Veterans

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
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

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