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MOAA fights every day for the entire military community, and to preserve a strong national defense. Check out what we've had to say on the latest issues affecting active duty and retired servicemembers, and their families.

Veterans line up behind McCain against Trump

July 20, 2015 - The Hill

A group representing retired military officers called Monday for Donald Trump ... Adm. Norb Ryan, president and CEO of Military Officers Association of America.

Trump’s Waterloo? Don’t count on it

July 20, 2015 - Politico

Trump has also caught the scorn of veterans groups, including the Military Officers Association of America, which have called on Trump to apologize. 

Six selected for ASAE Summit Award

July 10, 2015 - Association TRENDS

ASAE announced the six winners of its Summit Award, the elite winners of the gold recipients of the 2015 Power of A Awards.

Law prevents some family members from suing the military

July 5, 2015 - Military Times

This fall, the Supreme Court will receive another petition on a case involving injuries to a baby related to circumstances of the baby's active-duty mother.

Urgent care, mental health in defense bills

June 29, 2015 - Military Times

Service members and their families use ERs both at military and civilian hospitals ... care costs," the Military Officers Association of America said in a statement. 

Bernie Sanders' surge is partly fueled by veterans

June 28, 2015 - Boston Globe

DES MOINES — …Veterans also credit Sanders for striking a deal with Republicans to pass a smaller — $16 billion — package aimed at erasing the lengthy wait times at veterans hospitals. Passing it earned Sanders top awards from the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Military Officers Association of America. 

Five challenges for the defense bill

June 21, 2015 - The Hill

While McCain argued that the Senate’s version of the defense bill “focuses on improving the quality of life" for troops, his proposals have garnered opposition from Military Officers Association of America, which argues that the “Senate's proposals reverse much of the hard work Congress enacted between 2000 and 2010.” 

JPMorgan Chase & Company: Corporate Responsibility 2014

June 17, 2015 - Small Business Exchange

And in 2013, JPMorgan Chase joined the Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership. Recognizing the many employment challenges facing military spouses, the bank has partnered with the Military Officers Association of America to provide workforce development training specifically designed for military spouses.

Goodwill Manasota Harnesses Power of News Media to Share Stories of Philanthropy

June 15, 2015 - Nonprofit Pro

Good News” debuted on SNN on Sunday, June 14, at 9:30 a.m.. Guests on the inaugural show were attorney Bill Robertson, CEO of Kirk-Pinkerton, P.A.— one of Goodwill’s most committed supporters for the Veterans Services Program—and Ret. Col. Linda Gould, who is community connection consultant for The Patterson Foundation, and on the board of the Military Officers Association of Sarasota.

Warner, Kaine introduce bill to protect servicemembers from abusive financial practices

June 15, 2015 - Augusta Pres

U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined U.S. Senators Jack Reed, Chuck Schumer, and seven other colleagues to introduce the Military Consumer Protection Act, which would better protect servicemembers and their families from abusive financial practices. 

Pentagon Backs Major Changes to Retirement System

June 11, 2015 - Government Executive

The Military Officers Association of America offered tepid praise for the Defense proposal without endorsing it, saying it was "encouraged that the Pentagon corrected some of the commission's shortfalls" on its recommendations. 

Commentary: Delay privatizing commissaries

June 11, 2015 - Military Times

Privatizing military commissaries before conducting an assessment of the costs and benefits of such significant reform is irresponsible.

Homeless female vets are focus of multimedia project

June 10, 2015 -  Military Times

A personal health diagnosis and social media networking spurred Lily Casura to examine homelessness among female veterans. And with the help of a grant she received June 1 from the International Women's Media Foundation, Casura hopes to expand her research and call attention to a portion of the veteran population that is often overlooked.

Bill could slash benefits for military couples

June 1, 2015 - Northwest Florida Daily News Online

Retired Army Col. Mike Barron, the deputy director of governmental affairs for the Military Officers Association of America, said his agency is “absolutely against” the provision.

We're Getting Divorced. What Military Benefits Do Our Kids Get?

June 4, 2015 - Military.com Spouse

When I saw your question I did some quick googling -- you're right, there's not a lot out there on this. So I asked our benefit guru friends over the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) if they could point me to the regulations. 

