For Immediate Release
October 12, 2009
AFA Urges TRICARE Protection
Arlington, VA – In a letter to Congress, the Air Force Association (AFA) today urged protection of TRICARE programs for veterans regardless of the outcome of the health care debate on Capitol Hill.
Writing on behalf of 125,000 members of AFA, a nonprofit support and education organization, AFA President Mike Dunn welcomed a recent commitment from the chairs of three House committees to protect veterans in any major health legislation. Dunn urged that Congress provide the same commitment to recipients of TRICARE for Life.
“We now ask that you consider the unique situation of our retired military personnel, and give equal diligence and treatment to their special circumstances,” Dunn said.
Calling TRICARE for Life a “program intended to fulfill a sacred promise to care for those who sacrificed for us in defense of our freedoms,” AFA urged that Congress ensure that new legislation will not override the intent of this vital program.
“TRICARE for Life was created with one goal in mind – to ensure that military retirees and their families are properly cared for by a grateful nation by serving as a true second (or third) payer to Medicare on behalf of a nation grateful for their service,” the letter states. “We hope that you will continue to honor Congressional intent by promoting TRICARE for Life as a true backstop to Medicare for our military retirees.”
For the entire letter, click here.
The AFA is a 501(C)(3), nonprofit organization promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. AFA has more than 200 chapters nationally and internationally representing 125,000 members. Visit AFA www.AFA.org.
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