History

A Brief History of The Senior Citizens League

TREA Senior Citizens League (TSCL) consists of active senior citizens concerned about the protection of their Social Security, Medicare, and veteran or military retiree benefits.

Although not at first called TREA Senior Citizens League, TSCL was first established in 1992 as a special project of The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA), which was founded in 1963. In September 1994, TSCL was incorporated in Colorado as an independent citizens' action and education non-profit organization.  It received recognition from the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt section 501(c)(4) organization in June 1995.

There are over 1,300,000 active members/supporters. Men comprise 55 percent of TSCL membership. Approximately three-quarters of the membership are between the ages of 76 and 85. Nearly all are over the age of 60. Most either served in the Armed Forces during World War II or played a part in the war effort. The heaviest concentrations of TSCL members/supporters are in California, Florida, New York, Texas, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

These senior citizens and retirees have participated in a number of grassroots lobbying and public education campaigns on behalf of TSCL. Issues currently being pursued include:

  • The prevention of arbitrary changes in the way Cost-of-Living Adjustments to earned benefits are calculated, and a campaign to have the senior citizen "market basket" analyzed on its own before any changes are made in the way the Consumer Price Index is calculated;
  • The passage of long-overdue Notch reform for those persons born in the Social Security Notch years of 1917-1926;
  • The development of an understanding on Capitol Hill and in the White House that those who are already retired from the civilian or military work force have been promised benefits by the government, have earned those benefits with their taxes and their service, and that taking those benefits away amounts to breaking a contract and reneging on the government's solemn duty to fulfill its obligations.

To pursue its goals, TSCL distributes a newsletter (The Social Security & Medicare Advisor) ten times a year to approximately 150,000 of the most active supporters and to all Members of Congress, and has sent out more than one and a half million books and pamphlets, such as The Notch Victim's Handbook, In Defense of Earned Benefits, and The Senior Activist's Survival Manual.

TSCL is registered to conduct grassroots fundraising, public education and lobbying activities in nearly every state, and offers its supporters an unconditional refund of their most recent contribution if they are dissatisfied with TSCL's positions or performance. Unlike many other organizations, no government moneys are accepted or used by TSCL.

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