Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters FRA is the voice of all current and former enlisted members of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. FRA is a congressionally chartered, non-profit organization representing the interests of current and former enlisted members of the Sea Service community, including the U.S.

Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. In addition to its advocacy work on Capitol Hill in support of enlisted personnel, FRA aids its members with career issues by maintaining close relationships with government agencies and by educating lawmakers about the challenges facing those who serve in the armed forces. The Association also awards scholarships totaling nearly $100,000 annually, sponsors a national essay contest, and assists its members with disaster relief grants.

Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. In addition to its advocacy work on Capitol Hill in support of enlisted personnel, FRA aids its members with career issues by maintaining close relationships with government agencies and by educating lawmakers about the challenges facing those who serve in the armed forces. The Association also awards scholarships totaling nearly $100,000 annually, sponsors a national essay contest, and assists its members with disaster relief grants.

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Congratulations to Ivy Queen FRA Branch 294 Scholarship Recipient! Find out more about #FRA's #scholarship program by vi...
05/06/2021

Congratulations to Ivy Queen FRA Branch 294 Scholarship Recipient! Find out more about #FRA's #scholarship program by visiting our website.

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“As the Navy has grown over recent years, some enlisted ratings at specific paygrades have become overmanned due to high...
05/06/2021
More sailors undergoing a forced rating conversion can now separate early

“As the Navy has grown over recent years, some enlisted ratings at specific paygrades have become overmanned due to high retention in these ratings,” #Navy’s Chief of Personnel Vice Adm. John B. Nowell Jr. said in November 2020. “Fleet readiness is our number one priority while also allowing for a flexible marketplace of talent management.”

#fra #thursday #navyhistory #sailors #fb

Sailors 36 months out from the end of their contractual obligations are now eligible to separate early.

05/05/2021

On the #May issue of #FRAtoday read about #MentalHealthAwareness, Chief Yeoman #Shipmate Cooperider's time in the #Navy and what your fellow #Shipmates have been up to. Just a click away:
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#fra #fb #military #navy #sailor #history #suicideprevention #veterans #wednesday #navyhistory #magazine

Congratulations to all new officers! #FRA
05/05/2021

Congratulations to all new officers!

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Four months from now, the last 2,500 #American #troops will have left #Afghanistan. The #British, #Australians, #Canadia...
05/04/2021
The Vietnam War’s Lessons Went Unlearned in Afghanistan

Four months from now, the last 2,500 #American #troops will have left #Afghanistan. The #British, #Australians, #Canadians and other allies will be in the same boat, figuratively if not literally, having also sacrificed blood and treasure in the 20-year struggle first, to remove Kabul’s Taliban government, thereafter to sustain its successor regimes. Why has President Joe Biden lost patience, the West essentially thrown up its hands in despair? We should recall a significant conversation, during the 2003 invasion of #Iraq.

“We want to be a benevolent and humble presence,” said U.S. Gen. David Petraeus, as U.S. troops forged through teeming crowds to enter Baghdad.

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-05-02/the-vietnam-war-s-lessons-went-unlearned-in-afghanistan?srnd=opinion-politics-and-policy&utm_medium=social&cmpid%3D=socialflow-twitter-view&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_content=view&utm_source=twitter

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To students of history, the West’s withdrawal from a 20-year conflict is a sadly familiar tale.

#Defense officials have denied veterans advocates permission to stage their annual #MemorialDay #motorcycle rally at the...
05/03/2021
Pentagon rejects plan to use its parking lots for annual Memorial Day motorcycle rally

#Defense officials have denied veterans advocates permission to stage their annual #MemorialDay #motorcycle rally at the #Pentagon parking lot, saying the crowd size poses a potential public health threat given the ongoing #coronavirus pandemic.

The decision will force up to 10,000 participants already planning on attending the event to set up somewhere else in #Washington for the weekend, complicating — but not outright cancelling — the annual tradition.

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Officials said the ongoing pandemic still poses too much of a risk for the large-scale gathering.

More than 450 #Marines' careers have been affected by a forcewide redesign that launched last year as the #Corps reorgan...
05/03/2021
As Tank Battalions Shut Down, Dozens of Marines Are Joining the Army

More than 450 #Marines' careers have been affected by a forcewide redesign that launched last year as the #Corps reorganizes to take on new threats, sending hundreds into new career fields, early #retirement, or even #Army tank units.

Commandant Gen. David Berger issued his first annual update to the forcewide redesign he announced in March 2020. The changes center around making the #MarineCorps lighter and more expeditionary to take on new threats from #sea and ashore.

