Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., asked the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee last week to extend to 10 years the time 9/11-era veterans can receive medical care at facilities run by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Currently, those veterans are eligible for five years of care from the VA. Efforts to extend it have not been successful.
Walsh told the committee, "Extending the combat eligibility for prioritized care at the VA is an immediate and affordable option that we should pass this Congress. We shouldn't wait another day."Read more: Walsh: Extend Medical Benefits for Vets
With the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Monday, speculation is growing about who President Barack Obama might nominate to replace him. It is doubtful that a new defense secretary will be confirmed by the Senate by the end of the year, but here are some names that have popped up in news stories since the resignation was announced.
Ash Carter: Carter has served at the Pentagon in the No. 2 and No. 3 jobs so he is well known in Washington, D.C., and the Pentagon. He was Pentagon's top weapons buyer from 2009 to 2011 and then was deputy defense secretary until last year. A candidate for the post when Hagel was selected, he is now with a private philanthropic organization.Read more: New SecDef? Here are Possibilities
Two company-grade National Guard officers will spend one year at NGAUS as the inaugural participants in a fellowship program approved this month by the NGAUS board of directors.
Second Lt. Mark Caruso of the New Jersey Army Guard and 2nd Lt. Charles Martin of the Vermont Army Guard will spend one year working with the NGAUS legislative department to learn how the association works with Capitol Hill in the pursuit of legislation on behalf of the National Guard. They will arrive soon after the new year.Read more: NGAUS Board Approves Fellows Program