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By Ron Jensen January 16, 2015 The National Guard lost 133 soldiers and airmen to suicide in 2013, according to a Defense Department report released Friday. That includes 119 soldiers and 14 airmen and represents an overall increase from 2012 when 130 Guardsmen took their own lives. That figure was... Read more
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 (Dec. 2, 2014) —The National Guard Association of the United States today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president: “The compromise fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act now awaiting approval by the full House and Senate sends a... Read more
Washington Report (Dec. 2, 2014) The Air Force will not retire A-10 fighter aircraft and the Army will not transfer AH-64 Apache helicopters from the National Guard in the current fiscal year.   Those are two important highlights of the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act hammered out by... Read more
Washington Report (September 30, 2014) The acting director of the Army National Guard said the service must continue to address the problem of suicide. Maj. Gen. Judd H. Lyons spoke during an event at Arlington Hall Station in Virginia, the headquarters of the Army Guard and the National Guard... Read more
Washington Report (September 16, 2014) The National Guard is still waiting for approval from one congressional committee before it can shift funds around and possibly hold September drill. Most states canceled training for September because of a lack of money. But the National Guard Bureau... Read more
Washington Report (Sept. 9, 2014) The new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs wants to reform his agency by the time Veterans Day arrives in November. Robert McDonald, who has been on the job about a month, returned from a tour of VA facilities around the country determined to change... Read more
Washington Report (September 3, 2014) A budget shortfall is forcing most if not all states to postpone drill this month for members of the Army National Guard. According to Guard officials, there is not enough money in the fiscal 2014 budget to pay for September training.  The National Guard... Read more
Washington Report (July 29, 2014) Fifteen employers have been recognized for their support of employees who serve in the National Guard or the Reserve. They will receive the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award during a ceremony in September at the Pentagon. The award is made... Read more
Right now is a very good time for every member of the National Guard to stand up and be counted. The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, established by the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, is currently conducting a review of all military compensation and... Read more

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