Personnel & Benefits

NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 19, 2013) National Guard members would have an easier time finding federal jobs if an amendment to the Senate defense authorization act becomes law. The amendment co-sponsored by Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., would offer preference hiring... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 19, 2013) Delaying full retirement pay for the active component would fund earlier retirement pay for members of the reserve component, the NGAUS legislative director told a commission exploring military compensation last week. Pete Duffy spoke before the Commission... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 19, 2013) An amendment to the Senate defense authorization bill would limit the effects of sequestration in 2014 in exchange for lower defense spending growth for several more years. The amendment being considered by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Jeff Sessions,... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 12, 2013) President Barack Obama commemorated Veterans Day Monday at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., calling the holiday a reminder of the nation's "sacred obligation" to those who have "fought for our freedom and stood sentry for our security"... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 12, 2013) The service chiefs were blunt last week when they appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee, telling the lawmakers that continued cuts under sequestration would have a serious impact on the battlefield. Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff,... Read more
(Nov. 5, 2013) Several chain restaurants are offering free meals for veterans and service members on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, except where noted. Here is a list of those that have provided details to NGAUS: AppleBee’s — Veterans and service members get a free signature entrée at participating... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 5, 2013) Bills now or soon to be introduced in Congress address emergency-room reimbursement and dental care for veterans, as well as the permanent funding of death benefits in case of another government closure. The legislative efforts were reported in Army Times.... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 5, 2013) With painkiller addiction on the rise among its troops, the Defense Department will allow TRICARE to pay for broader treatment of the addiction. The rule that goes into effect Nov. 21 allows TRICARE to pay for certain drug treatments used in substance abuse... Read more
A recent TIME Magazine article by Mark Thompson, “Reshaping the Army,"  argues that the United States Army is at a crossroads, struggling to find its role in an uncertain budgetary future.  After over a decade of conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq, an Asian “pivot” that focuses primarily on increased... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 29, 2013) Legislation that would grant veteran's status to all National Guard and Reserve retirees has passed its first major hurdle. The House on Oct. 28 passed the Honor America's Guard-Reserve Retirees Act, which gives all those with 20 years of service in the... Read more

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