Personnel & Benefits

Washington Report (November 24, 2015) Members of a congressional panel tasked with looking at military pay and compensation said Nov. 18 the current system does not meet the needs of today's all-volunteer force.    Three Republican commissioners on the Military Compensation and Retirement... Read more
Washington Report (November 24, 2015) Veterans lose their enthusiasm for higher education on traditional four-year college campuses that are geared for recent high-school graduates, according to a study from Syracuse University.    As a result, veterans turn to for-profit and online schools that... Read more
Washington Report (November 17, 2015) All retired National Guardsmen will likely soon be able to legally call themselves veterans.    The Senate passed legislation last week that would grant veteran status to any Guardsman or Reservist who has served 20 years. The House approved a similar provision... Read more
Washington Report (November 17, 2015) The Department of Veterans Affairs says it will better promote the on-the-job training portion of the Post 9/11 GI Bill that is now being largely ignored by veterans. A report by the Government Accountability Office found only about 2 percent of veterans,... Read more
Washington Report (November 10, 2015) The Army National Guard is slated for changes to its personnel end strength and force structure over the next few years that will see a number of units inactivated and a reduction in force of more than 15,000 soldiers as part of overall Army force-reduction... Read more
Washington Report (Nov. 3, 2015) Forty-seven senators from both sides of the aisle have reminded the National Commission on the Future of the Army of the important role played by the reserve components and want commissioners to consider that role as they prepare their report for Congress and the... Read more
Washington Report (November 3, 2015) The Army may devise a plan to pay soldiers extra cash for noncombat deployments, just as it provides hazardous-duty pay for those in war zones. Sgt. Major of the Army Dan Dailey says it is part of a push to make all soldiers ready to deploy, according to Army... Read more
  NGAUS had the privledge of participating in a VSO Roundtable hosted by Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Tim Walz this week.  NGAUS indicated its strong support for the following bills: S.715 (Senator Donnelly) THE SERVICEMEMBERS AND VETERAN’S MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDER ASSESSMENT ACT, ... Read more
Washington Report (October 27, 2015) GOP lawmakers were wrong when they said President Barack Obama's veto of the fiscal 2016 defense policy bill last week would hold up pay raises for service members next year. The National Defense Authorization Act does not address military pay, Army Times... Read more
Washington Report (October 27, 2015) Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., says Congress must overhaul a Department of Veterans Affairs program designed to give veterans the option of receiving medical care from private providers. In a speech on the Senate floor last week, Murray said the VA Choice program... Read more