Families

NGAUS Washington Report (March 29, 2016) At the urging of Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the Department of Veterans Affairs has modified a policy that had been causing a financial hardship for many reserve-component members who receive both VA benefits and drill pay. Because they are not permitted to... Read more
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 (December 29, 2015) Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, released the following holiday message on Christmas Day:   My Fellow Guardsmen,   As we celebrate this holiday season and draw 2015 to a close, I extend my warmest greetings, deep gratitude and best... Read more
Washington Report (December 29, 2015) President Barack Obama and the first lady spent part of Christmas with Marines, sailors and family members at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The president and Michelle Obama are on holiday with their daughters in Hawaii, where the president was born.   "This is one... Read more
Washington Report (Dec. 15, 2015) The telephone rang at the headquarters of CONAD—the Continental Air Defense Command—one December day in 1955. It was a little girl hoping to talk to Santa Claus. An advertisement encouraging children to call Santa had one digit wrong in the telephone number. The... Read more
WASHINGTON (Dec. 3, 2015) — A representative for three military associations that give voice to 1.1 million National Guardsmen and Reservists told a House panel this morning that military health-care reform must address the unique challenges faced by reserve-component service members. “Most... Read more
Washington Report (November 24, 2015) Members of a congressional panel tasked with looking at military pay and compensation said Nov. 18 the current system does not meet the needs of today's all-volunteer force.    Three Republican commissioners on the Military Compensation and Retirement... Read more
Washington Report (November 24, 2015) In a video message posted to Facebook Sunday, National Guard leaders urged soldiers and airmen to check in with each other throughout his holiday season.     The holidays are a time for "great celebration," said Gen. Frank J. Grass, chief of the National Guard... Read more
A story in Tuesday's Washington Report newsletter began with a sobering fact. "Fifty-six National Guard members took their own lives during the first six months of 2015, according to the Pentagon's Quarterly Suicide Report. At the same time one year ago, the figure was 42." The report was released... Read more
Washington Report (September 29, 2015) President Barack Obama's signature is all that remains for fathers of fallen service members and those permanently disabled to receive preferential hiring status for jobs with the federal government. The Gold Star Fathers Act recently passed the House after... Read more

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