• DOD Medical Mistake Victims to Testify on Capitol Hill

    DOD Medical Mistake Victims to Testify on Capitol Hill0

    Victims of military medical mistakes will appear before the House Armed Services Committee next week to testify that Congress should change laws preventing malpractice cases against the Defense Department, Military Times reported. The April 30 hearing will focus on a 1950 Supreme Court ruling referred to as the Feres doctrine that lower courts have repeatedly

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  • VA Makes Push to Work with More Vet-Owned Businesses

    VA Makes Push to Work with More Vet-Owned Businesses0

    The VA has set new goals to boost contracts awarded to small businesses owned by veterans and disabled veterans, according to Military.com. The VA is seeking to award at least 15% of more than $26 billion in procurement contracts to Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB), and 17% to Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), it announced in a

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  • Upcoming VA Mission Act Rollout Expected to be Bumpy

    Upcoming VA Mission Act Rollout Expected to be Bumpy0

    The White House and congressional leaders are both issuing late warnings that the VA “Mission Act” to improve veterans’ access private health care will experience a bumpy rollout, Government Executive reported. The VA is in final preparations to implement the bipartisan measure that President Trump signed into law in 2017 but has faced pushback from

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  • Trump Signs Two Bills to Help Veterans

    Trump Signs Two Bills to Help Veterans0

    President Donald Trump last week signed two bipartisan bills to help communities address unemployment and homelessness among veterans and ensure GI Bill housing payments. Congress passed the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act and the Forever GI Bill Housing Payment Fulfillment Act in December. Military Times outlines how the bills will support veterans, transitioning service members

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  • Humming Economy Eases Transition for Service Members

    Humming Economy Eases Transition for Service Members0

    A healthy economy and series of initiatives by the federal government and the private sector over the past decade aimed at helping employer recognize the benefits of hiring former service members have made a big difference in the job outlook for veterans. The unemployment rate for veterans now stands at 2.9 percent, below the overall unemployment rate of

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  • Veteran Homelessness Resumes Long-Term Decline in 2018

    Veteran Homelessness Resumes Long-Term Decline in 20180

    The number of homeless veterans fell 5.4 percent since 2017 according to an annual, one-night survey conducted in January, reversing the increase recorded last year after the figure had dropped steadily since 2010. The latest estimate found 37,878 veterans experienced homelessness, compared to 40,020 reported in January 2017. The 2017 figure represented an increase of

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