Lawmakers use town hall meetings and district office hours to receive instant feedback on issues important to constituents. NGAUS encourages members to bring up the issues facing the National Guard. Let your members of Congress know what concerns Guard members.
Here are some helpful hints:
1. Go early and connect with staff. They have the potential of becoming advocates for your cause.
2. Bring talking points, leave-behind informational documents. They are more helpful to your position then the Member and staff just taking notes.
3. Bring a friend, or more. Having four or five constituents articulating the same position in one setting can have a strong impact.
4. Be polite. The way to win friends and influence people is not to hit them with a verbal hammer, but to state your case concisely and politely.
Local town hall meetings and pre-scheduled offices hours to meet with your Senator or Member may occur when the House and Senate are in recess. The time periods for 2015 are listed below:
February 16-20, 2015 (House and Senate in recess)
March 9-13, 2015 (House in recess)
March 30-April 10, 2015 (House and Senate in recess)
May 4-11, 2015 (House in recess)
May 25-29, 2015 (House and Senate in recess)
June 29-July 6, 2015 (House and Senate in recess)
July 31-August 7, 2015 (House in recess)
August 8-September 7, 2015 (Summer recess)
September 21-25, 2015 (House in recess)
October 12-16, 2015 (House and Senate in recess)
November 6-13, 2015 (House in recess)
December 21- 31, 2015 (House and Senate in recess)
Please contact your Member or Senator directly to attend or schedule!