Pay and Benefits

Washington Report (January 6, 2014) The Department of Veterans Affairs likely will not eliminate a backlog in benefits claims by the end of 2015, according to Army Times. Despite cutting the backlog in half since the start of 2013, the agency is not processing the claims fast enough to reach what... Read more
Washington Report (December 30, 2014) The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission is recommending modernizing the military's array of benefits for its members, according to the panel's spokesman. Jamie Graybeal told The Hill Monday that the report due at the White House Feb. 1... Read more
Washington Report (December 9, 2014) The defense policy bill for fiscal 2015, which could be discussed today in the Senate after passing the House last week, has much for National Guardsmen to like, including a change to how Guard members can receive early retirement pay. Last week's Washington... Read more
By Ron Jensen December 5, 2014 National Guardsmen should be pleased with the fiscal 2015 defense policy bill hammered out in Congress and now awaiting action by the Senate after it was passed by the House. But it is clear the fight on critical issues is not over and NGAUS is preparing for another... Read more
WASHINGTON (Dec. 2, 2014) —The National Guard Association of the United States today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president: “The compromise fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act now awaiting approval by the full House and Senate sends a... Read more
Washington Report (Dec. 2, 2014) The Air Force will not retire A-10 fighter aircraft and the Army will not transfer AH-64 Apache helicopters from the National Guard in the current fiscal year.   Those are two important highlights of the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act hammered out by... Read more
Washington Report (October 14, 2014) Revisions made to Pentagon travel rules went into effect this month and the result is often less money for service members on temporary duty. The biggest change is to the per diem rate reimbursement for lengthy TDYs. According to Army Times, a person on TDY... Read more
September 18, 2014 For many Army National Guard soldiers, September drill is back on. Most states had canceled training for September because of a $101 million shortfall nationwide in funds. But the National Guard Bureau received congressional approval Wednesday to shift money from one fund to... Read more
Washington Report (September 16, 2014) The National Guard is still waiting for approval from one congressional committee before it can shift funds around and possibly hold September drill. Most states canceled training for September because of a lack of money. But the National Guard Bureau... Read more
By Ron Jensen Sept. 10, 2014 Army National Guardsmen may have a drill weekend this month after all. Several states canceled the training for September because of a lack of money. But the National Guard Bureau has requested permission to shift money from one fund to the personnel account that... Read more