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FALL 2018

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16 Navy | Fall 2018 MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS RYAN U. KLEDZIK AUSN Legislation Hub John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (HR 5515) What does this bill do? T he 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) species the annual budget and expenditures of the Department of Defense. •e bill establishes funding levels and sets policies that guides how money can be spent. It does not allocate funding, however — that is what the 2019 Department of Defense Appropriations Act is for. •is year's NDAA had a number of provisions that are relevant to Navy sailors and veterans. How is it relevant to sailors/veterans? •ere are several provisions in the NDAA of partic- ular interest to sailors and veterans: An increase in the basic housing allowance: •e Defense Department had limited the amount of Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) funding available to active-duty servicemembers living on base, meaning they would o†en have to pay out of pocket for a portion of housing. Access to commissaries and other benets expanded for veterans: •e NDAA contains a provi- sion that allows Purple Heart and Medal of Honor recipients, former prisoners of war, and veterans with disabilities due to military service to shop at on-base commissaries. Veterans caregivers also have access under the bill, according to Stars and Stripes. No change to TRICARE fees: •ere will be no new increases to fees for TRICARE covers for mili- tary servicemembers. Stars and Stripes reported that there was a Senate proposal that would have resulted in higher fees and copays, but it didn't make it into the nal bill. Where does the bill stand now? •e bill was rst introduced in the House back in April, and was overwhelmingly passed in late May by the House and in mid June by the Senate. •e nal version of the bill was signed into law by the presi- dent on Aug. 13. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64), right, conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13), Oct. 26, 2018. Carney, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on its –fth patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies and partners as well as U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.

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