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MOAA Marvin J. Harris Communication Awards 2018
MOAA Marvin J. Harris Communication Awards

MOAA Marvin J. Harris Communication Awards

2018

5-Stars

Cape Fear Chapter (e-newsletter and website)

Catawba Valley Chapter (print newsletter and website)

Charlotte-Metrolina Chapter (website)

Southeastern NC Chapter (print newsletter and website)

Tarheel Central Chapter (print newsletter and website)

4-Stars

North Carolina Council of Chapters (e-newsletter and website)

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Triangle Chapter, North Carolina Council of Chapters February 2019

Triangle Chapter, North Carolina Council of Chapters

February 2019

* The Triangle Chapter of the North Carolina Council of Chapters was the recipient of a 2019 recruitment award from MOAA in Category 4 with 32 new members having been signed up...

* Kudos to COL Herb Segal, USA, Ret., President and members of the Triangle Chapter for their efforts.

* Visit the Triangle Chapter on the web to learn more about the chapter, one of 15 in the North Carolina Council of Chapters.

* Check out the county by county link on our North Carolina Council of Chapters website to learn more about becoming a member of one of our award winning chapters.

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MOAA Uniformed Services Nurse Advocates  Virtual Chapter (MUSNAVC) February 2019

MOAA Uniformed Services Nurse Advocates Virtual Chapter (MUSNAVC)

February 2019

* The MUSNAVC was the recipient of a 2019 recruitment award from MOAA in Category 3 with 90 new members having been signed up...

* KUDOs to the MUSNAVC leadership COL Jeri Graham, USA, Ret., and LTC Joe Gollasch, USA, Ret.

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Osborne Piedmont Chapter MOAA Military Officer Magazine Post March 2019

Osborne Piedmont Chapter MOAA Military Officer Magazine Post

March 2019

* In the March edition of Military Officer magazine, on page 96, Osborne Piedmont Chapter member Claudia Hollis is featured; the wonderful lady who makes sleeping mats from plastic grocery bags is featured for her work!! Way to go Claudia!

* Are there other who want to contribute plastic grocery bags that are building up in your cabinet or closet? Contact the Osborne Piedmont Chapter on ways to donate...Claudia will put them to good use!

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LtGen Atkins presents NCCOC President Lee with LOE January 25, 2019

LtGen Atkins presents NCCOC President Lee with LOE

January 25, 2019

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MOAA's Advocacy Mission: Legislative Goals

2019

* Information from MOAA via their Legislative Action Center is provided in this post...For more about MOAA's legislative advocacy mission, including how you can make your voice heard, click here.

* “In 2019, MOAA Government Relations will engage the 116th Congress early and often on issues of greatest importance to our members, the men and women in our uniformed services, their families, and their survivors,” says Col. Dan Merry, USAF (Ret), vice president of Government Relations. “As military experience among members of Congress has declined over the years, with just over 17 percent having experience in uniform at the onset of 2019, these goals are instrumental to our efforts to inform and influence members of Congress and their staffs.”

* The split political power between the two houses promises to bring new challenges and opportunities. Those cannot be addressed until the new Congress is sworn in and committee assignments have been finalized.

* However, a first step in any new congressional session is to reintroduce legislation that was not passed in the previous legislative cycle. MOAA's national and grassroots supporters will work directly with members of Congress to ensure our interests are properly represented by proposed and reintroduced legislation.

HERE ARE THE LEGISLATIVE ACTION GOALS FOR 2019

The Goal: Ensure any TRICARE reform sustains access to top-quality care.

* Background: Access to quality care is paramount for all beneficiaries in TRICARE programs and VA Community Networks - regardless of location. Access has been enhanced by technology, such as the DoD-VA Electronic Health Record and the expansion of telehealth capabilities.

* MOAA's Stance: Savings gained from reforms should benefit the health care system and beneficiaries. Military treatment facilities (MTFs) remain instrumental to an operational medical force, which is necessary to support a military ready force, and should continue to support beneficiary care to sustain medical training platforms.

* Actions: Strengthen our partnership with Defense Health Agency (DHA) working groups and executive sessions. Engage The Military Coalition's Healthcare Committee. Continue to administer and drive results of MOAA's health care surveys. Closely monitor the new role DHA has for oversight of MTFs.

The Goal: Prevent disproportional TRICARE fee increases.

* Background: The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently introduced, as a potential option, TRICARE for Life enrollment fees and minimum out-of-pocket requirements as ways the federal budget could escape red ink. Independent of the CBO report (PDF), DoD and Congress have stated retiree health care costs are spiraling out of control, and beneficiaries do not pay enough for their health care. Based on DoD's own data, MOAA knows this is not true - the difference is attributable to rising institutional and readiness costs. Despite that, the report and the ongoing budget pressure have turned TRICARE For Life into a potential target for fee increases to offset readiness or other programs.

