Personnel & Benefits

Washington Report (April 7, 2015) A study released last week found that duty in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq does not add to the risk of suicide. In fact, it found that military members who leave the service before the end of their first enlistments are most at risk. The study by the... Read more
Washington Report (April 7, 2015) Brad Carson, most recently the undersecretary of the Army, has been chosen by President Barack Obama to lead the Pentagon's personnel shop. According to Military Times, Carson will become acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. The position is... Read more
Washington Report (April 7, 2015) Army officials are changing the service's tattoo policy, and under the new guidelines soldiers will be allowed to have ink on their legs and arms. Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, made the announcement last week at a conference in Huntsville, Ala.... Read more
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