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  • FRA Has a New Video Be sure to check out the new video on Fleet Reserve Association's YouTube page or our Facebook page.
  • VA Suspends Applications for New VA ID Card The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has stopped accepting applications for the new VA identification card due to technical problems created by the large volume of applications.
  • TRICARE Article on Upcoming Changes The December issue of FRAtoday has a lead feature, authored by the Defense Health Agency, that outline all the changes coming in TRICARE.
  • FRA Urges Congress Not to Pass Another CR FRA and other members of The Military Coalition have dispatched a letter to key Congressional lawmakers asking them to pass the FY2018 Defense Appropriations before the current Continuing Resolution (CR) funding expires December 22, 2017.
  • FRA Headquarters Holiday Closures FRA National Headquarters (NHQ) staff wishes everyone a Merry Christmas, a safe and joyous holiday and a very happy 2018!
  • New CR Stops Government Shutdown House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) met with President Trump to resume budget negotiations and pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) beyond the Friday, December 8 deadline for the current CR.
  • SVAC Passes VA Health Care Reform The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee (SVAC) passed the "Caring for Our Veterans Act" (S.2193), sponsored by SVAC Chairman Johnny Isakson.
  • Senate Confirms DHS Director Kirstjen Nielsen was confirmed by the Senate (62-37) as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-the department that includes the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • "A Day That Will Live in Infamy" FRA shipmates around the country participated in events on Thursday, December 7, to remember the Japanese sneak attack on the US Naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii that killed more than 2300 Americans.
  • Government Shutdown Date Approaching The Continuing Resolution (CR) currently keeping the government operating at last year's (FY2017) levels, is due to expire Wednesday, December 8.
  • CFPB in Turmoil Chaos and uncertainty engulf the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) when the director of the agency resigned. Before his departure, he appointed CFPB Chief of Staff Leandra English to serve as acting director.
  • VHA Failed to Address Provider Quality and Safety Concerns A recent Government Accountability Office report (GAO-18-26) accuses the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) staffers of failing to detail potentially dangerous doctors to appropriate authorities.
  • Rollout & Application Process for Veterans ID Card The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the application process for the national Veterans Identification Card (VIC) is now available.
  • Thanksgiving Day Holiday Office Closing There will be no NewsBytes next week due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday. FRA Headquarters will be closed Thursday November 23 and Friday November 24.
  • POW/MIA Commemorative Chair at U.S. Capitol FRA National Executive Director Tom Snee recently attended the unveiling of the Prisoner-of-War/Missing-in-Action (POW/MIA) commemorative chair dedication ceremony on Capitol Hill.
  • Does AUMF Need to be Updated? In the wake of service members being killed in Niger, some in Congress have expressed an interest in Congress reviewing, debating and re-authorizing the current Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).
  • NDAA Conference Committee Bill Passes The House and Senate passed the final version of the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA-H.R.2810) that focuses on military readiness.
  • House Passes Gold Star Family Support Bill The House passed by voice vote, the "Gold Star Family Support and Installation Access Act" (H.R.3897), sponsored by Rep. Don Bacon (Neb.), that provides installation access for Gold Star families to attend memorial services and unit reunions on military installations.
  • Veterans' Day/FRA 93rd Birthday/Marine Corps' 242nd Birthday This Saturday will mark the 99th anniversary of the armistice ending the First World War 99 years ago, on November 11, 1918-and today recognized as Veterans Day.
  • Military Exchange Online Shopping for Veterans Starts November 11 As first reported in the June 9, 2017 Newsbytes, the Veterans Online Shopping Benefit will become available on military exchange websites starting November 11, 2017.

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