President's Letter

           
          Good afternoon team! It is hard to believe that the summer is gone and that we already had our first snowfall of the year, in October! Besides the weather, it does not look like COVID is releasing its grip on us as fast as we would like. From listening to the net it seems like everyone is weathering the storm in good spirits and morale if not great is at least holding steady and that is great news! As always if you are having problems, shoot the red star cluster and we will come running!

This edition of the Border Bulletin is coming out right before Thanksgiving and just in time for giving day. I am not going to hammer giving day as there are plenty of articles in this edition on the importance of giving day and how we maintain and improve the Foundation. Dig as deep as you can, from my foxhole I would rather have many members give a bit than a few give a lot. But that’s just me!

I do not know about you but I am seriously looking forward to 2021, I want to put 2020 as far in the rearview mirror as I can. With that in mind I figured I would recap the MOAA Legislative Priorities so we can discuss at future meetings.

Below are the MOAA priorities of 2020, how did they(we) do? I think as a Chapter we owe National some feedback. As always if you want to sling something to me you can get me at mikehester65@gmail.com. Send me some feedback and we can we can assess MOAA efforts the next time we meet face to face.

1. Protect Your Health Care Benefit
Objective: Ensure any changes to the Military Health System sustain military-medical readiness and beneficiary access to top-quality care.

2. Keep Military Pay and Benefits Strong
Objective: Sustain military pay comparability with the private sector and block erosion of compensation and non-pay quality-of-life benefits.

3. Support Military Families
Objective: Protect family support programs, and ensure military-provided services (housing, PCS, child care) are affordable, readily available, and meet quality standards.

4. Concurrent Receipt for All Retirees
Objective: End concurrent receipt penalties for military retirees.

5. Support the Total Force
Objective: Achieve equity of benefits, protections, and administrative support for Guard/Reserve members consistent with their active duty counterparts.

6. Better, Faster DoD/VA Services
Objective: Ensure timely access to service-earned benefits, and resist proposals to erode foundational services delivered through the VA and DoD.

7. Strengthen and Support All Uniformed Services
Objective: Support legislation, policies, and programs to enable the seven uniformed services to recruit, retain, and manage personnel.

We took an informal survey about a face to face meeting in Dec as well as a VTC Zoom style meeting. Although there were a few “yes I would attend” the “nos” won out on both. We will continue to keep our eye on this COVID virus with the hopes of meeting after the new year! Nobody wants to get out of the house more than me!

As always stay safe, keep your head down and powder dry, and I hope to see you all on the high ground!

What are you doing?  So what else can you do as a member of the El Paso active duty and retiree military community?    
 
A.  Get Informed.  Understand MOAA’s Top Ten Goals for the year, and track MOAA’s progress in fighting for your compensation and benefits.
 
Stay connected  to MOAA: 
www.elpasomoaa.org:
www.moaa.org:
takeaction.moaa.org
www.moaa.org/linkedin;                                                                                          
www.facebook.com/moaa
www.facebook.com/moaaspouse;                                                                                                   
www.youtube.com/TheMOAAChannel
 
B.  Get involved.  
(1) Communicate directly with your political representatives.  You can send elected officials your own message of support utilizing MOAA National’s website, Legislative Action Center. You can also choose a MOAA-suggested message telling your elected leaders to support veteran focused legislation, especially important now as congressional leaders begin the debate on the NDAA.  Your message will be pushed automatically to your House and Senate leaders. Communicate directly to your elected officials and be heard.  It’s easy. Go to www.moaa.organd use their simple tools.  Its is easy…and it is effective.
 
(2) Become a MOAA Member and speak with one voice.  Your membership entitles you to access to, and use of valuable planning tools, and continuous lobbying efforts to preserve your earned military benefits.  Join now by visiting www.elpasomoaa.org.  
 
  “Professional Leaders belong to Professional Organizations.” Become part of the solution.  Join MOAA.  
 
“Never Stop Serving"


Michael Hester
Colonel, United States Army, Retired
President - 2020