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

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