NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 4, 2015) The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee unanimously passed the Veterans Entrepreneurial Transition (VET) Act of 2015 last week that would allow veterans to use their GI Bill benefits to start small businesses. As reported by The Hill, the bill... Read more
Washington Report (July 28, 2015) Congressional leaders say the House and Senate will not come to an agreement on the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act before members head back to their home states for August recess.    "We're going into September at this point," Rep. Adam Smith, D-... Read more
Washington Report (July 28, 2015) A bill passed Monday by the House would improve access to Veterans Affairs benefits for members of the military who have been sexually assaulted.    According to the Associated Press, the law says a statement by a survivor of military sexual assault would "be... Read more
Washington Report (July 21, 2015) The Department of Veterans Affairs credits a change in eligibility for an increase in appointments under the Veterans Choice program.   According to Military Times, the figures jumped from April to June because the program was opened to veterans who must drive at... Read more
Washington Report (July 14, 2015) Congressional leaders say it's likely the House and Senate will not pass a budget before the end of the fiscal year. Instead, Congress is headed towards a continuing resolution to keep spending at current levels at the start of fiscal 2016.    "I don't want to do... Read more
Washington Report (July 14, 2015) Suicides in the National Guard during the first three months of 2015 were up from the same time period one year ago, according to the Defense Department Quarterly Suicide Report. The report also shows a drop in the number of suicides in both the active component... Read more
Washington Report (July 14, 2015) Congress easily passed last week legislation to create an identification card for all honorably discharged service members. Supporters say the bill, now awaiting the signature of the president, will allow veterans to quickly prove their honorable service if they... Read more
Washington Report (July 14, 2015) Army Guardsmen's personal information was inadvertently compromised when a contract employee transferred files to a data center that is not accredited by the Defense Department, the National Guard Bureau said last week.    All current and former members of the Army... Read more
Washington Report (July 7, 2015) Congress has a lot of work ahead of it following the Fourth of July recess, from high-profile Pentagon confirmations to defense spending bills. It has nondefense issues, like highway funding, to address, as well.   Topping the defense list is the fiscal 2016... Read more
Washington Report (June 30, 2015) Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., was praised last week by colleagues and friends, including the vice president, during his Air Force retirement ceremony at the National Guard Memorial, the NGAUS headquarters in Washington, D.C.   The guest list included some of the... Read more