Personnel & Benefits

September 18, 2014 For many Army National Guard soldiers, September drill is back on. Most states had canceled training for September because of a $101 million shortfall nationwide in funds. But the National Guard Bureau received congressional approval Wednesday to shift money from one fund to... Read more
Washington Report (September 16, 2014) The National Guard is still waiting for approval from one congressional committee before it can shift funds around and possibly hold September drill. Most states canceled training for September because of a lack of money. But the National Guard Bureau... Read more
By Ron Jensen Sept. 10, 2014 Army National Guardsmen may have a drill weekend this month after all. Several states canceled the training for September because of a lack of money. But the National Guard Bureau has requested permission to shift money from one fund to the personnel account that... Read more
Washington Report (Sept. 9, 2014) Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, is seeking support among his colleagues for a section of the fiscal 2015 Senate Armed Services Committee defense bill that would provide National Guardsmen with an easier path toward an earlier retirement. He is requesting that his... Read more
Washington Report (Sept. 9, 2014) The new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs wants to reform his agency by the time Veterans Day arrives in November. Robert McDonald, who has been on the job about a month, returned from a tour of VA facilities around the country determined to change... Read more
Washington Report (September 3, 2014) A budget shortfall is forcing most if not all states to postpone drill this month for members of the Army National Guard. According to Guard officials, there is not enough money in the fiscal 2014 budget to pay for September training.  The National Guard... Read more
Washington Report (August 19, 2014) More than 500,000 service members selected to participate in a survey assessing military workplace environments have started to receive letters or emails regarding the questionnaire. Those invited to respond to the first RAND Military Workplace Study span all... Read more
Washington Report (August 5, 2014) President Barack Obama is expected to sign into law a reform of the Department of Veterans Affairs that easily passed Congress last week. The reform includes several items of interest to National Guard members who live far from VA facilities or have been the... Read more
Washington Report (July 29, 2014) Congress likely will approve this week a measure to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs that will allow patients who must wait more than 30 days for an appointment to seek care from a VA-approved hospital. However, the VA will schedule the appointment and... Read more
Washington Report (July 29, 2014) Fifteen employers have been recognized for their support of employees who serve in the National Guard or the Reserve. They will receive the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award during a ceremony in September at the Pentagon. The award is made... Read more

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