Pay and Benefits

Washington Report (May 17, 2016) Legislation supported by NGAUS would allow reserve-component members to make the full allowable contributions to their Thrift Savings Plan in the military without affecting the amount they put in a 401(k) plan in their civilian job. The Servicemember Retirement... Read more
It goes without saying that speedy and ongoing access to mental health care is extremely important for military members and veterans. Often, mental-health illness is overlooked or hushed away. In light of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, we’ve detailed some mental-health initiatives. Suicide... Read more
“My VA is about keeping veterans at the table: In control of how, when and where they wish to be served.” - VA Secretary Robert McDonald “My VA” is how Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald described his ideal standard of care when speaking today about his vision for an... Read more
Washington Report (May 3, 2016) Financial experts are telling the Pentagon that the reformed military retirement plan would shortchange career service members, especially those in the enlisted ranks, according to a report this week from Military Times. While National Guard members continue to wait... Read more
Washington Report (April 19, 2016) The Democratic presidential candidates, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., added their voices to the chorus opposing cuts to Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, which are in a House bill that includes other services for veterans.... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 29, 2016) Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, told Congress to delay a plan that would remove some dual-status technicians from the Guard and make them civilian employees of the federal government. The plan in the fiscal 2016 National Defense... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 29, 2016) At the urging of Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the Department of Veterans Affairs has modified a policy that had been causing a financial hardship for many reserve-component members who receive both VA benefits and drill pay. Because they are not permitted to... Read more
Imagine pulling up to your local pharmacy as you do every month to pick up your prescription. However, this time the pharmacist informs you that TRICARE says you are not currently covered. Amidst your frustrations, you quickly call TRICARE only for them to ask one simple question: “Has your duty... Read more
Washington Report (March 22, 2016) Legislation introduced by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., would cap interest rates for troops on loans, mortgages and credit cards at 3 percent, according to a report from Military Times. Those eligible for hostile-fire pay or imminent-danger pay would pay no interest... Read more
Washington Report (March 15, 2016) The Department of Labor is trying to identify people who are using the Post 9/11 GI Bill education benefits and collecting unemployment benefits so they can stop the jobless pay. The agency is trying to enforce a law passed last year that was part of the fiscal... Read more

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