Veteran Status - H.R.679


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Honor America's Guard-Reserve Retirees Act

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to urge you to cosponsor H.R.679, the Honor America's Guard-Reserve Retirees Act.

This bill would authorize 'veteran status' for National Guard and Reserve members of the Armed Forces that are entitled to a reserve retirement at age 60, but were never called to active federal service during their careers.

Career Reserve Component members that were never called to active duty over a full service career and are entitled to military retired pay, TRICARE health coverage and many veterans' benefits, deserve to be recognized as veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States.

This bill does not have any cost associated with it and would only recognize a group that has served this country honorably.

Ironically, a Reserve and National Guard member already receive Department of Veteran Affairs home loans, and educational benefits. He or she should be permitted to be called a veteran as well.

Please cosponsor this bill.

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