Washington Report (April 28, 2015) The Department of Veterans Affairs has changed an oddly worded requirement for use of its Choice Card, which gives veterans the option of seeking health care from a civilian provider. Until last week, a veteran who used the card had to live at least 40 miles "as... Read more
Washington Report (April 21, 2015) NGAUS and four other organizations that together represent 3 million service members and veterans have asked the House and Senate committees on armed services to make major changes to the military retirement system. The groups signed a letter asking the lawmakers... Read more
Washington Report (April 21, 2015) As the House Armed Services Committee begins work in earnest this week on the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, a news report says the influential committee chairman may not consider reforms to the military retirement system. The committee and its... Read more
Washington Report (April 21, 2015) Three NGAUS staff members toured Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in nearby Bethesda, Md., last week. Rebecca Autrey and Brian Fornasar of the NGAUS communications staff were joined by 1st Lt. Charles Martin, a NGAUS Fellow.   The visit included a stop... Read more
  As the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel marks up this Thursday, April 23 and the full committee on April 29, NGAUS members will be watching very closely to see if the committee includes the retirement recommendations from the Commission on Military Compensation and Retirement... Read more
Joint letter in support of MCRMC
Washington Report (April 7, 2015) A study released last week found that duty in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq does not add to the risk of suicide. In fact, it found that military members who leave the service before the end of their first enlistments are most at risk. The study by the... Read more
Washington Report (March 31. 2015) Legislation now in Congress eases the burden of proof for military victims of sexual assault who seek help from the Department of Veterans Affairs for mental stress caused by the attack. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., introduced the Ruth Moore Act last week. It would... Read more
Washington Report (March 24, 2015) Lawmakers are once trying to broaden the federal definition of who is a veteran. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., and Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., along with Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., have introduced legislation in both chambers that would allow National Guard and Reserve... Read more
Washington Report (March 24, 2015) At the urging of the NGAUS legislative director, lawmakers promised last week to investigate a disability-compensation claim process that seems to favor active-component members over those in the National Guard and Reserve. Retired Col. Pete Duffy brought up the... Read more