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Rep. Don Bacon urges pay raise for junior enlisted military service members if GOP takes back House

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EXCLUSIVE: Republican Rep. Don Bacon, who was re-elected to represent Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District on Tuesday, wants to improve the lives of veterans and active duty service members if the GOP wins back control of the House. In an interview with Fox News Digital on Friday, Bacon — who defeated his Democratic challenger, Tony Vargas, in Tuesday's election and served as…

Womack sponsors bipartisan bill to end tax on military benefit

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Bipartisan legislation introduced on Nov. 3 by U.S. Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR) would eliminate a tax burden imposed on United States military personnel regarding their Basic Needs Allowance (BNA) benefits. [...] Sen. Womack sponsored the BNA Fairness Act, H.R. 9275, with four original cosponsors, including U.S. Reps. Don Bacon (R-NE) and Tim Ryan (D-OH), to amend the Internal Revenue…

Reps. Lamborn, Womack Introduce Bill to Eliminate Tax on Military Families

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Washington, D.C.- Recognizing the importance of supporting America’s military families, Congressman Doug Lamborn, Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, joined Congressman Steve Womack, Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, in introducing legislation to eliminate the tax…

INSPIRED BY CENTRAL COAST VETERAN, REPS. CARBAJAL AND BACON INTRODUCE NEW BIPARTISAN BILL TO SUPPORT VETERAN SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

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Today, Congressman Salud Carbajal (D-CA-24) and Congressman Don Bacon (R-NE-02) introduced bipartisan legislation to support U.S. veterans who experienced sexual trauma during their service by updating how the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) calculates benefits related to those injuries. The Veteran Restitution and Justice Act would change the effective date of a veteran’s…

Military sexual assault victims could get back benefits under plan

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Victims of military sexual assault could be eligible for tens of thousands of dollars in retroactive disability benefits under a proposal being unveiled by pair of House lawmakers this week. The measure is unlikely to become law this year, given the short legislative schedule left before the end of December. But bill sponsors say they hope to either find…

Nebraska Air National Guard unit at Offutt is doubling in size

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The lesser-known half of the force that keeps things running smoothly at Offutt Air Force Base is doubling in size. The 170th Group of the Nebraska Air National Guard is in the process of doubling its personnel numbers after an expansion of the unit was approved in April, according to officials. The expansion was formally announced at an event on Sept. 10, during which…

Years of work: How Offutt Air Force Base got its new runway

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BELLEVUE, Nebraska — The roar of jet engines returned to Offutt Air Force Base at 2:08 p.m. Friday, on a new runway that took more than a decade to fund and fully rebuild. Congress and the Air Force spent $172 million remaking the 80-year-old runway. They spent another $45 million moving the 55th Wing to Lincoln, where it was based during 18 months of construction. But getting the Air…

Service families are celebrating the runway reopening at Offutt Air Force Base

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BELLEVUE, Neb. (KMTV)  — Chewed up and worn out: those are just a few words to describe the runway at Offutt. Flooding in 2019 destroyed about a half-mile stretch that led to a total overhaul of the runway. Now, all the work is finished and it's a huge milestone for families who celebrated as the runway reopened.  For the past 18 months, the 55th Wing and its mission…