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Disasters in our homeland can occur at any time. Yet we now pretend that they will not occur between July 8 and Sept. 30 because the National Guard is being forced to furlough the military personnel who enable the military response to disasters in each of our states. Under the sequester and in... Read more
The challenges and opportunities of the National Guard's changing environment suggest the need for enhanced capacity to act as one voice - that is, to chart strategic directions and mobilize the National Guard community around those directions. The NGAUS strategic plan sets the direction for... Read more
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will decide soon on the length of the furlough affecting over 800,000 DoD civilian employees, including National Guard military technicians. After the initial announcement that DoD would furlough its civilians for 22 weeks through September 30, Hagel reduced the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 12, 2013) The NGAUS president told a congressional panel last week that employers discriminate against National Guard and Reserve members. Retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr. told a joint session of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs committees that current... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 19, 2013) Sequestration and a yearlong continuing resolution would significantly hinder the National Guard’s ability to protect and defend the homeland, Gen. Frank J. Grass told the Senate Armed Services Committee last week. “Sequestration will be devastating to the... Read more
A new analysis from Lauren Bailey at the Department of Veterans Affairs breaks down the falling unemployment rates for all veterans across the nation. The unemployment rate for all Veterans was 7.0 percent—still below the national average of 7.8 percent.  For post-9/11 veterans, the rate was 10.8 ... Read more
(Jan. 7, 2013) An improving economy and a focus on hiring military veterans are credited with a significant drop in veteran unemployment in 2012. The annual average for veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq was 9.9 percent last year, down from 12.1 percent in 2011, according to Bureau of... Read more
Yesterday the Senate began debate and consideration of S.3254, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  The managers of the bill and ranking members on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ) brought the bill to the floor in the hopes that they... Read more
Via USA Today: Story Highlights Unemployment for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan remains a problem National Guardsmen juggle jobs and repeated deployments Vets must translate military skills into experience October 23. 2012 - LOUISVILLE — More than nine months after returning from a... Read more
Last year, Congress included a bipartisan amendment, sponsored by Senators Blunt (R-MO) and Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), in the National Defense Authorization Act to protect members of the National Guard under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. This... Read more

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