House Committee OKs Bills on VA Choice Program, Accountability

from Military.com By: Tom Philpott The House Veterans Affairs Committee approved bills Wednesday to extend and expand the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Choice Program and provide for more accountability of VA managers. “Whether it’s creating a culture of accountability at VA, expanding access to quality care or protecting the rights entrusted to our nation’s heroes, these Read more…

On the Hill

Congress Kills A Plan To Cut Federal Contracts For Small Businesses Robb Mandelbaum, Contributor Back in the fall, small business advocates were aghast to discover that the U.S. Senate, a champion of small business when it comes to speechifying, had crafted a defense authorization bill that threatened to cut federal government contracts to small companies Read more…

New CVE Rule Tries to Keep It Simple

by Sarah Schauerte As many of you may have heard, the VA’s Center for Verification and Evaluation (“CVE”) is considering an interim final rule to require firms to go through the VetBiz verification process every three years, not two. (Verification is necessary for firms interested in competing for SDVOSB or VOSB set-aside contracts issued by Read more…

Is This PTSD Treatment Method Legal In Your State?

by Sarah Schauerte As many of you know, numerous states already allow veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”) access to medical marijuana. Currently, twenty states (including Guam and Puerto Rico) permit medical marijuana to be used to treat PTSD. These include the following: Arizona Arkansas California Connecticut Delaware Florida Hawaii Illinois Maine Maryland Read more…

State News —

Veteran Start-ups On the Rise in California SAN DIEGO – Hard work, laughter and a little bit of pain… “See what happens when you don’t come visit me more often.” You’ll find it all inside Infinitely Fit, a gym started by Marine veteran L.J. Eastmead. “Fitness is a passion, but really, teaching people to be Read more…