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EANGUS NATIONAL OFFICE UPDATE
EANGUS Signs Letter to Support Guard Retirement
On July 8, 2015, EANGUS signed a coalition letter regarding blended retirement proposals stemming from the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC) recommendations. The Senate and House of Representatives are in Conference to resolve differences between the Senate- and House-passed National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAA). The EANGUS National Office is working with the Air Force Association, National Guard Association of the United States, Reserve Officers Association, and the VFW to show support for the legislative provisions in the House-passed NDAA. A copy of the Coalition letter can be found here. Representatives of each association are also taking meetings with Senate offices to express support for the House-passed NDAA. The House-passed NDAA would match a service member's retirement contributions to 6%, continues matching a service member's contributions after 20 years of services (YOS), and would provide an option lump sum payment for RC members at the time of separation. The Senate-passed NDAA proposals only match to 5% of a service member's contributions, stops matching at 20 YOS, and does not include a lump sum option for RC members at the time of separation. The National Office's support for the blended retirement proposals — as well as the Department of Defense's support for retirement modernization proposals — have largely centered around the three aforementioned aspects of the House-passed NDAA. The EANGUS National Office is working hard to ensure that retirement modernization is done the correct way. EANGUS members should keep in mind that the blended retirement system will not begin until Fiscal Year 2018 and that there is plenty of time to affect change to the proposals being considered. Please also keep in mind that all currently serving are grandfathered into the current, 20-year retirement system.
Many critics of Army cuts ignored Pentagon warnings, supported sequestration
Some of the loudest critics of the proposed staffing cuts the Army announced July 9 at bases around the United States were the very members of Congress who four years ago voted to impose government-wide budget measures that the Pentagon warned then would compel it to slash the military.
The Army’s announcement of plans to reduce its active duty force by 40,000 troops over the next two years was panned widely in Congress, especially by lawmakers from states with bases hit hard by the proposed cuts.
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U.S. Army cuts would hit nearly every base
The U.S. Army announced a plan to cut 40,000 troops that would impact nearly every Army installation, warning that the reductions could grow if Congress cannot reach a deal to avert sequestration budget cuts.
The Army detailed plans to cut the active-duty force from 490,000 to 450,000 within two years. The end-strength target was made public months ago, but members of Congress were briefed July 9 on the specific bases and units impacted.
An Army in limbo
Killeen Daily Herald
The future of the United States Army is uncertain. Leaders are faced with budget shortfalls, resulting in drastic cuts to the force, and no one seems to know when or how the budget will return to a predictable level. Meanwhile, military threats in the world seem to grow almost daily. From Russian aggression to Islamic State horrors, the world is at best unstable, prompting many U.S. military supporters to call for modernizing of equipment and adequate training for the Army.
Texas governor meets with Army commission in wake of announced force cuts
After news of the Army’s plans to cut 40,000 troops from its ranks, the governor of Texas on July 10 called for the preservation of his state’s soldiers.
Gov. Greg Abbott met with the National Commission on the Future of the Army to express his support for the Texas Army National Guard and Army troops residing in the state.
Leaked document: Nearly one-third of 847,000 veterans in backlog for VA health care already died
The Huffington Post
More than 238,000 of the 847,000 veterans in the pending backlog for health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs have already died, according to an internal VA document provided to The Huffington Post.
Scott Davis, a program specialist at the VA's Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta and a past whistleblower on the VA's failings, provided HuffPost with an April 2015 report titled "Analysis of Death Services," which reviews the accuracy of the VA's veteran death records.
Joint Chief nominee: Russia 'greatest threat to our national security'
The Washington Times
Gen. Joseph Dunford said July 9 that despite conflicts in the Middle East with terrorist groups, Russia poses the greatest threat to the United States today.
"My assessment today is that Russia poses the greatest threat to our national security," Gen. Dunford told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee in a hearing to consider his nomination to be the next chairman of the joint chiefs. "if you look at their behavior, it’s nothing short of alarming."
Millions more Americans hit by government personnel data hack
Data breaches at the U.S. government's personnel management agency by hackers, with suspicions centering on China, involves millions more people than previously estimated, U.S. officials said July 9. The Office of Personnel Management said data stolen from its computer networks included Social Security numbers and other sensitive information on 21.5 million people who have undergone background checks for security clearances.
Pentagon announces plan lifting transgender ban
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the Pentagon's current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military are outdated, and anyone willing to serve the U.S. should be able to do so.
Graham talks Iran, ISIS in foreign policy speech
CNN via KSPR-TV
Lindsey Graham recently gave his first foreign policy speech since announcing his presidential campaign, touching upon ISIS, a potential nuclear deal with Iran and the possibility of more U.S. military involvement in the Middle East. Speaking at the Atlantic Council, where he also sat down for a question-and-answer session with CNN's Jake Tapper, the Republican senator from South Carolina said his credentials on foreign policy, coupled with the importance of a strong commander-in-chief, made him uniquely qualified to be President.
EANGUS "We Care for America" Foundation: Program suspended until further notice
The National Guard Soldier and Airmen Relief Fund was created many years ago through a generous grant from a corporate partner. Over time, this fund has supported National Guard members faster than we have replenished the funds. As a result, we have had to temporarily suspend the program and focus on rebuilding the reserves.
In the last week, WCFA has received $1,745 in generous donations. Thank you for your continued support.
To donate: https://eangus.org/wcfa/
EANGUS Golf Outing
Friday, 7 August 2015
DEER CREEK GOLF CLUB
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Clayton, IN 46118
Tournament consists of a one flight scramble format starting at 0900. Registration will be open at 0700. Lunch will be served at the clubhouse during play. Cost is $85.00 per person. Cost includes: 18-hole greens fee and cart.
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TRICARE Retiree Dental Program and The Veteran Affairs Dental Insurance Program
For nearly three decades, Delta Dental Federal Government Programs has had the honor and pleasure of working with active duty, Guard/Reserve and retired military members through our administration of the dental programs under TRICARE and Veterans Affairs. Aside from being able to serve these fine individuals, one of the greatest rewards has been our relationship with your Association and other members of The Military Coalition. Through this partnership, we have been able to help countless military families maintain and improve their dental and overall health. Because most people are now getting their information electronically, I wanted to let you know about some great new e-tools that we have available.
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TRICARE Safety Series: Use a Full Sunscreen Regiment for Full Protection
As the summer sun continues to shine down on us, we need to remain vigilant against sun damage. Knowing the key differences in skin protection and using a full sunscreen regiment will best protect you and your loved ones from the sun. We all know that sunscreen or sunblock is a must for skin protection during the summer and all year, but do you know which one is best for you?
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TRICARE Beneficiary Bulletin #313
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