5 Reasons Why Employers Should Hire Military Spouses

May 27, 2015 - Task&Purpose

Military spouses possess the resourcefulness and creative thinking that many employees are eager to recruit.

Dueling retirement reform plans mean more time for debate

May 26, 2015 - Military Times
The most important difference between the Senate and House military retirement reform plans may just be that they're different.

Military service members could get pay raise

May 21, 2015 - The Virginian-Pilot
The Military Officers Association of America, a strong lobbying organization, doesn't object to the idea of the 401(k)-type plan but argues that Congress is moving too quickly to adopt it without adequate study.

Senate panel backs smaller military pay hike, retirement reform

May 13, 2015 - Military Times
Senate lawmakers on Tuesday shook hopes for a larger military pay raise next year by recommending only a 1.3 percent hike in their draft version of the 2016 defense authorization bill, a move that could further widen the "pay gap" between troops and their civilian counterparts.

Service group: Senate bill 'disappointing' on military benefits

May 13, 2015 - The Hill
A key service organization is criticizing a Senate Armed Services Committee subpanel for its changes to troop pay and benefits in the annual defense policy bill.

Former Alexandria Economic Development Chief, Val Hawkins, joins MOAA Military Family Initiative Board

May 11, 2015 - San Antonio Express

MOAA Military Family Initiative, a 501(c)(3) subsidiary foundation of MOAA, welcomes Val Hawkins as its newest member of the board of directors. The initiative funds high-impact programs and services proven to enable the nation’s uniformed servicemembers and veterans of all ranks and their families to maintain a quality of life reflective of their selfless service to America.

United Health Foundation Provides $125,000 Grant to Help Military Spouses Pursuing Health Care Careers

May 7, 2015 - Reuters
The National Military Family Association (NMFA), a nonprofit that works to strengthen and protect military families, received a $125,000 grant from United Health Foundation supporting military spouses who are pursuing health care careers. A recent study sponsored by United Health Foundation in partnership with the Military Officers Association of America, and conducted by the RAND Corporation highlighted the importance of providing culturally competent, evidenced-based care to military service members and veterans.

This Air Force pilot just became the first woman to fly Lockheed's F-35 fighter jet

May 7, 2015 - Business Insider
Lieutenant Colonel Christine Mau, a U.S. Air Force pilot who was part of the first all-female combat sortie over Afghanistan in 2011, this week became the first woman to fly the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 jet, the Air Force said on Wednesday. Mau told the Military Officers Association of America that she has wanted to fly jets since she was a little girl growing up near a Marine Corps air station in California.

Military retirement choices in sharper focus

May 7, 2015 - Montgomery Advertiser
Robert F. Norton, deputy director of government relations for the Military Officers ... by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission.

Donnelly Gains Support for Mental Health ‘Care Package’ from Military, Veteran, and Mental Health Organizations

May 4, 2015 - WTCA

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly Monday met with organizations supporting his “Servicemember and Veteran Mental Health Care Package” (“Care Package”) to discuss the importance of improving mental health outcomes for servicemembers and veterans.

Retirement reform faces challenge from veteran lawmakers

April 30, 2015 - Military Times
House lawmakers pushing for military retirement reform on Wednesday had to fight off opposition from veteran colleagues who warned against moving too fast and upsetting current service members.

House Panel Backs Troop Retirement Overhaul Despite Vets' Objections

April 30, 2015 - Military.com
A key defense panel in the U.S. House of Representatives voted to overhaul troop retirement benefits despite objections from members who served in the military.

Advocates Push for Common Teaching Certificates for Moving Spouses

April 29, 2015 - Military.com
The Military Officers Association of America said last year that more than 50 percent of spouses who responded to a survey it conducted indicated being in a career field that required licensing or certification. Of the respondents, more than 72 percent said the certificate or license had to be renewed or reissued following a PCS move.

Military retirement changes spur mixed reactions

April 208, 2015 - Myrtle Beach Online
Some veterans organizations worry that the changes will hurt retention of talented soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. “The new proposal doesn’t have enough in it to retain the very best officer for 20 years,” retired Army Col. Mike Barron, spokesman for the Military Officer Association of America, told The State newspaper.

Proposal would cut military pension and add a 401(k)

April 27, 2015 - Marketplace
As it stands today, servicemembers who advance through the Department of Defense are entitled to a pension of 50 percent of their income at retirement after 20 years of service. But a new proposal making its way through Congress would lower that to 40 percent and add a 401(k) savings account.

