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Resolutions 21 - 40

RESOLUTION NO. 21 -- NEW VETERANS CEMETERIES
WHEREAS, there are nearly 26 million veterans living in the United States, and; WHEREAS, veterans from the World War II era are dying at a rate of nearly 1,000 a day, and; WHEREAS, burial space at existing national cemeteries is limited, NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, The Retired Enlisted Association believes that Congress should pass, and the President should sign, legislation which will create new national cemeteries throughout the United State, particularly areas with large veteran populations.

RESOLUTION NO. 22 -- RETIREMENT PAY FOR HEROISM
WHEREAS, the Armed Forces of the United States are a total force comprised of active, guard and reserve members, and; WHEREAS, enlisted members decorated for heroism can, with approval of their respective Service Secretary, have their active duty retired pay increased by 10%, not to exceed the maximum of 75% provided in law, and; WHEREAS, retirement eligible reserve component enlisted members who are decorated for heroism while in an active status or on active duty, met the highest standards and traditions of military service, and, WHEREAS, the recognition of heroic service for one category of military retiree and the failure to recognize heroic service for another category of military retiree is discriminatory and wrong, NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, The Retired Enlisted Association believes that Congress should pass, and the President should sign, legislation which provides the members of the reserve component with this increased retirement pay.

RESOLUTION NO. 23 -- FEMALE VETERANS' PROGRAMS IN VETERANS AFFAIRS
WHEREAS, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has recently developed information programs and subsequently enrolled additional women veterans into its health care system and; WHEREAS, the VA health care system still lacks proper facilities and sufficient educational programs to encourage women veterans to enter the VA health care system, and; WHEREAS, the VA should enlarge and improve the medical information program to encompass each female veteran, and; WHEREAS, the availability of mental health care and domiciliary care and other related care for women veterans are sadly in need of expansion and or initiation, and; WHEREAS, the personnel working with veterans at the local level are not generally conversant with female veterans needs, and; WHEREAS, federal funding for women veterans health programs is not a high priority among VA programs and the probable loss of recent gains in female programs is imminent, and; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, The Retired Enlisted Association supports continued financial backing of women veterans educational and medical care programs. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, The Retired Enlisted Association does not support proposed budget reductions as they relate to women veterans VA health care.

RESOLUTION NO. 24 -- VETERANS AFFAIRS SHARE OF COSTS FOR VETERANS IN STATE VETERANS HOMES
WHEREAS, State Veterans Homes were founded for Civil War veterans in the late 1800s and have served veterans for over 100 years; and
WHEREAS, under the provision of Title 38, United States Code, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is authorized to make aid payments to states maintaining State Veterans Homes subject to the provisions of 38 CFR 18.13, Part 3, Section 51.40 (1); and WHEREAS, there are 97 State Veterans Homes in 44 states throughout the United States, with more being added annually; and WHEREAS, the VA State Veterans Home Program has proven to be a cost-effective provider of quality care services to the nation’s veterans who require domiciliary, nursing home, and hospital care; and WHEREAS, VA promotes the care and treatment of veterans in State Veterans Homes as one means to attain the goal of developing and maintaining the highest possible quality of patient care for eligible veterans; and WHEREAS, VA has made a commitment to increase its share of State Home per diem to 33 1/3 percent of the national average cost of providing care in a State Veterans Home; and
WHEREAS, Title 38, United States Code, authorizes the State Home Construction Grant Program which is funded by VA at 65 percent of total costs for construction of new State Veterans Homes and renovation of existing facilities; and WHEREAS, VA has not kept pace with states’ grant applications for construction of new State Veterans Homes and renovation projects; and WHEREAS, Title 38, United States Code, authorizes VA to make per diem payments for veterans residing in State Veterans Homes, and the State Veterans Home Program is recognized as the lowest cost alternative among all nursing care alternatives available to VA; and WHEREAS, recognizing the growing long term health care needs of older veterans, the State Veterans Home Program will continue to be a vital health care provider and the lowest cost alternative for veterans needing long term nursing care; and NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Retired Enlisted Association fully supports the legislative objectives of the National Association of State Veterans Homes (NASVH) to receive from VA a per diem payment that equals 33 1/3 percent of the national average cost of providing care in a State Veterans Home; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Retired Enlisted Association urges the Congress of the United States to fully fund State Veterans Home Construction Grant priority one projects for fiscal year 2002; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Retired Enlisted Association urges the President and Congress to pledge their full support to the State Veterans Home Program as it is the most cost-effective nursing care alternative available to VA.

