Personnel & Benefits

Disasters in our homeland can occur at any time. Yet we now pretend that they will not occur between July 8 and Sept. 30 because the National Guard is being forced to furlough the military personnel who enable the military response to disasters in each of our states. Under the sequester and in... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (May 28, 2013) In what may be a sign of things to come, the Pentagon’s request for higher fees for TRICARE users was quickly deep-sixed last week by the first group of lawmakers to consider it. The House Armed Services subcommittee on military personnel rejected nearly all... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (May 21, 2013) Most National Guard military technicians and civilian employees can expect 11 furlough days before the end of the fiscal year, National Guard Bureau officials said May 16.    The move comes after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel gave official notice the day... Read more
 WASHINGTON (May 16, 2013) A respected independent research firm has confirmed the value that professional sports sponsorships provide the National Guard in recruiting and retaining high-quality soldiers.   Alan Newman Research of Richmond, Va., found that 90 percent of Army National Guard... Read more
(May 15, 2013) It appears that the majority of uniformed National Guardsmen employed as military technicians nationwide will not escape employee furloughs that are part of the Defense Department’s sequestration plans. According to a May 14 memo from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to senior... Read more
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will decide soon on the length of the furlough affecting over 800,000 DoD civilian employees, including National Guard military technicians. After the initial announcement that DoD would furlough its civilians for 22 weeks through September 30, Hagel reduced the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (April 30, 2013) The giant number of claims not yet processed by the Department of Veterans Affairs has the attention of just about everyone, from veterans organizations to members of Congress. And, it seems, the VA itself has taken notice. The VA announced that it will... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (April 30, 2013) Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., has introduced legislation to ease the professional certification and licensing process in the civilian job market for veterans who have had similar training while in uniform. The Troop Talent Act of 2013, H.R. 1796, joins a... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (April 23, 2013) Members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee will vote Thursday on whether retired National Guard and Reserve members officially can call themselves veterans. A unanimous vote of approval is expected from the committee’s subcommittee on disability... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (April 23, 2013) group concerned with the psychological well-being of veterans will explore how to make those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, eligible for the Purple Heart. That was the result of a two-hour meeting last week at the National Guard... Read more

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