* MOAA's Stance: Military retirees, through their service and sacrifice, have paid in full for their TRICARE For Life benefits. Congress - not DoD - should determine appropriate TRICARE fees.

Actions: Reverse or significantly decrease the 2018 TRICARE Prime copayment increases for grandfathered/Group-A beneficiaries. Modify fee structure to reduce out-of-pocket costs for successive specialty appointments, such as physical therapy or mental health care. Protect TRICARE For Life as a second payer to Medicare Part B.

The Goal: Sustain military pay comparability with the private sector.

* Background: A residual 2.6-percent pay-raise gap still exists between servicemembers and private-sector civilians, attributable to three years of pay-raise caps. Political pressure to reduce costs might lead Congress to again cap military pay raises, widening the pay-raise gap between military and civilians.

* MOAA's Stance: As the cost of labor increases across the nation, so too should the paychecks of our uniformed servicemembers. Adequate pay and allowances - including competitive raises - are key to recruiting and retaining an effective all-volunteer force. This issue affects all currently serving uniformed personnel and their families, and succeeding on this issue has a positive, far-reaching impact. Any pay raise set by the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) must match the Employment Cost Index (ECI) increase of 3.1 percent -- anything lower will make the pay gap wider.

* Actions: Maintain continuous, unified messaging to legislators and service leadership, advising annual military pay raises approved by Congress correlate with ECI to help overcome damage done by the three recent pay caps (2014-2016). Coordinate with The Military Coalition to address this wide-reaching imperative of support to those in uniform, and seek closure of the 2.6-percent gap as soon as feasible.

The Goal: Stop erosion of compensation and non-pay quality-of-life benefits.

* Background: Other components of compensation are equally essential to recruiting and retaining the all-volunteer force. Political pressure to reduce costs could encourage Congress to reconsider the calculations for the basic allowance for housing (BAH), as it has done in recent years. First was an attempt to do away with BAH for dual-military families. The following year, Congress attempted to do away with the with-dependent rate BAH for those dual-military couples with children.

* MOAA's Stance: Other pays and allowances are essential to shaping the force with the proper skill sets and experience. As the Blended Retirement System matures, these pays will become even more important to recruiting and retention.

* Actions: Continue to oppose proposals to reduce compensation or undermine long-term retention. Assess progress of the Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation's review of Regular Military Compensation and potential changes to a salary system.

The Goal: End financial penalties for military survivors.

* Background: Nearly 67,000 military survivors lose between $900 and $1,500 per month due to the widows tax. The widows tax is the amount of Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payment offset by Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC).

* MOAA's Stance: SBP and DIC are two different payments for two different reasons. The offset should be eliminated, and DIC should be improved to align with other federal survivor benefits. Additionally, survivors' and dependents' educational assistance benefits should be increased.

* Actions: Ensure legislation is introduced in the 116th Congress to address survivor benefits. Educate legislators, staffers, and other stakeholders about the inequities. Mobilize MOAA members and The Military Coalition to engage and press for legislation to be included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The Goal: End concurrent receipt penalties for military retirees.

* Background: Retirees with a 40-percent or lower disability rating and those with a 30-percent or higher disability rating who are forced to retire before completing a full 20-year military career, are prohibited from receiving military retired pay concurrent with VA disability compensation. Political pressure to keep budget costs down has remained the main threat to getting legislation passed to end these financial penalties.

* MOAA's Stance: All eligible retirees should receive both retirement and disability compensation.

* Actions: Ensure legislation is introduced in the 116th Congress to address Chapter 61 inequities. Educate legislators and congressional staff about the impact these financial penalties have on some of our most vulnerable retirees. Mobilize our membership and The Military Coalition to engage Capitol Hill.

The Goal: Achieve equity of benefits for Guard and Reserve members with their active duty counterparts.

* Background: An operational Guard and Reserve is an essential component to the national defense strategy because they make up approximately 38 percent of U.S. uniformed manpower.

* MOAA's Stance: Achieving pay and benefits parity with active duty forces is vital to recruiting, retaining, and sustaining forces for the Guard and Reserve supporting our nation's defense strategy.

* Actions: Encourage Congress to advance equal pay and benefits for similar service by the Guard and Reserve relative to active duty troops. Build partnerships with federal agencies, such as the Department of Labor, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, and state governors to expand and strengthen employer support for Guard and Reserve members. Appeal to The Military Coalition and its Guard and Reserve Committee to expand influence and reach in all areas affecting pay and benefits issues.

The Goal: Strengthen DoD-VA collaboration and services to support wounded warriors and an expanding population of women veterans.

