Congress

Imagine pulling up to your local pharmacy as you do every month to pick up your prescription. However, this time the pharmacist informs you that TRICARE says you are not currently covered. Amidst your frustrations, you quickly call TRICARE only for them to ask one simple question: “Has your duty... Read more
Washington Report (March 8, 2016) Service members diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic-brain injury could not be discharged from the military if a bill introduced last week in the House becomes law, according to a report in Military Times. The legislation introduced by a... Read more
Washington Report (February 9, 2016) Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., says the proposed pay raise of 1.6 percent for military members is "ridiculous" and vows to push for an increase. The President's Budget for fiscal 2017 was released today, but word had leaked ahead of time that it would include the pay... Read more
Washington Report (Feb. 9, 2016) A full house of state National Guard association executive directors is attending the 19th NGAUS Legislative Workshop today at the National Guard Memorial, the NGAUS headquarters in Washington, D.C., where they will hear from lawmakers, defense leaders and other... Read more
Washington Report  (January 19, 2016) The Council of Governors is asking defense leaders in Congress to repeal a section of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act that would turn National Guard dual-status technicians into civilian employees of the federal government. Gov. Terry E.... Read more
(Jan. 14) The retirement of the A-10 from the Air Force arsenal will be put on hold because of its important role in the battle against ISIS and the resurgent Taliban, according to a report by DefenseOne, a website that reports on military issues. The article published online Wednesday says the... Read more
Washington Report  (January 12, 2016) Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., have introduced legislation that would allow veterans of the Women Airforce Service Pilots to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The WASPs was organized during World War II and its pilots flew... Read more
Washington Report (January 5, 2016) First Lt. Heather Bennett of the Mississippi National Guard and 1st Lt. Aaron Wood of the West Virginia National Guard have joined the NGAUS staff for one year as part of the NGAUS Legislative Fellows program. They will spend 2016 getting a close look at how... Read more
Washington Report (December 29, 2015) Following a two-year review of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the Defense Department Monday forwarded to Congress a legislative proposal outlining a number of reforms.   According to a news release announcing the proposed changes, the proposal is based... Read more
Congress completed its work on the fiscal 2016 federal budget Friday and President Barack Obama signed the measure into law the same day. It provides funding for all government agencies, including the Defense Department, through Sept. 30, 2016.  The budget, which is for $1.1 trillion, includes $514... Read more

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