MCRA News

DoD Comptroller: Budget Deal Offers Relief, Uncertainty

Saturday, December 26, 2015 / Legislative News

WASHINGTON, — Defense Department funding from the recent two-year budget deal was hard to achieve and sets the department up fairly well for the near future, the Defense Department Comptroller said here this week, adding that uncertainty remains in the long term.

Mike McCord, speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the increase provided by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, or BBA15, gave the department 98 percent of what it asked for in fiscal year 2016 -- not counting $8 billion in relief for overseas contingency operations, or OCO.


VA to change disability claims rules for Camp Lejeune veterans

Friday, December 25, 2015 / VA News

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it plans to propose expanded disability compensation eligibility for Veterans exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.

Based upon VA’s review of current medical science and ATSDR’s findings, Secretary McDonald intends to propose creation of a  presumption of service connection for the following conditions:

  • Kidney Cancer
  • Liver Cancer

Do you know the new tax requirements under the Affordable Care Act 2015?

Friday, December 25, 2015 / Legislative News

Get Prepared for Tax Season by Electing to Receive your 1095 IRS tax form electronically! Log into myPay today!  Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the federal government, state governments, insurers, employers, and individuals are given shared responsibility to reform and improve the availability, quality, and affordability of health insurance coverage in the United States.

For the 2015 tax year, Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) is required to furnish a Form 1095 to each employee that worked any full time hours.  MyPay has been updated to allow you to elect to receive this tax form electronically.  Civilian employees are highly encouraged to log into myPay to turn on electronic delivery.  Go to myPay and from the main menu of myPay, select "Turn On/Off Hard Copy of IRS Form 1095."


Budget Deal Offers Relief, Uncertainty

Friday, December 25, 2015 / Legislative News

WASHINGTON, December 2, 2015 — Defense Department funding from the recent two-year budget deal was hard to achieve and sets the department up fairly well for the near future, the Defense Department Comptroller said here this week, adding that uncertainty remains in the long term.  Mike McCord, speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the increase provided by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, or BBA15, gave the department 98 percent of what it asked for in fiscal year 2016 -- not counting $8 billion in relief for overseas contingency operations, or OCO.  "For '17 it's a little less, about 96 percent without the OCO relief, maybe 97 percent with it," McCord said.


Congress and VA evaluate Facilities and Resources

Friday, December 25, 2015 / Legislative News

An independent panel set up by Congress said that in order for the Department of Veterans Affairs to address the problems plaguing its health system, an independent panel should be formed to “optimize facilities resourcing and lines of service.” READ THE STORY


2015 CONGRESSIONAL RECEPTION

2015 CONGRESSIONAL RECEPTION
Sunday, December 20, 2015 / Marine Corps/DoD News

On 18 November the MCRA presented Rep. John Kline (MN-2) with the Maj. Frank Tejeda Congressional Leadership Award.  The MCRA was privileged to have the CG, Marine Forces Reserve, LtGen Rex McMillian, present the award.


Holds hearing to address concerns of veterans exposed to Agent Orange, water contamination

Sunday, November 15, 2015 / VA News

As part of VA's ongoing commitment to provide care to veterans and their families, the Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced that it will start the process of amending its regulations to establish presumptions of service connection for certain conditions resulting from exposure to contaminated drinking water at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.  FULL STORY AGENT ORANGE.pdf


VA expands review of chemical exposure in drinking water at Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune

Saturday, October 24, 2015 / VA News

As part of VA's ongoing commitment to provide care to veterans and their families, the Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced that it will start the process of amending its regulations to establish presumptions of service connection for certain conditions resulting from exposure to contaminated drinking water at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.  This process is in addition to the healthcare VA already provides for 15 conditions to eligible veterans who were stationed at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between Aug. 1, 1953 and Dec. 31, 1987 as a result of the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012. VA also provides reimbursement of healthcare expenses for those 15 conditions to eligible family members who resided at Camp Lejeune during that time period. To read rest of the article click VA MCB CL 0CT.pdf.


VA expands review of chemical exposure in drinking water at Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune

Saturday, October 10, 2015 / VA News

As part of VA's ongoing commitment to provide care to veterans and their families, the Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced that it will start the process of amending its regulations to establish presumptions of service connection for certain conditions resulting from exposure to contaminated drinking water at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. This process is in addition to the healthcare VA already provides for 15 conditions to eligible veterans who were stationed at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between Aug. 1, 1953 and Dec. 31, 1987 as a result of the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012. VA also provides reimbursement of healthcare expenses for those 15 conditions to eligible family members who resided at Camp Lejeune during that time period.



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