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NGAUS Legislative Alert #16-2; 2 February 2016

The Issue: The legislation seeks to increase rural participation in the National Guard and Reserves by reforming an arbitrary $300 reimbursement cap for members traveling to training exercises and activities.

Immediate Action Required: Contact your representatives immediately and ask them to support H.R. 4424, the Rural Guard Act of 2016, a bill sponsored by Rep. Don Young, D-Alaska.

More Information: NGAUS strongly supports H.R. 4424, the Rural Guard Act of 2016, amending Title 37, United States Code, to increase the maximum reimbursement amount authorized for travel expenses incurred by certain members of the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve to attend inactive duty training outside of normal commuting distances.

Specifically, the Rural Guard Act of 2016 modifies existing law by removing a $300 reimbursement cap, on a case by case basis, if the National Guard or Reserve member:

1) lives in the state in which the training occurs,
2) lives in a rural area, and
3) travels to Guard or Reserve training using a boat or aircraft due to limited or nonexistent vehicular routes, or from a permanent residence located more than 75 miles from the training location.

The bi-partisan bill is also co-sponsored by Rep. Mark Takai (D-HI), Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN), Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT), Rep. Steve Palazzo (R-MS), Rep. Richard Nugent (R-FL), Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Rep. Brad Ashford (D-NE), and Rep. Thomas Rooney(R-FL).

Please contact your representatives and urge them to support this bill.

NGAUS Point of Contact:
Grace Washbourne
Legislative Program Manager, Joint Programs

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