PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - August 2018
Friends of the Chapter. The Military Officer’s Association of America (MOAA) “ is a non-profit veteran’s association dedicated to maintaining a strong national defense and ensuring our nation keeps its commitments to currently serving, retired, and former members of the uniformed services and their families and survivors”. MOAA serves all grades of all services. During the August MOAA membership meeting and luncheon your El Paso MOAA Chapter approved changes in the by-laws to create a new category at the local level, called Friends of the Chapter. Friends of the Chapter is intended to move the local Chapter forward through inclusion, by allowing widows of enlisted service members of all services to participate in local chapter activities as honorary members of the local chapter, or affiliate. The decision reinforces MOAA’s commitment to service members of all grades and all services, and we want to continue to welcome the special members of the Friends of the Chapter to all future local chapter events.
MOAA National advocacy on behalf of America’s Guard and Reserve Forces. Lt. Gen Dana Atkins, USAF (Ret), CEO and President of MOAA, highlights MOAA’s commitment to the Guard and Reserve in his note, “Rewarding Duty”, in the August 2017Military Officers magazine. Lt Gen Atkins outlines MOAA’s commitment as follows:
1. Supports the Servicemember Retirement Improvement Act allowing members of the reserve to make maximum allowable contributions to TSP, separate from civilian 401(k) plans.
2. Encourages the adoption of the recommendations of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission to simplify the reserve duty status system, and ease financial penalties for reserve component members and their families.
3. Has a dedicated Guard and Reserve portfolio manager; continually assesses legislative posture related to the Servicemember Civil Relief Act; and believes that military personnel readiness is directly related to eliminating the “inequities borne by guardmembers and reservists” as they relate to forced-arbitration clauses in servicemembers’ financial contracts with civilian employees. Read More
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Texas sate legislators recently passed legislation that expanded the list of acceptable military medals which allow some vehicle registration fees to be waived. Read More
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Fort Bliss Access Control Points
A 100% identification card check of all personnel will be implemented at all Fort Bliss access control points.
All Department of Defense and non-DoD vehicular occupants, including the driver and all of-age passengers, will have to present an ID card - valid state driver's license, government/federal ID card, passport, etc. - for authorized access to Fort Bliss. Read More
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Military retiree COLA is calculated based on the CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), not the overall CPI. Monthly changes in the index may differ from national figures reported elsewhere. Read More
Texas Vet: Hazlewood Act
The Hazlewood Act is a State of Texas benefit that provides qualified Veterans, spouses, and dependent children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption, including most fee charges, at public institutions of higher education in Texas. This does NOT include living expenses, books, or supply fees. Read More
Basic Allowance for Housing still in the spotlight. A prominent conservative think tank has proposed drastic changes to the military’s Basic Allowance for Housing, which they say too many troops view as an entitlement. . Read More