Personnel & Benefits

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
Washington Report (February 3, 2015) The Army National Guard would shrink by more than 8,000 soldiers under the fiscal 2016 budget released Monday by the White House. But the Air National Guard would gain 500 members. And those soldiers and airmen, along with all other military members and federal... Read more
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