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EANGUS NATIONAL OFFICE UPDATE
Lawmakers ceremonially kick off defense bill talks
House and Senate lawmakers on June 25 kicked off conference negotiations over the fiscal 2016 defense policy bill during a closed-door ceremony.
The conference chairman for talks over the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is selected during the annual “pass the gavel” ceremony.
Members of the House and Senate Armed Services panels also chime in about their priorities for the massive $612 billion legislation.
Senate takes realistic look at food stamps and military
The Senate has voted to end a special food allowance stateside that was conceived 14 years ago, primarily to avoid more news reports of military families using food stamps. On that original goal it failed miserably. The idea behind the Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance was to offer junior enlisted with large families an alternative to food stamps, in fact to make them financially ineligible for such assistance.
Pentagon releases new national military strategy
The Pentagon has released a new National Military Strategy, the first update to that document since 2011 — and one that warns non-traditional threats are on the rise.
The strategy is being updated to reflect the new global security situation, one in which the US is facing near-peer adversaries like Russia and China while simultaneously having to handle diffuse militant groups like the Islamic State.
10 things to know around the DoD in July
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall via DVIDS
The following is a list of 10 various events and announcements around the Department of Defense for this month, compiled by Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Public Affairs.
VA workforce shortages are focus of new McCaskill-backed bill
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is backing new legislation aimed at addressing workforce shortages and personnel challenges in the Veterans Administration, after the agency outlined to McCaskill the specific obstacles it has faced installing a permanent regional director in the St. Louis region, which provides mental and physical health care services to almost 46,000 veterans each year.
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It may soon be easier to fire any VA employee, not just top execs
A House panel on June 25 approved legislation that would make it easier to fire employees at the Veterans Affairs Department.
The 2015 VA Accountability Act, H.R. 1994, sponsored by House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., would give the VA secretary much more flexibility to fire corrupt or poor-performing employees, not just top officials. The bill essentially would expand to the entire workforce the authority of the 2014 Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act, which made it easier to get rid of senior executives at the department engaged in wrongdoing.
Urgent care, mental health in defense bills
House and Senate lawmakers hashing out a compromise on their respective defense policy bills will mull over several military health provisions as they finalize the legislation.
Discrepancies to be addressed include access to urgent care and other medical appointments, mental health services for troops, family members and veterans, pharmacy fees and birth control.
McCain praised for standing up to NFL
Sen. John McCain is drawing cheers from football fans for standing up to the National Football League on their controversial blackout policies for local games.
The league has a practice of blacking out games on local TV when the stadium failed to sell out. The former prisoner of war and Republican presidential candidate also pointed out that the the National Guard paid NFL teams nearly $7 million for marketing and advertising contracts, including these so-called national service promotions.
Bernie Sanders' surge is partly fueled by veterans
The Boston Globe
Vermont’s Bernie Sanders railed against the Vietnam War. He voted against invading Iraq — both times. He wants to cut the defense budget. He might not be a friend to the military, but many veterans believe he’s gone to war for them. And that’s why they’re out there cheering for a socialist as he launches a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Lindsey Graham officially retires from Air Force Reserve
U.S. Senator and presidential hopeful Lindsey Graham ended one chapter of his life recently.
Graham officially retired from the Air Force Reserve at an official retirement ceremony at the National Guard Memorial Museum in Washington. Graham was a Colonel for the Air Force Reserve and served for 33 years.
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TRICARE Retiree Dental Program and The Veteran Affairs Dental Insurance Program
For nearly three decades, Delta Dental Federal Government Programs has had the honor and pleasure of working with active duty, Guard/Reserve and retired military members through our administration of the dental programs under TRICARE and Veterans Affairs. Aside from being able to serve these fine individuals, one of the greatest rewards has been our relationship with your Association and other members of The Military Coalition. Through this partnership, we have been able to help countless military families maintain and improve their dental and overall health. Because most people are now getting their information electronically, I wanted to let you know about some great new e-tools that we have available.
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UPDATE: TRICARE Breast Pump Policy Town Hall
Many TRICARE beneficiaries were understandably excited when the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) expanded TRICARE coverage of breast pumps, associated supplies and breastfeeding counseling to all female TRICARE beneficiaries in December 2014. You’ve had many questions since news of the change first broke, and once the policy became public, you had even more questions. So, TRICARE hosted a town hall on June 22, 2015 to answer your policy questions.
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