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 ACTION

NGAUS 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!!!

NGAUS Legislative Alert; Fiscal 2017 Budget Signed

Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 

The omnibus spending agreement reached by Congress to fund the government through Oct. 1 was signed by President Donald Trump Friday.

In total, the law provides $593 billion in defense spending, an increase of $19.9 billion over fiscal year 2016 spending levels. This includes:

$516.1 billion in base discretionary funding and $76.6 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding

Bill Highlights

  • $132.3 billion for 1,305,900 active-component troops and 813,200 National Guard and Reserve troops, as well as $123.3 billion for equipment and upgrades
  • $750 million for the National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account
  • $247.5 million for the Army National Guard
  • $247.5 million for the Air National Guard

Additional military construction funding for the National Guard, which adds to the full-year MILCON appropriations passed in December. Those amounts include:

  • $12 million for the Army National Guard
  • $13 million for the Air National Guard
  • $125 million for traumatic brain injury and psychological health research and development

Joint Programs

  • $234 million for the National Guard Counterdrug program
  • $20 million for National Guard Counterdrug Training Centers
  • $8 million for the National Guard State Partnership Program
  • $30 million for STARBASE
  • $10.339 million for National Guard Youth Challenge
  • $20 million for Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

Army Guard

  • $1.2 billion for 62 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters for the Army, with no less than 15 for the Army Guard.
  • $774 million for 52 remanufactured AH-64 Apache helicopters, $262 million for seven new Apaches and $72 million to support advanced procurement needs for additional 10 aircraft for the Army.
  • To maintain four Apache battalions in the Army Guard, the bill fully funds the modernization of existing Apaches, provides $262 million for seven new Apaches and supports the annual operating costs of the four battalions.
  • $210 million for Humvee modernization for active Army, Army Guard and Army Reserve
  • $60 million for Humvee ambulances for Army Guard and Army Reserve
  • $171.8 million for 28 UH-72 Lakotas for the Army
  • $9.9 million for Army Guard Cyber Protection Teams

Air Guard

  • $8.2 billion for 74 F-35 aircraft for Air Force
  • $15.9 million for Air Guard F-16 AESA radar
  • $2.6 billion for 15 KC-46 tanker aircraft for Air Force
  • Continues prohibition of retirement of A-10 aircraft and appropriates funding to keep aircraft in service
  • $160 million for two C-130J aircraft for Air Guard
  • $17.455 million for C-17 modernization across the Air Force
  • $24.8 million for F-16 simulators
  • $440 million for procurement of the MQ-9 and $275 million for 20 MQ-1 unmanned aerial vehicles for the Air Force

$97.5 million for C-130H Modernization for Air Guard:

  • $16 million for C-130H propeller upgrades;
  • $13.5 million for Electronic Propeller Control System;
  • $1.5 million for Inflight Propeller Balancing System;
  • $41.5 million for C-130 engine enhancement program; and
  • $25 million for C-130H modernization efforts

NGAUS Legislative Alert; 30 March 2017

NGAUS strongly supports S. 697 and H.R. 1687, the Tax Relief for Guard and Reserve Training Act.  S. 697 was introduced in the Senate by Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Tom Udall (D-NM), as well as in the House as H.R. 1687 by Representative Bruce Poliquin (R-ME), on March 22nd.

This legislation would increase the maximum reimbursement amount authorized for travel expenses incurred by members of the Reserve Component to attend training outside of normal commuting distances.  Specifically, it would modify existing law by allowing Guardsmen or Reservists to deduct from their adjusted gross income mileage, meal, and lodging expenses incurred while traveling to/from their duty location farther than 50 miles.

The passage of this important bill will provide Guardsmen and Reservists the same tax treatment offered to other federal employees for their commutes and ensure they are not unduly penalized while serving their country.  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

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EANGUS Call to Action; 2017-02

EANGUS Call To Action 2017-02

Representative Scott Peters (D-CA) introduced H.R. 1379 to amend Title 38 United States Code to provide for the entitlement to educational assistance under the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs for members of the Armed Forces awarded the Purple Heart. H.R. 1379 extends benefits under the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program to all honorably discharged, Purple Heart recipients regardless of duration of service. Currently, Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits are only available if a veteran completes at least 36 months of active duty service or is medically retired; however, some Purple Heart recipients are honorably discharged before either of those qualifications are attained, making them ineligible for full payments. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that each year, between 1,200 and 1,500 Purple Heart recipients are unable to receive full educational benefits because of the 36-month active duty service requirement. A large number of those individuals deployed with the Guard and Reserves. This bill would allow Purple Heart recipients to access the benefits they earned. Please contact your Member of Congress and request they support H.R. 1379.

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EANGUS Legislative Call To Action: 10 March 2017

H.R. 1384 “Reserve Component Benefits Parity Act of 2017″
Take Action: EANGUS Call To Action 2017-01
The House of Representatives’ National Guard and Reserve Caucus Co-Chairs, Representative Steven Palazzo (R-MS) and Representative Tim Walz (D-MN) introduced H.R. 1384 “Reserve Component Benefits Parity Act of 2017″ to fix the disparity created by the 12304b duty status.

Current Law

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.

If passed by Congress and signed by the President, H.R. 1384 would provide:

Pre- and post-mobilization TRICARE to service members and their families; Post-9/11 GI Bill eligibility to support personal and professional development; and greater predictability for operational deployments in order to protect time with families.

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. 1384, and support the bill should it come to the floor.

EANGUS Call To Action 2017-01

Thank you for your support!!!