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Setting the Stage for 2013
Regional Vice Presidents’ Workshop - 10/17/12 LtGen Klimp began the NAUS annual meeting week of events on Wednesday October 17th by kicking oﬀ the day-long Regional Vice Presidents Workshop. In his opening remarks, he reminded RVPs that “No plan survives contact with the enemy!” He went on to say this past year has been a year of discovery and accomplishment as NAUS worked to learn the true state of our regional and chapter organization and activities, in order to determine how we should be organized to attract new members to NAUS, particularly “younger retirees” and active duty service members. Since service members PCS every few years,
they may be less likely to want to align themselves with a local traditional chapter. With email, smartphones, social networking, CapWiz, and our app-based world, along with generational changes that see “younger” members averse to any and all types of meetings, regular chapter meetings or luncheons and other functions may seem outdated and irrelevant to many of our newer members and prospects. Much discussion ensued during the day about how to make and keep NAUS’ grassroots eﬀorts relevant to, and eﬀective for, such members and prospects.
On ursday, 18 October, nineteen NAUS Board Directors, Board Advisors and Regional Vice Presidents, accompanied by NAUS President Jack Klimp, Legislative Director Rick Jones and Deputy Legislative Director Mike Plumer, went to Capitol Hill to meet with the staﬀ of elected oﬃcials. Each NAUS participant had appointments in the oﬃces of the Representative and Senators. While all of the lawmakers were out of town working on their re-election campaigns, we were able to meet with key staﬀ of over SIXTY Members of Congress. e staﬀs were almost unanimous in
their agreement with the NAUS legislative objectives of averting the sequestration, completing the National Defense Authorization Act, the “Doc Fix”, passing the Stolen Valor Act and other high priority items that the “lame duck” Congress needed to address before the end of the year. NAUS leaders also took time to express the importance on repeal of the SBP/DIC oﬀset and expansion of concurrent receipt. e NAUS Board, Advisors and RVP’s enjoyed meeting the staﬀs of their representatives and having an opportunity to present the NAUS legislative priorities.
e NAUS Board Committees met Friday morning, October 19th before the Board of Directors meeting which commensed at 10:00 am at the Hilton Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia. e Board of Directors meeting was convened by co-Chairmen RADM Don Loren, USN (Ret) and MSgt Robert Larson, USAF (Ret) and began with the Pledge of Allegiance. LtGen Klimp welcomed the
Directors, Board Advisors and Regional Vice Presidents along with the NAUS Staﬀ. RADM Loren then asked everyone to introduce themselves and thanked this year’s sponsors. Old business consisted of the review and approval of the minutes from the 2011 meeting. New business began with the election of the Board Executive Committee (EXCOM) for 2013 (see the listing on the
NAUS Regional Vice Presidents take a quick moment for a picture right before they begin their day of work during the RVP Workshop held at NAUS Headquarters.
NAUS Storms the Hill - 10/18/12
A few of the NAUS staff outside of the Cannon Hous Office Building.
Board of Directors Meeting - 10/19/12
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NAUS President LtGen Klimp leads a discussion at the NAUS Board of Directors Meeting 5
Board of Directors Meeting (continued)
NAUS Legislative Director Rick Jones provides a Legislative Update to the NAUS Board of Directors.
NAUS Board Members, Col James Diehl, USAF (Ret) and BG George Landis, USA (Ret), have a discussion during a break in the Board Meeting.
NAUS Junior Accountant Charito Ampoyo (l) and her husband Geoff (c) with Board Advisor Don Devaney at the ‘Meet your Board’ Reception.
Guest Speaker, Medal of Honor recipient Paul W. Bucha, during his speech. 6
table of contents page) followed by reports from the NAUS President and key professional staﬀ members, focusing on this year of discovery and accomplishment. e Strategic Plan was reviewed, and staﬀ reported on the progress and challenges in meeting the 2012 plan goals, and suggested some changes to the goals for 2013. e bylaws were reviewed to determine whether there may be amendments necessary to accommodate the formation of a 501-c-3 organization or to help NAUS achieve a membership composition allowing tax deductibility of contributions (90% of members must be war-time veterans in order for contributions to a 501-c-19 like NAUS to be tax deductible). In accordance with the revised bylaws provision, as amended by a membership vote last year, the 2013 budget was reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors, allowing the President and staﬀ to be able to begin the year with an approved budget instead of needing to wait until the Spring Board of Directors meeting. During the Board’s lunch break, a
“birthday cake” celebrating NAUS’ 45 years of service as e Service Member’s Voice in Government was presented, even though it was a couple months early. e aernoon meeting session began with a viewing of the video message from the NAUS President which had been produced earlier in the fall and has been viewed thousands of times on YouTube, the NAUS website, and NAUS’ Facebook page. Board Committee reports were then presented. ese reports focused on achievements and setbacks toward meeting the Strategic Plan goals in each Committee’s area of responsibility. e Membership and Development Committee stressed the continued need to focus membership recruitment eﬀorts on “younger” retirees and active duty service members. e committee noted the challenges this presents to NAUS both in higher recruitment and marketing costs, and in communicating the benefits of a dues-paid membership to this generation of “non-joiners.” e 2012 Board of Directors meeting adjourned in the late aernoon.
NAUS’ first ‘Meet Your Board’ Reception was held at the Hilton Old Town following the Board meeting. Sue Mandry from Health Net Federal Services, one of our week’s Gold Sponsors, attended the reception, and several members from the Washington, DC area took advantage of this opportunity to meet the
NAUS Board of Directors, President, and senior staﬀ members. In addition, some of our Directors and staﬀ took the time to be interviewed for our new NAUS capabilities video (check out our website to see the new video when it’s released in January).
Your Association’s 44th Annual Membership Meeting was held at the Hilton Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia on Saturday, October 20, 2012. More than 120 NAUS Members and guests attended the event. LtGen Jack Klimp, USMC (Ret), NAUS President welcomed the attendees and oﬃciated at the posting of the colors and recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance aer the new NAUS video (available on our website) was played. e U.S. Army Military District of Washington provided the ‘Old Guard Joint Armed Forces Color Guard’ and the ‘Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps’ elements from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, Fort Meyer, Virginia. NAUS Board of Directors Advisor COL
