ROA Position Papers

ROA provides the following position papers for you to use when meeting with your 
Senator, Representative and Congressional Staff.
 

INDEX
 

2015 POSITION PAPERS

   1501: 2015 Storm the Hill Position Papers
      —National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account (NGREA)
      —Survivor Benefits Plan (SBP): Inactive Duty Status
      —Veteran Status for Reserve Component Members
      —Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC)
 

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2014 POSITION PAPERS

1401: Fund Readiness to Ensure National Security
ROA cautions against end strength cuts and supports the transfer of troops to the guard and reserve to act as an insurance policy against greater risks. 

1402: Eliminate the Reserve Gap
ROA urges Congress to address the gaps in legislation that have allowed the Reserve and National Guard to become overlooked when addressing the military. These area include funding, family and educational support. 

1403: Rebalance the Force
ROA urges Congress to review the impact of Active duty changes and how they will affect the Reserve Components.

1404: Rest, Replace and Reconfigure the Reserve Componenents' Equipment
ROA is concerned about the lack of discussion on Reserve Component equipment requirements, particularly during times of continual debate of defense cuts.

1405: A Second Look at Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC)
ROA urges Congress to take a second look at Base Closures and Realignment and to take into account future integration of Reserve and Active duty units. 

1406: National Guard and Reserve Equipment Appropriation (NGREA)
ROA urges Congress to continue the authorization and appropriate for a modern equipment account proportional to the missions being performed, which will enable the Reserve Component to meet its readiness requirements.  

1407: Military Construction (MILCON)
ROA urges Congress to continue appropriating funds for Military Construction (MILCON) budgets for the Reserve and National Guard.

1408: Support for Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)
ROA encourages support for the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

1409: Tax Credits for Employers of Reservists
ROA urges Congress to support employer tax credits and other positive incentives as means to help offset costs associated with employees’ Reserve Component activities, and to support extending credits beyond 2013 for hiring or employing a military Reservist.

1410: Veteran Unemployment The Impact on Reserve and National Guard
ROA urges Congress to update and enforce the Veterans Preference Act, a strengthening of USERRA, and amendments to SCRA. 

1411: Continuity of Health Care: TRICARE for Reservists
ROA supports improving health care continuity to all drilling Reservists and their families.

1412: Simplified Reserve Component Order System
ROA supports simplifying the Reserve and National Guard duty order system without compromising individual drill training compensation and education benefits.

1413: Early Retirement
ROA endorses further adjusting early retirement for the Reserve Components. 

1414: USERRA
ROA encourages Congress to support amendments to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) that will protect the civilian jobs of Reserve Component members and encourage compliance by employers.  

1415: The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) Protections 
ROA encourages Congress to support improved provisions to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), 50 U.S.C. App. 501-596, that will protect the financial interests of all serving members of the uniformed services.

1416: Spouse Support
ROA urges Congress to repeal the law that reduces military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuities by the amount paid to survivors under the VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) program and to Congress to provide employment protection for spouses and providers who assume support of family members of mobilized Reserve and National Guard members.

1417: GI Bill and Access to Future Education
The Reserve Officers Association urges Congress to continue its support of the Post 9/11 GI Bill enhancements and Tuition Assistance. 

1418: Fixing Tricare Retired Reserve Health Care Program
ROA requests that Congress requests a GAO audit on the implementation of TRR, premiums rates, and enrollment methods to ensure the program is acceptably implemented for this population and other TRR amendments.

1419: Funding Dental Readiness
ROA supports specific funding for restorative dental care prior to deployment and extending subsidized dental care benefits for returning members of the Reserve component to 210 days after a deployment.

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2013 POSITION PAPERS

1301: Ensuring an Adequate Defense
ROA questions the current spending priorities which place more importance on the immediate future rather than first doing a short and long term threat analysis.

1302:Simplify Reserve Order System
ROA supports simplifying the Reserve and National Guard duty order system without compromising individual drill training compensation.

1303:Employment Challenges
ROA Veteran Unemployment: The impact on the Reserve and National Guard.

1304:Employer Incentives
ROA urges Congress to support employer tax credits and other positive incentives as means to help offset costs associated with employees’ Reserve Component activities, and to support extending credits beyond 2013 for hiring or employing a military Reservist.  

1305:Reset, Replace, Reconfigure RC Equipment
ROA is concerned about the lack of discussion on Reserve Component equipment requirements, particularly during times of continual debate of defense cuts.  

1306:Military Construction (MILCON)
ROA urges Congress to continue appropriating funds for Military Construction [MILCON] budgets for the Reserve and National Guard.  

1307:National Guard and Reserve Equipment Appropriation (NGREA)
ROA urges Congress to continue the authorization and appropriate for a modern equipment account proportional to the missions being performed, which will enable the Reserve Component to meet its readiness requirements.  

1308:Rebalancing the Force
ROA urges Congress to review the impact of Active duty changes and how they will affect the Reserve Components.  

1309:Earlier Retirement
ROA endorses further adjusting early retirement for the Reserve Components.  

1310:Service Members Law Center
ROA established the Service Members Law Center as a center of excellence in the areas of employment and consumer law for Active, Reserve and National Guard personnel, during the summer of 2009.  

1311:USERRA
ROA encourages Congress to support amendments to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act that will protect the civilian jobs of Reserve Component members and encourage compliance by employers.  

1312:THE SERVICEMEMBERS CIVIL RELIEF ACT (SCRA) PROTECTIONS
ROA encourages Congress to support improved provisions to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), 50 U.S.C. App. 501-596, that will protect the financial interests of all serving members of the uniformed services.  

1313:Spouse Support
ROA urges Congress to repeal the law that reduces military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuities by the amount paid survivors under the VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) program.  

1314:GI BILL AND ACCESS TO FUTURE EDUCATION
ROA urges Congress to continue its support of the Post 9/11 GI Bill enhancements and Tuition Assistance.

1315:MONTGOMERY GI BILL (MGIB-SR)SELECTED RESERVE ENHANCEMENTS
ROA urges Congress to support Selected Reserve education reforms for all Reserve Component personnel.

1316:CONTINUITY OF HEALTH CARE: TRICARE FOR RESERVISTS
ROA supports improving health care continuity to all drilling Reservists and their families.  

1317:FIXING TRICARE RETIRED RESERVE HEALTH CARE PROGRAM
ROA requests that Congress requests a GAO audit on the implementation of TRR, premiums rates, and enrollment methods to ensure the program is acceptably implemented for this population.

1318:DENTAL READINESS
ROA supports specific funding for restorative dental care prior to deployment. It is important that the members of the Reserve component not only be prepared through training, but in health, to serve on deployments needed in the post-9/11 military operations.

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