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May/June 2012

Journal Uniformed Services

e Servicemember’s Voice in Government

Attack on Servicemembers’ Benefits: Will It Affect Retention?


Journal Uniformed Services

e Servicemember’s Voice in Government

May/June 2012 • Vol. 36 No. 3


NAUS President Jack Klimp (l) and NAUS Legislative Director Rick Jones met with Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, at his office in the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill. Chairman Wilson said to NAUS the thought the DoD TRICARE increases were “wrongheaded” and a mistake.

More on this in the Legislative Update! On the cover: Capt. Michael Riha re-enlists Staff Sgt. Robby Ragos on top of Ghar Mountain at the Kabul Military Training

Center in Kabul, Afghanistan. Soldiers from Delta Security Force made the early morning climb to re-enlist four Soldiers.

NAUS asks the question; with the

proposed changes Congress

wants to enact, how will it affect

the military’s retention rate? Photo Credit: Sgt. James Sims, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR UNIFORMED SERVICES MISSION: Promote a strong national defense and protect the benefits earned through service and sacrifice in the uniformed services.


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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE RADM Donald P. Loren, USN (Ret), Co-Chairman MSgt Robert Larson, USAF (Ret), Co-Chairman MajGen William Bowden, USAF (Ret), 1st Vice Chairman LTG Carmen Cavezza, USA (Ret), 2nd Vice Chairman COL Janet Fraser Hale, USAR (Ret), 3rd Vice Chairman MajGen James Livingston, USMC (Ret), Member MCPO Dave Rudd, USN (Ret), Member DIRECTORS Mrs. Jessie Brundige, SMW Col James Diehl, USAF (Ret) COL Dan Dennison, USA (Ret) CAPT Thomas Doss, USPHS Col Dave Ellis, USAF (Ret) Sgt Brian Griffin, USAF (Vet) Col Jenny Holbert, USMC (Ret) MCPO Gaylord Humphries, USN Sgt Karl P. Karl, USMC (Vet) BG George Landis, USA (Ret) LCDR Nicole Manning, NOAA RADM Bob Merrilees, USCGR (Ret) Col Thomas W. Parker, USMC (Ret) Sgt Andy Plonski, USMC (Vet) CSM Brett Rankert, USA (Ret) LTC Joe Sheehan, USA (Ret) SMA Jack Tilley, USA (Ret) BOARD ADVISORS CSM Donna A. Brock, USA CSM Donald Devaney, USA (Ret) MCPO Paul Dillon, USN (Ret) MCPO James E. Greer, USN (Ret) COL Otto Grummt, USA (Ret) Col Michael Harris, USAF (Ret) Morris Harvey, USNG (Vet) BriGen John A. Hurley, USAF (Ret) CAPT Robert C. Lloyd, Jr., USPHS SgtMajMarCor Alford L. McMichael, USMC (Ret) COL Charles Partridge, USA (Ret) LtCol Nancy L. Visser, USMCR (Ret) REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENTS 1 CSM Ron Buatte, USA (Ret) 2 Col Al Stewart, USAF (Ret) 3 MSgt Thomas Paolillo, USAF (Ret) 4 SMSgt “Chuck” Murphy, USAF (Ret) 5 LtCol Dick Brubaker, USAF (Ret) 6 LTC Dennis O. Freytes, USA (Ret) 7 MCPO Paul Dillon, USN (Ret) 8 MSgt Wayne M. Gatewood, Jr., USMC (Ret) NAUS STAFF President and CEO – LtGen Jack Klimp, USMC (Ret) Director of Administration – Mrs. Vicki C. Sumner CFO/Director of Membership Services – Ms. Windora Bradburn, CPA Legislative Director/PAC – Rick Jones H Deputy Legislative Director/Veterans Affairs – CTI1 Mike Plumer, USN (Ret) H Legislative Assistant – Tony Kennedy Marketing Director – LCDR Steve Hein, USCG (Ret), CME Managing Editor, USJ – Tommy Campbell Director of Mail Operations – Mrs. Nadine Vranizan Junior Accountant – Mrs. Charito Ampoyo Database Manager – Mrs. Toni Cimini H Registered Federal Lobbyists


President’s Message From e Desk Of:

LtGen Jack Klimp, USMC (Ret)

d Veterans’ Benefits Assault on Servicemembers’ an NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR UNIFORMED SERVICES

the benefits NAUS members earned he 2013 budget is an outright assault on TRICARE For Life enrollment fee, through their service in uniform. A new TRICARE Standard enrollment on top of MediCare Part B premiums; a new higher co-pays and deductibles; another fee on those beneficiaries who already pay hikes for under-65 retirees that no one I am convinced that this round of TRICARE Prime enrollment fee and other budget-driven oduction of means testing by tiering can pretend to call “modest” this time; intr pay y cost saving measures income; reducing future active dut these fees based on military retirement sion mis com rm growth; a retirement refo will seriously hurt raises so they’re lower than civilian wage 401-K type of plan; lian civi a with it g acin repl and ent rem recruiting and retention, to eye ending 20-year reti those are just the opening And all. for s ease incr cost cy rma pha and could very well and, to top it off, environment. With eight of my thirtyget bud cult diffi this in ng faci e we’r os salv mean an end to the recruiting, I am convinced that this three years in the Marine Corps spent in all-volunteer force. sures will seriously hurt recruiting and and other budget-driven cost saving mea end to the all-volunteer force. retention, and could ver y well mean an national financial crisis. In historic e Defense budget is not the cause of our base budget this year relatively small portion on defense. e a nds spe t men ern gov ral fede our s, term percent when the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and 4.5 provides $530 billion, 3.5 percent of the nding was uded. During the Cold War, defense spe incl are s war n ista han Afg and Iraq the of expense the defense buildup expressed by GDP. And at the height of 7.5 percent of our national economy as in the 1980s, defense was 6.3 percent. the fact that last aking the defense budget,” as evidenced by Likewise, military health care is not “bre lion of unused returned substantially more than $500 mil year the TRICARE Management Activity Congress 0 million in unused TRICARE funds that $30 was d ude Incl . unt acco eral gen the finds to itary. Rather, it is a research of little or no benefit to the mil woes redirected into largely unrelated medical burden of correcting the nation’s fiscal the e plac als pos pro se the Yet s. ines bus cost of doing e already sacrificed y members and their families, who hav itar mil our of ers uld sho the on ctly dire above and beyond their fair share. ld claim over te me saying the new health care fees wou wro ntly rece t ean Serg ster Ma y Arm red A reti gress and shame on on the administration, shame on the Con 19 percent of his retirement pay. Shame e again eful proposed health care fees, we onc rac disg se the of ent ctm ena ugh thro the nation if, lives on the line to ts made with those who have put their trac con the and es mis pro the r ono ller dish this way to Defense Department Comptro it said VA) (Db Web Jim ator Sen us. protect the rest of can’t renegotiate Hill, “But what I’m saying to you is you itol Cap on ring hea nt rece a in e Hal Robert the people whose is is an obligation that was made to the front end once the back end is done. military careers are now done.” n Amen. And just think what it would mea to those serving now!


ank you to all who voted by proxy or attended the April 18 Special Meeting of the Association. e bylaws amendments proposed by your Board of Directors were approved by an overwhelming majority. e amended bylaws have been printed and inserted in this edition of the Uniformed Services Journal for your convenience, and are also available online in the Chapters section of the NAUS website. 2

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Keep up the good work. Your staff is doing a great job keeping us informed of what is happening in Washington and around the military. G. Cooper TSgt, USAF (Ret) Rantoul, IL

I pay close attention to the NAUS Weekly Update. I have sent letters to President Obama and my Congressional members. I have also made calls and sent emails using the NAUS prototype letters [on CapWiz]. I appreciate what you are doing and encourage others to get active. There seems to be far too much apathy among those that will be most affected by the Pentagon budget proposals. E. Engstrom MCPO, USN (Ret) Hanford, CA

Your comments and insert showing the proposed changes to TriCare costs were spot on. I scanned the table from the latest Journal and sent it to all of my retired military friends so they could see in one place the proposed changes to what we were promised when we joined. What amazes me is the 100% support the top officers and NCO's in Washington have stated. We are not getting all the facts or these so called "leaders" have sold us out to protect their own position. Keep up the good work in your coverage of this very important issue. E. Ehrenberger LtCol, USAF (Ret) Sierra Vista, AZ

Thank you for the great work you're doing for military retirees and their families. M. Mora, Sr. SFC, USA (Ret) Las Vegas, NV

I am convinced that the NAUS Weekly Update is the most informative and useful document available to the military. Thank you for being so professional in the method you use to keep us ALL informed. R. Ribbentrop LtCol, USAF (Ret) Chesterfield, VA We love to hear your feedback and opinions, so please keep your letters and emails coming to: NAUS Mailbox, 5535 Hempstead Way, Springfield, VA 22151 or to (Include your hometown and daytime telephone number. Due to space restrictions, not every entry can be published and those that are may be edited to fit.)

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Thank you so much for your letter published in the Washington Times regarding the disregard of the promises made to servicemembers on health care. It bothers me that so many come back from the past ten years of war with the worst of injuries and they are being slapped with such a move. Everything goes up, and it all gets put on the guy at the bottom, you and me and our families. These proposals and the increases that have already occurred will set a precedent to keep raising costs, and are costing us dearly. Stay on 'em to keep their promises. P. Lidstone, wife of N. Lidstone CPO, USCG (Ret) Portsmouth, RI

Editor’s Note:

The NAUS Staff is proud to bring you this very important issue of the May/June Uniformed Services Journal. As you have already read in the President’s Message and will continue to read in the upcoming pages of this Journal, the 2013 Budget should be considered an assault on servicemembers’ and veterans’ benefits, as it has been called by your NAUS President and several members of Congress. This proposed budget will change many of the benefits that you currently use or were promised when you entered service. Increases in copays , new fees, changes in wages and changes in the way your retirement plans are designed. This is an outrage that these changes in the Defense Budget are being put on the shoulders of our members and all who have and continue to put on a uniform. You have already paid the price for these benefits by your service to our country and to try and change these promises now is just wrong. NAUS asks for your help in the fight against these proposed changes. From helping us sign up new members so we can show our stength in numbers, writing members of Congress through the NAUS Capwiz site, to donations to help us get your word out, whatever you can do will help! Also, we would like to thank everyone for their response to the propsed NAUS Bylaw changes by sending back the envelope found in the March/April USJ. Your vote has been counted and results can be found in this issue. Please continue to give us feedback on any of the items you find in your Journal. Let us know how we are doing and your thoughts on what is going with your benefits. We hope you enjoy this issue of your May/June Uniformed Services Journal!

– Tommy Campbell, Managing Editor, USJ 3

Memorial Day, One Nation, One Moment of Remembrance “I watched the flag pass by one day. It fluttered in the breeze. A young Marine saluted it, and then he stood at ease. I looked at him in uniform so young, so tall, so proud, with hair cut square and eyes alert he'd stand out in any crowd. I thought how many men like him had fallen through the years. How many died on foreign soil? How many mothers' tears? How many pilots' planes shot down? How many died at sea? How many foxholes were soldiers' graves? No, freedom isn't free. I heard the sound of taps one night, when everything was still I listened to the bugler play and felt a sudden chill. I wondered just how many times that taps had meant "Amen," when a flag had draped a coffin of a brother or a friend. I thought of all the children, of the mothers and the wives, of fathers, sons and husbands with interrupted lives. I thought about a graveyard at the bottom of the sea of unmarked graves in Arlington. No, freedom isn't free. is poem was written by CDR Kelly Strong, USCGR (Ret). He wrote it in 1981 as a high school senior (JROTC cadet) at Homestead High, Homestead, FL. It was a tribute to his father, a career Marine who served two tours in Vietnam, and reflects a powerful reminder that freedom isn’t free. Memorial Day is one day out of the year the nation sets aside to remember, reflect and honor our service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country whether in battle, in support of combat operations or having died in the line of duty doing their jobs. It is also a day to reflect upon the sacrifices made by our country’s current and former men and women in uniform who served to protect our nation every day and all it stands for. Memorial Day is celebrated across the country and at Arlington National Cemetery each year with a ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each grave. NAUS and the Society of Military Widows will join other uniformed services associations to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. About 5,000 people attend the Arlington ceremony annually. Congress has established a National Memorial Moment of Remembrance which asks Americans to pause at 3:00 pm each Memorial Day in an act of national unity to honor the contribution of our fallen servicemembers. e “Moment” is an act of reflection and national unity and is not intended to replace other traditional Memorial Day observances. NAUS encourages each of you to stop and take a moment to silently honor the service of the brave men and women who have gone before us. By participating you will be demonstrating your gratitude and honoring those who died for our freedom. It is but a small token of the enormous debt owed to them, a debt we keep with faith and honor but can never fully repay. 4

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Defense H.R. 24 – (215 Cosponsors), Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-NC), 01/05/11 – Referred to House Committee on Armed Services. Redesignate the Department of the Navy as the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps. H.R. 493 – (5 Cosponsors), Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), 01/26/11 – Referred to House Armed Services Committee. To provide for forgiveness of certain overpayments of retired pay paid to deceased retired members of the Armed Forces following their death. H.R. 1003 – (1 Cosponsor), Rep. Don Young (R-AK), 03/10/2011 – Referred to House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee. e Gray Area Retiree, and Surviving Spouses Space-available Travel Equity Act would authorize space-available travel on military aircra for reserve members, former members of a reserve component, and unremarried surviving spouses and dependents of such members and former members. Companion Bill: S. 542 – (9 Cosponsors), Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), 03/10/2011. Referred to Senate Armed Services Committee.

H.R. 1092 – (24 Cosponsors), Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), 03/15/2011 – Referred to House Committee on Armed Services. The Military Retirees Health Care Protection Act would prohibit increases in TRICARE fees and copays for military health care.

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roughout the 112th Congress, NAUS will identify and track certain bills that address issues important to our members. Over time the list will expand to include newly introduced bills replacing older or less comprehensive bills. We do this because of space limitations. While we support any and all bills that lead towards the achievement of our legislative goals, we place the most emphasis on the more comprehensive bills. Also appearing will be some bills for information purposes to readers interested in the issue so that they can make their position known to their congressional delegations. e Library of Congress provides online information concerning Congress and the legislative process through a website named THOMAS, located at is is an easy to use tool to help you track bills in which you are interested but we do not list due to space limitations. THOMAS also provides access to other congressional committees for you to do independent research. e dates in each summary generally denote when the bill was introduced.

H.R. 1285 – (5 Cosponsors), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), 03/31/11 – Referred to House Committee on Armed Services. e Military Health Care Affordability Act would prohibit increases in fees for military health care (TRICARE) before fiscal year 2014. H.R. 1263 – (No Cosponsors), Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA), 03/30/11 – Referred to House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide surviving spouses with certain protections relating to mortgages and mortgage foreclosures. 10/13/11 passed by House and sent to Senate for further consideration. H. R. 1935 – (7 Cosponsors), Rep. Peter King (R-NY), 05/23/11 – Referred to House Armed Services Committee. e Supply Our Soldiers Act of 2011 would provide for free mailing privileges for personal correspondence and parcels sent to members of the Armed Forces serving on active duty in Iraq or Afghanistan. H.R. 1968 – (15 Cosponsors), Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), 05/24/11 – Referred to House Armed Services Committee. Provide for the award of a military service medal to members of the Armed Forces who served honorably during the Cold War. Companion Bill: S. 402 – (6 Cosponsors), Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), 02/17/11 – Referred to Senate Committee on Armed Services. HR 4115 – (11 Cosponsors), Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH), 3/12/12 – Referred to House Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity. Helping Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Return to Employment at Home Act. To require, as a condition on the receipt by a State of certain funds for veterans employment and training, that the State ensures that training received by a veteran while on

active duty is taken into consideration in granting certain State certifications or licenses, and for other purposes.

