NGAUS Legislative Alert #15-1; 25 March 2015

The Issue: Time spent receiving medical care would qualify as active-duty time for Post-9/11 GI Bill education assistance

Immediate Action Required: Ask your representative and senators to support the GI Bill Fairness Act of 2015 (H.R. 1141 and S. 602)

More Information: Urge your representative and senators to support National Guard members by signing on to the G.I. Bill Fairness Act of 2015 (S. 602 and H.R. 1141).

The bills introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., in the Senate and Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., in the House would count time National Guard and Reserve members spend receiving medical care for service-connected injuries as time on active duty for the purpose of education assistance.

This is important because the amount of time reserve-component members spend on active duty determines their level of eligibility for Post-9/11 G.I Bill education assistance.

Active-duty members receive full credit for education assistance for time spent receiving medical care for service-connected injuries. In fairness, National Guard and Reserve members should receive the same credit.

NGAUS Point of Contact
Pete Duffy
Legislative Director
202-454-5307
pete.duffy@ngaus.org

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EANGUS Call to Action; Retired Pay Restoration Act; 17 March 2015

Recently, Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Vice-Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs and winner of the 2015 EANGUS G.V. Sonny Montgomery Eagle Award, introduced H.R. 303 the Retired Pay Restoration Act in the House of Representatives and Senate Minority Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV) introduced S. 271 the Retired Pay Restoration Act of 2015 in the Senate. If signed into law, these legislative initiatives would allow Veterans to receive both military retired pay and veterans’ disability compensation with respect to any service-connected disability.
Please click here to contact your delegation and tell your elected officials to support this important initiative.

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Text EANGUS to 52-886 for membership information