Chuck Partridge, USA (Ret) gave the invocation and LtGen Klimp completed the ‘Prisoner of War’ and ‘Missing in Action’ ceremony with the reading of the proclamation. e meeting was led by RADM Don Loren, USN (Ret) and MSgt Robert Larson, USAF (Ret), Co-Chairs of the NAUS Board of Directors. Among the many attendees were MG and Mrs. Bill Matz, Former NAUS President; Mrs. Etta Brown, President, National Society of Military Widows along with Past President Jessie Brundige both just back from the 2012 SMW National Convention. Col Warren Wiedhahn, USMC (Ret), Maj William McCulloch, USMC (Ret) and Mr. Jamie Wiedhahn from Military Historical Tours
‘Meet Your Board’ Reception - 10/19/12
44th Annual Membership Meeting - 10/20/12
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44th Annual Membership Meeting (continued) also attended for the first time. NAUS benefit providers joining the meeting and talking with members included Cathy Tavarozzo from Silver Sponsor USI/Liberty Mutual and Tom Pacino from Silver Sponsor AmWins (formerly NEBCO, CBCA). Other sponsors attending included Susan Dewan from Bronze Sponsor Excelsior College, Jessica Vertman and Matthew Natale from Bronze Sponsor Harbinger Communications, and Nona Bear representing Gold Sponsor PhRMA. NAUS was pleased to welcome Mr. Paul ‘Bud’ Bucha, Medal of Honor recipient, as our keynote speaker. Born in 1943, Bucha attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and earned his MBA at Stanford University before beginning his military career, which took him to Vietnam, where he served from 1967 to 1970. On March 16, 1968, his 89-man company was inserted via helicopter into a North Vietnamese stronghold and engaged in a heavy firefight. Bucha was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism in the fighting that ensued. Aer leaving the Army in 1972, Bucha spent six years working at Electronic Data Systems. He went on to develop Paul W. Bucha and Company, Incorporated (PWBCO) and has also served as a director of WheelingPittsburgh Corporation, the parent of one of the nation's largest integrated steel manufacturing concerns. He is a real estate developer who has lectured on ethics in business and government at Harvard University, Princeton University, Haverford College, the United States Military Academy, the United States Air Force Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy and the United States Coast Guard Academy. He spoke to all about the men in his unit in Vietnam. He spoke of their individual stories, their strength in both daily life and combat and the loss of many. He stressed the importance of what organizations like NAUS do to ‘keep the faith’ and continue support to uniformed service members with combat related illnesses. ose present appreciated the moving talk by Bucha and for taking time from his busy schedule to share his thoughts with us as well. RADM Don Loren presented him with the NAUS ‘Distinguished Service Award’ as a token of appreciation for his years of service and his
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philanthropic work. RADM Loren presented the First Annual NAUS ‘Distinguished Legislator Award’ to Congressman Joe Wilson (R-2nd) of South Carolina. Following this presentation Representative Wilson made remarks to meeting attendees. RADM Loren then began the business portion of the meeting with the recognition of the current Board members, Regional Vice Presidents and Board Advisors and introduced the member that had traveled the longest distance to attend the meeting; LTC Joe Sheehan, Fairbanks Chapter, AK – 2 Chapter President. RADM Loren then introduced the Election Tellers and requested that they verify the number of ballots cast for each nominee to the Board of Directors. Tellers included MajGen William Bowden, USAF (Ret); LTG Carmen Cavezza, USA (Ret) and COL Janet Fraser Hale, USAR (Ret). MajGen Bowden, as Head Teller, verified the election results and brought forth those newly elected Board Members. e terms for these newly elected Board members began 1 January 2013 (as listed on page 1). MSgt Larson began the next part of the business agenda with a moment of silence at the loss of two important NAUS Directors. VADM James A. Zimble, MC USN (Ret) Board Co-Chair who died suddenly on December 14, 2011 and MSgt Robert C. Thompson, USAF (Ret), who had just begun his term as Mayor of Callaway, Florida when he died unexpectedly in May 2012. Next on the agenda, MSgt Larson made presentations to those Board Members whose terms end at the end of this year and to the 2012 NAUS Chapter of the Year. (see list on next page). He followed this with the Distinguished Warrior Award. (see insert next page). RADM Don Loren adjourned the meeting aer the TWO Military Historical Tours winner names were drawn by Mrs. Cathy Klimp and Col Warren Wiedhahn. anks to everyone who entered the contest and congratulations to the two winners: MAJ Larry E. Wirth, ANG (Ret) and CWO-3 John F. Howard, USA (Ret). Both of these lucky gentlemen are from the great State of Pennsylvania! We want to thank Military Historical Tours for their generous contribution to this year’s annual meeting.
NAUS Co-Chair Admiral Don Loren (r) presents guest speaker Paul Bucha with the NAUS Distinguished Service Award.
NAUS Co-Chair Admiral Don Loren (r) presents Congressman Joe Wilson with the First Annual NAUS Distinguished Legislator Award.
NAUS President LtGen Jack Klimp (r) presents NAUS Board Co-Chair with a clock and thanked him for his years of service on the Board of Directors as his term ends at the end 2012.
Two Medal of Honor recipients, Mr. Paul Bucha (l) and NAUS Board Member MajGen James Livingston, USMC (Ret), pause for a photo. 7
44th Annual Membership Meeting (continued)
MSgt Larson recognized those Board Directors with terms ending December 31, 2012. Departing Board members: Board Co-Chairman MSgt Robert A. Larson, USAF (Ret) Board Director Brian Griﬃn, USAF Veteran Board Director Col Jenny Holbert, USMC (Ret) Region 5 RVP LtCol Richard Brubaker, USAF (Ret) Region 8 RVP MSgt Wayne Gatewood, Jr., USMC (Ret) MSgt Larson then presented the 2012 NAUS Chapter of the Year Awards as follows:
2012 NAUS Chapter of the Year Award Winner Northern Virginia Chapter, VirginiaVA - 3 First Runner-Up Award for 2012 NAUS Chapter of the Year New London Chapter, Connecticut CT - 1 Second Runner-Up Award for 2012 NAUS Chapter of the Year Wiley Post Chapter, Oklahoma OK - 3
NAUS Distinguished Warrior Award for 2012 William P. Bowden, Major General, USAF (Ret) from the Wiley Post Chapter, OK-3 Chapter; Board of Directors 1st Vice Chairman & Treasurer; Chapter OK-3 President and a NAUS Life Member. In the pursuit of its mission and objectives at both the national and local levels each year NAUS identifies individual candidates for the ‘Distinguished Warrior Award’ from all its members. ese warriors for our cause, through their personal commitment, initiative and hard work make a real diﬀerence in the lives of those our association represents. It was with great pleasure that MSgt Larson presented this year’s award to William P. Bowden, Major General USAF (Ret) from the Wiley Post Chapter. MajGen Bowden is a strong NAUS chapter leader and a tireless advocate on behalf of our nation’s service members and veterans. Congratulations, Billy!