* Background: Programs developed to support wounded warriors and their families and caregivers since Sept. 11, 2001, continue to be essential to readiness and the war-fighting mission of the future. Veterans who served in past and current wars still struggle to obtain needed benefits due to the lack of congressional action on key issues, particularly toxic exposures and their long-term impacts. The Pentagon has worked to forge collaborative relationships with other government and nongovernment agencies - most significantly the VA. Also evolving is a greater appreciation for the specific differences in health care and support for women veterans.

* MOAA's Stance: Improving upon this collaboration will require investments in leadership, resources, and funding - to include oversight and reporting.

As we progress, DoD's and the VA's evolving systems must continue in sync and remain fully aligned to delivering seamless care and benefits.

* Actions: Monitor the FY 2019 NDAA requirement for a review and assessment of DoD and service wounded warrior programs. Seek legislation forcing the VA to address known gaps in benefits to veterans. Involve The Military Coalition's Veterans Committee to expand influence and reach in all areas affecting veterans' issues. Engage and advocate on behalf of the VA - when needed - to ensure the agency is adequately resourced and equipped to deliver benefits to veterans without backlogs or delays. Preserve the integrity of and access to DoD and VA health systems for dually eligible beneficiaries.

The Goal: Ensure timely access to service-earned VA benefits.

* Background: The veteran population of nearly 22 million is projected to decline in coming years. Demand for VA health care and benefits, however, steadily grows because of the aging and unique demographics of this population.

* MOAA's Stance: Major health care and benefit system reforms have been implemented in recent years but require an ongoing commitment and investments to meet demand and ensure timely access. Continuing implementation will pose challenges to fund evolving technologies, infrastructure, electronic health records, full staffing at every echelon, and the various support systems that tie these efforts together. Further, political forces continue to threaten or erode the core VA health and benefit missions and foundational services.

* Actions: Oppose efforts to use veterans' disability benefits compensation or other benefits to pay for VA system improvements and diminish or restrict access to service-earned benefits. Press DoD and the VA to achieve true interoperability of electronic medical, personnel, and benefits records to improve medical outcomes and delivery of benefits. Mandate DoD and the VA to develop protocols and establish a mechanism to address service-connected illnesses and environmental exposures and institute a framework for managing toxic exposures that might happen in the future.

The Goal: Protect military and veteran family support programs and policies.

* Background: Congress and DoD recognize military and veteran family quality of life is critical to recruiting and retaining the all-volunteer force. Often, support programs for military and veteran families are the first to be cut when government funds become tight.

* MOAA's Stance: It is necessary to update family support programs and policies to reflect the needs of today's military families. Spouse employment, children's education, special needs, commissaries and exchanges, and morale, welfare, and recreation (MWR) programs are essential today. Adequate, affordable, and safe housing remains a concern for all military families, especially those in high-cost areas where options are limited.

* Actions: Educate members of Congress and their staffers on the importance of military family readiness and issues affecting military and veteran families. Protect programming and subsidies essential to MWR and family readiness. Eliminate health and safety hazards in military base housing. Decrease military spouse unemployment and underemployment. Ensure quality of life and health of military and veteran families.

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Wreaths Across America December 15, 2018
Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America

December 15, 2018

The accompanied pictures are from the Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery, Spring Lake on December 15, 2018. This was a most memorable JOINT group - the MOAA Uniformed Services Nurse Advocates Virtual Chapter is grateful to USAA for their Chapter Sponsorship and other member donations were able to distribute wreaths to 4 sites around the country, thus the USAA and MOAA signs. The Cape Fear Chapter was represented by COL (Ret) Ok Sun Hodges whose spouse MAJ (Ret) Alexander Hodges was interred there this past year; COL (Ret) Diana DiStefano (Sandhills Chapter), COL (Ret) Jeri Graham, COL (Ret) Diane Scherr, COL (Ret) Ed Baisden and COL (Ret) Deb Betts also noted.

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Key Dates - MOAA 2018-2019

Key Dates - MOAA

2018-2019

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Joseph H. Long, USAF (Ret.) November 10, 2018 - In Memoriam

Joseph H. Long, USAF (Ret.)

