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  • More than 130,000 injured vets due big tax refunds because of computer glitch

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    More than 130,000 U.S. veterans who were released from service due to injuries sustained in combat are due substantial federal income tax refunds because of a Department of Defense error that stretched on for decades. 

    For 25 years, between 1991 and 2016, a computer glitch at the agency caused non-taxable disability severance payments to be subject to income taxes, a Defense Department official told CBS MoneyWatch. The government is now trying to help veterans or their survivors recover these old overpayments, each of which is expected to result in refunds of $1,750 or more.

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  • More than 133,000 vets may qualify for this tax refund windfall

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    More than 133,000 veterans may qualify for a refund of federal taxes they paid on disability severance pay dating back to 1991 ― taxes that shouldn’t have been collected in the first place.

    Within the next month, Defense Department officials will send notification letters to veterans that they may be eligible for the refund, said Army Lt. Col. David Dulaney, executive director of the Armed Forces Tax Council.

    Eligible veterans will have a year after they receive the notice to file a claim for the refund.

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  • DOD, VA team up on new tool to help with 'bad paper' upgrade applications

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    WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs and Defense officials this week released new online help for veterans applying for a discharge upgrade, the latest in a series of outreach efforts to so-called “bad paper” veterans who may have been unfairly deprived of federal benefits.

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  • VA asks for quick funding fix to start 10-year medical records overhaul

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    Veterans Affairs officials say it will take 10 years to fully match their electronic medical records with the military’s system, but they need nearly $800 million by the end of the year or else risk taking even longer.

    That rush was met with skepticism from House appropriators on Wednesday, who noted that billions have already been invested in the department’s records modernization efforts with mixed results.

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  • DoD official: States 'spotty' in easing military spouses' licensing burdens

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    States’ efforts to ease licensing burdens for military spouses relocating from state to state have been “spotty,” a defense official said, and plans are in the works to target trouble spots.

    “For those states that haven’t done that well, we’re going back. We’re going to present this information to those states through their legislatures and ask them to progress further, clear it up,” said Marcus Beauregard, director of the Defense Department state liaison office.

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  • Transgender military service unchanged as Mattis announces study of policy implementation

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    WASHINGTON — Transgender troops can continue to serve pending a study and recommendation from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, the Defense Department announced Tuesday.

    The DoD has received Trump’s memorandum on transgender service members and will implement the president’s policy direction, according to a prepared statement from Mattis.

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  • New Pentagon rules aim to broaden reviews of 'bad paper' dismissals

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    WASHINGTON — Veterans advocates are hopeful that more veterans with “bad paper” dismissals will be able to upgrade their discharge status now that defense officials have released clearer guidance of how to handle a host of mental health and injury cases.

    The new memo, released Monday by the Pentagon’s personnel and readiness office, states that reviewers must take into consideration “conditions resulting from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, sexual assault or sexual harassment” when deciding whether to upgrade a veterans’ status.

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  • Post-9/11 GI Bill education guide

    Type of content: News

    What is the Post-9/11 GI Bill? 
      
    The Post-9/11 GI Bill is a generous education benefit for the latest generation of service members and veterans. It includes payment of tuition and fees, a monthly housing allowance and a stipend for textbooks and supplies. 
      

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  • Tuition assistance education guide

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    What is tuition assistance? 
      
    Tuition assistance, informally called TA, is a federal benefit that covers the cost of tuition, up to particular limits, for active-duty service members of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, as well as some National Guardsmen and reservists. 
      
    The funds are paid directly to schools by the service branches. 
      
    Are there limits or specific requirements? 
      

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  • Army Should Consider PTSD in Gauging How It Discharges Vets, Lawsuit Says

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    A federal lawsuit alleges the U.S. Army has issued less-than-honorable discharges for potentially thousands of service members without adequately considering the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health conditions.

    Stephen Kennedy and Alicia Carson, two Army veterans from Connecticut who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, said in a lawsuit filed Monday that they were wrongly denied honorable discharges.

    They said a review board set up to give veterans a second chance often doesn't do an adequate job in considering PTSD and related conditions.

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