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 […]

VA Health Care Eligibility

Many military veterans aren’t aware they are eligible for VA health care benefits. The common misconception is that veterans can only use VA medical care facilities if they have a service-connected disability rating. Veterans with a service-connected disability rating can use VA medical centers, but health care benefits aren’t only limited to those individuals. Let’s […]

Reserve IDT Travel Reimbursements

It’s not uncommon for many Guard and Reserve members travel long distances to perform their drill duty, or Inactive Duty Training (IDT). I counted license plates from about 7 neighboring states at my last drill. I have friends in different units who tell me there are some members who regularly fly to and from their monthly […]

2015 Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission Recommendations – Big Benefits Changes Coming? (Podcast 013) Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Every few years, the military takes a deep look at the pay, benefits, and other forms of compensation given to military members and their families. On January 29, 2015, the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission released their recommendations for changing military […]