#fra #veterans #military #servicemembers #troops #monday

69 Marines who were assigned to tank battalions have transferred to the Army, a spokeswoman said.

https://mobile.va.gov/app/va-video-connectNeed real-time access to your VA care team but don’t want to wait for an appoi...
05/02/2021

https://mobile.va.gov/app/va-video-connect

Need real-time access to your VA care team but don’t want to wait for an appointment? VA Video Connect allows you to quickly meet with your care teams in a few simple steps. https://mobile.va.gov/app/va-video-connect

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https://mobile.va.gov/app/va-video-connect

Need real-time access to your VA care team but don’t want to wait for an appointment? VA Video Connect allows you to quickly meet with your care teams in a few simple steps. https://mobile.va.gov/app/va-video-connect

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"FRA staff (ADLP Theo Lawson) among other organizations held a meeting with the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) to disc...
05/01/2021

"FRA staff (ADLP Theo Lawson) among other organizations held a meeting with the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) to discuss a range of issues concerning commissary benefits." Continue reading this and more on this week's edition of #NewsBytes!

https://www.fra.org/fra/Web/News___Publications/News_Bytes/Web/Content/NewsBytes.aspx?hkey=20e16051-03c8-43a2-89f1-bf3b24ad4a34

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"FRA staff (ADLP Theo Lawson) among other organizations held a meeting with the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) to discuss a range of issues concerning commissary benefits." Continue reading this and more on this week's edition of #NewsBytes!

https://www.fra.org/fra/Web/News___Publications/News_Bytes/Web/Content/NewsBytes.aspx?hkey=20e16051-03c8-43a2-89f1-bf3b24ad4a34

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#May is Asian-Pacific #American Heritage Month. #Asian-Pacific #Americans have fought in the #military since the #CivilW...
05/01/2021

#May is Asian-Pacific #American Heritage Month. #Asian-Pacific #Americans have fought in the #military since the #CivilWar. We honor their service. To read more, visit https://bit.ly/3e5L1BZ

(credit: VA)

#fra #veterans #servicemembers #AsianPacificAmericanHeritageMonth

#May is Asian-Pacific #American Heritage Month. #Asian-Pacific #Americans have fought in the #military since the #CivilWar. We honor their service. To read more, visit https://bit.ly/3e5L1BZ

(credit: VA)

#fra #veterans #servicemembers #AsianPacificAmericanHeritageMonth

Five years ago, #Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Burch became the first paralyzed service member to walk to his own promotion c...
05/01/2021
The VA Is Testing an Implant That Could Allow Paralyzed Veterans to Walk Again

Five years ago, #Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Burch became the first paralyzed service member to walk to his own promotion ceremony, wearing an exoskeleton that helped him walk and stand to receive his corporal chevrons.

Now medically retired, Burch, 26, hopes again to be a trailblazer -- the first Department of #Veterans Affairs patient to regain function in his lower body -- to include taking steps -- courtesy of an electrical implant in his spine that is designed to stimulate his body's sensorimotor networks.

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/04/25/va-testing-implant-could-allow-paralyzed-veterans-walk-again.html

#fra #military #hope #navy #marines #coastguard #breakthrough #friday #vets #servicemembers

A former Marine is the first at the VA to receive an implant that could help him regain some lower body function.

By law, the #Navy must have a 355-ship fleet but presently has just 296 ships, and its latest 30-year shipbuilding plan ...
04/30/2021
Navy will fall far below mandated 355 ships as China churns out war vessels

By law, the #Navy must have a 355-ship fleet but presently has just 296 ships, and its latest 30-year shipbuilding plan would not reach the requirement until 2031 to 2033 if it was funded fully. But that plan projects 4.1% budget increases each year. This year’s defense budget is flat (0% growth), making the benchmark to keep pace with China’s rapidly growing navy impossible, service officials and hawkish lawmakers warn.

“Competition on, under, and above the seas is intensifying,” Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday told members of the House Appropriations Committee in a hearing on the fiscal year 2022 Navy and #MarineCorps budget.

#fra #friday #headlines

Not since the Cold War era has the demand on Navy shipbuilding been so high, but the difference now is a flat defense budget and a decade of lost buying power, a top service official told lawmakers.

