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MONGA, EANGUS, AND NGAUS ARE YOUR VOICE IN JEFFERSON CITY AND WASHINGTON DC

As an active member, you provide the basis of ideas that are vetted through the State Organization (MONGA), who in turn send the approved resolutions to our state lobbyist to attain support from our State Legislature or sends to the National Organizations (EANGUS and NGAUS) to be lobbied on Capitol Hill.

Our federal and state politicians sponsor and support resolutions that appear to have the necessary backing. In layman’s terms, they look at the membership numbers and percentages before they sign up to sponsor or support. That’s why YOUR membership counts.

Additionally, for the enlisted folks, AFI 36-2618 4.1.10 calls for you to promote organizational esprit de corps and foster good community relations by supporting professional organizations as well as unit, base, and Air Force events. Also, encourage subordinates to do the same.

For the officers…lead from the front.

….but at the end of the day, the real question is…

WHAT HAVE THESE ORGANIZATIONS DONE FOR YOU LATELY?

State Level

HB 82 - Authorizes, beginning January 1, 2010, an income tax deduction from a taxpayer's Missouri adjusted gross income for 15% of any military retirement income, regardless of age or income. The tax deduction rate will increase by 15% annually until 2016 when it is fully phased in and all of the military retirement income will be deductible.
HB 427 - This bill changes the laws regarding members of the military, veterans, and their families. In its main provisions, the bill:
Designates May 1 of each year as "Silver Star Families of America Day" to honor the wounded soldiers of this state and the efforts of the Silver Star Families of America to honor the wounded members of the United States armed forces;
Allows the Adjutant General to assign the number of assistant adjutants general that are authorized by the rules and regulations of the National Guard Bureau of the United States. The assistants are required, if they qualify, to hold military rank as may be authorized and approved for the positions by the bureau. Currently, the Adjutant General may only assign two assistants;
Authorizes the Department of Revenue to provide one set of "PURPLE HEART" specialized license plates free of charge, other than the regular registration fees, to any person who has been awarded the medal. Any additional set of special license plates may be obtained at the current fee for specialized plates;
Allows for a special license plate designated "Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal" for any person who has been awarded this military service award. To obtain this plate, a person must make application, furnish proof as a recipient of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and pay a $15 fee to the Department of Revenue in addition to the registration fee and any other documents required by law;
Requires all court orders regarding child custody or visitation issued or modified while either party is in active military service and deployed out-of-state to be temporary in nature unless the party in active service knowingly and voluntarily signs a waiver to the right to have the hearing upon his or her return. Upon return from deployment, the party will be given an opportunity to be heard on the child custody and visitation order before a permanent order is entered.
HB 444 - The Senior Tax Justice Act, phased in state income tax exemption for military retirement pay at age 62
SB 806 - This act provides that the U.S. and Missouri state flags shall be flown at half-staff for one full day whenever a Missouri resident is killed in the line of duty during military service.
SB 830 - This act shall be known as the "Missouri Returning Heroes' Education Act," and provides that all public institutions of higher education that receive any state funds appropriated by the general assembly shall limit the tuition charged to combat veterans to fifty dollars per credit hour, for any program leading to a certificate, or an associate or baccalaureate degree. A "combat veteran” is any person who served in armed combat after September 11, 2001, who was a Missouri resident when first entering the military, and who was discharged from military service under honorable conditions.

National Level

  • Empowerment
  • Permanent seat on the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) for the Chief of the National Guard Bureau (CNGB)
  • Authorization for a 3-star Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau
  • Pay! 3.9% pay raise, even though the Administration only asked for 3.4% in 2008
  • Pay! 3.9% pay raise, even though the Administration only asked for 3.5% in 2009
  • More money! Hazardous duty pay raised from $150 to $1,500 monthly
  • More money! $300 per weekend for IDT travel (with conditions)
  • More education! New GI Bill with stipends and better benefits
  • More affordable! Held TRICARE fees at today’s level, not 350% increase
  • More health care! Extends VA care from 2 years to 5
  • More health care! TRICARE Reserve Select for Drill Status Guardsmen
  • More health care! Grey Area Retiree TRICARE
  • More protections! Hold TRICARE fees at current level in 2009
  • More retirement points! Was 90 per year, now 130 per year
  • Earlier retirement! Deployment time counts for earlier retirement
  • More full time people! Additional AGRs and Mil Techs—readiness!
  • Longer re-up periods! Reenlist for up to 8 years, not capped at 6
  • More for your spouse! Tuition assistance program for spouses
  • Sabbatical! Rotate off active status for up to 3 years, then return
  • More equipment! Over a billion dollars invested in your protection
  • Corrected the oversight of not including National Guard Title 32 active duty to fully qualify for educational benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Halted Air Force attempt to reassign Air National Guard C-130s into an active-component unit in Little Rock, AR; the Secretary of the Air Force must now submit to Congress a written agreement between all involved parties that details any plan to transfer aircraft from one component to another
  • Authorized $700 million in National Guard and Reserves Equipment Account (NGREA) funds to directly procure high priority equipment for the war fight and domestic disaster response
  • Over $1 billion authorized to modernize National Guard facilities
  • Authority to temporarily hire non-dual status technicians to fill vacancies created by the mobilization of a dual status technicians
  • Authority for the VA to provide mental health care for veterans and their families — post deployment

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CURRENT OBJECTIVES?

