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 Andrea Peterson | September 22, 2014 | Congress, Defense Appropriations, funding, House of Representatives, military construction, Senate, White House
Last week Congress dodged a repeat of last year’s government shutdown by passing a measure that will fund the government over the next few months. The legislation was signed into law Friday by President Barack Obama. The House of Representatives passed the continuing resolution, also known as a CR, Sept. 17. The Senate passed it the following day. The measure will fund the federal... Read Full Story
By Anne Armstrong | September 19, 2014 | NGEF
On September 18, 2014, NGEF unveiled its second art exhibit in an ongoing program to showcase National Guardsmen on mission throughout the country and the world.  The broad scope of citizen-soldiers who serve in the National Guard bring talent and ability not only to their duty in uniform but also in their civilian lives. The mission of the National Guard Educational Foundation includes... Read Full Story
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