In this issue:
Ask Your Senators to Oppose Pharmacy Co-pay Increases and Pay Cuts While There’s Still Time
VA Takes Next Step to Modernize Scheduling System
Obama Announces Veterans Mental Health Efforts
$39.2M Prudential Deal with Military Families Gets OK’d
FRA NHQ Closed for Labor Day
In this issue:
The 2014 FRA Americanism/Patriotism Essay Contest information is now available at http://fra-nwregion.org/?p=27. This years contest is for a 350 word essay on “Why I am Proud to be an American” due to local branches by December 1st.
The essay contest is open to youth in grades 7-12 and the top essay in the country can be worth $5000, outside of local and regional prizes.
This years NW Regional point of contact is S/m JJ Wynn of Honolulu/Pearl Harbor branch #46
The third and final letter for this years regional convention to be held in Spokane September 19-20 has been published on the websites conventions page.
The hotel block for the Spokane Airport Ramada was reopened and is available through September 8th. Room rates are $87 per night and reservation can be made either via the hotel website (www.the.ramada.com/spokane00207), or by phone (509-838-5211 / 1-866-691-2384). Please use reservation code: CG FRA4
There is an online option on both here on the NW Regional Webste and also on the Branch #38 website to purchase your meals via PayPal. Visit the Menu Page Here.
We will be streaming photos of the convention to our facebook page during the convention. Please like and follow the NW regional Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/FRANWRegion
A reminder to all branches and units to get your credentials in for both the Regional and National Conventions ASAP. If your branch/unit will not be present, please contact the regional president for a list of proxies that will be attending the conventions.
|Contact your Senators while they are home on August Recess|
|Contact your Sentator here!!!|
|Congress has adjourned for its traditional August recess until September 8, 2014. The Senate was unable to pass its version of the FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) before leaving town. The bill (S. 2410), approved by committee and awaiting Senate floor action, dramatically increases pharmacy co-pays for retirees, reduces the FY 2015 active duty pay increase, and increases out-of-pocket housing costs for active duty. While Senators are back home, members are urged to call their local office (phone number and talking points are provided in the alert), visit the office with other Shipmates and/or attend town hall meetings in your area to express your concerns about these provisions in the Senate bill. The House version of the NDAA (H.R. 4435) does not include these provisions. Members can still also use the Action Center to send an e-mail to Capitol Hill on this legislation.
Congress has already agreed to increase pharmacy co-pays that are capped at the rate of inflation. If these smaller active duty pay increases are enacted it will be the second year in a row that military pay has not kept pace with civilian pay. The cuts to the housing subsidy will cost the average enlisted military family $1,200 a year.
Please ask your Senators to support efforts to stop dramatic pharmacy co-pay increases for retirees and support adequate pay and benefits for active duty service members.