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"NEVER STOP SERVING!"

"NEVER STOP SERVING!"

* The TIME to Never Stop Serving is more important than ever as MOAA and the North Carolina Council of Chapters move into 2017...the newest changes happening in our nation's legislative body should make this year an important one for getting many of the top issues for the Military Officers Association of America enacted.

* As always, NCCOC Chapters are encouraged to emphasize the importance of being enrolled in MOAA's Legislative Alerts to all members in order to get our "One Powerful Voice" in front of the Congress.

* Thanks!

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North Carolina Legislative Agenda/Successes June 24, 2016

North Carolina Legislative Agenda/Successes

June 24, 2016

* In a June 24, 2016 e-mail from Jeri Graham, NCCOC Past President and Legislative Chair for the North Carolina Veteran's Council, it was reported that an 1130 committee meeting re: HB 842 was scheduled. Because of good interventions to keep this bill moving, the good news is that it's working.

* Here are some more good results so far for the legislative bills that the NCVC has been working on:

- HB 256 - ratified and should be signed soon:-)

- S 105 - voted positively (second committee meeting) - Homeland Security, Military and Veterans Affairs.

- HB 842 - hopefully there will be a reversal of the bill being sent to Appropriations since no monies are involved; previously sent out of Rules to Health, after which they sent it to Appropriations.

* This is probably all we'll get accomplished in the Short Session which is probably pretty good since it has been such a difficult time with considering the impact of HB 2.

* Jeri has had discussions with Ken Melton re: Engage 4th Branch...hopefully, all can see minor changes such that when you log on to www.4thbranchnc.org you shouldn't have to keep registering each time...whew! Plans are such that the contractor for Engage 4th Branch will be getting out more frequent messaging...pushing for weekly messages. Jeri has asked Melton and Assoc. to please adapt their legislative reports so messages can be shared on websites and newsletters.

* Stand by for more news, as it becomes available.

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MOAA UPDATES ON THE 2016 NDAA May 20, 2016

MOAA UPDATES ON THE 2016 NDAA

May 20, 2016

* Two recent posts on the MOAA website provide important information on veteran benefits in the proposed 2016 NDAA.

- Featured Legislative Alert.

- Lt Gen Dana Atkins, MOAA President discusses the Association's take on the changes in a YouTube video

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NC Insider Legislative Tracking Services

July 24, 2015

* The below, attached document contains information which details bills in the NC Legislative chambers.

* The report is forwarded to NC Council President, Jeri Graham from Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, LLP and is a tracker service...it has no commentary, only status information which enables Jeri to share the report.

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150724 - NC Veterans Legislation (pdf 561.9 Kb)

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"Storming the Hill" as part of the North Carolina Veteran's Day in Raleigh April 15, 2015
"Storming the Hill" as part of the North Carolina Veteran's Day in Raleigh

"Storming the Hill" as part of the North Carolina Veteran's Day in Raleigh

April 15, 2015

* CAPT David Lee, USNR-Ret., North Carolina Council of Chapter 2nd V.P. (L) and COL Vern Pike, USA-Ret., North Carolina Council of Chapters Past President (R) man the MOAA table at the Veteran's Recognition Day in the NC Legislative Building in Raleigh this date.

* Following the morning's activity in the 1100 Hall of the Legislative Building, all the veterans were invited to the House Chamber for remarks and a Q&A session with the House Speaker Tim Moore (lower photograph).

Scroll over the thumbnail pictures to the right to see some of the other veterans organizations participating in this important day of recognition.

- Vietnam Veterans

- American Legion

- NC Veterans Business Association

- Veterans of Foreign Wars

- NC Division of Veterans Affairs

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"Storming" Stormers April 15, 2015
"Storming" Stormers

"Storming" Stormers

April 15, 2015

Thanks to the North Carolina Council of Chapters Officers, Presidents and members who stormed the North Carolina Legislature April 15, 2015.

Scroll over the thumbnail photographs to the right to see additional photographs from the legislative day to honor veterans:

- Color guard prepares to present the colors.

- Veterans assembled in front of the NC State Legislative Building for opening ceremony.

- Bagpiper leads the veterans into the legislature building following honors to the colors.

