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Washington Report (February 24, 2015) Eighty men and women with expertise in national security have signed an open letter to House and Senate leaders to end the spending limits required by the Budget Control Act and adequately fund the military so it can address threats around the globe. Former... Read more
Washington Report (February 24, 2015) Veterans groups and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., are defending Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, against claims that she inflated her service in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ernst, a lieutenant colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard and a newly elected lawmaker, has... Read more
Washington Report (February 18, 2015) The head of the Department of Veterans Affairs wants flexibility in how he can use $10 billion marked for the Choice Card program, which allows qualified veterans to seek health care from providers outside the VA. Secretary Robert McDonald said only 27,000... Read more
Washington Report (February 18, 2015) The Department of Veterans Affairs has hundreds of facilities that are underutilized or not being used at all, the VA secretary told lawmakers last week, and he wants to close them. Secretary Robert McDonald told the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs that... Read more
Washington Report (February 10, 2015) The two senators from New Hampshire have asked the president to protect a new program that allows veterans to receive health care outside the Department of Veterans Affairs. The budget unveiled last week by President Barack Obama permits the VA to take money... Read more
Washington Report (February 10, 2015) A panel of government affairs strategists told National Guard legislative liaisons today that open lines of communication with congressional staff members are critical for success. Click here to view photos. Click here to view presentations/slides. Their... Read more
Washington Report (February 10, 2015) A current National Guardsman has joined a retired one to lead the House National Guard and Reserve Caucus. Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., was named last week to join Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., as co-chairmen of the group. Palazzo, who is an enlisted member of the... 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
Washington Report (February 3, 2015) The Air Force will try again to remove the A-10 Thunderbolt II from its arsenal. In the president's budget released Monday, the service makes the same attempt it did last year to retire the aircraft, but, as happened last year, some members of Congress plan to... Read more
Washington Report (February 3, 2015) The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to take money out of a new program designed to give veterans options for health care outside of the VA. The Veterans Choice program was created during the last Congress and funded with $10 billion. But the VA says... Read more

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