MOAA Meets with Adjutants General Association of the United States

DT and National Guard - Dec 2017

Photo Credit: MOAA

MOAA President Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins sat down with Louisiana Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Glenn Curtis, who is currently serving as the president of the Adjutants General Association of the United States (AGAUS) as well as the Adjutant General for the Louisiana National Guard, and Maj. Gen. Joanne Sheridan, assistant adjutant general for the Louisiana National Guard. Curtis and Sheridan shared challenges, opportunities, and priorities facing the National Guard today. Heavy mission requirements, troop strength, and training were all topics of discussion.

During the meeting, Atkins discussed other opportunities for MOAA to engage with the National Guard community to ensure our advocacy efforts are aligned with what the Guard needs today.

MOAA routinely supports and shares National Guard priorities and advocates on Capitol Hill. Lt. Col. Aniela Szymanski, USMCR, is the Government Relations director responsible for National Guard matters. She said, “There's no question: MOAA needs to advocate for National Guard members because the entire military force relies on them for almost everything they do. If we are advocating for the military service, that naturally includes the National Guard.” MOAA recently reported on the National Guard 4.0 initiative here.

MOAA has supported and advocated for numerous recent legislative initiatives benefiting the Guard. 

  • TRICARE coverage before and after Title 10 activation for National Guard members - included in the current NDAA being considered by Congress.
  • Parity with active duty forces in Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility for Title 10 service - included in recent GI Bill expansions.
  • Adequate force levels to ensure troops are not stretched too thin.
  • The same compensation & benefits as the active component for the same service.
  • Tax credits for employers who hire Guard members.
  • Improvements in laws designed to protect Guard member employment, like the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
  • Improvements in laws that protect Guard members' finances, like the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA).

If you have additional ideas for MOAA's National Guard advocacy efforts, e-mail them to legis@moaa.org.

 

 

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