Members of Cherry Point Chapter No. 21 of the Federal Managers Association are being credited with helping initiate legislation that would provide leave for veterans in the workforce who have to attend medical appointments for their service-related injuries.
The Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act (H.R. 5229) was introduced on July 29 in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass. U.S. Rep G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., is a cosponsor of the bill that “would provide 104 hours of sick leave up front to first year federal employees who qualify under the Department of Veterans Affairs,” according to a release from the Federal Managers Association national office in Alexandria, Va.
Furthermore, the bill would allow for needed leave “to attend medical appointments for service-related injuries without exhausting the employee’s sick and annual leave.”
Greg Stanford, an FMA national spokesman, pointed out that FMA members from the Cherry Point chapter brought the issue before the national organization, spearheading its efforts to get the legislation introduced.
“We are also very grateful to Renee Johnson, president of the FMA chapter at Cherry Point Marine Corps air station and newly-appointed region 2 director, and all of our members at Chapter 21, who brought this issue to our attention,” he said in a statement. “They exemplify the mission of our association — to advocate excellence in public service. The Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act will ensure that federal agencies and departments’ missions and goals will be met while treating our disabled veteran first-year federal employees with the treatment they deserve, and ensuring the federal government is a model employer.
“H.R. 5529 recognizes that newly hired federal employees who are disabled veterans should not have to choose between seeking medical attention and exhausting any leave available. FMA members have seen first-hand the stress this creates in the work environment, as both managers and employees try to meet congressionally-mandated missions and goals. As these disabled veterans served their country on and off the battlefield, it is only right that the federal government provide this much needed leave.”
The FMA was established in 1913 and is the oldest and largest association representing about 200,000 managers serving in the federal government, according to the release.