Veterans

Washington Report (July 26, 2016) About 1,000 American service members died in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2011 because military doctors lacked sufficient skills in caring for trauma patients, according to a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. When not... Read more
Washington Report (July 12, 2016) Veterans status is one of two important pieces of legislation that have hit a snag in Congress. Current law requires Guardsmen and Reservists to serve at least 179 days on federal active duty for other than training to be considered a veteran, regardless of how... Read more
Washington Report (June 28, 2016) NGAUS and its members are now more directly connected than ever through the association’s website at www.ngaus.org. In a move NGAUS members have been asking for, they have easier access to their membership profiles and prospective members can quickly join through... Read more
Washington Report (June 28, 2016) The Department of Veterans Affairs suicide hotline failed to respond to almost 30 percent of text messages sent as a test by the Government Accountability Office. The GAO released a report Monday several months after an inspector general’s report found that some... Read more
Washington Report (June 14, 2016) Experts say the increased suicide rate in the military may never return to lower levels it saw just after 9/11. They told USA Today that the current pace of suicides in the ranks may be the "new normal." The Army's suicide rate for active-duty soldiers averaged... Read more
Washington Report (June 7, 2016) Unemployment for veterans of the post-9/11 era was 4 percent in May, a record low level, according to Army Times, which cited government data. The previous low was 4.1 percent in the previous month. The nation’s unemployment rate fell from 5 percent in April to 4.7... Read more
Washington Report (June 7, 2016) Two years after a top official with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service proposed that all honorably discharged veterans be allowed to shop at the exchange online store, the Pentagon has still not moved forward. “The policy has identified some things that need to... Read more
Washington Report (May 31, 2016) In his last Memorial Day ceremony before leaving office, President Barack Obama delivered a short speech after a wreath-laying ceremony Monday at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. “Here at Arlington, the deafening sounds of combat have... Read more
“It turned darker than midnight.” On the morning of May 18, 1980, a 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook Mt. St. Helens, causing an eruption of hot smoke and ash to shoot 80,000 feet into the air over the southwestern part of Washington state.   Pete Holmberg, a former aeroscout in a cavalry unit in... Read more
It goes without saying that speedy and ongoing access to mental health care is extremely important for military members and veterans. Often, mental-health illness is overlooked or hushed away. In light of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, we’ve detailed some mental-health initiatives. Suicide... Read more

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