Provide Post-Deployment Health Care to Guardsmen Responding to COVID-19

Support including S.3713 and H.R.6967 within Supplemental Coronavirus Legislation

NGAI and NGAUS strongly support S.3713 and H.R.6967, the Support Our National Guard Act. This legislation would provide transitional healthcare benefits to National Guard servicemembers who have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic under Title 32 orders.

S.3713 is sponsored by Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joni Ernst of Iowa. H.R.6967 is sponsored by Reps. Joe Cunningham of South Carolina and Steven Palazzo of Mississippi.
As of May 26, more than 45,000 members of the National Guard across all 54 states and territories have been activated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While most soldiers and airmen are currently serving on federal Title 32 orders responding to a federally-declared national emergency, under current law they will not receive federal post-deployment transitional health care coverage.

The Support Our National Guard Act would require the Secretary of Defense to provide National Guard servicemembers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with six months of post-deployment health care. These transition benefits will ensure Guardsmen do not experience a lapse in healthcare coverage after their Title 32 deployment ends and would ensure treatment of medical issues arising from their service.

It is critical to provide this coverage because Guardsmen are responding on the front lines of a health emergency, often in direct contact with the COVID-19 virus when staffing testing sites, transporting testing materials, and assisting in disinfecting care facilities. National Guard servicemembers deserve full federal support during this time, including directly after their mission is complete and they are able to return to their families.

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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


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.


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


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.

Thank you for your support!!!

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


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

NGAI Alert #17-2: 2017 NGAI Legislative Report

The NGAI legislative efforts in the Indiana General Assembly culminated with a call to action to support the Governor’s retired military pay tax exemption and to restore/increase the active military pay deduction…by the end of session, the current $5000 deduction was restored and a new $6250 deduction was created for retired pay. Although total exemptions did not pass, this session was still one of the biggest ever for Hoosier Veterans and set the stage for more substantial wins in the next General Assembly (100% exemption for Guard income and retirement.) We are already laying the groundwork for the next legislative session and will begin the process of engaging all of our Guardsmen to be ready for our next battle. Our members answered the call and made a difference this year; A total exemption will require a MASSIVE grassroots effort, so encourage your fellow Guardsmen now to be active in NGAI!

Last year, NGAI succeeded in their efforts to pass legislation that incorporated “Hoosier Veterans” in the definition of “Veteran,” in the Indiana Code, insuring that our National Guard and Reserve members were included in the recognition and benefits bestowed upon those who have served. The term, “Hoosier Veteran” also includes all Guardsmen that have completed their specialty training to reward and incentivize those in the National Guard who are on call 24/7 for both for military service abroad and aiding in emergencies at home.


  • Giving priority to our Guardsmen, both present and future, in State hiring and training opportunities;
  • Creating a formal link between the Department of Workforce Development and the Department of Veteran Affairs to coordinate and expand high-value job and training opportunities for Hoosier Veterans;
  • Establishing statutory mandates to expedite professional licenses for Guardsmen and their spouses (including teacher’s licenses in a separate bill);
  • Building educational support for new enlistees seeking their GED’s;
  • Codifying the assurance that Guardsmen who work for the State will not lose seniority and income when activated;
  • Increasing State financial support for Veteran Service Organizations and Veteran Service Officers;
  • Adding 6 new Regional Veteran Service Officers to increase support for Hoosier Veterans in need;
  • Saving the $5000 tax deduction for military pay; and creating a $6250 tax deduction for military retirement pay, in addition to eliminating the minimum age requirement of 60.


Below is the NGAI “tracking list” from this recently past legislative session; there are links included, if you are interested in reading more about issues impacting our Guardsmen. Visit the NGAI website for more details on all of our legislative successes and initiatives for next year.

