Compensation restored to widows

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Jacqueline Peters, widow of a retired Army officer, only recently grasped how “ludicrous” the law has become that limits Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payments to surviving spouses of military members who either die in retirement from service-related ailments or die while on active duty. These survivors qualify for Dependency and […]

Ministry to those in need makes impact

By Judy Brandon: CNJ religion columnist I read an article about people who live their lives to help others. This article focused on people from all walks of life and all age groups. These people were of all ages and different ethnicity. They all had different jobs and occupations and lived all over the United […]

No money to pay survivor benefits

By Tom Philpott: Military update It can be a frustrating time of year for 54,000 military widows who see their Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payments wiped out or reduced by the monthly amount they receive in Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from the Department of Veterans Affairs. As it has done routinely in recent years, […]

Widows ineligible for dual benefits

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist By a 94-to-2 vote, the Senate for a fourth straight year has agreed to repeal a law that bans “concurrent receipt” for military surviving spouses. The intent is to end reduced annuities under the military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) when a surviving spouse opts to draw Dependency and Indemnity Compensation […]

Make sure you’re making a difference

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I read an article about people who live their lives to help others. This article focused on people from all walks of life and all age groups. These people were of different ethnicities, had different jobs and occupations, and lived all over the United States. Yet, the one characteristic they […]

Conservatives should cringe over Coulter

Leonard Pitts Jr. : Syndicated Columnist Apparently, it’s news that Ann Coulter is a nasty piece of work. I had rather thought that was the attraction, at least for those people who find her attractive. So forgive me for being mildly mystified by last week’s headlines about her most recent spasm of trash mouth, i.e., […]

Making difference starts with small deeds

By Judy Brandon Last week I was reading a commentary about people whose lives make a difference for the better. The article focused on people from all walks of life and all age groups. The one thing in common in all the people profiled was they had a positive impact on our world. The article […]

Congress, DOD differ on scope of restored widow benefits

By Tom Philpott The current controversy is over a provision in the Veterans Benefits Act of 2003, which was signed into law Dec. 16. For years, widows who remarried lost their DIC entitlement. But Section 101 of the new benefit package (Public Law 108-183) allows veterans’ surviving spouses who remarry at 57 or older to […]