Families

NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 20, 2013) The Defense Department will extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and  civilian employees. After a review of the department’s benefit policies following the Supreme Court’s ruling that part of the Defense of Marriage Act is... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 13, 2013) President Barack Obama told a gathering of disabled veterans Saturday that the budget battle looming in Washington, D.C., puts care for veterans at risk. Although the Department of Veterans Affairs was exempted from the across-the-board cuts known as... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 13, 2013) The Defense Department is putting together a working group to look into the epidemic of child abuse in the military. The Prevention and Coordinated Community Response to Child Abuse, Neglect and Domestic Abuse Working Group was reported this week in Army... Read more
NGAUS Washington Post (Aug. 6, 2013) The Associated Press has learned that furloughs facing Defense Department civilians, including 48,000 uniformed National Guard dual-status technicians, have been cut from 11 days to six. The report was circulated early this afternoon. The AP quotes officials... Read more
NGAUS Washington Post (Aug. 6, 2013) The first few months of 2013 saw a drop in military suicides from the previous year, but officials are not ready to say the decline is a trend, according to a report in Army Times. The Defense Department Suicide Prevention Office reported 157 suicide deaths... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 30, 2013) NGAUS believes an amendment to the fiscal 2014 National Defense Appropriations Act, H.R. 2397, is an important first step to ending the current furlough of National Guard dual-status military technicians and preventing their recurrence in the future. The... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 23, 2013) Guard members who want to transfer their GI Bill benefits to a family member after Aug. 1 will be required to spend six more years in uniform. Active-component members will have a four-year obligation. The Army Times explained the benefit this week. The... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 23, 2013) In his address Monday to the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called on the nation’s 22 million veterans to become partners in helping the Defense Department work through “historic transition and change.” Every... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 16, 2013) Legislation in both chambers of Congress offers an alternative to a plan by TRICARE Management Activity at the Pentagon to remove tens of thousands of beneficiaries from the TRICARE Prime program. NGAUS supports the legislative efforts and made that known... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 16, 2013) Bills introduced in the House and Senate last week target discrimination in employment and housing for current or former military service. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., both introduced the Veterans and Service Members... Read more

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