Alexandria, VA –Members of the Fleet Reserve Association’s (FRA’s) board of directors will take their shipmates’ concerns directly to Capitol Hill on Thursday, April 10. In one-on-one meetings with their respective elected officials and staff, FRA leaders are calling for adequate funding for Department of Defense (DoD) healthcare programs to preserve the TRICARE benefit, Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ (VA) reforms and many other issues that directly affect the quality of life of FRA shipmates and all current and former enlisted sea services personnel.
FRA Takes Members’ Concerns to Capitol Hill, Presents Pinnacle Award
During the visits, FRA representatives will provide background and describe how proposed budget cuts and changes to military benefit programs directly affect them, their shipmates and their families. Issues to be discussed include cuts in military pay and commissary benefits, Agent Orange reform to include “Blue Water” veterans, two-year advance funding for the VA, reducing the VA disability rating claims backlog, concurrent receipt reform, proposed increases in TRICARE fees, a permanent “doc fix” that adequately reimburses physicians who see TRICARE patients, excluding the Defense Department from further sequestration cuts, and more.
FRA members and other concerned citizens from around the country are invited to virtually participate in the Hill Visits via the Association’s online Action Center. Available at action.fra.org, the Action Center provides pre-written letters on FRA’s top legislative priorities that can be sent to lawmakers with the click of a button. Messages from constituents strengthen FRA’s voice on Capitol Hill and help advance the Association’s legislative agenda, which is also available at action.fra.org.
Also on April 10, FRA will present its prestigious Pinnacle Award to Representative Joe Wilson of South Carolina, chairman of the House Armed Services’ Subcommittee on Military Personnel, for his strong leadership in sponsoring FRA-supported legislation. The presentation will be held at the Rayburn House Office Building. Each year, FRA presents its highest honor to a member of Congress whose service and leadership epitomizes the Association’s three cardinal principles of Loyalty, Protection and Service.
FRA is a congressionally chartered, non-profit organization representing the interests of current and former enlisted personnel of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. As the collective voice for all Sea Service personnel since 1924, FRA aids its members by speaking on their behalf on Capitol Hill, by maintaining close relationships with government agencies and by educating lawmakers about the challenges facing those who serve in the armed forces. FRA also sponsors a national Americanism Essay Contest and assists its members with disaster relief grants.
The Association additionally sponsors an Education Foundation that awards scholarships to deserving college students and was a 2012 recognized charity in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). For more information on the FRA Education Foundation, visit www.fra.org/foundation.