Report: Have VA Take Over Retiree Health Care

Rick Maze | Navy Times | November 9, 2012

A new report by a think tank with close ties to the Obama administration suggests responsibility for military retiree health care might be more efficiently handled by the Veterans Affairs Department instead of the Pentagon.

Written by Iraq veteran Phillip Carter, the report released Friday by the Center for New American Security wrestles with how the nation can cope with the cost of benefits and health care for current and former service members.

In the report, Carter called for streamlining responsibility for military and veterans programs. “The allocation of responsibilities among these agencies and organizations reflects history and funding more than system logic,” the report says...