Legislative Action – Protect our right to transfer our benefits to our family!

Since 2009 the heroes that serve our country have been able to transfer the GI Bill benefits to their dependents or spouse.  Over the past 10 years since this policy has been active over 1 million Veterans have chosen to give their benefits to their family.  We believe this program honors the sacrifice that Servicemembers make to earn these benefits by ensuring Veterans can choose how to utilize the benefits in the way that is best for them and their family who share in that sacrifice.

However, without your help, in January the Department of Defense plans to changes this important policy making it impossible for some to transfer their benefits to their children.  We believe that showing our gratitude to Veterans is giving Veterans more freedom of choice not less.

Please take a few minutes to reach out to your Representative and Senators to voice your concerns about restricting the GI Bill Transferability.

Protect our right to transfer our benefits to our family! 

EANGUS Legislative Call to Action 2019-3: The Air National Guard should not be denied Federal Tuition Assistance.

The Air National Guard is the only branch of the Armed Forces that does not fund Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) for its members.  Some States offer TA in the absence of the Federal program. Unfortunately, State programs vary and relying on them can disadvantage Soldiers who are in States where resources are marginal or nonexistent.

The Air National Guard requires Servicemembers to attain at least an Associates degree to be promoted to the ranks of E-8 and E-9.  Without Federal Tuition Assistance this policy might force soldiers to take out private loans or use their GI Bill if their state does not offer Tuition Assistance.

Please take a few minutes to tell your representative how important it is that the men and women of the Air National Guard receive the same benefits as every other branch of the Military.

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Support incentive pay parity for Guard and Reserve components of the uniformed services

RC aviation personnel currently receive only 1/30th of the Aviation Incentive Pay their active duty counterparts receive even though RC aviators have the same flight and task requirements. In the wake of a nationwide pilot shortage, the uniformed services are experiencing retention problems. Providing incentive pay parity, across all components, would encourage both departing active component aviator and their RC peers alike, to continue serving in the Guard and Reserve. This issue is not just one of fairness, but one of maintaining our readiness as a total force.

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EANGUS Legislative Call to Action 2019-2: Military Student Identifier

ISSUE:

With the 2015 adoption of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA– Public Law 114-95), military-connected students are now recognized as a distinct subgroup. The ESSA stipulates that the new subgroup includes students with a parent who is a member of the Armed Forces (defined in section 101(a)(1)(4) of title 10, United states Code) on active duty (as defined in section 101(d)(5) of such title).

Over 80% of military-connected pupils attend US public schools. Students with parents/guardians who serve full-time in the military move and change schools frequently. In addition, they experience separations from a parent/guardian due to their parents’ service to the U.S. Military. The Military Student Identifier (MSI) provides educators with critical information to personalize attention to military dependent children.

Unfortunately, the current law directs the military student identifier only towards the children of active duty families, leaving out the nearly one-half million children of the Reserve Component, both National Guard and Reserves.

TAKE ACTION:

The EANGUS National Office requests that you please take a few minutes out of the day to take action on EANGUS LEGISLATIVE CALL TO ACTION 2019-2, and message your delegation in Washington, D.C. to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 1896, the Supporting Children of the National Guard and Reserve Act.

Legislative Call to Action: TRICARE Reserve Select Expansion

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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!!!