Pay and Benefits

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
Washington Report (May 17, 2016) Legislation supported by NGAUS would allow reserve-component members to make the full allowable contributions to their Thrift Savings Plan in the military without affecting the amount they put in a 401(k) plan in their civilian job. The Servicemember Retirement... Read more
It goes without saying that speedy and ongoing access to mental health care is extremely important for military members and veterans. Often, mental-health illness is overlooked or hushed away. In light of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, we’ve detailed some mental-health initiatives. Suicide... Read more
“My VA is about keeping veterans at the table: In control of how, when and where they wish to be served.” - VA Secretary Robert McDonald “My VA” is how Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald described his ideal standard of care when speaking today about his vision for an... Read more

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