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Tom Philpott

After service in the Coast Guard, and 17 years as a reporter and editor, Tom launched "Military Update," his syndicated weekly news column that features timely news and analysis on issues affecting active duty members, reservists, retirees and their families, in 1994.


"Military Update" columnist Tom Philpott, left, moderates a panel discussion with retired Gen. David Petraeus and Steve Kroft of "60 Minutes" at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., in October, 2018.<br>Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes

'Military Update' columnist Tom Philpott ends 25 years of reporting for and about the military

As "Military Update" columnist Tom Philpott announces his retirement, he looks back on 25 years of providing America's servicemembers and veterans with the inside track on issues that affect their lives.


MILITARY UPDATE

Senators urge VA not to fumble expansion of caregiver benefits

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie last December ordered suspension of further downgrades or stoppage of caregiver benefits to current recipients. Senators have praised to move, but say there is still a lot of work to be done.


MILITARY UPDATE

Personnel chiefs blame unsafe base housing on leadership failures

Three-star personnel chiefs and senior non-commissioned officers of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps testified Wednesday that unsafe and sometimes scandalous conditions of base housing units can largely be blamed on leadership failures.


MILITARY UPDATE

Use scalpel, not cleaver on medical billets, USUHS chief urges

Dr. Richard W. Thomas, a retired Army major general, surgeon and current president of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, is worried about tentative Defense Department plans to eliminate more than 17,000 uniformed medical billets.


MILITARY UPDATE

Task force backs a merger of the military's stores

Under a proposal suggested by a Department of Defense-sponsored task force, the military’s three separate exchange services should be consolidated under a single resale enterprise, estimated to save between $700 million to $1.3 billion over the first five years.


MILITARY UPDATE

New VA rules on access to outside care leave many unknowns

The number of veterans eligible for health care services in their communities, using networks of private-sector providers contracted by the Department of Veterans Affairs, is expected to jump this summer when regulations setting new access standards for community care become final.


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  • MILITARY UPDATE

    'Blue Water Navy' bill sinking in Senate despite late-hour talks

    As many as 90,000 ailing “Blue Water Navy” veterans are likely to have to wait for a new Congress to see legislation passed that would make them eligible for Agent Orange-related disability compensation and VA-paid health care.


  • MILITARY UPDATE

    VA officials say they were blindsided by computer problems, process changes on GI Bill payments

    At a hearing this month on GI Bill claim delays, lawmakers criticized VA leaders and legacy computer systems that seem to defy modernization despite Congress year after year allocating hundreds of millions of dollars for VA information technology upgrades.


  • MILITARY UPDATE

    Tricare seeking right mix of therapies for kids with autism

    Nearly 15,000 military children with autism receive Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) services, usually 20 or more hours of therapy per week, to learn desired behaviors and douse undesirable behaviors under a demonstration program offered through Tricare, the military’s health insurance benefit.


  • Military Update

    Vets resume court fight over ‘non-VA emergency care’ costs

    By inserting two words — “deductibles, coinsurance” — into the revised rule, VA successfully neutralized the impact of the 2016 Staab decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims to save the department billions of dollars.


  • Military Update

    Restructuring of health system slows to curb readiness risk

    This was to be the month that the 5-year-old Defense Health Agency assumed management responsibility for all Army, Navy and Air Force health care facilities. The restructuring of the military health system continues and the deadline has been extended.


  • Military Update

    Student vets win too as court unchains Obama loan protection

    U.S. District Judge Randolph D. Moss dismissed legal arguments from an association of for-profit colleges, which succeeded for more than a year to block Obama administration rules to bring financial relief to defrauded student borrowers and to strengthen federal protections against deceptive school practices.

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