TREA: The ENLISTED Association
THE ENLISTED ASSOCIATION was founded in 1963 as, The Retired Enlisted Association, by two men retired from the Air Force -- Master Sergeant George Skonce and Master Sergeant Dean Sorell. These two dedicated retirees realized that they, and their fellow enlisted retirees, had no voice in the corridors of power to stand up for their hard-earned rights and promised benefits.
The men and women of our armed services have willingly sacrificed to serve our nation and protect our freedoms. Almost from the beginning of our nation the people and government of this country have acknowledged the debt we owe to those who have served in uniform.
For years there was an implicit contract between the members of the uniformed services and the government -- the nation would care for the health and welfare of those who served (and their families) while on duty and afterward.
Then in 1956, the Dependant Medical Care Act changed health care for military retirees forever with the language: "Medical and dental care in any medical facility of the uniformed services may...be furnished... subject to the availability of space, facilities, and the capabilities of the medical staff, to retired members of the uniformed services."
From that day until today, medical care for retired military personnel and their families has been in jeopardy.
In 2012, TREA recognized the changing face of the military. They saw a new generation of enlisted veterans that also needed a voice in Washington D.C. They changed their membership requirements and opened it up to all honorably discharged enlisted veterans.
For almost 50 years, The ENLISTED Association – has been on the frontlines in Washington, D.C., in the fight to protect and enhance the promised and earned benefits of enlisted personnel who spent their careers in the Armed Forces of the United States. The Enlisted Association is a 501(c)19 organization.
The Enlisted Association has grown to become one of the most influential organizations working to protect and ensure the health and welfare of all military personnel, especially the ENLISTED veterans.
The simple step of becoming a member of The Enlisted Association is a tremendous help. In the battle to protect your earned benefits in the halls of Congress, the corridors of the Pentagon, and the offices of the White House, just like in most battles, BIG NUMBERS count.
We have chapters across the country. After joining, a representative from our nearest chapter may contact you and provide additional information on how you can help. You can also get information from The Enlisted Association's Legislative Office about pending legislation affecting enlisted veterans and take part in our grass-roots lobbying efforts.
Ever since the 1956 Act, pressure to cut back on the cost of military retiree benefits -- especially health care -- has grown relentlessly. Unless we can remain vigilant on your behalf, there is little to stop that trend from continuing. The new generation of enlisted veterans are also facing rising healthcare costs, long backlogs of VA claims, the need for care for TBI and PTSD, and translating their military training into the civilian workforce.
The leaders of The Enlisted Association and our legislative staff in Washington cannot fight alone -- we need your help and support. In short, we need you to joinThe Enlisted Association and help us help you.
As one of the most powerful voices for enlisted personnel from all branches of service, The Enlisted Association fights everyday in Washington DC to protect your benefits and entitlements. We can only continue to have this kind of clout and influence if enlisted retired, active duty, and veterans -- men and women just like you -- join The Enlisted Association and stay with us for the long haul.
Just as freedom can only be protected through eternal vigilance, so it is with the promised health and welfare benefits of enlisted military personnel.
Regular Members - Any enlisted person -- retired, active duty, National Guard or Reserves -- shall be eligible for regular membership. Any Active Duty Enlisted person with 7 or more years retirement creditable service shall enjoy the privileges of regular membership, including attending conventions, making motions, and holding office.
Veteran Members - Any honorably discharged person (as noted on a DD214 or NGB-22) may apply for membership. They may attend convention, vote, and make motions. They must be a member in good standing for three years to eligible to run for National office.
The term “regular member” encompasses both charter and life members of TREA.
Associate Members - Widows/widowers of members and non-members, who were eligible for membership at the time of their death, are eligible to join The Enlisted Association as associate members. Associate members are not eligible for life membership. Associate members shall enjoy the privileges of regular membership, except the right to make motions, vote, or hold office.
1 Year - $30.00
3 Years - $55.00
Lifetime - $400.00
Lifetime, Paid Quarterly - $42.00 x 10 quarters
As a member of TREA, we offer the following membership benefits:
Washington D.C. News:
Through CAPWIZ (powered by Capitol Advantage), get the latest Congressional news.
You can track important Legislative issues, get the Congressional schedules, find out about committee hearings, obtain election results, contact your Senators and Representatives through email asking them to support pending legislation.
Through CAPWIZ, we send out weekly Legislative Updates, delivered directly to your email Inbox. We also will email you when your Grassroots Lobbying is needed, and provide pre-written emails that you can send to your Congressional representatives. Hearing from constituents can be critical.
The VOICE, a bi-monthly publication, is your connection to TREA and its members. One of the most popular benefits, The VOICE, provides members with an in-depth look at chapter activities, legislative updates, and committee news. Each issue has a President’s Message, the latest news from Washington D.C. about military and veteran issue, information from The Senior Citizens League, and TREA Auxiliary. The VOICEis only available to TREA members in good standing.
On the months that the magazine is not printed, a condensed E-Mag is available on the website.
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www.trea.org is the best place to find more information on TREA. It has information about everything TREA, including National Committees, contact information, information about the annual convention, and links to other sites. Check back often, and get the latest available information on ENLISTED military and veteran issues.
On the website, we have a TREA Store to purchase your TREA Wear, accessories, and JROTC Awards. We also have all TREA Forms, a link to Donate to TREA, and also a link to Join or Renew your membership.
The Enlisted Association Scholarship Program is sponsored by The Enlisted Association Memorial Foundation (501(c)3) and provides education assistance to children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of TREA and TREA Auxiliary Members. The application period is Jan 1 to April 30, every year.
There are currently 58 active chapters in the United States and Puerto Rico. Joining a chapter is a great way to get involved, meet new people, and promote TREA in the community. To find a chapter near you, contact TREA HQ, 800-338-9337.
TREA holds an annual convention every year in a different city. It is where the next year’s itinerary is defined and a new board of directors is elected. Chapters and members are recognized for their service to TREA and the military community.
TREA’s website has one of the most comprehensive lists of military reunions. It changes often, so check back often.