BUDGET INDECISION LEAVES A RESTLESS ARMYApril 12th, 2016 10:44 AM By Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, U.S. Army retiredOur nation’s security and the lives of our soldiers are being put at risk by clinging to the notion that playing political games with military spending is a harmless game of chicken.
AUSA headquarters wants to share an important message from GEN (R) Gordon Sullivan, President and CEO, with you: "I am more concerned about America's Army today than any time since I first became a soldier in 1955. Our Army has a flat budget and continues to make force structure reductions while facing expanding global operations, a combination that makes the goal of improving combat readiness dangerously out of reach.
7 January 2016 Legislative News UpdateAn end-of-the-year review shows the Association of the U.S. Army was part of some major legislative successes in 2015.
AUSA Continues to fight for retiree and veteran benefits - including the funding and maintaining of high quality health insurance for those who have served.
NEW RULES ANNOUNCED FOR THE VETERANS’ CHOICE PROGRAMThe Surface Transportation and Veterans’ Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015, signed into law July 31, included provisions designed to make participation in the Veterans’ Choice Program easier and more convenient. The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) announced that the changes will be effective immediately. Under the old policy, a veteran was eligible if he/she had enrolled in the VA healthcare system by August 2014; had experienced an unusual or excessive burden because of geographical challenges, environmental factors or a me
DEFENSE-RELATED LEGISLATION MOVES THROUGH CONGRESSFour pieces of vital legislation are shaping the Army’s future. Here is a rundown:Congress recently-passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, a measure that provides budget stability for two years at funding levels above the 2011 Budget Control Act and sequestration. It also suspends the debt limit until March 2017, thus avoiding a default on America’s debts.The agreement raises defense and non-defense discretionary budget caps by $25 billion each in fiscal 2016 and $15 billion each in fiscal 2017 with a total price tag of $80 billion. It
11/2/2015 The Affordable Care Act, your taxes and youUnder the Affordable Care Act (ACA), all Americans including all military members (active duty, retired, Selected Reserve, or Retired Reserve) and their eligible family members must have health care coverage that meets a minimum standard called minimum essential coverage or pay a fee.
AUSA Legislative UpdateIf you thought that Congress’ return to Washington meant swift resolution on the fiscal 2016 defense authorization and appropriations bills, think again. With only thirteen days left before the end of the fiscal year, lawmakers are finally discussing how to keep the government funded and running past Oct. 1. It is certain that they will pass a continuing resolution (CR), but how long will it last? Sen.
Message from the President of AUSA - GEN Gordon R. Sullivan Every soldier who earns the Ranger Tab has shown physical and mental toughness, but we cannot overlook the fact that on Friday two women will counted among this elite group of lethal warriors. Like their male counterparts, they volunteered and they persevered. Their graduation from Ranger School, some of the toughest training the Army offers, is a credit to the Army and to themselves. This is a huge feat, and they demonstrated greatness.Death to TRICAREHeritage Foundation senior defense policy analyst Justin T.