The News Tribune — Military says survivor benefits plan 'compares well.' Widows hit by offset not so sure * May 3, 2018
Kelly Hruska, who monitors survivor issues for the National Military Family Association and The Military Coalition, an umbrella group of military associations and veteran organizations, said “we had the problem at the beginning of the year with certain members of Congress saying SBP-DIC was solved.” When the coalition continued to list ending the SBP-DIC offset as a legislative priority, Hruska said, “I had several (Capitol Hill) staffers say to me ‘Why do you have that on there? It’s a problem solved.’ “I said, ‘The offset has not been eliminated. Why do you think it has?’ “In every case they pointed to SSIA,” Hruska recalled.
CISION — National Military Family Association Event Highlights Issues Impacting Military Health Care * April 22, 2018
"I believe that if we are trying to make change happen, we need to get a little uncomfortable. How else would we know if we are making it happen?" said Vice Admiral Bono as she outlined some of the many inefficiencies in military health care she’s working to address.
Associations Now — New Campaign Highlights Education Challenges Caused by Military Family Moves * April 16, 2018
“Military children sacrifice in extraordinary ways because of their parent’s service to our nation,” Raezer explained. “Their education should not be a battle, and it should not be collateral damage in the fight for more consistent education standards. We are hopeful the Education Revolution campaign will show parents that their child’s education is a battle they can win—and we’re on their side to help them with each victory.”
Military.com — Recent Education Benefit Changes Explained * March 12, 2018
The Department of Veteran Affairs and the National Military Family Association (NMFA) recently hosted the #ExploreVA Facebook Live event on VA education benefit changes. Robert M. Worley II, VA’s director of Education Service, and Besa Pinchotti, communications director for NMFA, discussed these recent changes and how they may affect Veterans, servicemembers and their family members looking to further their education.
NavyTimes — Trump administration offers support, but no road map, for military school choice * March 1, 2018
“How do you decide which of those half million kids school-aged kids in active-duty families get the [education savings account]?” asked Eileen Huck, deputy director of government relations for the National Military Family Association. “How do you divide it up in a meaningful way? Who’s going to run that program? We’re just left with a lot of questions.”
Military.com — Schools, Spouse Licensure Will Impact Future Basing: Pentagon * February 26, 2018
A military family advocate with the National Military Family Association (NMFA), which has worked on both the education compact and spouse licensure issues, said she is pleased to see both of these issues getting the attention of the service secretaries. "I thought it was great that they raised these specific issues as important to military families' qualify of life," said Eileen Huck, a deputy director of government relations for the organization. "I hope that states take this to heart. If you want your community to be appealing to military families, these are issues that you need to look at."
Military.com — Schools, Spouse Licensure Will Impact Future Basing: Pentagon * February 26, 2018
"I thought it was great that they raised these specific issues as important to military families' qualify of life," said Eileen Huck, a deputy director of government relations for the organization. "I hope that states take this to heart. If you want your community to be appealing to military families, these are issues that you need to look at."
Military.com — Tricare Users Won't Be Able to Switch Plans During Pregnancy * February 21, 2018
For example, said Karen Ruedisueli, a government relations deputy director at the National Military Family Association (NMFA), if a woman on Tricare Prime doesn't want to use a military hospital provider for care, she may have no fully covered recourse. But a woman locked into a specific a commercial system could likely still pick a different doctor even within her same coverage plan. "For this particular type of care, you should be able to say, 'I want my care somewhere else,' " she said. "I'm not aware of another commercial plan where if you're unhappy with care or the hospital where you are, you are stuck."
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel — USS Milwaukee-tribute Harley-Davidson up for auction in Las Vegas * January 25, 2018
"We try to take care of the family so the service member can concentrate on their mission," said Jennifer Pusatere, the association's development director. It’s the first time the association has been part of a motorcycle auction. “We don’t do a lot of events. That’s why we are so grateful to have Lockheed and Mecum help facilitate this,” Pusatere said.
The Washington Times — Military families cautiously optimistic end of government shutdown in sight * January 22, 2018
The prospect of another shutdown in February, however, still looms, according to Kelly Hruska[cq], the director of government relations with the National Military Family Association. “It’s great news,” Hruska said of the reported deal. “Now we just have to hope they get something done by the 8th so we don’t have to go through all of this again.”
