Personnel & Benefits

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
WASHINGTON (Dec. 2, 2014) —The National Guard Association of the United States today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president: “The compromise fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act now awaiting approval by the full House and Senate sends a... Read more
Washington Report (Dec. 2, 2014) The Air Force will not retire A-10 fighter aircraft and the Army will not transfer AH-64 Apache helicopters from the National Guard in the current fiscal year.   Those are two important highlights of the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act hammered out by... Read more
Washington Report (October 28, 2014) As committees in the House and Senate meet to find common ground between each chamber's version of the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, the Defense Department has made its opinion known on about 90 issues, sometimes agreeing and often disagreeing... Read more
“The statutory missions of Selective Service are to be prepared to provide trained and untrained personnel to the DoD in the event of a national emergency …” That is the first part of the Selective Service System’s mission statement, and it’s with that goal in mind that I write this blog. I’m... Read more
Washington Report (October 14, 2014) Revisions made to Pentagon travel rules went into effect this month and the result is often less money for service members on temporary duty. The biggest change is to the per diem rate reimbursement for lengthy TDYs. According to Army Times, a person on TDY... Read more