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National Guard Enlisted Association. Largest Enlisted Reserve Component Association over 414,000 enlisted Airmen, Soldiers, & Families. Created in 1970 by a group of Senior Noncommissioned Officers. Was created to give the Enlisted National Guard a voice on Capital Hill.

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National Guard Enlisted Association

  • Largest Enlisted Reserve Component Association over 414,000 enlisted
  • Airmen, Soldiers, & Families.
  • Created in 1970 by a group of Senior Noncommissioned Officers.
  • Was created to give the Enlisted National Guard
  • a voice on Capital Hill.
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Why Should I Join EANGUS / MNGEA?

Pay Raises! 3.4% pay increase for members of the uniformed service for FY 2010

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 Retirement Points! Was 90 per year, now 130 per year

Earlier Retirement! Deployment time counts for earlier retirement

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In 2010…

Pay! Urging a 1.9% pay raise, even though Administration only asked for 1.4%

More Full Time People! Additional AGR’s and Mil Techs - readiness

More Protections! Hold TRICARE fees at current level

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

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MNGEA Resolution in the Works!

  • Resolution 10-01: MN Tax Exemption Benefits for Nat’l Guard Members
    • Urge MN Legislature to implement $3-5K exemption for MN Guard
  • Resolution 10-02: Employment of Relatives of Wounded Service Members
    • Urge MN Legislature to enact legislation to protect family of service members from loss of employment due to extended medical care of wounded Guard member
  • Resolution 10-03: MN Nat’l Guard State Incentives
    • Urge MN Legislature to implement the re-enlistment bonus for eligible members up to less than 20 years TIS (matching current Federal program)
  • Resolution 10-04: MN Nat’l Guard Retired Pay Tax Exemption
    • Urge MN Legislature to enact legislation providing tax exemption for military retired pay
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MNGEA Resolution in the Works!

  • Resolution 10-05: Retirement Penalty for CSRS Employees
    • Urge EANGUS to request US Congress to enact legislation to enact the 2% retirement annuity penalty for Military Technicians employed under CSRS
  • Resolution 10-06: Veteran Status
    • Urge EANGUS to request US Congress to support legislation to redefine the qualifications for veteran status to include Reserve component members who have successfully served 20 years or more in service to their state and nation.
  • Resolution 10-07: VA Burial Rights
    • Request EANGUS to urge VA to amend regulations to provide more equitable burial rights for Nat’l Guard /Reserve personnel.
  • Resolution 10-08: Buy-Back of Title 32 Service Time
    • Urge EANGUS to request US Congress to enact legislation to eliminate the existing inequities toward creditable buy-back toward a Civil Service Retirement.
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EANGUS Legislative Updates

  • Recently Signed Into Law:
    • H.R. 1864 – Provides pay increase to 3.4% for FY10
    • H.R. 1182 & S. 475 – Amends Civil Relief Act to guarantee equity of spouses w/ regard to matters of residency.
    • H.R. 1016 & S. 423 – Amends Title 38 (US Code) to provide advance appropriations authority for certain medical care accts of the VA.
    • H.R. 972 – Amends Title 10 (US Code) to eliminate the requirement that former members of Reserve components be at least 60 years of age or older to be eligible to receive health care benefits.
    • H.R. 270 & S. 731 – A bill to amend Title 10 (US Code) to provide for continiuty of TRICARE Standard coverage for certain members of the Retired Reserve.
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EANGUS Legislative Updates

  • Bills EANGUS is Tracking:
    • H.R. 1592 – A bill to amend Title 37 (US Code) to guarantee a pay increase for members of uniformed services for FY11 through FY14 of one-half of one percent higher than the Employment Cost Index.
    • H.R. 208 – To amend Title 10 (US Code) to ensure that members of the Reserve components who have served on active duty or performed active service since Sept 11, 2001, in support of contingency operations receive credit for such service in determining eligibility for early receipt of non-regular service retired pay.
    • H.R. 303 – A bill to amend Title 10 (US Code) to permit additional retired members who have service-connected disability to receive both disability compensation from VA and either retired pay and to eliminate the phase-in period under current law.
    • H.R. 333 – A bill to amend Title 10 (US Code) to permit retired members who have a service-connected disability rated less than 50% to receive concurrent payment of both retired pay and veterans’ disability compensation.
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EANGUS Legislative Updates

