Representatives Palazzo and Walz Introduce Bill to Continue Efforts for National Guard & Reserve Benefits
Washington, DC - U.S. Representatives Steven Palazzo (R-MS-04) and Tim Walz (D-MN-01) introduced legislation today to complete the important mission of ensuring equal benefits for members of our military’s reserve components. The Reserve Component Benefits Parity Act of 2018 will ensure that all service members regardless of deployment authority are given the same benefits for their service.
“This commonsense legislation is about recognizing the sacrifice of all our men and women who volunteer freely to serve this nation,” said Rep. Tim Walz. “Continuing our mission to ensure fairness in benefits to National Guard and Reserve Component troops who answer the call to serve alongside their Active Component counterparts is the right thing to do. I thank Rep. Palazzo for once again partnering to bring these brave Americans and their families the peace of mind that comes with knowing they will no longer be denied benefits they deserve.”
The 2012 "National Defense Authorization Act" (NDAA) allowed the Department of Defense the authority to deploy Guard and Reserve forces for "12304b" or preplanned missions to support combatant commanders. The Guard and Reserve troops that fulfilled these missions and similar duties were denied equal benefits under the written law, which is why a solution to address the disparity was needed.
The Reserves Component Benefits Parity Act of 2018 rectifies three remaining differences including:
1) Reduces the age at which a Guardsman or Reservist is eligible to receive military retirement pay by three months for every 90 days mobilized under 12304b authority within a single fiscal year.
3) Protects the level of pay for federal civilian employees who are members of the Reserve or National Guard once they are mobilized by supplying a "reservist differential" payment that currently exist for other mobilization authorities.
This National Guard and Reserves Benefit Parity Act has been endorsed by the National Guard Association of the United States and the Enlisted Association of the United States.