WASHINGTON, June 14, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Nearly 45,000 National Guard officers, current and former, have called on a prominent member of the Guard’s extended family to help them win their # 1 legislative priority.
The retired sergeant. General J. Roy Robinson, the president of the National Guard Association of United States, wrote to the president Joe biden asking him to support the law on health care for our troops (HR 3512) recently introduced in the House of Representatives.
Biparty legislation would provide Army TRICARE medical coverage at no cost to every member of the National Guard and reserves.
In his June 3 letter, Robinson thanked the President for his “heartfelt declaration of appreciation” to the members of the Guard who completed their security assignment at the United States Capitol on 23 May. He also reminded the president that he had promised members of the Guard that “we will always be by your side”.
The president and the first lady Jill biden have long said they were related to the Guard because their late son was a major in the Delaware Army National Guard.
“Most Americans would probably be shocked to learn that we have sent soldiers and airmen to the front lines of the worst public health crisis of the century without health insurance,” Robinson wrote. “We did the same during the civil unrest last summer and in the response to hurricanes and wildfires.
“The problem is,” he added, “almost one in five members of the Guard do not have private health insurance and they are generally not entitled to government-provided coverage when they are mobilized for national missions “.
The Health Care for Our Troops Act would ensure that every man and woman who wears their nation’s fabric has medical coverage.
“Members of the National Guard will continue to be deployed in large numbers at home and abroad to defend US security, and medical readiness is essential to the ability to deploy quickly,” Robinson wrote. “They are part of a task force that Americans rely on to be always ready, always there. We will never debate the need to provide full medical coverage to active duty members – it is high time we looked at the guard. and reserve in the same light. ”
Presented last month by Rep. Andy kim, D-New Jersey, be p. Trent Kelly, R-To lack., the Health Care for Our Troops Act (HR 3512), would provide coverage at no cost through TRICARE, the Army’s health insurance program, to every guard and reservist.
The legislation is co-sponsored by several other members of the House, including Rep. Tim ryan, D-Ohio, be p. Steven Palace, R-To lack., the Co-Chairs of the House National Guard and the Reserve Caucus.
It is also a legislative priority for the general. Daniel R. Hokanson, the head of the national guard office. He recently told Congress it was “one of my most pressing concerns.”
The NGAUS letter to the president follows. https://www.ngaus.org/sites/default/files/inline-files/releaseletter061421.pdf
About NGAUS: The association brings together nearly 45,000 current and former Guard officers. It was established in 1878 to provide a unified representation of the National Guard in Washington. In their first productive meeting after Reconstruction, militia officers from the North and the South formed the association with the goal of obtaining better equipment and training by educating Congress on the demands of the Guard. Today, 143 years later, NGAUS has the same mission.
SOURCE United States National Guard Association