Fellow nominees for this year’s award were Karl Karl and Dennis Freytes. ese members were so outstanding in their eﬀorts for NAUS they were awarded the first ever “Big Dawg” Presidential awards. 8
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113th Congress Senator - Bold Republican - Red Text • Democrat - Blue Text Independent - Green Text At Large - AL • New Member - * Number preceding name designates Congressional District
Alabama Richard C. Shelby Jeff Sessions 1 Jo Bonner 2 Martha Roby 3 Mike D. Rogers 4 Robert B. Aderholt 5 Mo Brooks 6 Spencer Bachus 7 Terri Sewell*
Alaska Mark Begich Lisa Murkowski AL Don Young
Arizona John McCain Jeff Flake* 1 Ann Kirkpatrick* 2 Ron Barber* 3 Raúl M. Grijalva 4 Paul Gosar 5 Matt Salmon* 6 David Schweikert 7 Ed Pastor 8 Trent Franks 9. Kyrsten Sinema*
Arkansas John Boozman Mark Pryor 1 Rick Crawford 2 Tim Griffin 3 Steve Womack 4 Tom Cotton*
California Dianne Feinstein Barbara Boxer 1 Doug La Malfa* 2 Jared Huffman 3 John Garamendi* 4 Tom McClintock 5 Mike Thompson 6 Doris Matsui 7 Ami Bera* 8 Paul Cook* 9 Jerry McNerney 10 Jeff Denham
11 George Miller* 12 Nancy Pelosi 13 Barbara Lee 14 Jackie Speier 15 Eric Swalwell* 16 Jim Costa 17 Mike Honda 18 Anna Eshoo 19 Zoe Lofgren 20 Sam Farr 21 David Valadao* 22 Devin Nunes 23 Kevin McCarthy 24 Lois Capps 25 Howard P. “Buck” McKeon 26 Julia Brownley* 27 Judy Chu 28 Adam B. Schiff 29 Tony Cardenas* 30 Brad Sherman 31 Gary G. Miller 32 Grace Napolitano 33 Henry Waxman 34 Xavier Becerra 35 Gloria McLeod* 36 Raul Ruiz* 37 Karen Bass 38 Linda Sánchez 39 Edward R. Royce 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard 41 Mark Takano* 42 Ken Calvert 43 Maxine Waters 44 Janice Hahn* 45 John Campbell 46 Loretta Sanchez 47 Alan Lowenthal* 48 Dana Rohrabacher 49 Darrell Issa 50 Duncan D. Hunter 51 Juan Vargas* 52 Scott Peters* 53 Susan A. Davis
Colorado Michael F. Bennet Mark Udall
1 Diana DeGette 2 Jared Polis 3 Scott Tipton 4 Cory Gardner 5 Doug Lamborn 6 Mike Coffman 7 Ed Perlmutter
Connecticut Richard Blumenthal Christopher Murphy* 1 John B. Larson 2 Joe Courtney 3 Rosa DeLauro 4 James A. Himes 5 Elizabeth Esty*
Delaware Thomas R. Carper Christopher “Chris” Coons AL John Carney
Florida Bill Nelson Marco Rubio 1 Jeff Miller 2 Steve Southerland 3 Ted Yoho* 4 Ander Crenshaw 5 Corinne Brown 6 Ron DeSantis* 7 John L. Mica 8 Bill Posey 9 Alan Grayson* 10 Daniel Webster 11 Richard Nugent 12 Gus Bilirakis 13 Bill Young 14 Kathy Castor 15 Dennis Ross 16 Vern Buchanan 17 Tom Rooney 18 Patrick Murphy 19 Trey Radel* 20 Alcee Hastings 21 Ted Deutch* 22 Lois Frankel* 23 D. Wasserman Shultz 24 Frederica Wilson 25 Mario Diaz-Balart 26 Joe Garcia*
Georgia Saxby Chambliss Johnny Isakson 1 Jack Kingston 2 Sanford D. Bishop Jr. 3 Lynn Westmoreland 4 Hank Johnson
5 John Lewis 6 Tom Price 7 Rob Woodall 8 Austin Scott 9 Doug Collins* 10 Paul C. Broun 11 Phil Gingrey 12 John Barrow 13 David Scott 14 Tom Graves
Hawaii Daniel K. Inouye Mazie K. Hirono* 1 Colleen Hanabusa 2 Tulsi Gabbard*
Idaho Michael D. Crapo James Risch 1 Raul Labrador 2 Mike K. Simpson
Illinois Richard J. Durbin Mark Steven Kirk 1 Bobby L. Rush 2 Vacant. 3 Daniel Lipinski 4 Luis V. Gutierrez 5 Mike Quigley 6 Peter Roskam 7 Danny K. Davis 8 Tammy Duckworth* 9 Jan Schakowsky 10 Brad Schneider* 11 Bill Foster* 12 William Enyart* 13 Rodney Davis* 14 Randy Hultgren* 15 John Shimkus 16 Adam Kinzinger* 17 Cheri Bustos* 18 Aaron Schock
Indiana Dan Coats Joe Donnelly* 1 Peter J. Visclosky 2 Jackie Walorski* 3 Marlin Stutzman 4 Todd Rokita 5 Susan Brooks* 6 Luke Messer* 7 André Carson 8 Larry Bucshon 9 Todd Young
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Iowa Charles E. Grassley Tom Harkin 1 Bruce Braley 2 Dave Loebsack 3 Tom Latham 4 Steve King 5 Kristi Moem*
Kansas Pat Roberts Jerry Moran 1 Tim Huelskamp 2 Lynn Jenkins 3 Kevin Yoder 4 Mike Pompeo
Kentucky Mitch McConnell Rand Paul 1 Ed Whitfield 2 Brett Guthrie 3 John Yarmuth 4 Thomas Massie* 5 Harold Rogers 6 Andy Barr*
Louisiana Mary L. Landrieu David Vitter 1 Steve Scalise 2 Cedric Richmond 3 Charles Boustany 4 John Fleming 5 Rodney Alexander 6 Bill Cassidy
Maine Susan Collins Angus King* 1 Chellie Pingree 2 Michael H. Michaud
Maryland Barbara A. Mikulski Benjamin L. Cardin 1 Andy Harris 2 C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger 3 John Sarbanes 4 Donna Edwards 5 Steny H. Hoyer 6 John Delaney* 7 Elijah E. Cummings 8 Chris Van Hollen
Massachusetts John Kerry Elizabeth Warren* 1 Richard E. Neal 2 Jim McGovern 3 Niki Tsongas 4 Joe Kennedy* 5 Edward J. Markey 6 John F. Tierney 7 Michael E. Capuano 8 Stephen F. Lynch 9 Bill Keating
Michigan Carl Levin Debbie Stabenow 1 Dan Benishek 2 Bill Huizenga 3 Justin Amash 4 Dave Camp 5 Dale E. Kildee 6 Fred Upton 7 Tim Walberg 8 Mike Rogers 9 Sander M. Levin 10 Candice S. Miller 11 Kerry Bentivolio* 12 John D. Dingell 13 John Conyers Jr. 14 Gary Peters
Minnesota Al Franken Amy Klobuchar 1 Tim Walz 2 John Kline 3 Erik Paulsen 4 Betty McCollum 5 Keith Ellison 6 Michele Bachmann 7 Collin C. Peterson 8 Rick Nolan*
Mississippi Thad Cochran Roger Wicker 1 Alan Nunnelee 2 Bennie Thompson 3 Gregg Harper 4 Steve Palazzo
Missouri Roy Blunt Claire McCaskill 1 William Lacy Clay 2 Ann Wagner* 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer 4 Vicky Hartzler 5 Emanuel Cleaver II 6 Sam Graves 7 Billy Long 8 Vacant
Montana Max Baucus Jon Tester AL Steve Daines*
Nebraska Mike Johanns Deb Fischer* 1 Jeff Fortenberry 2 Lee Terry 3 Adrian Smith
Nevada Harry Reid Dean Heller* 1 Dina Titus* 2 Mark Amodel* 3 Joe Heck
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New Hampshire Kelly Ayotte Jeanne Shaheen 1 Carol Shea-Porter* 2 Ann Kuster*
New Jersey Frank R. Lautenberg Robert Menendez 1 Robert E. Andrews 2 Frank A. LoBiondo 3 Joe Runyan 4 Christopher H. Smith 5 Scott Garrett 6 Frank Pallone Jr. 7 Leonard Lance 8 Albio Sires 9 Bill Pascrell Jr. 10 Donald M. Payne 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen 12 Rush D. Holt
New Mexico Tom Udall Martin Heinrich* 1 Michelle Lujan Grisham* 2 Steve Pearce 3 Ben Ray Luján
New York Charles E. Schumer Kirsten Gillibrand 1 Tim Bishop 2 Peter T. King 3 Steve Israel 4 Carolyn McCarthy 5 Gregory W. Meeks 6 Grace Meng* 7 Nydia M. Velázquez 8 Hakeem Jeffries* 9 Yvette D. Clarke 10 Jerrold Nadler 11 Mike Grimm 12 Carolyn B. Maloney 13 Charles B. Rangel 14 Joe Crowley 15 José E. Serrano 16 Eliot L. Engel 17 Nita M. Lowey 18 Sean Maloney* 19 Chris Gibson 20 Paul Tonko 21 William L. Owens 22 Richard Hanna 23 Tom Reed 24 Daniel Maffei* 25 Louise M. Slaughter 26 Brian Higgins 27 Chris Collins*
North Carolina Richard M. Burr Kay Hagan 1 G.K. Butterfield 2 Renee Ellmers 3 Walter B. Jones 4 David E. Price
5 Virginia Foxx 6 Howard Coble 7 Mike McIntyre 8 Richard Hudson* 9 Robert Pittenger* 10 Patrick T. McHenry 11 Mark Meadows* 12 Melvin Watt 13 George Holding*
North Dakota John Hoeven Heidi Heitkamp* AL Kevin Cramer*
Ohio Rob Portman Sherrod Brown 1 Steve Chabot 2 Brad Wenstrup 3 Joyce Beatty* 4 Jim Jordan 5 Bob Latta 6 Bill Johnson 7 Bob Gibbs* 8 John A. Boehner 9 Marcy Kaptur 10 Mike Turner 11 Marcia L. Fudge 12 Patrick J. Tiberi 13 Tim RyanBetty Sutton 14 David Joyce* 15 Steve Stivers 16 Jim Renacci
Oklahoma James M. Inhofe Tom Coburn 1 Jim Bridenstine* 2 Mark Wayne Mullin* 3 Frank D. Lucas 4 Tom Cole 5 James Lankford
Oregon Ron Wyden Jeff Merkley 1 Suzanne Bonamici* 2 Greg Walden 3 Earl Blumenauer 4 Peter A. DeFazio 5 Kurt Schrader
