The NGAUS Blog

Commentary on what’s happening in Washington, D.C., at NGAUS, and around the globe that pertains to our members and the National Guard.

By Heather Bennett | March 23, 2016 | Congress, Families, insurance, Pay and Benefits, personnel, TRICARE
Imagine pulling up to your local pharmacy as you do every month to pick up your prescription. However, this time the pharmacist informs you that TRICARE says you are not currently covered. Amidst your frustrations, you quickly call TRICARE only for them to ask one simple question: “Has your duty status changed?” Once that reality hits, you gather yourself to call DEERS. You wait... Read Full Story
By Grace Washbourne | October 29, 2015 | Veterans
  NGAUS had the privledge of participating in a VSO Roundtable hosted by Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Tim Walz this week.  NGAUS indicated its strong support for the following bills: S.715 (Senator Donnelly) THE SERVICEMEMBERS AND VETERAN’S MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDER ASSESSMENT ACT, requires DoD and VA to: (1) conduct annual evaluations of the implementation... Read Full Story
By Rebecca Autrey | October 9, 2015 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Families, personnel
A story in Tuesday's Washington Report newsletter began with a sobering fact. "Fifty-six National Guard members took their own lives during the first six months of 2015, according to the Pentagon's Quarterly Suicide Report. At the same time one year ago, the figure was 42." The report was released Sept. 30, the last day of Suicide Prevention Month. And though both numbers... Read Full Story
By Deborah Lee James | September 10, 2015 | Air National Guard, Department of Defense
Our United States Air Force has been continuously engaged in combat operations for over two decades. These operations persist today and will continue for the foreseeable future.  While our tempo remains high, our budget continues to shrink. Current fiscal realities and a new generation of American airmen have made it imperative to evolve. A critical part of our evolution will be to make... Read Full Story
By Grace Washbourne | August 13, 2015 | Veterans
  2015 has seen a myriad of bills and amendments that affect our nation's veterans. Congress has introduced and passed many bills that not only address challenges within the Veterans Administration, but also focus on increased services and benefits. Although one of NGAUS' highest priorities was to secure veterans status for those have served for twenty years,... Read Full Story