The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 was signed into law on December 20, 2019. The law included the elimination of the Survivor Benefit Plan - Dependency and Indemnity Compensation offset or "Widows Tax".
Beginning Jan. 1, all service-connected disabled veterans, caregivers enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs' Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers program, and former prisoners of war will be able to shop at on-base grocery stores and exchanges.
While every service member moves through the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) before leaving the military, if you're involuntarily separated, you might also receive the following benefits.
The Department of Veterans Affairs charged nearly 73,000 veterans improper home loan funding fees adding up to $286 million, an error that could result in refunds for the affected veterans.
The statistics are still startling: 20 veterans a day die by suicide. And that number, while slightly lower this year, is still 20 too many. But, the more important shift is that the conversation is changing.
The VA announced that it has implemented the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, which represents one of the most significant statutory changes to benefit Veterans in decades.
Federal officials have extended dental insurance enrollment for military retirees who missed sign-up cutoff as the Tricare Retiree Dental Plan (TRDP) prepares to sunset Dec. 31
The Department of Defense announced that the maximum amount payable under the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance (SSIA) program will increase on Jan. 1, 2019.