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Legislative

NGAT is the voice of the Texas Military Forces both in Washington and in Austin. We carefully monitor legislative activity and ensure that legislators are informed on key Texas National Guard issues.

Space National Guard

Support S. 3697 and H.R. 3048, the Space National Guard Establishment Act, to create the Space National Guard as the primary reserve component of the U.S. Space Force.

Stop the forcible removal of the Air National Guard into the Space Force

On March 15, 2024, Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall approved Legislative Proposal 480.  This proposal would give the Secretary the full authority to transfer Air National Guard Airmen and units performing space missions into the US Space Force without any approval of the governors that serve as the commander in chief of those Airmen.  The exact verbiage of the proposal states “Such transfer shall occur without regard to section 104 of title 32, United States Code, or section 18238 of title 10, United States Code.”  The two specific sections of law referenced are the code that has established the command structure of the National Guard that has existed for years.  This code clearly states the requirement to have a governor’s consent to an transfer of the National Guard force structure in their state.  By including this in the proposal, the Secretary has circumvented the legal authority that has been given to the states. 

Zero-Cost TRICARE and Dental

Support the Healthcare for Our Troops Act, H.R. 4221, and the Dental Care for Our Troops Act, S. 2046 / H.R. 4420.

TRICARE for Technicians: The Servicemember Healthcare Freedom Act

Healthcare for the Soldiers and Airmen of the National Guard has been a top priority for the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) for years now.  EANGUS has been one of the loudest, strongest voices for over a decade for equitable healthcare options for the National Guard; through the creation of Tricare Reserve Select (TRS) to the modern fight of Tricare For All.  In that time, a continued fight has existed to ensure that dual status Technicians and their families should be eligible to enroll in Tricare Reserve Select.  Enlistment into the military comes with job related benefits of service that are all designed to ensure we maintain the strongest, most capable fighting force in the world.  Dual status Technicians are one set of heroes that work continually behind the scenes to ensure the National Guard is “Always Ready, Always There”.  Without their support, daily military actions, maintenance, training, and readiness do not get accomplished.  These Guardsmen, however, remain unable to enroll in Tricare Reserve Select, despite enlisting into service as a benefit, due to a federal law related to Federal Employee Health Benefit (FEHB).  

EANGUS Call-to-Action, Reinstate Army National Guard SLRP

The Army National Guard has halted Student Loan Repayment. Due to “unforeseen funding issues,” The Army National Guard has ceased paying soldiers for student loan debt. The funding issue is currently isolated within the Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP). It’s unclear whether the service component has notified the more expansive force about the payment holdups. 

 

The Federal student loan repayment program permits agencies to repay federally insured student loans as a recruitment or retention incentive. The average student loan debt for a college graduate in the United States is $30,000. This can be a significant financial burden, especially for young servicemembers starting their careers.

The Army National Guard offers several student loan repayment programs to help servicemembers repay their debt. These programs can provide a significant amount of financial assistance, which can help servicemembers improve their financial security and achieve their financial goals.

Reject Federal Overreach

The Department of the Air Force has put forward a legislative proposal (LP 480) which seeks to forcibly transfer Air National Guard units performing space missions into the U.S. Space Force without consent of affected governors.

Fighter Recapitalization

Support S. 2307 and H.R. 3392, the Fighter Force Preservation and Recapitalization Act of 2023, to maintain the existing 25 ANG fighter squadrons with a minimum of 18 primary aircraft each.

Legislative Action Center

Write to Congress and make your voice be heard. Click Below on a link to complete a pre-filled form to send to your legislative representatives.

NGAUS Legislative Action Center

Since 1878, NGAUS has been one of the leading voices advocating for the men and women of the National Guard. The voice of NGAUS and the Guard is strong because of the participation of our Members and because Guardsmen live in every Congressional district in the U.S.

EANGUS Legislative Action Center

EANGUS is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting the status, welfare and professionalism of Enlisted members of the National Guard by supporting legislation that provides adequate staffing, pay, benefits, entitlements, equipment and installations for the National Guard.

State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI)

Group Term Insurance

This is a low-cost group term life insurance policy which provides coverage on the member, their spouse, and their dependent children. Starting at $3.66 a month for $10,000 policy.

 

Free $10,000 Life Insurance

NGAT is proud to offer you a benefit of a $10,000 life insurance policy. This policy is offered to new enlistees of the Texas National Guard. Enrollment needs to be completed within 90 days of your enlistment to take advantage of this offer.

 

Free $1,000 Life Insurance

All currently serving members of the Texas Army and Air National Guard are automatically covered with a FREE $1,000 NGAT Life Insurance policy.

 

Fed Protect

Low cost Group Level Term Life Insurance for current and former members of the Texas National Guard and Texas State Guard between the ages of 18-75 are eligible to apply with coverage continuing through age 121.

Want to join NGAT?

The National Guard Association of Texas (NGAT) appears before various state and national legislative committees to speak on behalf of the Soldiers and Airmen of the Texas Military Forces. This is why your membership is so important. The greater our membership numbers, the more influence NGAT can bring to the political decision-makers and continue the fight on top issues affecting you and your family. Join NGAT today and make a real difference in the fight for your benefits and your future as a member of the Texas Military Forces.