House Subcommittee Reviews VA Retention ProblemsApr 21, 2017 - The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Health recently held a hearing to address how best to recruit and retain a highly-qualified clinical workforce to treat veterans who have complicated health care needs.
Pass FY 2017 Defense Budget Now!Apr 21, 2017 - Most of the federal government is currently being funded by a Continuing Resolution (CR), which was signed by President Barack Obama on December 10, 2016.
Future of Arlington CemeteryApr 21, 2017 - According to estimates from the Advisory Committee on Arlington National Cemetery, the cemetery will run out of burial space by 2050. The Advisory Committee, established October 2010, is tasked with providing independent advice for extending the availability of Arlington National Cemetery (ANC).
Coast Guard Misses Out on Funding Boost for DefenseApr 14, 2017 - It has been reported that the Trump Administration will substantially increase the Armed Services (Navy, Marine Corps, Army, and Air Force) spending by nine percent in their soon-to-be-released FY 2018 budget request.
VA Budget Reviewed by SubcommitteeApr 14, 2017 - The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and related agencies held a hearing to discuss the VA’s FY 2018 budget and advance appropriations for fiscal year 2019. The Trump Administration’s FY 2018 request will not be released until May 2017.
100 Year Anniversary for U.S. Entering World War IApr 7, 2017 - This week marks the 100 year anniversary of the United States entering World War I. The war started almost three years earlier and has been known as the “Great War” and “the War to End All Wars.”
Navy Reserve Sailor of the Year 2016Apr 7, 2017 - FRA participated with the 16th annual Navy Reserve Sailor of the Year Recognition Ceremony held at the Navy Memorial in Washington, DC
HVAC Reviews VA Crisis LineApr 7, 2017 - The House Committee on Veterans Affairs recently held an oversight hearing about the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) VA Crisis Line.
House Subcommittee Reviews Agent Orange Blue Water Navy BillApr 7, 2017 - The House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs held a hearing this week on several legislative proposals that include the “Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act” (H.R. 299), sponsored by Rep. David Valadao (Calif.).
Bill Introduced to Improve VA Programs for Women VeteransMar 31, 2017 - Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Senator Jon Tester (Mont.) and Senator John Boozman (Ariz.) recently introduced the "Deborah Sampson Act" (S. 681) which seeks to improve and expand the VA's programs and services for women veterans.
Bill Introduced to Overhaul VA Appeals ProcessMar 31, 2017 - Senator Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) introduced the "Department of Veterans Appeals Modernization Act" (S. 712) to overhaul the broken appeals process at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
FRA NED Meets with House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiMar 31, 2017 - FRA's National Executive Director, Thomas Snee, along with representatives from other military and veteran service organizations, met with Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), House Veterans' Affairs Committee Ranking Member Rep. Tim Walz (Minn.) and other Democratic legislators to discuss women veteran's issues.
New TRICARE Contract DelayedMar 24, 2017 - During a recent meeting of the Military Health System (MHS) MSO/VSO Executive Council, attended by FRA National Executive Director Thomas Snee, the Defense Health Agency (DHA) announced the transition to the new TRICARE contract will be delayed from October 1, 2017, to January 1, 2018.
House Subcommittees Review Impact of SequestrationMar 24, 2017 - House Armed Services Subcommittees held hearings for the past two weeks on the consequences the Budget Control Act (BCA) that mandates across-the-board cuts (known as Sequestration) on the military.