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NGAUS Washington Report (March 11, 2014)  Retired Col. Pete Duffy, the NGAUS legislative director, told a panel of lawmakers last week that it should change the federal government's formal definition of a veteran because it shortchanges those who serve honorably in the reserve component.   The... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 4, 2014) Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said last week he will continue to fight for improved benefits for veterans after Republicans blocked a bill that would have expanded programs such as education, health care and job training. “I am going to keep fighting,” Sanders... Read more
The White House officially delivered its fiscal 2015 budget today, asking for increased taxes on the wealthy and slashing the payments to health providers. The $3.9 trillion budget also plans to raise revenue to repair the nation's roads and bridges. For the Pentagon’s piece of the pie—$495.6... Read more
In a briefing Monday afternoon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined key priorities in the fiscal 2015 defense budget. Highlights: Reduction of tactical air squadrons to include the entire A-10 fleet. Retire 80 more aircraft, including the entire KC-10 tanker fleet and the Global Hawk Block... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 25, 2014) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s rollout of the Pentagon budget Monday prompted quick and angry responses from several quarters. Especially targeted were plans to cut to the size of the Army National Guard, the transfer of AH-64 Apache helicopters from the... Read more
WASHINGTON (Feb. 24, 2014) ― The National Guard Association of the United States today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president: “We are disappointed, but hardly surprised, that today’s Pentagon budget preview ignores the advice of Congress and the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 18, 2014) Sen. Roy. Blunt, R-Mo., is seeking the signatures of his Senate colleagues on a letter asking Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to resolve the squabble between the Army and the Army National Guard over force structure and aviation assets for the Guard that will... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 18, 2014) The head of the Association of the United States Army says a commission to study the structure is a bad idea that might hurt readiness. Retired Gen. Gordon Sullivan, a former Army chief of staff, made his feelings known in a letter last week to Rep. John... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 18, 2014)  Congress easily passed and President Barack Obama quickly signed legislation that eliminates the cost-of-living cap placed on military retirement pay for working-age retirees. NGAUS supported the legislation. The Senate passed the bill 95-3 last week, one... Read more
(Feb. 4, 2014) (Feb. 4, 2014) NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 11, 2014) Retired Brig. Gen. John Walsh, who has been serving as the lieutenant governor of Montana, was to be sworn in today as a member of the U.S. Senate. The former adjutant general of Montana was appointed to the position Friday... Read more

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