Veterans

Washington Report (May 3, 2016) National Guard veterans who did not spend time on Title 10 duty would qualify as veterans under the federal definition if a large legislative package approved by a Senate panel becomes law. The Veterans First Act was unveiled last week by the Senate Veterans Affairs... Read more
Washington Report (April 19, 2016) Lawmakers have addressed a variety of issues of interest to veterans and service members, from access to medical marijuana to footwear to fertility assistance. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., added an amendment to the Department of Veterans Affairs appropriations bill... Read more
Washington Report (April 19, 2016) Maj. Gen. Marta Carcana, the adjutant general of Puerto Rico, accompanied by veterans of the 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the Borinqueneers, placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery last week. At an earlier ceremony at the... Read more
Washington Report (April 12, 2016) Veterans of the 65th Infantry Regiment, a unit of the Puerto Rico Army National Guard, will be presented Wednesday with the Congressional Gold Medal for the unit’s display of bravery during the Korean War. The medal is the highest civilian honor Congress can award... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report  (April 5, 2016) Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the new Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal for the battle against ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, during the U.S. Central Command change-of-command ceremony last week. The medal is retroactive to June 15, 2014,... Read more
(April 1) Service members taking part in Operation Inherent Resolve are eligible for a new medal. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal during the U.S. Central Command change-of-command ceremony Wednesday. The medal will be awarded to service members who serve... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 29, 2016) At the urging of Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the Department of Veterans Affairs has modified a policy that had been causing a financial hardship for many reserve-component members who receive both VA benefits and drill pay. Because they are not permitted to... Read more
Washington Report (March 22, 2016) Combat veterans waiting for approval of their health-care claims from the Department of Veterans Affairs can use the telephone to complete their applications, the VA announced last week. The new method of application is open now to combat veterans, but will be... Read more
Washington Report (March 15, 2016) Men and women who leave the military should have longer access to the benefits available through Military OneSource, a Pentagon official told the acting secretary of the Army last week. Rosemary Williams, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for military... Read more
Washington Report (March 8, 2016) Service members diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic-brain injury could not be discharged from the military if a bill introduced last week in the House becomes law, according to a report in Military Times. The legislation introduced by a... Read more

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