Bill Extends Early Retirement to Thousands

NGAUS Washington Report

(Aug. 13, 2013) More than 600,000 members of the National Guard and the Reserves would benefit from a bill introduced by Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., and supported strongly by NGAUS.

The National Guardsmen and Reservists Parity for Patriots Act, or H.R. 2907, would provide early retirement pay to qualifying members who served between Sept. 11, 2001, and Jan. 28, 2008. This would repair a flaw in a law passed in 2008 that offers retirement pay to a reserve-component member three months prior to age 60 for each aggregate of 90 days of service spent on Title 10 status to support a contingency operation or while responding to a national emergency on Title 32 status.

The law applies only to service after Jan. 28, 2008, the date the National Defense Authorization Act which included the law was passed.

“Whether these brave men and women were putting their lives on the line during heavy combat in Iraq and Afghanistan or tending to devastating natural disasters at home like Hurricane Katrina,” Wilson said, “each of our Guard and Reserve members deserves to receive appropriate recognition for their active-duty service.”