Legislative Call to Action!

Dear NGAI Members and Friends,Section 513 of the House of Representatives FY19 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which requires the Army and Air Force to provide back pay and time-in-grade for National Guard officers whose promotions are delayed during Department of Defense (DoD) review, is being negotiated by the NDAA Conference Committee in Washington.Indiana is well represented in the FY19 NDAA Conference Committee with negotiators Sen. Joe Donnelly and Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03) negotiating the final Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. Read the complete information from NGAUS below, then TAKE ACTION to contact Senators Donnelly, Young and your own Representative, and ask them to encourage our negotiators to include House Section 513.For even more detailed information, this month’s National Guard Magazine (page 26) has a good article on the FedRec legislation. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLEThank you for your support.Mike Sturm
Executive Director, NGAI  TAKE ACTION!

Support the National Guard Promotion Accountability Act

Please contact your Senators and urge them to co-sponsor and support S. 2801.Please contact your Representatives and urge them to co-sponsor and support H.R. 5713.TAKE ACTIONNGAUS strongly supports S. 2801 and H.R. 5713, the “National Guard Promotion Accountability Act,” which seeks to address the delays in federal recognition of National Guard officer promotions.S. 2801 is sponsored by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Sen. Steve Daines of Montana.  H.R. 5713 is sponsored by Rep. Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire and Rep. Trent Kelly of Mississippi.

Countless Guardsmen have been waiting far too long for their promotions due to delays beyond their control. These undue delays negatively impact the retention, morale and military careers of thousands of service members.  This important legislation would provide officers back-pay and time in grade, as well as require the Army and Air Force to thoroughly review the National Guard officer promotions process and recommend efficiencies to Congress.

Passing the National Guard Promotion Accountability Act would ensure Guardsmen are not paying the price for bureaucratic delays and antiquated processes.  Thank you, as always, for your continued support of our Armed Forces.

NGAUS Point of Contact

J.C. Cardinale

202-408-5899

jc.cardinale@ngaus.org

Legislation: Back Pay for Promotion Delay

NGAUS expects bipartisan legislation to be introduced today in the House and Senate that would provide National Guard officers with back pay to the date of their state promotions once their boost in rank is recognized by the Defense Department.

It would also require the service secretaries to review the entire promotion process and recommend fixes that would prevent long delays between state promotions and federal recognition of those promotions.        Click Here to read article

NGAUS Take Action – Expand TRICARE Reserve Select

Please contact your Senators and urge them to co-sponsor and support S. 1086.

Please contact your Representatives and urge them to co-sponsor and support H.R. 5121.

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NGAUS strongly supports S. 1086 and H.R. 5121, which would expand TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) eligibility to all federal employees. This would expand health care choice for the more than 70,000 dual status military technicians in the National Guard and Reserve.

S. 1086 is sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.  H.R. 5121 is sponsored by Rep. Trent Kelly of Mississippi and Rep. Jacky Rosen of Nevada.

Current law prohibits access to TRS for actively serving National Guard and Reserve servicemembers who serve as federal employees in their civilian employment. This can create confusion and lead to more expensive health care for servicemembers and their families, as well as prevent continuity of care as servicemembers deploy or transition in or out of the federal workforce.

Passing this important legislation would ensure Guardsmen, Reservists, and their families have greater choice and equal access to competitive health coverage premiums arising from their military service.  Thank you, as always, for your continued support of our Armed Forces.

 

NGAUS – Take Action – Support 12304b Early Retirement Credit

 

 

Please contact your Senators and urge them to co-sponsor and support S. 2416.Please contact your Representatives and urge them to co-sponsor and support H.R. 5038.TAKE ACTIONNGAUS strongly supports S. 2416 and H.R. 5038, the National Guard and Reserves Benefits Parity Act. These bills would authorize early retirement credit and other benefits for National Guard and Reserve service members mobilized under 12304b authority. These are the same benefits they earn under similar mobilization authorities.S. 2416 is sponsored by Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware.  H.R. 5038 is sponsored by Rep. Steven Palazzo of Mississippi and Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota.The 12304b mobilization authority was created in 2012 to allow the Department of Defense to deploy reserve forces for preplanned missions in support of combatant commanders. However, unlike other overseas mobilizations, National Guardsmen and Reservists do not earn a retirement-age reduction or credit for high-tempo time spent while deployed, among other benefits.The National Guard and Reserve Benefits Parity Act would allow:

  • Reduction of the age for eligibility for retirement pay for National Guard and Reserve service members called to active duty under 12304b;
  • National Guard and Reserve forces to accrue high-deployment allowance for service, thus preventing them from being sent on rapid successive deployments;
  • Protection of eligibility for training and rehabilitation services interrupted by deployments; and
  • No reduction in federal pay for federal employees deployed under 12304b.

Passing this vitally important legislation would ensure Guardsmen and Reservists receive the benefits they deserve when they provide life-saving humanitarian aid, security forces and logistical support around the world. Thank you, as always, for your continued support of our Armed Forces.

