Personnel & Benefits

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
Washington Report (May 13, 2014) Two U.S. senators on the Senate Armed Services Committee have introduced legislation aimed at strengthening mental health care for members of the military. Wednesday, Sens. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., introduced the Jacob Sexton Military... 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
WASHINGTON (May 7, 2014) ― Army officials have spent months focusing all attention about fraud in referral bonus programs on the Army National Guard Recruiting Assistance Program (G-RAP). Court documents, however, show the problem was pervasive across the Total Army. Publically available documents... Read more
WASHINGTON (May 7, 2014) ― NGAUS today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president, on new Senate legislation (S.2295) that would create a National Commission on the Future of the Army: “National Guardsmen across the country are indebted to the Senate... 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
WASHINGTON (April 15, 2014) ― The National Guard Association of the United States today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president: “Nothing seems more distasteful to Army leaders these days than the notion of Congress creating a commission to take an... Read more
Washington Report (April 8, 2014) More than half of the veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq know someone who either successfully or unsuccessfully tried suicide. Also, more than half say their physical or mental health is worse than it was before they went to war. But nearly 90 percent... Read more
Washington Report (April 1, 2014) It may not seem like good news for a veteran waiting—and waiting—for a disability claim to be processed, but the Department of Veterans Affairs says it has reached an important milestone in its effort to reduce the backlog of claims in 2015. Army Times is reporting... Read more
Washington Report (April 1, 2013) Another temporary solution to a nagging problem that could affect TRICARE users has been passed by Congress. One week after the House gave the so-called “doc fix” legislation its approval, the Senate voted Monday evening to pass the bill and send it to the... Read more

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