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Senate Side Of The Capitol

National Defense Bill Sent to President

The Senate finished work on the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 2943) and passed it overwhelmingly.  This follows the House passing the bill last Wednesday. The bill has been sent to the President.  He is expected to sign in even though he raised concerns earlier in the year when a veto was threatened.  Congress is confident of his signature since all …

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The House Passes H.R. 34, the 21st Century Cures Act

The legislation would appropriate nearly $4.8 billion over the next decade to the National Institutes of Health for cutting-edge research on everything from Alzheimer’s disease to cancer to traumatic brain injury. It also would increase funding for the Food and Drug Administration, speed up approval for new drugs and medical devices, and provide $1 billion in new funding over the next …

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VA Improving Prostate Cancer Screening and Research

The VA announced it is partnering with the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) to prevent, screen and promote research to speed the development of treatments and cures for prostate cancer among veterans. The announcement was made during Launch Pad: Pathways to Cancer InnoVAtion, a joint VA/PCF summit that brings together world-class oncology experts, corporate and nonprofit partners to discuss research, big …

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Commandant Nixes Eliminating Traditional Ratings

With the Navy‘s decision to phase out ratings in favor of an alphanumeric job code system to create more career flexibility, the Coast Guard is the only service to continue using traditional ratings. Don’t expect that to change anytime soon, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft said. Speaking to reporters following an address at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., …

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Defense Health Agency to Expand Some TRICARE Coverage

Effective early December, TRICARE coverage expands to include the care and treatment of beneficiaries requiring an auditory osseo-integrated implant (AOI) to non-active duty family members.  In addition, TRICARE announced future coverage of the services and supplies needed to diagnose and treat illness or injury of the urinary system. AOI is a prosthetic device implanted in the skull to transmit sounds to …

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Thanks Rep. Miller

NAUS thanks Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) for his service as the Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee these past several years.  He consistently pushed, probed and questioned the “stories” coming from the VA and in many instances helped shine a light of clarity on the issues. We wish him the best in retirement and if he is “chosen” to …

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House Passes Bill to Award Congressional Medal to WWII Merchant Mariners

The House passed a bipartisan measure on Wednesday to award World War II Merchant Marines the Congressional Gold Medal.  More than 250,000 mariners were pressed into service in 1942 to ferry troops and supplies across submarine-infested seas to battle zones.  Around 9,000 were killed in the war. While this is only House action, the Senate may not have floor time …

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New House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman

NAUS congratulates Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) on his new position as HVAC Chairman.  The House Republican Steering Committee on Thursday officially recommended Rep. Roe to chair the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee next year.  The full House Republican Conference ratified the recommendation at a closed-door meeting Friday morning, along with the other Steering Committee’s picks for the other House committee chairmanships.

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Congress Reaches NDAA Agreement

Last week Congress finally reached an agreement on the National Defense Authorization Act for 2017.  The House and Senate are scheduled to vote on the bill before they leave for the weekend.  The President earlier had said he might veto the bill if it contains some of the provisions it does. For active duty, reserve and retired members there are many …

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Vets.gov Connects Veterans to Services

In November 2015, Vets.gov was released as a new way to connect to some of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ most popular services and transactions.  Over the past year, Vets.gov has evolved to include new self-service functionality and tools.   Vets.gov includes 39 product features that improve veteran online access to benefits including health care, education, employment and disability benefits.  The …

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