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Washington Report (March 3, 2015) NGAUS supports additional choices for health care for National Guard members who are enrolled in TRICARE, but more information about costs is necessary before the association would feel comfortable eliminating TRICARE, the NGAUS president told senators last week.... Read more
Washington Report (March 3, 2015) The National Governors Association has told the president that state executives oppose the Army's plan to cut the size of the Army National Guard by 8,000 and remove all of its AH-64 Apache helicopters, calling the proposals found in the president's 2016 fiscal... Read more
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

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