A new rule provides presumptive service connection status for certain conditions likely caused by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.

 

 

 

 

 

Collectively We Can and Are Making a Difference

 

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Legislative Update 6 January 2017: The 115th Congress Begins

                         We have one Action Item today at Issue 1 below

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REPEAL SEQUESTRATION NOW

Send your legislators a MOAA-suggested message urging repeal

Without a sequestration fix, DoD’s budget options go from bad to worse next year and beyond.

DOD UPDATE ON CA NATIONAL GUARD BONUSES

Army works overtime to reach resolution

DoD moves forward to quickly resolve debts created by erroneous bonus payments.

AVALANCHE OF ENACTED TRICARE CHANGES POSES CHALLENGES

Lots of TRICARE changes coming

Implementation might not be seamless.

TWO KEY SECRETARIES SHARE THEIR DEPARTING THOUGHTS

DoD Secretary Ash Carter’s exit memo can be found here.

VA Secretary Bob McDonald’s exit memo can be found here.

THE EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY MEMBER PROGRAM: THE LONG ROAD TO PARITY

A focus on programs and services for DoD family members with special needs

The next Military Family Readiness Council meeting spotlights the needs of exceptional family members.

DEFENSE BILL WINS

Personnel and health care gains in defense bill

Check out our quick video recap of the FY 2017 defense bill.

 

 

 

 

 

Collectively We Can and Are Making a Difference

 

FOR ALL, Please feel free to pass these Weekly Legislative Updates on to your group of Veteran Friends – don’t be concerned with possible duplications – if your friends are as concerned as we are with Veteran issues, they probably won’t mind getting this from two or more friendly sources.

.                  That’s it for today- Thanks for your continuing help!