Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after cosponsoring a bill to support military readiness by protecting National Guard and Reserve servicemembers' Post Deployment/Mobilization Respite Absence (PDMRA) Program benefits (H.R. 4045):
"America's National Guard and Reserve forces serve in some of the most dangerous parts of the world and shouldn't have to wonder whether the leave time they've earned will suddenly disappear. H.R. 4045 will correct the Pentagon's decision to disregard an important promise we've made to these servicemembers, and I'm proud to cosponsor this bill."
The PDMRA program allows National Guard and Reserve servicemembers to accrue additional personal leave if they've been deployed in excess of 12 months. This allows them to spend more time with their family between deployments. On October 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of Defense released new guidelines that reduce the number of PDMRA days that can be accrued for servicemembers deployed in excess of 24 months, from four to two days per month.
H.R. 4045 would exempt National Guard and Reserve servicemembers who were deployed before the new guidelines were released. It is supported by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.