Armed Forces Top Enlisted Association


Key Legistation

Major Richard Star Act

Contact your representative and senators and urge them to support the Major Richard Star Act, which would authorize combat-injured veterans to receive their full DoD retirement pay earned for years of service and their full VA disability compensation for lifelong injury.

Currently, these combat-injured (and often seriously disabled) veterans are subject to a cost-saving offset where their retirement pay is reduced for every dollar of VA disability received. To reduce earned retirement pay because of a combat disability is an injustice; the compensation for these injured veterans is not the place to achieve savings.

Key Legistation

Caring for Survivors Act (H.R. 1083 / S. 414)

Bipartisan legislation in the House and Senate (H.R. 1083/S. 414) would align Dependency and Indemnity Compensation payments with other federal survivor benefits. Ask your legislators to show their support and make a long-overdue correction to this injustice.

Key Legistation

Love Lives On Act (S. 1266)

Contact your representative and senators and urge them to support the Love Lives On Act. This legislation is a comprehensive approach to allowing eligible military surviving spouses to retain survivor benefits upon remarriage prior to age 55.

Contact your representative and urge them to support legislation eliminating the Basic Allowance for Housing from the eligibility calculation for the Basic Needs Allowance.


We represent the interests of the military community (active duty, retired, guard/reserve, family members, and survivors) through testimony before Congress and personal contact with elected officials, congressional staffers, and representatives of the Department of Defense and other executive branch agencies.