LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 27, 2013
Thanks to all of you who "Stormed the Hill" on July 17 in Washington, D.C. There were 100+ who visited Members of Congress in every state, requesting support for the elimination of the SBP/DIC offset. Bravo !! Let's hope we get some momentum on H.R. 32 and S. 734.
Did you visit your legislators, when Congress was on recess in August ?
Which issues are important to you ?
-- Preserve full-inflation cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs)
-- End deduction of VA survivor benefits (DIC) from military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuities
-- Authorize survivors to retain a deceased retiree's full final-month retired pay
-- Implement Space-A travel for qualified survivors
The top legislative issue for military surviving spouses is: to eliminate the SBP/DIC offset. We must continue to send e-mails to the Military Legislative Assistants (MLAs) of our Senators, asking them to co-sponsor S. 734; and to our Representatives, asking them to co-sponsor H.R. 32. If your Senators and Representatives have already co-sponsored these bills, it is still important to thank them, and to ask them to "vote for" this legislation, when it is brought up on the floor of Congress.
What are your legislative priorities ? Call - send e-mails - write letters - go to Town Halls - attend Veterans Advisory Panels - visit local offices of your Senators and Representatives - get to know the local staff - make sure they know who you are and what is important to you.
Call me, or send an e-mail, and let me know what is important to you.
Janet Snyder - SMW Legislative Chair
(702) 227-6566 email@example.com