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House Makes Another Try At Fixing Early Retirement


Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) reintroduced the National Guardsmen and Reservists Parity for Patriots Act as H. R. 20 8, which would fix the inequities created by the early retirement provision in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

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                                                   hopefully add clout to his bill. A com-         Gray-area buy-in was originally sug-
                                                   panion bill should be introduced by          gested by ROA in 2005. A group of
                                                   Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R–Ga.) in the          Military Coalition associations worked
                                                   Senate.                                      with Rep. Latta’s office to develop the
                                                      The new House bill was reintro-           legislation. Even before passage, costs
                                                   duced on the first day of the 111th          to gray-area retirees have decreased, fol-
                                                   Congress and has 25 co-sponsors, but         lowing premium reductions that were
                                                   the original bill ended the 110th session    instituted by Department of Defense’s

                                          D.C. Listening Post
     House Makes Another Try                       with 83 co-sponsors. Rep. Wilson’s of-       Health Affairs on Jan. 1, 2009. Monthly
     At Fixing Early Retirement                    fice worked in collaboration with ROA        TRS premiums dropped for individuals
         Rep. Joe Wilson (R–S.C.) reintro-         to develop the original bill. ROA mem-       from $81 to $47.51; family coverage fell
     duced the National Guardsmen and              bers need to get their elected officials     from $253 to $180.17. This adjustment
     Reservists Parity for Patriots Act as         to sign up to support this badly needed      would mean that a gray-area retiree
     H.R.208, which would fix the ineq-            bill.                                        family would pay about $644 a month
     uities created by the early retirement                                                     when legislation is finally passed.
     provision in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2008        New Gray Area Tricare Bill
     National Defense Authorization Act            Gets a Swift Start                           SCRA Now Covers
     (NDAA). This new legislation would                Last year, a piece of good legislation   Cell Phone Contracts
     require retroactive eligibility to include    was introduced too late. No longer a             Following recent congressional
     up to 600,000 Guard and Reserve mem-          freshman, Rep. Bob Latta (R–Ohio)            amendments, the Servicemembers
     bers who have supported contingency           has learned from his mistake and has al-     Civil Relief Act (SCRA) provides help
     operations since Sept. 11, 2001.              ready introduced the Tricare Continu-        with certain cell-phone contracts. This
         “Our National Guard and Reserve           ity of Coverage for National Guard and       was included in the Veterans Benefit
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