Retirement overhaul on fast track

April 27, 2015 - Military Times
The old, reliable military retirement system is about to be retired. House and Senate lawmakers are moving ahead with dramatic plans to replace the current 20-year, all-or-nothing deal with a "blended" compensation system, complete with a 401(k)-style investment plan that promises all future troops will leave the service with some money for retirement.

New survivor benefit policy vexes retiree

April 20, 2015 - Military Times
For decades, DFAS had allowed the transfer of SBP benefits to a new spouse if a former spouse died before the retiree. 

House Chairman rules out military health care system reform this year

April 20, 2015- The Hill
The House Armed Services Committee will not likely include reforms of the military's heath care system in the 2016 defense policy bill being crafted this week, according to Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas).

Coalition urges Congress to reject cuts to commissary budget

April 19, 2015- The Military Times
A coalition of organizations advocating to protect military shopping benefits has sent a letter to leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees urging them to reject the Pentagon's proposed cuts to commissary funding.

Army morale low despite 6-year, $287M optimism program

April 16, 2015 - Military Times
More than half of some 770,000 soldiers are pessimistic about their future in the military and nearly as many are unhappy in their jobs, despite a six-year, $287 million campaign to make troops more optimistic and resilient, findings obtained by USA TODAY show.

The Pentagon Says This Man Can Fix Its Personnel System

April 15, 2015 - Defense One
It’s not the highest-profile office within the Pentagon but it has outsized influence on the nearly 3 million troops who serve. It’s the Office of Personnel and Readiness, or P&R, which oversees everything from pay and compensation to housing, healthcare, education and military supermarkets.

3 Things Military Wives And Husbands Can Do To Secure Their Finances

April 13, 2015 - Forbes
Despite the many health, income and retirement benefits afforded veterans, the immediate families of enlisted soldiers' spouses are especially vulnerable financially.

Veterans’ Support Builds for Consolidating Commissaries and Exchanges

April 4, 2015 - FoxNews
Support is growing among veterans service organizations to consolidate commissary and exchange stores on military bases.

Obama Says He 'Fully Supports' Aims of Military Benefits Overhaul

March 30, 2015 - Military.com
President Obama praised the work of a blue-ribbon panel on military compensation and retirement reform as an "important step forward" and said his administration "fully supports" the aims of the proposals.

Troops’ and veterans’ groups divided over compensation reform

March 29, 2015 - Stars and Stripes

 The Military Coalition can make Congress tremble from time to time by presenting a united front of millions of members from more than 30 military associations and veterans’ service organizations in support of, or opposition to, legislation affecting military folks and veterans.

Advocates push Congress on new military 401(k)s

March 27, 2015 - BenefitsPro
Supporters of a 401(k)-style savings plan for the military told lawmakers this week that moves to change the 20-year-or-nothing retirement system are long overdue and should happen sooner rather than later, according to militarytimes.com.

Veterans' Groups Clash Over Proposed Changes to Military Benefits

March 25, 2015 - Military.com
Veterans' advocacy groups are clashing with each other over proposed changes to military retirement, health care and other benefits.

Tricare Choice: What's in it for you?

March 16, 2015 - Miltiary Times
Washington policymakers will soon begin consideration of the biggest overhaul of the military health care system since Tricare replaced CHAMPUS in the early 1990s — changes that would shift millions of beneficiaries to commercial, private-sector health plans.

Today's troops reject REDUX retirement option

March 1, 2015 - MilitaryTimes
Even as Washington policymakers begin to ponder a new, far-reaching proposal to redefine the military retirement system, a previous overhaul of the benefit is dying a slow death.

Veteran's Issues Addressed at Arkansas State Capitol

February 21, 2015 - Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin (YouTube)
Secretary Martin hosted Legislators and Constitutional Officers at the Capitol to enable constructive dialogue between veterans organizations and policy makers. The main focus was to ensure Arkansas has an inviting and competitive climate to attract and retain recently retired and separating veterans.

Scaled-back pay raises called 'insidious'

February 16, 2015 - Military Times
Your military paycheck is getting smaller. It's happening despite raises in military pay every year, military advocacy groups warn. And they say it will keep shrinking if Pentagon officials get their way.

