Washington Report (February 18, 2015) The Department of Veterans Affairs has hundreds of facilities that are underutilized or not being used at all, the VA secretary told lawmakers last week, and he wants to close them. Secretary Robert McDonald told the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs that... Read more
By Rebecca Autrey February 12, 2015 The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee said he’ll continue to fight for adequate funding of National Guard priorities during remarks at NGAUS headquarters Tuesday. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., addressed the issue at the 2015 Legislative Liaison Workshop.... Read more
Washington Report (February 10, 2015) A commission's recommendation that TRICARE be abolished in favor of a system that offers more choice was questioned last week by Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee. The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission included the... Read more
Washington Report (February 10, 2015) The two senators from New Hampshire have asked the president to protect a new program that allows veterans to receive health care outside the Department of Veterans Affairs. The budget unveiled last week by President Barack Obama permits the VA to take money... Read more
Washington Report (February 10, 2015) A panel of government affairs strategists told National Guard legislative liaisons today that open lines of communication with congressional staff members are critical for success. Click here to view photos. Click here to view presentations/slides. Their... Read more
Washington Report (February 10, 2015) Two members of the House, including a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard, have told their colleagues that sequestration is hurting military readiness and called for the automatic budget cuts to be lifted from defense spending. "We believe alleviating the... Read more
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