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.

Veteran ID Card Act signed into law

The bill creates a new identification card for a requesting veteran who is neither entitled to military retired pay nor enrolled in the VA health-care system.

Agent Orange VA benefits expanded

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently published a new regulation that expands eligibility for some VA benefits for Air Force veterans and Air Force reserve veterans.