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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.