Legislative Issues

ACTION I – TRICARE EXTENSION

The Armed Forces Foundation (AFF) is proposing an amendment to the NDAA for FY2013 that would authorize an 18-month extension of TRICARE mental health benefits for all members of the United States Armed Forces who are honorably discharged.

ACTION II – Armed Forces Foundation and the University of Southern California Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families.

The AFF and USC’s Center for Innovation & Research on Veterans & Military Families are requesting $2.5 million from DoD—in FY2013 to establish a one-year pilot program. The purpose of the peer-support pilot program is to ensure that veterans and their family members receive essential services to which they are entitled. The program will be staffed by 10 trained Combat Veteran Peer Counselors (PCs) and 10 University of Southern California (USC) graduate military social work interns, who will proactively engage and support voluntary program participants (i.e., veterans and their families). The program staff will work under the supervision of a licensed clinical social worker with a military background. These PCs will not only be proficient in peer counseling, but will also be familiar with veteran specific resources. The expected caseload for each PC will be 10, with the total impact reaching 100 transitioning service members.