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Honor America's Guard-Reserve Retirees
Sources believe that Representative Tim Walz (D-MN) will once again file the Honor America's Guard-Reserve Retirees bill to extend honorary veteran status to National Guard and Reserve members who qualify for retirement after 20 years, but were never activated long enough to meet current statutory requirements in order to attain veteran status. In the two previous Congresses, Representative Walz’s bills successfully passed the House of Representatives but failed to move in the Senate. Considering changes to the makeup of the Senate, including new Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman and Ranking Member, many advocates believe this is the year Representative Walz will be successful. EANGUS staff will actively push for Senate adoption of this important legislation in 2015.
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Introducing our New Career Center
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January Offers for EANGUS Members from Dell!
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Modern Minuteman Drawing — Available for purchase
The drawing below is available for purchase and would be a nice gift to military members for retirement, promotions, etc.

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Calling All First-Time Homebuyers
Buying a new home is like a marathon, not a sprint. Even if you’re not financially ready right now, you can help yourself by creating a plan that gradually leads to homeownership.

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Even if you used all your fingers and your toes, you couldn’t count all of your possible credit scores. Find out why you may have multiple scores.

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Prevent Winter Water Damage
Freezing temperatures can produce big, costly messes. Follow these tips to help avoid a midwinter crisis.

Create a Winter Emergency Kit
It's a hassle any time your car breaks down, but getting stranded in a severe winter storm can be deadly — especially if you're not prepared. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends assembling these items for your kit.

The USAA Member Community serves as the place for members to seek/give advice and tips around items that are most important in their life.

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  Bradley Original Smoker Designer Series

The Bradley Digital Food Smoker includes all the features of the Bradley Original Smoker, along with the benefits of digital technology. Temperature, time, and smoke are completely controllable. Perfect for entertaining, creating gourmet foods in your own backyard or just to enjoy that great smoky flavor. The Bradley Digital Smokers offer an easy way to automatically roast, smoke and barbecue in the outdoors.


House passes bill to increase jobs for veterans
Government Executive via Defense One
The House unanimously passed legislation recently that would exempt veterans with government-subsidized health care from being counted in the number of employees for whom employers must provide health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The Hire More Heroes Act (H.R. 22) is aimed at giving small businesses some breathing room under Obamacare’s employer mandate, while also encouraging the private sector to hire more veterans.
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House again passes veterans suicide prevention bill
Military Times
For the second time in five weeks, House lawmakers unanimously passed sweeping veterans mental health legislation designed to launch new community outreach efforts and recruit more psychiatrists to slow the nation's estimated 22 veterans suicides each day. And, for the second time in five weeks, supporters will have to wait and see when — or if — the Senate will move ahead on the measure.
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Army leaders: Enlisted promotions will get tougher as force shrinks
The U.S. Army's top enlisted soldier said young soldiers should not look for promotions to get any easier as long as the service is downsizing. A soldier from Fort Lee, Virginia, asked Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno and Sgt. Major of the Army Raymond Chandler III during a virtual town hall meeting if the Army was going to create any new promotion opportunities for young enlisted soldiers now that deployments are winding down.
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George Washington University

Get your degree from The George Washington University! Undergraduate and graduate programs are available at affordable rates for military members, veterans and their families. GW is a proud participant of the Yellow Ribbon Program. More information available at

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Report likely to reignite fight over troops' pay, benefits
The Washington Times
Congress will soon have to act on reforms to the military benefits system when the special commission on how to fit a modern military into tight budgets reports back to Capitol Hill, igniting fights over pay and health benefits. For the last year, members of Congress have avoided big fights over military personnel issues, saying they wanted to put off decisions until the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission finished its work. But with the commission’s report due by Feb. 1, everything from housing to child care could be targets for reform.
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A different kind of service in Congress
U.S. News & World Report
Members of Congress clash on many things, but legislators of all political stripes usually agree it's important to care for the nation’s military and its veterans. During what was one of the least productive Congresses in recent history — the 113th — lawmakers debated how best to address sexual assault in the military, improving the Veterans Affairs health care system, and how the U.S. should respond to the rise of the Islamic State group in the Middle East. With fixes to some of these issues still on the congressional to-do list, the members of the legislature who are military veterans may have opportunities to speak to their service experiences and influence debate about how Congress can best meet the needs of the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.
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Military & Veteran Students
Academy of Art University fosters innovation by preparing Service Members for a career in art and design. With gratitude and respect to the men and women who serve our nation your application fee will be waived at the Academy of Art University. MORE
Army Fisher Houses
Since 1991, Army Fisher Houses has been providing temporary lodging to our Warriors and their families during a medical crisis. MORE

Chairman: Sequestration cuts would require strategy change
U.S. Department of Defense
Unless Congress changes the Budget Control Act, which now requires a return to sequestration-level spending cuts in 2016, the military will need to change its strategy, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in an interview. In an appearance on "Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace," Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said the Army is drawing down from 570,000 soldiers to 450,000, but he noted that a Pentagon analysis shows sequestration would drive that number to 420,000, and even lower under some circumstances.
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Pentagon reportedly to seek 20 percent cut in war funding
The Washington Post via The Virginian-Pilot
The Pentagon will request about $51 billion in war funding for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, a 20 percent reduction from the $64 billion Congress approved this year and the least since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, officials and congressional aides said. The Overseas Contingency Operations funding, as it is known, will be sent to Congress in addition to basic defense spending of about $534 billion when President Barack Obama offers his proposed fiscal 2016 federal budget on Feb. 2, according to the officials and aides, who asked not to be identified before the details are made public.
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National Guard prepares for war — on budget cuts
Delaware State News
The Delaware National Guard is ready to fight a two-front war. One front is wherever duty takes them; the other front is battling proposed budget cuts and forced reductions that its leaders believe can only hurt its mission. Five-hundred soldiers and airmen of the Delaware National Guard attended the 16th annual Senior Leaders Conference recently, where they were fully briefed on the situation.
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Another test for John Boehner
This isn't how House Speaker John Boehner wanted to start 2015. He's presiding over a historic majority in the House while the Senate is controlled by Republicans for the first time in nearly a decade. But the Ohio Republican is still wrestling with a familiar problem that could threaten his agenda over the next two years: conservative unrest. That dynamic was on display Jan. 6 when a surprisingly large group of Republicans voted against giving Boehner a third term as Speaker.
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McCain's allies
Defense News
One can say a lot about Sen. John McCain. Many have. The Senate's "maverick" has that effect on folks. But one cannot say the Arizona Republican, officially installed last week as the new Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) chairman, fails to understand the Senate. Just look at the senators he chose to lead the panel's six subcommittees: savvy political operators, subject matter experts and one young rising star.
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Effective action against extremists
The Washington Post
Last spring, first lady Michelle Obama held a sign that said "#BringBackOurGirls," a response to the kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls in Nigeria by an al-Qaeda cousin called Boko Haram. The girls are still missing. In December, members of the Pakistani Taliban murdered 132 schoolchildren and 10 staff members in Peshawar. Last week in Paris, gunmen attacked a newspaper that had published cartoons parodying religious figures, including Muhammad; 12 people were killed. The people of Paris responded with a rally where they held up signs. Signs and Twitter hashtags don’t stop terrorists. Strong, effective intelligence-gathering, law enforcement and military action must be used or barbaric attacks will continue.
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