Monday, January 25, 2010

ROA testifies before House Veterans Affairs Committee

ROA testified before the House Veterans Affairs Committee at a roundtable that included 40 veterans and military service organizations. The ROA was the only association to speak on Uniform Service Employment and Reemployment Rights Act and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.

With a limit of two minutes to present, ROA legislative Director Marshall Hanson talked about the ongoing need to improve USERRA and SCRA, as demonstrated by the number of calls received at the ROA Servicemembers Law Center highlighting enforcement problems. ROA offered to meet with the committee with a number of solutions to improve USERRA and SCRA in US Code Title 38 and Title 18 respectively.

In addition, ROA addressed the need for Veteran Status for National Guard and Reserve retirees who complete twenty years of service without being activated, and needed improvements to Veterans Education, both the MGIB for Selected Reservists, and the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Details of ROA suggestions on improving US Code are given in the submitted statement.

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