H.R. 4310 Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA), 3/29/12 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. Referred to House Committee on Armed Services. Authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2013 for military activities of the Department of Defense, to prescribe military personnel strengths for fiscal year 2013.

S. 67 - (No Cosponsors), Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI), 01/25/11 – Referred to Senate Committee on Armed Services. Permit former members of the armed forces who have a service-connected disability rated as total to travel on military aircra in the same manner and to the same extent, as retired members of the armed forces are entitled to travel on such aircra. S. 68 – (No Cosponsors), Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI), 01/25/11 – Referred to Senate Committee on Armed Services. Authorize certain disabled former prisoners of war to use Department of Defense commissary and exchange stores. S. 472 – (3 Cosponsors), Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), 03/03/2011 - Referred to Senate Committee on Armed Services. e Service Members Permanent Change of Station Relief Act would increase the mileage reimbursement rate for members of the armed services during permanent 5


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change of station and to authorize the transportation of additional motor vehicles of members on change of permanent station to or from non-foreign areas outside the continental United States. S. 490 – (3 Cosponsors), Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI), 03.03/2011 – Referred to Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Increase the maximum age for children eligible for medical care under the CHAMPVA program. S. 2112 – (25 Cosponsors), Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), 02/15/12 – Referred to Senate Committee on Armed Services. Space Available Act. Authorize spaceavailable travel on military aircra for members of the reserve components, a member or former member of a reserve component who is eligible for retired pay but for age, widows and widowers of retired members, and dependents.

Flag Amendment

H.J. RES. 13 – (82 Cosponsors), Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO), 01/07/11 – Referred to House Subcommittee on the Constitution. A proposal to amend the Constitution of the United States to give Congress the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States. S.J. Res. 19 – (33 Cosponsors), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) – Referred to Senate Committee on the Judiciary. A proposal to amend the Constitution of the United States to give Congress the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.

Guard & Reserve

H.R.152 – (29 Cosponsors), Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), 01/05/11 – Referred to House Armed Services Committee. e National Guard Border Enforcement Act would utilize the National Guard to provide support for the border control activities of the United States Customs and Border Protection of the Department of Homeland Security H.R. 179 - (3 Cosponsors), Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), 01/05/11 – Referred to House Armed Services Committee. Eliminate the requirement that certain former members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces be at least 60 years 6

of age in order to be eligible to receive health care benefits. H.R. 181 – (74 Cosponsors), Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), 01/05/11 – Referred to House Armed Services Committee. e National Guardsmen and Reservists Parity for Patriots Act would ensure that members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces who have served on active duty or performed active service since September 11, 2001, in support of a contingency operation or in other emergency situations receive credit for such service in determining eligibility for early receipt of non-regular service retired pay. H.R. 1283 - (43 Cosponsors), Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA), 03/31/2011 – Referred to House Armed Services Committee. e Reserve Retirement Deployment Credit Correction Act would eliminate the per-fiscal year calculation of days of certain active duty or active service used to reduce the minimum age at which a member of a reserve component of the uniformed services may retire for non-regular service.

MGIB & Educational Benefits

H.R. 472 – (2 Cosponsors), Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK), 01/26/11 – Referred to House Committee on Education and the Workforce. e Impact Aid Fairness and Equity Act would reauthorize the Impact Aid Program under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

Coast Guard

S. 1665 – (3 Cosponsors), Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), 10/6/11 – Referred to Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal years 2012 and 2013.

H.R. 2838 – Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), 9/2/11 – Referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2011. 11/16/11 Passed full House and sent to Senate.

Health Care & Medicare H.R. 409 – (29 Cosponsors), Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), 01/24/11 - Referred to House Armed Services Committee. e Chiropractic Health Parity for Military Beneficiaries Act requires the Secretary of Defense to develop and implement a plan to provide chiropractic health care services and benefits for certain new beneficiaries as part of the TRICARE program.

Social Security

H.R. 149 – (3 Cosponsors), Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), 01/04/11- Referred to House Ways and Means Committee. e Social Security Beneficiary Tax Reduction Act would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the 1993 increase in taxes on Social Security benefits. H.R. 456 – (34 Cosponsors), Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-TX), 01/26/11 – Referred to the House Ways and Means, Education and Workforce Committees. e Consumer Price Index for Elderly Consumers Act would enable the establishment of a Consumer Price Index for Elderly Consumers to compute cost-ofliving increases for Social Security benefits. S.123 – (No Cosponsors), Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), 01/25/11 – Referred to Senate Budget Committee. e Social Security Lock-Box Act of 2011 would establish a procedure to safeguard the Social Security Trust Funds.


H.R. 238 – (10 Cosponsors), Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO), 01/07/11 – Referred to House Ways and Means Committee. Military Retiree Health Care Relief Act of 2011 would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a refundable credit to military retirees for premiums paid for coverage under Medicare Part B. S.113 – (1 Cosponsor), Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), 01/25/11 – Referred to Senate Committee on Finance. e Public Servant Retirement Protection Act seeks to repeal the windfall elimination provision and protect the retirement of public servants.


H.R. 23 – (80 Cosponsors), Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA), 01/05/11 – Referred to

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House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. e Belated ank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act of 2011 would direct the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs to establish the Merchant Mariner Equity Compensation Fund to provide benefits to certain individuals who served in the United States merchant marine (including the Army Transport Service and the Naval Transport Service) during World War II. H.R. 115 – (9 Cosponsors), Rep. Bob Filner (R-CA), 01/05/11 – Referred to House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. e CHAMPVA Children’s Protection Act of 2011 would increase the maximum age to 26 from 23 for children eligible for medical care under the CHAMPVA program. H.R. 329 – (35 Cosponsors), Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA), 01/19/11 - Referred to House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. e Chiropractic Care Available to All Veterans Act would require the provision of chiropractic care and services to veterans at all Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers and to expand access to such care and services. H.R. 814 – (7 Cosponsors), Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA), 02/18/11 – Referred to House Committees on Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Veterans’ Affairs. e Medicare VA Reimbursement Act of 2011 would provide Medicare payments to Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities for items and services provided to Medicare-eligible veterans for non-service-connected conditions. (is is called Medicare Subvention) H.R. 1288 – (114 Cosponsors), Rep. G.K. Butterfield (R-NC), 03/31/11 – Referred to House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. e World War II Merchant Mariner Service Act would direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to accept additional documentation when considering the application for veteran status of an individual who performed service in the merchant marines during World War II. H.R. 1742 – (34 Cosponsors), Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC), 05/05/11 - Referred to House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial affairs. e Jamey Ensminger Act would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a presumption of service connection for illnesses associated with contaminants in the water supply at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Uniformed Services Journal May/June 2012

and to provide health care to family members of veterans who lived at Camp Lejeune while the water was contaminated. H.R. 2002 – (3 Cosponsor), Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), 05/26/11 – Referred to House Committee on Armed Services. Permit disabled or injured members of the Armed Forces to transfer Post 9/11 Educational Assistance benefits aer retirement. H.R. 2074 – (7 Cosponsors), Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY), 6/1/11 – Referred to House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. e Veterans Sexual Assault Prevention and Health Care Enhancement Act. 10/5/11 Reported by Committee to full House and placed on calendar for future consideration. H.R. 2349 – (1 Cosponsor), Rep. Jon Runyan (R-NJ), 6/24/11 – referred to House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs. Direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to annually assess the skills of certain employees and managers of the Veterans Benefits Administration, and for other purposes. 10/6/11 Reported by Committee to Full House and placed on calendar for future consideration. H.R. 2383 – (No Cosponsors), Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), 06/24/11 – Referred to House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. e “Modernizing Notice to Claimants Act.” Authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to use electronic communication to provide required notice to claimants for benefits under laws administered by the Secretary. NAUS Note: is would be optional for those veterans who choose to receive electronic communications. H.R. 2433 – (31 Cosponsors), Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL), 7/7/11 - Veterans Opportunity to Work Act of 2011. 10/13/11 Passed by full House and sent to Senate for further consideration. H.R. 3612 – (72 Cosponsors), Rep. Gibson (R-NY), 12/8/11 - e Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2011. Referred to House Committee on Veterans Affairs. Clarify presumptions relating to the exposure (to Agent Orange) of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam, and for other purposes. Companion Bill: S. 1629 (11 Cosponsors), Sen. Gillibrand (D-NY), 9/23/11 - e Agent Orange Equity Act of 2011. Clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans, who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam. H.R. 3662 – (71 Cosponsors), Rep.

Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA), 12/14/11 - Down Payment to Protect National Security Act of 2011. Amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to modify the discretionary spending limits to take into account savings resulting from the reduction in the number of Federal employees. Referred to the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform and the Budget. Companion Bill: S. 2065 (9 Cosponsors), Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), 2/2/12 – Referred to Senate Committee on the Budget. H.R. 3895 – (31 Cosponsor), Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL), 2/3/12 - Protect VA Healthcare Act of 2012. Amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to clarify that all veterans programs are exempt from sequestration. Referred to House Committee on the Budget. Companion Bill: S. 2128 (3 Cosponsors), Rep. Jon Tester (D-MT), 2/17/12 – Referred to Senate Committee on the Budget H.R. 4048 – (No Cosponsors), Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), 2/16/12 - Improving Contracting Opportunities for VeteranOwned Small Businesses Act. Clarify the contracting goals and preferences of the Department of Veterans Affairs with respect to small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans. H.R. 4142 – (4 Cosponsors), Rep. Jon Runyan (R-NJ), 3/5/2012- Referred to House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs. To provide for annual cost-of-living adjustments to be made automatically by law each year in the rates of disability compensation for veterans with serviceconnected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for survivors of certain service-connected disabled veterans. H.R. 4155 – (1 Cosponsor), Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), 3/7/12 – Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Veteran Skills to Jobs Act. Direct the head of each Federal department and agency to treat relevant military training as sufficient to satisfy training or certification requirements for Federal licenses. Companion Bill: S. 2239 (3 Cosponsors), Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), 3/27/12 – Referred to Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. 7


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H.R. 4168 – (9 Cosponsors), Rep. Frank Giunta (R-NH), 3/8/12 – Caring for the Fallen Act. Referred to House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs. Direct the American Battle Monuments Commission to provide for the ongoing maintenance of Clark Veterans Cemetery in the Philippines. S. 277 – (10 Cosponsors), Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), 02/03/11 – Referred to Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. e Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans Act would furnish hospital care, medical services and nursing home care to veterans who were stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C., while the water was contaminated at Camp Lejeune. S. 491 – (16 Cosponsors), Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR), 03/04/11 – Referred to Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. e Honor America’s Guard-Reserve Retirees Act of 2011 would recognize the service in the reserve components of the Armed Forces by members who were never activated for Federal Service during their careers, by honoring them with status as veterans under law. Companion Bill: H.R. 1025 – (54 Cosponsors), Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN), 03/10/2011 – Referred to House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. S. 1359 – (5 Cosponsors), Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), 07/13/11 – Referred to Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Honoring Service through National Park Access Act. Make the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass available at a discount to members of the Armed Forces and veterans.


H.R. 120 – (10 Cosponsors), Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), 01/05/11 – Referred to House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. e Disabled Veterans’ Surviving Spouses Home Loans Act would provide for eligibility for housing loans guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the surviving spouses of certain totally disabled veterans. 10/13/11 Bill language was placed into H.R. 2433 as an amendment and passed by the House and forwarded to the Senate for further consideration. H.R. 178 – (181 Cosponsors), Rep. 8

Joe Wilson (R-SC), 01/05/11 – Referred to House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. e Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act would repeal the requirement for reduction of survivor annuities under the Survivor Benefit Plan for military surviving spouses to offset the receipt of veterans Dependency and Indemnity Compensation. Companion Bill: S. 260 – (50 Cosponsors), Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), 2/2/11 - Referred to Senate Armed Services Committee. S. 1852 – (1-Cosponsor), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), 11/10/11 – Referred to House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. “Spouses of Heroes Education Act.” Expand the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry scholarship to include spouses of members of the Armed Forces who die in the line of duty

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H.R. 303 - (87 Cosponsors), Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), 01/18/11 – Referred to House Veterans’ Affairs and Armed Services Committees. e Retired Pay Restoration Act would permit additional retired members of the Armed Forces who have a service-connected disability to receive both disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs for their disability and either retired pay by reason of their years of military service or Combat-Related Special Compensation and to eliminate the phase-in period under current law with respect to such concurrent receipt. Companion Bill: S. 344 – (28 Cosponsors), Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), 2/14/11 – Referred to Senate Committee on Armed Services. H.R. 333 – (155 Cosponsors), Rep. Sanford Bishop (R-GA), 01/19/11 – Referred to House Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs Committees. e Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act would permit retired members of the Armed Forces who have a serviceconnected disability rated less than 50 percent to receive concurrent payment of both retired pay and veterans’ disability compensation, to eliminate the phase-in period for concurrent receipt and to extend eligibility for concurrent receipt to chapter 61 disability retirees with less than 20 years of service. H.R. 4114 – (10 Cosponsors), Rep. Jon Runyan (R-NJ), 2/29/12- Referred to the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee

on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs. Veterans' Compensation Costof-Living Adjustment Act of 2012. To increase, effective as of December 1, 2012, the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, and for other purposes. Companion Bill: S. 2259 – (13 Cosponsors), Sen. John Tester (D-MT), 3/29/12 – Referred to Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. S. 696 – (5 Cosponsors), Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) – 03/31/11 – Referred to Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Treat Vet Centers as Department of Veterans Affairs facilities for purposes of payments or allowances for beneficiary travel to Department facilities.

H.R. 186 – (27 Cosponsors), Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), 01/05/11 – Referred to House Committees on Armed Services, Veterans’ Affairs and Budget. Expand the eligibility for concurrent receipt of military retired pay and veterans’ disability compensation to include all members of the uniformed services who are retired under chapter 61 of such title for disability, regardless of the members’ disability rating percentage.

Miscellaneous H.R. 1775 – (52 Cosponsors), Rep. Joseph Heck (R-NV), 05/05/11 – Referred to House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Amend title 18, United States Code, to establish a criminal offense relating to fraudulent claims about military service. Companion Bill: S. 1728 – (2 Cosponsors), Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), 10/18/11 – Referred to Senate Committee on the Judiciary. “e Stolen Valor Act of 2011.” Establish a criminal offense relating to fraudulent claims about military service.

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NAUS President Jack Klimp calls on Congress to stop "war" on TRICARE benefits in news release issued Monday, April 16.

