PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - September/October 2018
The VA MISSION Act – Why you need MOAA. The VA MISSION was passed overwhelmingly by the Senate in May, and signed into law by the President on June 6. The legislation, “establishes a process to review and develop a plan to optimize and modernize VA medical care facilities where there is demand.” A key aspect of the bill was to prevent the potential gap in the VA Choice program, outlining $5B of the $51B bill for the VA Choice program. This amount would sustain the VA Choice program for approximately one year.
With Sequestration looming it appears lawmakers did not consider the increased costs associated with the VA MISSION Act when setting discretionary funding levels for FY19 and beyond. When the bill passed with the support of 38 veteran’s service organizations (VSOs), Senator McConnell stated, It’s not merely our duty, but our privilege to improve and enhance the care available to those who have given so much.” However, reports indicate that there are serious problems actually paying for this reform bill. While Congress has agreed to fund the bill for the next year, they could not agree to fund the bill beyond May of next year. This is why you need MOAA.
MOAA is working with 30 national military and VSOs to petition the Senate to support the “Complete the Mission” amendment. This amendment, “allows Congress to provide sufficient funds without triggering sequestration or requiring cuts to other VA health care programs.” MOAA President and CEO Lt Gen Atkins captured the situation best stating, “there is a developing trend of robbing Peter to pay for Paul that we unfortunately are seeing far too often as we work new legislation.” If we veterans at the local level don’t like getting involved, or actively supporting MOAA’s efforts to compel Congress to pass legislation favorable to veterans, we will like it even less, when we lose the benefits of programs like VA Choice and the initiatives set forth in the VA MISSION act. Isn’t it time to get more actively involved? 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
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
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