Personnel & Benefits

(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
NGAUS Washington Report (April 16, 2013) Nearly 20 representatives of veterans organizations and mental health associations, as well as medical experts, will gather Wednesday at the National Guard Memorial to discuss how to combat the stigma still attached to veterans who suffer from post-... Read more
The National Guard and Reserve full-time workforce has been in the news lately because of the furloughs that they are facing due to sequestration.  The original furlough has been cut from 22 to 14 days. That is okay news for the Guard, though it's far from optimal. Another announcement was made... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 12, 2013) Funding for tuition assistance has been stopped by the Army, Air Force and Marines as the services try to get a handle on spending in light of sweeping federal budget cuts. The Air Force’s move was reported today by Air Force Times, which said the program... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 29, 2013) Higher co-payments for prescription drugs covered by TRICARE will go into effect Friday, the health provider reminds participants. The fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act requires TRICARE to increase co-pays on brand name and nonformulary... Read more