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

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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 2018 

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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!

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EANGUS Legislative Call to Action 2018-02 – TRICARE Reserve Select Expansion to Eligible Federal Employees

EANGUS Legislative Call to Action 2018-2:  TRICARE Reserve Select Expansion to Eligible Federal EmployeesDuring the first session of the 115th Congress, Senator Hatch (R-UT) introduced S. 1086 which aims to remove the prohibition on TRICARE eligibility for members of the Selected Reserve of a reserve component of the Armed Forces who are enrolled or eligible to enroll in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP). In February, Representatives Kelly (R-MS) and Rosen (D-NV) introduced a House companion bill, H.R. 5121.

Background:
The EANGUS National Office staff have long advocated for eligible federal employees to gain access to TRS regardless of their employment status. During the 2017 and 2018 Legislation Workshops, EANGUS members stormed Capitol Hill to advocate for the expansion of this important benefit. A copy of the EANGUS point paper can be found here.

Take Action:
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 H.R. 5121 and S. 1086, and support the bill should it come to the floor.

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Thank you for your support!!!