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 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
By Charles Martin | April 22, 2015 | Army Commission, Army National Guard
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 create junctions where international powers will grapple for newly accessible natural resources. This... Read Full Story
By Peter Duffy | April 20, 2015 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Defense Authorization, Department of Defense, Families, House of Representatives, MCRMC, Pay and Benefits, personnel, Senate, Veterans
  As the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel marks up this Thursday, April 23 and the full committee on April 29, NGAUS members will be watching very closely to see if the committee includes the retirement recommendations from the Commission on Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization.  NGAUS appreciates the Commission's incorporation of elements of both... Read Full Story