FRA Briefs Coast Guard Retiree Council
FRA’s Director of Legislative Programs John Davis and Phil Odom of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) briefed the Coast Guard Retiree Council this week on current legislative issues associated with retiree benefits. Top issues are proposed TRICARE fee increases, possible establishment of a retirement commission to potentially cut benefits, expanding concurrent receipt eligibility to include additional disabled retirees, and repeal of the Survivor Benefit Plan/Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (SBP/DIC) offset. Penny Collings, FRA’s director of Membership Development, is a member of the Coast Guard Retiree Council, which is co-chaired by retired Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard and former FRA National Chaplain Vince Patton and RADM Ronald Silva, USCG (Ret.). The council meets annually to ensure retirees’ concerns are brought to the attention of USCG leadership and that members of the retired community are kept informed on key legislative initiatives.