November 10, 2018 - In Memoriam

Lt.Col. Long was born in Ashe County, NC on July 22nd, 1925, the 11th child of George and Flora Long. With the attack on Pearl Harbor, Joe joined the Army Air Corp, volunteering for pilot training. He was diverted to gunnery school and served on B24 aircraft until 1946. After the war, Joe entered the University of North Carolina, graduating in 1950 with a BS in Commerce and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the United States Air Force. Upon graduation, Joe entered pilot training. He served 14 years with the Strategic Air Command (SAC), flying B29’s on reconnaissance missions during the Korean War. He served as an instructor at SAC with his experience in B29, B47, B50, and B52 aircraft. While assigned to Lowry Air Force Base, he earned a master’s degree in Industrial Management from the University of Colorado in 1963. In 1967, he volunteered for Vietnam serving as a forward air controller. Upon returning, he was assigned to the Military Airlift Command and flew the C141 in support of the war. Between 1968 and 1972 he flew hundreds of troop support missions over to Vietnam and Air Evac missions back to the United States. For his last mission, he was designated to transport 65 senior ambassadors to Ethiopia for a UN meeting. He finished his career with a 2-year assignment with the Joint Military Assistance Group where they helped modernize the Korean Military Forces. He served a total of 35 years and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, 8 Air Medals, 1 Joint Service Commendation Medal and 2 Air Force Commendation Medals. Shortly after retiring in 1978, he was part of a large group to work on assistance to the Shah of Iran to shape a modern military force.

After retiring, he served many volunteer hours with the Military Officers Association of America, Federal Retiree Task Force, the 4th Branch and his local MOAA chapter. He also worked with the Red Cross on their emergency notification system for active military. He never stopped serving!

Joe married Martha Price in 1946 and they became parents to Pattie. Martha passed away after a lengthy illness after 54 years of marriage. In 2003, he and Joan Freeman Shaw were married. Their blended family includes 5 children,10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Joe and Joan reside at Searstone Community in Cary, NC.

Link: Joseph H. Long Legacy.com Obituary on the Raleigh News & Observer

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MOAA Levels of Excellence Awards 2017

MOAA Levels of Excellence Awards

2017

Council/Chapter Name / Award

NC00 - North Carolina State Council / 5 Star

NC01 - Cape Fear Chapter / 5 Star

NC02 - Coastal Carolina Chapter / 4 Star

NC04 - Charlotte-Metrolina Chapter / 5 Star

NC07 - Southeastern NC Chapter / 5 Star

NC08 - Tarheel Central Chapter / 4 Star

NC09 - Triangle Chapter / 5 Star

NC10 - Western North Carolina Chapter / 5 Star

NC21 - High Country Chapter / 5 Star

* Check out MOAA's posting about all the winners by state on their website here!

* KUDOS TO ALL!

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High Country Chapter (NC21) Dedicates New Veterans Memorial July 4, 2018
High Country Chapter (NC21) Dedicates New Veterans Memorial

High Country Chapter (NC21) Dedicates New Veterans Memorial

July 4, 2018

On July 4th, 2018, the High Country Chapter (HCCMOAA, NC-21) and the Town of Boone NC unveiled and dedicated the Watauga County Veterans Memorial. The ceremony was the culmination of a three year effort to design, construct, install and fund this ambitious project. HCCMOAA came up with the concept and developed the strategic plan which took the project from vision to fruition. HCCMOAA partnered with the Town of Boone, which donated land for the memorial site and many hours of in-kind support, to help make this striking tribute to veterans a reality. Chapter members chaired key committees comprised of subject matter experts and volunteers which handled the competition/design, advertising/publicity, engineering/construction and fundraising phases of the project. MOAA provided the overall project leadership and collaborated with many local organizations to advertise and promote the memorial. Literally hundreds of individuals, corporations, organizations and state and local governments helped us reach our goal of $165,000 through financial and in-kind contributions. A remarkable achievement for a chapter our size.

The stainless steel sculpture titled “Time and Honor” was chosen from 19 proposals submitted in response to a regional competition. The artist selected was Suzie Hallier from Banner Elk, NC who designed and built the memorial. The sculpture is in the form of an ellipse increasing in size from left to right and culminating in five pillars which honor our five armed forces. The ellipse prominently features the words “Duty Honor Country”, the West Point motto long ago adopted by all services to reflect the determination, perseverance and dedication of all who serve this great country. Knee walls surrounding the sculpture depict the dates and lives lost in the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War and current and future conflicts in defense of freedom. These are the most prominent of the 82 conflicts in which one or more of our services have fought. A third wall dedicates the monument to all veterans who served and acknowledges the contributions which made the memorial possible.

This MOAA led effort was an outstanding example of many diverse community elements joining forces to achieve an objective which honors in perpetuity our veterans who are with us today and those who gave their lives in the service of our Country.

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UPDATED:  DEDICATION OF THE NEW GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM (GWOT) MONUMENT May 28, 2018

UPDATED: DEDICATION OF THE NEW GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM (GWOT) MONUMENT

May 28, 2018

DEDICATION OF THE NEW GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM (GWOT) MONUMENT

The long-awaited dedication of the new Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) monument at the Freedom Memorial Park in downtown Fayetteville will take place a week from now on Memorial Day, Monday the 28th of May 2018 starting at 10:00 AM.