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NAUS Rejects the Proposed Changes in Military Pay and Benefits o military personnel issues are more critical than cost-of-living adjustments. DoD must follow the law. pay and benefits, which is why health care is such • e proposed creation of TRICARE Standard/Extra a sensitive subject. It and the immediate receipt of enrollment fees and unexplained escalator equation, retirement pay are the primary incentives DoD can offer to as well as unexplained double-digit increases to entice someone to volunteer 20 or more years of their TRICARE Standard/Extra deductibles. youth to the nation just to be eligible. • e three-tiered TRICARE for Life fee proposal linked Yet, despite acknowledging this long-term commitment, again to the unexplained, escalator equation for the department again reintroduced plans—rejected by senior retirees age 65 and older, who already must Congress in the past—to force military dependents and pay at minimum $1,200 annually for mandatory retirees to either pay more for Medicare Part B coverage. their healthcare coverage or to • Unexplained pharmaopt out of TRICARE entirely. ceutical copay increases We regard all efforts to on military dependents force those who serve and and retirees that would sacrifice the most, to sacrifice raise within five years even more, as a supreme the cost of a 30-day supply breach of faith. It denigrates of brand-name medicathe years of upfront service tions purchased off-base and sacrifice required of by 283 percent and a 90career military and their day supply of the same families, plus these antiprescription from mailNAUS President and CEO Jack Klimp (front r) and Legislative Director Rick Jones (r) people proposals will be order by 377 percent. conference on TRICARE related issues with Health Net representatives: Sue Mandry, perceived very negatively by Vice President of Government Affairs (front l), and Health Care Consultants Steve Lillie Very few join the military future generations, who may (l) and Brigadier General James M. Lariviere. Health Net is the managed care support intent on making it a career, consider civilian employment contractor for the TRICARE North Region, assisting nearly three million beneficiaries which involves multiple moves including active duty, retired, National Guard and Reserve, and family members. far more rewarding and safer and hazardous deployments, than military service. children constantly uprooted from schools and spouses from NAUS, and a number of major military associations reject: career opportunities, virtually zero in home ownership • e three-tiered TRICARE Prime fee proposal that equity, and upon military retirement, potential age discrimis linked to an unexplained, escalator equation that ination entering the civilian marketplace. In fact, only 8.5 Congress rejected in 2007. DOD last year proposed percent of those who serve in the military ever reach retireto link annual increases to medical inflation for ment, a percentage derived by dividing DOD’s 1.9 million retirees by the VA’s 22.2 million veterans—a percentage working age retirees, but Congress rejected that proposal and instead tied future increases to annual that is even less if medical retirees are excluded.



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To NAUS and a number of key veterans associations, perhaps our greatest concern is that the continued erosion of pay and benefits could lead to the end of a professionallyled, all-volunteer military that for 39 years and more than a decade of nonstop war has served the American public extremely well. We encourage readers to call, email or write your representatives. Tell them that you too, reject the Pentagon plan to raise TRICARE fees, copays and deductibles.

Congress Holds Hearings to Address the DoD Budget At the start of the year, the President recommended a $525.4 billion fiscal year 2013 base budget for the Department of Defense with an added $88.5 billion to support the war efforts. e budget request is approximately $45 billion below what was anticipated under last year’s budget plan, as required under the Budget Control Act passed last year.

Legislative Director Rick Jones (c) stands with House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman, Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL), and his wife, Vicki Miller, at a morning Capitol Hill event. Chairman Miller is a strong supporter of our uniformed services and has demonstrated superb leadership in promoting efforts to find jobs for returning veterans. Chairman Miller is also a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee.

e Budget Control Act also aims for lower defense spending over the next decade, $259 billion less than planned over the next five years, and a total $487 billion over the next ten. The Pentagon’s proposal would hack existing manpower, equipment, research and retirement contracts. e slash in Uniformed Services Journal May/June 2012

manpower would reduce the Army by 72,000 and the Marines by 20,000. Cuts include the termination of six tactical fighter squadrons and the purchase of fewer F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. e Navy would decommission seven cruisers and delay new ship construction. According to Secretary Panetta, “is decline is roughly consistent with the size of the drawdowns aer Vietnam and the Cold War – although we are determined to implement these reductions in a manner that avoids a hollow force and other mistakes of the past.” While key Members of Congress work with NAUS to assure the investment in national defense remains clear-eyed and fully sufficient to meet present and potential risks and threats to our national security, the outcome of congressional debate remains uncertain. For some in Congress, the Pentagon reductions are hardly enough. Earlier this year, for example, Representatives Barney Frank (D-MA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) and Rush Holt (D-NJ) wrote the President asking him to “take even bolder leadership.” ey want to double the cuts, “e Cold War is long over, and no remotely comparable adversary has emerged or is likely to emerge …. savings of around $900 billion over the next 10 years can be realized.” NAUS believes strongly that defense of the nation is the first and primary responsibility of government. e President’s budget request seems more budget driven than strategy driven, more on cutting defense spending than on bringing forward a clear evaluation of the resources needed to guard against any and all threats. NAUS remains deeply concerned, as well, that the entire debate stands in the dark shadow of nearly $600 billion of additional military spending cuts mandated by the failure of the “Super Committee” to agree on $1.2 trillion of reductions in overall government spending. NAUS supports key lawmakers

working to offset the directive, called a sequester, which if it goes forward would cause severe damage to our national defense and the promises made to career uniformed service. Please see the article on page 14 about the House and Senate efforts to avoid an ugly sequester process.

Assault on Military Retirees Simply stated, NAUS does not believe that defense spending, which accounts for approximately 18 percent of total federal expenditures, should be expected to pay for 50 percent of the major reduction plan aimed to reign in the costs of government. Moreover, NAUS does not agree with the Pentagon’s push to make the TRICARE programs more like civilian plans. Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale essentially dismissed the 20 to 30 years of service and sacrifice given to earn the benefit comparing increasing costs to beneficiaries as moving to market rates.

Outline of TRICARE Increases Under the Defense Department plan higher health premiums would all be phased in over a period of five years affecting TRICARE beneficiaries, although survivors of military members who died while on active duty would be exempt from the fees. Enrollment fees would be enforced for participation of TRICARE Standard, TRICARE Prime, and TRICARE for Life. For TRICARE Standard and TRICARE for Life, a new enrollment fee would be a first. Deductibles under those plans would go up as well. For TRICARE Prime, fees would increase from $520 per year for family coverage to $850 in 2016 in the lowest pay tier, which includes retirees who earn less than $22,589 per year in retired pay. e fees would be much steeper for those with larger pensions. In the highest tier, made up of retirees who earn more than $45,179, the annual 11

given so much to give that much more.” e Chairman added, “When our troops made a decision to volunteer for service, they entered a sacred agreement with this government. Part of that agreement was that their medical needs would be met … we cannot and we must not break it.” Armed Services Personnel Chairman, Joe Wilson (R-SC) said, “e most disturbing budget proposals are the increases in health care premiums.” And Wilson called the Pentagon plan “wrongheaded.” Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, Jim Webb (D-VA), put it succinctly: “We are talking about an obligation we made to people to provide them medical care for the rest of their life, based on a compensation package that begins the day that they enlist. . . You can’t renegotiate the front end once the back end is done. is is an obligation that was made to people whose military careers Brigadier General W. Bryan Gamble (l), Deputy Director, TRICARE Management Activity, at a recent briefing to NAUS are now done.” and major military and veterans associations on developAnd Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) called ments in TRICARE. The Army Brig. Gen. briefly discussed the Pentagon proposed TRICARE fee the multibillion-dollar contract to UnitedHealth Military & Veterans Services to manage TRICARE’s West region, a contract increases “unjust and immoral.” currently held by TriWest Healthcare Alliance but declined In pre-hearing briefs, staff on the to answer questions about the decision. Assistant Deputy Armed Services Committees report Director Mary Kaye Justis is also pictured. that DoD officials said their proposal would drive certain military retirees Key Lawmakers Oppose out of the retirement programs. In Pentagon Steep Increases fact, the Congressional Budget Office In a recent Senate hearing, Defense forecasts that 60 percent of DoD officials compared their plan to those “savings” results from beneficiaries leaving TRICARE. “ey did mention in the private sector. “If you look at particularly the private sector, over the the option of healthcare exchanges under course of the last decade or so, premiums Obamacare,” said a congressional aide. costs in health care have gone up 168 percent,” said Jonathan Woodson the NAUS Members Respond assistant secretary for defense health care. Last year, when we had this same In response, Senator Kelly Ayotte fight, NAUS reached out to membership (R-NH) reflected the long-held NAUS in a TRICARE Cost Survey. Members view, “With all due respect to the private responded with appeals to hold the line sector, I don’t find the comparison the on TRICARE fees for retirees and active same. … Our military has done a lot. duty families. More than half—62%— ey’ve sacrificed. And for us to target said they were not willing to pay even a them first, I think, is the wrong thing “modest” TRICARE cost increase, to do.” though 25 percent said they might be House Armed Services Committee willing to pay more. Chairman, Buck McKeon (R-CA), said, A vast majority of members—84%— “We can’t keep asking those who have agreed that TRICARE is an earned fee would rise to $1,950. While we support our national executive leadership, our confidence is shaken when we hear top officials seeming to say to those who wore the uniform only a few years ago now have to pay more for the promises made for serving a career in uniform. It is especially hurtful now that their job is done and they are out of our military.


Representative Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and NAUS Legislative Director Rick Jones (r) at a recent meeting on Capitol Hill. Chairman McKeon said, “We can’t keep asking those who have given so much to give that much more.” He told NAUS that the Pentagon plan had gone too far.

benefit and no fee or cost increases should be expected from those who completed a career in uniform. And practically all members—93%—said keeping costs as they are is a way for the government to honor its promises of lifetime health care, particularly when the country is at War. is year, NAUS asked members to tell us what it would be like if they were hit with the Defense Department package to raise fees on working-age retirees using TRICARE Standard, Extra or Prime, to increase fees for the first time on TRICARE for Life and to push costs higher for life-saving prescriptions. NAUS flooded with response to request for comments. One member told us to hold the line, “I served for over 30 years in the US Navy retiring in 1984. I served in some hazardous situations during my 30 year career, and I’m fortunate to be able to receive my hard earned retirement pay. When I first enlisted, we were paid very low wages, and told also that wages were low because some monies were being held back and we would get it back during retirement. … I cannot see how anyone could compare what we went through in the military with civilian life.” On TRICARE increases, another member said, “My family is on a very fixed Uniformed Services Journal May/June 2012

income and outgo. Any additional monies out of pocket for additional premiums would cut deeply into our budget and totally affect what we can eat and any extra monies we might have form time to time to live on.” And on the Administration’s statement that it is keeping faith with those who serve, a member wrote, “I see the promise broken and have lost faith. My advise to my Grandson may soon be: ‘Don’t trust the system.’” Comments continued, “I wonder why our Service Chiefs and the Chairman seem to have supported the Defense Department plan. Is this the time for ‘Yes, Sir’ and sit down, or is it time to fight for us.”

Representative Larry Kissell (D-NC), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, met with NAUS Legislative Director Rick Jones (r) to discuss defense related issues. Rep. Kissell told NAUS, " I'm focused on continued funding for advancements in research and to ensure both the protection of our troops and the protection of our economy."

“I’m incensed over the scope and magnitude of the proposal,” said another. “I find ironic that all the service leaders have publicly spoken in favor of the increases. I suppose if I was a retired general looking at a 6 figure check, I would probably not have a hard time with it either. But for those of us not fortunate enough to have that income, I know if I was a young troop on active duty, I’d have to seriously reconsider making a career seeing how the government lives up to its commitments.” “I am a Colonel,” a member said, “and you know my retirement income. I should survive. I worry, however, about the impact on some darn good NCOs who

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did their time and also believed the DoD Should Fix promise. Why are we targeted to ‘fix’ the Inefficiencies, Not problem. We did not cause the problem. Punish Beneficiaries We earned benefits.” As a member of e Military Our members tell us that it is hard to Coalition (TMC), a group of more than imagine anything being said with more 30 uniformed services and veterans callousness as a declaration from toporganizations, NAUS fully supports government officials that the benefits recent written testimony delivered to earned in honorable military service the House and Senate Armed Services threaten our national security or are Committee regarding the fiscal year comparable to civilian plans. Not too long ago, one Pentagon undersecretary 2013 defense budget. The following excerpt comes said that the costs of earned benefits “have gotten to the point where they are from TMC testimony and centers on Pentagon responsibility to focus first hurtful. ey are taking away from the on delivering cost efficient care rather nation’s ability to defend itself.” And that’s what the debate is all about. than squeezing retirees and their It matters to those who served honorably families to pay for the benefits they earned in a service career. and faithfully. Individuals and their NAUS completely agrees with TMC families were made certain promises. testimony that “strongly rejects Defense Nothing was written in law but it was held and spoken as a moral contract in leaders’ efforts to seek dramatic beneficiary cost increases as a first costexchange for their career service. Now these patriots face the possibility, containment option rather than meeting their own responsibilities to manage having done their service and made a military healthcare programs in a difference in giving youth to service, more cost-effective manner.” that they will, having completed their “Instead of imposing higher fees on end of the contract, have to fight again beneficiaries as the first budget option,” at home for the promises they were TMC testimony asserts, “DoD leaders given for answering the call to arms. NAUS calls on its members to keep should be held accountable for fixing their own management and oversight failures the stories coming. And we ask that that add billions to defense health costs.” you share your feelings with those e written testimony also provides who represent you in the nation’s a number of examples for defense Capitol. We need to ensure our voice breaks through. With the economy in difficulty and costs for fuel and food rising, the broken promise could not come at a worse time. e next step in the legislative process is mark up of the House and Senate National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2013. It all begins in late April in the Military Personnel Subcommittee under the chairmanship NAUS Legislative Assistant Tony Kennedy (r) ran into Rep. Tim Waltz (D-MN) of Rep. Joe Wilson in the and his Legislative Assistant, Brendon Gehrke (l) during a recent House of House and Sen. Jim Webb in Representatives National Guard & Reserve Components Caucus Breakfast. Rep. Waltz served 24 years in the National Guard retiring as a Command the Senate. Sergeant Major and is the highest ranking enlisted Soldier ever elected to Congress.


healthcare reorganization that could, if followed, dramatically reduce DoD health costs. • Decades of Government Accountability Office and related studies clearly demonstrate DoD cost accounting systems are broken and fail to meet any generally accepted standard of financial audit. • More than a dozen reports recommend consolidated oversight of three separate service medical systems, four major contractors, and innumerable subcontractors that now compete for budget share in counterproductive ways. • A number of DoD-sponsored reviews indicate more efficient organization could cut health costs 30 percent without affecting care or beneficiary costs. • Pentagon failure to partner with associations to expand mailorder pharmacy above the current low level has cost hundreds of millions per year (a single prescription switched from retail to mail saves DoD $125). • Improve and expand focus on management of chronic diseases. • Reduce inappropriate and costly emergency room use by expanding clinic hours, urgent care venues, open access appointing, and phone/web-based access to providers aer hours. • Reform the broken TRICARE contracting and acquisition process. • Base incentives to providers on quality-driven clinical outcomes that reward efficiency and value. • Eliminate referral requirements that add complexity and inhibit timely delivery of needed care and fix the unreliable appointment system that inhibits access to care. e testimony concludes, “e Coalition urges the Subcommittee to hold Defense leaders accountable for their own management, oversight, and efficiency failures before seeking to shi 14

Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-VA) and Deputy Legislative Director Mike Plumer (r) after a meeting where Rep. Forbes stressed his support of the NAUS position on opposing the DoD proposed massive TRICARE cost increases.

more costs to beneficiaries. Congress should direct DoD to pursue any and all options to constrain the growth of health care spending in ways that do not disadvantage beneficiaries.”

