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Washington Report (December 16, 2014)  A military suicide prevention bill named for an Indiana National Guardsman who killed himself in 2009 will become law when President Barack Obama signs the defense policy bill now on his desk. But one named for a former Marine who took his own life in 2011... Read more
Washington Report (December 16, 2014) President Barack Obama will have the authority to decide whether a New York National Guardsman who fought in World War I will receive the nation's highest military honor for his bravery in France in 1918. The 2015 defense policy bill now on the president's desk... Read more
Last week Congress dodged a repeat of last year’s government shutdown by passing a measure that will fund the government over the next few months. The legislation was signed into law Friday by President Barack Obama. The House of Representatives passed the continuing resolution, also known as a CR... Read more
September 18, 2014 For many Army National Guard soldiers, September drill is back on. Most states had canceled training for September because of a $101 million shortfall nationwide in funds. But the National Guard Bureau received congressional approval Wednesday to shift money from one fund to... Read more
Washington Report (August 5, 2014) President Barack Obama is expected to sign into law a reform of the Department of Veterans Affairs that easily passed Congress last week. The reform includes several items of interest to National Guard members who live far from VA facilities or have been the... Read more
Washington Report (August 5, 2014) The backlog of claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs is partly the result of delays in getting medical records from the services to the VA, according to a report from the Defense Department inspector general. The report released last week put much of the... Read more
Washington Report (July 8, 2014) An unprecedented number of child immigrants illegally trying to cross the nation’s southern border have led some officials to call for more National Guard support in the area. Since October, more than 52,000 unaccompanied minors have been detained near the border... Read more
Washington Report (July 1, 2014) The White House requested $58.6 billion for overseas contingency operations last week, a drop of nearly $20 billion from last year's request as fighting in Afghanistan continues to wind down. The request arrived nearly five months after the president's defense... Read more
Washington Report (May 27, 2014) While the Air Force awaits the F-35 fifth-generation fighter, another aircraft may be on the horizon that could find an early fit in the Air National Guard. The Scorpion is slower and less advanced than the ballyhooed F-35, but it has the advantages of being cheaper... Read more
Washington Report (May 27, 2014) While it is fitting to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice on Memorial Day, it is also a time to remember those most directly affected by their deaths, President Barack Obama said Monday during Memorial Day observances at Arlington National Cemetery in... Read more

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