AMRA Works Hard to Protect the Benefits of ALL Retirees and Veterans.

We all know that there is strength in numbers and Congress DOES pay 
attention to constituents. Please add YOUR voice by letting your Congressman
and Senators know how you feel. If we can add enough like-opinions to our
side of the scoreboard, we can make a BIG difference in the lives of retirees!

Follow the issues important to YOU and send a message directly to Washington with AMRA CAPWIZ!


  Legislative Advocacy Guide for Members

AMRA members know how important it is to advocate for the
protection of their earned benefits and entitlements. Many members
have already used AMRA’s CAPWIZ to send messages
to their lawmakers and that has made a huge difference!
AMRA members who would like to work on a more local level,
or one-on-one with lawmakers can refer to our Advocacy Manual:
Legislative Advocacy for Members - A Guide to Contacting
National & Local Officials. 
Inside you will find valuable tips for
successful communications to Members of Congress, coordinating with
AMRA’s Legislative Director, knowing which issues to advocate for,
important "do's" and "don'ts" …and much more!

National Legislative Director's 2016 Convention Report


LEGISLATIVE WATCH

May 5, 2017

April 21, 2017

April 7, 2017



AMRA TESTIMONY BEFORE CONGRESS

3/9/2017: House and Senate Commites on Veterans' Affair: Support Repeal of SBP-DIC Offset

3/16/2016: Veteran Status for Certain National Guard and Reserve Forces Retirees

12/9/2015: House Armed Services Committee/Military Personnel Subcommittee

  • Survivor Benefit Plan-Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (SBP-DIC)
  • Concurrent Receipt


POSITION PAPERS

6/9/2016: Military Retiree Appreciation Day

2/18/2016: H.R. 2264: Space-A Travel for Veterans with Disabilities Rated Total & Permanent

4/14/2015: H.R. 454:  Military Retiree Survivor Comfort Act

3/6/2015: Desecration of the Flag of the United States of America

2/3/2015: Concurrent Receipt of Military Retirement and Disability Pay

2/27/2015: Repeal the Survivor Benefit Plan & Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Offset


LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY

3/24/2015: AMRA Shares Position with Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission

12/19/2014: U.S. Army Reverses Policy on Involuntary Separation

12/5/2014: AMRA Provides Input to Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission

AMRA has written to the nine Commissioners who comprise the panel reviewing military compensation and the modernization of the military retirement system.  The same letter was sent to Chairman Alphonso Maldon, Jr. and the other eight Commissioners to advise the panel of AMRA's survey of members on these issues.

The Association monitors the panel’s activities and will keep members apprised of developments.  The Commission’s report, containing a comprehensive study and recommendations, is due to the President of the United States and Congress on February 1, 2015.

AMRA's 2015 Visit to Washington, D.C.

Op Ed - AMRA's plan to help retirees losing TRICARE Prime

2016-2017 AMRA Legislative Goals 


CORRESPONDENCE WITH CONGRESS

2/14/2017: Letter of support to Sen. Bill Nelson on S. 339 - Survivor Benefit Plan and Disability Indemnity Compensation

2/14/2017: Letter of support to Rep. Joe Wilson on H.R. 846 - Survivor Benefit Plan and Disability Indemnity
Compensation

2/9/2017: Letter to Sen. John McCain with Testimony Request

2/1/2017: Letter to Rep. Mac Thornberry with Testimony Request

1/30/2017: Letter to Sen. Johnny Isakson with Testimony Request

1/17/2017: Letter of support to Sen. Dean Heller on S. 66 - Concurrent Receipt

10/15/2016: Letter of support to Rep. O'Rourke on H.R. 6272: VA Provider Pay Modernization Act

10/15/2016: Letter of support to Rep. O'Rourke on H.R. 6273: VA Health Care Provider Education Debt Relief Act of 2016

5/21/2016: Letter of support to Rep. O’Rourke and Rep. Coffman on H.R. HR 5337: Veteran Prescription Continuity Act

5/20/2016: Letter of support to Rep. Elise Stefanik on H.R. 8939 "Support our Military Caregivers Act"

5/4/2016: Letter of support to Rep. Beto O'Rourke on “Vet Connect” Amendment.

4/19/2016: Letter of support to Rep. Steve Russell on NDAA Amendment to the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act

2/24/2016: Letter of support to Sen. Dean Heller on H.R. 2264 - Space-A Travel for Veterans

2/17/2016: Letter of support to Rep. Gus Bilrakis on H.R. 2264 - Space-A Travel for Veterans



JOINT VSO INITIATIVES SUPPORTED BY AMRA

5/22/2017: NMVA Final Accountability Letter to Senate Veterans Affairs Committee

4/17/2017: Letter to the HASC Personnel Subcommittee in support of the Military Patron Protection Act (MPPA) advanced by Congressman Walter Jones.

2/14/2017: Letter of support to Senator Bill Nelson for S. 339 Survivor Benefit Plan and Disability Indemnity Compensation

12/8/2016: Letter of support to Senators McConnell, Cornyn, McCain, Reid, Durbin and Leahy for H.R. 6416, the
Jeff Miller and Richard Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016

10/26/2016: Letter to McConnell, Reid, Alexander, Murray on Promise for Antibiotics & Therapeutics for Health (PATH) Act

09/27/2016: Letter to Congressmen O'Rourke & Coffman - H.R. 5337 Veteran Prescription Continuity Act

5/6/2016: Letter to Senate Armed Services Committee in Support of Military Shopping Benefits

4/25/2016: Letter of support  to Rep. Steve Russell on NDAA Amendment to Amend the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act

4/14/2016: NMVA Rejects Pentagon Proposals for Reforming the Military Health Care System

2/9/2016: NMVA Supports “Military Spouses Achieving College Education for Survivors Act of 2015 (H.R. 2531).”

1/29/2016: Promise for Antibiotics and Therapeutics for Health (PATH) Act

6/2/2015: NMVA Opposes Commissary Cuts

5/27/2015: NMVA Supports Toxic Exposure Act

4/29/2015: NMVA Supports H.R. 1384 Honor America's Guard-Reserve Retirees Act

4/29/2015: NMVA Supports S. 743 Honor America's Guard-Reserve Retirees Act

4/21/2015: NMVA Supports H.R. 1594 - SBP/DIC

4/21/2015: NMVA Rejects Cuts to Commissary Funding

4/21/2015: NMVA Supports S. 979 SBP/DIC

1/20/2015: NMVA Supports H.R. 303 The Retired Pay Restoration Act

1/20/2015: NMVA Supports H.R. 333 Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act 

12/27/2014: NMVA Opposes Army Retirement Policy



PRESS RELEASES

12/7/2016: 21st Century Cures Act

10/28/2016: NMVA Joint Press Release on PATH Act