Veterans

  2015 has seen a myriad of bills and amendments that affect our nation's veterans. Congress has introduced and passed many bills that not only address challenges within the Veterans Administration, but also focus on increased services and benefits. Although one of NGAUS' highest priorities was to... Read more
Washington Report (August 11, 2015) All veterans could receive health care from private providers and send the bill to the federal government under legislation introduced this month by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.    Called the Permanent VA Choice Card Act, the senator's bill does away with... Read more
Washington Report  (August 11, 2015) The Senate has a new caucus that will focus on issues related to veterans and military members, from reform of the Department of Veterans Affairs to sexual assault in the ranks. The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Caucus was unveiled Monday, according to a report... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 4, 2015) President Barack Obama signed a bill Friday after the Senate passed legislation last week that gives veterans and their families more freedom when saving for health care. The legislation passed by a vote of 91-4. Previously, an individual with a high... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 4, 2015) The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee unanimously passed the Veterans Entrepreneurial Transition (VET) Act of 2015 last week that would allow veterans to use their GI Bill benefits to start small businesses. As reported by The Hill, the bill... Read more
Washington Report (July 28, 2015) Congressional leaders say the House and Senate will not come to an agreement on the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act before members head back to their home states for August recess.    "We're going into September at this point," Rep. Adam Smith, D-... Read more
Washington Report (July 28, 2015) A bill passed Monday by the House would improve access to Veterans Affairs benefits for members of the military who have been sexually assaulted.    According to the Associated Press, the law says a statement by a survivor of military sexual assault would "be... Read more
Washington Report (July 21, 2015) The Department of Veterans Affairs credits a change in eligibility for an increase in appointments under the Veterans Choice program.   According to Military Times, the figures jumped from April to June because the program was opened to veterans who must drive at... Read more
Washington Report (July 14, 2015) Congressional leaders say it's likely the House and Senate will not pass a budget before the end of the fiscal year. Instead, Congress is headed towards a continuing resolution to keep spending at current levels at the start of fiscal 2016.    "I don't want to do... Read more
Washington Report (July 14, 2015) Suicides in the National Guard during the first three months of 2015 were up from the same time period one year ago, according to the Defense Department Quarterly Suicide Report. The report also shows a drop in the number of suicides in both the active component... Read more

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