New York’s Licensing Barricade Against Military Spouses

February 13, 2015 - Wall Street Journal
Multiply the effects of each move over an entire military career and it becomes clear that this barrier to military-spouse employment causes serious financial harm. As a result, 47 states have passed some form of law to recognize equivalent out-of-state occupational licenses for military spouses so that they can begin working as soon as they arrive at their new duty station.

Easier access to installations to enable non-profits to better assist Soldiers, families

February 21, 2015 - Army.mil
Non-profit groups with a track record of helping Soldiers and their families will soon experience a more streamlined process to get them access to military installations, said Carla K. Coulson, director of Army Installation Services.

How Reforming Benefits Could Undermine the Pentagon's Future

Februay 11, 2015 - Government Executive
Defense One Op-Ed 

Military spouse symposium scheduled for Feb. 24

February 11, 2015 - Jet Observer
Virginia’s First Lady, Mrs. Dorothy McAuliffe, will be the keynote speaker at the Military Spouse Symposium “Keeping a Career on the Move”, hosted by the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Westin Virginia Beach Town Center, Virginia Beach.

Lawmakers debate scrapping Tricare

February 11, 2015 - The Hill
Members of Congress are taking a serious look at abolishing Tricare, the insurance option provided to members of the military and their families.

Va. first lady to speak at military spouse event

 February 10, 2015 - The Virginian-Pilot
Virginia first lady Dorothy McAuliffe will serve as keynote speaker during a military spouse career symposium Feb. 24. "Keeping a Career on the Move," will be hosted by the Military Officers Association of America at the Westin Virginia Beach Town Center, 4535 Commerce St., from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Eckhart to Emcee MOAA Career Event Feb. 24, 2015

February 9, 2015 - Elva Resa Publishing
Stories Around the Table coauthor and military wife Jacey Eckhart will emcee the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Military Spouse Symposium “Keeping a Career on the Move.”®

Panel's retirement claims draw skepticism

February 7, 2015 - Military Times
Claims that a new proposal for overhauling military retirement may give service members a bigger and more lucrative benefit in the end are facing initial skepticism from military compensation and pension experts.

Retirement plan reform taking center stage in the military

February 9, 2015 - Pensions & Investments
A major revamping of the military retirement system could finally become a reality as the Pentagon comes under increasing pressure to save money and attract new recruits. 

Obama's DOD funding request sets up fight

February 2, 2015 - The Hill
Retired Navy Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, president of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), said the budget "just rehashes many of the same ...

President seeks $534 billion in 2016 Defense Department budget

February 2, 2015 - Fayetteville Observer
President Obama has proposed the nation's highest base defense budget in history for fiscal 2016.

New Law Ups Prices of Prescription Drugs for Some DoD Beneficiaries

February 2015 - US Medicine
A new law puts into place a $3 increase this year for all prescription copays for non-active duty DoD beneficiaries except for mail order generic drugs, while leaving the question of further increases in future years still in play.

Inside the Military Pay Commission Report

January 30, 2015 - Military Times
The commission unveiled 15 major recommendations that would give individual troops far more control over shaping and managing their own retirement packages.

Lawmakers Noncommittal on Military Retirement and Health Care Changes

January 29, 2015 - Military.com
"MOAA is encouraged that the armed services leadership have already voiced their plan to thoroughly review the findings and recommendations through a deliberate process." Lawrence Korb, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and former ... 

Panel Recommends Scrapping Current Military Pension System

January 29, 2015 - GovExec.com
The generous pension system in place for military retirees with at least 20 years of service would be dismantled, in addition to several other compensation changes proposed by a nine-member panel that has studied the issue for the last year and a half.

Congress, advocates wary of panel's proposals

January 29, 2015 - Army Times
None of the major changes outlined in the new military compensation report released Thursday can become law without congressional action, and so far lawmakers are viewing the massive document as a conversation starter, not a blueprint.

Commission pushes military health and pension reforms

January 29, 2015 - Politico
A high-profile commission to overhaul military pay and benefits is pushing to dissolve the TRICARE health care system familiar to troops and their families into a new program and scale back the pensions for service members who stay long enough to retire.