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Team NC "Storming the Hill" in DC April 14, 2015
Team NC "Storming the Hill" in DC

Team NC "Storming the Hill" in DC

April 14, 2015

Pictured (L to R): COL Mike Rogers, USA; Mrs. Andi Wrenn, Currently Serving Spouse Advisory Committee; COL Ed Baisden, USA-Ret.; COL Jeri Graham, USA-Ret., President, NC Council of Chapters

- The more than 160 national, state and local MOAA representatives gather on the steps of the capitol (lower photograph) prior to making our case before Congress to prevent big DoD proposed TRICARE fees hikes, to sustain military pay and benefits, to eliminate sequestration and more.

- Thank you MOAA...Keep fighting the good fight!!

- Click here and visit the Photo Gallery to learn more and see pictures from the event...

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NCCOC Legislative Chapter Representatives April 15, 2015

NCCOC Legislative Chapter Representatives

April 15, 2015

* NCCOC 3rd Vice President, COL Harley Ellinger, requests your presence in the North Carolina Legislature Building to lobby for the interests of the military. COL Ellinger also requests you to make an appointment with a senator or representative from your area to present the case for support of the military in North Carolina.

* The immediate need is the passage of the Bailey/Patton law to exclude retired people from paying income taxes in North Carolina. This would make us more military friendly compared to our surrounding states!

* This date (April 15, 2015) is military day (North Carolinas Veteran Council) in the State Legislature of North Carolina. Our president of the NCCOC, COL Jeri Graham will be in Washington DC that day to Storm The Hill with National MOAA, and consequently will not be with us in Raleigh.

* Enclosed are the attachments for use by President Graham's visit to Washington DC, and the Bailey argument.

* NCCOC will have a table in the lobby or gathering area of the Legislative building with printed materials, and we will gather there before proceeding to our various appointments. The speaker of the house may have a meeting of all the military people present in the legislative building.

* Can you attend?? Please drop an e-mail to COL Harley Ellinger,3d VP for Legislative Affairs, NCCOC

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Address:

- Legislative Building, 16 West Jones St., Raleigh, NC

- Legislative Office Building, 300 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC

- Open and read any of the below reference files that contain documents which elaborate on issues which we hope to present in Raleigh on April 15th.

- Chapter officers are also encouraged to share these issues with their membership...want to add to the "One Powerful Voice®" that is MOAA? Send a letter, fax or e-mail to your legislator, OR sign on to the newly established 4th Branch Engage platform that has been developed by the North Carolina Council in cooperation with other state organizations and add your voice there!

Email: COL Ellinger

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MOAA Legislative Goals 2015

MOAA Legislative Goals

2015

Here is the list of Legislative Goals that MOAA has as their priority for addressing before the current session of Congress:

• Sustain military pay comparability with the private sector

• Block erosion of Basic Allowance for Housing and commissary benefits

• Bar disproportional TRICARE fee hikes

• Prevent Medicare/ TRICARE payment cuts

• Protect military retirement/COLAs

• Sustain wounded warrior programs and expand caregiver support

• End disabled/survivor financial penalties

• Fix Guard/Reserve retirement

• Improve spouse and family support

• Assure timely access to the VA, and eliminate the VA claims backlog

* The NC Council, Chapters, Legislative chairs and members of our state chapters are encouraged to weigh in on these, and any other issues that may be deemed important, by contacting their state and national legislative representatives.

* Remember that MOAA's imprimatur is "One Powerful Voice©," which means that your input is essential...

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MOAA PUBLICATION - STATE REPORT CARD December 2014

MOAA PUBLICATION - STATE REPORT CARD

December 2014

Follow the below link to open/read the MOAA publication on state by state efforts to support, or lack support, on issues important to the military...active, retired and surviving spouses.

Link: Click here:

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NC Lawmakers Finally Adjourn 2014 August 22, 2014

NC Lawmakers Finally Adjourn 2014

August 22, 2014

* The below information, along with the attached, downloadable file - The 4th Branch End of Session Report 2014 for MOAA Website - were received from Sherry Melton, Ken Melton & Associates, and summarize the 4th Branch analysis regarding: 1) Legislative Priorities; 2) Revenue Roadblocks for Equal Tax Treatments; 3) Future Tax Reform Plans; and 4) a Bills Report.

* The North Carolina Council recommends all Chapters read and further provide this information to members to keep them informed of important legislative issues facing the military, and taxpayers of North Carolina.

