Please contact your Members of Congress and urge them to co-sponsor and support H.R. 1384.
NGAUS strongly supports H.R. 1384, the Reserve Component Benefits Parity Act, introduced on March 8th by Representatives Steven Palazzo of Mississippi’s 4th District, Tim Walz of Minnesota’s 1st District, Trent Franks of Arizona’s 8th District, and Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire’s 1st District.
The legislation will eliminate the benefits disparity created by the 12304b mobilization authority, which was created in 2012 to allow the Department of Defense (DoD) to deploy reserve forces for pre-planned missions in support of combatant commanders. However, unlike the active component, those reserve forces are not provided pre- and post-mobilization TRICARE, post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits, reduction in retirement age, and credit for time spent while deployed.
The Reserve Component Benefits Parity Act will provide:
- Pre- and post-mobilization TRICARE to service members and their families.
- Post-9/11 G.I. Bill eligibility to support personal and professional development.
- Greater predictability for operational deployments in order to protect time with families.
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