Safeguard Retiree Benefits

Issue Background

When service members enlist, they are promised a variety of benefits for 20 or more years of honorable service. These include health care coverage, access to commissaries and the option to elect a benefit plan for their survivors, to name a few. FRA believes these promises must be kept – not only to recruit and retain the best and brightest within our armed forces, but because it is the right thing to do.

When Congress considers cost-saving measures, military retirees are often the first target of opportunity for budget cuts and FRA stands strong to ensure promised benefits are not compromised.

Where We Stand
  • Protect military retired pay and benefits from changes that reduce their value.
  • Ensure all disabled military retirees receive their earned retired pay and veterans’ disability compensation concurrently, without offset.
  • Retain military treatment and other facilities important to retirees when a military installation is closed or realigned.
Issue News

FRA Staff and VA Secretary Discuss Agent Orange Blue Water Navy Issue

Apr 28, 2017 -

FRA Assistant Director of Veteran Programs Brian Condon, along with representatives from other veteran organizations, met with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David Shulkin to discuss the effects the toxin Agent Orange had on Vietnam veterans who served on ships in the Da Nang and Nha Trang Harbors.

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