Legislation

According to the Veterans’ Affairs Department, about one in five female veterans have told their health care providers that they experienced military sexual trauma (one in one hundred for males). This type of trauma can lead to PTSD, depression, substance abuse, headaches, chronic pain, chronic... Read more
The 136th General Conference & Exhibition kicks off next week. We’ll come together in Chicago Aug. 22 to 25 with National Guardsmen from each state, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for a few days of networking, business and, yes, fun. The conference... Read more
Right now is a very good time for every member of the National Guard to stand up and be counted. The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, established by the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, is currently conducting a review of all military compensation and... Read more
This month, Air Combat Command (ACC) put out its 2014 Strategic Plan. Gen. Gilmary M. Hostage, the ACC commander, stated the plan is “my twofold guidance to: (1) optimally organize, train and provide combat ready forces and (2) manage and deliver the capabilities required to secure the high ground... Read more
In response to the Veterans' Affiiars inspector general’s interim report on patient deaths at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., introduced a comprehensive legislative package to address negligence of VA officials and correct serious problems in... Read more
The National Defense Authorization Act handily passed Thursday by the House of Representatives authorizes $552.1 billion in spending for national defense and an additional $79.4 billion for overseas contingency operations. The vote was 325 to 98. In addition to provisions mentioned previously, the... Read more
A little after midnight, the House Armed Services committee (HASC) unanimously passed its version of the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This marks the 53rd consecutive year this piece of legislation has passed the defense committee, authorizing $521.3 billion dollars in... Read more
As the military continues its inevitable drawdown after 13 years of persistent conflict, both Congress and the Obama administration have renewed their focus on increasing civilian employment opportunities for veterans. As unemployment figures continue to improve nationally, veterans’ unemployment... Read more
I remember 28th Infantry Division commanders and staffs using the phrase “fight smart and win” to describe what the United States military would have to do to defeat the Soviets.  At a disadvantage in manpower and matched in weaponry, smart was essential.   In the end we were, because other than... Read more
It may the end of the road for the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force (NCSAF) as a body, but it is hardly the end of its findings. They should continue to impact the Air Force for years to come as the service accepts many of the commission’s ideas for the Total Force. In what you... Read more

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