Veterans

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 Report (December 16, 2014) President Barack Obama will have the authority to decide whether a New York National Guardsman who fought in World War I will receive the nation's highest military honor for his bravery in France in 1918. The 2015 defense policy bill now on the president's desk... Read more
By Ron Jensen December 5, 2014 National Guardsmen should be pleased with the fiscal 2015 defense policy bill hammered out in Congress and now awaiting action by the Senate after it was passed by the House. But it is clear the fight on critical issues is not over and NGAUS is preparing for another... Read more
(November 5, 2014) It was good to be a citizen-soldier in Congress on Election Day. All five currently serving National Guardsmen running for re-election to the House of Representatives won their bids. The list includes Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., Rep. Steven Palazzo... 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 (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 (August 5, 2014) President Barack Obama is expected to sign into law a reform of the Department of Veterans Affairs that easily passed Congress last week. The reform includes several items of interest to National Guard members who live far from VA facilities or have been the... Read more
Washington Report (August 5, 2014) The backlog of claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs is partly the result of delays in getting medical records from the services to the VA, according to a report from the Defense Department inspector general. The report released last week put much of the... Read more
Washington Report (July 29, 2014) Congress likely will approve this week a measure to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs that will allow patients who must wait more than 30 days for an appointment to seek care from a VA-approved hospital. However, the VA will schedule the appointment and... Read more
Washington Report (July 8, 2014) The commission charged with revamping the military compensation system set the stage to make changes in its final recommendations with an interim report released last week. Analysis of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission’s initial work... Read more

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