Veterans

After a 16-day government shutdown and just before the U.S. was set to reach its borrowing limit, Congress cleared, and the president signed H.R. 2775, the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014, a measure to reopen the government and lift the debt ceiling. The law funds the government through January... Read more
By Retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr. Congress and the president have an opportunity over the next two weeks to right a wrong enacted two years ago when they saddled the federal government with sequestration. Sequestration was their clumsy effort to reduce the nation’s deficit through automatic... Read more
(Oct. 2, 2013) National Guardsmen will not have weekend drills as long as the government shutdown continues, NGAUS has been told. The funding for inactive duty training is not available as long as the federal government remains partially inoperative. Some states anticipated the shutdown and moved... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 1, 2013) Service members will not miss a paycheck during the shutdown of the federal government that began at midnight Monday when Congress failed to come up with a budget or a continuing resolution to continue funding government services and programs. But veterans... Read more
(Sept. 13, 2013) President Barack Obama has assured members of the military that any changes to the Pentagon’s compensation and retirement package will not affect them, unless they choose to take advantage of any preferable benefits that may result. In a letter to the Military Retirement and... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 27, 2013) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel vowed last week to protect the GI Bill for post-9/11 veterans, which he helped write when he was a U.S. senator. He was answering a question from a Marine during a visit to Hawaii about a specific part of the law, but chose to... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 13, 2013) President Barack Obama told a gathering of disabled veterans Saturday that the budget battle looming in Washington, D.C., puts care for veterans at risk. Although the Department of Veterans Affairs was exempted from the across-the-board cuts known as... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 13, 2013) The National Defense University Foundation in Washington, D.C., is offering to put veterans with young businesses or ideas for new businesses in touch with investors willing to put up money to get the ventures off the ground. The Veterans Venture Forum was... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 6, 2013) The Department of Veterans Affairs is defending itself against charges that it inappropriately denies claims from C-123 crew members who say they were exposed to Agent Orange after the Vietnam War. According to a lengthy article in The Washington Post Sunday... Read more
NGAUS Washington Post (Aug. 6, 2013) The first few months of 2013 saw a drop in military suicides from the previous year, but officials are not ready to say the decline is a trend, according to a report in Army Times. The Defense Department Suicide Prevention Office reported 157 suicide deaths... Read more

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