VA's funding for FY 2017

The Department of Veterans Affairs received $162.7 billion for the current fiscal year.

No COLA increase for 2016

No COLA increases in 2016 for those receiving military retired pay, VA payments, Social Security benefits and federal government civilian pensions.

Arming troops at U.S. bases

Department of Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has given his authority to allow more troops to carry weapons at U.S. bases, with a focus on recruiting stations, reserve centers and other "soft" military targets.