NGAUS strongly supports S.2921, The Veterans First Act, passed by the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on May 16th. This bill contains many provisions that will enhance the quality of service and care of our nations veterans. Contact your senators: Ask them to support bringing the Veterans First Act for a vote on the Senate floor before the 114th Congress ends.
In particular, the Veterans First Act contains a provision that would authorize veteran status under Title 38 for National Guard and Reserve members of the Armed Forces who are entitled to a non-regular retirement under Chapter 1223 of 10 USC, but were never called to Title 10 active service other than for training purposes during their careers.
The bill also contains language that would provide Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to members of the Guard and Reserve who deploy under Title 10 12304(b). Expanded use of pre-planned 12304(b) activations this year and in the future requires changes in law that provide equal benefits for the National Guard and Reserve who serve under these Title 10 tours. The Department of Defense supports adding this benefit.
Your support for this bill this year will affect thousands of members of the National Guard both serving and retired. Thank you for your support of the Armed Services and our National Guard.
Major General, USA (Ret.)
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