Bill Signed to Extend “Doc Fix” Ten Months In late February, President Obama signed H.R. 3630, the "Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act." is legislation extends through Dec. 31, 2012: • A reduction in employment tax rates for employees and the self-employed. • An initial eligibility for emergency unemployment compensation and 100 percent federal funding for extended unemployment insurance benefits. • A Medicare physician payment update delaying a rate reduction for physician services - the socalled “Doc Fix.”

Congress Brings Strong Focus on Avoiding Damaging Military Sequester Cuts e Down Payment to Protect National Security Act (H.R. 3662), introduced by Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon to reverse damaging sequestration cuts scheduled aer the Super Committee

failure, is up to 71 cosponsors in the House of Representatives, gaining 30 since our March-April USJ. As readers know, the defense budget already faces a steep reduction of more than $460 billion over the next ten years. e Down Payment to Protect National Security Act aims to prevent a further round of cuts that would prevent the prospect of more than $600 million additional reductions in defense beginning next January. One of the major attractions of the bill, H.R. 3662, is using civilian work force attrition of 10 percent over ten years to reduce federal spending. Unless repealed or revised, the scheduled sequester calls for an “automatic” spending cutback. In total, defense spending would be reduced by a staggering cut of more than $1 Trillion over the next ten years, $450 billion in already required budget cuts with an additional nearly $600 billion under sequestration. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta comments on the risks inherent in

NAUS President Jack Klimp (r) greets an old friend, Minnesota Representative John Kline, at a morning Capitol Hill ceremony honoring the Congressman with the prestigious AMVETS “Silver Helmet Award” for his loyalty and dedication to America’s veterans. Kline, retired from the U.S. Marines at the rank of Colonel, flew helicopters in Vietnam and served briefly with Lt. Gen Klimp.

sequester. e Secretary has said that under the large reductions of sequestration, “We would have to reduce the size of the military sharply. Rough estimates suggest aer ten years of these cuts, we would have the smallest ground force since 1940, the smallest number of ships since 1915, and the smallest Air Force in its history.” Uniformed Services Journal May/June 2012

e Senate is also moving forward on legislation to repeal or replace the $600 billlion of sequester cuts. Senators John McCain, Jon Kyl, Lindsay Graham, John Cornyn, Marco Rubio and Kelly Ayotte have also introduced legislation (S. 2065, the “Down Payment to Protect National Security Act”) to replace the devastating cuts under sequester with more responsible, lower priority expenditures. e bill, S. 2065, specifically extends the federal employee pay freeze – first implemented by President Barack Obama – though June 2014, and restricts federal hiring to only two employees for every three leaving, until the size of the federal government workforce is reduced by five percent. According to a January 30 report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, federal employees are compensated 16 percent higher than their private sector counterparts, and enjoy a 48 percent advantage in benefits. In a press release announcing the introduction of the bill the Senators said, “During a time of persistent unemployment, stagnant economic growth, and record deficits, it’s inexcusable that federal employees are being compensated so much more than the taxpayers in the private sector who subsidize those federal benefits.” NAUS agrees that the sequester should be avoided, and we support responsible members of Congress working to revise or repeal the sequester. ere is no credible voice in American politics that suggests the impact of the maximum sequestration would be anything other than devastating for our defense posture and starkly threatening to our national security.

Protecting Veterans Health Care NAUS also supports legislation introduce in the House and Senate to protect veterans health care. We firmly believe that there are lower priority federal government spending programs other the costs of healing sick and disabled veterans that can be reduced. Uniformed Services Journal May/June 2012

NAUS President Jack Klimp (l) and NAUS Legislative Director Rick Jones (r) met with Rep. Allen West (R-FL) at his office in the Longworth Building on Capitol Hill. Rep. West, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, is a staunch supporter of military and veterans issues. At a March hearing, Rep. West described the proposed TRICARE increases as ill-advised, “escalating cost of the program to a small percentage of the population who’ve already given so much.” These are the Americans, West said, who gave their entire lives to defend our freedoms and protect this democracy.

Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and NAUS favorite, Representative Jeff Miller (R-FL) have introduced legislation to exempt veterans healthcare spending from sequester cuts. e respective bills, called “e Protecting Veterans Health Care Act of 2012,” are S. 2128 and HR 3895.

New Governance for Military Health System e Defense Department has submitted a report to Congress calling for the formation of a new organization to share medical functions common to Department healthcare operations. Under the outline of the report, TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) would be folded into a larger Defense Health Agency (DHA), which would take under its wing the general responsibilities for the administration of Pentagon run health care, including doctors, nurses and clinicians for TRICARE and the Services. e DHA would assume responsibility for the functions currently undertaken by TMA. Unlike the current TRICARE Management Activity managed from a one-star rank, administration of DHA, the new organization, would come under a three-star general or admiral. e Pentagon plan results from the direction of the 2012 Defense Authorization Act. ough the management of TRICARE would fall under a larger

departmental organization, according to the report benefits under TRICARE would not be affected. According to DoD, the plan is seen as the appropriate next step in establishing a number of overdue efficiencies in the governance of the Military Health System (MHS) allowing improved management of healthcare costs. e plan is under congressional review as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel assigns staff to develop an implementation plan. During testimony before the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Chairman C.W. Bill Young (R-FL) asked Dr. Jonathan Woodson, the assistant secretary for health affairs, why the Pentagon chose the plan they did instead of the approach recommended in the 2006 Defense Business Board (DBB) report. Dr. Woodson replied that the chosen military governance approach would be an easier transition in wartime than a unified medical command to replace separate commands operated by the Army, Navy and Air Force as recommended by the Business Board. Under the DBB plan, the Pentagon could have eliminated more than 1,500 positions for an annual savings of $239 million. e plan selected requires a new three-star and would cut 150 personnel for yearly savings of an estimated $21.4 million. Woodson told the hearing the Defense Health Agency will not go into business for at least 300 days -- 180 days for the Government Accountability Office to produce a report and another 120 days for Defense to complete its reorganization.

Update on Coast Guard Authorization and Fiscal 2013 Budget Request As previously reported, Congress has yet to approve a united bill that authorizes a level of spending to carry out Coast Guard missions in fiscal year 2013. e House has acted on a 15

Congressman Howard Coble (R-NC) and NAUS Legislative Assistant Tony Kennedy (l) get ready to hear Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, the Honorable Mr. David McGinnis, deliver the Keynote Address during the annual National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus Breakfast. Coble is a 27-year veteran of the Coast Guard and a long-time friend of NAUS.

Coast Guard authorization, passing its version of bill, H.R. 2838, but the Senate bill, S. 1665, lingers awaiting further consideration. Despite lack of a final authorization bill, the legislative appropriations process is underway with a hopeful completion set for 1 October, 2012, which is the start of fiscal year 2013. e congressional appropriations process is required under Article 1, Section 9, of the United States Constitution and defines how financial resources are divided among competing demands. e problem facing appropriations is that the House and Senate Committees do not have in hand an authorization, nor a budget, to work from. And for the first time in over a decade, the administration recommended a budget

reduction for the Coast Guard in its fiscal year 2013 request to Congress. NAUS recognizes that Coast Guard authorization has had difficulty moving through Congress in past years. With passage of the House authorization bill, HR 2838, prospects for this year, however, are greatly improved. We applaud chairman of the Coast Guard Subcommittee Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) and full Committee Chairman John Mica (R-FL) for their dedicated work to conclude their bill. At this point in the year, our Senate champions, Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), chairman of the Coast Guard Subcommittee, and Sen. John Rockefeller (D-WV), chairman of the full Committee, need to press their bill, S. 1665, forward for full Senate consideration. Once approved, we need a speedy conference with the House to work out a final measure. NAUS remains upbeat that shortfalls in Coast Guard spending will be addressed and the process will assure that resources are in place to carry out critical Coast Guard missions. We will press forward. Passage is important. e administration’s lowered budget request threatens the ability of the Coast Guard to protect lives and property, defend our borders and secure our ports, waterways and coasts. And though we are concerned, things look good at the moment, but time is passing and only time will tell.

Update on NAUS Support of Antibiotics Bill to Combat Drug Resistant “Super Bugs”

Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), Ranking Member of the House Armed Service Committee, and NAUS Legislative Director Rick Jones (r) met briefly to discuss defense related programs. Rep. Smith indicated that damage could be in store if sequestration came into play. The Washington Representative said we must do a better job of carefully examining our policies, requirements, and acquisition programs to improve efficiencies and eliminate waste, fraud and abuse in the Department of Defense. 16

NAUS is working to attract congressional attention to legislation (HR 2182 and S. 1734) known as the Generating Antibiotics Incentives Now (GAIN Act) that would help fight a growing frequency of bacterial infections that have hit our wounded men and women and spread to civilian hospitals. Traditional medicines and a host of common antibiotic drugs are proving

less effective and in too many cases ineffective at battling these infections. In too many instances, the bacterial infections are resistant to known antibiotics. e GAIN Act is bipartisan legislation. Representatives Phil Gingrey (RGA), a medical doctor, and Gene Green (D-TX) introduced the House bill (HR 2182), which at press time had 39 cosponsors. Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have introduced a companion bill in the Senate (S.1734) with 10 cosponsors. In summary, the bill seeks to spur development of new antibiotics, without putting federal dollars at stake, yet providing a number of market-driven incentives to advance innovation and development. It would encourage companies in an area that needs research, development and manufacture, granting extended short term market exclusivity to drugmakers that succeed in developing antibiotics for preventing, treating, detecting or identifying dangerous pathogens. NAUS agrees with House sponsor of HR 2182 Representative Phil Gingrey (R-GA) who said, “With this legislation, we hope to ensure that new drugs will be available to combat the rising numbers of antibiotic-resistant bugs that threaten Americans in hospitals, on the battlefield, in their homes, and in our schools. Health professionals have been sounding the alarm on this problem for over a decade – a solution to this problem is long overdue.” e bill’s main cosponsor Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) said, “e GAIN Act, by providing innovators with additional data exclusivity, seeks to responsibly spur innovation and increase the number of new antibiotics in the FDA approval pipeline. e growing threat of antibiotic resistance is very disconcerting and an issue Congress must take steps to address before it becomes a full blown public health crisis.” ose in military combat medicine have repeatedly adapted and developed new ways to improve the survivability

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of those they serve. New antibiotics are needed to ensure we do not lose patients to an emerging, deadly bug for which no treatment is available. It’s a real-life race against these bacterial infections, oen called “super bugs,” and we don’t want to lose. We must engage America’s scientists and engineers to discover innovative solutions to win the challenge and the GAIN Act moves us forward. NAUS encourages members to express support for the GAIN Act to their elected representatives.

NAUS Urges the Administration and Congress to “Fight Fraud First!” NAUS continues its work in the Fight Fraud First! Coalition to develop commonsense solutions to target and eliminate fraudulent and abusive spending in Medicare before the Medicare program is eaten by fraud. As members of the Fight Fraud First! Coalition, NAUS is dedicated to solutions that strengthen America’s vital health care programs. Our partnership with leading health care, senior, veteran and patient groups from across America’s healthcare system recognizes that nearly ten percent of Medicare and Medicaid funding is lost to improper payments, fraud and abuse each year. It is our hope that together we can stanch a more than $60-billion-a-year fraud of taxpayers money, so important to getting our financial house in order. Together we are working on the Administration and Congress to make this matter a top priority and recover the money that flows into criminal hands. We believe that policy solutions can be achieved that strengthen program integrity while saving money and ensuring beneficiary access to quality health care services. Already, bipartisan members of Congress have introduced legislation that would deploy increased penalties, novel technologies, and pre-payment review policies to combat fraud. Likewise, Uniformed Services Journal May/June 2012

some in the provider community have craed proposals that target abusive behaviors and could generate savings without harming the millions of seniors who depend on Medicare and Medicaid. New computer technology, for instance, can help detect fraud before it happens. If properly employed the new systems can stop bogus payments before the claim is paid and end what’s called “pay and chase.” Under current procedure, federal payments are made automatically once the claim is received and not reviewed weeks aer the exchange when the fraud is recognized and pursued. e delay allows fraudsters to stay a step-ahead of enforcement, changing addresses or fleeing to relocate their criminal activity. Earlier this year, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius heaped praise on the new computer system announcing a record recapture of $4 billion of fraud. While the agency’s recapture is only a drop in the bucket, it demonstrates the possibility of implementing a program and making more progress toward improved financial management. With a staggering 10 percent of all Medicare and Medicaid and TRICARE dollars lost year-aer-year to waste, fraud and abuse, NAUS and the Fight Fraud First! group overwhelmingly agree that our government needs to make program integrity improvement a top priority. And 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 Uniformed Services members expect Washington to do.

Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) NAUS worked with its partners in the National Military and Veterans Alliance (NMVA) on legislation (H.R. 452, the Medicare Decisions Accountability Act) to repeal provisions of the Independent Payment Advisory

NAUS Legislative Director Rick Jones (l) with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), after a meeting on Capitol Hill concerning the proposed DoD budget increases.

Board (IPAB), a panel of 15 unelected, executive branch officials with power to make fundamental decisions about prices and care for Medicare and TRICARE for Life patients. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPAC), also called Obama Care, the appointed 15-member IPAB would control Medicare costs, essentially by rationing care. Between 2013 and 2020, the PPAC directs the IPAB to achieve its spending targets through payment cuts to physicians who treat patients under Medicare/TRICARE, reductions Part D prescription drugs, and related areas of health care. NAUS concerns about the IPAB relate to efforts over the past several years to extend the formula under current law for paying doctors

Air Force General Craig R. McKinley (r), Chief of the National Guard Bureau, greets NAUS Legislative Assistant Tony Kennedy following the Guard and Reserve Caucus Breakfast on Capitol Hill. NAUS and several other military and veterans associations co-sponsored this year’s breakfast. It allows the Guard and Reserve Service chiefs to express their requirements for the coming year in a more relaxed and informal setting than the formal budget hearing process.


providing Medicare and TRICARE treatments. Fortunately, our elected representatives have acted to avoid steep reductions in physician payments, called “the doc fix.” NAUS knows the Medicare reimbursement system is broken. But putting an unelected assortment of “experts” in charge is not the solution. Almost one third of our nation's 24 million veterans are over the age of 65, and the vast majority of them live in households in which at least one person receives Medicare benefits. us the impact of any change in Medicare services is felt both immediately and directly by them. Moreover, because Medicare reimbursement rates and coverage determinations are standard measures for some provisions of TRICARE, NAUS has real concerns about the IPAB indirect impact upon military retirees now and particularly in the future as its scope of authority expands. As created, IPAB price fixing and rationing recommendations would become federal law unless Congress adopted other means to match or exceed IPAB spending cuts—and it would take 60 Senators, a super majority, to refuse IPAB advice. NAUS is most troubled by the way in which Medicare/TRICARE beneficiaries, patient advocates, and the American people have no recourse to its actions. We are sensitive to the economic pressures that government health care faces, but we strongly believe that this is not the

correct way to address the problem. On March 22, the House of Representatives incorporated the IPAB repeal bill into a larger measure, HR 5, and passed it with provisions for malpractice reform by a vote 223 to 181. e measure is pending consideration in the Senate, where if faces an uncertain future.

