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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 Adam Maisel | June 3, 2014 | Senate, Veterans
In response to the Veterans' Affiiars inspector general’s interim report on patient deaths at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., introduced a comprehensive legislative package to address negligence of VA officials and correct serious problems in veterans’ access to health care. NGAUS supports the efforts by Sanders and the... Read Full Story
By Mary Catherine Ott | May 23, 2014 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Cyber Security, Defense Authorization, Department of Defense, Employment, equipment, funding, House of Representatives, military construction, modernization, Pay and Benefits, personnel, retirement, Senate, TRICARE, Veterans
The National Defense Authorization Act handily passed Thursday by the House of Representatives authorizes $552.1 billion in spending for national defense and an additional $79.4 billion for overseas contingency operations. The vote was 325 to 98. In addition to provisions mentioned previously, the final House bill includes several others supportive of the National Guard, including: An... Read Full Story
By Mary Catherine Ott | May 8, 2014 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Defense Authorization, Department of Defense, Domestic Response, equipment, funding, House of Representatives, modernization
A little after midnight, the House Armed Services committee (HASC) unanimously passed its version of the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This marks the 53rd consecutive year this piece of legislation has passed the defense committee, authorizing $521.3 billion dollars in national defense and an additional $79.4 billion for overseas contingency operations. This year’s... Read Full Story
By Adam Maisel | May 5, 2014 | Education, Employment, Pay and Benefits, Veterans
As the military continues its inevitable drawdown after 13 years of persistent conflict, both Congress and the Obama administration have renewed their focus on increasing civilian employment opportunities for veterans. As unemployment figures continue to improve nationally, veterans’ unemployment still remains a major concern. The unemployment rate for veterans who have served since 2001... Read Full Story
By Maj. Gen. Walter L. Stewart (Ret.) | May 1, 2014 | Army National Guard, Congress, Department of Defense
I remember 28th Infantry Division commanders and staffs using the phrase “fight smart and win” to describe what the United States military would have to do to defeat the Soviets.  At a disadvantage in manpower and matched in weaponry, smart was essential.   In the end we were, because other than occasional encounters in the sky and along borders, U.S. and Soviet forces... Read Full Story

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