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Despite steady rise in coronavirus cases, VA officials push ahead with return to normal operations


The number of Veterans Affairs patients with active cases of coronavirus rose to its highest level in three weeks on Thursday, but department officials insist the steady recent increase is not a cause for concern. As of Thursday morning, VA researchers reported 1,755 active cases of the deadly virus spread across 130 department medical centers. […]

GI Bill benefits to continue despite college coronavirus closings after emergency fix rushes through Congress

Emergency legislation to protect student veterans from losing their GI Bill benefits because of college closings related to the coronavirus outbreak is headed to the president’s desk for final signature after House lawmakers approved the measure Thursday. The passage came in a pro forma session of the chamber, with only a few lawmakers in attendance […]

Troops should expect a big pay raise next year, despite budget uncertainty


Despite all the uncertainty surrounding next year’s defense budget and federal coronavirus spending, service members should expect to get a hefty pay raise in 2021, according to the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee. “People are our number one priority. And that’s a way to show our people we value them,” said Rep. […]