Personnel & Benefits

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
Washington Report (July 8, 2014) The commission charged with revamping the military compensation system set the stage to make changes in its final recommendations with an interim report released last week. Analysis of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission’s initial work... 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
Washington Report (June 24, 2014) All veterans who served honorably would save money by shopping online at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service if an idea proposed by the exchange director is approved. The Defense Department, which must give the go-ahead on the benefit expansion, is weighing... Read more
By Rebecca Autrey (June 19, 2014) The Government Accountability Office said Wednesday there is not enough data to fully analyze benefits of health care provided to veterans by doctors outside the Department of Veterans Affairs. Anecdotal evidence suggests it’s a positive option, according to health... Read more

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