How Your MWR Saves You Money

Morale, Welfare, & Recreation (MWR) works together across every branch of the military to support military families by making leisure and recreational activities more affordable. The MWR offers quality of life improvements for active, Guard, or Reserve military members, their families, civilian government employees, retirees, and veterans with 100% service-connected disability. The goal of the […]

The VA Denied My Disability Claim. Now What?

You filed a claim for disability compensation with your Regional Office (RO) of Veterans Affairs. You logged on to the eBenefits website relentlessly for months (if not years), tracking the progress of your disability claim. Then you receive the packet in the mail stating, that after all of that frustration and waiting, your claim has […]

TRICARE Mail Order Prescriptions Now a Requirement for Many

A new TRICARE policy begins on October 1, 2015 that will affect how many TRICARE members receive certain prescription drug refills. Non-active duty TRICARE members will be required to receive refills of select name-brand maintenance medications from a Military Treatment Facility (MTF) or through the TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery, otherwise they will be required to […]

VA Disability Compensation Withholding, Offset, & Recoupment

I frequently receive questions from veterans who want to know how or why the VA can take money from their VA service-connected disability compensation. Many veterans express disappointment or a lack of understanding when this happens. And I can understand that. After all, they receive this benefit because their health was made worse during, or because […]

New Federal Veterans ID Card Coming Soon

Congress recently passed the Veterans Identification Card Act, a new bill that would create a government issued Veterans ID card, something that many veterans have been requesting for years. The bill was unanimously passed by both the House and the Senate. President Obama signed the bill into law on July 20, 2015. A Solution Many […]

Military & Veteran Benefits for Same-Sex Married Couples

Update July 2015: The Supreme Court ruling on June 26, 2015 declared that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, which further opened the door to married same-sex partners to be eligible to receive equal benefits available to heterosexual spouses. Spousal benefits have been equal for all serving military members since 2013. However, VA benefits for those […]