Veterans

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
The White House officially delivered its fiscal 2015 budget today, asking for increased taxes on the wealthy and slashing the payments to health providers. The $3.9 trillion budget also plans to raise revenue to repair the nation's roads and bridges. For the Pentagon’s piece of the pie—$495.6... Read more
In a briefing Monday afternoon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined key priorities in the fiscal 2015 defense budget. Highlights: Reduction of tactical air squadrons to include the entire A-10 fleet. Retire 80 more aircraft, including the entire KC-10 tanker fleet and the Global Hawk Block... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 18, 2014)  Congress easily passed and President Barack Obama quickly signed legislation that eliminates the cost-of-living cap placed on military retirement pay for working-age retirees. NGAUS supported the legislation. The Senate passed the bill 95-3 last week, one... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 7, 2014) Buried deep within an omnibus bill to be taken up on Capitol Hill this week is one sentence changing the federal government’s definition of veteran. “Any person who is entitled under chapter 1223 of title 10, United States Code, to retired pay for nonregular... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 26, 2013) The Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development announced last week that a new national report shows a 24-percent drop in homelessness among veterans since 2010. The report also showed an 8 percent reduction between January 2012 and... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 19, 2013) Another attempt to provide reserve-component members with earlier retirement pay has been introduced in the Senate, but it does not go as far as NGAUS would like. The Reserve Retirement Credit Correction amendment was created by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 12, 2013) President Barack Obama commemorated Veterans Day Monday at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., calling the holiday a reminder of the nation's "sacred obligation" to those who have "fought for our freedom and stood sentry for our security"... Read more
(Nov. 5, 2013) Several chain restaurants are offering free meals for veterans and service members on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, except where noted. Here is a list of those that have provided details to NGAUS: AppleBee’s — Veterans and service members get a free signature entrée at participating... Read more

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