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Washington update for November 18, 2021 - TREA participated in the Veterans Day Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

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We are proud to report that over the last several weeks, TREA has been involved in many wonderful legislative and ceremonial efforts in Washington, D.C. Last week, TREA's National Leadership participated in events at The White House, Arlington National Cemetery, and on Capitol Hill. In addition, our very own Director of Legislative Affairs, Bill McCabe, was selected as a Top Lobbyist in 2021 by the National Institute of Lobbying and Ethics! Read on to learn more about TREA’s latest accomplishments.

 

Veterans Day 2021

 

Last week, our National President Justin Jump represented TREA at the White House as President Joe Biden and members of his cabinet welcomed Veteran Service Organizations from across the country to celebrate Veterans Day, 2021. Immediately proceeding the event, Mr. Jump joined TREA’s 1st Vice President Deb Oelschig, Executive Director Deb Osborne, and Director of Legislative Affairs Bill McCabe at Arlington National Cemetery for the National Veterans Day Ceremony. TREA, alongside other members of the VSO community, heard heart-felt speeches from  President Biden and VA Secretary Dennis McDonough before having the honor to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

 

Legislative Updates

 

TREA has endorsed several pieces of important legislation over the past few weeks, including:

 

H.R.2196 - The Justice for Servicemembers Act: This bill will empower servicemembers and their families against the adverse practice of forced arbitration, a much too common dispute process that strips our servicemembers of their afforded rights under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Forced arbitration is a one-sided, non-transparent process in which servicemembers have very little chance at achieving a favorable outcome when their rights and protections set forth under these federal laws are violated.

 

H.R. 3866 - The Hear Our Heroes: This bill will provide crucial health benefits for veterans that were injured during their service for our country. Specifically, the legislation would help veterans suffering from tinnitus or hearing loss obtain medical care through the VA by providing a presumption of service-connection in certain veterans for purposes of wartime disability compensation. Currently, hearing loss and tinnitus are the fastest growing post-war disabilities among veterans, with over 3 million receiving benefits from VA.

 

H.R. 3321 - The Credit for Caring Act: This bill would create a new, non-refundable federal tax credit of up to $5,000 that would help eligible working veterans, military, and other caregivers address the financial challenges of caregiving. This credit would provide critical financial relief to a broad population of hidden heroes that may or may not qualify for support for VA or the DOD but nevertheless incur personal expenses to provide care and support to those who depend on them.

 

Top Lobbyist Award

 

TREA is proud to announce that our own Director of Legislative Affairs and Communications, Mr. Bill McCabe, has been selected as one of the country’s top lobbyists for the year 2021 by the National Institute For Lobbying and Ethics. Mr. McCabe has earned this honor through his hard work and tenacity fighting for TREA and for all enlisted veterans and military members. Mr. McCabe was selected as a top 100 finalist out of 14,000 other registered lobbyists in the Washington, DC Metro area to receive this recognition. 

 

To learn more about TREA, please visit our website: www.trea.org or call us at 1-800-554-8732.

 

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