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Washington Report (June 9, 2015) The Senate voted recently to expand a program of the Department of Veterans Affairs that gives more veterans access to private care. The unanimous vote allows veterans to use the VA Choice program if they live within 40 miles of a VA facility that provides limited... Read more
Washington Report (June 2, 2015) Military brass is cautiously supporting an overhaul of the military retirement system, versions of which are found in both the House and Senate National Defense Authorization Acts for fiscal 2016, according to a report this week from Military Times. Pentagon leaders... Read more
Washington Report (June 2, 2015) New National Guard heritage paintings have been erased from the Pentagon budget by the Senate Armed Services Committee and its chairman, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., according to a report in Roll Call, a publication that covers Capitol Hill. The committee's version of... Read more
Washington Report (June 2, 2015) The program that allows military members to transfer their GI Bill education benefit to a spouse or child should be examined, according to the Senate's version of the defense authorization bill. The bill includes language, but nothing binding, recommending the... Read more
Washington Report (May 26, 2015) The NGAUS president addressed the initial public hearing last week of the National Commission on the Future of the Army in Arlington, Va. Retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett offered five recommendations for the panel to consider. The eight-member panel was created by... Read more
By Ron Jensen May 20, 2015 The NGAUS president told a commission created to study the Army’s structure that the service can rely on an accessible Army National Guard for the foreseeable future. Retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett told the National Commission on the Future of the Army, “I think we have... Read more
WASHINGTON (May 20, 2015) — The National Guard Association of the United States today offered the National Commission on the Future of the Army five basic recommendations to fully leverage the capabilities and cost-effectiveness of the Army National Guard. Retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS... Read more
Washington Report (May 19, 2015) The House passed its version of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act last week and the Senate will consider its final take on the bill next month. But the entire effort faces a White House veto threat. President Barack Obama has said he will quash any... Read more
Washington Report (May 19, 2015) Gen. Mark A. Milley, the commander of Army Forces Command, has been nominated to become the next Army chief of staff. Milley's nomination was announced by Defense Secretary Ash Carter during a press briefing at the Pentagon. Carter described the nominee as a "... Read more
Washington Report (May 19, 2015) Retired Col. Mike Waite, who has been the NGAUS legislative deputy director for one year, takes charge of the department Wednesday. Waite follows retired Col. Pete Duffy, who will retire at the end of next month after more than eight years on the NGAUS legislative... Read more

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