Personnel & Benefits

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
Washington Report (March 18, 2014) Several senators focused on reducing the backlog of benefits claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs are pushing for legislation designed to do just that. Members of the Senate’s VA Backlog Working Group seek passage of the 21st Century Veterans Benefits... Read more
(March 7, 2014) A Pentagon proposal would give National Guardsmen and Reserve members retirement pay immediately after completing 20 years of service. The pay would be slight and would result in less pay over a veteran’s lifetime, but the Defense Department thinks it may appeal to many troops. The... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 25, 2104) NGAUS Washington Report (March 4, 2014)  Fifty governors oppose the possible cuts to the Army National Guard and have made their feelings known in a letter to President Barack Obama. The letter, which was sent through the National Governors Association, was... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 4, 2014) Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said last week he will continue to fight for improved benefits for veterans after Republicans blocked a bill that would have expanded programs such as education, health care and job training. “I am going to keep fighting,” Sanders... Read more

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