Personnel & Benefits

Washington Report (March 31, 2015) Promotions would be based more on merit than seniority and new recruits could enter the service with a higher rank. These were ideas mentioned by Defense Secretary Ash Carter Monday during an address to high school students at his alma mater, Abington High School... Read more
Washington Report (March 31. 2015) Legislation now in Congress eases the burden of proof for military victims of sexual assault who seek help from the Department of Veterans Affairs for mental stress caused by the attack. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., introduced the Ruth Moore Act last week. It would... Read more
Washington Report (March 24, 2015) Lawmakers are once trying to broaden the federal definition of who is a veteran. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., and Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., along with Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., have introduced legislation in both chambers that would allow National Guard and Reserve... Read more
Washington Report (March 24, 2015) Congress has until Friday to approve a bipartisan plan that would stave off a 21 percent cut in Medicare reimbursement for doctors that takes effect April 1. The reduction would also affect doctors who treat TRICARE patients. Without the fix, doctors may refuse to... Read more
Washington Report (March 24, 2015) At the urging of the NGAUS legislative director, lawmakers promised last week to investigate a disability-compensation claim process that seems to favor active-component members over those in the National Guard and Reserve. Retired Col. Pete Duffy brought up the... Read more
Washington Report (March 17, 2015) Several bills have been introduced to help veterans receive health care, find jobs and reunite with their adult children. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced the Veterans Access to Extended Care Act Monday that would roll back... Read more
Washington Report (March 17, 2015) TRICARE will stop paying for some prescription pain killers that include ingredients in compounded medications that it considers unsafe or ineffective. The changes will take effect May 1, according to a news release from TRICARE. The changes will affect only those... Read more
Washington Report (March 10, 2015) NGAUS has told senators with influence on defense issues that it supports much of what the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission recommended, but also made clear its concerns. In a letter last week, retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett told... Read more
Washington Report (March 10, 2015) Legislation introduced recently in the House and Senate address issues of importance to military members, including National Guardsmen, from tax credits to business loans and Agent Orange. - The Military Reserve Small Business Jobs Act of 2015 introduced by Sen.... Read more
Washington Report (March 3, 2015) NGAUS supports additional choices for health care for National Guard members who are enrolled in TRICARE, but more information about costs is necessary before the association would feel comfortable eliminating TRICARE, the NGAUS president told senators last week.... Read more

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