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 (April 4, 2017) Legislation introduced last week would provide the most sweeping modernization to the National Guard military-technician program since its creation in 1968. Military technicians provide much of the full-time support required to maintain Guard readiness. They are... Read more
Washington Report (April 4, 2017) Legislation in the Senate and House would allow National Guardsmen and Reservists to deduct from their taxes expenses incurred while traveling to and from a duty station. The Tax Relief for Guard and Reserve Training Act, S 697 and HR 1687, has the support of NGAUS... Read more
Washington Report (April 4, 2017) A program that allows veterans to seek care from private providers would continue until the money runs out if Senate legislation becomes law. Senators voted unanimously Monday to eliminate the August deadline for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Choice... Read more
Washington Report (March 28, 2017) Care for women veterans through the Department of Veterans Affairs would improve under legislation introduced last week by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. The ranking member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee said the Deborah Sampson Act would “change the VA’s... 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 Report (March 14, 2017) Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said National Guardsmen have shown the nation during the war on terrorism that they are the equal of active-component members. “There is literally no difference,” he said Monday during an interview with National Guard, the monthly... Read more
Washington Report (March 7, 2017) Rep. Steve Palazzo, R-Miss., and Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., are introducing today the Reserve Component Benefits Parity Act. The bill addresses unequal compensation for reserve-component members who deploy under the 12304b mobilization authority. Under that authority... Read more
Washington Report (March 7, 2017) Retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president, will testify Thursday before a joint hearing of the veterans’ affairs committees of the House and Senate. Written Testimony Hargett will address three issues of interest to Guardsmen that fall under the... Read more
Washington Report (February 28, 2017) Democrats and Republicans have problems with President Donald Trump’s first proposed defense budget. Some Republicans think the hike of $54 billion above legislated spending caps to $603 billion for the base budget is not enough, while Democrats recoil at... Read more