Personnel & Benefits

Washington Report (July 21, 2015) The National Commission on the Future of the Army will likely recommend to Congress a smoother path for service members to move between the active and reserve components. Retired Gen. Carter Ham, the panel's chairman, told Army Times last week that easing the... Read more
Washington Report (July 21, 2015) The Department of Veterans Affairs credits a change in eligibility for an increase in appointments under the Veterans Choice program.   According to Military Times, the figures jumped from April to June because the program was opened to veterans who must drive at... Read more
Washington Report (July 14, 2015) Congressional leaders say it's likely the House and Senate will not pass a budget before the end of the fiscal year. Instead, Congress is headed towards a continuing resolution to keep spending at current levels at the start of fiscal 2016.    "I don't want to do... Read more
Washington Report (July 14, 2015) Congress easily passed last week legislation to create an identification card for all honorably discharged service members. Supporters say the bill, now awaiting the signature of the president, will allow veterans to quickly prove their honorable service if they... Read more
Washington Report (July 14, 2015) Army Guardsmen's personal information was inadvertently compromised when a contract employee transferred files to a data center that is not accredited by the Defense Department, the National Guard Bureau said last week.    All current and former members of the Army... Read more
Washington Report (June 30, 2015) The House of Representatives could vote this summer to curb abuse of the GI Bill by helicopter training programs across the country. The bill has been approved by the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, according to The Los Angeles Times.   The legislation is HR... Read more
Washington Report (June 30, 2015) Citizen-soldiers and airmen were successful in nominating their employers for the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. Nine of the 15 winners were nominated by members of the National Guard.   The award is presented annually by Employer Support... Read more
Washington Report (June 23, 2015) The Senate passed its version of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act Thursday, and the measure includes some key language in support of the National Guard. The bill, among other things, prevents the Army from transferring any of the Guard's remaining... Read more
Washington Report (June 23, 2015) Rep. Garret Graves, R-La., plans to introduce a bill today that would allow a member of the reserve component who dies in a training status to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery if they are killed alongside a member of the active component. His legislation... Read more
Washington Report (June 16, 2015) The family of a Louisiana Army National Guardsman killed during training earlier this year will be able to bury him at Arlington National Cemetery after all, John McHugh announced Friday. McHugh, the secretary of the Army, granted an exception to the policy that... Read more

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