Pay and Benefits

Washington Report (April 11, 2017) National Guardsmen and Reservists stop earning credit for GI Bill benefits when receiving medical care after they are wounded, injured or become ill during active-duty deployments. Three senators have introduced legislation that would prevent reserve-component... Read more
Washington Report (March 21, 2017) The Senate has joined the House by introducing legislation addressing inequalities in benefits for reserve-component members who deploy under the mobilization authority known as 12304b. Under 12304b, National Guard and Reserve members are ineligible for the health... Read more
WASHINGTON (Dec. 12, 2016) — All retired National Guardsmen and Reservists are now only a presidential signature away from finally being recognized as veterans. Congress approved legislation late last week that expands the legal definition of a veteran to include Guardsmen and Reservists that... Read more
Washington Report (November 29, 2016) As Congress works to finalize a budget extension, House Appropriations officials confirmed to Military Times that they are drafting continuing-resolution legislation that would include a pay raise for troops in January. However, the amount is undecided. ... Read more
WASHINGTON (Oct. 24, 2016) — Retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the president of the National Guard Association of the United States, today released the following statement: "Like so many who wear or have worn this nation's uniform, I was troubled by stories over the weekend that illuminated the... Read more
Washington Report (August 16, 2016) The NGAUS legislative team answered member-submitted questions Monday during a live video that was posted to the association Facebook page. “We have to continue to find innovative ways to communicate to our younger members and articulate what NGAUS is doing for... Read more
Washington Report (August 2, 2016) Legislation now being negotiated by the House and Senate armed services committees would reduce a divorced spouse’s share of military retirement pay. The amendment to the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act would base a divorced spouse’s share of... Read more
Washington Report (June 14, 2016) Defense Secretary Ash Carter would like to sidestep the "up-or-out" method of military promotions, saying it has been "highly successful" but has flaws. He is pushing for a promotion system based on merit, according to an article in Politico, a publication that... Read more
“It turned darker than midnight.” On the morning of May 18, 1980, a 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook Mt. St. Helens, causing an eruption of hot smoke and ash to shoot 80,000 feet into the air over the southwestern part of Washington state.   Pete Holmberg, a former aeroscout in a cavalry unit in... Read more
Washington Report (May 17, 2016) The House will consider its version of the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act this week, while the version passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee last week leaks out in bits and pieces. Published reports show a difference in the two plans... Read more

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