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Washington Report (February 10, 2015) A current National Guardsman has joined a retired one to lead the House National Guard and Reserve Caucus. Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., was named last week to join Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., as co-chairmen of the group. Palazzo, who is an enlisted member of the... Read more
The National Guard continues to have the highest reported rate of suicides in the military.   The 2013 Defense Department Suicide Event Annual Report released last month said that rates of suicides for the National Guard and Reserve components were 28.9 and 23.4 per 100,000, respectively. And due... Read more
Washington Report (February 3, 2015) The Air Force will try again to remove the A-10 Thunderbolt II from its arsenal. In the president's budget released Monday, the service makes the same attempt it did last year to retire the aircraft, but, as happened last year, some members of Congress plan to... Read more
Washington Report (February 3, 2015) The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to take money out of a new program designed to give veterans options for health care outside of the VA. The Veterans Choice program was created during the last Congress and funded with $10 billion. But the VA says... Read more
WASHINGTON (February 2, 2015) ― The National Guard Association of the United States today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president. “National Guardsmen nationwide applaud the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission for providing... Read more
By Ron Jensen January 30, 2015 NGAUS sees much that National Guardsmen might like in the report released Thursday by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, but the 15 recommendations made by panel members after two years of study and input from 150,000 interested parties... Read more
Washington Report (January 27, 2015) The Air Force Inspector General's Office is investigating remarks reportedly made by a two-star general who said speaking highly of the A-10 aircraft to Congress is "treason." According to a blog post by a former Air Force officer, Maj. Gen. James Post, the vice... Read more
Washington Report (January 20, 2015)  Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James last week tried to minimize the role the A-10 fighter is playing in the war against the Islamic State. She said other aircraft are being used more often in the campaign against the militant group, but pointed out that 11... Read more
Washington Post (January 13, 2015) A bill addressing the issue of military suicides passed the House Monday. The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act is named for a Marine veteran who took his own life in 2011. If the bill becomes law, veterans will have greater access to mental health care, and... Read more
Washington Report (January 13, 2015)  The NGAUS legislative team continues to grow. One week after the inaugural participants in the NGAUS Fellowship Program started their tour in D.C., Delaware native Matt Pincus has joined the staff as the legislative manager for Air Guard programs. In this role... Read more

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