Personnel & Benefits

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
In a briefing Monday afternoon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined key priorities in the fiscal 2015 defense budget. Highlights: Reduction of tactical air squadrons to include the entire A-10 fleet. Retire 80 more aircraft, including the entire KC-10 tanker fleet and the Global Hawk Block... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 25, 2014) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s rollout of the Pentagon budget Monday prompted quick and angry responses from several quarters. Especially targeted were plans to cut to the size of the Army National Guard, the transfer of AH-64 Apache helicopters from the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 25, 2104) Governors who met with President Barack Obama Monday say he defended cuts to the National Guard found in the fiscal 2015 defense budget proposal released the same day. “He said, ‘If I hear any of you pushing back, making statements about Washington spends... Read more
WASHINGTON (Feb. 24, 2014) ― The National Guard Association of the United States today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president: “We are disappointed, but hardly surprised, that today’s Pentagon budget preview ignores the advice of Congress and the... Read more

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