HB1001 STATE BIENNIAL BUDGET (BROWN T) Appropriates money for capital expenditures and for the operation of the state. The current military pay deduction was “inadvertently” omitted from one version and then reduced in another; NGAI worked to restore the deduction. NGAI also pushed for the exemption of ALL retired military pay from State taxation in this bill, which resulted in a separate $6250 deduction. (NGAI objective is to eventually exempt ALL military pay from taxation.) The budget also contains funding for veteran service organizations, which was supported by NGAI.  State Bill Page:

HB1007 EDUCATION COURSE ACCESS PROGRAM (COOK A) Allows the department of education (department) to authorize course providers to offer course access program courses that provide for the delivery of instruction through any method, including online technologies, in the course access program (program). Allows the state board of education to adopt emergency and nonemergency rules. This bill includes provisions for enlisted members of the Indiana National Guard.  State Bill Page:

HB1308 VARIOUS PROFESSIONAL LICENSING MATTERS (ZENT D) Requires the boards under the authority of the agency to expedite the issuance or renewal of licenses,

certificates, registrations, or permits to military spouses. (Current law requires the boards to adopt rules to expedite the issuance or renewal of licenses, certificates, registrations, or permits to military spouses.)   State Bill Page:

HB1324 ACTIVATION OF STATE EMPLOYEES (FORESTAL D) Provides that a state employee who is a member of the Indiana National Guard or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States is entitled to: (1) a leave of absence without loss of time while on active duty; and (2) compensation in an amount that is equal to the difference between the member’s active duty military pay and the salary the member would have received if the member was not called to active duty.  State Bill Page:

HB1396 TEACHER LICENSING FOR MILITARY SPOUSES (MCNAMARA W) Requires the state board of education to adopt rules, including emergency rules, that establish procedures to expedite the issuance, renewal, or reinstatement of a teacher license to a military spouse whose husband or wife is assigned to a duty station in Indiana. (Current law allows, but does not require, the state board to adopt such rules.)  State Bill Page:

SB307 VETERAN PREFERENCE FOR EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING (HERSHMAN B) Requires the department of workforce development (department) to give a veteran or the spouse of a veteran priority for placement in any federal or state employment or training program administered by the department. Note: this Bill includes all Guardsmen with 100 days of continuous active duty. State Bill Page:

NGAI Alert#17-1; Governor’s Military Tax Reform; 8 April 2017


Governor Eric Holcomb has proposed making military pensions fully exempted from state taxation. We as the National Guard Association of Indiana (NGAI) believe this is an important policy to take Indiana to the next level for many reasons; not the least of which are:

  • It is important to encourage retired veterans to set their roots in Indiana where they can grow their lives and families for years to come.
  • Attracting and keeping retired veterans in the state has an important economic impact in terms of growing Indiana’s workforce with talented individuals who value their communities and will contribute on many levels.
  • Indiana is lagging behind our neighbors in incentivizing veterans and retirees to return home or choose Indiana to relocate. Three of our surrounding states have complete exemption of all military income from state taxation:
    • Michigan
    • Ohio
    • Illinois
  • Kentucky has (1) a full exemption for those that retired before 1997 or (2) an exemption up to $41,110 in annual income.

Governor Holcomb said it best in his State of the State when he said exempting veteran’s pensions from state income tax, “will make it easier for them (veterans) to stay here and attract other patriots to our great state in their post-military careers.”

We strongly encourage the Indiana General Assembly to join many other states across the country and adopt this policy.


I think we need to emphasize the Governor’s initiative as an important tool to boost the Indiana economy by activating an incredible, but under-utilized economic force – Our Hoosier Veterans.  Most important, the Governor is giving veterans a seat at the table during the most critical time of the legislative process – the Budget Conference Committee. This opportunity can be leveraged to boost our other initiatives – support for our Veteran Service Organizations, Veteran Service Officers and other essential veteran services.

The Governor has given us a GREAT opportunity to be at the table, BUT we need to engage EVERY veteran to back the Governor’s efforts to give us the leverage he (we) needs. The Legislature has already denied him once; they won’t be able to do it again if every legislator hears from their veterans.

EVERY Hoosier veteran needs to call, write or email their legislator and encourage them to commit to support this issue. Use the message below, or send your own personal message.

Representative or Senator (click to find your state legislators),

I fully support Governor Holcomb’s military, veterans and retiree initiatives, and ask you to do the same. I’m requesting your urgent strong support by doing the following:

1. Urge your representative on the Budget Conference Committee to support the Governor’s retired military pay state income tax exemption initiative

2. To grow the Indiana Economy, while fully supporting the efforts of the Veteran Service Organizations and their mission in support of Veterans; and

3. Provide the critical infrastructure needed by our Veteran Service Officers in every county.

With the utmost respect,

Signed (your name)

Ask them to report back to you on the success of their efforts.

Thank you for your support in this critical matter.

Mike Sturm
Executive Director