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2016 National Defense Act Contains Education and GI Bill Changes

Military.com| 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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VA Proposes New Plan for Private Care Programs

Lisa Rein, Washington Post On Wednesday, VA introduced a wide-reaching plan to Congress to merge and expand its unwieldy networks of private doctors, an acknowledgment 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 arrangements into a …

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DoD: It’s met Congress’ demands on VA health interoperability, and then some

FederalNewsRadio.com – by Jared Serbu DoD leaders attested last week that they’ve now done that and much more, even though it was a year later than Congress wanted. “We are certifying that we have not merely met this requirement, but have gone even further to integrate data from other DoD systems, including inpatient, theater and pharmacy into this process, thereby …

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NDAA Ordered Reductions in Forces

In addition, the Army’s civilian workforce is projected to lose another 2,400 by 2017, after already losing 37,000 authorizations since 2011. The military personnel section of the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act requires the Army to reach these manning levels by September 30: Regular Army: 475,000 soldiers, a cut of 15,000. Army National Guard: 342,000 soldiers, a cut of …

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NDAA Sent to President

On Wednesday, the House finished the technical corrections needed and once again voted to pass the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act.  House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) enrolled the bill, previously approved by the Senate, and sent it to President Obama for his signature into law.  The President is expected to sign the bill shortly.

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Hearing Held for VA Inspector General Nominee

The last acting IG was ousted in July amid whistleblower complaints that he whitewashed widespread wrongdoing in the VA.  But nominee Michael Missal, a managing attorney at the private K Street law firm K&L Gates in Washington, D.C., testified to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee that he will ensure whistleblowers who come forward in the troubled agency will have their …

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NAUS congratulates our partner, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)​ founder Bonnie Carroll who will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 16, 2015  President Obama Names Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom  WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama named seventeen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions …

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Medal of Honor Recipients Ask Americans to Nominate Unsung Citizen Heroes for Special Honor.

The Medal of honor Society created the Citizen Honors Award in 2008 to recognize unsung courageous and selfless deeds of America’s citizens. The nation’s Medal of Honor recipients have honored 27 citizen heroes to date. Every day, across America, ordinary citizens perform extraordinary acts of courage and service to others. The Society recognizes these acts because they embody the spirit …

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VA Hands Out $142 Million in Bonuses in 2014

USA Today Article – Among the recipients were claims processors in a Philadelphia benefits office that investigators dubbed the worst in the country last year. They received $300 to $900 each. Managers in Tomah, Wis., got $1,000 to $4,000, even though they oversaw the over-prescription of opiates to veterans – one of whom died. The VA also rewarded executives who …

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