ABOUT FRA BRANCH 181
FRA is first and foremost a community of the Sea Services; U.S. Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard personnel. Your enlisted service in any of these branches—past or present, for a short time or for the long haul—is your passport to membership in an association that works hard for you and your family on Capitol Hill and in your local community.
FRA Protects Your Pay and Benefits
Legitimate and very serious threats to active duty, veteran, retiree, and reserve pay and benefits are being considered by Congress. FRA has always been at the forefront of defending military and veterans’ health care, compensation and benefits, and other quality-of-life programs. We need your help to get the message to Congress! The threats to your pay and benefits have never been greater.
Examples of success stories resulting from FRA-led initiatives include:
Pay increases for career enlisted personnel,
Protection of military retirement benefits,
Establishment of TRICARE,
Predatory lending protections, and
Protection of military pay and benefits from budget cuts.
This short list of FRA’s legislative victories is just the tip of the iceberg. To learn more about FRA’s achievements, current legislative agenda, and most importantly, how you can participate, visit the FRA Action Center: action.fra.org.
Beyond keeping you up-to-date on today’s important issues and FRA’s responses, the Action Center allows you to convey your concerns directly to your elected officials. Use the pre-written letters provided or craft your own to urge your elected officials to halt potentially harmful legislation or support legislation that will help. You will be kept apprised of changes and can see first-hand how adding your voice to FRA’s makes the message stronger.
When you join FRA, you are adding your voice to an association that works tirelessly to preserve and enhance pay, benefits, and quality-of-life programs for all of its members and their families and communities.
You will also enjoy a host of individual benefits, including:
Community—FRA has over 220 branches where you can meet with other members, discuss local issues, and be involved in your community. We are also on Facebook and Twitter.
Timely, useful information—Members receive FRA Today, our monthly magazine, and a weekly e-newsletter of legislative events as they occur, including information on what you can do to support (or thwart) them.
Access to Experts—FRA has the expertise to give you straight answers on a broad range of military and veterans’ issues, including DoD and VA health care concerns and benefits, retirement, pay structure, survivor benefits, and much more.
Scholarships—FRA provides more than $100,000 in undergrad and graduate scholarships annually to members and their families.
Read more about the many benefits of FRA membership at