From FRA press release:
The Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) has launched an online survey for active duty and Reserve enlisted personnel in the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, to determine the quality of family readiness in the sea services. The survey can be found on the home page of FRA’s quarterly OnWatch publication, www.fra.org/onwatch [or directly here].
“Family readiness is a top priority for FRA and military personnel, and their families need to be completely familiar with resources available to them,” said FRA’s National Executive Secretary Joe Barnes. “Family readiness is even more important during frequent deployments which can take a toll on service members and they must have the best support possible.”
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In the survey, FRA asks for input on family readiness issues including health care benefits, financial readiness and the education available regarding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The questions range from “Have you ever been briefed on high interest, short-term payday loans”, to “How do you rate your awareness of health care benefit options and counseling?” The Association’s number one legislative priority is health care, working to keep TRICARE costs down and ensuring there is adequate access to care. FRA also led the fight against high interest, short-term “payday loans,” which set up facilities near military bases, preying on service members with promises of “instant cash.” Lastly, the Association strongly supports wounded warrior legislation and funding for PTSD.
FRA’s survey results are used in a number of ways. The Association’s legislative team takes the results and shares them with Congress, whether directly referenced in testimony, or in tailoring their legislative agenda. The editorial team also shares the data with the senior enlisted leaders of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The E-10’s offer their input in interviews for OnWatch online. Visit www.fra.org/onwatch to read the current article and results from the previous online survey.
FRA is a congressionally chartered, non-profit organization representing the interests of current and former enlisted members of the Sea Service community, including the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. In addition to its advocacy work on Capitol Hill in support of enlisted personnel, FRA aids its members with career issues by maintaining close relationships with government agencies and by educating lawmakers about the challenges facing those who serve in the armed forces. The Association also awards scholarships totaling nearly $100,000 annually, sponsors a national essay contest, and assists its members with disaster relief grants.