Mental Health Care

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 8, 2015) The problem of suicides in the military is a generational issue, not a military one, according to a study performed by two psychologists for the University of Utah's National Center for Veterans Studies. They made this conclusion after examining the many... Read more
Washington Report (December 1, 2015) A study published this week finds that evacuating injured and wounded troops by airplane out of combat zones to hospitals far away may increase the damage done by traumatic brain injury because of the changes in air pressure aboard the aircraft.   The study was... 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
Washington Report (October 6, 2015) 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.   New figures for the second quarter of this calendar year were... Read more
Washington Report (July 28, 2015) A bill passed Monday by the House would improve access to Veterans Affairs benefits for members of the military who have been sexually assaulted.    According to the Associated Press, the law says a statement by a survivor of military sexual assault would "be... Read more
Washington Report (July 14, 2015) Suicides in the National Guard during the first three months of 2015 were up from the same time period one year ago, according to the Defense Department Quarterly Suicide Report. The report also shows a drop in the number of suicides in both the active component... Read more
Washington Report (June 9, 2015) NGAUS is closely watching the Senate debate this week of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes an amendment that would give official veteran status to thousands of National Guard retirees who now fall outside the federal definition. This... Read more
Washington Report (June 9, 2015) The Senate voted recently to expand a program of the Department of Veterans Affairs that gives more veterans access to private care. The unanimous vote allows veterans to use the VA Choice program if they live within 40 miles of a VA facility that provides limited... Read more
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