Families

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
NGAUS Washington Report (July 16, 2013) Secretary of the Army John McHugh warned last week that sequestration continues to threaten military readiness. "The furlough will have a degrading effect on the readiness of the Guard. That's inescapable," McHugh said during a visit Friday to the District... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 16, 2013) Pete Duffy, the NGAUS legislative director, attended as a White House invitee the Veterans and Military Family Mental Health Conference held last week in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Highlights were a briefing by Department of Veterans Affairs... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 9, 2013) A comprehensive campaign aimed at helping National Guard units combat sexual assault has been launched by the National Guard Bureau in an effort to protect victims and eradicate the behavior from its ranks. "We are helping the states with training and... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 9, 2013) The jobless rate for veterans of the post-9/11 era continued to drop last month. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an unemployment rate of 7.2 percent for those veterans, continuing a trend that began early this year when the rate was 11.7 percent in... Read more
I read with interest the opinion piece by Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in The Washington Post last week. In The Military Needs to Reach Out to Civilians, the general remarked on the need for a better relationship between the military and the civilian population... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (June 25, 2013) Problems have greeted the new provider of services in the TRICARE West Region and a Senate leader wants to know why. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who leads the Senate Budget Committee, wants a review of the contract awarded to UnitedHealthcare Military &... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (June 25, 2013) The winners of the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award have been announced. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Defense Department agency, honors the top employers each year with the award. ESGR had 2,899 nominations from Guard... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (June 25, 2013) Delta Dental, which administrates the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP), has announced that it will be extending its benefit year from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31. Delta will also be prorating benefits this year from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31. This will not increase a... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (June 25, 2013) Pete Duffy, the NGAUS legislative director, blamed the stubborn rate of suicides in the military on a lack of interest and funding. He took part Saturday in an event marking National PTSD Awareness Day in the shadow of the nation’s capitol in Washington, D.C... Read more

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