Mental Health Care

Washington Report (May 5, 2015) Retired Col. Pete Duffy, the NGAUS legislative director, met Monday with Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and representatives from other organizations to push the lawmaker's "Servicemember and Veteran Mental Health Care Package," a trio of bills that would improve access... Read more
Washington Report (April 28, 2015) The Department of Veterans Affairs has changed an oddly worded requirement for use of its Choice Card, which gives veterans the option of seeking health care from a civilian provider. Until last week, a veteran who used the card had to live at least 40 miles "as... Read more
Washington Report (April 7, 2015) A study released last week found that duty in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq does not add to the risk of suicide. In fact, it found that military members who leave the service before the end of their first enlistments are most at risk. The study by the... Read more
Washington Report (March 31. 2015) Legislation now in Congress eases the burden of proof for military victims of sexual assault who seek help from the Department of Veterans Affairs for mental stress caused by the attack. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., introduced the Ruth Moore Act last week. It would... Read more
Washington Report (March 24, 2015) At the urging of the NGAUS legislative director, lawmakers promised last week to investigate a disability-compensation claim process that seems to favor active-component members over those in the National Guard and Reserve. Retired Col. Pete Duffy brought up the... Read more
Washington Report (March 3, 2015) NGAUS supports additional choices for health care for National Guard members who are enrolled in TRICARE, but more information about costs is necessary before the association would feel comfortable eliminating TRICARE, the NGAUS president told senators last week.... Read more
By Rebecca Autrey February 12, 2015 The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee said he’ll continue to fight for adequate funding of National Guard priorities during remarks at NGAUS headquarters Tuesday. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., addressed the issue at the 2015 Legislative Liaison Workshop.... Read more
The National Guard continues to have the highest reported rate of suicides in the military.   The 2013 Defense Department Suicide Event Annual Report released last month said that rates of suicides for the National Guard and Reserve components were 28.9 and 23.4 per 100,000, respectively. And due... Read more
By Ron Jensen January 16, 2015 The National Guard lost 133 soldiers and airmen to suicide in 2013, according to a Defense Department report released Friday. That includes 119 soldiers and 14 airmen and represents an overall increase from 2012 when 130 Guardsmen took their own lives. That figure was... Read more
Washington Report (January 13, 2015) A bill addressing the issue of military suicides passed the House Monday. The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act is named for a Marine veteran who took his own life in 2011. If the bill becomes law, veterans will have greater access to mental health care, and... Read more

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