In a surprising turn, the Department of Veteran Affairs — which took away nearly half a billion dollars in military separation pay from disabled veterans in a single five-year period — now tells Task & Purpose that it has no rationale for the practice and sees no reason why it couldn’t be changed by Congress.
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.