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 Peter Duffy | August 19, 2014
According to the Veterans’ Affairs Department, about one in five female veterans have told their health care providers that they experienced military sexual trauma (one in one hundred for males). This type of trauma can lead to PTSD, depression, substance abuse, headaches, chronic pain, chronic fatigue and more. The recently-passed legislation to reform the Veterans’ Affairs... Read Full Story
By Rebecca Autrey | August 15, 2014 | NGAUS Conference
The 136th General Conference & Exhibition kicks off next week. We’ll come together in Chicago Aug. 22 to 25 with National Guardsmen from each state, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for a few days of networking, business and, yes, fun. The conference theme is “The National Guard: Now More Than Ever.” That’s been the NGAUS... Read Full Story
By Grace Washbourne | July 8, 2014 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Defense Appropriations, Defense Authorization, Department of Defense, Education, Families, House of Representatives, insurance, modernization, Pay and Benefits, personnel, retirement, Senate, TRICARE, Veterans
Right now is a very good time for every member of the National Guard to stand up and be counted. The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, established by the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, is currently conducting a review of all military compensation and retirement systems. This Commission is tasked to submit a report, containing a comprehensive... Read Full Story
By Mary Catherine Ott | July 2, 2014 | Air National Guard, Department of Defense, equipment, funding, modernization, personnel
This month, Air Combat Command (ACC) put out its 2014 Strategic Plan. Gen. Gilmary M. Hostage, the ACC commander, stated the plan is “my twofold guidance to: (1) optimally organize, train and provide combat ready forces and (2) manage and deliver the capabilities required to secure the high ground for our military forces to deliver dominant combat airpower for our Nation.” This plan... Read Full Story
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