Military pension reform panel calls for DC plan option; mandatory for new entrants

January 29, 2015 - Pensions and Investments
The Department of Defense could save billions of dollars and improve military recruitment and retention by adding a defined contribution retirement plan, an advisory group said Thursday.

Charts, Charts, Charts: Everything You Need to Understand the Military Compensation Debate

January 28, 2015 - Council on Foreign Relations 
There will be no money in the budget for anything else;” while Norbert R. Ryan Jr. a retired vice admiral and current president of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), wrote last December that “the numbers show that military pay and benefits are ... 

Military Compensation Reform Commission Prompts a Divisive Debate

January 28, 2015 - Defense One
Overhauling the U.S. military’s compensation system is a little like reforming the U.S. tax code: most agree it has to be done, but there’s neither agreement over how to do it nor a profusion of political will to get it done.

Reid revives veterans compensation bill

January 28, 2015 - Las Vegas Review-Journal
A bill that would provide full benefits to retired veterans who collect both pension checks and disability payments was reintroduced in Congress this week.

Military pay moves to the front lines

January 19, 2015 - The Washington Examiner
Congress and the Pentagon have been at odds for years over how to handle military benefits as defense spending tightens — but that may change once a commission studying the issue makes its recommendations by the end of this month.

Terrorism, cybersecurity likely to supersede military topics in State of the Union

January 19, 2015 - Stars and Stripes
Servicemember and veteran groups say looming budget cuts and health care services will be their top concerns when President Barack Obama takes the podium Tuesday night for his State of the Union address.

Military-related insurance plans

January 29, 2015 - Army Times

Many military- and veteran-affiliated companies and organizations offer insurance. These are some of the most well-known groups, along with some commercial companies and government entities and their website information. 

America's Forum - Norbert Ryan: Vice admiral and president of MOAA - Pt. 1

January 2, 2015 - NewsmaxTV
VADM Ryan discusses discuss MOAA and legislative landscape on NewmaxTV’s America’s Forum, hosted by former U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth.

America's Forum - Norbert Ryan: Vice admiral and president of MOAA - Pt. 2

January 2, 2015 - NewsmaxTV
VADM Ryan discusses discuss MOAA and legislative landscape on NewmaxTV’s America’s Forum, hosted by former U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth.

Fewest Military Veterans in Congress since Before WWII

December 31, 2014 - The Times Examiner
Only 19 percent of 114th Congress have ever served in Uniform. The 114th Congress that will be sworn in just a few days from now will have the smallest number of military veterans of any Congress since before World War II. 

Pentagon meets resistance on benefit cuts

December 30, 2014 - The Hill
The Pentagon is planning another push to whittle down benefits for troops when it submits its 2016 budget to the White House in February over fierce opposition from military groups and some in Congress.

Pentagon Looks To Slash Troop Pay And Benefits In 2016 Budget

December 30, 2014 - The Daily Caller
In the buildup to submitting its 2016 budget proposal this February, the Pentagon has admitted that benefits for troops will be slashed even more, continuing the downward trend over the past few years, The Hill reports.

Budget Deal Includes 1% Troop Pay Raise, More Funding for Weapons

December 10, 2014 - Military.com
U.S. lawmakers late Tuesday unveiled a $1 trillion federal budget deal that includes a smaller pay raise and housing allowance for troops, but more funding for commissaries and weapons.

More Troops Would Prefer Lump-Sum Retirement Checks

December 10, 2014 - Military.com
A financial services company says a rising number of U.S. service members would support overhauling the military pension system so long as they receive a lump-sum retirement check.

Midterm Elections, Planned Retirements Prompt Key Committee Changes

December 10, 2014 - U.S. Medicine
The November midterm election results that strengthened Republican control of Congress, coupled with planned retirements, will mean significant changes for key committees working on military and VA issues when Congress returns in January.

Walter Jones says he’ll vote against defense bill

December 4, 2014 - Jacksonville Daily News
A proposed defense bill that would increase pay but cut benefits for service members is expected to pass the House of Representatives today.

Congress Punts on Reducing Retiree COLA Pay

December 3, 2014 - Military.com
A move to reduce retirement pay increases for future career service members by 1 percent lower will not go into effect for another year under the 2015 defense budget agreed to by the Senate and House armed services committees.

