Monday, May 21, 2012

A Request for a Little Citizen Legislative Lobbying

Pepper forwarded this to me this afternoon -- he received it from MOAA, a retired Military Officers advocacy group:

Dear General Pepper,
In last Friday's legislative update, we advised you that Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have joined forces to introduce the bipartisan "Military Health Care Protection Act of 2012" (S. 3203).

This bill would acknowledge that career servicemembers and families pre-pay huge premiums of service and sacrifice, and limit increases in cash TRICARE fees in any year to the percentage increase in military retired pay.

With the Senate Armed Services Committee set to begin drafting its version of the FY2013 Defense Authorization Bill this week, your help is needed to build maximum Senate support for the Lautenberg-Rubio bill as quickly as possible.

Please act now to send your two senators a MOAA-suggested message urging them to cosponsor this important legislation and seek its inclusion in the defense bill.Take Action

If anyone gets a free minute or two, and if you're so inclined, we'd very much appreciate your calling S. 3203 to your senators' attention, relay your support, and ask that they sign on as co-sponsors.  You can click on the blue link above to go directly to a pre-fab email (you may draft your own message if you prefer).   

It couldn't hurt to remind those who represent us that this is a big election year, either.  And that not only do you vote, you also have a long memory.  And that you have a big, hungry dog who'd just love to visit the Senators in D.C..

On second thought, maybe you should leave out the part about the big dog.  But, keep it in the back of your mind!


  1. Done.

    The AFA sent a blurb out this week that said the House mark-up of the DoD budget removed the Tricare fee increase and cited the language used by Lautenberg-Rubio, i.e., a massive premium has already been pre-paid by every military retiree. I concur.

  2. Thanks, Buck, for all of us. And, it's good to hear that the Lautenberg-Ribio verbiage is catching on.