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*IN THIS ISSUE: January 2022 
 

Central Ohio News  

MOAA National News

 

Turkey Day is behind us now, and many of the members I talked to got to enjoy some family time for a few days. And families have been able to visit their loved ones in assisted living and nursing homes, some for the first time in a year and a half. Now, just a few days before Christmas and New Year’s, I am crossing my fingers that we will be able to continue our family celebrations while keeping safe from the new Omicron virus threat. 

Let’s also remember our members and their loved ones who are unable to celebrate because of being lonely; grieving for the passing of a loved one; or having health issues of their own or others. To the readers of this President’s Corner, I ask that you reach out to ones who need a friend at this (what should be) celebration of love in our midst. And to those who need a friend or something else, please reach out to our chapter members or ones you have ties to.

The Chapter Annual Business Meeting is held during the January luncheon on Friday, 14 January 2022 at Berwick Manor. All members in attendance will vote on the 2022 slate of nominees presented to serve for the year. To our new members: a member of the board will be contacting you to ask if you would be willing to serve as an at-large board member for 2022. 

To kick off our 2022 season the meeting/luncheon is free to members in good standing (except board members). LCDR Nancy Rey, VP Membership, has sent out renewal notices for 2022 membership dues; regular membership is $19, and supporting membership is $11, or $30 for a member and supporting member (usually a spouse or significant other). She requests that you renew your membership promptly. To get an accurate count of those attending, please use our on-line reservation form (click HERE) and or send paper reservation (with check if appropriate) to Craig Harris, 889 Mission Hills Lane, Columbus, OH 43235-1265. For more details see LCDR Rey’s Membership Log below.

 STATUS OF ZOOM MEETINGS: We will not be putting the 5 January board meeting, nor the January 14, 2022 luncheon on Zoom. Our Zoom tech, Pryor Timmons, will be out of town on 5 January; and issues covered by the by-laws for the Annual Business Meeting resulted in our inability to Zoom the Meeting. The board on 5 January will review the procedures for bad weather; if there are any issues you will be informed.

CENTRAL OHIO CHAPTER OF MOAA CONVENTION: For those new members who haven’t heard yet, your Chapter is hosting the biannual MOAA Convention. Our conventions are for the benefit of all the Ohio MOAA chapters and the Ohio Council of Chapters. We can use your expertise and interests in bringing our convention together. (The convention host rotates between Ohio chapters every other year)

 Dates:  13-14 May 2022 (you can remember this because this is Friday the 13th).

 Agenda and Registration:  The agenda and registration form are on our website: moaa-ohiochapter.org/convention. You should be at the registration form; if you got to our home page, look for the 2022 Convention in the drop down menu at the top of the page. Click on that subject and you will be taken directly to the Convention information and the registration form. The hotel registration link is at the top of the page; the cost is $109 + tax per night. We have a block of rooms for both Friday and Saturday nights. You will need to register for the event with your guest and select the meals and activities you wish to attend. The form has the schedule of fees there is a schedule of fees and description for each on the form. 

 We just added a tour of the National Veterans Memorial Museum at 1400 hours on Saturday the 14th. There is a $20 cost per person for the bus ride; veterans get in for free and non-veterans pay for a ticket at the entrance (the cost is very reasonable). 

 The agenda has been modified to fit the afternoon tour into the schedule. There will be two speakers each before and after lunch. They will each have a half hour for speaking and Q&A both. The speakers’ names and titles are on the website with the registration form.

I encourage each of you to attend, at least for the Convention. If possible, bring your spouse or a friend with you. (Spouses and guests do not have to pay the convention fee unless they are attending themselves) Friday evening we host the Meet and Greet at the hotel. Everyone is invited to this at no charge (there will be a cash bar). We will be welcoming Lt. General Dana Atkins, CEO of MOAA National, and MG Dan Hahn, president of the Ohio Council, with their spouses. We are inviting the speakers (see below) with their spouses as well. We need as many of our chapter members with spouses/friends to come to socialize with people from out of town. Those of you who would enjoy a weekend away, The Fairfield Inn is very comfortable and the price is reasonable. You can enjoy the Meet and Greet and join a small group of new friends to go out to dinner!

Hotel and Convention Center: The convention center is Quest Convention Center – Polaris. 

