The NGAUS Blog

Commentary on what’s happening in Washington, D.C., at NGAUS, and around the globe that pertains to our members and the National Guard.

By Rebecca Autrey | October 9, 2015 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Families, personnel
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 Sept. 30, the last day of Suicide Prevention Month. And though both numbers... Read Full Story
By Deborah Lee James | September 10, 2015 | Air National Guard, Department of Defense
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 airmen have made it imperative to evolve. A critical part of our evolution will be to make... Read Full Story
By Grace Washbourne | August 13, 2015 | 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 secure veterans status for those have served for twenty years,... Read Full Story
By Dr. Carolyn Greene | June 30, 2015 | Veterans
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 many different reasons and in a variety of ways. The pressures and demands of family and friends,... Read Full Story
By Maj. Wes Carter (Ret.) | May 7, 2015 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, personnel, Veterans
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 illness during a Guardsman's military duties. If the servicemember has returned... Read Full Story