Pay and Benefits

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 (June 2, 2015) Military brass is cautiously supporting an overhaul of the military retirement system, versions of which are found in both the House and Senate National Defense Authorization Acts for fiscal 2016, according to a report this week from Military Times. Pentagon leaders... Read more
Washington Report (June 2, 2015) The family of a Louisiana Army National Guardsman who was among 11 military members killed in the crash of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in March has been denied permission to have him buried at Arlington National Cemetery because of his duty status. A request for... Read more
Washington Report (June 2, 2015) The program that allows military members to transfer their GI Bill education benefit to a spouse or child should be examined, according to the Senate's version of the defense authorization bill. The bill includes language, but nothing binding, recommending the... Read more
Washington Report (May 19, 2015) The House passed its version of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act last week and the Senate will consider its final take on the bill next month. But the entire effort faces a White House veto threat. President Barack Obama has said he will quash any... Read more
Washington Report (May 12, 2015) NGAUS is supporting 24 amendments to the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act that will be debated this week by the full House.       The amendments include one that would maintain the Army National Guard end strength until Congress has time to study the... Read more
Washington Report (May 12, 2015) A Department of Veterans Affairs software system designed to shrink the backlog in disability claims is rewarding dishonest veterans who overstate their disabilities and receive payments far larger than they should. The Wall Street Journal today is quoting unnamed... Read more
Washington Report (May 5, 2015) It was nearly dawn Thursday when the House Armed Services Committee voted 60-2 to approve the committee's version of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. The full House should take up the bill next week, about the same time the Senate Armed Services... Read more
Washington Report (May 5, 2015) While Congress is on a course for a historic overhaul of the military retirement system, the man who wields the veto pen in the White House has his doubts. President Barack Obama told Congress in a letter last week that the 15 recommendations made by the Military... Read more

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