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*IN THIS ISSUE:  August 2019

Central Ohio News  

From National MOAA



July was a busy month and I would like to highlight a couple of events.  Major(ret) Ray Bower was our speaker at the 12 July luncheon and he did an excellent job talking about U-10s and his job with Special Operations during Vietnam.  


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Notes from the Membership’s Log, August 2019

Welcome New Members:  

LtCol Alan W. Beck USAF/FMR    Life MOAA member
LtCol Paul Roberts    USAF/RET   Premium MOAA Member
 Mrs. Paul Roberts  Supporting Member
Hard to believe we are almost half way thru Summer!  Where does the time go!

To get a $250 award from MOAA for retaining 80% of our membership, we only need 5 more renewals.  Won’t you help us by renewing today!

I hate to see those that have not renewed miss out on some of the new things developing in the Chapter, such as your donations now being deductible!
See you next month!

Nancy F. Rey LCDR  US Navy (Ret)
Membership VP





The featured legislative alert on the MOAA website at is entitled “Do Not Raise TRICARE Fees”.  I would encourage everyone to go to the following site and take action by contacting Congress using the drafted message.  Here is more information on this alert:  “Your TRICARE fees and cost shares are once again in the crosshairs. Ask your lawmaker to protect your earned health benefit.”  From the take action page, you have to enter your zip code and then it will take you to the draft correspondence.  Enter your name, address, and POC information and follow the simple directions to send the correspondence. The entire process takes about two minutes.

Here are other legislative alerts featured on the website, “Do Not Dismantle Military Medicine”, “Ensure Safe Housing for Military Families”, “Do Not Cap Pay or Cut Benefits”, “Do Not Raise TRICARE Fees”, “Support full concurrent receipt for disabled military retires”, and “Act now to end the widow’s tax”, and “Support the House defense bill”.  These alerts can be found here:


 There are also eight key bills that MOAA is supporting listed at  This is a great list if you're interested in learning more about the bills.  You can click on the names of the bills and learn more about each of them.  If you have any questions, please contact Jen Travers at

State News

Trans cranial magnetic stimulation is coming to Ohio with the passing of the Ohio budget this week.  It will be used to help PTSD, depression, and addiction to name a few.  It is a painless treatment that uses MRI strength  magnets to help increase or decrease the nature brain wave pace.  For some this can be curative for others this helps get the mind prepared for other treatments.  AMVETs will be running the 3 million dollar pilot program for the ohio departments of mental health and veteran services..  innovation..veterans..treatment..I like it. 
Victor Wilson
Ohio Veterans First



Central Ohio Veterans Stand Down

We continue to collect donations for the Central Ohio Veterans Stand Down on October 15, 2019. We are expecting over 600 Veterans and are providing Food, Clothing, Medical and Legal Screening, Rocky Boots, Hair Cuts, Representatives for over 75 Veterans Service Agencies and  Employment / Educational  Opportunities. Thus far we have collected $1600 of our $2000 goal. ($1000 from the Chapter Budget, $300 from USAA and $200 from Chapter Member Donations.  That leaves us $500 in needed donations.  You can submit your donations through the Newsletter, via the donations jar at the Monthly Luncheon or via check or cash to our Treasurer, CDR Walter Rey at 500 Tyler Station Drive, Johnstown, OH 4303.  We will be announcing voluntary function opportunities one money before the event  at the Columbus Convention Center.

Please contact me, Stand Down Planning Committee, if you have any questions.

Colonel Pete Wilkinson  614-638-7784

Adopt a Service Member

You may wonder how/where I get supplies for the boxes I send to deployed troops. Let me share how and where I spread the news.  I have a firm belief that people want to help others, but in most situations, they don’t know how. I’ve sent over 120 pairs of shoes to Cameroon.  Many of them came from St. Cecelia School in Columbus from the drive they had the last 2 weeks of school. I spread the word about shoes to neighbors, family, and volunteers at the VA.  MOAA members also brought me shoes. My 5thbox of shoes will go out the middle of July.

