Veterans

NGAUS Washington Report (July 16, 2013) Bills introduced in the House and Senate last week target discrimination in employment and housing for current or former military service. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., both introduced the Veterans and Service Members... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 16, 2013) Pete Duffy, the NGAUS legislative director, attended as a White House invitee the Veterans and Military Family Mental Health Conference held last week in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Highlights were a briefing by Department of Veterans Affairs... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 9, 2013) The jobless rate for veterans of the post-9/11 era continued to drop last month. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an unemployment rate of 7.2 percent for those veterans, continuing a trend that began early this year when the rate was 11.7 percent in... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (June 25, 2013) Problems have greeted the new provider of services in the TRICARE West Region and a Senate leader wants to know why. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who leads the Senate Budget Committee, wants a review of the contract awarded to UnitedHealthcare Military &... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (June 25, 2013) Pete Duffy, the NGAUS legislative director, blamed the stubborn rate of suicides in the military on a lack of interest and funding. He took part Saturday in an event marking National PTSD Awareness Day in the shadow of the nation’s capitol in Washington, D.C... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (June 18, 2013) Funerals for Air Force retirees and Air National Guardsmen who die while not on active duty have become victims of the budget woes in the Pentagon.  The honor team sent by the service to attend the funeral will include only two airmen instead of the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (June 18, 2013) Researchers have found physical evidence for Gulf War illness, which has plagued thousands of veterans of the war to push Iraq out of Kuwait in 1991. Neurological damage has been found in veterans reporting symptoms related to the mysterious malady,... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (April 30, 2013) The giant number of claims not yet processed by the Department of Veterans Affairs has the attention of just about everyone, from veterans organizations to members of Congress. And, it seems, the VA itself has taken notice. The VA announced that it will... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (April 30, 2013) Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., has introduced legislation to ease the professional certification and licensing process in the civilian job market for veterans who have had similar training while in uniform. The Troop Talent Act of 2013, H.R. 1796, joins a... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (April 23, 2013) Members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee will vote Thursday on whether retired National Guard and Reserve members officially can call themselves veterans. A unanimous vote of approval is expected from the committee’s subcommittee on disability... Read more

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