Legion reaffirms position on TRICARE

Legion reaffirms position on TRICARE

In a recent White House meeting with President Barack Obama, American Legion’s National Commander Fang A. Wong reiterated the organization’s strong opposition to proposed increases in TRICARE insurance premiums. TRICARE is the health care program serving active duty servicemembers, military retirees and their families.

The unwavering position of the nation’s largest veterans service organization, as delineated in Resolution 24 adopted by The Amercain Legion’s National Executive Committee last May, was communicated to the president by Commander Wong. The Legion resolution reads, in part:

"That The American Legion shall prevail upon this administration and the Department of Defense (DoD) to reconsider any proposals to implement any increases in military retirees’ Tricare enrollment fees, deductibles, or premiums and… The American Legion resists increases in TRICARE premiums to retirees and adamantly opposes any proposal that will significantly and negatively impact quality of life benefits for honorable military service."

Read the complete resolution on proposed TRICARE fee increases here.

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js2486836

March 11, 2012 - 6:08pm

I agree, we have a congress and, especially a president, who care more for votes than those of us who gave "some of our life" and many others "who gave their entire life" for this country. It seems that if you never served, you deserve to be given everything. If you fought and sacrificed, you pay the bills. We have a congress willing to take for their own gain. Case in point, I was receiving a 10% disability for my hearing. I also am retired from the Air Force. Beginning this new year I saw a four dollar increase in my disability. However there was a reduction in my Air Force retirement. It was reduced by the amount of my disability. Contacting dfas, I was told that congress has a law that says people cannot collect from two agencies at the same time. So therefore I am paying for my own retirement. I lost $123.00 a month. Yet the rank and file of the House and Senate make $174,000.00. plus a COLA every year. This does not take into account all the other PERKS,ie housing, transportation etc. These same leaches work on average two to three days per week. That is from 104 days to 156 days per tear. And I cannot get $123.00 a month.

SmithFamilyLoft

March 8, 2012 - 11:20pm

So glad that the good Commander decided that a "clarification" was necessary. Had he not been so wishy washy in the first place, stating that increases would be OK if there was some kind of tie in to COLA increases, then I don't think a "clarification" would have been needed. It is pretty obvious to me that this President is not concerned with the needs or concerns of veterens. I am not surprized that we were given some lip service, and a great photo opportunity, after all it is an election year. And he wants us to once again vote for "Hope and Change". Let me clarify it this way, after the election vets won't be of any use anymore if President Obama is reelected. Retired vets, start looking for a job cause you are going to need it to pay for your health care, despite the reassurances that are being offered.

Chippysgt

March 8, 2012 - 4:30pm

I am glad Commander Wong clarified the Legion position. I did not bad mouth him but I was a little upset when it seemed that the Legion was saying, increases in Tricare are okay if they are tied to COLA increases. This, of course, would be a travesty. I gave a report at our Legion meeting last night and urged every member to contact our members of congress and tell them that they must vote against any increases in Tricare and especially against any charge for Tricare for Life. Some may remember that Tricare for Life was given to Medicare eligible military retirees in answer to the broken promise of free lifetime medical care. It was a long and hard battle but we won and now, 10 years later they want retirees to pay for it. Boooooo. Finally, will some proof reader give me 50 push-ups for misspelling American in the 2nd paragraph!!!!

signman

March 5, 2012 - 7:07pm

It has all been said and said again. Now, my brothers and sisters of the legion, the answer lies with us. THE ANSWER IS TO REMEMBER WHEN YOU GO TO THE ELECTION POLLS.

