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NDAA Passes But Can’t Become Law Yet

The Senate cleared the bill Tuesday in a blowout 91-3 vote. The House passed the measure last week, but the bill can’t be sent to the president just yet due to some highly technical complications. After passing its version of the NDAA, the House adopted a resolution (H Con Res 90) instructing the clerks enrolling the bill to make technical …

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Army drawdown: 37,000 civilian jobs cut, thousands more to come

By Michelle Tan, Staff writer – Federal Times The cuts, made since 2011, come as the Army draws down and are “largely in response to budgetary pressures,” said Lt. Col. Joe Buccino, an Army spokesman. “Ongoing budget reductions and other legislative mandates require the Army to reduce the size of its total force, to include civilians and contractors,” he said. …

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Defense authorization bill clears Congress again

By Leo Shane III, Staff writer – Defense News Senators gave final congressional approval to the military policy measure on Tuesday by a 91-3 vote, advancing a host of military pay renewals, an overhaul of the military retirement system, and a series of planned reforms to the defense acquisition process. The question now is whether this measure, the second defense …

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VA Senior Executives Continue to Resist Congressional Inquiries

Diana Rubens, director of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Regional Office, and Kimberley Graves, director of the St. Paul, Minnesota Regional Office, plead the Fifth more than a half dozen times to questions from House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Florida. The two are now facing disciplinary action under the provisions of the Accountability Act Congress passed last year to …

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This week: Defense policy bill, veterans spending top agenda

By Jordain Carney – thehill.com Senators are expected to vote on a revised National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Tuesday after the legislation sailed through the House last week by a 370-58 margin. President Obama vetoed the original $612-billion NDAA largely because of an extra $38 billion in war funding. Lawmakers, however, scrapped plans to try to override the veto …

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NAUS Board Member Dan Dennison attends a Department of the Army meeting to consider a proposal by Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (VPHA)

On Wednesday, March 25, Dan Dennison, a helicopter aviator with the Fourth Aviation Bn, Fourth Infantry Division in Vietnam, attended the Department of the Army meeting to consider a proposal by the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (VPHA) to establish a monument honoring fallen pilots and crew members of the Vietnam War at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC).  Specifically, the group was …

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AMERICAN LOGISTICS ASSOCIATION – Position Paper on DoD 2016 Budget and Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission Report and Recommendations

The American Logistics Association has a long-standing interest in preserving commissary and exchange benefits for our military and their families, and we applaud the Commission’s belief in these benefits and their thoughtful plan to realize efficiencies before budget cuts. Click here to read more.

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NAUS Provides Testimony Before the Senate Committee on Armed Services Subcommitte on Personnel

On Wednesday, February 11, 2015, NAUS Legislative Director Rick Jones provided testimony on retirement recommendations of the military compensation and retirement modernization commission. Click here to read the full testimony Click here to see video of the hearing (NAUS Testimony begins at 01:36:23)

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NAUS President LtGen Jack Klimp, USMC (Ret), Sat on a Panel Titled Focus on Overseas and Military Voting

On February 5-6, the Ninth Annual 2015 Voting and Elections Summit took place at George Washington University in Washington D.C. At the summit they examined the profound and persistent issues surrounding U.S. voter participation, engagement in our democracy, and what we can do about it. LtGen. Jack Klimp sat on a panel titled the Focus on Overseas and Military Voting. …

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A Letter to Veterans From Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald

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