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*IN THIS ISSUE:  October 2019

Central Ohio News  

From National MOAA

Visit Our New Foundation Website!


Maj. Gen (U.S. Army retired) Deborah Ashenhurst, the Director, Ohio Department of Veterans Services (ODVS) was the guest speaker at our September luncheon.  She was excellent in describing the various components of ODVS and providing insight into new venues such as “signing ceremonies” being held for new recruits in all Services.


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Notes from the Membership’s Log, September 2019


Welcome New Members:

Notes from the Membership’s Log, October 2019

Welcome New Members:  

Maj Patrick Rhoton   OANG/RET  
Mrs. Sandra Rhoton   Supporting Member

Col Lynne Vermillion USAF RET, MOAA Life Member passed on 28 August 2019.
MOAA now puts out monthly lists of possible individuals in our central Ohio area who might like to become members of our Chapter.  So I am busy ever month sending out emails or letters to these individuals in hopes of your Chapter gaining new members.  Every Chapter members can help me out in this effort by also trying to recruit at least 1 new member.
Looking forward to next month!
Continually serving,
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, “Support these important defense bill provisions”, “Let’s Put an End to the Widows Tax”, “Act Now to Help Veteran Caregivers”, “Act Now And Urge Congress to Protect Commissaries and Exchanges”, “EnsureSafe Housing for Military Families” and “Do Not Dismantle Military Medicine”.  These alerts can be found here:

There are also nine 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




Central Ohio Veterans Stand Down

We have reached our Chapter Donation Goal on $2000.  Thanks to all who have supported this task!!!
Volunteer Opportunities for the event are on the Web Site below – Join Us !!

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

Colonel Pete Wilkinson  614-638-7784



Captain Bill Tate, U.S. Navy retired in 2008 after 32 years of military service. He was drafted in 1969 and was an Army medic with the 2ndInfantry Division on the Korean Demilitarized Zone. Later, he joined the Navy. Following completion of Navy Officer Candidate School in 1978, he deployed and achieved the designation of Surface Warfare Officer. 

After active duty aboard two ships followed by a recruiting tour, Bill served in a variety of Navy Reserve assignments.  In 1998-1999 he was activated and served with a Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force in Bosnia during the Kosovo Campaign.  That was followed by a year-long assignment in Washington, DC on a Task Force for an Assistant Secretary of the Navy.

He was a project manager at Battelle from 2000–2013 when he retired. Bill is Past President of the Military Officers Association of America Central Ohio Chapter, President of the Association of the U.S. Navy Columbus Chapter, Past Commander of All-American VFW Post 7883 in Westerville, and active in Toastmasters.  He enjoys travel and history. 

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From National MOAA

MOAA President Meets With New Pentagon Health Official


While MOAA council and chapter members have been supporting the Summer Storm initiative by visiting legislators in their home states, MOAA national has been meeting with DoD leaders.

The Defense Health Agency and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences have a newly confirmed leader. Thomas McCaffery was sworn in July 12 as assistant secretary of Defense for health affairs,



The Tax Change in This Senate Bill Could Affect Your Retirement

The Senate will take up work to overhaul the nation’s retirement system when lawmakers return from the August recess, and one of the potential changes could negatively affect some retirement accounts.

The Senate will renew work on the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act (RESA), S. 972, which contains a number of provisions to encourage saving for retirement.



Your Top Remarriage Concerns: SBP, TRICARE and More

Wedding bells are ringing — again. But as our members’ questions suggest, it’s not all champagne and roses. Here are your top remarriage concerns as they relate to finance.

Situation 1: A retiree is remarrying, and their former spouse holds the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP).



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