Burn Pits Legislation Gains Momentum on Capitol Hill Military & Veterans News Burn Pits Legislation Gains Momentum on Capitol Hill Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), America’s leading post-9/11 veterans empowerment organization, announced today significant, additional support for its Burn Pits Accountability Act (H.R. 5671/S. 3181) to improve the tracking and reporting of servicemembers’ exposure to burn pits and airborne toxins during their deployments, and the recent passage of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018. Burn Pits are among IAVA’s 2018 Big 6 Priorities for post 9/11 veterans.
U.S. Department of Defense Military & Veterans News Defense Department Announces Cost of Living Increase to Retired Pay The Department of Defense announced annual cost of living adjustments that will benefit military retirees and survivors during calendar year 2019. Most military retirees will receive a 2.8 percent increase to their retired pay beginning with the pay they receive on Jan. 1, 2019. Likewise, survivors of members who died on active or inactive duty, or survivors of military retirees who participate in the Survivor Benefit Plan, will, in most cases, see a 2.8 percent increase to their annuities beginning in January.
Scott's View Military & Veterans News Scott's View: Remembering our TopVet Award Recipient; Veteran of the Year Award This week, I want to take a moment to remember a recipient of our TopVet Award for Bruce Whitman who recently passed away. Bruce was an Air Force Veteran and a great supporter of Veterans Advantage. It's been a bittersweet time for us, as we mourn his loss. In addition to his CEO position at Flight Safety International, Bruce was Chairman Emeritus of the Medal of Honor Foundation and served on the Metropolitan USO Board. We celebrate his lifelong commitment to veterans advocacy and know he will be missed dearly by all of us who are his fellow veterans, colleagues, and family.
The Whitehouse Military & Veterans News Presidential Proclamation on Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, 2018 Courageous Americans of every generation have given their last full measure of devotion in defense of our country and our freedom.  The families who stood alongside these heroes have paid a price no family should ever have to pay.  Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day is a solemn reminder that these families ‑‑ the families of our fallen service members ‑‑ bear the burden of their loss forever.

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