Veterans

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
NGAUS Washington Report (July 23, 2013) In his address Monday to the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called on the nation’s 22 million veterans to become partners in helping the Defense Department work through “historic transition and change.” Every... Read more
(July 19, 2013) Legislation was introduced in both chambers of Congress Thursday that would give National Guardsmen and members of the Reserve preferred credit for federal civilian jobs. Veterans of the active component already receive five additional points in the federal hiring process for their... Read more
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

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