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!!!

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