Groups Push Senators to Rethink Planned Cuts to Troop Pay, Benefits

November 21, 2014 - Military.com
Vice Adm. Ryan was interviewed by Military.com reporter, Brendan McGarry about the unfinished business of the 113th Congress, essentially the current state of the 2015 NDAA, and MOAA urging the full Senate to continue the debate. 

Retiree appreciation day a success

November 21, 2014 - Tailwind, Travis AFB
Some came solo or with family members from all age groups. Some walked with the need of little assistance while others ran alongside their younger peers, but all made the best use of their Saturday morning and afternoon as more than 400 retirees and their dependents turned out for the annual Travis Retiree Appreciation Day at David Grant USAF Medical Center.

Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, President, Military Officers Association of America

November 18, 2014 - Federal News Radio 1500 AM

On In Depth with Francis Rose, MOAA president and CEO, retired Navy Vice Adm. Norb Ryan said the new political landscape means his group has a lot of work ahead to educate the new Congress on how to legislate on behalf of the military community. 

Many ideas, but few names for VA pick

June 3, 2014 - POLITICO
Veterans’ advocates and lawmakers won’t name their picks for the next Veterans Affairs secretary — but that’s about the only thing they won’t say about the department’s future. 

Missing debate on defense bill frustrates advocates

November 17, 2014 - Army Times Online
In this do-nothing Congress, even work that might get done will be incomplete.

Military transition is focus of Forward March conference

November 16, 2014 - Fayetteville Observer
Community, state and national leaders will gather in Fayetteville this week as part of a conference to address issues that can plague military communities.

Alexandrian’s support for veterans — we don’t forget

November 7, 2014 - Alexandria Times
Colonel John D. Sims, now retired, served a distinguished career in the U. S. Army.  He presently serves as Deputy Director of Career Transition Services for the Military Officers Association of America and leads the group organizing Alexandria Honors Veterans Week 2014.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Disabled vets not ‘milking’ system

November 4, 2014 - The Washington Times
I take issue with the characterization of severely disabled veterans (those with disability ratings of more than 50 percent) as somehow milking the system for federal disability payments.

Finding work for military spouses

November 3, 2014 - El Paso Inc.
Elizabeth Garcia is living in El Paso, at least for the moment. An Emmy-award winning journalist, Garcia has moved seven times in the past 13 years and has held nearly as many jobs.

Slim chance to stop higher RX co-pays

October 23, 2014 - Military.com
When Congress reconvenes Nov. 12, opponents of billions of dollars in military compensation “reforms” sought by President Obama and the Joint Chiefs of Staff will have one final and narrow opportunity to derail the plans.

Some Of The Most Powerful Lobbyists And Advocacy Groups In The US: Top Lobbying Organizations List 2014

October 23, 2014 - EOWorld Magazine
Among so many D.C.-based lobbyists and advocacy groups, only a select few have proven to clients that they can shape the agenda on Capitol Hill.  One way or another, no matter who wins US election, these lobbying groups and corporations will continue to influence federal policy.

What Military Families Need to Know About High-Cost Lenders

October 9, 2014 - ProPublica
Last month, the Department of Defense proposed an amendment to the Military Lending Act that would ban lenders from charging service members interest rates of more than 36 percent. The proposal followed a ProPublica investigation into high-cost military lenders that circumvent the limited scope of the current law to generate longer-term loans at sky-high rates.

Tricare Will Stop Sending Notifications by Mail

October 9, 2014 - Military.com
Tricare is no longer sending most beneficiaries notices by postal mail and instead will be pushing them through the Defense Department's Milconnect website, according to a new Defense Department plan announced Oct. 1.

Largest conference of wounded vets

October 6, 2014 - U-T San Diego
For Richard Silva, injured during 2004 in Fallujah, Iraq, the road to recovery has been long. Actually, he is still on it.

Military spouses' edge looking for a job

October 9, 2014 - Coastal Courier
Military families face a plethora of unique challenges as they routinely relocate, making it difficult for a spouse to find work.

Pentagon Promises to Try to Cut Pay and Benefits Again

September 30, 2014 - military.com

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said Tuesday that the Pentagon will continue pressing to trim military pay, pensions, and housing allowances despite rejections by Congress. 

'Take Advantage Of What You've Earned'

September 29, 2014 - Army News Service
Retiree Appreciation Day returned in a big way with a wide range of events that appealed to the interests of retirees from across North Alabama and South Tennessee.

