Media Mentions

Daily Press — Veteran groups divide over tighter transfer rules for GI Bill  * August 10, 2018 

Eileen Huck, deputy director of government relations for National Military Family Association, called the policy change “unfortunate” and added that “many service members and families are understandably upset.” “However,” she said, “the reality is GI Bill transferability has always been a retention tool rather than a benefit, although that distinction was not always clearly communicated to families.” 



MilitaryTimes — Moving this summer? Here’s why you could face delays, no matter where you’re going  * July 27, 2018 

"We’ve had complaints from people that they’re shocked at how long it’s taking to get their household goods picked up, and we’re hearing lots of complaints about packers, because they’re not able to find people to do the packing, so that’s raising a whole host of issues,” Hruska said. 



MilitaryTimes — DoD to bar GI Bill transfer for long-serving troops  * July 13, 2018 

ileen Huck, deputy director of government relations for the National Military Family Association, said the organization is appreciative that DoD is giving a year’s advance notice of the policy change and recommends that service members who think they may want to transfer the benefit take advantage of the lead time. 



The News Tribune — Conferees urged to reject Senate-passed TRICARE fee hikes  * July 12, 2018 

The association still sees grandfathering as “a bad idea,” said Karen Ruedisueli, deputy director for government relations. “But simply eliminating it is not the solution,” she said. “The fee increases imposed on new entrants are excessive, particularly when you think about the cumulative impact of higher visit co-pays, pharmacy co-pays, retiree enrollment fees and the new non-network deductible. 



MilitaryTimes — Commissary savings dip slightly. Did your region buck the trend?  * June 19, 2018 

Eileen Huck, government relations deputy director of the National Military Family Association, said the drop in savings was “surprising, given the rollout of private label, which was supposed to provide an increase in savings. What does this mean in terms of what they’re doing to the prices of [national] brand items?” 



MilitaryTimes — Here’s why some military retirees could see major hikes in Tricare fees  * June 13, 2018 

But this provision doesn’t fix the overall problems with the new, higher co-pays introduced in January, said Karen Ruedisueli, government relations deputy director for the National Military Family Association. Instead, it “just increases overall out-of-pocket costs by hiking up retiree enrollment fees and the catastrophic cap while creating a new non-network deductible ― cost increases we’ve always opposed since Congress mandated them for new entrants and their families.” 



Speedway Digest — Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation Reinforces Commitment to Military Families with Another Donation to NMFA  * May 27, 2018 

"Our military families make sacrifices every day that often go unnoticed. And when a service member is injured or suffers invisible wounds, that sacrifice takes an even bigger toll" said NMFA Executive Director, Joyce Raezer. 



MilitaryTimes — This new Navy rule means more flexibility for families on the move  * May 10, 2018 

“It’s great the Navy is giving families more flexibility to schedule the move when the timing is good for them,” said Eileen Huck, government relations deputy director for the National Military Family Association. “Especially for older kids, moving in the middle of the school year is disruptive. 



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.” 



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