FRA serves its retired members by:
FRA leads the fight for concurrent receipt of military retired pay
and VA disability compensation. Success has been realized for the most
severely disabled retirees, but the Association will continue fighting
until concurrent receipt is a reality for all disabled military
In 2008, retirees who have paid Survivor Benefit Program (SBP)
premiums for 30 years and have reached the age of 70 will no longer pay
SBP premiums. FRA believes retirees who currently meet these
requirements should be exempt from further payments and is working to
advance the enactment date.
FRA drafted legislation that would allow retiring service members
to receive a Dislocation Allowance (DLA) when they leave active
FRA also authored a bill authorizing the designated survivor to
retain the full final month’s retired pay for any month in which
the retiree lived for at least 24 hours. (Current law forces
survivors to repay a prorated amount for the days following the
The Association is an outspoken advocate for reform of the
Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act (USFSPA) to make the
measure more equitable for military retirees.
FRA also supports adequate funding for the operation of the Armed
Forces Retirement Home’s two facilities so that adequate care can
be provided for the residents.
One of FRA’s highest priorities is to ensure that DoD health
care programs are fully funded.
FRA seeks to improve health care access for military retirees who
are under age 65, particularly those who do not live near Military
Treatment Facilities (MTFs).
The Association is working to improve the sharing of DoD and VA
health care resources and improve retirees’ access to VA health
FRA fights continuing efforts by the VA to impose enrollment fees
and increase copays for prescription medications.
Keeping shipmates informed on issues that affect them.
FRA believes an informed shipmate is a good citizen.
News Bytes, FRA’s weekly e-mail update, provides the latest
news about legislation and policy changes that impact shipmates’
quality of life.
FRA members receive FRA Today, our monthly membership
magazine that showcases the Association’s legislative efforts,
reports of FRA events, and profiles of shipmates who are making a
difference in their communities.
Keeping you connected with fellow and former
FRA shipmates gather at branch meetings around the country to
participate in community service projects, promote patriotism in their
local communities, and share the bonds of the Brotherhood of the
FRA’s annual national and regional conventions are prime
opportunities for shipmates to share fun and fellowship.
Members are encouraged to list their ship and organizational
reunions in FRA’s monthly membership magazine, FRA Today,
and on our website.
Looking for a long lost shipmate? FRA members can post a
“Looking for …” notice in FRA Today and on
FRA sponsors a scholarship program that annually presents over
$100,000 to deserving students across the nation.