This October message is targeting those currently serving military officers and their families, and those of you among the retiree community, responsible for supporting efforts to preserve your pay and benefits.  The fact is that many of you reading this Border Bulletin issue are not, in fact, members of the Military Officers Association of America.  Many readers who are members of MOAA National, are not members of their local MOAA Chapter.  The question is why not?  There are over 400 local Chapters nationally, and the El Paso Chapter has served veterans in this community for more than sixty years.  It has been a Five Star, nationally recognized chapter for thirteen consecutive years.   As the President and CEO of MOAA recently pointed out, MOAA National draws its strength from the efforts at the grass roots local chapter level. I want to encourage you to join your local chapter and actively support national efforts to inform legislative debate that threatens our pay and benefits. 
          MOAA with more than 390,000 members, serves as the single best source of support for military service members of all grades, and all services.  It remains the only Veteran Service Organization in the Top 50 of the most influential lobbyist organizations in Washington DC. 
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State of Fort Bliss

After two months in El Paso, Major General Pat White delivered the annual State of the Military Address on Thursday.

He says events like the State of the Military Address makes El Paso unique. MG White says Fort Bliss is the only installation he knows of that is located in the middle of the city. Read More


Texas sate legislators recently passed legislation that expanded the list of acceptable military medals which allow vehicle registration fees to be waived. Read More

Remembering Patriot Day

Members of the El Paso Community gathered Sunday at Old Glory Memorial in Northeast El Paso to observer the 15th Anniversary of 9/11. Read More

Transitioning Soldiers Graduate From Career Skills Program

Airstreams Renewables, Inc., graduated eleven transitionaing soldiers from the company's Renewal Energy and Communications Tower Technician Program at the Fort Bliss and Old Ironsides Museum here September 1. 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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Legislative Updates

MOAA Top Issues

Are you aware of the major issues and MOAA's legislative initiatives? Educate yourself on the issues that affect you and your family. See what MOAA is really doing for you on Capitol Hill. View Details

MOAA Action Alerts

Check your Legislators' positions on key issues and urge them to support MOAA's goals. View Details

COLA Watch

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

TRICARE, Survivor, Other Changes Coming

We'll have to wait at least another six weeks before Congress makes final decisions on the force levels, pay raise, TRICARE fees, and other changes in the FY 2017 Defense Authorization Act.

But we can be pretty sure of at least some of the new changes because they were included in both of the bill versions passed by the House and Senate. Read More


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