Social Security Under the Social Security program, Congress collects about $785 billion in Social Security taxes from about 163 million workers to send out $585 billion to 50 million Social Security recipients. According to Social Security law, the surplus of taxes over benefit payment goes into a $2.3 trillion trust fund to meet future obligations. However, these surplus funds do not last long in trust, at least as real cash. e difference between Social Security collections and disbursements paid out is spent on other government programs in exchange for what Congress calls non-marketable "special issue government securities," which are simply IOUs listed in the Trust system as bookkeeping entries. e Social Security trustees say that these surpluses will disappear in 2016, at which time payment of Social Security benefits will exceed taxes collected. at means the system will start paying out more than it takes in. When this imbalance occurs, Congress will have to raise taxes and/or reduce promised Social Security benefits. e trustees report says that each year

the situation will get worse since the number of retirees is predicted to increase relative to the number in the workforce paying taxes. When the program began in 1940, there were 42 workers per retiree, in 1950 there were 16, today there are 3 and in 20 or 30 years there will be 2 or fewer workers per retiree. Oh, do not forget the Social Security trust fund. Aer all, it is filled with IOUs and related government paper. But the simple fact is that these IOUs represent a promise from one part of the federal government to provide money to another part of the same government—take from one pocket and give to the other. At this point, Social Security becomes for all intents and purposes just another government spending program. Simply stated, it does not reconcile and the numbers are staggering. e real money to cover the costs of Social Security will have to be taxed or borrowed. NAUS will continue its strong message to guard Social Security benefits against cuts. Fixing Social Security with cuts is the wrong way to go. is is especially true since Congress has spent more than $2.3 Trillion from the Trust Fund, since 1968, to finance current spending and to pay for pork barrel spending. ®

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The Flag Protection Amendment Permit Elected Congress to Prohibit Flag Desecration House Joint Resolution 13 ( H.J.Res.13 ) • Senat e J oint Resolution 19 ( S.J.Res. 19 )

The American Flag is the emblem of a great Nation. It waves as the ultimate expression of Freedom. • In 1989, a Supreme Court decision took away a fundamental right of the people, exercised from the beginnings as a Nation, to protect our flag. • All fifty State legislatures have passed resolutions asking Congress to return that fundamental right and allow the States to ratify appropriate conduct worthy of our flag. • A flag protection amendment is supported by over 80 percent of the American people. • If someone desecrated the Halls of Congress, the Lincoln Memorial, or another of our national monuments lawful action would be taken against the offenders – we ask nothing more for our Flag. • If speech is obscene, there are laws in place to protect the public from obscenity – we ask nothing more for our Flag. • The American Flag reminds friend and foe alike that the United States stands for freedom and as a united people we are willing to defend our country and her ideals with courage and determination. • Whatever the differences of party, race, religion, or social status, the Flag reminds us that we are united as one people, bonded in a common faith to our nation and freedom. • Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) sponsors H.J.Res. 13 with 82 cosponsors. • Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) sponsors S.J.Res. 19 with 33 cosponsors. • Help the American people protect our Flag. Answer the call and meet an obligation paid for by the blood of our countrymen.

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News Briefs

TRICARE News TriWest Healthcare Alliance Contract Dispute Decision Expected on 5 July 2012 On March 16, 2012, the Department of Defense (DoD) awarded its next five year contract to manage TRICARE benefits in the TRICARE West Region (TWR) to UnitedHealth Group, Inc. (UHGI). is contract, for managing TRICARE benefits to an estimated 2.9 million TRICARE beneficiaries in the TWR is worth an estimated $20.5 billion. Prior to this, Healthcare Alliance Corp (TriWest) administered TRICARE benefits in the TWR since 1996. In 2009, UnitedHealth protested the DOD’s decision to extend its contract with TriWest and the Pentagon eventually reversed its decision in favor of UnitedHealth's. On March 26, 2012, TriWest filed its own protest against DoD. e Government Accountability Office has until July 5 to make a decision the about TriWest’s protest. According to TriWest officials, their proposal was roughly $200 million less than UHGI’s and the Pentagon did not

factor in additional costs associated with any transition to a new healthcare benefits manager. A TRICARE Management Activity spokesman said, the decision to award this contract to UHGI was based on “technical proficiency, past performance and price.” Yet, this comes at a time when the Pentagon is asking that its TRICARE beneficiaries pay more for their earned healthcare benefits. Any transition between these two healthcare benefits managers are on hold until the GAO’s decision is made. Assuming the GAO rules in favor of UHGI, this new contract will take effect on April 1, 2013. Also, it has yet to be determined if TWR beneficiaries will have to pay more out of pocket to maintain their current providers or if they will lose or gain access to healthcare providers. NAUS will pass on the GAO’s decision and any additional information as soon as we know.

Express Scripts Completes Merger with MEDCO On April 2, Express Scripts, the St. Louis headquartered company that handles TRICARE home delivery accounts, announced the completion of its

TRICARE Contact Information You can usually find answers to your questions pertaining to your healthcare benefits simply by visiting the TRICARE Web site. But you also have the option of calling the respective contractor for information. Listed below are some of the most commonly requested phone numbers. • Health Net Federal Services (TRICARE North) . . . .(877) 874-2273 • Humana Military (TRICARE South) . . . . . . . . . . . . .(800) 444-5445 • TriWest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(888) 874-9378 • TRICARE Overseas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(888) 777-8343 • TRICARE for Life (TFL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(866) 773-0404 • TRICARE Retail/Mail Order Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . . .(877) 363-1303 • TRICARE Dental Program (United Concordia) . . .(800) 866-8499 • TRICARE Retiree Dental Plan (Delta Dental) . . . . .(888) 336-3260 • Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System . .(800) 538-9552 • Fraud and Abuse Reporting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(800) 977-6761 20

acquisition of MEDCO Health Solutions, a related pharmacy benefits business. Following an 8-month investigation into possible competition problems, the Federal Trade Commission endorsed the merger. e new company will be called Express Scripts Holding Company and becomes the largest pharmacy benefits manager in the country, filling a combined 1.4 billion prescriptions a year.

WPS Announces New President is week Wisconsin Physician Services (WPS), the company that handles payments for the TRICARE for Life program, announced that Michael Hamerlik has been chosen as its new President. Hamerlik takes the reigns June 11 following the retirement of Jim Riordan who served as WPS President and CEO for 39 years.

Update on TRICARE Data Theft On April 3, Harris & Ruble, a California law firm, announced the filing of a class-action lawsuit against TRICARE Management Authority contractor, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). is is the eighth lawsuit filed against SAIC and/or the Defense Department due to the failure of SAIC in not properly safeguarding 4.9 million TRICARE patients’ medical records, which were stolen from an SAIC employee’s car in Sept 2011. A spokesperson for Harris & Rubble said, “SAIC’s statement that it withheld information about the breach from patients so as not to raise undue alarm among its beneficiaries is simply inexcusable.” For additional information, patients impacted by this data breach may contact: Alan Harris at Harris & Ruble 6424 Santa Monica Boulevard Uniformed Services Journal May/June 2012



Los Angeles, CA 90038 (323) 962-3777,

Reorganization of Military Medical System Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter recently submitted a report to Congress describing the department's plan to further integrate health operations. The report outlines three proposed reforms to the governance structure of the Military Health System (MHS), designed to make DoD's health system more effective and produce savings. TRICARE benefits and access to care will not be affected by the changes. e three principal reforms are: • Establishing a Defense Health Agency (DHA) to absorb the functions of the TRICARE Management Activity and assume responsibility for common clinical and business processes across the MHS such as medical education for physicians, nurses, medics, and pharmacists, and medical logistics and health information technology. • Appointing market managers for multi-service medical markets with enhanced authorities to create and sustain a cost-effective, coordinated, and high-quality health care system in those markets. • Transferring responsibility for running military treatment facilities within the National Capital Region including Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital to a subordinate organization within the Defense Health Agency that will succeed the Joint Task Force - National Capital Region Medical (JTF-CapMed). Carter has directed the under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to establish a planning team involving each of the military services, to ensure the department is prepared for timely implementation Uniformed Services Journal May/June 2012

of these reforms following the required Congressional and Government Accountability Office review. is report was required by Section 716 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012.

Transitioning Reservists Eligible For TRICARE Active Duty Dental Program National Guard and Reserve members separating from active duty aer an activation of 30 days or more in support of a contingency operation, began receiving the same dental care benefits as active duty service members effective Jan. 27, 2012. e TRICARE Active Duty Dental Program (ADDP) provides coverage to these members in the Transition Assistance Management Program (TAMP). ADDP beneficiaries receive active duty dental benefit services as long as the referral and/or authorization requirements are met prior to receipt of care. Authorizations will not be granted for any dental care procedure that cannot be completed within the 180 day TAMP period. Benefits begin the day aer a service member is separated from active duty. Family members and dependents are not eligible for ADDP benefits under TAMP, but remain eligible to purchase coverage through the TRICARE Dental Program. Service members receiving benefits under TAMP are ineligible for the TDP until the end of the 180-day transitional benefit period.

Veterans News New Program to Help Veterans Get Jobs e new program, known as Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), will offer up to 12 months of Montgomery GI Bill benefits for older unemployed veterans. e program is part of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act,

News Briefs (cont.) which also includes tax breaks for companies that hire veterans. is means that pre-9/11 veterans who may have already used their previous education benefits or do not qualify for the Post 9/11 GI Bill may soon qualify for as much as $17,600 ($1473 a month) for education and training during the 12 month program. is benefit can be used to finish up a college degree, certification, vocational training, on the job training and more. e program will begin July 1, 2012 and will be limited to 45K vets in FY2012 and 54K for FY 2013 through March 31, 2014. Once participating veterans have completed the VRAP education program, the Dept. of Labor will provide employment assistance. To be eligible for the VRAP GI Bill Veterans must: • Be at least 35 but no more than 60 years old. • Be unemployed (as determined by DoL). • Not have a dishonorable discharge. • Not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program. • Not be drawing VA compensation due to unemployability. • Not be enrolled in a federal or state job-training program. NAUS will pass on more information as it becomes available.

VA Releases Many New Forms to Support Faster Claims Processing e VA announced this week the release of 68 new forms to help speed the processing of veterans’ disability compensation and pension claims. e new forms bring to 71 the number of documents, called Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQs) that guide physicians’ reports of medical findings, ensuring VA has exactly the medical information needed to make a prompt decision.




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Veterans who choose to have their private physicians complete the medical examination can now give their physicians the same form a VA provider would use. It is very important that

physicians provide complete responses to all questions on the DBQs. VA cannot pay for a private physician to complete DBQs or for any costs associated with examination or testing.

Warrior Resiliency Conference, Medal Of Honor Recipient Offer Ways To Build Warrior Resiliency

NAUS legislative staff was on hand for the annual Warrior Resilience Conference hosted in Washington, DC, by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. The main focus of the resilience conference highlighted ways service members, units, families and even communities can better manage the stress and strain of a decade of warfare. It brought attention to new methods for treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The newer methods of POSD and related treatments present a more holistic approach that aims to develop an individual’s resiliency to endure a lifethreatening situation and grow from it when and where possible. It is based on four pillars – mind, body, spirit and friends and family. Previous methods focused more on treating the symptoms not the root causes. The conference also brought out the fact that even today many service members fear their military career will end if they see a mental health professional. To combat this fear and the stigma associated with these conditions, the Defense Department has stressed to its military members that seeking help for these problems isn’t a sign of weakness but one of strength. On the second day of the conference, Medal of Honor recipient SFC Leroy Petry noted that recovery is an important part of developing and renewing resiliency to adversity. And recovery, Petry said, is best dealt with through the support of others. “A lot of times people don't want to tell their superiors how they're doing,” he said, "but everyone needs a buddy … it’s where we find strength.” This conference demonstrated practical and concrete ways to build and maintain resilience in our service members. While much progress in the treatment of PTSD and TBI has been made over the last decade, NAUS knows, as the conference emphasized, more can be done and improvements can be made to ensure no service member is left behind now or in the future.

Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, SFC Leroy Petry (r) takes a moment for a photo with NAUS Legislative Assistant Tony Kennedy (l), as they discussed the days activities during Day Two of the Warrior Resilience Conference, hosted by Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, in Washington, DC, March 29-30.


e new DBQs can be found at this VA website TRANSFORMATION/disabilityexams/. e new DBQs follow the initial release of three forms last year for Agent Orange-related conditions. NAUS Note: We recommend that you obtain copies of any DBQ that pertains to the condition(s) you are being examined for and ensure the examining physician, VA or private, asks all the questions and performs the required testing.

VA Launches Personal Benefits Books Veterans enrolled in the health care system of the Department of Veterans Affairs have begun to receive personalized booklets that explain their health care benefits and contain other useful information. e new booklet, called a Health Benefits Handbook, will provide a personalized listing of health benefits based on each veteran’s specific eligibility. e handbook will also have contact information for their local VA medical facilities, appointment scheduling information, guidelines for communicating with their clinical team and, as applicable, information about copays. Distribution of the handbooks began this month, with all 8.5 million veterans enrolled in the VA health care system scheduled to receive their handbooks by 2013. Veterans will receive updates to their handbook to reflect changes to their benefits or eligibility. For more information about the Health Benefits Handbook, call the VA toll-free number at 1-877-222VETS (8387).

Recreation for Wounded Warriors Heroes on the Water was founded four years ago to help injured military personnel relax, rehabilitate and Uniformed Services Journal May/June 2012



reintegrate with society through kayak fishing and the outdoors. For thousands of our wounded warriors, kayak fishing has become a liberating source of rehabilitation. Started in Texas the organization has expanded to 16 States and the District of Columbia. For more information and to find or start a local chapter, visit the Heroes on the water website

Meet Your Local VA Team A hometown VA OEF/OIF/OND Team is located in your community at a local VA Medical Center. e Team can help with: • transition from the military to civilian life. • those who have recently returned from military service • help you navigate through the VA. Learn more about the location of these OEF/OIF/OND teams by calling the dedicated VA toll-free OEF/OIF/OND Help Line at: 1-866-606-8216 (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.)where you can connect with a live representative to get answers to your questions about VA benefits.

Combat Zone Vets: Recognize Any of These? • My marriage is falling apart. • I have trouble sleeping. • I am always on edge, always tense. • I think my kids are afraid of me. • I am drinking more every day. • I can’t find a job. If you are a veteran who has served in any combat zone, you can receive a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services at Vet Centers to help you. ere is no cost. You have earned these benefits through your military service. ere are 300 Vet Centers across the US and surrounding territories. Not sure if you want to go in and see people face-to-face? Want to talk about it first? 1-877-WAR-VETS (927-8387) is Uniformed Services Journal May/June 2012

an around the clock confidential call center where combat Veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in their readjustment to civilian life. If you are eligible for Vet Center services so is your family. Bereavement counseling services are provided to surviving parents, spouses, children and siblings of service members who die of any cause while on active duty, including federally activated Reserve and National Guard personnel.

