Veterans

Washington Report (March 24, 2015) Lawmakers are once trying to broaden the federal definition of who is a veteran. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., and Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., along with Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., have introduced legislation in both chambers that would allow National Guard and Reserve... Read more
Washington Report (March 24, 2015) At the urging of the NGAUS legislative director, lawmakers promised last week to investigate a disability-compensation claim process that seems to favor active-component members over those in the National Guard and Reserve. Retired Col. Pete Duffy brought up the... Read more
Washington Report (March 17, 2015) Several bills have been introduced to help veterans receive health care, find jobs and reunite with their adult children. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced the Veterans Access to Extended Care Act Monday that would roll back... Read more
Washington Report (March 17, 2015) Operation Freedom's Sentinel is now a qualifying operation for award of the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, according to a Defense Department news release. In a memorandum signed last week, Jessica Wright, the... Read more
Washington Report (March 10, 2015) NGAUS has told senators with influence on defense issues that it supports much of what the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission recommended, but also made clear its concerns. In a letter last week, retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett told... Read more
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 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 (February 24, 2015) Mistakes involving claims payments that are too high or too low are being missed by the TRICARE audit system, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office. The report was the subject of an article in Stars and Stripes last week. According to... 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

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