NGAUS Point of Contact:
Matt Pincus
(202) 408-5897
matt.pincus@ngaus.org

 

 

EANGUS Legislative Call to Action 2018-01- Guard & Reserve Benefit Parity Act of 2018

EANGUS Legislative Call to Action 2018-1:  Guard & Reserve Benefit Parity Act of 2018CLICK HERE TO TAKE ACTION
Recently, Senators Roger Wicker and Chris Coons introduced S. 2416 and Representatives Steven Palazzo and Tim Walz introduced H.R. 5038, the Guard and Reserve Benefit Parity Act of 2018.

The legislation is a follow-up to last year’s Parity Act. Fortunately, pieces of that legislation were incorporated into other legislative vehicles during the first session of Congress. Specifically, the pre- and post-mobilization healthcare coverage for those serving on 12304b orders and the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits (retroactive) were signed into law in the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act and Colmery Forever GI Bill respectively.

Background:
12304b mobilization authority was established in the 2012 NDAA to allow DOD to deploy reserve forces for preplanned missions in support of combatant commanders. However, 12304b created a benefit disparity among the components. Reserve forces are compelled to leave behind family, friends, careers, and education pursuits to provide: life-saving humanitarian aid across the globe, security forces and logistical support in Sinai, Kosovo, Eastern Europe, and around the world. Unlike the active component, reserve forces are not provided: pre- and post-mobilization TRICARE; Post-9/11 Montgomery GI Bill Benefits; reduction in retirement age; credit for time spent deployed. Last year, EANGUS, NGAUS, and ROA were victorious in solving the pre- and post-mobilization TRICARE; Post-9/11 Montgomery GI Bill Benefits inequities.

If passed by Congress and signed by the President, Guard and Reserve Benefit Parity Act would provide: Eligibility of RC members for non-reduction in pay; consideration of service on active duty to reduce age for eligibility for retired pay for non-regular service; and eligibility of RC members for high-deployment allowance for lengthy or numerous deployments and frequent mobilizations. 

The EANGUS National Office requests that members please take a few minutes out of your day to message your delegation in Washington, D.C. to become a co-sponsor of S. 2416 and H.R. 5038, and support the bill should it come to the floor.

Thank you for your support!

CLICK HERE TO TAKE ACTION

NGAUS Legislative Call to Action – The TRICARE Reserve Select Improvement Act

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Legislative Call to Action:  TRICARE Reserve Select Expansion to Eligible Federal Employees ISSUE: Federal Employees eligible for TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) are forced to utilize more expensive healthcare offered on the Federal Employee Health Benefit Plan (FEHBP).

The membership of the NGAUS and EANGUS believe that Reserve Component (RC) servicemembers should be able to choose whatever health care provider is best for their military readiness and for the care for their families regardless of who their employer may be. RC members who are Federal employees are not given a choice to provide continuity of care in the TRICARE program during the complete mobilization cycle (before, during and after) due to restrictions in Federal law. This continuity of care can be achieved by removing the restriction.In January 2019, Senator Daines (R-MT) and Senator Manchin (D-WV) introduced S. 164 and Representative Garamendi (D-CA) and Representative Kelly (R-MS) introduced H.R. 613 to resolve this issue.

A copy of the EANGUS point paper can be found here.

Take Action:
The NGAUS and EANGUS National Offices requests that members please take a few minutes out of your day to message your delegation in Washington, D.C. to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 613 and S. 164, and support the bill should it come to the floor.

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Thank you for your support!!!

Let’s Each Make a Difference

Hello NGAI family!

I certainly hope your new year is going well and we at NGAI are excited about serving you in 2018!

We are looking forward to our Annual NGAI Conference to include some changes that will hopefully make the event more affordable and beneficial to all attendees! As always, there will be fun activities to include golf, sporting clays, hospitality events, and  lots of comradery! Our business session will be informative and include a slate of inspiring speakers. And by the way, the theme will be “Race to French Lick” and the final night will be informal, and in the spirit of our theme, we encourage everyone to wear their favorite racing attire. So expect to see a lot of checkered bandanna’s and Indy 500 gear!  The registration will hit the streets soon, so be on the lookout and we’ll give you a notice that it is available.  So we hope to see you all there!

I want to touch on a very important issue – MEMBERSHIP! NGAI is only as strong as our membership and our membership growth has been stagnant for a few years and I need your help to elevate our numbers. The benefits we enjoy now are not guaranteed, they have to be continually fought for and we can’t do that without strong membership. It’s our leverage and strength; it shows a commitment to a cause greater than ourselves, and it is vital to the future readiness of our Hoosier Soldiers and Airmen.

So I’m asking, please reveal the benefits of NGAI to another Solider or Airmen and ask them if they want to make a difference, and if so, they too can join.

I am truly humbled to serve as your NGAI president, thank you for all you do, and I hope to see ya soon!

Kip

Kip Clark, Brig Gen
President, National Guard Association of Indiana
2002 South Holt Road
Indianapolis, Indiana 46241
kip.clark@ngai.net
812-240-1552