This is a worthy tribute to our brave men and women who have made the supreme sacrifice in fighting terrorism worldwide since 9/11. The realization of this community undertaking was made possible by the consideration and generosity of our chapter members who collectively donated over $25,000 to defray the cost of the monument.

Several chapter members will participate in the ceremony. The invocation will be delivered by our Chaplain (LTC) Tim Atkinson. The keynote speaker will be General Dan K. McNeill, a chapter member and a veteran of several global war on terrorism campaigns.

Two other members, COL James Wanovich and LTC Jon Pendell, both veterans of multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11, will assist in laying the CFC memorial wreath on the GWOT monument.

This will be a historic event for our chapter in that it is our first tangible contribution to our local community. A sizable and noticeable representation of the Cape Fear Chapter at the event would be most appropriate and desirable; a group photo will be taken upon conclusion of the ceremony.

Let us all observe this Memorial Day by attending this poignant and patriotic ceremony in honor of those who have laid down their lives in service to our nation.

UPDATE: Congratulations to the Cape Fear Chapter for their support of the new memorial on the Global War on Terrorism. Read the MOAA website post with the story about the Cape Fear Chapter's participation in the monuments development.

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Col. Marvin J. Harris Communication Award Winners for 2017 April 20, 2018

Col. Marvin J. Harris Communication Award Winners for 2017

April 20, 2018

The following Council and Chapters in the North Carolina Council of Chapters were recognized for the awards shown that were announced after MOAA’s 2018 Storming the Hill.

5 Star Award for NC00 - NC Council Website

5 Star Award for NC00 - NC Council E-Newsletter

5 Star Award for NC01 - Cape Fear Website

5 Star Award for NC01 - Cape Fear E-Newsletter

4 Star Award for NC02 - Coastal Carolina Website

5 Star Award for NC07 - SENCLAND Website

5 Star Award for NC07 - SENCLAND Print Newsletter

5 Star Award for NC09 - Triangle Website

5 Star Award for NC09 - Triangle Print Newsletter

5 Star Award for NC11 - Catawba Valley Website

5 Star Award for NC11 - Catawba Valley Print Newsletter

5 Star Award for NC22 - New River E-Newsletter

Kudos to all!!

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NCCOC Storming the Hill Message from CAPT David Lee April 20, 2018
NCCOC Storming the Hill Message from CAPT David Lee

NCCOC Storming the Hill Message from CAPT David Lee

April 20, 2018

“I am very proud of the NC contingent that stormed the hill on Wednesday. We saw lots of important and busy people who are managing the business of our great country. I believe they heard our issues, understand the implications and are more likely to take action based on our discussion and materials we left behind. The respected MOAA reputation was enhanced! Our military and veterans should be better off because of our efforts. We were a great example of how we are advocates for NEVER STOP SERVING!”

BZ! Well Done! (See thumbnail photograph)

Shown in the pictures (Upper Right) Greg Chase, Parks Noyes and Jeri Graham and (Lower Right) Rollie Sampson, Scott Wadle and David Lee.

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Cyber Threat Awareness Message

January 20, 2018

This is a Cyber Threat Awareness Message that is being provided by the Defense Information Systems Agency about a threat posed for users of NetFLIX in order to inform them about a phishing effort and to avoid providing any personal information in response to an e-mail.

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COL Jeri Graham Honored November 10, 2017

COL Jeri Graham Honored

November 10, 2017

COL Jeri Graham, North Carolina Council of Chapters Immediate Past President and MOAA Board Member is recognized as NC TarHeel of the Week as reported in the Raleigh News and Observer.

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New Entry Requirements for Camp LeJeune MCB October 4, 2017

New Entry Requirements for Camp LeJeune MCB

October 4, 2017

The below, downloadable press release is posted here to inform everyone of the newly adopted requirements for access to the Marine Corps Base, Camp LeJeune...everyone is encouraged to provide maximum distribution to persons in North Carolina regarding this change and the effect it may have on gaining access to the base.

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More Durham Orange Chapter Cup Cake Activities
More Durham Orange Chapter Cup Cake Activities

More Durham Orange Chapter Cup Cake Activities

- The Durham-Orange Chapter has an ongoing project of providing home-made cupcakes to the USO at RDU to celebrate the anniversary of each of the Services. The Coast Guard's birthday is August 4 so nine of our members met today to ice and decorate the 18 DOZEN cupcakes we had baked.

- Today's project was special for one of our members, whose father served in WW II in the Coast Guard. Today was our second time since we celebrated the birthday of the US Army in June.

- The chapters next project date is September 19 to celebrate the Air Force's birthday.