  • Bills EANGUS is Tracking:
    • H.R. 593 – A bill to amend Title 10 (US Code) to expand the authorized concurrent receipt of disability severance pay from DoD and compensation for same disability under any law administered by VA to cover all veterans who have a combat-related disability.
    • H.R. 1203 – A bill to amend the IRS Code of 1986 to allow Federal civilian and military retirees to pay health insurance premiums on a pretax basis and to allow a deduction for TRICARE supplemental premiums.
    • H.R. 972 – A bill to amend Title 10 (US Code) to eliminate the requirement that certain former members of Reserve components be at least 60 years of age in order to be eligible to receive health care benefits.
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Benefits of Being a Member…

State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI)

Did you know that every member of the Minnesota National Guard is covered with $1,000 SSLI at no cost to the member. This $1,000 benefit is provided through the Militia Insurance Trust Group Life Insurance Plan. You do not need to be a member of NGAUS or MNGEA to get this.

It is derived from United States Public Law 93-289, May 24, 1974; Sections 204 and 206 of Title 37, United States Code. Minnesota provides SSLI through their National Guard Associations, sponsorship of the Group Life Plans detailed in their Web sites.  You can find out more at http://www.ngssli.com/ and http://www.ngamn.org/insurance.php.

Key Benefits of the SSLI * $500,000+ in coverage available for the MN National Guardsman through a combination of the SSLI plans.

* Coverage available for the spouse and children. * Rates do not go up just because you separate from the National Guard -you can keep coverage when you

separate. * Coverage 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. * No War Exclusion - you are covered in combat. * No Aviation Exclusion - aviators are covered. * New Recruits are eligible for $10,000 SSLI coverage under the MIT Group Life Insurance Plan at no cost for

the first year of service in the MN National Guard. Enrollment must occur with in 90 days of joining the MN

National Guard.

Go to www.NGSSLI.com for more information including eligibility, benefits, rates, exclusions, limitations and renewal provisions. Enrollment forms are also available online.

Contact information: call R. Austin Jenkins, CLU at 1-800-633-8333 Policy service: toll free 1-800-633-8333

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EANG US . . . Past Accomplishments

  • Payment includes national and state dues—must be a national member
  • to be a state member
  • Stopped DOD from attempting to increase pharmacy co-pays and
  • mandatory use of TMOP
  • Non-profit organization that promotes and advances the status, welfare,
  • and benefits of enlisted members through legislative efforts.
  • Stopped DOD attempts to increase TRICARE fees for under-65 retirees.
  • Stopped DOD attempts to charge enrollment fees and higher
  • deductibles for TRICARE Standard.
  • Increase in the maximum VA home loan guarantee amount from
  • $240,000 to 333,700.
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What MNGEA Has Accomplished Previously

  • 100% tuition reimbursement
  • State income tax advantages
  • Group life insurance
  • Distinctive vehicle license plates
  • State bonus for combat zone service
  • Monetary award for enlistment referrals
  • Exemption from arrest while going to / from duty
  • Interest free emergency loans
  • Burial right in state cemeteries
  • After deployment for 24 months free hunting / fishing licenses
  • Homeowners insurance protection
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Contact Information

  • STATE OFFICE
    • (651) 268-8262
    • www.mngea.com
    • membership@mngea.com
  • NATIONAL OFFICE
    • 1-800-234-EANG
    • www.eangus.org
    • Eangus@eangus.org
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National Guard Enlisted Association

MNGEA & EANGUS need your help!

We need your continued membership so our state and federal legislators will hear our voice.

HELP US CONTINUE THE FIGHT TO PROTECT OUR CURRENT BENEFITS, ADVOCATE FOR QUALITY OF LIFE CONCERNS, & REACH OUR FUTURE LEGISLATIVE GOALS.