Senate Criticizes Poor Phone Response Senators at a recent hearing criticized the VA for not answering the phone when veterans seek information from the department's National Call Center. e VA National Call Center (800-827-1000) is supposed to serve as a clearinghouse for information about a range of veterans’ benefits. But, the telephone oen goes unanswered or those answering oen lack the right information. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said he routinely phones the National Call Center to check on it, and at times has been disappointed with the response. NAUS Note: NAUS looks to Secretary Shinseki to take the next step and correct the disappointing response he and many veterans have experienced.

Coast Guard Begins Search e Coast Guard (CG) has begun the search to acquire a new electronic healthcare records system (EHRS) and Integrated Health Information System (IHiS). On March 30, the CG released a solicitation for bids for companies seeking to provide services and materials to support the new IHiS program. e company selected will provide project management, IT services, a help desk, support, and centralized document indexing. According to

News Briefs (cont.) USCG officials, IHiS is comprised of a core EHRS that includes ambulatory, scheduling, billing and reporting features. It also includes features such as a patient portal, a military history and readiness tab, military medical forms, and interface with TRICARE records. USCG officials also state, “e IHiS will also provide the ability to electronically query civilian healthcare facilities for medical records.” At a time when the federal government is asking uniformed services retirees and their families to pay more for the benefits they earned, NAUS finds this sort of independent, “stove pipe” search incongruous, especially since so much attention has been given to the installation of a bi-directional, comprehensive EHR system between the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Granted the Coast Guard is under the Department of Homeland Security, but it does not take a “rocketscientist” to figure out if they worked together with the DoD-VA team it could cost less for all concerned. Unless they are wary of the time it is taking the “team” to come up with a working system. In that case maybe they are doing what is best for their personnel.

VA Offering Training for Rural Clergy Members of the clergy in rural areas can sign up for free, one-day workshops offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs to educate these community leaders about the concerns of Veterans and the services offered by VA in their communities. It is estimated that one-fourth of people who seek help for mental health problems go to members of the clergy. “In addition to providing good spiritual care, we hope clergy will recognize the presence and severity of mental health problems, and know when and how to collaborate with health care professionals,” said Chaplain Jeni Cook, Associate 23



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Director of the VA National Chaplain Center in Hampton, Virginia. Workshops will run through June in rural parts of Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. Community clergy and Veterans Service Organization representatives are invited to attend. Participants will learn about VA benefits and services and about how to contact local VA facilities to request information or assistance for veterans. Workshop topics will include postdeployment readjustment challenges, the spiritual and psychological effects of war trauma on survivors, and the important role of community in helping to reduce mental health stigma and support veterans and their families. Seating for the workshops is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information about dates and locations contact Jim Goalder at 1-800-872-9975 or at

Exchanges is increasingly being attacked by those who think they know better and want to reduce funds for these activities. ose authorized to shop in these two venues saved nearly $5 billion last year. It is one of the most utilized and beneficial benefit earned by those on active duty and retired. e Armed Forces Marketing Council and the American Logistics Association have gotten together and have started a website where you can join the Coalition to help us save these valuable benefits. Please go to the Save our Benefit home page: ey need your help to show the members of Congress that the Commissary and Exchange are very valuable benefits that need to be preserved.

Maryland Retirees Receive Erroneous Letter

Many of our regular readers might remember that two years ago we highlighted the fight that Col. Van Barfoot, a WWII Medal of Honor (MOH) recipient, was having with his homeowners association. Col. Barfoot had been notified that his flagpole, on which he displayed the American flag every day, was not within the association rules and it had to come down. e Col. refused to comply and was being threatened with legal action. With the support of NAUS and many other veterans and military organizations who wrote numerous letters of support, the homeowners association backed down and allowed the Col. to continue to proudly fly his flag every day. Unfortunately we now have to report that Col. Barfoot died March 2, as a result of a fall at his home in suburban Richmond, VA. He was 92. NAUS extends our condolences to Col. Barfoot’s family. We have lost another hero.

Some military retirees in Maryland have received a letter that states that the taxpayers have improperly taken a retirement exclusion on their 2008 taxes. e letter also reports a balance due, which is usually several thousand dollars. According to one representative at the Comptroller's Office, many of these letters were sent to retirees who had, in fact, properly reported their retirement income on their 2008 Maryland Income Tax Return. If you receive such a letter, call the Comptroller of Maryland at 1-800-6489638 before you submit payment to verify whether you improperly reported your retirement income in 2008. Do not submit payment until someone has reviewed your case.

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NAUS News MOH Recipient Dies

It was a terrific evening to attend the presentation of the official portrait of former House Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton at the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill. The painting will be on display in the House Armed Services Committee Room to honor Skelton who served 34 years in Congress and as chairman held off Pentagon plans to increase TRICARE over the entire period of his chairmanship from 2007 to 2011. He was the go-to guy for NAUS. Legislative Director Rick Jones stands to the right of Chairman Skelton.

Portrait Unveiled NAUS PAC contributed to the commissioning of former House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton’s portrait. On March 5, NAUS attended the unveiling of the portrait in the Canon House Office building. NAUS was honored to assist in ensuring that Chairman Skelton’s portrait was added to a long line of former chairmen who truly had the interests of our military and their families in mind and actively worked for their betterment. ank you Mr. Chairman, your leadership serves a lasting legacy.

Twilight Tattoo 2012 If you live near Washington, D.C., or plan on visiting the nation’s capital this summer you might want to take advantage of the free Army Twilight Tattoo. It will be held every Wednesday starting April 25 through August 29 weather permitting. e tattoo is held at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, VA, starting at 7 p.m. Seating is first-come-first-seated. e participants include the U.S. Army Band, “Pershings Own,” members of the Old Guard and their Fife and Drum Corps and the Army Drill team. Please go to this website http://www.twilight. for more information and directions to the base. Uniformed Services Journal May/June 2012

Mark Your Calendar Now! Join fellow Members, your NAUS President and Legislative Director, Board of Directors, staff, and member benefits providers at 2012’s annual meeting. Enjoy an informationpacked keynote address, lunch, a short NAUS business meeting, networking, and discussions about issues you and other NAUS Members care about – all for just $25* in exciting Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, right outside Washington, DC. ®


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Health Today Q&A

Written by

Dr. Joyce M. Johnson,


& Mr. James A. Calderwood, Jr.


What is prevention? Prevention is taking action before a situation occurs, so that it won’t occur, or at least the risk of it occurring decreases. For example, one gets a tetanus vaccination to prevent getting tetanus. One wears personal protective gear, such as a life jacket, to avoid drowning on a canoe trip. One avoids smoking tobacco products to almost eliminate the chances of getting certain lung cancers. What are some of the things I can do to prevent disease? Realistically examining your behaviors, and making positive changes, can contribute to improved health and quality of life. There is a lot you can do to prevent disease. Examples are preventive health care, healthy diet, regular exercise, and safe behaviors of all types. What is Preventive Health Care? The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has many preventive recommendations for cancer, heart and vascular disease, infectious disease, musculoskeletal disease, mental health, and other ailments. Examples are colorectal cancer screening, recognizing hypertension so it can be treated, and screening for lipid disorders. Work with your health care practitioner to determine which may be appropriate for you. (For more detailed information go to Does diet really make a difference? Food provides the nutrients and energy for all of our activities. Most foods contain some combination of protein, carbohydrates, and fat. There are certain essential nutrients such as amino acids, vitamins and minerals. The important message is to eat a balanced diet. Whole grains, fruits and vegetables provide fiber and also many vitamins and minerals. Limit the amount of fat, especially animal and other saturated fat. Lean meat, seafood and skim milk products (including yogurt and cottage cheese) are good protein sources. Some things, such as caffeine, should be limited or avoided. Should I exercise? Exercise is healthy for everyone – begin slowly and make the routine more vigorous over time. (See the Mar/Apr column.) Exercise is important because it keeps the body in condition to remain active – whether to improve a tennis or golf game, play with children and grandchildren, or to reduce arthritis and other joint pain. What are some examples of safe behaviors? In everything we do, throughout the day, we make decisions that affect our health and safety– whether it is to walk across the street in the crosswalk (or not in the crosswalk), drive through that yellow light, or eat that extra piece of pie for dessert. We all take risks, but it is important to think about the risks and which ones can and should be minimized. Consider safety in your leisure activity decisions – use personal protective equipment, whether it is a helmet and heavy clothing while riding a motorcycle, or goggles while doing woodworking. Exercise safe behaviors in sexual activities. Use alcohol in moderation, if at all. Don’t mix alcohol with medications and never drink and drive (even one drink can impair driving). Don’t start using tobacco products, and if you use them (smoked or smokeless) try to stop by beginning a tobacco cessation program. Something simple, like using sunscreen on the beach, can help prevent skin cancer years later. No matter what your age, try to avoid falls; people of all ages die from falls. What are the most important things to remember? First, realize that your personal choices and behaviors have a major impact on your health, the quality of life and longevity. Recognize there is some risk in everything you do, but think about making safe choices. Have fun, but act responsibly.

Make health and safety a part of your daily life.


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On Wednesday, 14 March 2012, the NAUS Board of Directors Executive Committee members and the NAUS Finance Committee members joined LtGen Jack Klimp, President and CEO; Windora Bradburn, CFO and Steve Hein, Director of Marketing for the annual ‘Budget Approval Meeting.’ is meeting is held annually to approve the budget NAUS uses to run the association. Eight of the nine total EXCOM Board and Finance members attended. Many committee members attended via teleconference and others via their presence at the NAUS headquarters in Springfield, VA. LtGen Klimp welcomed everyone and the meeting began with a review of the 2011 budget and all projects that helped raise money or those that did not measure up to expectations. At the conclusion of the review of the 2011 budget the new 2012 budget was presented. COL Diehl, USAF (Ret) moved that the Board of Directors Executive Committee members approve the 2012 NAUS budget as presented. COL Hale seconded the motion and RADM Loren opened the floor for discussion. NAUS Board Co-Chairman MSgt Larson requested recommendations from COL Harris and the Finance Committee which recommended the approval of the budget as presented. Following discussion, the motion was brought to a vote. e approval of the 2012 Budget was unanimous with all eight members voting ‘YES’ to approve the 2012 Budget as presented. New business included discussion on changes to names of two of the current Board committees so that they would be more in line with Sarbanes-Oxley recommendations. NAUS Board Co-Chairman RADM Don Loren also suggested that the Board maintain contact more oen than in the past with teleconferences held end of June 2012 or beginning July 2012 to discuss bylaws, the Strategic Plan and other items as needed. e meeting was adjourned via unanimous vote. 18 APRIL 2012 – CHANGES TO THE BYLAWS - PROXY VOTE COUNTING On Wednesday, 18 April 2012 those voted by the members of NAUS to serve as proxies for the proposed changes to the bylaws met at the NAUS headquarters in Springfield, VA. RADM Don Loren, USN (Ret); MCPO Dave Rudd, USN (Ret) and Col Michael Harris, USAF (Ret) gathered to count the votes submitted by the active members of NAUS. e NAUS Board thanks all members who voted. NAUS headquarters received an unprecedented number of proxy ballots. Aer the vote count the final tally was overwhelmingly in favor of the recommended amendment to the NAUS Bylaws.

Total votes FOR the changes to the Bylaws: Total votes AGAINST the changes to the Bylaws: Non countable ballots TOTAL BALLOTS .

684 6 2 692

e NAUS Board of Directors and the NAUS President are pleased to announce the membership approval of the amended bylaws. Find your copy of the new NAUS Bylaws inserted in this issue. Uniformed Services Journal May/June 2012



DOWNLOAD 1.7% Pay Raise Proposed for 2013

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The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, allows the Services The 1.7 percent raise in basic pay for servicemembers to offer retirement to some personnel requested in the President's FY2013 budget does not apupon completion of 15 years, instead pear to be a target for budget cutters at this point. NAUS of the regular 20 - an option that has not heard any talk of reducing this percentage, but it’s hasn't been available since 2002. "The still early in the budget cycle. As we reported before, long- Temporary Early Retirement Authority provides another option for the Services' term pay raise plans announced by Secretary of Defense force shaping toolkits," a Defense Leon Panetta would have military pay keep pace with priDepartment spokeswoman wrote in vate-sector wage growth but only until 2015 – after which a statement. "Use of this, and other military pay raises would be lower. authorities, is up to the Service secretaries, as they manage their end strength." The Army, which has already announced plans to shed 57,000 active duty soldiers by 2017 due to budget cuts, has not announced when or if it will implement the early retirement option. Navy CNO ADM John Greenert did say the Navy plans to allow a certain number of enlisted sailors to apply for it – including those eligible who have been selected for involuntary early separation by the Enlisted Retention Board (see story below). The 20-year active duty retiring servicemember gets a pension equal to 50 percent of the average basic pay earned during his or her last three years of service. Those retiring early under this program would get 2.5 percent less for each year of service short of 20. They'd also incur a one percent “penalty” for each year of service less than 20. For example, a soldier retiring early with 15 years of service, would receive retired pay of 32.5 percent of his last three years’ average basic pay. Other than the reduced retirement pay, all other retiree benefits are the same as retirees who do not retire early (COLAs, exchange/commissary, TRICARE, etc.).

Good Sailors Fired – What’s up with That?

Enlisted Retention Board “layoffs” are hanging over the head of thousands of sailors who will be forced out of the Navy early, and not for performance issues. According to the Navy, the nearly 3,000 enlisted retention board layoffs are not about budget cutting or reducing military spending, but about balancing the force. Because of record retention rates, 31 of the Navy's 85 enlisted fields have become badly overcrowded, slowing promotions and swelling midcareer grades. Recruiting fewer sailors into these fields and offering voluntary early-outs haven’t solved the problem. Since 2003, the Navy has used the "Perform to Serve" program, which essentially requires competition for sailors in certain popular rates when they’re up for reenlistment. Even though nearly 7,000 sailors were not allowed to reenlist in 2011 under the Perform to Serve program, it still wasn’t enough. So last August, the Navy convened its Enlisted Retention Board which reviewed the records of roughly 15,000 sailors, selecting about 3,000 for involuntary, early discharge (following a preliminary round which identified 28

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about 300 sailors with disciplinary or performance shortcomings for discharge) based on quotas targeting the most overcrowded ratings. About 125 were able to switch into one of the few understaffed fields, but the rest – mostly first and second class petty officers in aircraft maintenance, radar, navigation and communications equipment operation, and shipboard machinery and electrical maintenance – will be out of the Navy by the end of the summer, and have no opportunity to appeal the decision. Apparently there is at least one lawsuit, and obviously the process has angered a lot of enlisted sailors, even those not directly affected. The Navy has tried to soften the blow. About 300 of those selected for early discharge will be eligible to apply for the reinstated temporary early retirement program (see story above), and a $5 million contract with the Chicago-based outplacement and consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, offers those sailors being discharged by Board action one-on-one outplacement counseling. There are no plans for another enlisted retention board this year or next, either – little comfort for those goodperforming sailors being let go.

