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fi les such as discharge summaries, medi- 20 years of service who have service-
cal procedures, outpatient encounters, lab connected disabilities.
tests, family/social history, and data from H.R. 333, Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Ga.)
combat fi eld hospitals. would authorize full, immediate concurrent
While recent progress represents major receipt for all retirees with service-connect-
improvement, it’s far from certain that DoD ed disabilities, including those medically
and the VA can establish a truly interoper- retired with less than 20 years of service.
able record system under the current plan. H.R. 613, Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.)
Rep. Solomon The GAO voiced concerns at a Senate would authorize payment of the full
Ortiz
(D-Texas)
hearing in late summer as to whether month of retired pay to a survivor for the
the agencies would meet the 2009 month in which a military retiree dies.
deadline without more collaboration H.R. 1775, Reps. Solomon Ortiz (D-Tex-
and a more detailed strategy with well- as) and Henry Brown (R-S.C.) would re-
defi ned benchmarks. peal the deduction of VA survivor benefi ts
from Survivor Benefi t Plan annuities.
Bills of Interest
Key legislation reintroduced.
Family Council
Rep. Henry
Convenes
Brown
he 111th Congress has gotten
Cites fi ve top concerns.
(R-S.C.)
T
off to a fast start this year, intro-
ducing almost 1,000 bills by the
time this column went to press. A num-
ber of them are of signifi cant interest to
many MOAA members, including: T
he DoD Military Family
Readiness Council, created by
Congress in the 2008 Defense
H.R. 208, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) Authorization Act, convened for the fi rst
would make active duty service by reserv- time in December and agreed to focus on
ists creditable for early retirement, retro- fi ve areas: access to health care, child care,
active to Sept. 11, 2001. Last year, Congress fi nancial readiness, children’s K-12 educa-
authorized guardmembers and reservists tion, and spouse employment.
Rep. Jim
with service after Jan. 28, 2008, to retire The council is chaired by the undersec-
Marshall
(D-Ga.)
three months early for each 90 days on retary of Defense for Personnel and Readi-
active duty after that date. ness and includes representatives from the
H.R. 235, Rep. Howard Berman (D-Ca- Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force,
lif.) would repeal the Government Pension along with the service senior enlisted
Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision advisors (or spouses of senior enlisted
laws that impose Social Security penal- personnel). The council also includes
ties on retirees and survivors who receive representatives from the Armed Services
pensions from employment that were not YMCA, the National Military Family As-
covered by Social Security. sociation, and the National Association for
H.R. 270, Rep. Robert Latta (R-Ohio) Uniformed Services.
Rep. Gus
would authorize Guard and Reserve re- By law, the council owes a report on
Bilirakis
tirees who are not yet age 60 to purchase military family readiness to the secretary
(R-Fla.)
TRICARE Standard coverage. of Defense and the congressional defense
H.R. 303, Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) committees by Feb. 1 each year, including
would authorize full, immediate concur- recommendations for action to meet the
rent receipt for all retirees with at least needs of military families.
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