Pennsylvania Pat Toomey Bob Casey 1 Robert A. Brady 2 Chaka Fattah 3 Mike Kelly 4 Scott Perry* 5 Glenn Thompson 6 Jim Gerlach 7 Pat Meehan 8 Mike Fitzpatrick 9 Bill Shuster 10 Tom Marino 11 Lou Barlette 12 Keith Rothfus*
13 Allyson Y. Schwartz 14 Mike F. Doyle 15 Charles W. Dent 16 Joseph R. Pitts 17 Matthew Cartwright* 18 Tim Murphy
Rhode Island Jack Reed Sheldon Whitehouse 1 David Cicilline 2 James R. Langevin
South Carolina Lindsey Graham Vacant 1 Tim Scott 2 Joe Wilson 3 Jeffrey Duncan 4 Trey Gowdy 5 Michael Mulvaney 6 James E. Clyburn 7 Tom Rice*
South Dakota Tim Johnson John Thune AL Kristi Noem
Tennessee Lamar Alexander Bob Corker 1 David “Phil” Roe 2 John J. “Jimmy” Duncan Jr. 3 Chuck Fleischmann 4 Scott DesJarlais 5 Jim Cooper 6 Diane Black 7 Marsha Blackburn 8 Stephen Fincher 9 Steve Cohen
Texas John Cornyn Ted Cruz* 1 Louie Gohmert 2 Ted Poe 3 Sam Johnson 4 Ralph M. Hall 5 Jeb Hensarling 6 Joe L. Barton 7 John Culberson 8 Kevin Brady 9 Al Green 10 Michael McCaul 11 K. Michael Conaway 12 Kay Granger 13 Mac Thornberry 14 Randy Weber* 15 Rubén Hinojosa 16 Beto O’Rourke* 17 Bill Flores 18 Sheila Jackson Lee 19 Randy Neugebauer 20 Joaquin Castro* 21 Lamar Smith 22 Pete Olson 23 Quico Canseco 24 Kenny Marchant 25 Roger Williams* 26 Michael C. Burgess 27 Blake Farenthold 28 Henry Cuellar 29 Gene Green 30 Eddie Bernice Johnson 31 John Carter 32 Pete Sessions 33. Marc Veasey* 34 Fileman Vela*
8 Dave Reichert 9 Adam Smith 10. Denny Heck*
35. Lloyd Doggett 36. Steve Stockman*
Orrin G. Hatch Mike Lee 1 Rob Bishop 2 Chris Stewart* 3 Jason Chaffetz 4. Jim Matheson
John D. Rockefeller IV Joe Manchin 1 David McKinley 2 Shelley Moore Capito 3 Nick J. Rahall II
Vermont Patrick J. Leahy Bernard Sanders AL Peter Welch
Virginia Mark Warner Tim Kaine* 1 Rob Wittman 2 Scott Rigell 3 Robert C. “Bobby” Scott 4 J. Randy Forbes 5 Rob Hurt 6 Bob Goodlatte 7 Eric Cantor 8 James P. Moran 9 Morgan Griffith 10 Frank R. Wolf 11 Gerald E. Connolly
Washington Patty Murray Maria Cantwell 1 Jay Inslee 2 Rick Larsen 3 Jaime Herrera Beutler 4 Doc Hastings 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers 6 Derek Kilmer* 7 Jim McDermott
Wisconsin Ron Johnson Tammy Baldwin* 1 Paul D. Ryan 2 Mark Pocan* 3 Ron Kind 4 Gwen Moore 5 F. James Sensenbrenner 6 Thomas E. Petri 7 Sean Duffy 8 Reid Ribble
Wyoming Michael B. Enzi John Barrasso AL Cynthia M. Lummis
Delegates American Samoa AL Eni F.H. Faleomavaega District of Columbia AL Eleanor Holmes Norton Guam AL Madeleine Z. Bordallo Northern Mariana Islands AL Gregorio Sablan Puerto Rico AL Pedro Pierluisi Virgin Islands AL Donna M.C. Christensen
NAUS turns 45 years old this month. At the 2012 NAUS Board of Directors meeting, this cake was served to commemorate your Association’s untiring work on behalf of our nation’s service members, veterans, retirees and their families and survivors. While the cake didn’t last long, the legacy of our founding members, and the mission of our Association, coupled with your membership and support, will ensure that NAUS will continue to be the Service Member’s Voice in Government for years to come.
Happy Birthday to NAUS.
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U.S. House of Representatives 1. Mark Amodei (R-02 NV) USA 1983-87 2. Rodney Alexander (R-05 LA) USAF 1965-71 3. Spencer Bachus (R-06 AL) National Guard 1969-1971 4. Kerry Bentivolio (R-11 MI) USA 1970-1971 National Guard 1974 National Guard 1990-2009 5. Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (D-02 GA) USA 1971 6. John Boehner (R-08 OH) USN 1968 7. Jim Bridenstine (R-01 OK) USN 1998-2007 USN Reserve 2010-present 8. Paul Broun (R-10 GA) USMCR 1963-88 9. Vern Buchanan (R-16 FL) Air Natâ€™l Guard 1970-76 10.Larry Bucshon (R-08 IN) USNR 1989-98 11.G.K. Butterfield (D-01 NC) USA 1968-70 12.Howard Coble (R-06 NC) USCG 1952-56, 1977-78 USCGR 1960-82 13.Mike Coffman (R-6-CO) USA 1972-79; USMC 1979-83 USMCR 1983-94, 2005-06 14.Doug Collins (R-09 GA) USAFR 2007-present 15.Mike Conaway (R-11 TX) USA 1970-1972 16.John Conyers (D-13 MI) National Guard 1948-50 USA 1950-54 USAR 1954-57 17.Paul Cook (R-08 CA) USMC 1966-92 18.Thomas Cotton (R-04 AR) USA 2004-09 19.Rick Crawford (R-01 AR) USA 1985-89 20.Peter A. DeFazio (D-04 OR) USAF 1967-71 21.Ron DeSantis (R-06 FL) USN 2004-10 USNR 2010-present 22.Jeff Denham (R-10 CA) USAF 1984-88; USAFR 1988-00 23.John D. Dingell (D-12 MI) USA 1945-46 24.Tammy Duckworth (D-08 IL) USAR 1991-96 National Guard 1996-present 25.John F. Duncan, Jr. (R-02 TN) USAR 1970-87 26.Bill Enyart (D-12 IL) USAF 1969-73 USAFR 1973-75 National Guard 1982-2012 27.Eni F.H. Faleomavaega (D-01 AS) USA 1966-69
USAR 1982-89 28.John Fleming (R-04 LA) USN 1976-82 29. Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (R-11 NJ) USA 1969-71 30.Tulsi Gabbard (D-02 HI) National Guard 2003-present 31.Chris Gibson (R-19 NY) USA 1986-2010 32.Louie Gohmert (R-01 TX) USA 1977-82 33.Tim Griffin (R-02 AR) USAR 1996-Present 34.Michael Grimm (R-11 NY) USMC 1989-90 USMCR 1990-97 35.Brett Guthrie (R-2-KY) USA 1987-90 USAR 1990-2002 36.Ralph M. Hall (R-04 TX) USN 1942-45 37.Andy Harris (R-01 MD) USNR 1988-2005 38.Doc Hastings (R-04 WA) USAR 1964-69 39.Joe Heck (R-03 NV) USAR 1991-Present 40.Duncan D. Hunter (R-50 CA) USMC 2002-05 USMCR 2005-08 41.Darrell Issa (R-49 CA) USA 1970-72 42.Bill Johnson (R-06 OH) USAF 1973-78 USAFR 1979-99 43.Sam Johnson (R-03 TX) Air Force 1951-79 POW Vietnam 44.Walter B. Jones, Jr. (R-03 NC) National Guard 1967-71 45.Peter King (R-02 NY) National Guard 1968-73 46.Adam Kinzinger (R-16 IL) Air National Guard 2003-Present 47.John Kline (R-02 MN) USMC 1969-1994 48.Edward J. Markey (D-07 MA) USAR 1968-73 49.Jim McDermott (D-07 WA) USN 1968-70 50.Gary Miller (R-31 CA) USA 1967-68 51.Tim Murphy (R-18 PA) USNR 2009-Present 52.Richard Nugent (R-11 FL) Air National Guard 1969-75 53.Pete Olson (R-22 TX) USN 1988-98 USNR 98-2009
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54.William Owens (D-21 NY) USAFR 1971-75 USAF 1975-79 USAFR 1979-82 55.Steven Palazzo (R-04 MS) USMCR 1988-96 National Guard 1997-Present 56.William Pascrell, Jr. (D-09 NJ) USA 1961 USAR 1962-67 57.Steve Pearce (R-02 NM) USAF 1970-76 58.Scott Perry (R-04 PA) National Guard 1980-present 59.Gary Peters (D-14 MI) USNR 1993-2000;2001-05 60.Collin C. Peterson (D-07 MN) National Guard 1963-69 61.Joseph R. Pitts (R-16 PA) USAF 1963-69 62.Ted Poe (R-2 TX) USAFR 1970-76 63.Mike Pompeo (R-04 KS) USA 1986-91 64.Charles B. Rangel (D-13 NY) USA 1948-52 65.Dave Reichert (R-08 WA) USAFR 1971-76 66.Scott Rigell (R-02 VA) USMCR 1978-84 67.Phil Roe (R-01 TN) USA 1973-74 68.Harold Rogers (R-05 KY) National Guard 1957-64 69.Mike Rogers (R-8 MI) USA 1985-89 70.Tom Rooney (R-17 FL) USA 2000-04 71.Bobby Rush (D-01 IL) USA 1963-68 72.Gregorio K.C. Sablan (N.Marina) USA 1981-86 73.Robert C. Scott (D-03 VA) USAR 1970-74 National Guard 1974-76 74.Jose E. Serrano (D-15 NY) USA 1964-66 75.John Shimkus (R-19 Il) USA 1980-86 USAR 1986-2008 76.Chris Stewart (R-02 UT) USAF 1984-98 77.Steve Stivers (R-15 OH) USA National Guard 1988-Present 78.Mike Thompson (D-05 CA) USA 1968-69 79.Tim Walz (D-01 MN) National Guard 1971-96 80.Brad Wenstrup (R-02 OH) USAR 1998-present
81.Ed Whitfield (R-01 KY) USAR 1967-70 82.Joe Wilson (R-2 SC) USA 1972-75 S.C. National Guard 1975-2003 83.Frank R. Wolf (R-10 VA) USA 1962-63 USAR 1963-67 84.Steve Womack (R-03 AR) National Guard 1979-2009 85.C.W. Bill Young (R-13 FL) National Guard 1948-57 86.Don Young (R-All AK) USA 1955-57 87.Todd Young (R-09 IN) USN 1990-91 USMC 95-00