Tricare 'meeting the needs' of children, with some caveats

September 23, 2014 - ArmyTimes
A recent Defense Department report finds that the military health system is meeting the needs of its youngest beneficiaries — but raises concerns that Pentagon officials don’t have enough data or information in some areas to make a complete assessment on the quality of care provided to dependent children.

Measuring the savings at the military commissary

September 22, 2014 - Virginian-Pilot
When the Defense Department earlier this year proposed cutting more than 70 percent from the federal dollars provided to help run military commissaries, it provoked a fierce outcry among military personnel and their families.

Military association recognize Vanguard soldier for heroic actions in Afghanistan

September 19, 2014 - DVIDS
Spc. Zachary Grant, an infantryman with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, was recognized by the Savannah Area Military Officers Association.

Jordan and Counts battle for District 93

September 24, 2014 - Jefferson Post
Sue Counts is challenging two-term incumbent Republican Rep. Jonathan Jordan for the right to represent Ashe County and District 93 in the N.C. House of Representatives.

Crowd attends Military Spouse Symposium

September 17, 2014 - The Daily News
On Wednesday, Geraghty was one of the five military wives chosen to sit on the “Real Spouses, Real Stories” panel at the 2014 Military Spouse Symposium, Keeping a Career on the Move at Camp Lejeune.

MOAA Works to Overturn Military 1% Pay-Raise Cap

September 2, 2014 - Military.com
Today the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) issued a statement strongly objecting to the proposal to again cap military pay below private sector pay growth.

White House pushes for lower pay raise in 2015

September 2, 2014 - Military Times
The White House is moving ahead with plans for another slimmed-down pay raise for troops in 2015, and outside advocates still aren’t happy about it.

HOT Military Officers chapter awards scholarships

August 17, 2014 -  WacoTrib.com
The Heart of Texas Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America awarded five educational scholarships at the chapter’s July meeting.

Product Review: Get your fitness on with FitBit

August 13, 2014 -  FireRescue1.com
By Kristine Schellhaas - Marine Corps Spouse of the Year and served on MOAA’s Spouse Advisory Panel. It's easy to get caught up in the chaos of the military lifestyle, but taking time to focus on your own wellbeing is important.

Freedom Isn't Free

August 13th 2014 - Rock103
Five Finger Death Punch's latest song shines a spotlight on homeless military veterans and the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. Directed by Nick Peterson, the powerful video focuses on a specific group of soldiers and how they adapt once returning home. Staggering statistics are displayed over their vocals.

Tricare Help: When over 65 is supplemental coverage needed?

Aug. 13, 2014 -  Army Times (Military Times)
Q. I will turn 65 next year. I know I must enroll in Medicare Part B to be eligible for Tricare for Life. I now have a Tricare supplemental policy through the Military Officers Association of America. Once I’m in TFL, will I still want to, or need to, keep that supplemental plan?

Survey finds that 25 percent of military families need help putting food on the table

August 2014 - The Week 
A new report by hunger relief charity Feeding America says that 620,000 U.S. households with at least one soldier, reservist, or guardsman — 25 percent of the country's active duty and reserve military personnel — need assistance from food pantries and aid programs.

Hungry Heroes: 25 Percent of Military Families Seek Food Aid

August 17 2014 - NBC News
Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Yetter, a Navy sailor for 17 years, works a second job as a security guard and donates blood plasma twice a week to help make ends meet for his family. Deployed seven times during his military career, including an extended 19-month tour to Iraq, Yetter squeezes in family time with his three young boys and his wife in-between jobs.

Awards ceremony honors community

July 9, 2014 -  Army News Service Online
Col. David L. Musgrave (center), Arsenal commander, poses for a group photo with members of the Pine Bluff and White Hall communities during the Patriotic and Public Service Awards ceremony June 20. Individuals and organizations were honored during the ceremony. The South Eastern Arkansas Chapter of Military Officers Association of America in Arkansas was honored as an organization.

Budget cuts put military and veteran benefits in jeopardy

July 14, 2014 -  Jeffersonpost.com
Congressionally mandated sequestration, or reduction of the federal budget, is resulting in a shrinking Pentagon budget.

