|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
|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.
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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
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.
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.
|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:
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.
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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
- $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
- $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
- $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
- $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 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.
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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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