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* The 2014 “short session” of the NC General Assembly finally came to an end on Wednesday, Aug. 20, seven weeks after the start of the state’s new fiscal year. The legislative session began with predictions from House and Senate leaders that they would finish the state’s business by late June or early July. Protracted disagreements over important bills (a revised state budget, insurance coverage for autism therapy, coal ash management, Medicaid reform, regulatory reform, and a new public-private economic development partnership) caused one delay after another, however. Add to the controversial issues a $445 million budget hole and the fact that 2014 is an election year and it is not necessarily surprising that the legislative session was a difficult and contentious one, or that state legislators could not even agree on how or when to finalize their work and return to their districts.

* At one point near the end of the session, there were actually up to six different “Adjournment Resolutions” eligible for consideration – some of which had lawmakers returning to Raleigh in August and November to continue work on unresolved issues that were holding up adjournment. In the end, however, the adjournment resolution that both chambers passed did not call for legislators to return to the state’s capital city before the start of the regular 2015-16 legislative session in January.

* Gov. Pat McCrory could still call the legislature into a special session for a specific reason before January, but it is unclear at this point whether he would do so. Some economic development professionals and state lawmakers from eastern North Carolina are currently petitioning the governor to do so soon so that they can work on an agreement for economic development funds, or incentives, to potentially help the state Department of Commerce land employers purportedly looking at locating in the state and bringing jobs with them.

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MOAA got it right!! July 10, 2014

MOAA got it right!!

July 10, 2014

*The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission report that was released on July 3, 2014 has confirmed what MOAA has reported all along... military personnel costs have remained steady at 30% of the defense budget for more than 30 years.

* Click on the below link to open MOAA's website and read the information from Col. Mike Hayden, USAF Ret., MOAA's Director of Government Relations who regularly testifies before the Congress on this issue.

* Thank you MOAA for keeping the pressure on the Congress and holding the line to protect unwarranted cuts to military pay and benefits.

Link: Click here:

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NC Lobbying Directory

From NCCOC President, Jeri Graham

* The web site listed below is the link to the Lobbying Directory, which is being provided to you as a designated individual or as an ethics liaison for an employing entity pursuant to the N.C. Gen. Stat. § 120C-220.

* The below Lobbying Directory file is a size that makes it difficult for some users to download it via email. As a result, a website has been created for you to download directly the file from the source.

* You may expect to receive the Lobbyist Directory approximately every 20 days while the General Assembly is in session and every 60 days thereafter.

Should your e-mail address change, should you cease to be a designated individual pursuant to Chapter 120C (Lobbying Act) or an ethics liaison for an employing entity, or should you have difficulty receiving this e-mail or opening the attachment, please contact the Lobbying Compliance Division of the Department of the Secretary of State at (919) 807-2170.

Link: Click here:

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MOAA Legislative Webinar From National MOAA Council and Chapter Affairs

MOAA Legislative Webinar

From National MOAA Council and Chapter Affairs

* To better facilitate the health and vitality of the council and chapter system, national MOAA facilitates periodic training webinars to address key council and chapter management issues that serve as the foundation for your long-term success.

* Recently, Col Mike Hayden, USAF (Ret), Director, Government Relations, offered specialized training for those wishing to learn more about the roles and responsibilities for the legislative chair/liaison position, grassroots advocacy efforts and legislative priorities.

* MOAA received an extremely large volume of responses for the webinar and were required to add a second “live” session. Unfortunately, we were sill not able to accommodate everyone and had a very long waiting list of interested members. We apologize for the inconvenience.

- The recorded session of the legislative affair training webinar, for those unable to participate or those who wish to review, is now posted to the website and may be viewed at the below link:

- For login assistance, please contact MOAA’s Member Service Center at 1-800-234-6622 until 6 PM EST. Thank you all for your membership and support.

Link: Click here:

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REPEAL OF THE COLA Does Membership in MOAA Matter??

REPEAL OF THE COLA

Does Membership in MOAA Matter??

* Following up on the below posting that discussed action underway to repeal the HUGELY unpopular proposal by the Congress to reduce annual COLA payments to military personnel under aged 62, the below link to an article from military.com verifies that such an action is imminent.

* In remarks on the webpage, "You guys have already won," Sen. James Inhofe (Okla.), ranking Republican, assured military association leaders who testified against the recent devaluation of military retirement as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act."

* Sen. Inhofe's reference was not only a testament to the unrelenting efforts on the part of MOAA to support military personnel, but it also reflects the pressure brought to bear on the Congress from the hundreds of thousands of e-mails sent in by MOAA members, and others, who subscribe to the weekly "Legislative Alerts" on the national website and enables sending communications to federal, state and local representatives to guarantee they understand the concerns of service personnel - active, retired, Guard and Reserve, former, and the surviving spouses of those for whom the Congress was getting ready to "break their promise!"

