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House Passes Nine Veterans Related Legislative Proposals - Washington Update for 6/3/2019

The House of Representatives on May 21, 2019 passed nine pieces of legislation concerning the Department of Veterans Affairs, five of which focus specifically on suicide prevention. HR 2359, Whole Veteran Act: VA to report to Congress on advancing the Whole Health model of providing care. HR 1812, Vet Center Eligibility Expansion Act: expand eligibility for Vet Center services to veterans of the reserve components who were called up in response to disaster or humanitarian... Read More

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Washington Update for 5/1/2019

TREA "The Enlisted Association" Washington Update • SBP DIC Offset -- Contact your Members of Congress to Support H.R. 553 and S. 622 TREA "The Enlisted Association" Washington Update SBP DIC Offset -- Contact your Members of Congress to Support H.R. 553 and S. 622 TREA's Washington Update Many articles have appeared in news accounts and print papers as individuals filed taxes on or before April 15. This entry explains the current law on the... Read More

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Washington Update for April 12th, 2019

WASHINGTON UPDATE Veterans Leadership Summit Earlier this week, TREA participated in a Veterans Leadership Summit in Washington, DC. More than 37 veterans service organizations (VSOs) and military service organizations (MSOs) presented information on who they are and what they do. The Summit s goal was to exchange information and look for ways for VSOs and MSOs to work together and collaborate on veterans and military members issues. TREA is pleased to share its slide presentation... Read More

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Washington Update for March 29th, 2019

TREA: The Enlisted Association Legislative Accomplishments Active / Reserve Force Issues • Two-year spending agreement, fully funding NDAA 2018, and ensuring passage of NDAA 2019 (and appropriations therefor) on time - FY 2019 was the first FY in 22 years to begin without requiring a crippling continuing resolution (CR) to fund national defense. • Won 2.6% uniformed services pay raise. • Increased force structure levels. • Blocked previously legislated 1 percent cut to Basic Allowance... Read More

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Navy Blue Water Vietnam Veterans Update

TREA "The Enlisted Association" Washington Update National Vietnam Veterans Day and Navy Blue Water Vietnam Veterans Update Friday, March 29 is National Vietnam Veterans Day. Of the approximately 8,744,000 servicemen and women who served during the Vietnam era, approximately 3.4 million were stationed in the Southeast Asia theater, including flight crews based in Thailand, along with aviators and sailors in the adjacent South China Sea. In a nation where less than one percent of the... Read More

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Washington Update for 3/22/2019

Washington Update TREA Members Help VA celebrate 75th Anniversary of the GI Bill For 75 years, the GI Bill has positively impacted the lives of generations of America s veterans and families by promoting economic well-being through higher education, home ownership, and other benefits. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the GI Bill into law on June 22, 1944. The historic law provided benefits to veterans returning from World War II, including: • Low-cost home loans;... Read More

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Washington Update for March 15th, 2019

TREA "The Enlisted Association" Washington Update • Testimony of Philip Hilinski, National President, The Retired Enlisted Association TREA "The Enlisted Association" Washington Update Testimony of Philip Hilinski, National President, The Retired Enlisted Association Click here to access the full TREA Congressional Testimony before the Joint Hearing of the House and Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. All TREA members are encouraged to read the full testimony of National President Philip Hilinski. The testimony outlines TREA priorities... Read More

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Washington Update for 3/1/2019

Washington Update TREA Members – Are you a Purple Heart Medal Recipient? Do you need to file an initial claim with VA? If so, here is good news starting April 1, 2019. Purple Heart Initial Disability Claims Will Move Faster VA Secretary Robert Wilkie announced that on April, it will provide priority disability benefits claims processing for the initial claims from discharged combat veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart Medal. Secretary Wilkie announced... Read More

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