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.