Speakers: Jeff Collins and other board members have invited several key military officers and one civilian knowledgeable about present and future military affairs affecting the United States to invite. The dignitaries selected are:

    Lt. General Dana Atkins, President and CEO of MOAA National;

    Lt General Michael Ferriter, President and CEO, National Veterans Memorial and Museum;

    MG Deborah Ashenhurst, Director of the Ohio Department of Veterans’ Services;

    MG John Harris, Adjutant General of the Ohio National Guard;

    CAPT Erin Stone, Director of MOAA National’s Department of Councils and Chapters; and

    Dr. Chris Jelpe, PhD, former director of OSU’s Intelligence and Securities Studies (I & S) to discuss with attendees the current events regarding I & S activities.

The Banquet: Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins, head of MOAA national, will be the keynote speaker). Beer and wine is available at the Happy Hour and the banquet for a nominal fee.

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: MOAA National has announced its legislative priorities for 2021. Director of National Legislative Affairs Jennifer Travers’ report listing all of the legislative proposals MOAA supports is found in her article later in this newsletter.  Mike Mentas reports that the state legislature is bogged down with pandemic-related issues, so until they move forward we are at a standstill. 

Chapter members are requested to send letters to our state representatives and senators to encourage them to move forward on needs of the military and other MOAA-recommended pieces of legislation. Those who are interested in participating in legislative actions should contact the chapter Legislative Affairs officer Michael Mentas (Michael.mentas@gmail.com 703-338-0137). 

I call your attention to one of MOAA’s highest priorities for federal legislation in the 2021-2022 year: changing the lower enlisted service members’ subsistence allowance from being counted as income to not counted towards determining their eligibility for SNAP and other food programs. Very few enlisted families can qualify for these federal programs when this allowance is included in determining eligibility. TOO MANY OF THESE FAMILIES ARE FOOD-INSECURE and have to rely on on-base food banks for enough food to keep the families fed. The subsistence benefits for non-military families are not counted towards determining eligibility. Changing the law will make thousands of lower ranking military families eligible for SNAP, thus increasing food security for those family members.

(Note: when my wife read this, she commented that this food insecurity was there in 1970, when we reported for active duty.)

HONOR FLIGHT: LTC Joe Machado reports on the statistics for the 2021 Honor Flights, as well as details for the 2022 scheduled flights. His article is below.

LUNCHEONS:  The Annual Meeting for the Chapter will be 14 January 2022, 1100 to 1400 hours at the Berwick Manor (see my Opening Comments notes above). This will be the first formal luncheon since March 2020, which will include an invocation, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, and toasts (speakers will be invited but not every month).  All members and Supporting Members are invited to attend in person to share a meal and good conversation, and especially to vote for your 2022 nominated board officers. Lunch is pay as you go: $15.00 for a hot meal served buffet style. We will follow Berwick’s policy for masking and social distancing.

Upcoming Events

Board of Directors:  5 January 2022, noon to 1400 hours, in person at the Hilliard Public library.  

January Luncheon: 14 January 2022, 1130 hours for socializing, 1130 hours to 1245 hours for lunch, and the Annual Business Meeting. RSVP CW4 Craig Harris, on the link in my Opening Comments, or send a check to him at 889 Mission Hills Lane, Columbus, OH 43235. We need you to RSVP for the numbers of people eating to give to the restaurant the day before the Luncheon.

What’s on Your Mind:  I would like to know what is on your mind.  Please get in touch with me if you have concerns about our chapter or suggestions to improve what we do, or that you wish to volunteer.  I will make certain we consider your suggestions and try to correct any problems. Call me at 614-306-7548 (voice mail), or email me at williamradcliffeltc@gmail.com

 

MEMBERSHIP


 

Notes from the Membership’s Log, January 2022

REMINDER:  There are still 67 members (military, surviving spouses, supporting members) who have NOT renewed for 2022.

DON’T FORGET: We are starting luncheons again at the newly remodeled Berwick Party House on Friday, January 14th.  Everyone who is a current paid up member (excluding current Board members) will have their meal paid for by the Chapter BUT you MUST make a reservation so we know how many meals the Chapter will need to cover. You also can always email or call me if you are unsure if you or your significant other have your dues currently paid up.  (Also, we will start up the 50/50 raffle!)

