ROA submitted testimony for the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs at a July 1 hearing that included HR.3787, veteran status for Reserve Component members that served honorably for 20 or more years but were not activated for the required period of federal active duty.
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Representative Tim Walz’s bill would grant veteran status to these service members that already receive military retired pay, medical care through TRICARE, and burial in veterans’ cemeteries. Both the Congressional Research Service (CRS) and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) agreed no additional cost is associated with the bill and this group would not be granted new benefits. As Congressman Walz testified, “…I think it is a matter of basic common sense that if qualification for reserve retire pay is sufficient to secure government sponsored burial in a federal veterans’ cemetery, it should also grant the right to offer a hand salute during the playing of the national anthem, or take part in official Veterans’ Day events.” Despite Congressional support, and CRS’ and CBO’s okays, the Department of Veterans Affairs still does not support this legislation. As so many before have said, ‘it’s an honor thing’.