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
Washington Report (September 29, 2015) President Barack Obama's signature is all that remains for fathers of fallen service members and those permanently disabled to receive preferential hiring status for jobs with the federal government. The Gold Star Fathers Act recently passed the House after... Read more
Washington Report  (August 11, 2015) After the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force recently changed their policies regarding leave for new mothers, the Army is reviewing its policy for both new mothers and new fathers.   There is no timeline for a decision, an Army spokesman told Army Times.  ... Read more
Washington Report (July 28, 2015) A bill passed Monday by the House would improve access to Veterans Affairs benefits for members of the military who have been sexually assaulted.    According to the Associated Press, the law says a statement by a survivor of military sexual assault would "be... Read more
Washington Report (July 14, 2015) Suicides in the National Guard during the first three months of 2015 were up from the same time period one year ago, according to the Defense Department Quarterly Suicide Report. The report also shows a drop in the number of suicides in both the active component... Read more
Washington Report (July 14, 2015) Army Guardsmen's personal information was inadvertently compromised when a contract employee transferred files to a data center that is not accredited by the Defense Department, the National Guard Bureau said last week.    All current and former members of the Army... Read more
Washington Report (June 23, 2015) Rep. Garret Graves, R-La., plans to introduce a bill today that would allow a member of the reserve component who dies in a training status to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery if they are killed alongside a member of the active component. His legislation... Read more
Washington Report (June 16, 2015) The family of a Louisiana Army National Guardsman killed during training earlier this year will be able to bury him at Arlington National Cemetery after all, John McHugh announced Friday. McHugh, the secretary of the Army, granted an exception to the policy that... Read more
Washington Report (June 2, 2015) The family of a Louisiana Army National Guardsman who was among 11 military members killed in the crash of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in March has been denied permission to have him buried at Arlington National Cemetery because of his duty status. A request for... Read more
Washington Report (June 2, 2015) The program that allows military members to transfer their GI Bill education benefit to a spouse or child should be examined, according to the Senate's version of the defense authorization bill. The bill includes language, but nothing binding, recommending the... Read more