NERA News

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.

Visit www.nera/scholarships.org for scholarship information. Application Deadline June 14th.

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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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Sign Up for Free Space A Travel

-USVCP Staff Writers

When President Trump signed into law the new National Defense Authorization Act, unknowingly,disabled veterans were granted a huge travel perk that has virtually gone unnoticed. Not only will the new perk save veterans thousands of dollars, but it will increase morale, esprit de corps, and open the door for many veterans to connect with the military again in ways they can only image. One veteran said, “I’m shocked! I can’t believe the military has opened this door to us.” Under the new Disabled Veterans Access to Space-A Travel Act, veterans with a service connected,permanent disability rating of 100% can hop on any scheduled or unscheduled military flight within thecontinental United States (and scheduled overseas flights) operated by Air Mobility Command (AMC). The new Act would authorize veterans who have a service-connected, and permanent disability rated as100 percent to travel on Space-A at no additional cost to the Department of Defense (DoD) and without aircraft modifications, according to military officials. This is a huge benefit to disabled veterans who travel on aircraft. Many veterans find airports unaccommodating, and difficult to get around. Flying from military terminals are much less congested,and will probably be more suitable for disabled veterans. Sign Up for Space A Travel Complete AMC Form 140, Space Available Travel Request, And email it to your desired AMC Passenger Terminal.Required SignUp Info:

Email address, Personal information (Rank/Grade, First Middle Last Name), Service Branch (AF,Army, Marines, Navy, CG),Status (Active, Guard, Reserve, Retired, Disabled Veteran, etc.) Travelers (dependents names), Total number of seats required, Travel status (See Travel Eligibility, Category I-IV), Leave Dates (Start-End Leave Dates), Overseas Travel Ready Status (Have Required Passports/Visas etc.) 5 Destinations (Sign-up for up to 5 Destinations e.g. Germany, USA, Japan, Alaska, or Hawaii).  Please Do Not Provide Personally Identifiable Information (PII) such as Social Security Numbers (SSNs)

For those considering traveling via SPACE A, here are some websites that you might want to check out: http://pepperd.com/ or https://www.amc.af.mil/Home/AM.


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.

2019 NERA/USAA Scholarship

The Naval Enlisted Reserve Association (NERA) offers a college scholarship program for NERA members and their families. These scholarships recognize the sacrifices made by Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Reserve component members, retirees and families members. They are made possible by generous grants from USAA (www.usaa.com) and additional donations from NERA and its members.

Visit www.nera/scholarships.org for the new 2019 scholarship information.

 

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