The Intersect
March 22, 2011

PROMISES, PROMISES: GI retirement benefit lacking
San Jose Mercury News
ROA was heavily involved in providing data and background for this story and thanks the ROA members who stepped up to be interviewed for it, even if not all of you made it into the final story.

A law meant to provide early retirement as a reward for National Guard and Reserve members who were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan is instead leaving many of them perplexed and frustrated. When Congress wrote the law three years ago, it said Guard and Reserve members called up for 90 days or more for war service or other federal duty would be credited for work "in any fiscal year" toward early retirement for each day they were mobilized. Earning the credit would allow them to retire before age 60 if they had 20 years of service.More

Veterans Treatment Intervention Act named after Okaloosa County judge
Northwest Florida Daily News
Retired Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Patt Maney is a life member of ROA from the Department of Florida's Chapter 361st Civil Affairs Brigade. ROA wishes to congratulate him for being honored by the Florida Senate.

T. Patterson Maney, an Okaloosa County judge in Florida and retired brigadier general with the Army Reserves, has been honored by the Florida Senate by having an act of legislation named after him. The T. Patt Maney Veterans' Treatment Intervention Act is a bill designed to provide an alternative to prison or probation for some veterans convicted of crimes. Retired Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Patt Maney is a life member of ROA from the Department of Florida's Chapter 361st Civil Affairs Brigade. ROA wishes to congratulate him for being honored by the Florida Senate.More

Early retirement benefit comes up short
Military.com
A law meant to provide early retirement as a reward for National Guard and Reserve members who were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan is instead leaving many of them perplexed and frustrated. When Congress wrote the law three years ago, it said Guard and Reserve members called up for 90 days or more for war service or other federal duty would be credited for work "in any fiscal year" toward early retirement for each day they were mobilized. Earning the credit would allow them to retire before age 60 if they had 20 years of service.More

Veterans groups split on fee increases for Tricare
The Virginian-Pilot
Veterans groups were split during a hearing on the Obama administration's proposal to require working-age military retirees to pay higher fees for health care benefits. But they remain united on one key point: their opposition to setting up automatic fee increases in Tricare, the military insurance program, tied to rising medical costs.More

Surprise appointment intrudes on Tricare fee debate
Stars and Stripes
Senior Defense officials defended their plan to raise TRICARE Prime fees modestly for working-age retirees at a hearing of the House armed services subcommittee on military personnel.More

Mild brain injury could soon rate Purple Heart
Marine Corps Times
More U.S. troops who sustain combat-related brain injuries could soon be eligible for the Purple Heart. Senior military leaders at the Pentagon are considering individual service proposals to change the guidelines for awarding the medal to troops who sustain mild traumatic brain injuries or concussions, Military Times has learned. The Purple Heart recognizes U.S. military personnel wounded or killed by enemy action.More

Deployed to Japan
KABB-TV
A Texas woman found out that the U.S. Army Reserve wants her to help with relief efforts in Japan. "Here I am about to take the bullet train to Sendai," said LTC June Walbert, U.S. Army Reserve. For her, the earthquake in Japan hit close to home. "This is Sendai," she said flipping through her photo album.More

Sen. Committee confirms Dempsey as Army chief
Army Times
The Senate Armed Services Committee voted to clear the nomination of Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as the next chief of staff of the Army. He would succeed Gen. George Casey, who is scheduled to retire in April. Dempsey's confirmation was one of 252 pending military nominations for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.More

National Guard (in federal status) and Reserve activated as of March 15
U.S. Department of Defense
This week the Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Army and Marine Corps announced an increase. The net collective result is 17 more reservists activated than last week. At any given time, services may activate some units and individuals while deactivating others, making it possible for these figures to either increase or decrease.More