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2020 Key Legislative Goals

MOAA's Key Legislative Goals for 2020

NATIONAL

  1. Support legislation, policies, and programs to enable the seven uniformed services to effectively recruit, retain, and manage their personnel
  • Sustain continuity of appropriations for ALL services to include the Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and NOAA during periods of a government “shut-down!”
  • Ensure the continuity of pay and benefits during lapses in appropriations
  • Permanently authorize the Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and NOAA Corps
  1. Ensure any changes to the Military Health System sustain military-medical readiness and beneficiary access to top-quality care.
  • Oppose efforts to significantly reduce 18,000 military medical billets and eliminating Military Treatment Facilities at certain locations in the US
  • Prevent disproportional TRICARE fee increases
  •  Stop cuts to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  1. Sustain Military Pay Comparability with the Private Sector and block erosion of compensation and non-pay “quality-of-life” benefits.
  • Ensure pay raises match the annual ECI index increases
  • Protect housing allowances from arbitrary programmatic changes that penalize military-to-military married couples and those with children and reduce existing backlog of services
  • Protect Commissary and Exchange benefits and dividends which support military “quality-of-life” programs
  • Approve flexible spending accounts for service members in line with civilian employer programs
  1. Protect family support programs, ensure military-provided services (housing, PCS, child-care) are affordable, readily available, and meet quality standards
  • Ensure comprehensive housing reform and accountability
  • Improve accountability of contract movers and claims during PCS moves
  • Create incentives to increase quality child-care provider accessibility and capacity options
  • Include military spouses as a target group for the “Work Opportunity Tax Credit” and improve occupational licensure transitions
  1. End “Concurrent Receipt” penalties for military retirees
  • Approve concurrent receipt for “Chapter 61” retirees
  • Approve concurrent receipt for service-connected disabled retirees rated 40% and below
  1. Ensure timely access to benefits and resist proposals to erode foundational services delivered through the VA and DoD
  • Preserve earned military-veteran burial benefits
  • Assure appropriate health care and benefits for service-connected exposures
  • Enhance suicide prevention programs and access to behavioral health care
  • Improve wounded warrior and care giver programs
  • Implement the VA Mission Act and identify legislative improvements
  • Strengthen and preserve support for service women and women veterans
  1. Achieve equity of benefits, protections, and administrative support for Guard / Reserve members consistent with their active duty counterparts
  • Eliminate Guard/Reserve retirement processing delays
  • Ensure timely health care benefit for Guard/Reserve retirees
  • Expand “Military Lending Act” protections and support
  • Expand GI Bill parity for their service

STATE

  1. Gaining support for a ballot initiative to authorize a Personal Property tax exemption for one vehicle owned by a “100% service-connected, totally, and permanently Disabled Veteran.”
  1. Counting Military Absentee Ballots postmarked on or before election day which arrive by 5:00PM on the second business day before the State Board of Elections meets to certify the results of an election.
  1. An Income Tax Subtraction for certain “100% Disabled Veterans.”
  1. Provide legislative and budgetary support for ensuring ALL Virginia National Guard personnel are paid at least at the “E-6 rate” when called to active duty in emergency situations.
  1. Authorizing the General Assembly to approve “tax credits” for employers of National Guard members and self-employed National Guard members.
  1. The establishing of a “Microloans for Veterans Program (MVP)” be established and $1M be appropriated in FY20 and FY21 to support the program.

 

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