The National Military Family Association is invited to present testimony before a variety of groups and agencies on a regular basis. While our testimony has been primarily prepared for Senate and House committees and subcommittees, in recent years we have also prepared statements for state legislatures and special commissions appointed by the President.
The testimony process starts several months beforehand when we research as an Association what issues are impacting uniformed service families. What issues were not resolved the year before? What are we hearing from families, our Representatives and Volunteers, and from other agencies that work with families? We develop one comprehensive document and our subject matter experts in our Government Relations department develop sections pertaining to their issues. We include meaningful stories we hear from families about these issues.
We also contribute to the testimony developed by The Military Coalition (TMC), an umbrella group of 34 military and veteran focused organizations that work together to improve the quality of life and personnel issues for service members, retirees, veterans, the wounded, ill and injured, their families and survivors. We are often invited to testify as part of a panel of TMC members. That testimony can be found at www.themilitarycoalition.org.
January 28, 2014
The National Military Family Association thanks you for the opportunity to present this statement regarding recent changes to the U.S. military retirement system. Our Association strenuously opposes the provisions in the Bipartisan Budget Act capping the Cost of Living Allowances (COLAs) for military retirees under age 62. While it may be necessary to find savings in this time of fiscal austerity, it is unconscionable to balance the budget on the backs of those who have already sacrificed so much. We appreciate that Congress has acted to repeal this provision for medically retired service members and surviving family members who receive survivor benefit plan annuity payments. We ask you to act to restore COLA for all military retirees. (More)
November 20, 2013
Testimony submitted for the record to the House Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Military Personnel regarding Military Resale Programs. The National Military Family Association has been a consistent advocate for the military resale system, through the commissary and exchanges for military families and retirees. The resale system is a vital part of the compensation package for service members and retirees and is valued by them, their families, and survivors. (More)
November 4, 2013
Testimony submitted for the record to the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission regarding compensation and quality of life needs of military families. Our Association's highest priority is to fight to ensure family support programs and resources are authorized, funded, and implemented at the level needed to maintain the readiness of service members and their families, and allow them to meet the challenges of the military life style. (More)
April 18, 2013
Testimony submitted for the record to the House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. This testimony focuses on funding needs for quality of life programs to support military families, including concerns about the impact of sequestration and needed support for families of the wounded and caregivers. (More)
April 17, 2013
Testimony submitted for the record to the Senate Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Military Personnel concerning the quality of life of military families - the Nation's families. (More)
To access the complete list of testimonies, click here.
Until military families are relieved of the weight of war, we hope you will continue to contribute to their wellbeing.
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