Marines and sailors with Marine Expeditionary Brigade – Afghanistan load onto a KC-130 aircraft on the Camp Bastion flightline, Oct. 27, 2014. U.S. Marine Corps photo
The White House, Department of Veteran Affairs, and members of Congress are moving fast on veterans issues in 2017. They're working on proposals to reform the GI Bill, veterans health care, and the VA appeals process, with support from many of the nation's largest veterans service organizations and nonprofits.
Citing a potential $25 million in savings — less than .03% of his department’s annual budget — VA Secretary David Shulkin told Congress Wednesday he was considering shuttering more than 1,100 department facilities across the country, seen as a first step in expanding private medical options for patients in the VA system.
Finally, years after it became a rallying cry for Republicans across the country, a GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare is in Congress’s hands. Actually, several have turned up. And one of them? It’s the world’s greatest health care plan of 2017. No really, that’s its name.
U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John E. Hillier
A recent survey from HillVets, a bipartisan veterans group based in Washington, D.C., found that roughly 1% of staff members serving in congressional offices are veterans. In contrast, roughly 60% of annual discretionary spending is related to veterans and the military.