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Increase COLA Repeal is Just the Beginning MOAA President VADM Norb Ryan, USN-Ret.

Increase COLA Repeal is Just the Beginning

MOAA President VADM Norb Ryan, USN-Ret.

* The below link is a message posted on the MOAA website on February 20, 2014 that explains that efforts by the Association to repeal the COLA increase is just the beginning.

* Take steps now to work with MOAA and help prevent further cuts to military benefits for all service personnel.

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Do Associations Matter? - Redux Follow-on Post Concerning Membership

Do Associations Matter? - Redux

Follow-on Post Concerning Membership

* The attached link opens a post on the MOAA website by Lt Col Shane Ostrom, USAF (Ret.) and Deputy Director, Transition Center for MOAA. It includes a summary of some of the benefits accrued for the military since 2001.

* As we embark on another year of program efforts in our North Carolina Council of Chapters, lets do all we can to encourage other eligible persons to not only join a state Chapter, but to help increase the One Powerful Voice® that is the imprimatur of MOAA.

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Chalk Up Another Win in the MOAA Column...

Chalk Up Another Win in the MOAA Column...

* It appears that the lobbying efforts by MOAA, supported by the 100's and 1,000's of e-mails sent in by members who receive the Legislative Alerts from MOAA, will soon be able to count the repeal of the 1% COLA hit that the Congress had proposed on the military.

* Open the below link, "Why Associations Matter", to read of other successes that MOAA has won on behalf of servicepersonnel - active, retired, former, Guard, Reserve and survivors of prior military personnel.

* THANK YOU, MOAA!

Readers are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to log onto the MOAA website and sign up for the Legislative Alerts that get sent to registered e-mail addresses on a regular basis to make you aware of IMPORTANT TOPICS of real consequence to all military personnel.

The reversal of the COLA penalty to the military is just one more example of how your support to MOAA does make a difference!

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Cape Fear Chapter Spouse Wins MOAA Annual Essay Contest

Cape Fear Chapter Spouse Wins MOAA Annual Essay Contest

MOAA has announced the winner of the annual essay contest. Sara VanderClute, wife of LTC Burt A. VanderClute USA (Ret.) of the Cape Fear Chapter is the winner and the recipient of a $1,000 prize. Sara's essay, Disabled or Disassembling is on page 66 of the November Military Officer magazine.

Link: Link here to open Sara's Essay in Military Officer Magazine

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Congress Set to Overturn Unfair COLA Reductions to Military Retirees?

December 31, 2013

* In a proposed Military Retirement Restoration Act, which already has 15 co-sponsors, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., says that the $6 billion in COLA cuts could instead by saved by closing loopholes for corporations using offshore tax havens.

* Shaheen stated, "there are plenty of other ways that we can find budgetary savings rather than cutting retirement benefits for the men and women who have served our nation in uniform."

The below link in military.com addresses this controversial subject and reports on the much sought after light at the end of the tunnel.

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Senate Passes Retirement-Trimming Budget Deal

December 18, 2013

The below information was posted on Military.com on December 18, 2013, byline Bryant Jordan.

(Underline and bold, italicized text added in editing this post for emphasis...)

The Senate on Wednesday passed a bipartisan-crafted budget that eliminates certain sequester cuts to the Pentagon, but also scales back cost of living adjustments starting in 2015 for working age military retirees.

The bill, which passed the House last week, will now go to the White House where President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law.

Backers of the bill say the package worked out between Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., say the deal gives much needed relief to the Defense Department.

The Pentagon faces about $1 trillion in spending cuts over the next decade as part of 2011 deficit-reduction legislation known as the Budget Control Act. That includes almost $500 billion in reductions already planned and another $500 billion in automatic cuts.

Of the $62 billion in sequestration relief in the pact, $44 billion would be applied in 2014 and another $18 billion in 2015, according to a cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office. That means the Pentagon would receive an additional $22 billion in 2014 and another $9 billion the following year, according to the office.

But a provision will reduce by 1 percent cost of living adjustments to the retirement pay of working age retirees. The reduction has drawn criticism from 30 veterans groups and military associations, as well as members of Congress.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Republican Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Roger Wicker of Mississippi blasted the military retirement provision.

"We want Congress to pass a budget, address defense sequestration, and restore military readiness, but it is wrong to try to achieve these goals on the backs of our military retirees-who have risked their lives to defend our country and who have already sacrificed so much," the three said in a statement.

MOAA considers the provision a breach of faith to men and women in uniform because it reduces retired pay, survivor benefit values and is an unfair cut in military career benefits, MOAA President Norb Ryan said in a statement.

Under the plan, he said, an E-7 in 2013 with 20 years of service would lose an average $3,700 per year by the age of 62, for a total of about $83,000. An 0-5 would be out more than $6,200 a year for a total, cumulative loss of more than $124,000, he said.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars late Wednesday vowed to continue fighting the plan to trim the retirement.

"We know the federal government needs to curb its spending, balance its budget and put an end to the sequester," VFW National Commander William A. Thien said. "But to penalize military retirees, especially those who have been medically retired as a result of wounds received defending this nation, is totally unacceptable."

Thien said the group will now work with allies in both the House and the Senate to find a solution to overcome what he called "the COLA penalty" and mobilize its membership and supporters to press Congress to support the solutions.

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MOAA Annual Meeting - Recap

November 16-17, 2013

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