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Bills would expand VA telehealth services across state lines | MilitaryTimes

Telehealth services for veterans have expanded dramatically in recent years, but a group of lawmakers worries that federal rules governing that remote care haven’t kept up. On Tuesday, a bipartisan group of House members and senators reintroduced legislation designed to boost access for veterans by easing those rules, arguing that patients in rural areas or facing travel difficulties are being ... Read More »

How Elon Musk Learns Faster And Better Than Everyone Else | Medium

How is it even possible that Elon Musk could build four multibillion companies by his mid-40s — in four separate fields (software, energy, transportation, and aerospace)? To explain Musk’s success, others have pointed to his heroic work ethic (he regularly works 85-hour weeks), his ability to set reality-distorting visions for the future, and his incredible resilience. But all of these felt unsatisfactory ... Read More »

VA Secretary David Shulkin: Potential government shutdown poses ‘no risk’ to veterans | Washington Examiner

Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin said a government shutdown poses “no risk” to veterans. Shulkin talked about how the shutdown threat could impact veterans in an interview with CBS. “There’s a possibility of a government shutdown ahead — how might that affect the VA?” CBS’s Anthony Mason asked. “The VA is in a fortunate situation in that we have ... Read More »

Four Vietnam veterans awarded the Silver Star for 1972 rescue mission | ArmyTimes

On the 45th anniversary of the action that earned them the military’s third-highest award for valor, four Vietnam veterans gathered in Arkansas on Tuesday to receive the Silver Star, according to a release from an Arkansas congressman who helped get their medals approved. Former Spc. Leonard Shearer, former Spc. John Deslauriers, former Capt. Robert Frank and former Chief Warrant Officer ... Read More »

This surreal 1956 magazine story predicted the soldier of the future | Business Insider

An Army Magazine article from 1956 was circulating on Twitter recently, and it predicted what the soldier of the future would look like. In many ways, it was surprisingly accurate. The author, Lt. Col. Robert R. Rigg, prophesized that these advancements — from night vision goggles, to helicopter warfare, to drone strikes — would come after 1974. While he was ... Read More »

Veterans with PTSD are suing the Army to have their discharges upgraded | ArmyTimes

Two former soldiers who have been diagnosed with PTSD have filed a federal class-action lawsuit to have their general discharges upgraded, according to a complaint filed Monday in Connecticut. Former Pfc. Stephen Kennedy, 30, and Spc.  Alicia Carson, 28, are plaintiffs in a suit alleging that despite the requirement for the Army Discharge Review Board to give “liberal consideration” to ... Read More »

Trump extends private-sector health care program for vets | ABC News

President Donald Trump signed a bill Wednesday to temporarily extend a program that lets some veterans seek medical care in the private sector, part of an effort by the president to deliver on a campaign promise. The extension will give Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin time to develop a more comprehensive plan to allow veterans to more easily go outside ... Read More »

There’s a plan in Congress to start charging troops for their GI Bill benefits | MilitaryTimes

A congressional proposal to make service members buy into their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits surprised veterans groups on Tuesday, with advocates divided over whether it amounts to a long-term fix for the benefit or an unfair bill for veterans. “This new tax on troops is absurd,” said Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander Brian Duffy in a statement. “Ensuring veterans ... Read More »

Looming federal budget fight could hit military pay and bonuses | MilitaryTimes

The latest congressional impasse over the federal budget could hit troops’ bonuses starting next month, unless a deal is reached in the next few weeks. Pentagon leaders have been warning lawmakers for weeks that some of their proposed budget fixes could leave military units without enough funds for equipment maintenance, training hours and base programs. But the looming payroll problem ... Read More »

General James Mattis: Arm Yourself With Books | FarnamStreet

How many situations will you face that have not already been experienced by someone else? Billions of people, thousands of years … probably not too many. It’s been done. Luckily, sometimes those experiences are captured by history, and thus they become valuable tools for us to learn and prepare for similar situations. This is part of the central ethos of Farnam ... Read More »