FRA provided legislative updates to members of the 2011 Secretary of the Navy’s (SecNav) Retiree Council and the Coast Guard Retiree Council. Both councils meet annually to develop a list of priorities and recommendations for their respective services on important retiree concerns.
FRA’s National Executive Director Joe Barnes met with Navy and Marine Corps retirees and discussed health care access and funding and other priority issues, including reform of the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act (USFSPA) and Agent Orange disability claims. The 24-member SecNav Retiree Council is co-chaired by Vice Adm. John Totushek, USNR (Ret.), and former Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Gene Overstreet, USMC (Ret.).
John Davis, FRA’s Director of Legislative Programs, and a representative from the Military Officers of America Association (MOAA) provided a similar legislative update to members of the National Coast Guard Retiree Council. FRA also hosted a reception for council members at the Association’s National Headquarters. The Coast Guard Retiree Council, which is co-chaired by former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard and former FRA National Chaplain Vince Patton, USCG (Ret.), and RADM Ronald Silva, USCG (Ret.), ensures retirees’ concerns are brought to the attention of USCG leadership and that members of the retired community are kept informed on key legislative initiatives.