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Changes in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act

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For the past 50 years, Congress has passed a National Defense Authorization  Act which is designed for budgeting purposes as well as various other provisions that impact a variety of concerns held by the federal government. The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act was signed into law in December 2016 and contains several notable changes to how the United States Department of Veteran Affairs program for veteran-owned small businesses and service-disabled veteran owned small businesses. To fully understand and respond to these changes, it might be important to consult with an experienced attorney who specializes in helping veterans

Relevant Provisions of 2017’s National Defense Authorization Act

It is vital that veterans pay particular attention to the latest form of the National Defense Authorization Act. There are several relevant articles in the Act, which include the following:

  • Administrative Leave Restriction. The 2017 version of the Act restricts the amount of time for which civilian personnel are placed on administrative leave. It should also be noted that civilian members of the government also received a 2.1% increase in payment.

  • Family Leave. Primary caregivers in the military are permitted to take twelve weeks of leave following the birth of a child which includes up to six weeks of medical convalescent leave. The Act also allows primary caregivers in the military to take six weeks of leave after the adoption of a child. Secondary caregivers in the military are permitted to take up to twenty-one days of leave. Secondary caregivers are also able to take up to 21 days of leave following the adoption of a child.

  • Healthcare Reform. The 2017 version of the Act provides for expansion in access to urgent care in military and private facilities. Additionally, the Act requires Military Treatment Facilities to increase primary care during extended operation hours.

  • Military Pay. For individuals who are still in active duty service, this year’s version of the Act authorizes a 2.1% increase for service members. The Act also directs the Department of Defense to move to a single pay system no later than January 1, 2018.

  • Recruiting and Retention of Personnel. The Act contains particular revisions regarding the recruiting and retention of select military personnel.

  • Changes to the United States Code of Military Justice. The 2017 version of the Act authorizes significant changes that apply to all elements of the litigation process. One of the goals of the Act is to increase transparency in how the military works.

Contact a Knowledgeable Attorney

It is imperative for veterans and active military members to follow changes in the National Defense Authorization Act and when difficulties arise to immediately retain the assistance of skilled legal counsel. Founded by a veteran of the United States military, the attorneys at Whitcomb, Selinsky, & McAuliffe, PC have the experience and knowledge to help veterans in Colorado and the rest of the United States when very issues arise. Contact our law firm for assistance by submitting our online form or calling us at (866) 476-4558.

About the AuthorJoe Whitcomb

Joe Whitcomb is the founder and president of Whitcomb, Selinsky, PC (WSM). In addition, he manages the firm and heads up the Government Procurement and International Business Transactions Law sections. As a result of his military service as a U.S. Army Ranger and as a non-commissioned officer in the Air Force, he learned mission accomplishment. While serving in the Air Force, he earned his Bachelor’s in Social Sciences and a Master’s in International Relations. His Master’s emphasis was on National Security and International Political Economics. After his military career, Joe attended law school at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.


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