RESOLUTION NO. 25 -- MILITARY RETIREMENT PROTECTION RESOLUTION
WHEREAS, hundred of thousands of men and women have spent their careers serving our country in the Armed Forces, and; WHEREAS, the Department of Defense in currently building up funds in the Military Retirement Trust Fund, and; WHEREAS, this fund is open to borrowing by Congress for other uses, and; NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Retired Enlisted Association supports legislation that will oppose any effort to spend Military Retirement Trust Funds to finance spending increases, tax cuts, or for any other purpose, other than paying military benefits.

RESOLUTION NO. 26 -- EQUITY IN ACCRUAL OF ANNUAL LEAVE FOR FEDERALLY EMPLOYED VETERANS
WHEREAS, Title 5 of the U.S. Code entitles other than retired military veterans entering federal employment to credit all military service to the accrual of annual leave, and; WHEREAS, Title 5 of the U.S. Code entitles military veterans entering federal employment to credit only certain "qualifying periods" of military service to the accrual of annual leave, and; WHEREAS, Title 5, of the U.S. Code entitles those veterans, "retired for disability" to credit all military service to accrual of annual leave only if such disability is incurred as a direct result of armed conflict, or is caused by an instrumentality of war, and while in the line of duty during a qualifying period, and; WHEREAS, retired veterans, by their lifetime dedication to military service, deserve treatment at least equal to that of non-veterans, and; WHEREAS, current law, emanating from the Dual Compensation Act of 1964 and written into Title 5, is discriminatory to retired veterans, and; NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Retired Enlisted Association fully supports and will therefore pursue legislation to amend Title 5 of the U.S. Code to allow federally-employed retired veterans to credit all military service toward the accrual of annual leave on the same basis as is currently allowed for non-retired veterans.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Retired Enlisted Association fully supports and will pursue legislation to amend Title 5 of the U.S Code to remove retired for disability restrictions with respect to armed conflict, an instrumentality of war, and line of duty status of disabled retirees as pertains to the accrual of annual leave.

RESOLUTION NO. 27 -- DELETED

RESOLUTION NO. 28 -- POW/MIA MEMORIAL FLAG ACT OF 2001
WHEREAS, legislation has been introduced by the Senators from Colorado which requires the flying of the POW/MIA flag in our Nation’s Capital at the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam Veteran Memorial on any day the United States Flag is flown, and; WHEREAS, the flying of the POW/MIA flag will be a forceful reminder that we care not only for the POWs and MIAs, but also for their families who personally carry with them the burden of sacrifice, and; WHEREAS, we want those families to know that we stand with them and beside them as we remember the loyalty and devotion of their loved ones who served bravely and gave so much of their lives, and; WHEREAS, the remembrance of another’s sacrifice in battle is one of the highest and most noble acts we can do, NOW; THEREFORE BE IT RESLOVED, that The Retired Enlisted Association fully supports and will therefore pursue passage of the POW/MIA Memorial Flag Act of 2001, and; BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Retired Enlisted Association will never forget those who put their lives on the line in order to preserve the freedoms Americans enjoy today.

