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This Is a Disservice to the National Guard, Says Brigadier General J. Roy Robinson

Posted on Friday, December 23, 2022
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WASHINGTON, DC, Dec 23 — Outgoing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was quite generous in pushing through a mega-billion dollar Defense Authorization bill for 2023 in her waning days. It contains big sums of cash to teach foreign allied armed forces how to be gender inclusive and gives Ukraine some $800 million for border security. Retired Brigadier General J. Roy Robinson, the president and chief executive officer of the National Guard Association of the United States, says what’s not in there is proper funding for the needs of the men and women of the National Guard.

In an interview with Rebecca Weber, CEO of the Association of Mature American Citizens, on AMAC’s Better For America podcast, General Robinson pointed out that the needs of our men and women of the state-based National Guard were all but ignored.

As he put it, “members of the National Guard [are] serving in uniform across the United States [and] still reporting to the governors of their states, who still are doing their duty in a state status, responding to different types of missions. And they may or may not have their health and dental insurance coverage in place. So, are there other things that I would prefer to see Congress include and utilize some of those dollars for?… Based on what the Guard brings to the fight, especially today, [not providing health care coverage] is kind of a disservice.”

Weber noted that thousands of members of our armed forces have been discharged because they refused the covid vaccine. “I don’t think it makes sense,” Robinson responded, “in this particular day and time to prevent anyone from serving their nation because of their lack of a covid vaccine.” The general went on to say that he thinks it would be wise to lift the vaccine requirement, adding that many of those who have been discharged may re-up and continue serving their nation.

The issue of soldiers being discharged for refusing the covid vaccine evolved into a discussion of health care for the men and women in the National Guard. General Robinson said it is a top-of-the-list issue for the National Guard Association. He said that the average citizen is likely unaware that although they wear the uniform and they are on call for dangerous assignments, they lack “the full benefit of medical and dental coverage through their federal service … It makes no sense to me. In fact, it seems so foreign that I have a hard time sometimes with helping people to understand it. But it’s real. It’s a fact that we continue to have about 60,000 members of the National Guard who do not have health insurance on a daily basis. We’ve got to fix it. I think with all the things that have been asked of the guard over the last 386 years and specifically the last 21 years, this has got to be resolved. There’s no excuse.”

He pointed out that there are currently bills in both the House and Senate that would provide coverage. The legislation “basically says that all those members of the National Guard and Reserve who are not currently enrolled in TRICARE [the Department of Defense’s premier health care program] will be enrolled and they’ll be enrolled with no fees, no premiums, no deductibles, no co-pays. And they’ll be covered health insurance wise and dental insurance wise, seven days a week, 24 hours a day, regardless of their status.”

General Robinson concluded his interview on an optimistic note. “Like I said, there are not a lot of things that survive 386 years. And the benefit that the nation gets, the benefit of having a very low-cost National Guard, that can come in when they are needed and contribute to the safety and security of this nation is a big deal. I think that when this country was first organized and founded, the guard was kind of the backbone of the nation … I believe that the guard is going to be the backbone of what the future will be.  It’s an organization that any nation in the world would give anything to have in their country as a part of their security, and as a part of the backbone of the nation itself. So, yeah, there are tough things going on. These are different times. But you know what? The National Guard and the nation have survived much more difficult times. And I think the National Guard is the one with the staying power. I put my money on the one that’s been here 386 years.”

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Lieutenant Beale
Lieutenant Beale
1 year ago

Why would Pelosi do any different? We already know what she is.
They treat our veterans like nothing more than spent shell casings.
Obama sacked most of the top brass during his first two terms and replaced them with “yes men”
During Obama’s “third term” they kick out thousands of members of the armed forces for refusing a forced mRNA experimental “gene therapy drug”. (That doesn’t work anyway and could cause long term harm). When the Democrats remake the military into a totally woke institution complete with stress cards and safe spaces, they’ll send in the soy-boy brigade to defend the country and handle world confilcts.
That is not going to end well.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 year ago

Dems are always ANTI Defense, see Vietnam War to date

Thomas Harmsen
Thomas Harmsen
1 year ago

well of COURSE they don’t care about the National Guardsmen, THEY don’t care about ANY of our warriors in ANY branches of the military. THEY wanted to FORCE them all to take part in human medical experimentation, that even Josef Mengele HIMSELF wouldn’t have approved of, a DIRECT violation of the Nuremburg Code!!! annnnd WHERE’S the accountability?

Smike
Smike
1 year ago

The legislation “basically says that all those members of the National Guard and Reserve who are not currently enrolled in TRICARE [the Department of Defense’s premier health care program] will be enrolled and they’ll be enrolled with no fees, no premiums, no deductibles, no co-pays. And they’ll be covered health insurance wise and dental insurance wise, seven days a week, 24 hours a day, regardless of their status.”
I don’t believe TRICARE does dental, at least my TRICARE for Life doesn’t. I have to pay separate for Delta Dental and there is a co-pay. And I’m required to have Medicare part B – which isn’t cheap to be enrolled in TRICARE as a retiree. So we kind of need to level the playing field.
Again, with the difficulty we’re having recruiting active duty giving part time soldiers and weekend warriors full time health benefits my help the Guard and Reserves recruitment efforts. It’ll get real costly, really fast, especially if we include free enrollment of family members and other dependents. But I’d rather spend 10-20K on these guys than give it away to people who don’t think they should be held accountable for their debt.

Smike
Smike
1 year ago

Do you think you could update this site. The stories are old and not being replied to anymore. There’s a lot going on in the veteran world that you’re not addressing. Since you’re destined to work with veteran groups let them help you with this site to better serve the veteran population. Right now you’re not doing a very good job with this site.

Smike
Smike
1 year ago

This is a disservice, this site hasn’t changed since Dec 2022.

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