New veterinary chair plans focus on PACT Act oversight, medical… – Military Times | NutSocia

The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee has 13 new members and a new chair this session, but the committee chair hopes veterans will see from the group the same focus on improving veterans’ benefits that they have had in recent years. “There will be contentious issues,” said Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., who moved from the senior … Read more

Better pay for junior troops will be the focus of the new House of Representatives – Military Times | NutSocia

According to the congressman assigned to lead the effort, a special House panel on military quality of life issues plans to spend the next year analyzing military pay issues with a view to securing significant financial increases for younger soldiers in 2025. Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., a retired Air Force brigadier general, was announced last … Read more

Lawmakers consider making VA home loans transferable to vets’ families – Federal Times | NutSocia

Legislators and Veterans Affairs officials are considering plans to allow veterans to share unused home loan benefits with immediate family members or other descendants to align the loans with other veteran benefits and to offset past racial discrimination within the program. The proposal, sponsored by Rep. James Clyburn, DS.C., has received tentative support from Capitol … Read more

Military COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Overturned in Defense Bill Compromise – Military Times | NutSocia

House and Senate lawmakers Tuesday night unveiled plans for a defense-authorization compromise bill that would increase the military budget by 8% from fiscal 2022 and remove the military’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for service members. The $858 billion plan (which includes about $817 billion in Department of Defense spending) also includes plans for a 4.6% pay … Read more

Army plans ‘dramatic’ increase in ammunition production as Ukraine drains stocks – Defense News | NutSocia

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — As donations to Ukraine strain Allied ammunition stockpiles, the U.S. Army is targeting a “dramatic” increase in monthly production of 155mm artillery shells over the next three years, its chief arms buyer said Saturday. Those plans depend on emergency spending for Ukraine, which Congress has already approved, but also more than … Read more