RESOLUTION NO. 29 -- SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER AS BASIS FOR CREDIT
WHEREAS, after years of being advised by various military and military-related agencies that all personnel upon their final departure form the service, should record their DD Form 214, which is a document of personal military service and more specifically, contains their Social Security number, at their local courthouse for safekeeping, and; WHEREAS, retiring and separating service members are now being advised that recording the DD 214 may not be wise decision because information has surfaced that military members identities have been stolen as a result of unscrupulous persons being able to obtain DD 214 information through courthouse public records, and; WHEREAS, service officials are now advising personnel who have recorded their DD 214’s to contact their local offices of registry to ensure that their information is being safeguarded from viewing by unauthorized individuals, and; WHEREAS, numerous people have already had their identify stolen for use in obtaining illegal loans and credit cards which will take years to repay and to restore one’s good name, NOW; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, The Retired Enlisted Association will support state legislation that will prohibit the release of information on these documents without prior approval of the veteran.

RESOLUTION NO. 30 -- DEPENDENCY AND INDEMNITY COMPENSATION
WHEREAS; Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) for survivors of 100% service-connected disabled veterans who die from causes other than their service-connected disability show discrimination by the following ruling:
1. the veteran would have to be continuously rated totally disabled for a period of ten (10) or more years immediately preceding death;
2. the veteran was so rated for a period of at least five (5) years from the date of military discharge;
3. the veteran was a former prisoner of war (POW) who died after September 30, 1999 and who was continuously rated totally disabled for a period of a least one (1) year immediately preceding death.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA) supports the position that the waiting period for the survivors of all disabled veterans rated at 100% disabled who die by causes other than their service-connected disability be totally eliminated.

RESOLUTION NO. 31 -- REPEAL OF DIC OFFSET FROM SBP SURVIVING SPOUSE ANNUITIES
WHEREAS, military personnel may pay into the Survivor Benefit Plan to provide benefits to a surviving spouse, and;
WHEREAS, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), as set out in Chapter 73, Title 10, United States Code, pays a benefit called Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) to a surviving spouse and dependent children (if any) if a member dies of a service connected cause, the member has a 100% VA disability for 10 continuous years, or, if less than 10 years, at least 5 continuous years from the date of release from active duty, and; WHEREAS, any Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) paid to the spouse is subtracted from the Survivor Benefit Plan (SNB) annuity, NOW; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA) urges Congress to pass legislation, and the President to sign, to repeal the Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Offset from Survivor Benefit Plan surviving spouse annuities.

RESOLUTION NO. 32 - DELETED

RESOLUTION NO. 33 -- DISCRIMINATION AGAINST REGULAR MILITARY RETIREES IN STATE RETIREMENT SYSTEMS
WHEREAS, state residents may serve their country in the armed services guard/reserve components for periods of time until their retirement from the armed services, and; WHEREAS, upon discharge or retirement many veterans use their expertise for employment in state or local governments, and; WHEREAS, these veterans who are state or local government employees, become eligible for employee benefits, such as retirement, and; WHEREAS, said veterans are allowed credit for military service for retirement benefits from state or local governments, and; WHEREAS, said veterans are covered by Chapter 67, Title 10 of the United States Code which states: “No period of service included wholly or partly in determining a person’s right to, or the amount of, retired pay under this Chapter, Title 10 USC may be excluded in determining his eligibility for any annuity, pension or old-aged benefit, under any other law, on account of civilian employment by the United States or otherwise, or in determining the amount payable under that law, if that service was otherwise properly credited under it”, and; WHEREAS Chapter 71, Title 10 U.S. Code does not provide the same protection for credit of military service for retirees of the regular component of the armed services, NOW; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA) urges Congress to include the same provision for military credit for retirement from state or local government for the military retiree of the regular component of the armed services and end this discrimination.

RESOLUTION NO. 34 -- DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS USER FEES
WHEREAS, Congress, on July 21,1930, established the Veterans Administration, now the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), health care system and progressively increased its responsibilities to administer veterans’ benefits, and; WHEREAS, The DVA has undergone budgetary restraints in recent years that have severely reduced both health care and benefits. These reductions have denied health care to previously eligible veterans, eliminated or reduced construction and maintenance of hospitals, domiciles, and nursing home units; and reduced medical staffing and the upgrade of essential medical care equipment, and; WHEREAS, with the demographic increase of our aging veteran population, plus younger veterans, the quality of comprehensive health care in our DVA facilities is unparalleled and is more cost effective than other federal and private health care program, NOW; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA) opposes any additional DVA user fees being levied for prescriptions or out patient services.

