Veterans

Washington Report (May 19, 2015) The House passed its version of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act last week and the Senate will consider its final take on the bill next month. But the entire effort faces a White House veto threat. President Barack Obama has said he will quash any... Read more
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 12, 2015) NGAUS is supporting 24 amendments to the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act that will be debated this week by the full House.       The amendments include one that would maintain the Army National Guard end strength until Congress has time to study the... Read more
Washington Report (May 12, 2015) A Department of Veterans Affairs software system designed to shrink the backlog in disability claims is rewarding dishonest veterans who overstate their disabilities and receive payments far larger than they should. The Wall Street Journal today is quoting unnamed... Read more
Guardsmen encountering harmful toxins, biologics or viruses can develop illnesses in the natural course of those exposures, such as an Ebola exposure, resulting in the disease manifesting itself weeks later. Present Department of Veterans Affairs(VA) policy is that all exposures must result in... Read more
Washington Report (May 5, 2015) It was nearly dawn Thursday when the House Armed Services Committee voted 60-2 to approve the committee's version of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. The full House should take up the bill next week, about the same time the Senate Armed Services... 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) A study has found that people who have served in the military are more likely to vote and spend more hours as volunteers than nonveterans. The Veteran Civic Health index was done by the Got Your Six campaign, a nonprofit effort, and the National Conference on... Read more
Washington Report (April 28, 2015) The House Armed Services Committee will spend much of Wednesday—and probably a few early hours of Thursday—compiling its version of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. The final proposal will include the panel's collective view on the Air Force's... Read more

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