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Durham-Orange Chapter Cup Cake Experience
Durham-Orange Chapter Cup Cake Experience

Durham-Orange Chapter Cup Cake Experience

* Six members of the Durham-Orange Chapter met at the home of President Bruce Harris on June 13, 2017 to decorate cupcakes baked at member's homes...lots of fun and festive cupcakes were the final product (pictured, lower right as proof!)

* A volunteer met us curbside at Raleigh Durham Airport (RDU) to take them up to the USO.

* A fun afternoon which provided good feelings by all knowing that they're really appreciated. This particular sharing experience was to celebrate U.S. Army birthday...plans are to do this for every service birthday....next is Coast Guard in August!

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MOAA Storms the NC Legislature April 26, 2017
MOAA Storms the NC Legislature

MOAA Storms the NC Legislature

April 26, 2017

Pictured ( L to R): Doug Ehrhardt, Iggy Husar, Harley Ellinger, Jeri Graham, Marie Senzig and Vern Pike.

Pictured (bottom thumbnail photograph) is Jeri Graham, Legislative Chair, North Carolina Veterans Council with James Prosser, Director, North Carolina Department of Veteran Affairs.

Scroll over the thumbnail pictures (right) to see some of the Veterans organizations that were represented at the event.

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MOAA's 2016 Col. Marvin J. Harris Communication Awards April 6, 2017
MOAA's 2016 Col. Marvin J. Harris Communication Awards

MOAA's 2016 Col. Marvin J. Harris Communication Awards

April 6, 2017

* The MOAA Councils and Chapters that are the recipients of 2016 Col. Marvin J. Harris Communication Awards were announced at the President's Seminar which took place after "Storming the Hill."

* Pictured (above right): CAPT Douglas Ehrhardt, USN, Ret., President of the North Carolina Council of Chapters is presented a 5 Star award for the Council website by Lt Gen Dana Atkins, USAF, Ret., President and CEO of MOAA.

* Pictured (below right) is the group photograph of the representatives of the 137 award recipients from the attendees at the President's Seminar.

North Carolina Council of Chapters Awards:

* 5 Star

- North Carolina Council of Chapters Website

- Cape Fear Chapter Website

- Sandhills Chapter Website

* 4 Star

- North Carolina Council of Chapters E-Newsletter

- Cape Fear Chapter Print Newsletter

- Coastal Carolina Website

- Coastal Carolina Print Newsletter

- Sandhills Chapter Print Newsletter

- SENCLand Chapter Website

- SENCLand Chapter Print Newsletter

- Triangle Chapter Website

- Triangle Chapter Print Newsletter

- Catawba Valley Chapter Website

- Catawba Valley Chapter Print Newsletter

- New River Chapter Website

- New River Chapter E-Newsletter

KUDOS TO ALL OUR COUNCIL AWARDEES!

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Marix Awards Ceremony, Dirksen Senate Office Building April 4, 2017

Marix Awards Ceremony, Dirksen Senate Office Building

April 4, 2017

The Military Officers Association of America Marix Awards Ceremony, named for MOAA's first president, was on April 4th...North Carolina Council of Chapters President, CAPT Doug Ehrhardt, USN, Ret., and his wife Cathy, attended the ceremony as part of the annual event on Capitol Hill with the North Carolina Council of Chapters delegation and other MOAA council and chapter members in DC for "Storming the Hill," 2017.

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NCCOC Prepares to "Storm the Hill" April 4, 2017

NCCOC Prepares to "Storm the Hill"

April 4, 2017

* The North Carolina Council of Chapters delegation that will "Storm the Hill" tomorrow, April 5th to meet our 2 Senators and 13 Representatves to bring our message of two primary issues of importance to the military - active, retired, Guard and Reserve, officer AND enlisted, as well as surviving spouses of deceased persons is pictured. Issue #1 - sequestration, and Issue #2 - the SBP/DIC offset.

* Shown (left to right): COL Ed Baisden, USA, Ret., COL Jeri Graham, USA, Ret., Lt Gen Dana Atkins,USAF, Ret. and CAPT Doug Ehrhardt, USN, Ret.

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David and Catherine Sevier March 18, 2018

David and Catherine Sevier

March 18, 2018

David and Catherine Sevier gave an informative presentation to the 1st quarterly meeting of the North Carolina Council of Chapters regarding the Carolinas Center (TCC), a nonprofit association serving a large network of hospices and palliative care organizations across North and South Carolina for which they received a $1.1 million Duke Endowment Foundation grant to help persons "Own One's Own Health" and to also enable them, and their families, in making important end of life decisions.

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MOAA Levels of Excellence (LOE) March 2017

MOAA Levels of Excellence (LOE)

March 2017

* The March "Affiliate," MOAA's e-Newsletter, contains information on changes to the LOE awards program that affect both Councils and Chapters.

