The Department of Defense received about $155 billion in funding—roughly one-quarter of its funding—for military personnel in 2013. CBO examines the budgetary implications of different approaches to compensating military personnel, including possible changes in the structure of cash pay, health benefits for military personnel and their family members, and health benefits for retirees. CBO also evaluates federal programs and issues related to veterans.
Jan 2014 - Between 2000 and 2012, the cost of providing health care to service members, retirees, and their families increased by 130 percent (after adjusting for inflation). What approaches might curtail the growth in those costs?
Nov 2013 - CBO projects that DoD’s plans will cost 3.5 percent more to execute through 2018 than DoD estimates. Moreover, the costs of DoD’s plans for 2014 through 2021 would greatly exceed the limits established by the Budget Control Act.
Nov 2012 - For fiscal year 2013, the Department of Defense has requested $150 billion for pay and benefits for current and retired military personnel--more than one-quarter of DoD’s total budget (excluding funding for military operations in Afghanistan).
The Veterans Health Administration's Treatment of PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury Among Recent Combat Veterans
Feb 2012 - Through September 2011, about 740,000 veterans from overseas contingency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan had been treated by the VHA. That number is slightly more than half of all recent veterans eligible for care by VHA.
Jul 2011 - Testimony before the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, United States Senate.
- presentationFebruary 7, 2014
- data or technical informationFebruary 4, 2014
- reportJanuary 16, 2014
- presentationJanuary 7, 2014
- blog postDecember 12, 2013
- blog postDecember 9, 2013
- reportNovember 21, 2013
CBO Projects a Large Gap Between the Costs of DoD’s Plans and Funding Available Under the Budget Control Actblog postNovember 21, 2013
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