Friday, April 15, 2016

Update: FRA Storms the Hill

Here is a report from our good friends at the Fleet Reserve Association's recent "Storming of Capitol Hill.
FRA Storms Capitol Hill
Members of FRA's National Board of Directors (NBOD) and other Association leaders brought the enlisted perspective to Capitol Hill this week as they visited their respective elected officials in Washington, D.C. These shipmates shared the Association's position on priority legislative issues with their senators and representatives, asking them to oppose the Administration's call for drastically higher TRICARE Prime fees and co-pays, new enrollment fees for TRICARE Standard and new TRICARE-for-Life (TFL) beneficiaries.

FRA leaders asked lawmakers to pass legislation to reduce the disability claims backlog at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and to extend disability benefits to "Blue Water" Vietnam veterans exposed to the Agent Orange herbicide while serving off the coast of Vietnam. These Shipmates also asked legislators to support concurrent receipt reform and repeal the Survivor Benefit Program (SBP) Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) offset for military widows and widowers. FRA wants to thank the Shipmates who sent more than 3,000 advocacy messages to Capitol Hill in conjunction with the NBOD storming the Hill.

The issues enumerated above and other key issues are listed on the FRA Action Center ( action.fra.org/action-center ).
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VNVets

”It is a stain on this nation's honor that the Department of Veterans Affairs has become a deadlier and more difficult adversary to the American veteran than any they have ever faced on a battlefield."-- VNVets

"The concept that Agent Orange, and its effects, stopped dead in its tracks at the shoreline is simply too illogical, and too ludicrous to accept. What does that say about the Obama Administration and his Department of Veterans Affairs?"--VNVets

"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan--to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations." --President Abraham Lincoln

"It follows then as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious."--President George Washington

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