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  • State programs for veterans face legislative scrutiny and concerns

    Type of content: News

    A state program to direct military veterans to mental health services and family support is relying on staff that may not be properly trained or certified to manage behavioral health care, according to a new legislative report that raises major questions about initiatives Gov. Terry McAuliffe is trying to expand.

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  • 'Military student identifier' close to becoming law

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    Military children will benefit from some provisions that were included in the education bill that is on its way to President Obama's desk for his signature.

    The Senate passed the "Every Student Succeeds Act” Wednesday; the House passed it last week.

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  • 2016 National Defense Act Contains Education and GI Bill Changes

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    The 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was signed into law by President Obama on November 25, 2015. There are many education and GI Bill changes in the new law, we will cover a few of the major changes here.

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  • Obama signs defense bill, finalizing military retirement overhaul

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    After an extra month wait, the annual defense authorization bill is finally law.

    President Obama signed the budget and policy bill on Wednesday, marking the 54th consecutive year the measure has survived Washington political fights to become law.

    The most significant result for troops is the renewal of dozens of specialty pay and bonus authorities, and a massive overhaul of the military retirement system.

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  • Retirement changes mean tough choices for troops ... eventually

    Type of content: News

    In the coming days, President Obama will sign legislation putting in motion a massive military retirement overhaul that will affect the personal finances of hundreds of thousands of service members for decades to come.

    Just not right away. Defense officials still have dozens of details to work out with the new system, and the first individuals to feel the impact likely haven’t enlisted yet.

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  • VA looks to revamp private care for veterans in ambitious plan

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    The Department of Veterans Affairs will unveil a wide-reaching plan to Congress Wednesday to merge its unwieldy network of private doctors, an acknowledgement that the government cannot address a surging demand from veterans for medical care alone.

    The goal of the New Veterans Choice Program, which would combine seven of the agency’s existing private health-care programs into a single system, is to eliminate gaps in care created by a tangled bureaucracy that has inadvertently reduced rather than broaden veterans’ access to care.

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  • House lawmakers: VA health streamlining system of care

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    The Veterans Affairs Department is positioning itself to create a health care system focused on service-connected conditions and ready for the bolus of veterans who will need care as Iraq and Afghanistan vets age, House Veterans' Affairs Committee members said Wednesday.

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  • VA pitches ‘fundamental shift’ in veterans’ health care to Congress

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    The Veterans Affairs Department will meet veterans’ health care needs through closer coordination with outside hospitals, clinics and doctors, the department says in a plan its sending to Congress on Sunday .

    It is an admission that VA will never be able to meet all of veterans’ health care demands on its own. Rather, the department will focus on specialized care related to veterans’ service that other facilities cannot replicate. It may stop providing services commonly found in the health care industry.

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  • Policy guide doubles as veterans playbook for campaigns

    Type of content: News

    When staffers from Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America meet with presidential campaigns later today, they won't just be urging them to talk about veterans issues. They'll also hand them a playbook on how to do it.

    The advocacy group released its latest policy agenda this week, a 71-page document detailing the top priorities of its membership, including calls for better mental health care, more resources for female veterans and improved accountability for Department of Veterans Affairs employees.

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  • Murray calls for overhaul of VA Choice program

    Type of content: News

    The former chairwoman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee wants to overhaul the VA Choice program — the initiative that lets veterans see private physicians if they can’t get an appointment at a VA medical center.

    Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said veterans in her state continue to wait weeks or months for needed medical care, unable to make timely appointments at the VA or through the Choice program.

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