Veterans

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
NGAUS Washington Report (March 26, 2013) Arkansas is leading the effort in the Senate to grant veteran status to all National Guard and Reserve retirees. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., last month reintroduced the Honor America’s Guard-Reserve Retirees Act, which would give... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 12, 2013) The NGAUS president told a congressional panel last week that employers discriminate against National Guard and Reserve members. Retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr. told a joint session of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs committees that current... Read more
A new analysis from Lauren Bailey at the Department of Veterans Affairs breaks down the falling unemployment rates for all veterans across the nation. The unemployment rate for all Veterans was 7.0 percent—still below the national average of 7.8 percent.  For post-9/11 veterans, the rate was 10.8 ... Read more
(Jan. 7, 2013) An improving economy and a focus on hiring military veterans are credited with a significant drop in veteran unemployment in 2012. The annual average for veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq was 9.9 percent last year, down from 12.1 percent in 2011, according to Bureau of... Read more
Yesterday the Senate began debate and consideration of S.3254, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  The managers of the bill and ranking members on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ) brought the bill to the floor in the hopes that they... Read more

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