Please Wait...
Read Our Legislative Update Blog!
Watch Us on YouTube!
Follow Us on Twitter!
Join Us on LinkedIn!
Like Us on Facebook!

Serving The Total Enlisted Force

The Voice of the Enlisted

A Tax Deductible 501 (c) (19) Corporation

Join  |  Renew  |  Shop

TREA: The Enlisted Association
Home | About Us | Committees | Programs | Chapters | Sponsors | Legislative | Resources | Calendar | Gallery | Contact Us


Legislative Update

Blog RSS Feed - Subscribe

Washington Update for Monday, January 9th, 2017

PHOTO:   Sudden Snowstorm-  Airmen respond to a sudden snowstorm at Francis S Gabreski Air National Guard Bade in Westhampton beach, NY., Jan. 6th, 2017.  The airmen are assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing.  During the storn,. mainteinaers used de-icing trucks to prevent snow buildup on the aircraft, and airmen from the Civil Engineering Squadron plowed the runway, allowing operation to continue without delay.  Air National Guard phot by Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Muncy


TREA Washington Update for Monday, January 9th 2017


Well it is a new year. We have a new session of Congress and next week there will be a new President and a new Executive Branch. New legislation is being introduced almost every day. It is going to be a very exciting and unpredictable year.


Former ITT Tech Students Face January 30, 2017 Deadline


What We’re Looking for in 2017


Congress Re-Introduces Concurrent Receipt Legislation in New Year


Update on California National Guard Bonus Scandal


Recent TRICARE Updates


Protect your skin in the colder months





Former ITT Tech Students Face January 30, 2017 Deadline


Please help us spread the word:  ITT students are filing to be "creditors" in the ITT bankruptcy proceeding.  TREA: The Enlisted Association’s partners at Veterans Education Success (VES) have been working with Harvard Law School on this filing.

Veterans Education Success is also helping individual veterans fill out and file their "proof of claim" forms.

If an ITT veteran wants help with their proof of claim form, they can fill out this link at VES and we'll help them.  (All free, of course).  Or they can email Help@VeteransEducationSuccess.Org

Court filing deadline = Jan. 30. For more info, go to:

What We’re Looking for in 2017


What will happen this year regarding military people?  Now that Congress and the Administration are controlled by the same political party will it be good news or bad news to active duty personnel, retirees, veterans, spouses, widows, or members of the reserve components?

We don’t, of course, have a crystal ball, but here are just a few of the things we will be closely watching and working on in the coming year.



The defense commissary agency is initiating a new program to see if they can provide the same benefit to shoppers as they have now, but at the same time lower the cost of doing business.  Will it succeed?  Will Congress once again push to privatize commissaries?

Implementation of a new military health care system

Congress passed legislation to overhaul the military health care system.  We will be watching to see how it works out be on guard for any further attempts to make military people pay more for their health care.


We will be on guard to stop any attempts to change the current COLA formula that would further devalue military retirement pay.

VA Improvements

As of right now a new VA Secretary has not been nominated by President-elect Trump.  We will be watching closely to see who his eventually nominee is and then we will be on guard to see what kinds of changes he or she will propose to improve VA health care.


Concurrent receipt

We will once again support legislation to give concurrent receipt to military retirees with less than a 50 per cent VA rated disability.

HR 303, The Retired Pay Restoration Act, and HR 333, Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act have already been introduced in the House of Representatives. These are substantially the same bills that have been introduced for the last several years. However, with the change of Administrations and one-party control of Congress, we wonder if we will be able to finally win this one.  We will be pushing this hard in the year to come.  Below are summaries of both bills:



There seems to be great enthusiasm among many in Congress to privatize things like commissaries, DoD schools, VA health care and other health care programs currently run by the government.  In addition, several Washington “think tanks” are advocating taking retirees out of the military health care system and making them get their health care in the private sector.  We will be closely watching all of these and fight to stop any new proposals that would hurt military personnel.

And More on Concurrent Receipt


Congress Re-Introduces Concurrent Receipt Legislation in New Year

The New Year has already seen the introduction of HR 303, The Retired Pay Restoration Act, and HR 333, Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act. These are substantially the same bills that have been introduced for the last several years. However, with the change of Administrations and one-party control of Congress, TREA: The Enlisted Association will be pushing this hard in the year to come. Below are summaries of both bills:


Retired Pay Restoration Act

Expresses the sense of Congress that military retired pay should not be reduced because a military retiree is also eligible for veterans' disability compensation awarded for a service-connected disability.

Allows the receipt of both military retired pay and veterans' disability compensation with respect to any service-connected disability (under current law, only a disability rated at 50% or more). Repeals provisions phasing in the full concurrent receipt of such pay through December 31, 2013.

Makes eligible for the full concurrent receipt of both veterans' disability compensation and either military retired pay or combat-related special pay those individuals who were retired or separated from military service due to a service-connected disability.

Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act

Amends federal military retired pay provisions to: (1) permit veterans with a service-connected disability of less than 50% to concurrently receive both retired pay and disability compensation; (2) eliminate provisions requiring a phase-in between January 1, 2004, and December 31, 2013, of concurrent receipt of retired pay and disability compensation; (3) eliminate a phase-in of concurrent receipt of retired pay and disability compensation for disabled veterans determined to be individually unemployable; and (4) require a limited reduction in retired pay for qualified disability retirees with less than 20 years of retirement-creditable service.


We are aware that the Congressional Budget Office has said that one way to reduce federal spending is to eliminate concurrent receipt for everyone now receiving it.  We will be watching to see if any member of Congress picks up that idea and proposes it in legislation.



Update on California National Guard Bonus Scandal


The Pentagon has determined that on a few hundred of the roughly 17,500 soldiers who mistakenly received bonuses from 2006-2011 will ultimately have to pay back the money.

Those who repaid the government prior to the public outcry will be reimbursed. The review of cases and the reimbursements should be completed by July.

The few hundred cases involve soldiers who "knew or should have known" that they were wrongly receiving re-enlistment and student loan bonuses. They now face the possibility of having their cases heard by the Army Board for the Correction of Military Records.

Soldiers who have been cleared should be getting notification of the dismissal of their cases within a month. In addition, the Pentagon will notify credit bureaus and attempt to help any troops whose credit was adversely impacted by the bonus errors that mainly resulted from fraud committed by Guard administrators.

While the early news reports suggested that the problem was widespread in National Guard units across the country, apparently it was somewhat limited to California. The Pentagon says that they have not uncovered more than a few dozen cases in any other state.



Recent TRICARE Updates


TRICARE has come out with two fact sheets that may be of interest to you. 

The first gives the new costs for the TRICARE plans.  You can click on this link.

 When you get to the page took at the upper right hand side and you’ll see “Costs and Fees Sheet.”  If you click on that you’ll see the page with the latest cost information.


For the latest information about the TRICARE Young Adult Program you can click on this link.

When you get to this page, look again at the upper right hand corner and you’ll see “TRICARE Young Adult Program Fact Sheet.”  If you click on that you will be taken to the latest information on the TRICARE Young Adult Program.




Protect your skin in the colder months




It’s cold outside and you might think that sun protection is for the summer.  Even though the temperature is cooler, the sun is still powerful, so continue to wear sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) of at least 15 with both UVA and UVB protection every day. 


Though you may want that sun-kissed look year round, you should stay away from indoor tanning. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every time you tan you are increasing your risk of skin cancer and causing your skin to age prematurely. 


It’s not just the sun that you have to worry about as the weather gets colder. Frostbite, an injury to the body caused by freezing is another concern.  Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas, according to the CDC. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes. Frostbite can permanently damage the body, and even lead to amputation of a limb. 


Be aware that if you have reduced blood circulation, especially to your hands and feet, or are not dressed properly for the weather, then you are at greater risk for frostbite. If you are experiencing discomfort in the cold, get out of the cold immediately, or protect exposed skin if your skin has any redness or pain. If part of your skin becomes a white or grayish-yellow color, feels unusually firm or waxy or is numb, then you may be experiencing frostbite. 


Often, those who get frostbite are usually unaware of it until someone else points it out because their skin tissue is frozen and numb. If you have frostbite, then you may also have hypothermia, which is a serious medical condition also that requires emergency medical assistance. Signs of hypothermia can include shivering, drowsiness, slurred speech and confusion. Call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency room


If there is frostbite, but no sign of hypothermia, then seek medical care as soon as possible. If you cannot get medical care immediately, try to warm up, and if possible don’t walk on frostbitten feet or toes. Immerse the affected area in warm- NOT hot- water. Don’t rub the frost bitten area with snow or massage the area, as that can cause more damage. Never use heating pads, lamps, stoves, fireplace heat or radiator for warming as frostbitten areas can be easily damaged by excessive heat.


Post a Comment

Your Name:
Your Email:
Your Comment:
Your comment will be posted after approval.


Contact Us

1111 S. Abilene Ct.

Aurora, CO 80012



Phone: (303) 752-0660

Toll Free: 1-800-338-9337

Fax: (303) 752-0835


Legislative Affairs Contact

500 Montgomery Street

Suite 400

Alexandria, VA 22314



Phone: (703) 684-1981

Toll Free: 1-800-554-8732

Connect With Us

Like Us on Facebook! Follow Us on Twitter! Join Us on LinkedIn! Watch Us on YouTube! Read Our Legislative Update Blog!

Back to TopHome|About Us|Committees|Programs|Chapters|Sponsors|Legislative|Resources|Calendar|Contact Us|Gallery | Site Map