Monthly Archive for: ‘December, 2015’

NAUS Legislative Director Rick Jones

NAUS Legislative Director Rick Jones Provides Testimony on Survivor and Retirement Issues

On December 9, 2015, NAUS Legislative Director Rick Jones provided testimony before the Subcommittee on Military Personnel, Committee on Armed Services, concerning views on survivor and retirement issues. Click Here for complete testimony.

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VA Makes Changes to Veterans Choice Program

Meanwhile, VA officials have unveiled a costly, complex and phased plan to consolidate the Choice program with a “patchwork” of other purchased care initiatives enacted over the years, even as VA hospitals continue their own referral agreements with local community providers.  The resulting hodgepodge of purchased care deals and requirements, in the wake of the Choice Act and rising demand …

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VA Makes Yet Another Error

VA still plans to demote and reassign Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves, but the department has to restart the disciplinary process because it failed to provide the two employees with all the information regarding their punishment during the notice period.  “During a review of the appeals, agency counsel discovered that, due to an administrative error, one of the five binders …

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House Starts Hearings on Military Health Care Reform

On Thursday, the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel held a hearing to review the current state of TRICARE and the Military Health System and to identify areas that need improvement. Chairman of the Military Personnel Subcommittee, Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV), stated in opening remarks that the panel’s on-going review of military health care is NOT driven by budgetary …

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All Military Jobs Open for Women

“There will be no exceptions,” Carter said, ending months of speculation that some combat units, especially in the Marine Corps, would continue to bar women from their ranks. The 21st-century military must draw on “the broadest possible pool of talent,” he said.  “This includes women, because they make up over 50 percent of the American population.  To succeed in our …

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Higher drug co-pays among new military health care changes

by Patricia Kime | Military Times | Mike Gooding | 13News Now Congress is promising to launch a sweeping reform of the military health system next year, but lawmakers still made a few near-term tweaks to military medical policy in the 2016 Defense Authorization Act signed by President Obama just before Thanksgiving. Among those tweaks: An increase in the amount …

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2016 National Defense Act Contains Education and GI Bill Changes| Dec 01, 2015 | by Jim Absher 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. The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) GI Bill Is Ending According to …

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National Association for Uniformed Services Selects the “2015 Chapter of the Year”

The Chapter will be featured in the Watchdog Weekly Update and with a profile in the winter issue of the Uniformed Services Journal – The Guardian. The National Association for Uniformed Services® Chapter of the Year Award has been established to annually recognize the outstanding performance by a NAUS Chapter by: Serving its members: Activities such as conducting educational/informational programs …

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