U.S. Senate 1. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) USMCR 1970-75 2. Thomas Carper (D-DE) USN 1968-73 USNR 1973-91 3. Thad Cochran (R-MS) USN 1959-61 4. Dan Coats (R-IN) USA 1966-68 5. Michael Enzi (R-WY) Air National Guard 1967-73 6. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) USAF 1984-88 Air National Guard 1989-Present 7. Tom Harkin (D-IA) USN 1962-67 USNR 1968-74 8. James M. Inhofe (R-OK) USA 1954-56 9. Daniel Inouye (D-HI) Medal Of Honor USA 1943-47 10.Johnny Isakson (R-GA) National Guard 1966-72 11. John Robert Kerry (D-MA) USN 1966-70 12. Mark Kirk (R-IL) USNR 1989-Present 13.Frank Lautenburg (D-NJ) USA 1942-46 14.John R. McCain (R-AZ) USN 1958-81 POW Vietnam 1967-73 15.Bill Nelson (D-FL) USA 1968-70 16.Jack Reed (D-RI) Army 1971-79 17.Pat Roberts (R-KS) USMC 1958-62 18.Jeff Sessions (R-AL) USAR 1973-86 19.Roger F. Wicker (R-01 MS) USAF 1976-80 USAFR 1980-Present
Veterans Newly Elected to the 113th Congress U.S. House of Representatives Brad Wenstrup, (R-OH) USAR 1998-2011; Combat Surgeon, Iraq, 2005-06 Ohio Republican Brad Wenstrup brings the perspectives of a physician and a soldier—and a political neophyte—to serving in Congress. A foot surgeon and Iraq War veteran, he scored an election win, taking advantage of anti-incumbent sentiment in the heavily Republican district. Politics became more intriguing to Wenstrup when he returned from Iraq. “I started to see people in Washington making military decisions that have never served, making health care plans that have never seen a patient or dealt with insurance companies or Medicaid and Medicare,” he said. Doug Collins, (R-GA) Chaplain, USAFR, 2002-present; Iraq, 2008 In 2002, Collins joined the Air Force Reserve and, in 2008, did a tour in Iraq as a chaplain, an experience that he says gave him “a whole different perspective of what freedom is like and what the lack of it is like.” He attended law school in Atlanta and later opened his own practice in Gainesville. In 2006, Collins successfully ran for the state House from a district north of Gainesville and was reelected in 2008 and 2010.. Jim Bridenstine, (R-OK) USN pilot, 1998-07; Afghanistan, 2002; Iraq, 2003 Oklahoma Republican Jim Bridenstine joined the Navy and became a pilot of the E-2 Hawkeye, an airborne command and control plane. As a naval officer, he served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, flying combat missions and logging more than 1,900 flight hours. He transitioned to flying the F-18 Hornet with the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Nevada in 2004. Kerry Bentivolio, (R-MI) USA, Michigan Army National Guard Bentivolio was raised in the Detroit area with four brothers. His father, a factory worker, served in World War II, while his grandfather fought in World War I. When it was his turn to serve in 1970, Bentivolio was deployed to Vietnam as an Army infantry rifleman. He would later serve more than 20 years in the Michigan Army National Guard, and do a tour 14
in Iraq, mostly performing administrative work. Ron DeSantis, (R-FL) USN, 2004-present Florida Republican Ron DeSantis is an Ivy League-educated Navy lawyer who did a tour at the U.S. detention center at Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay and in Iraq as counselor to Navy SEAL commanders. But he ran for Congress largely to tackle domestic issues, specifically reducing the federal government’s “size, scope, and influence.” Scott Perry, (R-PA) PA Army National Guard, 1980-present Pennsylvania Republican Scott Perry distinguished himself as a helicopter pilot, eventually rising to the rank of colonel. While serving as a Pennsylvania State representative, he was called to serve for a year in Iraq in 2009, flying 44 missions. Tom Cotton, (R-AK) USA, 2004-09 The Arkansas Republican Tom Cotton earned a degree from Harvard law school in 2002 and worked as a lawyer at two firms: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Cooper & Kirk. In December 2004, Cotton left his law practice and enlisted in the Army, turning down suggestions to join the Judge Advocate General Corps. He was deployed to Baghdad in May 2006 as a platoon leader for the 101st Airborne Division, leading daily patrols through the city. In March 2007, he joined the Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery, the regiment that guards the Tomb of the Unknowns. He went to Afghanistan in 2008 as an operations officer for a provincial reconstruction team. In an interview with National Journal, he called his time in the military a “great training ground for politics” because it taught him professionalism. Tammy Duckworth, (D-IL) Army National Guard, 1990-present The Illinois Democrat Tammy Duckworth joined the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at George Washington University in 1990. Two years later, she became a commissioned officer. The daughter of a Vietnam War veteran father, Duckworth became one of the first Army women to fly combat missions in Iraq. She was copiloting a Black Hawk helicopter when a rocket-propelled grenade struck the lower half of her body; she lost
both legs and suffered serious damage to her right arm. “They should have left me behind,” she recalled. Tulsi Gabbard, (D-HI) Army National Guard, 2003-present; Iraq, 2003-04 While serving in the State Legislature, the Hawiian Democrat Tulsi Gabbard enlisted in the Hawaii Army National Guard in 2003 as a private and completed her basic training in South Carolina between legislative sessions. In 2004, her unit was activated, but Gabbard herself was not given orders to deploy. Declaring, “No way would I stay home and watch 3,000 of my brothers and sisters deploy without me,” she voluntarily deployed with the medical unit for 18 months. In 2007, she went to Officer Candidate School in Alabama, becoming the first woman to graduate at the top of her class. She deployed again in 2008, to Kuwait as a military police platoon leader training counterterrorism units. She says that one of her main priorities in Congress will be to bring all troops home from Afghanistan. Bill Enyart, (D-IL) Army National Guard, 1982-2012; USAF 1969-73; USAFR, 1973-75 Illinois Democrat Bill Enyart enlisted in the Air Force in 1969, and he was stationed at Scott Air Force Base. He left active duty in early 1973 and joined the Air Force Reserve. In 2007, Enyart became adjutant general of the Illinois State National Guard (holding the rank of brigadier general). As adjutant general, he learned the ins and outs of the federal budgetary process, and in 2011, he directed the Guard’s response to a severe winter ice storm and to springtime flooding. He also directed a partnership with the Polish military that required regular travel to Poland. Chris Stewart, (R-UT) USAF, 1984-98 Utah Republican Chris Stewart entered the service in 1984 after college graduation. In 14 years in uniform, Stewart attained the rank of major and in 1995 set the world record for the fastest, nonstop flight around the world in a B-1 Lancer. (His crew flew nearly 23,000 miles in just over 36 hours, for an average speed of about 630 mph.) Five of Stewart’s six sons also have served in the military. Stewart’s father had served in the Air Force.
