Some 60,000 vets are triple dipping on benefits

Some 60,000 vets are triple dipping on benefits

Nearly 60,000 veterans were triple dippers last year, drawing a total of $3.5 billion in military retirement pay plus veterans and Social Security disability benefits at the same time, congressional auditors report. It’s all legal. The average payment was about $59,000, but about 2,300 veterans, or 4 percent of the total, received concurrent payments of […]

A no-win situation in Iraq?

A no-win situation in Iraq?

It was supposed to be over, America’s war in Iraq. So all the old emotions boiled up anew as Americans absorbed the news that U.S. bombs were again striking targets in the nation where the United States led an invasion in 2003, lost almost 4,500 troops in the fight to stabilize and liberate it and […]

Veterans, Israel fare well in Congress

Veterans, Israelis and governors and local officials have clout in the halls of Congress

Veterans, Israel fare well in Congress

In more than five years in Congress, Republican Rep. John Fleming of Louisiana recalls voting only once for emergency spending that raised the federal deficit. That was this week, on a bill to improve health care for veterans, and it helps explain the lineup of winners and losers in the hours before Congress began a […]

A push for a unified veterans’ aid bill

A push for a unified veterans’ aid bill

After two overwhelming votes in two days, members of Congress say they are confident they can agree on a bill to improve veterans’ health care and send it to the president’s desk by the end of the month. The Senate easily approved a bill Wednesday to help shorten wait times for thousands of military veterans […]

Shinseki still had support from many veterans

Support for Shinseki among vets groups was not universal.

Shinseki still had support from many veterans

He’s one of them — a disabled veteran who lost part of his right foot to a mine in Vietnam, a soldier who riled his superiors in the Bush years by telling Congress the U.S. needed more troops in Iraq than the administration wanted. That bond is why veterans groups overwhelmingly endorsed Eric Shinseki as […]

Under fire, Shinseki faces homeless veterans

Support for Shinseki, himself a wounded veteran, is eroding.

Under fire, Shinseki faces homeless veterans

The embattled Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki (shin-SEHK’-ee) is to address a homeless veterans group on Friday. Shinseki faces calls to resign from both Republicans and Democrats in Congress because of an escalating scandal about problems in the VA’s nationwide health care system. The White House says President Barack Obama is waiting for a […]

Remembering and honoring those who served

Remembering and honoring those who served

Capitol Hill Blue founder Doug Thompson is also a photographer and filmmaker who has spent much of his career documenting history. “Over the years, I’ve been present not only for many celebrations to honor those who served our country but also to help document their efforts,” he says. In 2012, Thompson put together a video […]

Showdown vote on vets benefits coming in Senate

"The American people don't want to see serious legislation sabotaged because of political partisanship"

Showdown vote on vets benefits coming in Senate

A Democratic bill enhancing health care, education and job-training benefits for veterans faces an uphill climb as the Senate approaches a showdown vote on the $21 billion legislation. Both political parties generally favor helping the nation’s 22 million veterans and their families, especially in a congressional election year. But Republicans consider the wide-ranging legislation too […]