* It is recommended that Chapter Presidents read the new policy regarding Levels of Excellence awards and plan accordingly for efforts within their chapter to participate in the revised program.

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Bailey Patton Update

March 6, 2017

* Click here to open an important link to information about the Bailey case that is helpful to ALL North Carolina veterans! The link is to the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

* Please provide widest dissemination of this information to all chapter members in the North Carolina Council of Chapters.

* Also, please remember to register on the 4th Branch website to stay informed with action in the NC legislature regarding Bailey.

* Thanks!

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Catawba Valley Chapter Officer Installation January 26, 2017

Catawba Valley Chapter Officer Installation

January 26, 2017

The attached photograph of the Catawba Valley Chapter's Officer Installation was taken at the chapter's regular meeting. Shown are North Carolina Council of Chapters President, CAPT Doug Ehrhardt, USN, Ret. administering the oath of office to "Davie" Davenport (pictured left) and LTC James Cole (right). Congratulations to each on their commitment to "Never Stop Serving."

(Photo courtesy of COL John Liburdi, Catawba Valley Chapter).

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Piedmont Chapter News November 9, 2016
Piedmont Chapter News

Piedmont Chapter News

November 9, 2016

* The Piedmont Chapter of MOAA, LTC Lee Richmond, President, sponsors 2 ROTC units and 20 JROTC units. The units and their programs foster leadership skills and the Piedmont Chapter is proud to participate in their programs.

* Recently, chapter leaders were invited by Navy Captain Frank Shearin (shown upper right with LTC Richmond), Southeast Guilford High School Navy JROTC commander, to attend the area commanders inspection of the school’s Navy JROTC.

* Chapter members BGen Blake Williams, LCDR Jim Ertner and Lee (lower right) were warmly welcomed to watch the well trained cadets perform drills in the school gymnasium (thumbnail photograph).

* It was an excellent performance and we were pleased that MOAA had representatives at this event.

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Annual Meeting of the Military Officers Association of America October 25, 2016

Annual Meeting of the Military Officers Association of America

October 25, 2016

The annual meeting of MOAA can be viewed in its entirety in this YouTube video.

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Piedmont Chapter in the News

November 2106

* The Piedmont Chapter of the North Carolina Council of Chapters was recognized in the November 2016 issue of Military Officer magazine on page 42 for their donations to the Triad Veterans Stand Down...

* Kudos to Chapter President, Lee Richmond and the members of the Piedmont Chapter of MOAA!

* Check it out!

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Hacksaw Ridge - opened November 4, 2016 Message from Director Mel Gibson

Hacksaw Ridge - opened November 4, 2016

Message from Director Mel Gibson

* The inspirational movie about WWII Medal of Honor winner Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector who saved the lives of 75 of his fellow soldiers in Okinawa opened in more than 3000 theaters in the U.S. on November 4th.

* Please share with fellow veterans, and GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!

* To learn more about Desmond Doss, click here.

* To get more information on the production of the movie, click here.

* To see the 2004 documentary film, "The Conscientious Objector," produced by Terry Benedict, click here.

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Military Officers Association of America LOE Awards and Annual Meeting October 24-25, 2016
Military Officers Association of America LOE Awards and Annual Meeting

Military Officers Association of America LOE Awards and Annual Meeting

October 24-25, 2016

The annual meeting of the Military Officers Association of America was held on October 25, 2016 at the Sheraton Arlington Hotel in Washington, DC. The meeting was preceded by the annual awarding of Levels of Excellence streamers (shown, lower right) to Councils and Chapters earning 4- or 5-Stars at the Friday, October 24, 2016 dinner.

* This year, the North Carolina Council of Chapters, as well as 11 of our 16 state chapters received 4- or 5-Star streamers from MOAA Chairman of the Board, GEN Tony Robertson, Jr., USAF-Ret. at the annual awards dinner. Shown in the first thumbnail photograph (right) is a group picture of the North Carolina Council of Chapters winners.

* Award recipients (thumbnail pictures #2 - #11) are:

North Carolina Council - CAPT Doug Ehrhardt, President is shown accepting a 5-star streamer.

Cape Fear Chapter - COL Juan Chavez, President is shown accepting a 5-star streamer.

Coastal Chapter - CAPT Marie Senzig, President is shown accepting a 4-star streamer.

Charlotte-Metrolina Chapter - COL Ron Morgan, President is shown accepting a 5-star streamer..

Sandhills Chapter - COL Ed Baisden is shown accepting a 5-star streamer on behalf of Polly Flippo, President.

Southeastern Chapter - COL Jim Brumit, President is shown accepting a 4-star streamer.

Tarheel Chapter - LTC Greg Bean, President is shown accepting a 4-star streamer.