First of Coast Guard’s Fast Response Cutter Fleet Commissioned

The USCGC BERNARD C. WEBBER (WPC 1101) was commissioned in Miami in April. The new 154-foot fast response cutters (FRC), the Sentinel Class, are part of the Coast Guard’s recapitalization plan and will be replacing the 110-foot Island Class patrol boat fleet. The FRCs provide larger, more stable platforms from which to conduct operations, safer small boat launch and recovery in heavy seas via a stern ramp, the ability to detect threats at longer range, remotely operated weapons to help protect the crew, and the capacity to remain at sea for longer periods of time. The Coast Guard plans to build 58 FRCs, and each will be named for Coast Guard enlisted heroes. Initially, Scan this QR code to watch a video of the USCGC Bernard C. Webber the cutters will be homeported in Miami and Key West, Florida. underway being buzzed by CG aricraft

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NAUS IMPORTANT MEMBER REMINDERS FOR 2012 ALL CHAPTERS – Its time again to start working your ‘2012 CHAPTER OF THE YEAR AWARD’ packages. Submit what your chapter has accomplished or will accomplish this year and begin to put your packages together for submission later in 2012. The award is given out at the NAUS Annual Membership Meeting on 20 October 2012 and includes cash awards for the top three winning chapters. Start your write-up now! DUE DATE FOR THE 2012 CHAPTER OF THE YEAR SUBMISSIONS IS: FRIDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 2012! Go TO: AND CLICK ON CHAPTERS FOR MORE INFORMATION. ALL CHAPTERS AND MEMBERS – It is also time to start working your submissions for the ‘NAUS DISTINGUISHED WARRIOR AWARD FOR 2012.’ These warriors for our cause, through their personal commitment, initiative and hard work make a real difference in the lives of those our association represents. Submit someone you know is a true warrior for our members. The award is given out at the NAUS Annual Membership Meeting on 20 October 2012. Start your write-up now! ALL CHAPTERS & MEMBERS-AT-LARGE – NAUS has an outstanding group of NAUS Regional Vice Presidents. Regional Vice Presidents are volunteers appointed by the NAUS President who assist the NAUS Chapters within their regions. Be sure to contact your RVP for ideas and other assistance – they’re here to help. We have a vacant RVP position within the North Central, NAUS REGION 5, which covers the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. If you know of anyone who would like to volunteer their time and talents to this very important position please submit their name, contact information and chapter to Vicki Sumner via email: or via mail: 5535 Hempstead Way, Springfield, VA 22151 or call Vicki at 1-800-842-3451 ext. 1003 for more information NOTE OF IMPORTANCE: Each RVP has received the new NAUS Display and NAUS Table Banner for all of your Retiree Appreciation Day needs, chapter functions or member-at-large needs. Please ensure you contact your RVP in plenty of time to have them ship the display and table banner for your event. RVP contact information can be found on page 36.


Chapter Activities Fairbanks Chapter, AK – 2 e Retirement Services Office of Fort Wainwright hosted the Annual Retiree Appreciation Day at the Last Frontier Community Activity Center, Saturday the 10th of March from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is event was an opportunity to recognize and honor military retirees of all branches of the armed forces who have served their country honorably, in peace and in war. e RSO started the day with free cholesterol screening

The Fort Wainwright RAD brought out more than 140 retirees and family members to Fort Wainwright’s Last Frontier Community Activity Center, Saturday. This year’s guest speaker was retired Lt. Gen. Jack Klimp, USMC (Ret), President NAUS. During his talk he provided the latest information on legislation concerning retired military and veterans. (Photo by Brian Schlumbohm/Fort Wainwright PAO)

from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Carlos Garcia, Retirement Services Officer, said of the need for this event that Interior Alaska is home to more than 2,300 military retirees. ese veterans served in major conflicts like World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the first Gulf

War, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Opening remarks were by Richard Mauer, Deputy to the Garrison Commander, USA Garrison, Fort Wainwright and were followed by the guest speaker, our own President, Lt. Gen. Jack Klimp. ank you Chapter President LTC Joe Sheehan for your wonderful hospitality to LtGen Klimp during the balmy weather at Fort Wainwright… Cloudy with a chance of snow, light winds and a low around -20 with a high around 10.

A large display provided by retired Col. Bill McDonald (a member of the AK-2 Fairbanks Chapter) was one of the main attractions. McDonald’s collection of military memorabilia, photos and uniforms spans six decades of military history. (Photo by Brian Schlumbohm/Fort Wainwright PAO)

Monterey Bay/Fort Ord Chapter, CA – 2 e meeting of the CA – 2 Chapter was held on Jan 19th and was well attended by members with Regional VicePresident Al Stewart also attending. e chapter had two Uniformed Services Journal May/June 2012

guest speakers as part of the meeting presentation. Hilary Perez-Godfrey from Tri-West Office provided an overview of benefits that are available to our members with John Kegley from the Army Community Services Office giving them an update on the program “Action Plan” about military life and

Hilary Perez-Godfrey from Tri-West Office providing an overview of benefits that are available to our members.

proposed benefits to be discussed and brought before the Cal-Neva Retiree Council for Action.

John Kegley from the Army Community Services Office gave us an update on the program “Action Plan“ about military life and proposed benefits to be discussed and brought before the Cal-Neva Retiree Council for Action.

H. Wayne Hein Chapter Merced, CA – 18 At each of their monthly meetings, the H. Wayne Hein chapter has a guest speaker from outside the organization who speaks on items of general interest to members. e guest speaker at the chapter meeting on Saturday, 17 March 2012 was Officer John Patterson, a member of the California Highway Patrol. e subject of his presentation was most appropriate for those in Uniformed Services Journal May/June 2012

attendance, ‘Mature Driving.’ He incorporated an outstanding slide program in conjunction with his discussion. Even though the chapter members have had many years of driving experience, each learned something from this brief refresher course. A variety of questions were raised which prompted additional discussions. At their meeting on 18 February 2012 the speaker was Merced County Supervisor Hub Walsh. He discussed the lack of funding Merced County has been forced to contend with for the past several years which required severe reductions in the size of county government. Finding ways of greater efficiency and of doing more with less were also required. Among other topics, he discussed ongoing activities and plans for future development. Hub is an outstanding public speaker who held the keen interest of all. December 2011 meeting that was held in conjunction with their Christmas dinner. e guest speaker was a local war hero, Lt Col Wayne Hague, USAF (Ret). He discussed the highlights of his exciting 20-year Air Force career, prompting many questions which led to further discussions. One specific incident in 1967 led to his becoming known as a Vietnam war hero, at least to the pilot of a disabled F-4 Phantom Fighter whose life he saved. While in flight over Laos, Lt Col Hague heard a "Mayday" call from a pilot whose plane had been hit over North Vietnam. Without hesitation, and in violation of standing orders, Lt Col Hague flew his KC-135 aerial tanker from Laos into North Vietnam and rescued the pilot by hooking up and continuously providing fuel to the severely crippled fighter with one engine out until the pilot could land in ailand. e second engine failed during the landing. ese two pilots met each other for the first time more than 40 years later. Wiley Post chapter Oklahoma City, OK – 3 RVP Chuck Murphy, his wife and two other NAUS members attended the

The attached photo shows chapter president TSgt Scotty Burns presenting Officer Patterson with a Certificate of Appreciation. Officer Patterson's associate, Officer Ed Macias, is standing in the background.

Vet Memorial Ceremony (part of the “Welcome Home the Heroes” events) at the Oklahoma City State Capital steps Saturday, 17 March. e event

1st Vice President Ed Mentz presenting Supervisor Hub Walsh with a Certificate of Appreciation.

was attended by the media and the Oklahoman Newspaper’s reporter, Juliana Keeping, who is very interested in Veteran information, interviewed SMSgt Murphy with

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the interview appearing in the Oklahoman. SMSgt Murphy also met with one of the State Senators, reading the names of Oklahoma military killed since Sep 11, 2001. NAUS hopes that he will be a good contact for future help. Aer the reading of the VETs who lost their lives and the close of the event many attendees proceeded to Oklahoma City for the 30th Annual St Patrick Welcome Home Vet Day parade and activities. NAUS set up a booth for this parade and hope to obtain a booth at another Oklahoma City Financial Conference in May for veterans. anks to SMSgt Murphy and his wife Erlinda who, along with Charisse Slarve (MSgt Retired) and MSgt Diem Nguyen, set up the booth for the parade. e Wiley Post Chapter of NAUS of Oklahoma City met for their Quarterly Luncheon on Monday at noon, March 19th, at the Tinker AFB Club. e speaker was Rear Admiral Greg Slavonic, USN (Retired) who described the establishment, concept, and construction of the USS Oklahoma Memorial at Pearl Harbor. He and another Navy Veteran, Tucker

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McHugh, led a fund raising drive and obtained additional Federal funds to make the Memorial a reality. e Memorial represents 429 sailors who lost their lives in the Pearl Harbor bombing on Dec 7, 1941. It is a beautiful and moving Memorial near the USS Arizona Memorial and located on Ford Island. Also at the luncheon Regional Vice President (Region 4) SMSgt Chuck Murphy presented a summary of his work with other Regional Chapters and the Veterans meetings in Oklahoma which he had attended as described in the first paragraph for this chapter. He also passed out NAUS recruiting materials. RVP Murphy also briefed the new NAUS Bylaws and encouraged members to send their proxy vote authorization to NAUS Hqs ASAP. RVP Murphy reminded all attending that the Annual Meeting will be in Washington, DC and run 17-20 Oct and Chapter President Bowden reminded all that the next Quarterly Luncheon will be on May 14th at 1130 am at the Tinker AFB Club Garden State Chapter, NJ – 2 Robert Ellis, Chapter President for NJ-2 was proud to honor and to offer his congratulations to April Kristine Kauffman for her nomination to be an Honoree in the New Jersey State Gov-

ernor's Jefferson Awards for 2012. April and her husband Jim, a physician, are members of the NAUS Chapter NJ-2. e most recent veteran she has fought so hard for and given so many hours to aid is Staff Sgt. Kevin Snow, his wife Adrienne and their five children. e Snow family was transplanted to Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, March 12th, by a program through the Military Support Foundation and Chase Bank that is missioned to provide 1,000 homes to service members and veterans over a five-year span. ey arrived penniless and friendless to a community in a house without furniture, and alarmingly, without food! WOND AM 1400’s Dave Coskey began interrupting his weekend’s regularly scheduled broadcast to allow veteran advocate April Kauffman and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve employer outreach director,

LeVar Curry, Adrienne and Kevin Snow, April Kauffman

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NAUS ADM James Zimble Selfless Service Award (USUHS - Medicine) NAUS ADM James Zimble Selfless Service Award (USUHS - Nursing) CT-1 Annual Recruiter Recognition Presentation NAUS Selfless Service Award at Coast Guard Academy Joint Base Lewis-McChord RAD Everett Naval Station Retiree Seminar ‘Memorial to Our Fallen Heroes’ Grand Forks AFB RAD American Merchant Marine Veterans Conference Fort Ord RAD NAUS Selfless Service Award at the Army Sergeants Major Academy Tinker AFB RAD US Public Health Service Symposium United Kingdom Annual RAD Detroit Small Business, Expo Open & Hiring Fair Buckley AFB RAD VT-NH NG w/Ft. Drum & VT-ME & ME Army RAD

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Donna Clementoni, to make a plea over the airways for the Snow family’s urgent needs. Within 24 hours they received donations totally $2400. anks to an overwhelming outreach that has begun last week from a gracious and generous community and the very hard work of April and Donna, the Snow family is beginning to rebuild their shattered life, and, more importantly, beginning to feel loved and cared for. e campaign to help the Snow family get their basic needs continues with a vengeance. As the Wounded Warrior Project attests, “e greatest casualty is being forgotten.” As former NAUS First Lady, Linda Matz, has said about April Kaufman’s work and her nomination to be the Honoree in the New Jersey State Governor's Jefferson Awards for 2012…"Never have I witnessed anyone with more passion and more energy than April Kauffman. She is a shining example of a selfless volunteer making a difference for New Jersey citizens." Of the nomination and the kind words from Mrs. Matz and MSgt Ellis, Mrs. Kauffman thanked both and said: “It's been my pleasure and passion to give back and show thanks to those who help provide me with the freedom and safety to live in the greatest Nation in the World.” Best Regards, April Christine Kauffman. SMW Chapter # 34 – Southern Nevada On Sunday, March 11 the Southern Nevada Chapter held their installation of Officers in Las Vegas. Guests included Jessie Brundige, National President SMW; Etta Brown, President Elect; Bobby McLagan, Vice President, SMW SW Region and from Nevada Chuck Baker, Editor of the Veterans Reporter (Nevada’s Premier Veterans Newspaper); Vito Valdez, Army Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) Nellis AFB and his wife Myra; and Emiliano & Sabine Gorgas (NAUS El Paso). e Chapter would like to thank SMW President Jessie Brundige and Emiliano Gorgas who Uniformed Services Journal May/June 2012

each gave a check for $50 to help start this newest SMW chapter.

Officers for the new Southern Nevada Chapter SMW-34 and Honored Guests

(L to R: Taunya Offdenkamp, Janet Snyder, Bobbie McLagan, Lynn Ratcliffe, Jessie Brundige, Marilyn Fernandez, Eileen May and Etta Brown)

Chapter Notices NAUS spreads the word and closes the deal! With all that is happening in Washington regarding veterans’ and retirees’ earned benefits, NAUS must exploit every opportunity to get our message out to government, the public and to service members. Two recent trips by our President are good examples of such initiatives. On the 22nd of February President Klimp spoke to 150 members of the combined Rotaries of Beaufort, South Carolina. A large percentage of the membership of these organizations are veterans or retirees. While in Beaufort, LtGen Klimp also met with the Commanding General of Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island and the Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort. Both conversations addressed NAUS’s support of the Transition Assistance Programs at both locations. Staff talks with both sites continue as we develop informational pamphlets and lesson outlines. On the 28th of March President Klimp addressed about 100 members of the Virginia Advisory Council on Military Education (VA ACME) at their annual conference. In both venues, the objective was to spread the word on the “Assault on

Veterans” taking place in Washington, DC and to exploit opportunities to access the markets of recent retirees and active duty personnel. e Navy Retiree Council was held on ursday, the 19th of April at the Navy Yard, Washington, DC. Rick Jones, Legislative Director/PAC and Mike Plumer, Deputy Legislative Director/Veterans Affairs, attended for NAUS. is event has always been and continues to be an avenue to the Navy’s retiree contacts for sharing of information on both sides. e 3rd Annual Military Support Fair was held on the same ursday as the Navy Retiree Council but a little further south at the Lucy F. Simms Center in Harrisonburg, VA. e Fair was hosted by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce (HRCC). NAUS did not have a speaker addressing the attendees this year, we want to send a big ‘ank you’ to Katey L. Harbaugh, Manager of Finance & Administration, our HRCC liaison to the Fair. e Military Support Fair, an initiative of the Chamber's Military Affairs Committee, brought together more than 45 organizations from federal, state and local programs that provide support and services for active and retired military. In Conjunction with the Military Support Fair, the HRCC was proud to welcome e Wall that Heals to Harrisonburg. e Wall that Heals is a touring half scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Observing e Wall that Heals was an opportunity for many who have not experienced the memorial to do so and to begin the healing process. e Dover AFB Annual Retiree Day was held on Saturday the 21st of April at ‘e Landing,’ Chevron Avenue on Dover AFB, Delaware. e event was attended by LtGen Jack Klimp and Mike Plumer. Many thanks to MSgt William Oldham, a member of the DE-1 Dover Chapter and Director Retiree Activities Office on Dover AFB for setting up this wonderful venue for LtGen Klimp’s address and legislative update. 35


