Personnel & Benefits

Washington Report (February 3, 2015) The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to take money out of a new program designed to give veterans options for health care outside of the VA. The Veterans Choice program was created during the last Congress and funded with $10 billion. But the VA says... Read more
WASHINGTON (February 2, 2015) ― The National Guard Association of the United States today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president. “National Guardsmen nationwide applaud the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission for providing... Read more
By Ron Jensen January 30, 2015 NGAUS sees much that National Guardsmen might like in the report released Thursday by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, but the 15 recommendations made by panel members after two years of study and input from 150,000 interested parties... Read more
By Ron Jensen January 16, 2015 The National Guard lost 133 soldiers and airmen to suicide in 2013, according to a Defense Department report released Friday. That includes 119 soldiers and 14 airmen and represents an overall increase from 2012 when 130 Guardsmen took their own lives. That figure was... Read more
Washington Report (January 13, 2015) A bill addressing the issue of military suicides passed the House Monday. The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act is named for a Marine veteran who took his own life in 2011. If the bill becomes law, veterans will have greater access to mental health care, and... Read more
Washington Report (January 6, 2014) The Department of Veterans Affairs likely will not eliminate a backlog in benefits claims by the end of 2015, according to Army Times. Despite cutting the backlog in half since the start of 2013, the agency is not processing the claims fast enough to reach what... Read more
Washington Report (December 30, 2014) The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission is recommending modernizing the military's array of benefits for its members, according to the panel's spokesman. Jamie Graybeal told The Hill Monday that the report due at the White House Feb. 1... Read more
Washington Report (December 16, 2014)  A military suicide prevention bill named for an Indiana National Guardsman who killed himself in 2009 will become law when President Barack Obama signs the defense policy bill now on his desk. But one named for a former Marine who took his own life in 2011... Read more
Washington Report (December 9, 2014) The defense policy bill for fiscal 2015, which could be discussed today in the Senate after passing the House last week, has much for National Guardsmen to like, including a change to how Guard members can receive early retirement pay. Last week's Washington... Read more
By Ron Jensen December 5, 2014 National Guardsmen should be pleased with the fiscal 2015 defense policy bill hammered out in Congress and now awaiting action by the Senate after it was passed by the House. But it is clear the fight on critical issues is not over and NGAUS is preparing for another... Read more