Veterans

Washington Report (May 27, 2014) While the Air Force awaits the F-35 fifth-generation fighter, another aircraft may be on the horizon that could find an early fit in the Air National Guard. The Scorpion is slower and less advanced than the ballyhooed F-35, but it has the advantages of being cheaper... Read more
Washington Report (May 27, 2014) While it is fitting to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice on Memorial Day, it is also a time to remember those most directly affected by their deaths, President Barack Obama said Monday during Memorial Day observances at Arlington National Cemetery in... Read more
The National Defense Authorization Act handily passed Thursday by the House of Representatives authorizes $552.1 billion in spending for national defense and an additional $79.4 billion for overseas contingency operations. The vote was 325 to 98. In addition to provisions mentioned previously, the... Read more
As the military continues its inevitable drawdown after 13 years of persistent conflict, both Congress and the Obama administration have renewed their focus on increasing civilian employment opportunities for veterans. As unemployment figures continue to improve nationally, veterans’ unemployment... Read more
Washington Report (April 8, 2014) More than half of the veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq know someone who either successfully or unsuccessfully tried suicide. Also, more than half say their physical or mental health is worse than it was before they went to war. But nearly 90 percent... Read more
Washington Report (April 1, 2014) It may not seem like good news for a veteran waiting—and waiting—for a disability claim to be processed, but the Department of Veterans Affairs says it has reached an important milestone in its effort to reduce the backlog of claims in 2015. Army Times is reporting... Read more
When the old Hasbro cartoon GI Joe used to wrap, they always ended with the slogan, “Knowing is half the battle.” After more than a decade of war, we recognize that to be true. Whether you’re talking about knowing the terrain, the enemy, or the mission, or simply knowing yourself, Guardsmen excel... Read more
Washington Report (March 18, 2014) Several senators focused on reducing the backlog of benefits claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs are pushing for legislation designed to do just that. Members of the Senate’s VA Backlog Working Group seek passage of the 21st Century Veterans Benefits... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 11, 2014)  Retired Col. Pete Duffy, the NGAUS legislative director, told a panel of lawmakers last week that it should change the federal government's formal definition of a veteran because it shortchanges those who serve honorably in the reserve component.   The... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 4, 2014) Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said last week he will continue to fight for improved benefits for veterans after Republicans blocked a bill that would have expanded programs such as education, health care and job training. “I am going to keep fighting,” Sanders... Read more

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