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Washington Report (June 23, 2015) The Senate passed its version of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act Thursday, and the measure includes some key language in support of the National Guard. The bill, among other things, prevents the Army from transferring any of the Guard's remaining... Read more
Washington Report (June 23, 2015) Rep. Garret Graves, R-La., plans to introduce a bill today that would allow a member of the reserve component who dies in a training status to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery if they are killed alongside a member of the active component. His legislation... Read more
Washington Report (June 16, 2015) The family of a Louisiana Army National Guardsman killed during training earlier this year will be able to bury him at Arlington National Cemetery after all, John McHugh announced Friday. McHugh, the secretary of the Army, granted an exception to the policy that... Read more
Washington Report (June 16, 2015) The House passed a defense spending bill June 11 that has funds for several unique National Guard efforts, including border-security operations, the State Partnership Program (SPP), the Youth ChalleNGe Program and Counterdrug Program. The Senate is expected to take... Read more
Washington Report (June 9, 2015) NGAUS is closely watching the Senate debate this week of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes an amendment that would give official veteran status to thousands of National Guard retirees who now fall outside the federal definition. This... Read more
Washington Report (June 9, 2015) Secretary of the Army John McHugh will leave his job in November, according to news reports. The former Republican lawmaker from New York was appointed to the post by President Barack Obama in September 2009. In the wake of the announcement Monday, Defense News... Read more
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

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