30 Oct '13, 4pm

VA opposes shutdown protection only for itself: A politically popular proposal to protect all veterans p... #navy

A politically popular proposal to protect all veterans programs from harm during future government shutdowns is meeting opposition from an unexpected source: the Veterans Affairs Department. But VA’s opposition might not matter. The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee passed bipartisan legislation in August to create a two-year discretionary budget for veterans programs to prevent disruption if Congress does not pass a VA budget by the Oct. 1 start of the fiscal year. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Independent who heads the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, said Wednesday that his committee will pass similar but even more expansive legislation in November that would protect not just discretionary spending for things like benefits processing, information technology and cemetery programs but would also provides advance funding for benefits, paid with what is known as manda...

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VA yet to endorse shutdown protection bill: The...

airforcetimes.com 29 Oct '13, 9pm

The nation’s most influential veterans’ groups and key supporters in Congress will launch an effort on Wednesday to keep t...

Release: Vets Call for Advance Appropriations f...

iava.org 30 Oct '13, 1pm

Vets Call for Advance Appropriations for All VA CONTACT: Carlisle Williams (212) 982-9699 or [email protected] IMMEDIATE R...

Former Rep. Ike Skelton dead at 81: Former Democratic Rep. Ike Skelton, who built a reputation as a mili... #navy

Former Rep. Ike Skelton dead at 81: Former Demo...

navytimes.com 29 Oct '13, 1pm

KANSAS CITY, MO. — Former Democratic Rep. Ike Skelton, who built a reputation as a military expert and social conservative...

House votes for task force to study VA claims s...

airforcetimes.com 29 Oct '13, 12am

Over Veterans Affairs Department objections, the House passed a bill Monday night creating a commission to evaluate new wa...

Tomorrow's veteran headlines: Lawmakers and advocates push for advance funding for all VA programs.

Tomorrow's veteran headlines: Lawmakers and adv...

stripes.com 29 Oct '13, 5pm

Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes WASHINGTON — Leaders of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees want to make sure...

Navy's giant, stealthy new destroyer gets hull wet: There was no band. No streamers. No champagne. #navy

Navy's giant, stealthy new destroyer gets hull ...

navytimes.com 28 Oct '13, 11pm

BATH, MAINE — There was no band. No streamers. No champagne. The Navy's stealthy Zumwalt destroyer floated out of dry dock...

3 patient deaths probed at Memphis VA hospital:...

navytimes.com 24 Oct '13, 12pm

MEMPHIS, TENN. — The Veterans Health Administration says inspectors have investigated the deaths of three patients who die...

DoD to better protect data on unclassified contractor networks: The Pentagon is moving to secure unclass... #navy

DoD to better protect data on unclassified cont...

navytimes.com 25 Oct '13, 3pm

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is moving to secure unclassified contractor networks in an attempt to better safeguard U.S. inte...

Vet candidate switches parties, cites shutdown ...

militarytimes.com 04 Nov '13, 9pm

An Iraq war veteran running for Congress has abruptly switched political parties, saying the Republican role in forcing a ...