State Level

  • "Good Samaritan Bill” - protects Guardsmen from legal liability while performing state emergency duty during natural disasters.
  • SB27 - Allows spouses who leave employment to follow their military spouses in the event of a military transfer, to qualify for unemployment compensation
  • SB78 - Extends the sunset on the military family relief fund income tax check-off from 2011 to 2017
  • HB238 - Allows a spouse of an active member of the United States Armed Forces or reservist on active duty to be eligible for unemployment benefits if accompanying the military spouse in the event of a military move
  • HB150 - Requires a Missouri state employee to be compensated an amount equal to the difference between his or her military compensation and state salary when the military leave of absence exceeds 120 hours
  • HB79 - Authorizes the issuance of a military medallion, medal, and certificate to certain veterans who served in specified conflicts regardless of whether they are or ever were legal Missouri residents
  • HB136 - Allows the spouse of certain active military members to be eligible for unemployment benefits and to receive a temporary courtesy license to practice his or her occupation or profession in this state
  • HB149 - Extends the expiration date of the provisions regarding the Missouri Military Family Relief Fund to December 31, 2017, and the termination date of the provisions to September 1, 2018
  • HB303 - Requires any state agency or board that regulates an occupation or profession to establish rules for the issuance of a courtesy license to a nonresident spouse of certain active duty military members
  • HB368 - Requires the Missouri Veterans Commission to issue an identification card to each veteran in the state who applies and provides proof of his or her military service
  • HB204 - Allows a resident who is on active military duty to renew his or her expired driver's license without a complete examination if the renewal is made within a specified time from discharge or residency
  • HB673 - Authorizes the presentation of a Missouri National Guard Overseas Training Ribbon, a Missouri National Guard State Partnership Program Ribbon, and the Order of Minuteman Award
  • HCR35 - Requests the Adjutant General of the Missouri National Guard to establish a voluntary reporting program for Missouri National Guard members and veterans who have been exposed to depleted uranium
  • HB673 - Authorizes the presentation of a Missouri National Guard Overseas Training Ribbon, a Missouri National Guard State Partnership Program Ribbon, and the Order of Minuteman Award

National Level

  • Early Retirement Credit for Guardsmen
  • Authorize retroactive credit to September 11, 2001
  • Provide an incentive for continued service beyond 20 years by authorizing one year early retirement credit for every two years served beyond twenty
  • Personnel Initiatives
  • Embed Behavioral Health Care providers during drills
  • Soft Landing for post-deployment
  • Veteran status for all retired members
  • Worldwide Space A travel for members and dependents
  • Allow employers to pay TRS with pre-tax dollars
  • Fully Equip and Modernize the Army National Guard (ARNG)
  • Continue to provide funding for ARNG equipment and the National Guard and Reserves Equipment Account (NGREA) for critical dual-use equipment
  • Recapitalize the Air National Guard (ANG)
  • Implement a Total Force concurrent and balanced procurement policy for both flying and support missions
  • Program aging ANG F-16 aircraft for the Service Life Extension Program (SLEP)
  • Modernize National Guard Facilities
  • Provide robust military construction funding to assure modern and functional training and mobilizations facilities
  • Fully support Guard and Reserve Initiative (GRI) funds to provide flexible options for critical infrastructure projects

WHAT ARE BENEFITS GUARDSMEN HAVE IN OTHER STATES THAT WE COULD GET WITH A STRONG MEMBERSHIP?

  • Education scholarships and tuition waivers or reimbursements
  • State income tax advantages
  • Group life insurance
  • Distinctive vehicle license plates
  • Low cost home loans
  • State bonus for combat zone service
  • Free drivers license
  • Monetary award for enlistment referrals
  • Credit union membership
  • Free toll passes on bridges and highways
  • Exemption from arrest while going to/from duty
  • Interest free emergency loans
  • State retirement income for NG service
  • Reduced or free hunting/fishing licenses
  • Limited exemption of property taxes
  • Exemption from jury duty
  • Burial rights in state cemet

 

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