DOD Officials Testify on Military Health System Reform

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Here’s a link to a summary article:

Changes to military health care system aimed at readiness

Here’s a link to the Congressional testimony:

DOD Officials Testify on Military Health System Reform

The Navy SG gives his opening remarks at the 25:30 minute mark, if you want to focus, although the whole thing is informative but admittedly long. They discuss:

  • Billet cuts (start at 37 minutes or so)
  • Access to mental health and suicide
  • Access to OB/GYN
  • Access autism services
  • MTF realignment
  • DHA transition
  • Surgical readiness

Prepared Statements from Recent Congressional Testimony

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Here are all the prepared statements from the recent Congressional testimony about the FY20 budget if you want to read them. Both are pretty quick reads.


Senate Appropriations Committee

04.03.19–Bono Testimony

04.03.19–Faison Testimony

Navy Surgeon General’s Opening Remarks To Senate Appropriations Committee – Defense

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The SG spoke to the Senate Appropriations Committee today. You can see his opening remarks here:

His full written comments can be seen here:

Navy SG Testimony – SAC-D 26APR18_Final

2019 Navy Legislative Fellows Program Application Deadline Extended

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From Navy Office of Legislative Affairs

WASHIGNTON (NNS) — The deadline for submitting applications for the 2019 Navy Legislative Fellows Program has been extended to April 13, 2018.

The Legislative Fellows Program allows naval officers, senior enlisted and Department of the Navy civilians to broaden their understanding of the legislative process and the operation of the U.S. Congress through a year-long full-time assignment to the office of a member of the House of Representatives or the Senate.

For more information, visit

Pay, Housing, Healthcare, Retirement: Congress Faces Thorny Military Decisions

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This Military Times article summarizes all of the issues currently being debated in Congress, almost all of which would affect our pay and military medicine:

Pay, Housing, Healthcare, Retirement: Congress Faces Thorny Military Decisions