Personnel & Benefits

Washington Report (May 12, 2015) The National Governors Association is asking Congress to wait for the results of an Army force structure study before approving legislation that would shrink the size of the Army National Guard and take away its AH-64 Apache helicopters. A statement from the NGA was... Read more
Washington Report (May 12, 2015) A Department of Veterans Affairs software system designed to shrink the backlog in disability claims is rewarding dishonest veterans who overstate their disabilities and receive payments far larger than they should. The Wall Street Journal today is quoting unnamed... Read more
Washington Report (May 12, 2015) Jobless figures for post-9/11 veterans were up slightly in April, but still remained below 7 percent for the fifth month in the last six, a rare streak of good employment news for veterans. The rate last month was 6.9 percent, up slightly from 6.5 percent in March,... Read more
Guardsmen encountering harmful toxins, biologics or viruses can develop illnesses in the natural course of those exposures, such as an Ebola exposure, resulting in the disease manifesting itself weeks later. Present Department of Veterans Affairs(VA) policy is that all exposures must result in... Read more
Washington Report (May 5, 2015) It was nearly dawn Thursday when the House Armed Services Committee voted 60-2 to approve the committee's version of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. The full House should take up the bill next week, about the same time the Senate Armed Services... Read more
Washington Report (May 5, 2015) While Congress is on a course for a historic overhaul of the military retirement system, the man who wields the veto pen in the White House has his doubts. President Barack Obama told Congress in a letter last week that the 15 recommendations made by the Military... Read more
Washington Report (May 5, 2015) Retired Col. Pete Duffy, the NGAUS legislative director, met Monday with Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and representatives from other organizations to push the lawmaker's "Servicemember and Veteran Mental Health Care Package," a trio of bills that would improve access... Read more
Washington Report (April 28, 2015) The House Armed Services Committee will spend much of Wednesday—and probably a few early hours of Thursday—compiling its version of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. The final proposal will include the panel's collective view on the Air Force's... Read more
Washington Report (April 28, 2015) The Department of Veterans Affairs has changed an oddly worded requirement for use of its Choice Card, which gives veterans the option of seeking health care from a civilian provider. Until last week, a veteran who used the card had to live at least 40 miles "as... Read more
Washington Report (April 21, 2015) NGAUS and four other organizations that together represent 3 million service members and veterans have asked the House and Senate committees on armed services to make major changes to the military retirement system. The groups signed a letter asking the lawmakers... Read more