Congratulations to all the winners! And thank you #FRA Branch 222, Slidell, Louisiana for presentation. Our Lady of Lour...
04/28/2021

Congratulations to all the winners! And thank you #FRA Branch 222, Slidell, Louisiana for presentation. Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School:
Three OLL 7th Graders were recognized by the Fleet Reserve Association for their participation in an essay contest to promote the spirit of #Americanism and #patriotism among our country’s youth. Olivia received a #certificate and check for $25 for her 3rd Place finish, Caden received a certificate and check for $50 for his 2nd Place finish, and Victoria received two certificates and checks for $75 and $50 for her 1st Place finish at the local level and 3rd Place finish at the regional level. #Godisgood #knights 🏆 #fbrepost
#education #college #students #military #family #veterans #militaryfamily #wedsnesday #wedsnesdaymotivation #wednesdaywisdom #ig #insta

Fair winds and following seas Shipmate Alvin "Sonny" Arnold....
04/27/2021

Fair winds and following seas Shipmate Alvin "Sonny" Arnold....

Its with great sadness and heavy heart that we convey the passing of Alvin "Sonny" Arnold. Sonny was a long standing member of the branch and a dear friend to us all.

Sonny left us on April 18, 2021. He was born on June 16, 1946 to Alvin Arnold and Vivian Amason in Corpus Christi. After graduating from Williams Adams High School in Alice, he went on to proudly serve his country in the United States Navy (68-72). Sonny is survived by 3 children, 7 grandchildren, sister, partner of 30 years, additional family, and countless friends.

Internment will be at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery we will post more details as they are provided.

FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS SHIPMATE.

The CBO report assesses the latest #Navy shipbuilding plan, which was released by the Pentagon in December and aims to c...
04/27/2021
Navy shipbuilding plan would require ‘unprecedented’ funding levels, watchdog agency says

The CBO report assesses the latest #Navy shipbuilding plan, which was released by the Pentagon in December and aims to cover the future of the #fleet from 2022 to 2051.

CBO found that building a larger future fleet would involve budget appropriations that are nearly 50 percent higher than the average amount allocated to shipbuilding accounts in the past five years.

#fra #tuesday #navynews #miitary #veterans

The shipbuilding plan released in December would give the fleet more than 400 ships by 2051, at a cost of $1 trillion, and would require annual funding

Congratulations Shipmate!#fra
04/27/2021

Congratulations Shipmate!

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Congratulations to Russ Beaty, Committee Chair of Albemarle Troop 505, for being recognized by the Fleet Reserve Association. In recognition of his dedicated service to FRA Branch 293 and his positive contributions to youth activities in Scouting, he received the “Shipmate of the Year” award for 2019 -2020. Well done, Russ!

According to the VA, as many as 3.5 million post-9/11 #veterans suffered prolonged and pervasive exposure to #burnpits a...
04/26/2021
It’s time to solve the puzzle for veterans exposed to toxic hazards

According to the VA, as many as 3.5 million post-9/11 #veterans suffered prolonged and pervasive exposure to #burnpits and other #toxic chemicals they could not avoid. Now, thousands afflicted with rare and life-threatening cancers, autoimmune disorders, skin diseases, respiratory illnesses, and other conditions continue to struggle to access the basic health care and benefits they desperately need. To fully honor their #sacrifice, our country must acknowledge the devastating reality of toxic wounds and commit to treating them with the same urgency as we treat the physical and mental wounds of #war.

#fra #military #monday

Hope for veterans exposed to toxic exposures is on the horizon with multiple legislative solutions, say the authors of this commentary.

Shipmates from San Miguel Branch 367 commemorating Anzac Day, April 25, 2021. ANZAC forces landed on April 25 and secure...
04/26/2021

Shipmates from San Miguel Branch 367 commemorating Anzac Day, April 25, 2021.
ANZAC forces landed on April 25 and secured a beachhead at what came to be called ANZAC Cove, on the Aegean side of the peninsula. Despite additional landings by other #troops during the succeeding months, the #Allies could not capture the strait, and they suffered enormous losses from battle and disease. By December 1915 the Allied troops, including the ANZAC forces, had been withdrawn. Nonetheless, the #ANZAC troops earned a reputation for valiant fighting, and they then served with distinction in France and in the Middle East. Later, in 1917, the #Australian and the #NewZealand forces were separated, and ANZAC thus ceased to exist. (cc: Britannica)
#fra #shipmates #military #anzacday #history #marines #coastguard #navy #servicemembers #monday #news #sanmiguel

Shipmates, FEMA has a Funeral Expense Reimbursement Program that covers funeral expenses when a loved one’s death was re...
04/25/2021