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Members of Congress and Military Service At the start of 2013, we welcome a 113th Congress with the fewest number of members with a military background in modern history. There are 106 Members of the 535 elected Senators and Congressmen who have had some form of military service. The House has 87 members, including two Delegates; the Senate 19 members, losing six from the prior Congress and not adding one to the new Congress. The current group of elected officials with uniformed experience has served in World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and during times of peace, as well as in the Reserves and the National Guard. Two members of Congress, Senator John McCain and Congressman Sam Johnson were Prisoners of War during the Vietnam War. Sen. Daniel Inouye is a World War II veteran and a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the Nation’s highest military award. The number of veterans in the 113th
and social connections. Whatever the taste Americans have for serving in the military, NAUS recognizes the challenge ahead. As a military organization, we must continue working hard to get our issues heard and understood. It is important for us to use our experience to assure that our elected officials remain aware of the clear need to defend against aggression and to ensure not only a strong national defense but that the nation keep the promises made to those who serve. NAUS would clearly rather have more veterans in Congress, it would make our way forward easier. To achieve our goals, however, we also know the importance of keeping you informed on how key members of Congress, regardless of prior military service, act on our issues. In that understanding, we pledge to keep you aware on how our issues are treated in the halls of Congress by elected officials. With declining numbers of veterans in Congress, that’s important work. And working together, we will never abandon our military men and women, their families and their survivors. That’s the NAUS commitment.
Congress is 5 fewer than the 112th Congress and 16 fewer than in the 111th Congress, showing a continuing trend toward a steady decline in the number of Members who have served in the military (please see chart). It is the lowest number of members in modern history. Much of this decline may be attributed in part to the end of the Selective Service System draft in 1973. Today’s military force represents less than one percent of the nation’s population. In the recent era, Congress marked a high for military veterans nearly 35-years ago in the mid-1970s, when nearly 80 percent of lawmakers had prior experience. Though legislative work tells NAUS that prior military experience is not necessarily the main factor for fully understanding the depth of hardship and sacrifice experienced in military service, we do see a tendency for policy issues related to the military to be more frequently misunderstood. For example, there appears to be a gap in the understanding of the personal costs of service in deployments, families faced with worries about the safety of the servicemember, combat related physical and psychological injuries, and reintegration to civilian employment
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National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 At press time, the House-Senate conference is at its beginning with many issues yet to be negotiated. It is anticipated that the President would have the final unified bill at his desk before the end of December. e Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act contains many “must pass” provisions, including a 1.7 percent across-the-board pay raise for service personnel, bonuses, health care, and quality of life programs for the men and women who serve and their families. e bill also contains provisions to assist wounded service members and elements for housing improvements and related military construction. NAUS is informed that every eﬀort is underway to assure a successful conference of the defense policy bill, to find a common action of agreement to expedite its conclusion. Let’s take a closer look at some of the areas of interest: TRICARE - TRICARE fees would not increase. Neither the House passed measure or the Senate bill would authorize the Administration’s proposed new fees and fee increases for TRICARE beneficiaries. Specifically, neither bill would raise TRICARE for Life premiums or index increases to TRICARE’s “catastrophic cap” or increase annual enrollment fees for TRICARE Prime or initiate NAUS President LtGen Jack Klimp, USMC (Ret) (r) speaks with Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA) over other enrollment fees for TRICARE Stanlunch at a Santa Rosa, California event. Rep.Thompson is a Vietnam veteran and served in combat with the dard as proposed by the Administration. U.S. Army as a staff sergeant/platoon leader with the 173rd Airborne Brigade where he was wounded and e Administration’s recommendations received a Purple Heart. for steep Pharmacy copayment increases, for the war in fiscal 2013. e Senate version of the defense however, have been diﬃcult to overcome. e Senate bill policy bill, reported to the full Senate in early June, was would allow the Pentagon to go forward with these increases. unanimously passed 98 to 0 on December 4 aer considAn amendment oﬀered by Senators Jack Reed and Marco eration of more than 380 amendments over an expedited Rubio to moderate the Pentagon plan was rejected from five day period. consideration. e House-passed bill would moderate et’s take a look at the post-election, pre-conference situation of the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. e House bill (HR 4310), which passed the full House May 18, would authorize $554 billion for the base defense budget. e bill also would authorize $88.5 billion for the war. e Senate version of the bill (S. 3254) would authorize $543 billion for the base defense budget and $88.2 billion
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pharmacy copay increases and cap future increases at the rate of the cost-of-living growth in retiree pay. e contentious matter will be negotiated in conference with NAUS supporting the House position. TRICARE Pharmaceutical CostsDuring Senate consideration of the Defense policy bill, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced amendment SA 3255 to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would tie TRICARE fee increases to the cost of living adjustments for TRICARE beneficiaries. While NAUS disagrees with TRICARE increases generally, the amendment aimed to protect military beneficiaries from excessive out-ofpocket increases in co-payments that would otherwise go into eﬀect under the President’s budget and the Pentagon plan. As readers know, the Secretary of Defense has authority under current law to increase pharmacy costs. Announced earlier this year, the Department of Defense plan would impose dramatic prescription drug co-payment increases for TRICARE beneficiaries in the new year and into the future. Unfortunately, the Senate failed to adopt the Reed-Rubio amendment to curb the out-of-pocket prescription drug costs. As approved, the Senate bill allows the Pentagon to go forward with its scheduled dramatic increases in prescription drug copayments immediately and over the next five years. According to the Defense Department, if the House-Senate conference agrees with its plan, the Pentagon would “save” $12.8 billion as these “savings” would shi in responsibility to retired uniformed service personnel for their purchases of prescription drugs. On the other hand, the House pharmacy copayments plan is starkly diﬀerent. While it, too, would increase the cost of prescription drugs, these expenses would only increase at the rate of the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). Uniformed Services Journal January/February 2013
Beneficiaries’ out-of-pocket expenses is based on the Labor Department’s would be lower for all prescriptions. Employment Cost Index (ECI), which To achieve the same DoD “savings,” is a survey-based estimate for the rate the House plan would require the of private sector pay. Secretary to enroll beneficiaries age 65 Neither bill comments on the and older with maintenance medication – Administration’s plan to provide an that is, medications for chronic conditions equal increase in 2014, followed by – in a 5-year mail-order pharmacy reduced basic pay raises below the pilot program. Beneficiaries would be anticipated ECI rate over the next eligible to opt-out of the mail-order three years: 0.5% below ECI for FY program aer one year if they felt it 2015; 1.0% below for FY2016; and did not adequately meet their needs. 1.5% below for FY 2017. NAUS and its partners in e Military e Administration projects Coalition, a group of 30 organizations representing more than 5.5 million members of the uniform services— active, reserve, retired, survivors, veterans—and their families, support the House plan, which limits increases exactly as the Reed-Rubio amendment would have done. End Strengths NAUS joins its partners in e Military Coalition to express deep concern over the Following a luncheon and conversation, Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, stands for a photograph with Legislative possibility of an Director Rick Jones (l) at a Washington, DC, event. Most widely known for his service accelerated drawin Vietnam (having served nearly seven years as a Prisoner of War in Hanoi), Rep. down of our Johnson flew 62 combat missions in the Korean War in an F-86E. While flying his “Shirley’s Texas Tornado,” named after his wife, Johnson is credited with shooting Armed Forces down a North Korean MiG-15. driven by budget considerations “savings” of $16.5 billion from these instead of defense reductions in military basic pay. e requirements. In each of the two monies would be used, according to bills, the House and Senate have Administration oﬃcials, to avoid stated that the plan to cut 92,000 excessive cuts in either the size of the Army and Marine Corps personnel by 2017 may be too deep. We support force or the pace of modernization. NAUS does not support the the House-passed version that limits Administration’s plan for future annual reductions in Army and year reductions in military pay. Marine Corps end strengths. We’ve been through this exercise Pay Raise - Both bills authorize a previously and have recognized 1.7 percent military pay raise, as the Administration requested. e increase the resulting deterioration in 19
