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Washington Report (March 10, 2015) Legislation introduced recently in the House and Senate address issues of importance to military members, including National Guardsmen, from tax credits to business loans and Agent Orange. - The Military Reserve Small Business Jobs Act of 2015 introduced by Sen.... Read more
Washington Report (March 10, 2015) Top Air Force officers, including Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, spent last week talking about the service's close-air support mission, but focused on using F-15s and F-16s for the mission, not the A-10 Thunderbolt, which has long... Read more
By Rebecca Autrey March 4, 2015 The Air Force told Congress today it is either in the process of implementing or agrees with the principle behind almost all of the 42 recommendations made last year by the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force. In a report to lawmakers, the Secretary... Read more
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

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