Monthly Archives: January 2018

EANGKS Legislative Call to Action **H.B. 2559 – Vehicle Tax Exemption for Drill Status Guardsmen

Burris in the House Veterans and Military Committee introduced a bill to amend K.S.A. 79-5107(e)(1)(C) to extend the motor vehicle tax exemption to every member, in good standing, of both the Kansas Army and Air National Guard and the Kansas unit of the reserve forces of the United States. Download House Bill 2559 here which was introduced. Chairman Osterman brought the committee to order and very quickly allowed for bill introductions. Rep Burris introduced and described the effect of the bill. There were no objections to the bill. Chairman Osterman accepted it for distribution to the House Clerk. The bill has gone through the House Clerk and is back to the Veterans and Military Committee for consideration and debate. Rep Burris’s guess is that the bill will be “worked” in committee the week after next.

What we need is our members to look up legislators via and contact their representatives in supporting H.B. 2559 that is currently in the House Veterans and Military Committee. You may even ask them if they are willing to co-sponsor the bill. This is especially critical for those whose legislators are on either the House Veterans and Military Committee or the House Taxation Committee as that will be the committee it will go through after the veterans committee and could have a hang up.

Below are all the legislators in Manhattan/Topeka/Wichita area for both Committees:

House Veterans and Military Committee

Rep Les Osterman – Wichita

Rep Jesse Burris – Mulvane

Rep Leo Delperdang – Wichita

Rep Dianna Dierks – Salina

Rep Tom Phillips – Manhattan

Rep Lonnie Clark – Junction City

Rep Virgil Weigel – Topeka

Rep Jim Gartner – Topeka

House Taxation Committee

Rep Tom Sawyer – Wichita

Rep Tom Phillips – Manhattan

Rep Jim Gartner – Topeka

Rep John Alcala – Topeka

Rep Daniel Hawkins – Wichita

Rep KC Ohaebosim – Wichita

Rep Kristey Williams – Augusta

Rep Ken Corbet

It would be great if everyone looked up their state House Representative in support of H.B. 2559 especially if their representative is in the House Veterans and Military Committee. Two of special concern are to contact Rep Tom Phillips and Rep Jim Gartner if they are your legislator as they are on BOTH the House Veterans and Military Committee and the House Taxation Committee. If anyone has any questions have them feel free to contact me.


Steve Peyton




On March 3, 2018, at the Museum of the Kansas National Guard, NGAKS and the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of Kansas will sponsor a Retiree Briefing for all Kansas National Guard Retired/Separated members who wished to attend. It will be a great time to see old friends, make new friends and learn about military retirement.

NGAKS and EANGKS leadership will attend and offer information as will representatives on other topics like Tricare, Prescriptions, Dental, Hospice and Nursing Home Care; Federal Long-Term Care Insurance programming; VA health benefits and eligibility; Assistance from the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs including Kansas Military cemeteries, markers, nursing homes; Military ID cards, military records and inheritance and gift taxes; KPERS; Armed Forces Vacation Club and Space-A Travel 190th ARW (Forbes) & McConnell AFB and more!

The highlight of the event will be a briefing by the Adjutant General s Office on the State of the Kansas Guard, Command Structure & Commanders, Units and Unit Locations, Staff Office Locations & Contacts, Future Plans for the Kansas Guard.

The NGAKS and EANGKS Continuity Committee members are planning the event, and will sponsor a luncheon. If you and/or your spouse would like to attend, please RSVP to Sheli Sweeney at or Ray Rhodd at .

WHERE:   MUSEUM OF THE KANSAS NATIONAL GUARD, 125 SE Airport Drive, Forbes Field, Topeka, KS

WHEN: Saturday, March 3, 2018, 9 am to Noon, with lunch to follow

LUNCH:      No charge for lunch, but must make a reservation!

Sponsored by NGAKS, EANGKS and Museum of the Kansas National Guard

RSVP to Sheli Sweeney at , 785.213.9053 or Ray Rhodd at , 785.640.8751


Announcement for Annual State Hill Day

EANGKS and NGAKS will be hosting their annual State Hill Day on February 19, 2018 at the Kansas State Capitol.  This year there is a large growing momentum behind fully funding State Tuition Assistance (STA) for both Air and Army Kansas National Guard service members.  While state law calls for a 100% of funding for tuition and fees for qualified KSNG services members, historical increases to tuition and institutional fees has decreased the full funding to approximately only 51% for participants.  This year there are actions to add STA into the state budget at the fully funded rate. 

We need your help on February 19 to encourage our elected official to support this effort.  The recruitment, retention and quality of life of our Guard members will significantly enhanced if this is achieved.      

Come join us for this momentous opportunity–make a difference for our current and future Kansas National Guard members! 

Please register at

A confirmed agenda for the day will be available closer to Hill Day.  Until then, please contact your NGAKS Legislative Chairperson, Jody Cope, at or myself at .

 Thank you for your time

 Steve Peyton