MOAA members are some of the most engaged citizens in the country. We’ve dedicated our lives to service before self, and we know what it means to never stop serving.
I’m proud of how much we’ve accomplished this year. We’ve helped pass several important pieces of legislation to help veterans and military families. To date, MOAA members have sent over 240,000 messages to their elected officials this year. That’s more than any other military or veterans service organization on Capitol Hill.
But we need your help.
Over the next two weeks, members of Congress may leave Washington without having completed an annual defense bill. Members of the Armed Services committees were confident they could complete their work before returning to their home districts.
Some of the proposals up for debate in the defense bill are a bad deal for the military community, including:
- pay raises that fail to keep pace with the private sector;
- dramatic pharmacy fee increases;
- erosions to housing allowances; and
- continued cuts to commissaries.
These shortsighted decisions will have a long-term effect on the future of America’s military.
Fortunately, House lawmakers passed a defense bill that rejected these cost-cutting measures. But our friends in the Senate accepted them.
Some lawmakers operate under the faulty assumption that we need to cut military pay and benefits to fund readiness programs. The fact is, we need both.
We have one last chance. It’s up to you to tell lawmakers we cannot afford to erode the pay and benefits of the all-volunteer force.
Dear NGAI Members,
The deadline for the NGAUS summer conference is quickly approaching. Reservations and registrations should be done as soon as possible!
NGAUS Nashville 2015
(Gaylord Hotel reservation deadline 30 July)
Room reservation and registration: www.ngai.net/2015-ngaus-registration/
• Wednesday Sept. 9 – Sponsor’s Golf (by invitation)
• Thursday Sept. 10 – Golf or Bike Ride to Jack Daniels, NGAI TAG Welcome, TAG Reception, CGO/WO Mixer
• Friday Sept. 11 – Opening session, Governor’s Reception (Exhibit Hall)
• Saturday Sept. 12 – Day 2 business and Hospitality Night
• Sunday Sept. 13 – Final business and States Dinner, Special Opry Night (Country Western attire)
Thanks to all of you for your support.
National Guard Association of Indiana
EANGUS Legislative Alert: Aviation Restructure Initiative
Rep Granger & Rep Womack Letter regarding the Army’s Aviation Restructure Initiative
The EANGUS National Office is working hard to stop the Army’s Aviation Restructure Initiative (ARI). We ask EANGUS members to click on the hyperlinked letter below and encourage your Member of Congress to sign the Granger Womack Letter.
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Rep. Graves’ legislation was introduced in response to the tragic training accident off the coast of Florida in March that resulted in the death of Staff Sgt. Thomas Florich of the Louisiana Army National Guard. Florich and three other Guardsmen were participating in a training exercise with a group of seven Marines, all of whom died when their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter went down. The Army initially deemed Staff Sgt. Florich ineligible for burial at Arlington National Cemetery because he died while training. In June, the Army reversed its decision and granted Staff Sgt. Florich interment at Arlington following advocacy efforts by the Florich family, the general public and members of Congress.
Veterans’ Mental Health Care Access Act
EANGUS strongly supports the Veterans’ Mental Health Care Access Act, which would allow veterans to seek immediate mental health care at any facility eligible to receive reimbursement through the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
EANGUS is committed to improving the care of our nation’s veterans. Securing mental health services for our nation’s veterans who need immediate and confidential help is of the utmost importance if our nation is to comprehensively address the high incidences of suicide, substance abuse, and traumatic stress in this community. Veterans are not the only ones who face these challenges in our country, and they should be able to take advantage of other federal, state, local and community-based confidential care that is open to all Americans. The Veterans’ Mental Health Care Access Act offers this choice.
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