morale, retention and quality of force recruitment. Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission - One of the areas of NAUS concern in the Senate version of the bill is establishment of an independent commission called the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission to review benefits and recommend any future changes necessary to “ensure both quality of life and sustainable benefits” for those who serve. Under the provisions, the commission would be charged with review and recommendations to (1) ensure the long-term viability of the All-Volunteer Force; (2) enable a high quality of life for military families; and (3) modernize and achieve fiscal sustainability of the compensation and retirement system. One of the less oﬀensive provisions, of the Senate language, would grandfather the benefits of service members who first became a member of the uniformed services before the date of enactment of the establishment of the commission. e bill would allow the commission to provide an opt-in mechanism for members who would choose to be covered by commission reforms or grandfather all members serving in the armed forces as of the date of enactment, should the conference agree, of the provision. e commission proposal would prohibit service on the panel of any person, as either a member of the commission or as staﬀ, who was previously employed by a veterans service organization or militaryrelated advocacy group or association within the 1-year period preceding commission assignment. e worst of the provisions would establish expedited consideration of the commission’s recommendations. is particular section details a procedure for expedited and protected consideration of the legislative proposals necessary to implement 20
commission recommendations. Under this procedure, neither the Senate and House would be allowed to amend or to use established parliamentary order to consider the implementing legislation written by the unelected members of the commission. Elected lawmakers would be allowed only an up-or-down vote on the commission’s plan without amendment. Overall, NAUS is deeply concerned with the entire suggestion of a special commission to strike a new path for compensation and retirement incentives. As we now stand, we have perhaps the most capable, competent and eﬀective military we have ever fielded against an enemy of our nation. It is truly a national treasure. It is a military that took us more than two decades, in the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, to create and build. It is an all-volunteer force. One of the many lessons we learned during the more than 20 years of rebuilding was that individuals join and remain for a wide variety of reasons. e current, carefully balanced package of incentives and earned benefits address those many recruiting and retention needs. Included are: Health Care, Retirement, Commissaries & Exchanges, GI Bill, Pay, Social Security, Medicare, COLA, Tuition Assistance and Special pays, housing and related allowances. Should the Commission side step the value, knowledge or awareness of these incentives, there is a clear potential for catastrophic consequences within our fighting force and their families. Senate Rejects Amendment to Correct Survivor Benefit Plan & DIC Despite our strong support and that of our partners in the Military Coalition and National Military and Veterans Alliance, the full Senate rejected Sen. Bill Nelson’s amendment to end the deduction of Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from SBP annuities when the member’s death is service-connected. ough deeply disappointed, NAUS members and readers salute
Sen. Nelson’s consistent pursuit to right this wrong and provide equitable treatment for these survivors and make SBP fairer and more in keeping with the promise of the program to service members and their families.
Representative Sanford Bishop, D-GA, greets Legislative Director Rick Jones (l) following a luncheon on Capitol Hill. Rep. Bishop is Ranking Member on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. Bishop shares NAUS interest in military quality of life issues. The Georgia Democrat co-chairs the Congressional Military Family Caucus, a group whose aim is to "improve programs and services for military families" and “address issues like health care, child care, and education."
As outlined in previous articles, SBP and DIC payments are paid for diﬀerent reasons. SBP is, in most cases, elected and purchased by the retiree to provide a portion of retired pay to the survivor. DIC payment is a special compensation to a survivor when the service member’s death comes as a result of military service. Concurrent Receipt Approved; Next Step House-Senate Conference NAUS is pleased to see the Senate approve Majority Leader Harry Reid’s amendment to correct the reduction of Combat-Related Special Compensation payments when certain combat-disabled retirees (combat-related Chapter 61s) have their VA disability rating increased. Stolen Valor - Earlier this year, the Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional the original Stolen Valor Act of 2005 on the grounds that it infringed free speech. e 2005 Act made it a crime to lie about military service and awards. In its decision, the court said that lying, however despicable, about receipt of a military award is protected under the free speech clause of the Constitution. e court opened the door, however, to revise the bill and protect the honor if Uniformed Services Journal January/February 2013
the individual profits or receives tangible benefit from the misrepresentations of receiving military awards—not the lie itself. During consideration of the defense policy bill, the Senate approved revised version of the Stolen Valor bill, agreeing to amendment SA 3144, sponsored by Senators Jim Webb (D-VA) and Scott Brown (R-MA). e Webb-Brown amendment would make it a crime to lie about receiving a military decoration if the false statement benefits the liar. e Webb-Brown amendment achieves the Supreme Court’s objective. As readers know, the House passed a similar provision in September, approving a stand-alone bill (HR 1775) sponsored by Nevada Republican Rep. Joe Heck. NAUS strongly supports the protection of military awards from pretenders and fraudsters who hold themselves out to be honored recipients of military decorations or medals. As we go to press, NAUS has begun work with House-Senate conferees to decide the Webb-Brown provision or find common ground on a compromise position.
Congress Needs a “Doc Fix” As we go to press, Congress has yet to address the scheduled nearly 30 percent reduction in Medicare physicians’ payment rate for patient treatment under the Medicare program, called the “Doc Fix.” NAUS is working to find a way to avert the December 31 expiration date of the current payment schedule. We anticipate that a patch will be ironed out in a broader deficit package, and we can only trust, at press time, that our work and that of so many others has been successful. As you know, over the past several years Congress has approved a number of legislative set-asides to “kick” the decision into the future. But as a whole, these legislative eﬀorts have merely piled the scheduled reductions one-a-top-theother to a near impossible level faced today. ey have not resolved the issue. In eﬀect, Congress has put oﬀ the Uniformed Services Journal January/February 2013
scheduled reductions and dug itself a $300 billion hole that simply grows higher when the temporary delay expires. e constant uncertainty on how the physician reimbursement rate and threats to cut payments will be resolved has consequences. It has caused a rising number of doctors to close their door to treating new Medicare or TRICARE patients or simply to opt out of the system entirely. NAUS continues to press for positive action. Our legislative work on Capitol Hill finds no member of Congress standing against an improved payment system. e trouble comes because there is no firm agreement on devising a payment model that is fiscally responsible and fair to Medicare and TRICARE patients and doctors. Finding a physicians’ reimbursement resolution is critical to assuring access to quality health care. NAUS will continue to work with Congress to find a permanent “doc fix,” giving a measure of certainty to the program and lasting longer than a short-term patch.
seniors, we urge Congress and the Administration to achieve savings by implementing policy solutions that enact program integrity reforms and protect beneficiaries and save valuable taxpayer dollars. Fight Fraud First! is a collaborative eﬀort on behalf of seniors, persons with disabilities, military veterans, and family members to advocate for the elimination of waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid. We believe that the smartest and easiest place to start is taking on bad actors with these programs rather than charging users higher payments. When it comes to reducing the deficit, criminals should be targeted first. We need and stop paying crooks. Fighting fraud first is the right approach, and it’s what American taxpayers and American voters and members of the National Association for Uniformed Services expect Washington to do.
