NGAUS Legislative Alert #12-5
March 20, 2012
The Issue: Restoring promised PDMRA leave to our deployed Soldiers
Immediate Action Required: Contact your Senators and representatives and ask them to
support S.2121 , introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and H.R. 4045 introduced
by Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), that would restore the PDMRA leave promised to our
members with deployments overlapping Oct. 1, 2011, when the Defense Department
changed the policy to reduce their leave under the PDMRA program.
NGAUS needs you to urge your Senators and representatives to support the companion bills S.
2121, introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and H.R. 4045, introduced by Rep. John
National Guard members who have been serving as an operational force in Kuwait, Iraq and
Afghanistan are often deployed in excess of the rotational frequency of one year mobilized to
five years demobilized established by Defense Department policy.
On Jan. 19, 2007, DoD established the Post-Deployment/Mobilization Respite Absence
(PDMRA) program to allow more post-deployment leave time for reintegration for soldiers who
serve multiple deployments to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan within a 72-month period.
However, DoD implemented a change in policy effective Oct. 1, 2011 which reduced the leave
for deployed members that was promised to them under the policy in effect when they began
their deployments. In some cases, members may lose 24 days of leave promised them under the
NGAUS strongly supports S. 2121 and H.R. 4045 now before the 112th Congress, which
would grandfather units mobilized and deployed under the old policy in order to allow
them to return home with the amount of leave originally promised them.
Our men and women serving in excess of rotational frequency policies deserve the reintegration
leave promised to them before they deployed.
Please urge your Senators and representatives to support S. 2121and H.R. 4045.
TAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTION:
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contact your friends and family and urge them to use Write to Congress as well. For
further information and background visit our website at www.ngaus.org. Please direct any
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