The Gazette — Senate panel advances $3.4 billion plan to dramatically expand benefits for veterans' caregivers * December 1, 2017
“After 9/11, the wounds were fresh and there were many caregivers who were losing their jobs to care for their spouses — so there was a lot of momentum,” Raezer said. “We always wanted to keep the door open to find a way to expand this. Everyone agrees it should be done. It’s just finding the money.”
KTLA 5 — Taking Time to Think About, Thank Our Troops This Thanksgiving * November 23, 2017
“As far as our military families are concerned, we are still a nation at war,” Raezer says. “It has been a long war, people are tired, and what military families need from all Americans are support in the workplace of military spouses, support in schools where military kids go to school, support for our recently transitioned military families and just an awareness that our military is still a very busy military facing very dangerous situations.”
Sys-ConMedia.com — Military.com's Transition App Will Expand with Additional Information and Resources for Military Spouses and Veterans with Disabilities * November 8, 2017
The National Military Family Association is an advisor and partner in developing the additional content and in helping to identify what spouses needed to see in the expanded App. “Planning is key, and the app helps transitioning troops and their families check the boxes to ensure they are financially and professionally ready to move to the civilian world," said Joyce Raezer, Executive Director of the National Military Family Association.
Buzzfeed — Dead Soldiers’ Families Are Being Forgotten In Political Controversy, Gold Star Families Say * October 18, 2017
Advocates expressed weariness at yet another dead soldier’s family being drawn into a political fight, and said they refused to be drawn into the increasingly heated debate. “We shouldn’t focus on a ‘he said, she said’ kind of thing, but on how we can help the family instead of creating more pain for them,” Kelly Hruska, the director of government relations for the National Military Family Association, told BuzzFeed News.
Stars and Stripes — Tricare reform rules fire a curveball over Jan. 1 fee levels * October 5, 2017
The new method of calculating appointment fees for Select produced surprising results: higher co-pays for the grandfathered group of current Tricare users than for the non-grandfathered group of new entrants. That “came as a shock,” said Joyce Wessel Raezer, executive director of the National Military Family Association.
Teen Kid News — What usual challenges do military children face? * September 29, 2017
NMFA has created several programs, not only to assist families in the military, but also to provide resources for civilian members of the community who are needed to ensure these families are able to acclimate. “Finding Common Ground: A Toolkit for Communities Supporting Military Families,” is a publication featured on their website that outlines several solutions civilians can take to lend a hand.
Military.com — Many Tricare Users Will Face Higher Out Of Pocket Costs In 2018 * September 28, 2017
"By doing this cost share to co-pay conversion for the grandfathered group, they have made it more complicated, and walked away from the idea that your plan will remain same," said Karen Ruedisueli, a deputy director of government relations for the National Military Family Association (NMFA). "The fact is, some people will be paying more, which I think is against the whole concept of grandfathering."
Military.com — Commissary Won't Release Food Stamp Info Sold to Firms, Attorney Says * August 17, 2017
If the customer demographic data is sold, it is done so without customers' knowledge, according to watchdogs familiar with the issue. Customers don't have the opportunity to opt in -- or out -- of such a program, since scanning the ID card is required to shop. "I think the department owes it to families to be transparent and open about this practice and give families a chance to opt out if they so choose," said Eileen Huck, a government relations official with the National Military Family Association.
Plunderbund.com — Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill From Sherrod Brown To Improve Veterans Appeals Process * August 2, 2017
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced Senate passage of new legislation Brown co-sponsored to help speed up the appeals process for veterans seeking assistance from the Veterans Administration (VA). The bill, supported NMFA and others, will now go to the House for approval and then to President Trump to be signed into law.
Navy Times — Tricare expands mental health, substance abuse, opioid treatment options * July 21, 2017
“We are hopeful the new regulations will increase the number of Tricare providers and give families more options for military kids who need inpatient behavioral health treatment,” said Karen Ruedisueli, deputy director of government relations for the National Military Family Association.