Thank you MOAA, and thank you everyone for answering the call to the Legislative Alerts on this issue.

Link: Click here:

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Investing in North Carolina's Future - An Update

November, 2013

* This is an update on progress with the North Carolina legislation for extending the Emory, Bailey, Patton settlement to all government employees. As you know, the 4th Branch did an economic analysis of what the Federal, State, Local and Military retiree brings to the State of North Carolina. The results of that study showed that for every $1.00 the state gives us in tax benefits we give them $2.50 in return. The study shows that we are an asset and not a liability to North Carolina.

* Are you getting tax relief for your retirement pay?? If your retirement benefits are $1,000.00 a month you get an additional $70.00 a month or $840.00 a year in tax relief thanks to the Federal Retiree Task Force.

* The below downloadable link is the 2011 update to the “Investing in North Carolina's Future” Report.

* A downloadable paper entitled “Our Continuing Obligation” by Ira Schwarz, Senior Advisor, North Carolina Council of Chapters, and a second paper entitled “Are We Obligated (Rev 2) are also provided below, along with Ira's Chronology of Litigation.

* Another document, The 4th Branch is a summary of efforts by the Federal Retiree Task Force (the 4th Branch) that was presented by Fred Black, immediate Past President of the North Carolina Council of Chapters at the 4th Quarterly Council meeting in Greensboro, NC.

* Each of these documents are are good information for Chapters, and members, to review.

* Contributions to provide additional funding to assist the committee working on getting “Bailey” through the North Carolina legislature can be mailed to:

Federal Retiree Task Force, 86 Pine Lake Drive, Whispering Pines NC 28327

Link: Click here to open the Documents link and read more!

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VADM Ryan's Letter to SECDEF Hagel on “<i>Fact vs. Fiction</i>” Excerpts from March 11, 2013 letter to the <u>Washington Times</u>

VADM Ryan's Letter to SECDEF Hagel on “Fact vs. Fiction

Excerpts from March 11, 2013 letter to the Washington Times

In an open letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, VADM Norb Ryan pointed out some of the flaws in the rhetoric concerning military health care and retirement programs that are the focus of some on Capital hill who see them as areas “ripe” for budgetary savings.

Ryan states, “As a former soldier and senator….the hardest part will be separating fact from fiction to make the best decisions.”

He goes on by saying, “The most important thing you can do is challenge the “experts” who use misleading rhetoric and statistics to sway you toward their conclusions. You’ll hear that military personnel costs are “rising out of control” and will “consume future defense budgets.” Bean-counters use these bogus arguments – and pundits repeat them — to divert money from military people programs to hardware or non-defense programs. Yet those arguments simply aren’t true.”

Ryan presents the facts, as follows:

• The defense budget has consumed a progressively smaller share of federal outlays. Today, it’s at its smallest share in 50 years and will drop further – below 12.5 percent – by 2017. That share is projected to continue to decline for the foreseeable future.

• Defense leaders complain military personnel and health costs are consuming roughly one-third of the defense budget – implying this is a dramatic increase from the past.

• Yet personnel and health care costs have comprised that same budget share consistently for the last 30 years. They’re no more unaffordable now than in the past.

• Moreover, this is a bargain when compared to the most similar corporations.

• Personnel costs comprise 61 percent of the budget for United Parcel Service, 43 percent for FedEx and 31 percent for Southwest Airlines.

• Your predecessors complained health care costs approach 10 percent of the non-war defense budget. However, health costs comprise 23 percent of the federal budget, 22 percent of the average state budget, 16 percent of household discretionary spending and 16 percent of U.S. Gross Domestic Product. By comparison, Defense’s 10 percent is modest.

In short, Ryan notes, “Truth be told, the Pentagon has used the military health care account as a “cash cow” to fund other programs — $708 million was diverted from the fiscal 2012 account to other programs, and diversions totaled $2.8 billion over the last three years.”

Retired Vice Adm. Norb Ryan Jr. is president of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).

Read the full text of VADM Ryan's letter by following the below link.

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SEQUESTRATION IS HERE! NOW WHAT?

SEQUESTRATION IS HERE!

NOW WHAT?

* MOAA's “Take Action” page on their website addresses the question concerning sequester - which will take effect sometime on March 1st. Simply stated, it isn't whether it will do damage, rather how long it will take for that damage to become painful.

* Follow the below link to open and read the MOAA posting.

Link: Click here:

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