Personnel & Benefits

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
Washington Report (April 21, 2015) As the House Armed Services Committee begins work in earnest this week on the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, a news report says the influential committee chairman may not consider reforms to the military retirement system. The committee and its... Read more
Washington Report (April 21, 2015) Lawmakers last week did what they have not been able to do for more than 17 years. They approved a plan to prevent a large cut in payments to doctors who treat Medicare and TRICARE patients. President Barack Obama signed the bill into law Thursday. The law repairs... Read more
Washington Report (April 14, 2015) Congress has returned to the nation's capital and work is expected to begin again on the defense bills. Military Times says service members should not expect to see recommendations from the panel on compensation included in the budget. Also, a pay raise of 1.3... Read more
The National Guard Association of the United States strongly supports the retirement recommendations within the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization (MCRMC) report released in January this year. These recommendations would bring about long-awaited compensation reform to the deserving... Read more
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

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