Robert.Browne

March 5, 2012 - 1:23pm

I think this is preposterous and a disgrace not only to those currently serving but also all the men and women who have sacrificed so much. To serve your country for 20 years or more is no small feat and most like me made that sacrifice for the benefit of having their healthcare costs provided. We earned this right they are not given to us. Most enlisted retirees are not going to be able to pay TRICARE premiums at a 300% increase up to over 2000 dollars annually. We need to fight this tooth and nail. I am disgraced with a vast majority of the Military Senior Leadership throwing us under the bus. I understand cutting the Defense budget but how dare you do this at the expense of our fighting men and women.

discltd

March 4, 2012 - 3:49pm

Setup was easy

Siegfried

March 4, 2012 - 12:31pm

Once again the miltary bears the brunt of government budget cuts. When I entered the military there was free health care fo life. Then came Tricare. The current fees are fine for my fixed household budget. But, an increase would deprive me of my basic needs.

Flashflood

March 4, 2012 - 12:24pm

These benefits were promised to all of us if we retired. Now it appears the active duty military and military retiress are being thrown under the bus by our nation's leaders, before any other cuts are made. What about starting with cuts in Congress and the Executive Branch first?

signman

March 3, 2012 - 6:04pm

It is my earnest hope that Commander Wong and the staff of the American Legion will take a strong position in favor in opposition of the Obama approach to TRICARE increases, or call it Obamacare, or whatever, and support the veterans and members of the American Legion. I have provided you with a transcript of his (Obama) approach to having the wounded veterans "PAY FOR THEIR OWN MILITARY INJURIES" This is an early-on indication of his alianation towards the military. As he said, "after all they are a volunteer group." What does that tell you? That position was denounced and supported by the American Legion and a number of other affiliates at that time, and should be once again today! I have read recent comments from other members to the effect that they are very concerned with Commander Wong's condecending meeting with Obama in the Oval office. Let us band together and show our strength NOW and UNITE in brotherhood in opposition!

signman

March 2, 2012 - 7:09pm

I am responding to a recent inquiry addressed to "signalman." This addressed the matter of our Commander In Chief stating the following: March 10, 2009 @ 7:32pm, filed under US Military, Barack OBama. Aunt Agatha. Quote: "Let me get this straight: Our government will pay for your house, if you get in over your head, but if you are in the military, serving, and you get injured, then you pay for for it yourself?" WASHINGTON (CNN)-Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki confirmed Tuesday that the OBama administratiion is considering a plan to make veterans pay for treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance, but was told by lawmakers it would be "dead on arrival" if sent to Congress. Washington Senator Patty Murray used blunt terminology, telling Shinseki that the idea wuld not be acceptable and would be rejected if formally proposed. She made the remarks during a Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs hearing about the 2010 budget. No official proposal to create such a program has been announced publicly, but veterans groups wrote a pre-emptive letter lastweek to President OBama opposing the idea after hearing the plan was under consideration. The groups also noticed an increase in "third-party collections" estimated in the 2010 budget proposal--something they said could only be achieved if the VA started billing for service-related injuries. Asked about the proposal, Shinseki said it was under "consideration." "A final decision hasn't been made yet," he said. A second senator, North Carolina Republican Richard Burr, said he agreed that the idea should not go forward. "I think you will give that us" as a revunue stream, if it is included in this April's budget, Burr said. Senator Murray sai she's already discussed her concerns with the secretary the previous week. "I believe that veterans with service-connected injuries have already paid by putting their lives on the line," Murray said in he remarks. "I don't think we should nickel and dime them for their care." Eleven of the most prominent veterans organizations have been lobbying Congress to oppose the idea. In the letter sent last week to President Barack OBama, the veterans groups warned that the idea "is wholly unacceptable and a total abrogation of our government's moral and legal responsibility to the men and women who have sacrificed so much." THESE GROUPS INCLUDED THE AMERICAN LEGION, DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS, MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART HEART, VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS OF THE UNITED STATES AND IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN VETERANS OF AMERICA.

John La Rochelle

March 2, 2012 - 3:17pm

Now that Commander Wong has clarified the American Legion's position on TRICARE fees, where are the apologies from those that bad mouthed and insulted him? Commander Wong, please keep up the good work despite all the negativity. Full speed ahead.

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