NDAA for fiscal year 2017 signed into law

This measure sets the spending parameters and policy statements for America’s military forces for this fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, 2016.

COLA increase for 2017 under .5 percent

Military retirees and individuals receiving veterans benefits, including service-connected disability compensation, will receive a .3 percent COLA increase
Compensation increase for disabled veterans
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Compensation increase for disabled veterans

Veterans’ Compensation COLA Act of 2016 will provide an increase in the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities.

House, Senate approve FY 2017 VA funding

The House bill provides a total of $176.1 billion in funding; the Senate companion provides $177.4 billion.

VA launches Airborne Hazards and Burn Pit Registry

The registry is for veterans and servicemembers who may have been exposed to airborne hazards such as burn pits, oil-well fires and dust storms.

VA's budget for fiscal year 2017

On Feb. 9, President Barack Obama released his proposed fiscal year (FY) 2017 federal budget.