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Washington Report (May 19, 2015) A New York National Guard member and one of the Harlem Hellfighters from World War I will be awarded the Medal of Honor next month during a ceremony at the White House. Pvt. Henry Johnson will receive the medal for his actions while serving as a member of Company C... 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
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
Washington Report (May 5, 2015) The chief of the National Guard Bureau sounded a warning about the impact of sequestration on the National Guard in testimony to a Senate subcommittee last week. "I am concerned that under sequestration, the nation will have its smallest National Guard since the end... Read more
Washington Report (April 21, 2015) NGAUS and four other organizations that together represent 3 million service members and veterans have asked the House and Senate committees on armed services to make major changes to the military retirement system. The groups signed a letter asking the lawmakers... Read more
Washington Report (April 21, 2015) Lawmakers last week did what they have not been able to do for more than 17 years. They approved a plan to prevent a large cut in payments to doctors who treat Medicare and TRICARE patients. President Barack Obama signed the bill into law Thursday. The law repairs... Read more
Washington Report (April 21, 2015) President Barack Obama has been asked by 25 state and territory seconds-in-command to rethink the Army's proposal in the fiscal 2016 budget to cut manpower in the Army National Guard by 8,000 and move its AH-64 Apache helicopters to the active component. The... Read more
  As the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel marks up this Thursday, April 23 and the full committee on April 29, NGAUS members will be watching very closely to see if the committee includes the retirement recommendations from the Commission on Military Compensation and Retirement... Read more
Washington Report (April 14, 2015) Congress has returned to the nation's capital and work is expected to begin again on the defense bills. Military Times says service members should not expect to see recommendations from the panel on compensation included in the budget. Also, a pay raise of 1.3... Read more
Washington Report (April 14, 2015) The United States remains the world's leader in defense spending despite a drop of 20 percent since 2010, according to a report released Monday from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Meanwhile, China, Russia and Saudi Arabia have significantly... Read more

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