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  • DoD intervenes in Army's plans to cut MWR

    Type of content: News

    The Army has at least temporarily pulled back on reductions in funding that would have required many installations to cut morale, welfare and recreation programs.   

    The decision was made following concerns raised by Todd Weiler, assistant secretary of defense for manpower and reserve affairs, according to an Army source.  

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  • VA chief sees Congress letting politics slow vet reforms

    Type of content: News

    “I was confirmed 97-to-0,” says Department of Veterans Affairs 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 care, disability and education benefits, and a host of other services, to millions of veterans.

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  • Obama signs bill that helps veterans pay for in vitro fertilization

    Type of content: News

    Veterans who suffered injuries that resulted in fertility problems will soon be eligible for federal assistance for in vitro fertilization.

    President Barack Obama on Thursday signed a bill that authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to help pay the costs for the next two years. The provision was included in the two-year budget for Veterans Affairs and military construction and was authored by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

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  • New bank lending rules to protect troops will be enforced starting Oct. 3

    Type of content: News

    Troops and their families will have stronger protections against predatory lenders starting Oct. 3 — and some in the banking industry have expressed concern that stricter rules will cause some loan options to disappear. 

    The 36 percent interest rate cap now applies to all types of consumer credit, such as overdraft lines of credit, deposit advance loans and installment loans, to name a few examples. Lenders have to follow stricter rules for active-duty members and their dependents than they do for civilian borrowers. 

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  • UCLA applauds passage of agreement over providing new services for veterans

    Type of content: News

    With strong bipartisan votes of support, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have approved an agreement between UCLA and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that creates a stronger academic affiliation between the university and the VA to benefit veterans.

    UCLA applauded the passage of the West Los Angeles Leasing Act of 2016, which authorizes the VA to implement the Master Plan for the West L.A. VA campus. These votes recognize the agreement UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald announced in January.

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  • Senators: More protection needed for troops who misbehave after trauma

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    Eight senators have urged Defense Secretary Ash Carter to follow the Navy's lead in ensuring that service members aren't wrongfully discharged for misconduct stemming from a trauma-related mental health condition. 

    The senators -- six Democrats and two Republicans -- wrote Carter on Thursday asking he consider adopting a policy that would prevent the services from discharging personnel involuntarily under less than honorable conditions without weighing whether their discipline problems were related to a physical or mental trauma like sexual assault or brain injury.

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  • California Revokes GI Bill Approval for ITT Tech

    Type of content: News

    California revoked GI Bill approval for all 15 campuses of ITT Technical Institute on Thursday, a decision that will affect more than 1,300 California veterans and beneficiaries at the troubled for-profit school.

    The California State Approving Agency for Veteran Education, which grants authority to state-based universities to enroll students in the GI Bill, said the move was to "protect the hard-earned GI Bill education benefits for California veterans," according to a statement.

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  • Senators push to advance sweeping veterans bill before July 4

    Type of content: News

    As House Democrats staged a sit-in Wednesday to force their chamber’s leaders to move on gun control legislation, on the Senate floor there was an attempt to jump-start sweeping veterans legislation that has stalled.

    Multiple members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee spent nearly an hour in the late afternoon arguing the full chamber needs to quickly vote on the pending Veterans First Act, a massive veterans omnibus authored by committee chairman Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.

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  • Lawmakers seek to lift ban on IVF treatments for veterans

    Type of content: News

    Veterans whose injuries have left them unable to conceive children may soon be getting long-sought help as congressional negotiations on legislation funding the Department of Veterans Affairs near a close.

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  • Bill Would Let All Veterans Seek Care Outside VA

    Type of content: News

    All veterans who qualify for Department of Veterans Affairs health benefits would be able to seek care outside the VA under new legislation.

    Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R., Wash.) introduced a draft bill on Tuesday afternoon that would allow any veteran unsatisfied with his or her care at the VA’s network of government-run medical facilities to use their benefits to obtain care in the private sector.

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