Fleet Reserve Association 
Mt. Rainier Branch 104

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FRA serves its active duty and reserve members by: 


Advocating for increased pay and enhanced benefits.


  • FRA works to secure annual pay increases that are at least .05 

     percent above the Employer Cost Index (ECI).

  • The Association supports targeted pay increases for midcareer 

     and senior enlisted personnel to close the “pay gap” that exists

     between military and private sector pay.     

  • FRA is working to increase PCS weight limits for enlisted personnel

     and is a strong advocate for the Families First program – a program

     that provides full-replacement coverage for household goods that are

     lost or damaged during PCS moves.


Improving health care options for active duty and reserve members and their families.


  • We work to assure access to health care services at Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs) and

     through civilian providers.

  • FRA strongly advocates legislation that expands TRICARE access for reservists and their

     families.

  • We are also working improve DoD post-deployment physicals and assure a seamless

     transition from DoD to VA health care systems.

  • Your go-to source for information and personal assistance with TRICARE concerns.

Providing academic scholarships for members, their spouses, children and grandchildren.

 

  • FRA sponsors a scholarship program that annually presents nearly $90,000 to deserving

     students across the nation.


Recognizing excellence among Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel.

 

  • FRA has been a sponsor of the Navy’s Sailor of the Year program since its inception in 1972.
  • During annual events, FRA pays tribute to the Marine Corps’ exceptional Marine Security

     Guards (MSGs), Drill Instructors (DIs), Security Instructors, School of Infantry Instructors, and

     Career Counselors.

  • Honor graduates of the Marine Corps’ Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy are

     recognized with FRA’s “Gung-Ho” Award and receive a K-Bar knife and plaque.

  • The Association also salutes the Coast Guard’s Honors Program recipients (formerly the

     Enlisted 

  • Persons of the Year or EPOY) during annual ceremonies that honor the service’s Active Duty,

     Reserve, Civilian and Non-Appropriated Funds Civilian Member of the Year.

  • FRA also proudly recognizes the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard’s outstanding

     Recruiters of the Year. 


Keeping shipmates informed on issues that affect them.


  • FRA believes an informed shipmate is a good citizen. 
  • News Bytes, FRA’s weekly e-mail update, provides the latest news about legislation and policy

     changes that impact shipmates’ quality of life.

  • Each edition of FRA’s quarterly newsletter, OnWatch, highlights a facet of military life important

     to active duty and reserve personnel.

  • FRA members receive Naval Affairs, our monthly membership magazine that showcases the

     Association’s legislative efforts, reports of FRA events, and profiles of shipmates who are

     making a difference in their communities. 


Keeps you connected with fellow and former shipmates. 


  • FRA shipmates gather at branch meetings around the country to participate in community

     service projects, promote patriotism in their local communities, and share the bonds of the

     Brotherhood of the Sea.

  • FRA’s annual national and regional conventions are prime opportunities for shipmates to share

     fun and fellowship. 

  • Members are encouraged to list their ship and organizational reunions in FRA’s monthly

     membership magazine, FRA Today, and on our website.

  • Looking for a shipmate you haven't seen in a while?  FRA members can post a “Looking for …”

     notice in FRA Today and on the website.





FRA serves its retired members by: 


Safeguarding retiree and survivor benefits


  •  FRA leads the fight for concurrent receipt of military  retired pay and VA disability

      compensation. Success has been realized for the most severely disabled retirees, but the

      Association will continue fighting until concurrent receipt is a reality for all disabled military

      retirees. 

  •  In 2008, retirees who have paid Survivor Benefit Program (SBP) premiums for 30 years and

      have reached the age of 70 will no longer pay SBP premiums.  FRA believes retirees who

      currently meet these requirements should be exempt from further payments and is working to

      advance the enactment date. 

  •  FRA drafted legislation that would allow retiring service members to receive a Dislocation 

      Allowance (DLA) when they leave active service. 

  •  FRA also authored a bill authorizing the designated survivor to retain the full final month’s

      retired pay for any month in which the retiree lived for at least 24 hours.  (Current law forces

      survivors to repay a prorated amount for the days following the retiree’s death. 

  •  The Association is an outspoken advocate for reform of the Uniformed Services Former

      Spouses Protection Act (USFSPA) to make the measure more equitable for military retiree.

  •  FRA also supports adequate funding for the operation of the Armed Forces Retirement

      Home’s two facilities so that adequate care can be provided for the resident


Protecting DoD and VA health care benefits for retirees of all ages.


  • One of FRA’s highest priorities is to ensure that DoD health care programs are fully funded. 
  • FRA seeks to improve health care access for military retirees who are under age 65,

     particularly those who do not live near Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs).

  • The Association is working to improve the sharing of DoD and VA health care resources and

     improve retirees’ access to VA health care services.

  • FRA fights continuing efforts by the VA to impose enrollment fees and increase copays for

     prescription medications.


Keeping shipmates informed on issues that affect them.


  • FRA believes an informed shipmate is a good citizen. 
  • News Bytes, FRA’s weekly e-mail update, provides the latest news about legislation and policy

     changes that impact shipmates’ quality of life.

  • FRA members receive FRA Today, our monthly membership magazine that showcases the

     Association’s legislative efforts, reports of FRA events, and profiles of shipmates who are

     making a difference in their communities.


Keeping you connected with fellow and former shipmates.  


  • FRA shipmates gather at branch meetings around the country to participate in community

     service projects, promote patriotism in their local communities, and share the bonds of the

     Brotherhood of the Sea.

  • FRA’s annual national and regional conventions are prime opportunities for shipmates to share

     fun and fellowship. 

  • Members are encouraged to list their ship and organizational reunions in FRA’s monthly

     membership magazine,FRA Today, and on our website.

  • Looking for a long lost shipmate?  FRA members can post a “Looking for …” notice in FRA

     Today and on the website.


Providing academic scholarships for members, their spouses, children and grandchildren.

  • FRA sponsors a scholarship program that annually presents over $100,000 to deserving

     students across the nation.