Personnel & Benefits

Washington Report (March 10, 2015) NGAUS has told senators with influence on defense issues that it supports much of what the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission recommended, but also made clear its concerns. In a letter last week, retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett told... Read more
Washington Report (March 10, 2015) Legislation introduced recently in the House and Senate address issues of importance to military members, including National Guardsmen, from tax credits to business loans and Agent Orange. - The Military Reserve Small Business Jobs Act of 2015 introduced by Sen.... Read more
Washington Report (March 3, 2015) NGAUS supports additional choices for health care for National Guard members who are enrolled in TRICARE, but more information about costs is necessary before the association would feel comfortable eliminating TRICARE, the NGAUS president told senators last week.... Read more
Washington Report (February 24, 2015) Mistakes involving claims payments that are too high or too low are being missed by the TRICARE audit system, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office. The report was the subject of an article in Stars and Stripes last week. According to... Read more
Washington Report (February 18, 2015) The head of the Department of Veterans Affairs wants flexibility in how he can use $10 billion marked for the Choice Card program, which allows qualified veterans to seek health care from providers outside the VA. Secretary Robert McDonald said only 27,000... Read more
Washington Report (February 18, 2015) The Department of Veterans Affairs has hundreds of facilities that are underutilized or not being used at all, the VA secretary told lawmakers last week, and he wants to close them. Secretary Robert McDonald told the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs that... Read more
Washington Report (February 18, 2015) As tax season begins, Defense Department officials want to remind TRICARE beneficiaries of changes in the tax laws, which require all Americans to have health insurance or potentially pay a tax penalty. For the first time since the Affordable Care Act passed in... Read more
Washington Report (February 10, 2015) A commission's recommendation that TRICARE be abolished in favor of a system that offers more choice was questioned last week by Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee. The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission included the... Read more
Washington Report (February 10, 2015) The two senators from New Hampshire have asked the president to protect a new program that allows veterans to receive health care outside the Department of Veterans Affairs. The budget unveiled last week by President Barack Obama permits the VA to take money... Read more
The National Guard continues to have the highest reported rate of suicides in the military.   The 2013 Defense Department Suicide Event Annual Report released last month said that rates of suicides for the National Guard and Reserve components were 28.9 and 23.4 per 100,000, respectively. And due... Read more