COMING IN FEBRUARY:  The Chapter will honor our Surviving Spouse current members at the February luncheon.  Expect some kind of surprise that day!

Do you know a business or organization that would like to sponsor an event at our May convention or perhaps place an Ad in the program?  Please let any Board member know ASAP.

DONATIONS NEEDED: Do you have an item or gift certificate you would like to donate for the raffle or silent auction at the convention?  Do you know someone who might like to donate an item?

NEEDED:  Volunteers to help at the Statewide Convention that your Chapter is responsible for organizing in May 2022.  We sure could use your expertise & knowledge in various areas (making name tags, help at the registration desk, etc.). Please don’t expect your Board members to do it all!

Feel free to contact me or any other Board member with your offers.

               

Continually serving,

Nancy F. Rey LCDR  US Navy (Ret)

Membership VP

Life MOAA Member

 

“The LARGER our NUMBER, the GREATER YOUR VOICE”

 

January 2022

There are many legislative take action alerts on the MOAA website at https://takeaction.moaa.org/moaa/   The featured alerts and articles are the same ones listed as last month.  The highlighted headline is entitled “Ask Your Legislators to Adjust SGLI and VGLI for Inflation With the Supporting Families of the Fallen Act”.  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: “Service members’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) and Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI) coverage amounts have not been updated since 2005. This law would raise the level from $400,000 to $500,000 – a necessary move to preserve the value of this program in the face inflation. Ask your lawmakers to lend their support today.”  A few of the other issues include, “Support Health Care for Children of Disabled Veterans or Veterans Who Have Died Due to a Service-Connected Disability”, “Urge Your Senators to Support Legislation Extending TRICARE Coverage to Certain ‘Gray Area’ Retirees”, “Urge Your Senators to Support Legislation to Repeal the TRICARE Select Enrollment Fee”, and “Ask Your Lawmakers to Support the Military Retiree Survivor Comfort Act”.  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.

   There are also 25 key bills that MOAA is supporting listed on the Take Action page (link above).  This is a great list if you're interested in learning more about the bills.  You can click on the name of the bill and learn more about it.  If you have any questions, please contact Jen Travers at ericjen2001@msn.com

 

ROTC Update:

 Your MOAA Central Ohio Chapter Foundation ROTC Scholarship Fundraising Campaign is now in its third year. The MOAA Central Ohio Chapter Foundation ROTC Scholarship Campaign provides financial assistance to outstanding Cadets and Midshipmen enrolled in ROTC Programs at Capital University, Ohio University and The Ohio State University.

In addition to the financial assistance our ROTC Scholarship Award provides to the Cadets and Midshipmen each recipient receives the MOAA Medal for Excellence and a Certificate of Achievement. The recipients are chosen by each respective Professor of Aerospace Studies, Professor of Military Science and Professor of Naval Studies based on the Cadet’s or Midshipmen’s exemplary performance and Leadership in the Classroom and during Training Opportunities.

These are outstanding Cadets and Midshipmen who are in need of our help to become the Leaders of our Future. This is our opportunity to help them succeed.

Please consider a donation to the MOAA Central Ohio Chapter Foundation ROTC Scholarship Fundraising Campaign.

Please write a check to MOAA-COC-Foundation and mail to P.O. Box 361632, Columbus, Ohio 43236-1632 or go to https://moaa-coc-Foundation.org to use your credit card or PayPal. Please indicate “ROTC Scholarship” on the check.

Thank You for your consideration and for assisting a Future Leader.

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NATIONAL MOAA NEWS!

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) report for its version of the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes language directing DoD to establish an appeals process for TRICARE coverage of Tier 4/non-covered drugs – a change sought by MOAA to reduce beneficiaries’ financial risk and improve their access to effective drug treatments.

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Star Act Support: More Lawmakers Join the Fight for Concurrent Receipt

The Major Richard Star Act – a bill that would end an unjust offset faced by tens of thousands of combat-injured veterans – has grown co-sponsors in recent weeks as staffers have time to access constituent requests and engage with elected officials.

 
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Eliminating the requirement for a referral from TRICARE Prime to get urgent care was a major victory for military family access to care, but recent developments raise a concern that access to urgent care may be under threat.
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