Legislation

SCOTUS’s Chevron Deference Ruling: How it Could Hurt Veterans and the VA

Updated: July 9, 2024

The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) sent shockwaves through the legal, business, and government communities Friday when its ruling struck down the Chevron deference. Undoubtedly, when you hear about it online or in the news, it is associated with things like “climate change” and “food and drug safety.”  While the ruling could impact those topics, what […]

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FY 2025 Defense Budget

Updated: March 22, 2024

The Biden-Harris Administration has released the President’s Budget for fiscal year 2025. A significant part of the new budget includes US Department of Defense Budget funding to protect America’s global interests. This budget also proposes critical funding to help the Veterans Administration continue providing more care and benefits to veterans than ever before. An Overview […]

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Veteran Voices: Veterans React to State of the Union [Survey]

Updated: March 16, 2024

The value of veteran interests, needs and beliefs can’t go overlooked in today’s society. To help get better insight into what matters to those who put their lives on the live to protect and serve this country, Veteran.com put together a brief survey entitled “Veteran Voices.” “Veteran Voices” is part of an on-going effort to […]

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The VA and a Government Shutdown

Updated: September 20, 2023

What is open for business during a federal government shutdown?  Operations for the Internal Revenue Service and National Park Service are shuttered. The U.S. Coast Guard goes without pay, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is also unfunded.  But what about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)? The VA has issued statements in […]

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FY 2024 Defense Budget

Updated: August 11, 2023

The Department of Defense (DoD) budget for Fiscal Year 2024 is a strategy-driven, comprehensive financial plan outlining the allocation of federal resources for United States military activities.   If you are currently an active duty member or veteran of America’s armed forces, here’s an update you’ll want to know about. A Quick Budget Overview The […]

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Military Retiree Cola Watch 2024

Updated: December 27, 2023

The Social Security Administration announced a 3.2% increase in the Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2024. 3.2% is a notable decrease from the 8.7% increase beneficiaries saw in 2023​. COLA affects more than 71 million Americans, including Veterans receiving VA disability. Higher Inflation, Lower COLA 3.2% appears modest compared to 2023’s four-decade high of 8.7% and […]

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Legislation Watch

Legislation Watch

Updated: December 24, 2022

Many types of introduced legislation directly affect active-duty military, Guard, Reserve, retirees, veterans, dependent children and spouses of military members. Legislation Watch includes recently introduced bills and resolutions, those that have had significant action and those that have or are about to become law. There are various stages of legislation, including bills and resolutions that […]

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The HEROES Act

The HEROES Act

Updated: November 4, 2022

The HEROES Act is a confusing topic because there are many pieces of legislation that incorporate the phrase “Heroes Act. ”They include the Respect for America’s Fallen Heroes Act passed in 2006 that forbids public protests within 300 feet of the entrance of any cemetery under control of the VA-operated National Cemetery Administration. Other pieces […]

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2023 Defense Budget

Updated: December 18, 2023

President Biden signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law on Dec. 23, 2022, approving the 2023 defense budget and allotting $816.7 billion to the Department of Defense. The new budget increases military pay by 4.6 percent. The annual United States defense budget affects service members, DOD civilian employees and Veterans. The defense budget codifies […]

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