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.
May 6, 2014
On May 6, we submitted testimony for the record for the Senate Armed Services Committee's (SASC) Military Compensation hearing. This testimony focuses on our recommendations for military compensation, asking Congress to wait for the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission's (MCRMC) report. The MCRMC evaluation includes compensation, health care, Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), and commissaries. We also address the harmful impact of sequestration. (More)
April 9, 2014
On April 9th, we submitted testimony for the record for the Personnel Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC). This testimony is similar to the statement we submitted to the Senate Armed Services Committee. We want to ensure both chambers of Congress hear military families voices. We address the FY15 budget challenges, draw downs, and much more in our statement. (More)
March 26, 2014
On Wednesday, March 26 we will testify before the Personnel Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) as part of a panel with our colleagues from The Military Coalition (TMC). Kathleen Moakler, Government Relations Director, will represent the Association. Her prepared remarks will focus on enhancing family programs, protecting the commissary benefit, and disparities in survivor benefits. However, our full testimony for the record includes so much more – 30+ pages of detailed information outlining the support military families need as we draw down. (More)
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)
To access the complete list of testimonies in 2013 and 2014, click here.
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