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Washington Update for November 21st, 2016

PHOTO:  Supermoon- The brightest moon in almost 69 years sets behind the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in Coronado, Calif., Nov. 14, 2016. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Abe McNatt




TREA  - The VOICE of the Enlisted


Washington Update for Monday, November 22st 2016




Happy Thanksgiving to all members of TREA (and all nonmembers) who are reading this Update. Please remember that this is a time to remember and appreciate all your blessings and your family. Relax, eat well and…. try not to get into any arguments. (After all most of you do not live in our Nation’s Capital.) As you can surely guess Washington is in a dramatic spin. What will happen in December (perhaps the NDAA will be passed and signed into law but… probably with only a CR. So what will that mean?) We may have a Continuing Resolution (that is the CR) until September but the latest rumor is that President-Elect Trump wants one only till March- so we will be fighting about money very soon. Anyway here is some news since the election and more to come.  


Congress Passes Several Veteran-Related Bills Before Thanksgiving Recess


GAO Report Says that Servicemembers at Risk of Overpaying on Student Loans


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Congress Passes Several Veteran-Related Bills Before Thanksgiving Recess


Last week Congress passed several non-controversial bills before they left for their Thanksgiving recess.


HR 5392: No Veterans Crisis Line Call Should Go Unanswered Act

This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to develop a quality assurance document for carrying out the toll-free Veterans Crisis Line (VCL), which shall: (1) outline performance indicators and objectives to improve the VCL, including at backup call centers; (2) include time frames to meet such indicators and objectives; and (3) be consistent with guidance issued by the Office of Management and Budget.

The VA shall develop a plan to ensure that each telephone call, text message, and other communications received by the VCL, including at backup call centers, is answered in a timely manner by a person, consistent with the guidance established by the American Association of Suicidology. The plan shall include guidelines for periodic VCL testing.


The VA shall submit the document and plan within 180 days.


HR 3471: Veterans Mobility Safety Act of 2015

This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure that an eligible disabled veteran provided an automobile or other conveyance is given the opportunity to make personal selections relating to the automobile or other conveyance.

Minimum standards of safety and quality for adaptive equipment shall include that:

the provider of any adaptive equipment modification services be certified by a certification organization or the manufacturer of the adaptive equipment;

any individual performing such modification services on an automobile be certified by a certification organization, the manufacturer, or the state; and

the provider of the automobile or adaptive equipment or the provider of the modification services adhere to specified requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

-          This bill was amended to include language permitting the VA to hire licensed hearing aid specialists to fit and repair hearing aids for veterans, instead of requiring them to wait to see one of the few audiologists in the VA system for a procedure that has long been done by hearing aid specialists in the private sector. TREA has supported this issue for almost two full years.

The Senate also passed  H.R.4511: the Gold Star Families Voices Act, which allows the families of fallen servicemembers to participate in the Veterans’ History Project that is being put together by the Library of Congress.


GAO Report Says that Servicemembers at Risk of Overpaying on Student Loans


A new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said that inaccurate information and poor coordination between federal agencies is putting active duty servicemembers at risk of paying more on their student loans than necessary.


The Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act (SCRA) limits the interest rates that military personnel are charged more while they are on active duty. The law caps any loans at 6 percent. Yet researchers at the GAO found that documents and a website the Department of Defense uses to keep servicemembers informed of their rights fail to explain the full extent of the interest rate cap on all student loans.

TREA: The Enlisted Association has heard of instances where servicemembers told loan servicers that they were being deployed or called up and the loan servicer RAISED their interest rates to 6%, claiming that that was what the law required them to do. Needless to say, there is a lot of misinformation out there.

According to the Washington Post, part of the problem is the inconsistent way the benefit is applied. The Department of Education requires all of its student loan servicers, the middlemen who collect payments, to match their portfolios of federal student loans against the Department of Defense’s database of active-duty troops to automatically grant the benefit. But banks, credit unions and other private education lenders are under no obligation to follow suit, even though some have voluntarily adopted the practice.

As a result, active-duty borrowers with private student loans have the burden of supplying proof of their military status to receive the interest-rate cap. And some may be unaware of their eligibility because of inaccurate information provided by the Department of Defense, a charge the agency officials disputed in their response to the GAO report.



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