Surviving Spouse Corner: Preparing for the Unpredictable

From Mary Cuthbertson - Surviving Spouse

By: Gail Joyce

Many women - and men - are blindsided by the death of a spouse, because couples rarely talk about the inevitable.

When you are at your most vulnerable, you must make choices that will have an enduring impact. Should the body be cremated or preserved? What type of service and where will it be held? Will he or she be buried in a hometown family plot or in a national cemetery many miles away?

To be better prepared for these difficult decisions, take time to have that important conversation with your spouse and your children about death and what happens after death. This conversation is a gift of love that each member of a marriage or family makes to the other.

Resources are available on MOAA.org and other websites that will help you have those conversations and make planning for the unknown perhaps a little easier. Find out who your local veteran service officer is, get to know them before you really need them, and then make sure they are the first on your list to contact.

Steps to take:

· Encourage members and spouses to talk to each other about end-of-life issues and ways to prepare.

· Prepare and organize important documents (such as DD Form 214, wills, living will, durable power of attorney, insurance policies, birth/marriage certificates, passwords, bank account and investment information).

· Make sure utilities are in both names.

· Open a credit card account in your name.

· Establish eligibility for burial in a VA National Cemetery.

· Open a credit card account in your name.

Make a list of helpful resources, including:

- MOAA

- VA

- AARP.org

- Military OneSource

- MOAA Minnesota Chapter “The Day After Calls"

- MOAA’s Surviving Spouse Virtual Chapter,

- MOAA’s Surviving Spouses and Friends Facebook group.

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Message from Paul Berry 1/10/21 Posting
Message from Paul Berry

Message from Paul Berry

1/10/21 Posting

Please share this poster. Many Veterans are isolated and need assistance; NCServes is the connection to those services.

Thank you,

Paul Berry

Regional Network Director

Veterans Bridge Home

You are invited to download, copy and post the poster, as needed.

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Resource Link MOAA

Webpage link(s) to the Policy and Procedure Guide Appendix

Need help on any of these topics from MOAA?

Each of the below topics are hot linked to take you to the MOAA webpage dealing with the subject or provide a Word (.doc) or Adobe (.pdf) document on the subject.

- Council Guidance: Suggested Council Installation Ceremony

- Installation of Chapter Officers

- Council/Chapter Electronic Support Message

- MOAA Logo Information/Brand Book

- Certificates of Recognition and Pins

- MOAA ROTC/JROTC Awards Program

- DoD Ranks By Service - Adobe (.pdf) document

- DoD Entry Access to Military Installations - Adobe (.pdf) document

- DoD Guidance: Relations with Non-Federal Entities - Adobe (.pdf) document

- Interaction with Military Associations - Adobe (.pdf) document

- Generating Non-Dues Income for Your Chapter

- MOAA Publications

- MOAA Store and MOAA On Demand

- Levels of Excellence Award

- FAQs -- Getting Advertisers or Sponsors for Your Newsletter

- Col. Marvin J. Harris Communications Award Contest

- Self-Evaluation Checklist - Word (.doc) document

- Chapter Recruiting Awards and Incentives - Adobe (.pdf) document

- Chapter Voucher Program - Adobe (.pdf) document

- How to Work a Recruiting List - Adobe (.pdf) document

- 7 Good Reasons to Join a Chapter

- Sign Up for Electronic Funds Transfer

- Report New Chapter Members

- Webinars

- Chapter Rosters

- Chapter Officer Positions

- Chapters, Satellites, and Virtual Operational Matrix

- Scholarship Options

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DATES OF IMPORTANT EVENTS/ACTIVITIES FOR NCCOC CHAPTERS

DATES OF IMPORTANT EVENTS/ACTIVITIES FOR NCCOC CHAPTERS

The following information about dates for upcoming events and activities for NCCOC Chapters are shown in the below bullets...underlined text indicate hot links that will open the subject information on the National MOAA website or other resource pages.

