Apr 24

FRA NewsBytes April 24 2015

FRA Newsbytes 04/24/2015

FRA Newsbytes 04/24/2015

In this issue:
Defense Authorization Markup Creates New Military Retirement System
Appropriations Subcommittee Approves Military Construction and VA Budget
Veterans Status Bills Introduced
CFPB Takes Action against Military Allotment Processor’s Hidden Fees
Internet Explorer Must Be Updated for DFAS
FRA Appoints National Vice President

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Apr 24

FRA Names Senator Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) as 2015 Pinnacle Recipient

PRESS RELEASE

PRESS RELEASE

Washington, D.C., April 16, 2015—The Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) presented its prestigious Pinnacle Award to New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte to honor her outstanding leadership in preserving and enhancing the quality of life for military personnel, retirees, veterans and their families. Ayotte, New Hampshire’s junior senator, was selected to receive the association’s highest honor for her stand against the reduction in cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) of retired pay for military retirees under the age of 62 and for her opposition to TRICARE fee increases. She also strongly supports legislation to exclude the Department of Defense (DoD) budget from sequestration cuts. FRA additionally recognized Ayotte for her advocacy on behalf of all military veterans, including sponsorship of bills such as the Veterans Health Equity Act and the Remembering America’s Forgotten Veterans Cemetery Act. The award was presented in a Capitol Hill ceremony hosted by FRA.

Apr 22

FRA Storms Capitol Hill

Association News

Association News

Members of FRA’s National Board of Directors (NBOD), many Regional Vice Presidents, 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 and new enrollment fees for TRICARE Standard and new TRICARE-for-Life (TFL) beneficiaries. They urged Congress not to cut funding for military stateside commissaries and to exclude Defense from mandatory sequestration budget cuts. Additionally, FRA leaders asked lawmakers to take action 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 oppose the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC) recommendations to drastically shift TRICARE health care costs to current retirees under age 65 and to cut retirement benefits for those future service members that serve 20 or more years. FRA wants to thank the Shipmates that sent nearly 2,500 advocacy messages to Capitol Hill in conjunction with our NBOD storming the Hill.

(L to R) Wyoming Senator John Barrasso meets with RPNW Mike Archer on April 16th and part of the FRA's "Storm the Hill" event.

(L to R) Wyoming Senator John Barrasso meets with RPNW Mike Archer on April 16th as part of the FRA’s “Storm the Hill” event.

Apr 21

Everett Unit #170 re-established

Branch Unit News

Branch Unit News

On Friday April 3rd LAFRA Regional President NW Lauren Wynn (Honolulu Unit #46), National Presient Doris Fri (Mo-Kan Unit #161), and Regional Vice-President NW DyAnne Tryon (Seattle Unit #18) initiated, installed and Instituted Everett LAFRA Unit #170 after being dormant for the last 20 years. In attendance to witness the ceremonies were two of the original members of Unit #170, now members of Unit #18, and various shipmates from Branch #170 and the NW Region.

Everett Branch #170’s President Ron Belz spoke to the attendees about how much that the Auxiliary Members worked together to re-establish the unit after LAFRA PNP Gini Larson challenged them during the 2012 NW Regional Convention in Everett. PRPNW Marion Dent-Hoglund added her thoughts as well.

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Apr 21

Pierce County Exec Visits Mt Rainier Branch #104

Mark with PCE Pat McCarthyOn February 9th, Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy was invited to address Mt. Rainier Branch #104 of the Fleet Reserve Association before their stated meeting.  Executive McCarthy spoke about her recent trip to the Pentagon and the potential effects of any budget cuts to Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) on our local economy.  Executive McCarthy was also spoke about how Pierce County is working with Veterans and helping those who need additional services.

Apr 17

FRA NewsBytes April 17 2015

FRA Newsbytes 04/17/2015

FRA Newsbytes 04/17/2015

In this issue:
FRA Storms Capitol Hill
FRA Honors New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte
Permanent “Doc Fix” Approved
The Passing of NVP Roger Mitchell

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