Washington Report (October 18, 2016) A retired Marine general says in his new book that adding more to Congress likely would break the gridlock that prevents anything from getting done. “I really do believe that,” retired Maj. Gen. Arnold L. Punaro told DoD Buzz, an online journal that covers... Read more
Washington Report (October 4, 2016) A congressman is taking aim at military memorabilia collectors with legislation that would make selling the Purple Heart illegal. Rep. Paul Cook, R-Calif., a former Marine, introduced the bill last week and said, “These military collectors cheapen the Purple... Read more
Washington Report (September 20, 2016) The issue of veterans status for National Guard and Reserve retirees was included in a massive veterans bill that passed the House last week. The VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act mainly addresses issues regarding accountability of... Read more
Washington Report (August 16, 2016) About 18 million additional honorably discharged veterans would have access to online shopping at the Army and Air Force Exchange Service website after the Pentagon’s Executive Resale Board unanimously approved the plan last week, according to a report in... 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 9, 2016) An extensive analysis of veteran suicides by the Department of Veterans Affairs found the risk for suicide 21 percent higher for veterans than the civilian population and that 20 veterans took their lives each day in 2014. The report released last week includes an... Read more
Washington Report (August 2, 2016) Veterans will receive same-day primary care and mental-health services at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities by the end of the year, VA Secretary Robert McDonald promised last week. Speaking at the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in... Read more
Washington Report (July 26, 2016) Veterans with mental-health problems still shy away from treatment because they fear it will hurt their chances for employment and because they remain embarrassed by their problems, a survey found. The survey by the George W. Bush Institute's Military Service... Read more
Washington Report (July 26, 2016) About 1,000 American service members died in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2011 because military doctors lacked sufficient skills in caring for trauma patients, according to a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. When not... Read more
Washington Report (July 12, 2016) Veterans status is one of two important pieces of legislation that have hit a snag in Congress. Current law requires Guardsmen and Reservists to serve at least 179 days on federal active duty for other than training to be considered a veteran, regardless of how... Read more