Triangle Chapter - COL Matt Segal, President is shown accepting a 5-star streamer.

Western Chapter - CDR John Nunnellee is shown accepting a 5-star streamer on behalf of Spence Campbell, President.

High Country Chapter - Maj Bob Gibbard, President is shown accepting a 4-star streamer.

Note: CAPT Ehrhardt, NCCOC President accepted a 4-star streamer on behalf of COL Joe Cansler, President of the Catawba Valley Chapter and a 5-star streamer on behalf of Maj. Lou Burge, President of the New River Chapter.

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Military Officer Magazine Recognizes Catawba Valley Chapter's Stand Down

October 2016

* The Catawba Valley Chapter's efforts in support to a community "Stand Down" are recognized in the October 2016 edition of Military Officer magazine on page 64.

* Kudos to President Joe Cansler and the Catawba Valley Chapter for the excellent work in applying their USAA/MOAA sponsorship funds for council and chapter community focused events.

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Korea Revisit Hosted by the Republic of Korea July 2016

Korea Revisit Hosted by the Republic of Korea

July 2016

* Triangle Chapter President Matt Segal shared information from his presentation that was given at the 3rd Quarterly NCCOC Meeting in Blowing Rock, NC.

* Open the attached file to learn more about the opportunity for veterans who were on active duty in the Korean War theater of operations and follow up as desired.

* Thanks Matt and Meg for this information.

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NC4VETS Website Promote Your Activities

NC4VETS Website

Promote Your Activities

* The North Carolina Council of Chapters and individual Chapters can utilize the NC4VETS website to promote their activities by clicking on this link...

* Check it out!

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Military Officer Magazine June 2016

Military Officer Magazine

June 2016

* Pictures from the post "Storming the Hill" Council of Chapters meeting in Alexandria, VA.

* Happy to see pictorial coverage in this months MO Magazine highlighted our NC Council...if I'd known I would be photographed up close I would have combed my hair!

* It was also an honor to have our NC Storming team chosen with Tennessee and Colorado to join Lt Gen Adkins and COL Barry Wright as the faces of MOAA as they elected to not have the large group shot on the Capitol steps since the dome was covered by scaffolding on the day of our visit.

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NC Women Veterans Summit and Expo May 25, 2016
NC Women Veterans Summit and Expo

NC Women Veterans Summit and Expo

May 25, 2016

* Terri Kane, NC Fayetteville State Veterans Home VSO and NC Women Veterans Coordinator presents award to the Western Carolina MOAA Chapter with great appreciation to that chapter for their generous contribution to the NC Women Veterans Summit and Expo. COL (Ret) Jeri Graham accepts the award for the Western Chapter.

* In the lower right photograph, COLs (Ret) Diana DiStefano (Sandhills Chapter) and Jeri Graham man the MOAA-NCCOC table at the 2016 NC Women Veterans Summit & Expo. There were numerous positive interchanges with Summit attendees and exhibitors and six attendees completed MOAA membership cards.

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Osborne Piedmont Chapter Meeting May 19, 2016

Osborne Piedmont Chapter Meeting

May 19, 2016

* As North Carolina Council of Chapters president, it's an honor to attend chapter meetings in our North Carolina system...today's visit is in Greensboro with 51 members and guests of the Osborne Piedmont Chapter, LTC Lee Richmond, President.

* Shown at right is Congressman Mark Walker (R-NC 06) who was the guest speaker.

A discussion topic at the regular business meeting related to VA Form 10-0485, "Request for and Authorization to Release Protected Health Information to Nationwide Health Information Network." The PDF form can be opened from the below, downloadable file.

Link: VA Form 10-0485

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Osborne Piedmont Chapter Support for the Servant Center May 17, 2016
Osborne Piedmont Chapter Support for the Servant Center

Osborne Piedmont Chapter Support for the Servant Center

May 17, 2016

* The members of the Osborne Piedmont Chapter collected food along with Lauren Starkey and members of the local ministry club at Caldwell Academy...the food drive benefitted homeless and disabled veterans by supporting the Servant Center in Greensboro, NC.

* Shown in the pictures (above right) is Chapter President LTC Lee Richmond, USA, Ret.with Lauren and the centers volunteers (below right) when the donations were delivered.

* Thanks Lee and members of the Osborne Piedmont Chapter!

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2016 Women Veterans Summit and Expo May 24-25, 2016

2016 Women Veterans Summit and Expo

May 24-25, 2016

* Open the below downloadable file from NC4Vets containing information on the 2016 Women Veterans Summit and Expo.

* Please give widest dissemination to your own veteran's organizations!

* Thank you.

Link: Click here for the information on Summit sponsors, speakers and to register:

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