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Among NAUS priorities in the new Congress is legislation to fix the inequities in the Survivor Benefit Program (SBP). We will pursue making SBP more equitable and more in keeping with our Nation's promise to our service members and their families. Our goal is to correct a serious inequity in SBP that currently requires over a hundred thousand older military survivors to pay extra into the system for the same benefits as more recent enrollees. Fixing this problem is a matter of basic fairness to these military retirees. In coordination with correcting the premium issue, NAUS also seeks to eliminate the dollar-for-dollar deduction of the dependency indemnity compensation, DIC, which the VA pays to survivors, from SBP annuities. We see this action as a tax on military survivors. NAUS, in partnership with e Military Coalition, e Military and Veterans Alliance and the Society of Military Widows, among others,
As a member of the Fight Fraud First! Coalition, NAUS is dedicated to finding policy solutions that strengthen America’s vital health care programs. With a staggering 10 percent of all Medicare and Medicaid and TRICARE dollars lost year-aer-year to waste, fraud and abuse, NAUS and the Fight Fraud First! Member Group have come together in a firm belief that eradicating the ineﬃciencies of waste and fraud is the most prudent approach to reducing federal spending within the Medicare program. As a result, we encourage lawmakers to advance proposals that oﬀer targeted approaches to combat fraud and abuse while protecting beneficiaries, quality and eﬃcient providers, and taxpayers. It is our hope that together we can stop a more than $60-billion-a-year fraud of taxpayers money, so important to getting our financial house in order. Rather than turning to Medicare cuts or copayments that unfairly burden
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maintains this bill as a top legislative goal, and it is our expectation that the SBP corrections will have strong support in the new Congress. As voiced in the last Congress, it is
vital that we keep faith with the men and women who serve in our military as well as their families. Service members in uniform today and those who served our nation are
The NAUS Political Report - One of our top goals is to see Congress and the President pursue adequate resources for the security of our Nation, the protection of our homeland, and the defense of our people as their highest duty. NAUS urges the executive and legislative branch to proceed on a path that supports our troops and remembers our retirees, veterans, their families and survivors. As a nation, we owe an enormous debt of gratitude to our uniformed servicemembers, past and present, for their service, patriotism and sacrifice. e benefits that these special individuals are legally entitled to are not the product of a social welfare program, as some might argue. Rather, they are another cost of freedom that should never be forgotten. NAUS looks forward to working with lawmakers willing to deliver on the promises made to those brave men and women who answered the call to service, as generations before intended Americans to do. We have much to do, but we are encouraged that working together we can provide for the future of our nation and treat veterans and military retirees with the care they have been promised and the dignity they have earned.
The NAUS Promise - ings may change in the New Year, but one thing will never change. Your legislative team will continue to work hard to deal with the White House and the Congress. Another thing that will not change is our mission to support those congressional and executive branch leaders who best support us in obtaining our objectives regardless of party aﬃliation. As the new 113th Congress gets underway, look to NAUS to keep you informed on voting records, cosponsorship, and related political statements on our issues of the day. NAUS can help you understand matters before Congress and give you the pulse on Capitol Hill and elsewhere in the nation’s Capitol City. However to be successful to the degree we mean to be, we must ask you to help us gain the attention of our lawmakers in Congress and decision makers at the White House, the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Aﬀairs and elsewhere in the executive branch. NAUS will reach out to you through our NAUS Chapters, our home page on the web, our Facebook and Twitter accounts, our Weekly Updates, our legislative alert system and whatever other means possible convenient to get information to you. If we are to be successful in winning protection and 22
owed our deepest gratitude. In the face of their service sacrifice, we must work together to ensure that the benefits that they have earned and paid for are fair and just.
improvements in military health care, cost-of-living adjustments, and other earned benefits in the present budget cutting and defense rebalancing political culture, we need to work together. NAUS can issue the alarm, but the real power is with you – the voter. We can discover the intelligence and outline plans of action, but only working together can win the victory.
Protecting Earned Benefits and Access to Quality Health Care - As NAUS has said many times, protecting your hard earned health care is our number one priority. We have many friends in Congress who understand the sacrifice of service in America’s Armed Forces. However, we have many more who need to receive regular doses of education about not only the monetary expense of war and defense of freedom in this generation, but the costs that incur on the home front to those individuals who served and sacrificed in past generations. NAUS firmly believes that those of us, less than 7 percent of all Americans, who have borne the battle and answered the call to arms know what it means to be strong enough to meet the threats we face today and those we may see tomorrow. And we know also the diﬃculty in asking those in military service to fight for us overseas and then to fight for promised benefits and services once they return to a defended America. Let there be no doubt that the challenges we face with military health care, veterans compensation benefits, survivor and related issues can only be addressed with adequate resources. We anticipate that those we elect will establish the right priorities to set things straight. Funding for military and veterans health care should not take a back seat to billions of dollars of backroom deals that fund thousands of lesser priority programs. It is reported, for instance, that while the Pentagon put together plans to charge military retirees more for their health care, it asked to transfer nearly $3 billion of unspent TRICARE funds over the past three years to other accounts overrunning their budgets. What budget priority allows the DoD to trump the moral contract behind earned benefits to move funds to other accounts and then ask for higher fees and copays? Join with NAUS in working to ensure that our Government never fails to honor and repay the men and women whose bravery won our freedom and prosperity. e price for these earned benefits will never be greater than the value received for uniformed service. Uniformed Services Journal January/February 2013
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A 1.7 percent pay raise has been passed in both the House and Senate versions of the FY13 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill was still in conference at press time, and was also facing a Presidential veto threat over some other provisions, but NAUS anticipates the 1.7 percent pay raise will ultimately be enacted. In the past, pay raises have been made retroactive to January 1st if they are not passed with enough time to be reflected in January’s paydays.
Army ROTC Enrollment Grows
The number of college students in the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps has grown 50 percent since the 2005-06 school year, to near-historic highs. After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Army saw national ROTC enrollment jump from 28,470 during the 2000-01 school year to more than 30,800 two years later. But as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq waged on, the number steadily dropped to a low of 24,312 in 2005-06. About that time, the Army increased its goal for the number of new officers and pumped more money into scholarships and recruitment. Enrollment has been steadily ticking up since, reaching a high of 36,474 the past school year. College campuses, some of which spurned ROTC for years, now are embracing the military programs, as students look for leadership opportunities, financial help and the chance for service. Army officials say students can choose between active duty or serving in the Reserve or National Guard, although not all students who want to serve on active duty are selected for it. The Army varies that number, depending ARMY ROTC on the service’s needs. Of last year’s 5,880 Army ROTC graduates, 3,465 — about 59 percent — went on active duty.
Navy Drones Too
The Navy has developed and test-fired missiles remotely from an unmanned, fully automated vessel (the NUWC-4), marking the first robotic ship capable of maritime warfare. The missiles use electro-optic and infrared sensors and are controlled in flight by Navy personnel using a special video system that lets them “see” right through the missile. Multiple warfare centers developed the technology over about four years: NUWC (Naval Underwater Warfare Center), NSWC (Naval Surface Warfare Center), NFC (Numbered Fleet Commanders) and CTTSO (Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office).
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New Bullet-Proof Material?
Rice University and MIT’s Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies are working on a new materials technology that could potentially stop a 9-millimeter bullet and seal the entryway behind it. The material, a complex polyurethane, could mean better, stronger, lighter body armor for service members and law enforcement officers, as well as protection for sensitive materials subject to small, fast moving objects, such as aircraft and satellites. When penetrated by a tiny projectile at a high velocity, the material, a polystyrene-polydimethylsiloxane diblockcopolymer, melts into a liquid that stops the projectile and actually seals the entry hole. To read more or to view a video on this new bullet-proof material just scan the QR code to the left with your smartphone or go to http://news.rice.edu/2012/10/30/microbullets-reveal-material-strengths-2/.
About 17 percent of service members returning from Iraq and 11 percent of those coming back from Afghanistan suffer from some symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. New treatments including exposure-based therapies, in which sights, sounds, and even smells of the battlefield are recreated, have helped many deal with these symptoms. The success of such therapies led Dr. Skip Rizzo at the University of Southern California to think about whether similar experiences, experienced before actual battle, might prepare troops mentally in the way that traditional training prepares them for combat physically. Dr. Rizzo and his team developed a virtual training course that leads soldiers through a tour of duty that includes seeing and handling human remains, experiencing the death of virtual comrades to whom they have become emotionally close, and watching helplessly as a child dies. Unlike a real battlefield, though, a virtual one can be frozen, and events occurring there discussed in a safe environment. When that happens, a virtual mentor emerges from the midst of the chaos to guide the user through stress-reduction tactics he can deploy.These may be as simple as breathing deeply, or as sophisticated as objectively recognizing normal reactions to stress, and thus realizing that your own reactions are normal too. Preliminary results suggest that this kind of “psychological vaccination” can help ready service members to face the horrors of war and deal with the psychological wounds better than those who do not receive such training.
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