More on National Guard
WASHINGTON, DC - Late last night, legislation advanced to provide military retirement credit to National Guard soldiers for their service in disaster zones after 9/11. The provision was included in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 (H.R. 1815), which passed the House of Representatives late last night.
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Peter King (R-NY) sought a Congressional hearing on legislation that would to ensure that all National Guard soldiers who responded to counties declared disaster areas after the terrorist attacks will receive federal military retirement credit for that service to the country.
WASHINGTON, DC - Several hundred soldiers from the New York Army National Guard who responded to the World Trade Center site after the September 11th terrorist attacks are not receiving the military retirement benefits they deserve. Many of the soldiers who guarded Ground Zero after the attacks were not officially put on federal active duty; as a result, they did not receive federal military retirement credit for their more than 300 days of service. Other soldiers from the same unit were activated under federal duty to help secure the U.S. Military Academy, and have received the appropriate retirement credit. Clearly, all National Guard troops who served during this unprecedented national emergency deserve equal status.