Southwest Florida Chapter
Jeff Kuhnreich, CDR, USN/RET
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H.R. 6957 Help Guard & Reserve on COVID-19 Orders
ROA would like you to participate in this Call to Action on H.R.6957 (Rep. Panetta CA-20),to direct the DoD and VA Secretaries to treat a period of full-time National Guard duty as not shorter than 90 days when performed for the COVID-19 national emergency declared on March 13, 2020. This is a priority and ROA asks for additional co-sponsors and an amendment to strike “National Guard” and insert “Reserve Component” because the bill as written would not include Reserve members on COVID-19 orders. As of today, approximately 46,500 National Guard and 7,500 Reserve servicemembers are on orders.
This legislation would ensure that all Reserve Component members who were activated in support of COVID-19 get the 90 day benefits they deserve --Post 9/11 GI bill credit and early age retirement. As the bill is currently written only the National Guard would receive these benefits