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Legislative Gains for 2012

Active Duty, Guard and Reserve Issues
Won 1.6% military pay raise to match private sector pay growth.
Won requirement for DoD to prescribe dwell time requirements and track compliance.
Won prohibition of administrative separation for medical conditions previously cleared by
physical evaluation board.
Won extension of voluntary separation pay authority through 2018.
Won skills/transition training for servicemembers approaching separation date.
Improved reemployment rights protection for National Guard members.
Won requirement for DoD report on potential expansion of Homeowner Assistance Program.
Won transition services upgrades for separating service members.

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Health Care
Blocked 27% cut in Medicare and TRICARE payments.
Won provision limiting percentage increases in TRICARE Prime fees to COLA percentage.
Won requirement for person-to-person pre- and post-deployment mental health assessments.
Upgraded transitional health benefits for separating members and families.
Won provisions aimed at reducing stigma associated with mental health evaluations.
Won new authority for DoD to enter public-private partnerships to treat wounded warriors.

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Retirement and Survivor Issues
Authorized voluntary retirement incentive for members with 20+ years.
Authorized Temporary Early Retirement Authority for members with 15-19 years.
Expanded death gratuity protections for Reserve members on inactive duty training.
Required GAO review of space-available travel options for current ineligible retirees/survivors.
Won requirement for DoD report on expedited process for disability determinations.
Won requirement for DoD report on consolidating service disability evaluation systems.

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Veterans and Other Issues
Won requirement for DoD report on education programs for members and spouses.
Won requirement for GAO report on programs to promote military spouse employment.
Won extension of employer tax incentives for hiring unemployed veterans.
Re-opened educational/training benefits for older unemployed veterans.

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