With U.S. forces still at war and House members up for re-election in November, the House Armed Services Committee rejected almost every idea the Obama administration proposed in its 2017 budget request to dampen military compensation and apply dollars saved to other defense priorities.
WASHINGTON -- Senators took fresh steps this week in the slow effort to reform the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department and hold it more accountable just as news broke of a new scandal -- cockroaches in food at a VA hospital in Chicago.
When Capt. Kristen M. Griest made history last summer by becoming one of the first two women to graduate the Army's legendarily difficult Ranger School, she made her intentions clear: She was considering joining a Special Operations unit. Now, she has accomplished another first with some similar demands: becoming the U.S. military's first female infantry officer.
The Pentagon thinks it has a winning argument for why Congress should allow a new round of military base closings. The case goes like this: The Army and Air Force have vastly more space for training and basing troops than they need, and trimming the surplus would save money better used to strengthen the military.
The House armed services subcommittee on military personnel unanimously has endorsed sweeping reforms to how groceries are procured, priced, promoted and sold on U.S. military bases stateside and overseas.
BILOXI -- A Keesler Air Force Base air crew and weather reconnaissance squadron are back on firm footing today after separate missions last week that included an airdrop into a Major League Baseball stadium.
A three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims has ruled unanimously that the Department of Veterans Affairs ignored "plain language" of a 2010 statute meant to protect VA-enrolled veterans from out-of-pocket costs when forced to use non-VA emergency medical care.
This could be a pivotal legislative year for more than 60,000 surviving spouses of service members who either died in retirement from service-connected ailments or injuries or died while serving on active duty.
Seven of 15 outside health advisers appointed to recommend ways to improve veterans' health services over the next two decades have proposed shutting down all VA medical centers and outpatient services, and having its 9 million enrollees get their medical care in the private sector.
WASHINGTON -- The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs is looking into whether a contractor thoroughly reviewed the files of Vietnam veterans who might deserve benefits for illnesses linked to exposure to Agent Orange.
At a meeting of United States Submarine Veterans Incorporated Tullibee Base of Mississippi, the ES3 District Commander, Lamarr Seader CMDCM(SS), retired, far right, from Milton, Fla., swore in the new Tullibee Base Officers for 2016-17. The new board, from left: Steven Walmsley, TMC(SS), retired, of Vancleave as base commander; Fred Holcomb ETCS(SS), retired, of Ocean Springs as vice commander; Lionel Blum YNC(SS), retired, of Saucier as secretary; and C.P. Green STSCS(SS), retired, of Ocean Springs as treasurer. The ceremony was held at the Biloxi Yacht Club.
Jessika Ashcraft, wife of an Army helicopter pilot at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash., praises the progress their four-year-old son, afflicted with mild autism, has made this past year because of applied behavior analysis therapy at home three-and-a-half hours a day, five days a week.