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.

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Your #1 Priority - MOAA Survey July 15, 2016

Your #1 Priority - MOAA Survey

July 15, 2016

The results of a survey conducted by Military Officers Association of America provided information regarding topics of greatest importance to our Association's membership.

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North Carolina Veterans Council - Legislative Day, Raleigh, NC May 11, 2016
North Carolina Veterans Council - Legislative Day, Raleigh, NC

North Carolina Veterans Council - Legislative Day, Raleigh, NC

May 11, 2016

* The North Carolina Council of Chapters participated in the Legislative Day held in Raleigh on this date.

* Following set-up, events of the day included an opening ceremony in front of the Legislative Building, the many veterans and veterans groups honoring the colors, and a bagpiper playing "Amazing Grace and leading the procession into the building to "Storm" the legislators.

* Representatives of the veterans groups met with Senator Louis M. Pate to share the 2016 Legislative Goal and Associated Talking Points.

* A Vietnam War 50th Commemorative Ceremony was held at 9:00 AM to invite all eligible veterans from the conflict to be recognized with a commemorative lapel pin and certificate as part of the ceremony. A total of 49 serving veterans were honored.

* All veterans attending the legislative day met with Speaker Tom Moore in the House Chambers to hear his remarks and were then given a period for Q&A.

* In the afternoon, veterans were invited to attend the House and Senate sessions, beginning at 2:00 PM and hear the reading of resolutions sponsored by NelsonMullins and to receive recognition by the legislators.

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VISN6 Newsletter October 31, 2016

VISN6 Newsletter

October 31, 2016

* Bruce Specher, Director of Public Affairs (VISN6) provides this copy of the Voices of VISN6 via their distribution list for including on our web site.

* Further, Bruce has offered to post in his newsletter any article/announcement from NCCOC chapters that has to do with Veterans...links to your Chapter newsletter or activities that are on your own Chapter webpage can also be advertised/posted.

* To partner with the VA in ways such as this can only be advantageous...a win/win so to speak.

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NC Coalition on Aging

February 16, 2016

* The below, downloadable file contains a wealth of information about the activities of the NC Coalition on Aging which is supported by the NCCOC.

* Open/read to stay informed as we're all aging!

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