Tuesday, May 19, 2020
More than 40,000 National Guard members currently helping states test residents for the coronavirus and trace the spread of infections will face a "hard stop" on their deployments on June 24 -- just one day shy of many members becoming eligible for key federal benefits, according to a senior FEMA official. The official outlined the Trump administration's plans on an interagency call on May 12, an audio version of which was obtained by POLITICO. The official also acknowledged during the call that the June 24 deadline means that thousands of members who first deployed in late March will find themselves with only 89 days of duty credit, one short of the 90-day threshold for qualifying for early retirement and education benefits under the Post-9/11 GI bill.
Guard members must serve for 20 years to qualify for a pension at age 60. But for every 90 days serving during a federal emergency, Guard members can move up that retirement by three months. Ninety days of service also qualifies members for 40 percent off the tuition at a public college or university.
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