Veterans

By Ron Jensen January 16, 2015 The National Guard lost 133 soldiers and airmen to suicide in 2013, according to a Defense Department report released Friday. That includes 119 soldiers and 14 airmen and represents an overall increase from 2012 when 130 Guardsmen took their own lives. That figure was... Read more
Washington Post (January 13, 2015) A bill addressing the issue of military suicides passed the House Monday. The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act is named for a Marine veteran who took his own life in 2011. If the bill becomes law, veterans will have greater access to mental health care, and... Read more
Washington Report (January 6, 2014) Republicans in the House are using jobs for veterans to undermine the Affordable Care Act. They plan to introduce today, the first day of the 114th Congress, the Hire More Heroes Act which would allow employers to hire veterans but not count them as full-time... Read more
Washington Report (January 6, 2014) The Department of Veterans Affairs likely will not eliminate a backlog in benefits claims by the end of 2015, according to Army Times. Despite cutting the backlog in half since the start of 2013, the agency is not processing the claims fast enough to reach what... Read more
Washington Report (December 30, 2014) The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission is recommending modernizing the military's array of benefits for its members, according to the panel's spokesman. Jamie Graybeal told The Hill Monday that the report due at the White House Feb. 1... Read more
Washington Report   (December 30, 2014) The war in Afghanistan was officially ended Sunday after 13 years of combat, although more than 10,000 American troops will remain for now and the coalition that has battled the insurgency will still provide air support when it is deemed necessary. In a... Read more
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

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