RESOLUTION NO. 35 -- DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT
WHEREAS, Congress on July 21, 1930 established the Veterans Administration, now the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), health care system and progressively increased its responsibilities to administer veterans’ benefits, and; WHEREAS, The DVA has undergone budgetary restraints in recent years that have severely reduced both health care and benefits. These reductions have denied health care to previously eligible veterans, eliminated or reduced construction and maintenance of hospitals, domiciles, and nursing home units; and reduced medical staffing and the upgrade of essential medical care equipment, and; WHEREAS, with the demographic increase of our aging veteran population, plus younger veterans, the quality of comprehensive health care in our DVA facilities is unparalleled and is more cost effective than other federal and private health care programs, NOW; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA) supports annual COLA increases in compensation and pension benefits. We further support-seeking legislation to make annual COLA increases automatic thereby eliminating the need for annual approval.

RESOLUTION NO. 36 -- DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS HOME LOAN FUNDING FEE
WHEREAS, Congress, on July 21, 1930, established the Veterans Administration, now the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA), has progressively increased its responsibilities to administer veterans’ benefits, and; WHEREAS, The DVA has undergone budgetary restraints in recent years that have severely reduced benefits, NOW; BE IT RESOLVED, The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA) opposes any increase in the DVA home-loan funding fee.

RESOLUTION NO. 37 -- DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS HEALTH CARE
WHEREAS, Congress, on July 21, 1930, established the Veterans Administration, now the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), health care system and progressively increased its responsibilities to administer veteran’ benefits, and; WHEREAS, The DVA has undergone budgetary restraints in recent years that have severely reduced both health care and benefits. These reductions have denied health care to previously eligible veterans, eliminated or reduced construction and maintenance of hospitals, domiciles, and nursing home units; and reduced medical staffing and the upgrade of essential medical care equipment, and; WHEREAS, with the demographic increase of our aging veteran population, plus younger veterans, the quality of comprehensive health care in our DVA facilities is unparalleled and is more cost effective than other federal and private health care programs, NOW; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA) supports the DVA authorizing military retirees and their dependents to use DVA health care, on a TRICARE reimbursement basis, but without having to pay an annual deductible. Further, such authorization would be on a guaranteed space basis.

RESOLUTION NO. 38 -- MEDICARE SUBVENTION TO DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
WHEREAS, Congress, on July 21, 1930, established the Veterans Administration, now the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), health care system and progressively increased its responsibilities to administer veterans’ benefits, NOW; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, The Retired Enlisted Association, (TREA) supports legislation for Medicare Subvention.

RESOLUTION NO. 39 -- CO-PAYMENT OF FEE FOR USING A MTF
WHEREAS, military retirees who entered service before June 7, 1956 earned “free health care” upon retirement from the armed services for themselves and their dependents, and; WHEREAS, reductions in care at Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs) force retired military personnel and their dependents under age 65 to rely on TRICARE which causes a considerable expense to the user, and; WHEREAS, retired military personnel and their dependents continue to see access to Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs) hampered by base closures, funding cuts, and medical personnel shortages, and; WHEREAS, the cost of medical care continues to escalate well above the annual inflation rate, NOW; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA) opposes any attempt to establish a co-payment of a fee for using a Military Treatment Facility (MTF).

RESOLUTION NO. 40 -- ENROLLMENT IN FEHBP
WHEREAS, military personnel under the age of 65 are not given the opportunity to enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan (FEHBP), NOW; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA) supports allowing retired military personnel and their dependents and/or survivors under age 65 to enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan (FEHBP) as are all other federally retired personnel.

 

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