Veterans

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
NGAUS Washington Report (Nov. 20, 2012) Pete Duffy, the NGAUS acting legislative director, says there is still hope this year for S. 491, the Honor America's Guard-Reserve Retirees Act of 2011, a bill that would recognize as veterans reserve-component retirees who served 20 years. Current law... Read more
Via USA Today: Story Highlights Unemployment for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan remains a problem National Guardsmen juggle jobs and repeated deployments Vets must translate military skills into experience October 23. 2012 - LOUISVILLE — More than nine months after returning from a... Read more
Via Army Times: The Senate was unable to pass the bill that would provide a cost-of-living adjustment in veterans’ compensation before Congress left town on Sept. 22 for a six-week pre-election break, raising the possibility that the payment increases could be late. The postponed bill would provide... Read more
Check out a clip from Gov. Romney's speech at the NGAUS Conference on 9/11!
Last year, Congress included a bipartisan amendment, sponsored by Senators Blunt (R-MO) and Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), in the National Defense Authorization Act to protect members of the National Guard under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. This... Read more
NGAUS Welcomes Arizona National Guard to DC Today, NGAUS welcomed 40 young officers from the Arizona National Guard to the National Guard Memorial building here in Washington, DC where they listened to a Legislative Briefing from Acting Director, Pete Duffy, and a Membership Briefing from... Read more
Tying into last week's post, and in response to a growing interest from our member, NGAUS has further analyzed further flaws in the Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation (QRMC).  Issue in Focus: Pay Current drill pay structure already compensates for significant differences between active... Read more

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