Congress calls for VA investigation

As reported earlier, the administration has budgeted for a 2.9 percent military pay raise, effective Jan. 1, 2010, which directly coincides with a formula in law based on private sector wage growth. Early word is that the House Armed Services Committee's version of the FY 2010 Defense Bill will propose a 3.4 percent raise, .5 percent higher than the President's proposal, and following requests of several veterans' and military associations to support the higher pay raise.

Brain injuries may have been suffered

During Operations End­uring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, may service members have suffered traumatic brain injuries. Many such injuries were caused by the concussive force of improvised explosive devices. To read a Department of Defense explanation of TBI, its symptoms and treatment, go to:

Congressional Bills of Interest:

H.R. 1592, by Rep. Gus M. Bilirakis, R-Fla., would guarantee a military pay increase for fiscal years 2011 through 2014 of one-half of one percentage point higher than the Employment Cost Index (measures private sector wage growth.)

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