Monday, April 30, 2007

Legislative Alert #07-03

The Issue: Reduced Age Retirement for Members of the Reserve Component.

Immediate Action Required: Contact your members of Congress and urge them to co-sponsor and support Reduced Age Retirement for members of the Reserve Component.
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Several members of Congress have introduced legislation to reduce the age in which members of the Reserve Component are eligible to receive retirement pay (currently the age is 60). Representative Saxton (R-NJ) has introduced H.R.690 which amends Title 10, United States Code, to reduce the minimum age for receipt of military retired pay for non-regular service members from 60 to 55, and Senator Chambliss (R-GA) introduced S. 648 that would amend Title 10 to reduce the eligible age for receipt of non-regular military service retired pay for members of the Ready Reserve in active federal status or on active duty for significant periods (age to be reduced by three months for each 90 days of being called to active duty for Title 10 wartime duty or Title 32 response for a national emergency declared by the President). Under this provision, the age may not be reduced below 50 years of age. There are other proposals in Congress, but these two pieces of legislation seem to have garnered the most support.

NGAUS Resolution A-3 recommends that Congress “reduce the age at which a member of the National Guard receives his or her pension.”

As Congress debates these alternatives to find a cost-effective solution, they need your input. The time to act is now. There is momentum in Congress for this legislation, and your email, letter or call could make the difference.

TAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTION:

By using the “Write to Congress” feature on the NGAUS Web site at
NGAUS, you can IMMEDIATELY e-mail your elected representatives. A sample letter is included in our “Write to Congress” feature. You can e-mail the pre-written message or edit the sample letter as you desire. This is the quickest and most effective method of expressing your views to Congress. Also, contact your friends and family and urge them to “Write to Congress” as well. For more in-depth information and background visit our web site at NGAUS. Please direct any questions concerning this issue to Pete Duffy, NGAUS Deputy Legislative Director at 202-454-5307 or via email: Pete Duffy.

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