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e TMC Briefing (as part of the Army Retiree Council) was held on Tuesday the 24th of April at the Crown Plaza in Crystal City. LtGen Jack Klimp and Mike Plumer attended for NAUS. LtGen Klimp spoke during the luncheon, hosted by MOAA on material that encompassed TMC Health Care, Retirees, Guard-Reserve, Survivors Committees’ goals and TMC’s testimony / Statement(s). NAUS members attended the 32nd Annual Retiree Appreciation Day held on Saturday the 28th of April at Hanscom AFB, MA. ank you to all from NAUS for holding down the fort as the NAUS representatives. As we go to print the complete list of NAUS attendees is unavailable. Chapter President of the NJ-2 Garden State Chapter, MSgt Robert ‘Bob’ Ellis attended the McGuire AFB Retiree Appreciation Day held on Saturday the 28th of April at McGuire AFB near Wrightown, NJ. MSgt Ellis not only staffed the NAUS table but represented NAUS in a tradition of the highest of integrity. MSgt Frank W. Whiteman, USAF (Retired), Rocky Mountain Chapter Denver/Aurora CO 1, Past Chapter President and current VP – Legislation and Publicity worked with Regional Vice President (Region 3) MSgt Tom Paolillo to inform those in the Denver area that the United Veterans Committee of Colorado (UVC), a non-profit coalition, Correction/Addition : e photo at the bottom of pg 32 in the March/April USJ read: “H. Wayne Hein Chapter (CA-18), TSgt Ed Mentz, Sr. and MSgt Don Ray served as the Grand Marshalls for the Veteran’s Day Parade in Merced, CA” We apologize for the inference that the picture was of TSgt Mentz and MSgt Ray as we simply meant to show the NAUS Banner proudly displayed in the parade and to let everyone know who were honored to be the Grand Marshalls. e picture is of TSgt Jimmy Hines (l) and TSgt Robert Windle (r). e Grand Marshals were riding in separate cars and those pictures did not make it into the USJ due to space constraints. 36

held its 40th Annual Awards Banquet Nursing School with the local California on Sunday the 29th of April at the Ren- State University Monterey Bachelor aissance Denver Hotel, 3801 Quebec of Science in Nursing Program to assist Street, Denver, Colorado. NAUS is with the Veterans Retirement/Nursing proud to have been one of the supHome. Rest assured that NAUS Chapter porters for this event as an advertiser CA-2 is staying busy with these projects. in the banquet publication booklet. e next major event relating to the NAUS is also proud to support the Monterey area military retirees is a ReUVC campaign to bring a VA Medical tiree Activities Day which is scheduled Center to the site of the former for Saturday, June 9th, in Stillwell Hall. Fitzsimmons Army Hospital campus. WE NEED YOUR PHOTOS! The tireless work of the UVC and NAUS NAUS is looking for photos of Chapter members from Colorado to bring this members at events or meetings to initiative to reality will benefit the more publish in the Journal. Please forward than 82,000 veterans treated at the hos- photos to Vicki Sumner via email: pital plus the 92% of CO veterans who or via mail: 5535 will be within a one-hour drive of a Hempstead Way, Springfield, VA Veterans Affairs primary provider when 22151 or call Vicki at 1-800-842the facility opens. 3451 ext. 1003 for more information. NAUS, Society of Military Widows NAUS Regional Vice Presidents (SMW), and American Merchant Marine Region 1 – Northwest (AMMV-WWII) will be 3 of the 53 mem(AK, WA, OR, ID, WY, MT): ber organizations listed, if the auditorium Ron Buatte, CSM, USA (Ret), Boise, ID (208) 342 8566 • of the VA Medical Center is named ‘United Veterans Committee of Colorado Region 2 – West Auditorium,’ with all organizations names (HI, CA, NV): listed below the Auditorium’s new name. Al Stewart, Col, USAF (Ret), Los Gatos, CA (408) 358-3177 • “Marina Lands 100,000-SquareRegion 3 – Central Foot VA Clinic”, this is the title of the (UT, CO, KS, NE): article that can be found on the site: Tom Paolillo, MSgt, USAF (Ret), Aurora, CO about the estab(303) 690-2007 • lishment of a Joint Department of Region 4 – Southwest Defense/Department of Veterans Affairs (AZ, NM, TX, OK): Monterey Ambulatory Care Clinic… Charles E. Murphy, SMSgt, USAF (Ret), Oklahoma City, OK the culmination of a truly great effort (405) 601-0839 • from the CA-2 chapter. Kudos to the Region 5 – North Central CA-2 Chapter members for their efforts (ND, SD, MN, IA, MO, IL, IN, OH, MI, WI): toward this goal. Chapter President Position becoming vacant this summer Karl P. Karl received this information [Watch for new RVP soon] from their Congressman Sam Farr, and Region 6 – Southeast through his previous contact with Leon (AR, LA, MS, AL, FL, GA, SC, PR): Panetta, Secretary of Defense, regarding Dennis O. Freytes, LTC, USA (Ret), this issue and two others involving vetWindermere, Florida (407) 298-1151 • erans and active duty service members. Karl’s other issues focus on a National Region 7 – Northeast (ME, NH, VT, MA, NY, PA, CT, RI): Cemetery instead of a State Cemetery Paul Dillon, MCPO, USN (Ret), Gales Ferry, CT and a Veterans Retirement/Nursing 860-464-0234 • Home. ey have succeeded admirably Region 8 – Mid Atlantic on one of the three and are moving (KY, TN, NC, VA, WV, MD, DE, NJ, DC): forward on the Veterans Retirement/ Wayne M. Gatewood, Jr., MSgt, USMC (Ret), Nursing Home as we go to press. e Annandale, VA (703) 405-9565 project will also include the creation of a Uniformed Services Journal May/June 2012

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he registration deadline has passed for our annual convention/cruise in October. We have 76 signed up, including NAUS’ Legislative Associate Tony Kennedy, an Iraq war veteran. Many of us are arriving in Orlando the day before the cruise, and I am still awaiting word on a possible side tour to Cape Kennedy Space Center on Saturday morning. Go to the website, then Groups, and find us listed as SMW Group for more information. I’m sorry to report that we have lost Carol Washington, our National Board Parliamentarian, who passed away suddenly from an apparent heart attack. Carol will be sorely missed as she knew her job well. Our sympathies go out to her family and friends in their, and our, loss. May God wrap his arms about them and give them peace. Across the country the people have finally spoken these words: “WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERANS.” I say it is about time. When my husband returned he was told to wear civilian clothes to try to avoid being spit upon or have eggs or vegetables thrown at


SMW Legislative Report The election process is in full swing and maybe some of you are already tired of listening to everything that is reported. Personally, I cannot help thinking that all the money being spent would be a good start toward reducing the NATIONAL DEBT. I do ask you to remember that the common thread among all media is to report on anything that can be sensationalized no matter which party or candidate is involved. Their business is to entertain, shock or dramatize events to get your attention. That is how they earn ratings and generate income. Keep this in mind as you follow along the campaign trail. Many members of Congress want to do what is right and fair in support of our military members, past and present. Unfortunately, many congressmen also think it is acceptable to break the promises of previous congresses to spend the funds involved in other areas. Of particular concern are attempts to change TRICARE and other health related benefits to reduce costs. Thank you to Senator Jim Webb [D-VA] for reminding Congress that “You Cannot ‘Renegotiate’ the Moral Obligation to Provide Healthcare to Retired Service Members” in a release dated March 28, 2012. New fees, registration costs and co-pays could have a devastating impact on the income and affordable services for those on TRICARE FOR LIFE. I am appalled when I hear statements reported such as: “Retirees are just living too long. They can’t expect to get benefits forever.” Or even worse is the comment that they [military members] signed up to serve and should continue to sacrifice [benefits] for the good of the country they serve. Keep watching for results on issues like H.R.1003/S.542,S.1768 which would allow DIC recipients to travel “space available”; H.R. 178, S.260 entitled the Military Uniformed Services Journal May/June 2012

him. It still happened. This has been a long-term wound in the hearts of all those who served there and their families. In Oklahoma, the Lawton/Fort Sill area had a Welcome Home event at the Vietnam Memorial in Elmer Thomas Park this spring, and I am so grateful that I was able to attend and bear flowers in memory of those who served in Vietnam. We must still stay vigilant on the TriCare For Life benefit. The government is taking advantage of a bad financial crisis, of which the military is not to blame. I say shame on them. Another situation that needs to be corrected is the SBP/DIC offset. We must keep fighting for miiltary widows and get the SBP/DIC offset eliminated. If we have someone out there in the Society that knows parliamentary procedure and would be willing to finish out this year as National Parliamentarian, please contact me. I hope all of you had a Happy Easter and may God be with you and with the United States of America.

Surviving Spouses Equity Act to do away with the SBP/DIC offset and bills that affect our Social Security among many others. Again, I refer you to the “Key Bills in Congress” section of the NAUS Journal for more information. Communicate with your representatives in both houses of congress to let them know how important these issues are in our lives. I think you would agree that all of us want what is best for all of our citizens, especially with regard to health care, but we must also see to it that we go about providing what is needed in the best way possible. If we were all together in a locked room and I refused to allow you to leave the room until you paid me $25.00/person, what would you do? Even if I told you that I was going to use the money for a great surprise for you tomorrow, would you just give me the money with no hesitation? Sometimes we do the wrong things for the right reasons, and sometimes we try to do the right thing in the wrong way. Most of us are in an age range that will require little change in the Social Security and Medicare benefits we receive, but we are also responsible to set examples for our children and grandchildren about the right way to fund government programs. As you consider the best way to provide for your own future and that of your families, remember that our spouses died to preserve not only peace, but freedom to make our own decisions and to elect individuals responsible to US, to represent OUR interests, not to take away our incomes and spend the money on what they deem best. Never forget we were created as a Nation of Individuals with Individual rights, not a nation of serfs subject to the whims of those in power.

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Seniors’ Corner by Tonny Kennedy

New Medicare Claims and Benefits Statement On Health Care Services Used Medicare beneficiaries should be in receipt of the Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) each quarter. It details all services or supplies that providers and suppliers billed to Medicare, what Medicare paid, and what you may owe the provider. e Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced a new version of the MSN that makes understanding benefits or filing a claims appeal or reporting a potential fraud easier. CMS reports that the new report includes costumer-friendly descriptions of medical procedures, larger easier to read fonts, and information on free preventive services available to beneficiaries. CMS plans to mail out its new version to beneficiaries beginning in 2013. e new MSN is also available online at You can update your address by going to the MSN portal, call a Medicare representative at 1-800-633-4227 or visit your local Social Security office. For comparison, the changes can be viewed at

Stoke Risk Increases With Age But Many Factors Can Reduce the Risk e risk of stroke increases with age. By the age of 55 the average risk of stroke is roughly 4 percent and it doubles every 10 years thereaer. Many factors can increase or decrease the risk of stroke. Some factors like heart disease, being over weight, diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension all raise the risk of stroke. Other factors, like not smoking, not drinking excessively, eating a healthy diet and regular exercise can all reduce the risk of a stroke. Eating habits can promote or reduce the likelihood of a stroke. Foods high in fat and sugar increase this risk, while those high in fiber and whole grains can lower it. Regular amounts of vitamin-D (the sunshine vitamin) also reduce the frequency of strokes. And always remember, one of the most successful factors in reducing the risk of stroke is regular physical activity. Before you begin an exercise program, however, please consult your doctor. Medications can also reduce the chance of a stroke. A regular check up and consultation with your primary 38

physician will help you determine what medications you may require to maintain a healthy life style. While health risks increase over time, with the right combination of diet, exercise and medication your health risks can be significantly reduced.

Senior Travel is Easier and Safer Than Ever Retirement offers new opportunities to travel and see the world. With a few precautions, it can be easier and safer for seniors than ever before. Some frequent recommendations are listed below and can make travel safer and enjoyable. A pre-travel physical may be required for some travelers. They should provide all necessary vaccinations, medicines and advice for travel overseas. Patients should list past illnesses and medications they are currently taking, or will need to take, while away to avoid dangerous drug interactions. Having current vaccinations for mumps, measles and rubella is recommended since their effectiveness diminishes over time. Also, over half of all tetanus cases occur in people age 65 or older, getting tetanus booster may reduce this risk. Before departing, pack enough medication for the duration and a few days extra. ey should be packed in carry-on luggage, in their original container, and include copies of all prescriptions in the event checked luggage is lost. is makes them readily available and can make clearing customs faster. Also, jet lag and motion sickness can get more severe in later years. Having a ready supply of remedies for these alignments can be helpful. Drink bottled water and use it to brush your teeth to avoid ingestion of certain microbes found in foreign tap water. Ensuring food is thoroughly prepared, such as well-done meats, also reduces the risk of contracting microbes or parasites found in local food. As the summer travel season approaches, hopefully these tips prove useful to our members, both senior and nonsenior travelers alike. Enjoy your travels wherever they may take you.

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MSG J. Don Amison, USA (RET) CAPT Joe W. Atkinson, USPHS (RET) SGM Robert A. Avery, USA (RET) Col Kenneth R. Baile, USAF (RET) CPL Howard E. Balentine, USA (VET) Mrs. Ellen Barksdale SSG Paul Beck, USA (RET) CAPT R. F. Bennett, USCG (RET) Mrs. Virginia P. Bennett CSM Jesse M. Berrong, USA (RET) Mrs. Carolyn Bowen Mrs. Janie I. Bowlin SGT Howard H. Brandt, USA (RET) Mrs. Genevieve G. Burke MSgt Alfred E. Cadreau, USAF (RET) 1stLt Mary D. Cadreau, USAF (Vet) CWO-3 Robert Calimer, USCG (RET) COL Gerald J. Carlson, USA (RET) Mrs. Myrtle R. Carmichael CMSgt Frank P. Carraher, USAF (RET) Mr. Frank C. Ceraso Mrs. George Chenevert Capt Charles S. Cline, USMC (RET) CMSgt Jimmy R. Cogdill, USAF (RET) Mrs. Muriel E. Cottage PSG William J. Cunningham, USA (RET) LtCol John W. Cutler, USAF (RET) Col George Damato, USAF (RET) LT Francis L. Dancy, USN (RET) Mrs. Olive M. Dawson Mrs. Patricia Delozier Maj Utah Dennis, USMC (RET) Mrs. Leona Doggett LCDR Katheryn L. Doherty, USN (RET) LTC Dewey H. Eberly, USA (RET) LTC Warren H. Ellis, USA (RET) Ms. Juan F. Estela Mrs. Elizabeth Eveleth SFC Joseph W. Farrell, USA (RET) Mrs. Evelyn L. Fitzgerald (SMW) Mrs. Sara W. Forster Col Byron W. Foster, USAF (RET) Mrs. Cynthia M. Freeman SGM Ronald C. Fukuhara, USA (RET) Mrs. Janet Gaskill MAJ Sidney J. Gillikin, USA (RET)

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