Shipmates, FEMA has a Funeral Expense Reimbursement Program that covers funeral expenses when a loved one’s death was related to COVID-19. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit this FEMA website: https://bit.ly/3vhj2Fj

Shipmates, FEMA has a Funeral Expense Reimbursement Program that covers funeral expenses when a loved one’s death was related to COVID-19. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit this FEMA website: https://bit.ly/3vhj2Fj

#DYK your #military service can qualify for #college credit? Active-duty #servicemembers, #Veterans, and #Reservists can...
04/25/2021

#DYK your #military service can qualify for #college credit? Active-duty #servicemembers, #Veterans, and #Reservists can request transcripts from their branch of service to share with #schools. Schools decide how many credits they’ll accept:

https://www.va.gov/resources/how-do-i-get-college-credits-for-my-military-service/

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#DYK your #military service can qualify for #college credit? Active-duty #servicemembers, #Veterans, and #Reservists can request transcripts from their branch of service to share with #schools. Schools decide how many credits they’ll accept:

https://www.va.gov/resources/how-do-i-get-college-credits-for-my-military-service/

#fra #weekend #university #education #family #militaryfamily

During #WWII 52 United States #Navy #submarines and their crews were lost at #sea, never to be seen again. Of those 52, ...
04/24/2021
‘Still on Patrol’ WWII Lost Submarine, USS Grayback, Found Near Okinawa

During #WWII 52 United States #Navy #submarines and their crews were lost at #sea, never to be seen again. Of those 52, 47 are considered discoverable. The other 5 were either run aground or were destroyed in known locations.

One of those lost at sea seven decades ago now was the #USSGrayback.

On January 28, 1944 the USS Grayback left #PearlHarbor on its 10th combat mission.

https://blog.theveteranssite.greatergood.com/uss-grayback/?utm_source=vet-vetfan&utm_medium=social-fb&utm_content=link&utm_campaign=uss-grayback&utm_term=3077559&fbclid=IwAR0whulV9LsZtCKXo1AZNVw9gQJ4mztivu48Qii5WcjB_kUDdi_OSqOcvxc

#navy #fra #history

The USS Grayback's patrol continues, but they now know where that patrol is being conducted.

https://www.fra.org/fra/Web/News___Publications/News_Bytes/Web/Content/NewsBytes.aspx?hkey=20e16051-03c8-43a2-89f1-bf3b2...
04/24/2021

https://www.fra.org/fra/Web/News___Publications/News_Bytes/Web/Content/NewsBytes.aspx?hkey=20e16051-03c8-43a2-89f1-bf3b24ad4a34

"FRA-supported legislation to expand concurrent receipt has recently been introduced by Senator Jon Tester (Mont.) that extends concurrent receipt to Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments (CRDP) retirees (20 or more years of service) rated less than 50 percent disabled. The “Retired Pay Restoration Act” (S.1147) is similar to legislation (H.R.303) that was introduced by Rep. Gus Bilirakis (Fla.) with the same title." Read the latest headlines on this week's edition of NewsBytes!

#fra #saturday #military #news #weekend #veterans #servicemembers

https://www.fra.org/fra/Web/News___Publications/News_Bytes/Web/Content/NewsBytes.aspx?hkey=20e16051-03c8-43a2-89f1-bf3b24ad4a34

"FRA-supported legislation to expand concurrent receipt has recently been introduced by Senator Jon Tester (Mont.) that extends concurrent receipt to Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments (CRDP) retirees (20 or more years of service) rated less than 50 percent disabled. The “Retired Pay Restoration Act” (S.1147) is similar to legislation (H.R.303) that was introduced by Rep. Gus Bilirakis (Fla.) with the same title." Read the latest headlines on this week's edition of NewsBytes!

#fra #saturday #military #news #weekend #veterans #servicemembers

On #Friday, a pair of lawmakers reintroduced legislation to address that, eliminating the rules that call for surviving ...
04/23/2021
Advocates renew push to end the military’s remarriage penalty for spouses of fallen troops

On #Friday, a pair of lawmakers reintroduced legislation to address that, eliminating the rules that call for surviving spouses to lose access to Dependency and Indemnity Compensation checks, home loans, education #benefits and more if they remarry before age 55. Under current law, spouses who get married again after that age can retain their benefits eligibility.

#military #veterans #fra #news #headlines #wives #navy #coastguard #marines

Under current law, surviving spouses can lost access to a host of military benefits if they remarry before age 55 .

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