The Retired Enlisted Association

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TREA Mission Statement: Serving the total enlisted force:
Active Duty, Veterans, Retired, Reserves and National Guard

The purpose of TREA: The Enlisted Association, a nonprofit military veterans’ organization, is to primarily represent the rights and interests of enlisted veterans before the Congress of the United States when matters affecting them are under consideration. Secondly, assist its members, both professionally and culturally; to promote health, prosperity and fellowship along with their dependents and survivors through benevolent programs. Finally, to foster fraternal and social activities in recognition that cooperative action is required for the continuance of their common interests. We firmly resolve to uphold the Constitution of the United States, improve the relationship between the military and civilian populace and to maintain liaison with active and reserve component personnel of the armed forces.

TREA Mission Motto: to enhance the quality of life for uniformed services enlisted personnel of the United States, their families and survivors

The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA) National Headquarters
TREA HQ Address/TREA Map: TREA Online
1111 S. Abilene Ct.
Aurora, CO 80012
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Telephone: 1-800-338-9337 Make a donation TREA EIN: 84-0537947
TREA Date Founded: February 18, 1963
TREA Congressionally Chartered: October 23, 1992 36 U.S. Code Chapter 1903
TREA Leadership: Debbie Osborne
Director For Operations: Debbie Osborne
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TREA History:
TREA was established in 1960 to enhance and maintain the quality of life for the entire enlisted force in all branches of the Armed Forces, past and present, their families, and their survivors. Its inclusive professional development program for active duty, Guard and Reserve Components of all uniformed services has provided unique symposium programs where participants experience joint military perspectives. In recognition of their work on behalf of military members, families, survivors and veterans, TREA was granted a Federal Charter by the U.S. Congress in 1988, one of only a few veteran organizations to receive this distinction.

Today, TREA remains a vital fraternal, benevolent, non-profit organization and acts as a conduit between the military and civilian communities in local areas and promotes positive community relations.

The Association is proud of its efforts in three primary areas: Legislative Representation; Social and Fraternal Programs; and Member Benefits in the area of specialized services and discount programs.

TREA has much to offer its members and you too can join our fold. Membership in TREA is open to all, however, you must meet certain criteria to be a voting member of the Association, but this does not prevent you from being an Associate member and supporting our organization and reaping the full range of member benefits!

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TREA Membership Eligibility Requirements:
Below are the various membership divisions. Please remember — only the Regular and Veterans Divisions are allowed voting rights, but all divisions reap all other benefits of this great Association supporting our enlisted ranks, past and present.
Membership Divisions

REGULAR DIVISION: Grades E-4 through E-9, in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, active duty, Reserves, National Guard, and retired and separated personnel who held rank of NCO/PO at time of separation from active duty under honorable conditions.

VETERANS DIVISION: Veterans of any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, regardless of rank or grade held at time of separation from active duty under honorable conditions.

APPRENTICE DIVISION: Active duty Grades E-1 through E-3 in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.

ASSOCIATE DIVISION: Active duty officers who were former NCOs/Pos, NCOs of allied military services, and immediate family members of former members or persons who would have been eligible for membership in the Regular or Veterans Division. Also includes friends of the military who do not qualify for one of the other divisions of the Association.

INTERNATIONAL AUXILIARY: Spouses/former spouses, widows/widowers, and family members 18 years of age or older of enlisted service members, whether active duty, separated, veteran, Reserve or National Guard, in Grades E-1 through E-9.

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If you wish to pay quarterly, please do not use this form, but instead give us a call at (303) 752-0660 to join.
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Number of Chapters: 75
Members: 20,000

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§ 190301 – Definition
For purposes of this chapter, “State” includes the District of Columbia and the territories and possessions of the United States.

§ 190302 – Organization
(a)Federal Charter.—
Retired Enlisted Association, Incorporated (in this chapter, the “corporation”), a nonprofit corporation incorporated in Colorado, is a federally chartered corporation.
(b)Expiration of Charter.—
If the corporation does not comply with any provision of this chapter, the charter granted by this chapter expires.

§ 190303 – Purposes
The purposes of the corporation are as provided in its articles of incorporation and bylaws and include—
(1) upholding and defending the Constitution of the United States;
(2) promoting health, prosperity, and scholarship among its members and their dependents and survivors through benevolent programs;
(3) assisting veterans and their dependents and survivors through a service program established for that purpose;
(4) improving conditions for retired enlisted service members, veterans, and their dependents and survivors; and
(5) fostering fraternal and social activities among its members in recognition that cooperative action is required for the furtherance of their common interests.

§ 190304 – Membership
Except as provided in this chapter, eligibility for membership in the corporation and the rights and privileges of members are as provided in the articles of incorporation and bylaws.
The terms of membership may not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, or national origin.

§ 190305 – Governing body
(a)Board of Directors.—
The board of directors and the responsibilities of the board are as provided in the articles of incorporation.
The officers and the election of officers are as provided in the articles of incorporation.
The requirements for serving as a director or officer may not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, or national origin.

§ 190306 – Powers
The corporation has only the powers provided in its bylaws and articles of incorporation filed in each State in which it is incorporated.

§ 190307 – Exclusive right to name, seals, emblems, and badges
The corporation has the exclusive right to use the names “The Retired Enlisted Association, Incorporated”, “The Retired Enlisted Association”, “Retired Enlisted Association”, and “TREA” and seals, emblems, and badges the corporation adopts. This section does not affect any vested rights.

§ 190308 – Restrictions
(a)Stock and Dividends.—
The corporation may not issue stock or declare or pay a dividend.
(b)Distribution of Income or Assets.—
The income or assets of the corporation may not inure to the benefit of, or be distributed to, a director, officer, or member during the life of the charter granted by this chapter. This subsection does not prevent the payment of reasonable compensation to an officer or reimbursement for actual necessary expenses in amounts approved by the board of directors.
The corporation may not make a loan to a director, officer, or employee.
(d)Claim of Governmental Approval or Authority.—
The corporation may not claim congressional approval or the authority of the United States Government for any of its activities.

§ 190309 – Duty to maintain tax-exempt status
The corporation shall maintain its status as an organization exempt from taxation under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 U.S.C. 1 et seq.).

§ 190310 – Records and inspection
(a)Records.—The corporation shall keep—
(1) correct and complete records of account;
(2) minutes of the proceedings of its members, board of directors, and committees having any of the authority of its board of directors; and
(3) at its principal office, a record of the names and addresses of its members entitled to vote.
A member entitled to vote, or an agent or attorney of the member, may inspect the records of the corporation for any proper purpose, at any reasonable time.

§ 190311 – Service of process
The corporation shall comply with the law on service of process of each State in which it is incorporated and each State in which it carries on activities.

§ 190312 – Liability for acts of officers and agents
The corporation is liable for the acts of its officers and agents acting within the scope of their authority.

§ 190313 – Annual report
The corporation shall submit an annual report to Congress on the activities of the corporation during the prior fiscal year. The report shall be submitted at the same time as the report of the audit required by section 10101 of this title. The report may not be printed as a public document.

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Annual National Meeting:

TREA’s 54th Anniversary – National Convention
When: September 6 – 9, 2017
Where: Sheraton, Station Square
300 W. Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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