Personnel & Benefits

WASHINGTON (July 8, 2013) ― NGAUS today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr., the NGAUS president: “The National Guard in all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia this week will begin furloughing nearly all of its... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report Retired Col. Patricia O’Connell, the NGAUS director of contracts, finance and human resources, met last week with Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., to discuss legislation addressing sexual assault in the military. She was one of six women who retired at that pay grade invited by the... Read more
Pentagon leaders exempted uniformed personnel from the sequester to limit the impact of ongoing budget debates on military readiness. However, they did not include the approximately 53,000 National Guard military technicians in that exemption. These technicians support the readiness of troops not... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (June 25, 2013) Problems have greeted the new provider of services in the TRICARE West Region and a Senate leader wants to know why. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who leads the Senate Budget Committee, wants a review of the contract awarded to UnitedHealthcare Military &... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (June 25, 2013) Delta Dental, which administrates the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP), has announced that it will be extending its benefit year from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31. Delta will also be prorating benefits this year from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31. This will not increase a... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (June 25, 2013) Pete Duffy, the NGAUS legislative director, blamed the stubborn rate of suicides in the military on a lack of interest and funding. He took part Saturday in an event marking National PTSD Awareness Day in the shadow of the nation’s capitol in Washington, D.C... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (June 18, 2013) The chief of the National Guard Bureau said Monday a proper mix of forces in the active and reserve components will best serve the nation. Gen. Frank J. Grass said, “I try not to say one or the other. We have to find a balance.” Grass spoke Monday morning... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (June 18, 2013) Funerals for Air Force retirees and Air National Guardsmen who die while not on active duty have become victims of the budget woes in the Pentagon.  The honor team sent by the service to attend the funeral will include only two airmen instead of the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (June 18, 2013) Researchers have found physical evidence for Gulf War illness, which has plagued thousands of veterans of the war to push Iraq out of Kuwait in 1991. Neurological damage has been found in veterans reporting symptoms related to the mysterious malady,... Read more
This week is a busy week – the House of Representatives will be considering its version of the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), H.R 1960, on the floor. Meanwhile, the Senate Armed Services Committee will be marking its version S.1304. The House Armed Services committee passed H.R.... Read more

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