4-12-13

FRA Supports Veteran Status Bills

FRA believes that all who served 20 or more years in the Reserve Component (Guard or Reserves) should qualify for veterans status and strongly supports the “Honor America’s Guard-Reserve Retirees Act” (H.R. 679 & S. 629), sponsored by Rep. Tim Walz (Minn.) and Sen. Mark Pryor (Ark.), respectively. This legislation would authorize “veteran’s status” for members of the Reserve Component who served 20 or more years and are thereby considered military retirees, but due to current criteria, do not qualify for veterans status. These so-called “gray-area retirees” receive military retired pay and TRICARE benefits at age 60, but are not veterans under the law unless they were activated under federal orders.

Members are urged to use the FRA Action Center to ask their senators and representative to support these bills.