Families

Washington Report (June 24, 2014) All veterans who served honorably would save money by shopping online at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service if an idea proposed by the exchange director is approved. The Defense Department, which must give the go-ahead on the benefit expansion, is weighing... Read more
Washington Report (May 13, 2014) Two U.S. senators on the Senate Armed Services Committee have introduced legislation aimed at strengthening mental health care for members of the military. Wednesday, Sens. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., introduced the Jacob Sexton Military... Read more
(May 2, 2014) In the midst of helping fellow Arkansans recover after devastating tornadoes last weekend, the state’s National Guardsmen have been dealing with loss of their own.   One airman lost his life protecting his family. And a soldier in the Army National Guard lost her home and her... Read more
Washington Report (April 8, 2014) More than half of the veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq know someone who either successfully or unsuccessfully tried suicide. Also, more than half say their physical or mental health is worse than it was before they went to war. But nearly 90 percent... Read more
Washington Report (April 1, 2014) It may not seem like good news for a veteran waiting—and waiting—for a disability claim to be processed, but the Department of Veterans Affairs says it has reached an important milestone in its effort to reduce the backlog of claims in 2015. Army Times is reporting... Read more
Washington Report (April 1, 2013) Another temporary solution to a nagging problem that could affect TRICARE users has been passed by Congress. One week after the House gave the so-called “doc fix” legislation its approval, the Senate voted Monday evening to pass the bill and send it to 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 (Dec. 23, 2013) NGAUS will continue to fight the cut to some military retirement pay found in the Bipartisan Budget Act that passed Congress last week. The bill is awaiting the president’s signature. The legislation, which softens the impact of sequestration and prevents... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 17, 2013) The Pentagon has determined it can save $120 million a year if TRICARE For Life users fill some prescriptions by mail. The government last week published an interim rule requiring retirees and family members age 65 and older to fill maintenance prescriptions... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 3, 2013) Undocumented family members of people in the military now have a smoother road to the green card that gives them status as a permanent resident. The policy from the administration of President Barack Obama went into effect last month, according to a story in... Read more

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