Saturday, November 16, 2013

URGENT! Support Senate NDAA Amendments! (S. 1197)



Our friends at the Fleet Reserve Association have once again reached out for our assistance:

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Senate Debates and Amends Defense Authorization Bill
The Senate version of the FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA-S. 1197) is scheduled to be considered by the full Senate. The House approved its version of the Defense Authorization bill (H.R. 1960) in June. One of the major differences between the two bills is that the House version provides a 1.8 percent active duty/Reserve pay increase and the current Senate bill provides for only a 1 percent increase.  FRA strongly supports a pay increase that at least keeps pace with pay increases in the civilian pay increases (1.8 percent) and would support a Senate floor amendment to increase the pay increase to 1.8 percent. FRA will be supporting other key floor amendments that include:

  • Expanding concurrent receipt for immediate payment of full military retired pay and veteran’s disability compensation for all disabled retirees (sponsored by Senator Harry Reid-NV);
  • Providing a one-time offer for TRICARE Prime beneficiaries to keep their current coverage even though they live outside the reduced Prime Service Area (PSA) 40 mile radius of an Military Treatment Facility (MTF) or BRAC site (sponsored by Senator Amy Klobuchar-Minn.); and
  • Eliminating the Survivor Benefit Program (SBP) Dependent Indemnity Compensation (DIC) offset for military widows (sponsored by Senator Bill Nelson-Fla.).

Members are urged to use the Action Center to ask their Senators to support these critical amendments.

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Please use the following link to automatically send your support for Senate Amendments to the NDAA Senate Bill 1197


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