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When the armed service committees of the House and Senate meet to hammer out a National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2015, NGAUS is asking them to consider several Senate amendments that could be introduced and bring the Senate version in line with the House version of the bill. NGAUS has made its wishes known on Capitol Hill. Among them are:

- Allowing the chief of the National Guard Bureau to recommend the directors and deputy directors of the Army and Air National Guard. This Senate amendment would be in line with the House version of the bill;

- Finding a sustainable funding solution to keep National Guard counterdrug training centers open;

Read more: NGAUS Backs Defense Bill Amendments

The Pentagon has changed its stance on awarding a medal for the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. It said last week that service members taking part in the action in Iraq would receive the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal because their participation was part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

But Military Times reports this week that the issue remains unresolved. The publication was told by Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen, a Defense Department spokesman, that the Pentagon is "working closely with U.S. Central Command to determine the most appropriate means to recognize participation in ongoing operations in Iraq and Syria. No decisions have been made yet."

Read more: On Second Thought: No Medal for ISIS Fight

The only national memorial honoring permanently disabled veterans was dedicated Sunday in Washington, D.C., just 1,000 feet from the Capitol. President Barack Obama spoke at the event. The memorial opened to the public Monday.

The memorial covers 2.4 acres and is anchored by a star-shaped fountain at the center of a space designed for quiet reflection. The memorial includes a small grove of trees and walls of glass embedded with text and photographs. Four bronze sculptures represent the disabled veteran's journey from injury to renewal.

It was authorized by Congress in 2000 and the winning design by Vergason Landscape Architects of Alexandria, Va., was approved in 2009 and 2010 by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Planning Commission.

Read more: Disabled Veterans Memorial Opens in D.C.

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