Legislation

  I was in the room Wednesday as Defense Secretary Ash Carter revealed his plan to reform the structure of the military at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank in Washington, D.C. In his talk, “Breaking New Ground: Preparing the DOD for the Future,” Carter said it was... Read more
By Heather Bennett and Aaron Wood (EDITOR’S NOTE: 1st Lt. Heather Bennett of the Mississippi National Guard and 1st Lt. Aaron Wood of the West Virginia National Guard are participating in the NGAUS Fellows Program. They will spend this year on the NGAUS staff for a close look at the federal... Read more
Imagine pulling up to your local pharmacy as you do every month to pick up your prescription. However, this time the pharmacist informs you that TRICARE says you are not currently covered. Amidst your frustrations, you quickly call TRICARE only for them to ask one simple question: “Has your duty... Read more
  NGAUS had the privledge of participating in a VSO Roundtable hosted by Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Tim Walz this week.  NGAUS indicated its strong support for the following bills: S.715 (Senator Donnelly) THE SERVICEMEMBERS AND VETERAN’S MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDER ASSESSMENT ACT, ... Read more
A story in Tuesday's Washington Report newsletter began with a sobering fact. "Fifty-six National Guard members took their own lives during the first six months of 2015, according to the Pentagon's Quarterly Suicide Report. At the same time one year ago, the figure was 42." The report was released... Read more
Our United States Air Force has been continuously engaged in combat operations for over two decades. These operations persist today and will continue for the foreseeable future.  While our tempo remains high, our budget continues to shrink. Current fiscal realities and a new generation of American... Read more
  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
For many of us, summertime means long days and lazy nights, but the warm weather can also bring added stress with kids being out of school and needing to be entertained, planning for vacation, and even having to choose between an abundance of events and gatherings. People can experience stress for... Read more
Guardsmen encountering harmful toxins, biologics or viruses can develop illnesses in the natural course of those exposures, such as an Ebola exposure, resulting in the disease manifesting itself weeks later. Present Department of Veterans Affairs(VA) policy is that all exposures must result in... Read more
In January, the Senate formally recognized the reality of climate change. This move officially justified the need for our military to be prepared for future service in increasingly unpredictable climatic conditions. For example, a change in the geography of Arctic ice cover has the potential to... Read more

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