- The USAA grant program will open back up by mid December, 2020 and run through 2021 until funds are no longer available. Generally, funds are depleted near late September/October time frame so chapters are strongly encouraged to open the link in order to apply for the 2021 grant.

- Mercer Liability Insurance grant runs January 1, 2021 - May 31, 2021.

- Chapter Reports based on activities during July 31, 2020 to December 31, 2020 are due January 31, 2021 to info@newrivermoaa.org.

- Chapter Officer Reports, if there are any changes since the last submission, are due to info@newrivermoaa.org. It should be noted that an updated officer roster can be submitted at any time there are changes.

- Link to the COL Marvin J. Harris Communications Award submissions that are due February 1, 2021.

- NCCOC meeting - February 19-20, 2021.

- Link to the Community Grant Application submissions that are due February 28, 2021.

- Link to the Scholarship Application and submissions page that are due March 1, 2021.

- Storming the Hill and Council Presidents Seminars, April 19-20, 2021.

- Link to information on the Level of Excellence submissions that are due May 1, 2021.

- NCCOC meeting - May 15, 2021.

- Link to the COL Steve Strobridge Legislative/Liaison Award criteria; submissions are due June 1, 2021. (Note: the submission criteria in this post says June 1, 2020).

- Link to the Surviving Spouse Liaison award; submissions are due June 1, 2021. (Note: the attached file describes the role of a Surviving Spouse; award criteria will be posted when available.

- A Leaders Workshop will be held in Raleigh, NC on a date TBD September 2021. Additionally, a NCCOC quarterly meeting will be combined with the Leaders Workshop in Raleigh.

- Annual National Meeting of Membership on a date TBD October 2021.

- NCCOC meeting - November 13, 2021.

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MOAA Guidance on Partisan Political Activities August 13, 2020

MOAA Guidance on Partisan Political Activities

August 13, 2020

* The Military Officers Association of America has posted information for Councils and Chapters on the MOAA web that deals with participation in political activities, more specifically with guidance on a number of important topics, to include:

- Partisan Political Activities,

- Candidates for Public Office,

- Prohibited Activities,

- Consequences for Violations,

- Personal Opinions,

- Leadership Responsibilities, and

- Divisive Social Issues.

* Click on the underlined text (linked above) or open the below, downloadable file on election guidance.

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Information about Subcategories in News and Events on the NCCOC Website

Information about Subcategories in News and Events on the NCCOC Website

* There are seven (7) subcategories for posts that may be found on the North Carolina Council of Chapters website, to include: News / Events / Newsletters / Fund Raising Education / Legislative Issues / Veterans Affairs

* It should be noted that not all of the categories are present at all times...when a posting is found in one of these categories, a tab will be found as can be seen at the top of the page display.

* When all posts are displayed in the subcategory, left click on the tab at the top of the display to only see posts for that subject area, or scroll down through the posts to find one in which you are interested, then left left click the title of the post and it will appear in the display area.

* A post may contain several paragraphs and if any documents are included to provide additional information about the post, they can be found as a "Download". Left click on the word "Download," select the file and left click the title to open it on your computer.

An example of a document that can be opened using the download function, is shown below...the "Web Architecture Lesson Plan" was created in 2010 to educate anyone in the NCCOC on how to utilize the website.

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MOAA Levels of Excellence Winners 2019
MOAA Levels of Excellence Winners

MOAA Levels of Excellence Winners

2019

* The North Carolina Council of Chapters 2019 5-Star and 4-Star winners, as published in 2020 on the MOAA's website that can be opened in the below, downloadable file include:

5-Star Recipients

North Carolina Council of Chapters

Cape Fear Chapter

Coastal Carolina Chapter

High Country Chapter

Sandhills Chapter

Southeastern Carolina Chapter

Tarheel Central Chapter

Triangle Chapter

4-Star Recipients

Catawba Valley Chapter

Charlotte-Metrolina Chapter

Western North Carolina Chapter

* Kudos to all the winners!

Link: MOAA Website posting of 2019 LOE winners...

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