PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - February/March 2019
This January your El Paso Chapter of MOAA celebrated its 63rdAnniversary. This year, for the 11thyear in a row, MOAA remains among the Top 50 of all Washington Lobbyist organizations, and the only Veteran Service Organization on that list, committed to lobbying Congress specifically for your benefits and services. Your El Paso Chapter has continued to be recognized nationally as a Five Star Chapter for each of the past 17 consecutive years. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank you for your continued support.
Recently, MOAA National published its legislative agenda for 2019. Key goals include:
- Ensure any TRICARE reform sustains access to top-quality care.
- Prevent disproportional TRICARE fee increases.
- Sustain military pay comparability with the private sector
- Stop erosion of compensation and non-pay quality-of life benefits.
- End financial penalties for military survivors.
- End concurrent receipt penalties for military retirees.
- Achieve equity of benefits for Guard and Reserve members with their active duty counterparts.
- Strengthen DOD-VA collaboration and services to support wounded warriors and expanding population of women veterans.
- Ensure timely access to service-earned VA benefits.
- Protect military and veteran family support programs and policies
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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
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MOAA Action Alerts
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MOAA's 2019 Goals
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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