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NERA’s mission is to promote and maintain national security by ensuring a strong and well-trained Naval, Coast Guard and Marine Corps Reserve. NERA is a founding member of The Military Coalition (TMC). By partnering with 31 military, veterans and uniformed services organizations, NERA is able to promote sea service reservists benefits by aligning with the grassroots support of more than 5.5 million TMC members and their families.

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Legislative Updates


NERA follows numerous legislative proposals in Congress that concern our members. Here are the highlights of the current legislative initiatives NERA is tracking:


FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

FY 2019 NDAA: The most pressing legislative issue at the time of this writing is the FY 2019:

  • National Defense Authorization Act. Both the House and Senate have passed versions of this act with several differences between the two. A joint conference committee is awaiting convening to resolve these differences.
  • The main difference is a Senate provision that establishes a single co-pay TRICARE structure by combining cost-sharing under TRICARE Select and TRICARE Prime. NERA is opposed to this because of the impact of higher co-pays and enrollment fees, catastrophic caps and new non-network deductibles eroding the health care benefit.
  • The House version has provisions for a direct employment pilot program for reserves and veterans; and compensation and credit for retired pay purposes for maternity leave taken by reserve members. NERA supports both of these. There are no similar Senate proposals.
  • The Senate version establishes eligibility of reserves for high deployment allowance for long or numerous deployments; and a provision for non-reduction in pay for reservists serving on duty. NERA supports both proposals. There are no similar House proposals.
  • Both versions maintain Selected Reserve authorized strength at 59,000 for Navy Reserve, 38,500 for Marine Corps Reserve and 7,000 for Coast Guard Reserve. Full time support for reserves are maintained at 10,101 for Navy Reserve and 2,261 for Marine Corps Reserve.
  • Both versions authorize a 2.6% pay raise for military personnel, the largest increase in 9 years.

 

There are numerous other differences, but these are the most notable provisions that could have an effect on our members.

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Disabled Veterans can fly Space Available Flights for free

When congress signed the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act last year,100% service connected disabled Veterans became eligible for Space Available Travel. Better known as ‘Space-A’ or military hops, Air Mobility Command (AMC) maintains an extensive network of flights throughout the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa. Supplementing this network, several Air National Guard and Naval Aviation Units have flights available.

To be eligible for Space-A flights, Veterans must have a permanent and total service-connected disability rating. These Vets must also obtain a DD Form 2765, “Department of Defense/Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card (TAN).

The Space-A Program fills surplus capacity and seating on DOD aircraft. A popular perk among retirees, now eligible Veterans can take advantage of the program and fly for free. So, whether the Veteran is looking for a getaway to Hawaii or a trip to catch-up with their Veteran brothers and sisters on the other side of the country, the Space-A travel program can fly you there.

For more information visit: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/60642/eligibility-disabled-veterans-space-available-flights/ 

Veterans Affairs Dental Insurance Program

1. FEDVIP: Anyone that retires from the military or has a qualifying life event (QLE) will have 60 days to enroll in FEDVIP. Otherwise, they will have to wait until Federal Benefits Open Season, which runs from early November to early December, 2019 and their new benefits will begin on January 1, 2020. More detailed information on QLEs and eligibility can be found on BENEFEDS.com. Here is a link to our current Delta Dental FEDVIP fact sheet. It details our two Delta Dental plan options.

 2. VADIP: Veterans enrolled at the VA and/or CHAMPVA enrollees are eligible for VADIP. We have VADIP fact sheets that provide an overview of the 3 different Delta Dental plan options. As a reminder, spouses and certain family members of Veterans who have a 100% rating are eligible to enroll in CHAMPVA.

3. TRDP: If you still have old TRDP materials in your office, please discard them, as the program no longer exists. This is an important step as we want to avoid military retirees getting confused about what program they can enroll in now that they are eligible for the FEDVIP. Please direct military retirees to www.BENEFEDS.com or our FEDVIP website for details on available benefits and how to enroll in FEDVIP.

Find VA Locations

Find VA locations near you with the new facility locator tool. You can search for your nearest VA medical center as well as other health facilities, benefit offices, cemeteries, community care providers and Vet Centers. You can also filter your results by service type to find locations that offer the specific service you’re looking for.

Need same-day care for a minor illness or injury? Search for your nearest VA health facility. Or find VA-approved urgent care locations and pharmacies near you.

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