Personnel & Benefits

Washington Report (June 2, 2015) The program that allows military members to transfer their GI Bill education benefit to a spouse or child should be examined, according to the Senate's version of the defense authorization bill. The bill includes language, but nothing binding, recommending the... Read more
Washington Report (May 19, 2015) The House passed its version of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act last week and the Senate will consider its final take on the bill next month. But the entire effort faces a White House veto threat. President Barack Obama has said he will quash any... Read more
Washington Report (May 12, 2015) NGAUS is supporting 24 amendments to the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act that will be debated this week by the full House.       The amendments include one that would maintain the Army National Guard end strength until Congress has time to study the... Read more
Washington Report (May 12, 2015) The National Governors Association is asking Congress to wait for the results of an Army force structure study before approving legislation that would shrink the size of the Army National Guard and take away its AH-64 Apache helicopters. A statement from the NGA was... Read more
Washington Report (May 12, 2015) A Department of Veterans Affairs software system designed to shrink the backlog in disability claims is rewarding dishonest veterans who overstate their disabilities and receive payments far larger than they should. The Wall Street Journal today is quoting unnamed... Read more
Washington Report (May 12, 2015) Jobless figures for post-9/11 veterans were up slightly in April, but still remained below 7 percent for the fifth month in the last six, a rare streak of good employment news for veterans. The rate last month was 6.9 percent, up slightly from 6.5 percent in March,... Read more
Guardsmen encountering harmful toxins, biologics or viruses can develop illnesses in the natural course of those exposures, such as an Ebola exposure, resulting in the disease manifesting itself weeks later. Present Department of Veterans Affairs(VA) policy is that all exposures must result in... Read more
Washington Report (May 5, 2015) It was nearly dawn Thursday when the House Armed Services Committee voted 60-2 to approve the committee's version of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. The full House should take up the bill next week, about the same time the Senate Armed Services... Read more
Washington Report (May 5, 2015) While Congress is on a course for a historic overhaul of the military retirement system, the man who wields the veto pen in the White House has his doubts. President Barack Obama told Congress in a letter last week that the 15 recommendations made by the Military... Read more
Washington Report (May 5, 2015) Retired Col. Pete Duffy, the NGAUS legislative director, met Monday with Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and representatives from other organizations to push the lawmaker's "Servicemember and Veteran Mental Health Care Package," a trio of bills that would improve access... Read more

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