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SERVICE MEMBERS LAW CENTER BY CAPTAIN SAMUEL F. WRIGHT, JAGC, USN (RET.) CHECK OUT THE LAW REVIEW LIBRARY Most articles cover some aspect of USERRA t servicemembers-lawcenter.org, you will find more than 1,500 articles about laws that are especially pertinent to those who serve our country in uniform, along with a detailed subject index and a search function to help find articles about very specific topics. The Reserve Officers Association (ROA) initiated this column in 1997. I am the author of more than 1,300 of the articles. We add new articles each month. More than 1,000 of the articles are about the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and related laws. Congress enacted USERRA in 1994 as a long-overdue rewrite of the Veterans' Reemployment Rights Act (VRRA), which was enacted in 1940. I have been dealing with the VRRA and USERRA for more than 34 years. I developed the interest and expertise in this law during the decade (1982-92) when I worked for the United States Department of Labor as an attorney. Together with another Department of Labor attorney, Susan M. Webman, I largely drafted the proposed rewrite of the VRRA that President George H.W. Bush presented to Congress as his proposal in February 1991. The version of USERRA that President Bill Clinton signed on Oct. 13, 1994, was 85 percent the same as the Webman-Wright draft. USERRA is codified in Title 38 of the United States Code, at Sections 4301 through 4335 (38 U.S.C. 4301-35). I have also dealt with the VRRA and USERRA as a judge advocate in the Navy and Navy Reserve, as an attorney for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), as an attorney for the United States Office of Special Counsel, as an attorney in private practice and as director of the Service Members Law Center (SMLC). I was the SMLC director for six years (June 2009 through May 2015), as a full-time employee of ROA. During that time, I received and responded to 35,000 email and telephone inquiries from service members, military family members, attorneys, employers, ESGR volunteers, Department of Labor investigators, congressional staffers, reporters and others. Approximately half of the inquiries were about USERRA, and the other half were about everything you can think of that has something to do with military service and law. Please see Law Review 15052 (June 2015), concerning the accomplishments of the SMLC. 16 THE OFFICER / FALL 2016 My paid employment with ROA ended in 2015, but as a volunteer I have continued writing new Law Review articles, and I monitor calls and emails that come to me through ROA. I respond as time permits. I invite the reader's attention to the "State Leave Laws" section of our law library. You will find an article for each state about its laws that grant paid military leave to Reserve Component (RC) members who work for state and local governments and an article for each state about its laws that protect the civilian jobs of National Guard members on state active duty. We also have articles about the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act (USFSPA) and other laws that are especially relevant for service members, especially RC service members. We are always looking for articles. I want to hear from ROA members who are lawyers and who have time to research and write articles for this website. You can reach me by telephone at 800-809-9448, extension 730, or by email at SWright@roa.org. If ROA is to survive and thrive in the next generation, and the generation after that, we need to make ourselves relevant and helpful to the officers and noncommissioned officers who are currently serving in the Reserve Components. The law review library and the SMLC are an important part of that effort. For 16 years, ROA's Law Review in THE OFFICER, and now on the Web at www.roa.org/law_review, has logged more than 1,500 easily searchable and indexed articles about USERRA, the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), and other laws that are pertinent to those who make sacrifices to protect the rights that we all enjoy. http://www.servicemembers-lawcenter.org http://www.roa.org/law_review

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Officer - Fall 2016

ADVERTISERS’ INDEX
PRESIDENT’S COLUMN
OPENING SHOTS
FEEDBACK
CAPITOL HILL CONNECTION
HEARING THE VOICE OF THE RESERVE COMPONENT
WHAT IT MEANS TO ‘FIGHT’ FOR RESERVISTS
HEALTH CARE REFORM
SERVICE MEMBERS LAW CENTER
THE MILLENNIAL RESERVIST
CARING FOR THE CAREGIVERS
ATTEN-SHUN!
SERVICE MEMBERS’ MENTAL HEALTH IS CRITICAL TO READINESS
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD RESERVE
NATIONAL SECURITY REPORT
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF, NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU
OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR MANPOWER AND RESERVE AFFAIRS (M & RA)
ARMY RESERVE
MARINE FORCES RESERVE
NAVY RESERVE
COAST GUARD RESERVE
AIR FORCE RESERVE
RESERVE LIFE
2016 ROA NATIONAL CONVENTION
PROUD TO SERVE
DEPARTMENT AND CHAPTER NEWS
BOOK REVIEWS
STARS FOUNDATION PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN SUPPORTING RESERVISTS
HELPING DEPLOYED RESERVISTS’ CHILDREN SUCCEED AT SCHOOL
STARS INDUSTRY NEWS
USAA’S CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY GOES ABOVE FOR THOSE WHO GO BEYOND
UNITED CONCORDIA’S ACTIVE DUTY DENTAL PROGRAM HELPS PREPARE RESERVE AND GUARD FOR EARLY ACTIVATION
BOEING’S C-40A CLIPPER JET BRINGS POWER AND SAVINGS TO THE NAVY
STARS BRIEFS
SALVO
The Officer - Fall 2016 - Cover1
The Officer - Fall 2016 - Cover2
The Officer - Fall 2016 - ADVERTISERS’ INDEX
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - PRESIDENT’S COLUMN
The Officer - Fall 2016 - OPENING SHOTS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - FEEDBACK
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - HEARING THE VOICE OF THE RESERVE COMPONENT
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - WHAT IT MEANS TO ‘FIGHT’ FOR RESERVISTS
The Officer - Fall 2016 - HEALTH CARE REFORM
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - SERVICE MEMBERS LAW CENTER
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - THE MILLENNIAL RESERVIST
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - CARING FOR THE CAREGIVERS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - ATTEN-SHUN!
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - SERVICE MEMBERS’ MENTAL HEALTH IS CRITICAL TO READINESS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - NATIONAL SECURITY REPORT
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - OFFICE OF THE CHIEF, NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU
The Officer - Fall 2016 - ARMY RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - MARINE FORCES RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - NAVY RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - COAST GUARD RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - AIR FORCE RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - 2016 ROA NATIONAL CONVENTION
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - PROUD TO SERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - DEPARTMENT AND CHAPTER NEWS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - BOOK REVIEWS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - STARS FOUNDATION PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN SUPPORTING RESERVISTS
The Officer - Fall 2016 - HELPING DEPLOYED RESERVISTS’ CHILDREN SUCCEED AT SCHOOL
The Officer - Fall 2016 - USAA’S CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY GOES ABOVE FOR THOSE WHO GO BEYOND
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - UNITED CONCORDIA’S ACTIVE DUTY DENTAL PROGRAM HELPS PREPARE RESERVE AND GUARD FOR EARLY ACTIVATION
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - STARS BRIEFS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - SALVO
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