Lisa, a volunteer at the VA, is constantly supplying me with toiletries, peanut butter, and “fun stuff” for the troops.  Every month a neighbor brings me new cards that the troops can send home to family.  Huntington bank keeps giving me bags of pens for the troops.  When I mentioned to a neighbor that one chaplain wanted 500- piece puzzles, I found 4 puzzle boxes outside my door one day. I don’t consider myself a beggar. I drop “hints” everywhere. 

My biggest satisfaction came when the American Legion Auxiliary in Westerville decided to support the troops.  The profits from their scrapbooking events has paid for postage and supplies for over 50 boxes to deployed troops.

All this confirms my belief that people really want to help, especially our troops.  I thank you for your support, funds, and supplies that I constantly receive from members. Without YOU, there would be no Adopt a Service person program. God Bless our donors and recipients. Dorothy Williams,

The Doolittle Tokyo Raid – 80 Brave Men Who Flew into History

Bob McGaughy Presenter   


I am a Newark native and taught history and government at the high school level right out of college. It is from my on-going love of history that I first learned about Jimmy Doolittle and the eighty brave men who volunteered to bomb Japan just a few months after Pearl Harbor. 

In 2013, I was fortunate to attend the farewell reunion of the Doolittle Raiders held in Fort Walton Beach, Florida where I got to meet and talk with 3 of the 4 surviving Doolittle Raiders. That experience started a quest to learn more about those brave men and their part in history. I have attended 5 other Doolittle events since then including the Final Toast and the Gold Medal presentation, both of which took place at the Air Force Museum in Dayton. I have read close to 20 books about the Raiders plus many newspaper and magazine articles. I have also met, spent time with and exchanged emails with the Raiders official historian, Col. C.V. Glines. I was also fortunate to meet Lt. Col. Dick Cole, Doolittle’s co-pilot, on two occasions in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and at the Air Force Museum and I also attended his 100thbirthday party in Dallas. In addition, I have met and talked with several children of the Raiders which gave me a lot of unique insight about those brave men and their mission. I have spent time doing library and internet research on the topic and I have watched several videos about the Tokyo Raid and the men who made it.

I am a graduate of The Ohio State University and spent most of my working career in an administrative capacity in education and healthcare. I am retired from Licking Memorial Health Systems in Newark. I have been active in numerous community activities over the years. I am a Rotarian, past President of my club in Newark and past Governor of my Rotary District. 

My wife, Patricia, and I have been married over 59 years and we have a son, Patrick, and a daughter, Meredith, and 4 grandchildren. My special family member is my Golden Retriever, Kimi. In addition to history, I also enjoy open-wheel auto racing, reading, yoga and handguns.
*The name is pronounced as though it were spelled McGoy!

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From National MOAA

Expert Advice on the 4 Most Confusing Health Care Issues Faced by MOAA Members.


If MOAA members’ calls and emails to our finance and benefits information team are any indication, their top four most confounding issues are transitioning to Medicare/TRICARE For Life; navigating TRICARE after retiring from the service; working past the age of 65; and what to do about your children’s health care after they age out of TRICARE. 

Here’s some additional information about each topic that might help you.



Know Your Travel Options: Why Hotels Aren't Always the Best Bet for Military Retirees, Familie's


When Melanie Fish was a kid, a particularly noteworthy family vacation involved “cramming a family of five into a Winnebago and traveling across Europe.”

Although the Spam sandwiches and motorhome bunkbeds still stand out in her memory, Fish has encountered far more comfortable travel options since then, including in her role as Family Travel Expert for Vrbo, or Vacation Rentals by Owner.




Disabled Veterans Eligible for Free Access to National Parks

Veterans with a service-connected disability rating of 10 percent or higher can get free access to the Grand Canyon, Hawaii volcanoes, and hundreds of other national parks across the country – a benefit also available to active duty servicemember



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