ROA President RADM Paul Kayye sat down with Senate majority leadership today. The Reserve Officers Association was one of 13 associations invited to meet with Democratic senators. More Senators attended than associations with at least 22 elected officials stopping in to listen to association concerns. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) was in attendance, as were Veterans Affairs Chairman Daniel Akaka (Hawaii) and Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (Mich.).
RADM Kayye talked about the deployments of the Guard and Reserve and reminded the group that when it comes to benefits such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Title 14 as well as Title 32 service should be recognized for the education allowance.
Other topics that were discussed were veterans' employment and training and the need for a jobs program, marketing Hire a Vet, support for military members and the families as they transition into veteran status, VA claims processing, and the need to pass the Defense Supplemental, among other topics.