Nonprofit Notebook: Air Force colonel to talk with veterans, spouses

July 12, 2014 - Winston-Salem Journal
Col. Mike Hayden, (USAF-Ret.), the director of government relations for the Military Officers Association of America headquartered in Washington, D.C., will talk to High Country veterans, National Guard, Reserve, retired military personnel of all services and ranks, and their surviving spouses on the threats to military personnel benefits, pay and medical care.

Sandhills Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America makes donations

July 19, 2014 - Fayetteville Observer
A local veterans organization has changed its focus and, in return, has been able to double its contributions to other veterans groups. The Sandhills Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America has raised roughly $27,000 since October, its president, retired Army Lt. Col. Gary Marlar, said.

Navigator recalls high-flying, 30-year military career

July 9, 2014 - Tampa Tribune
Looking back, Ron Buchert says he loved his time in the Air Force and was proud to serve. “During my 30-year career, I feel that I was able to use my leadership skills to get jobs done,” he adds.

Army issues 'worst-case' scenarios for reductions

Jul. 3, 2014 - AP
Army bases and surrounding communities across the country would lose up to 80 percent of their military and civilian workforces if maximum cuts in both budget and force size go into effect at the end of the decade, according to worst-case scenario projections.

Military Healthcare Survey Wants Your Opinion

July 07, 2014 - Military.com
The Secretary of Defense has ordered a review of the Military Health System (MHS) focused on health care, access, patient safety and quality of care.

Remember the Veterans Health Care Crisis?

July 6, 2014 - National Journal
Here’s what Congress needs to do to push reform legislation over the final hump before campaign season hits.

In Depth with Francis Rose: VA Committee Considerations

July 21, 2014 - Federal News Radio 1500AM
The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee will consider the nomination of Robert McDonald as the next VA Secretary tomorrow. If the Senate confirms him, he'll inherit a Veterans Health Administration that hasn't had a major review of its healthcare system since the mid-1980s, according to the Military Officers Association of America. Vice Admiral Norb Ryan is president of MOAA. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said Congress and the White House should build a commission focused on reforming the VHA.

Defense CU Summit: Latest on sequestration, financial training issues

July 23, 2014 – National Association of Federal Credit Unions
Federal defense authorization issues affecting servicemembers and their families led Tuesday’s presentations at the NAFCU Defense Credit Union Summit, held in conjunction with the Annual Conference and Solutions Expo.

Moving Up – While Constantly Moving (PDF)

August 4, 2014 - Army Times
How military spouses have advanced their careers by working for national companies, aggressively pursuing transfer and being upfront about potential moves.

DOLE: Ensuring equal access for wounded veterans

July 30, 2014 - The Washington Times
All too often, service members return home with a disability after having bravely served their country. More than 3.8 million veterans receive Veterans Affairs disability compensation and 5.5 million American veterans are now living with a disability, many severe enough to be life-altering.

A Reader Asks About Spousal Burial Benefits

July 29, 2014 - Military.com
Sgt. Shaft includes a piece about the 2014 MOAA/NDIA Warrior-Family Symposium in September.

MilitaryOneClick Celebrates Three Year Anniversary With Reaching Millions in the Military Community

July 28, 2014 - PRWeb
MilitaryOneClick announces their three year anniversary with new strategic partnerships helping reach millions in the military community with the best resources for employment, deployment, education and more.

Veterans' response to senator's PTSD remarks mixed

July 26, 2014 - The Associated Press
The talk in American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War halls and barrooms across Montana has been about Sen. John Walsh since the Democrat linked a cribbed research project he wrote in 2007 to post-traumatic stress disorder.

Top OTC civilian speaks to MOAA

July 23, 2014 - Ft. Hood Herald
This month’s meeting of the local chapter of the Military Officers Association of America included information about an upcoming military history symposium and a talk from Fort Hood’s only senior executive service employee.

MOAA official speaks out on military benefits, problems

July 23, 2014 - Ashe Mountain Times
Retired Air Force Col. Mike Hayden spoke about a variety of veterans’ issues during a press conference Tuesday afternoon at the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce. Hayden, the director of government relations of Military Officers Association of America, was invited to speak by the New River Branch of the MOAA.

Ayotte: Approving Disabilities Treat is 'Right Thing to Do'

July 23, 2014 - Office of Sen. Kelly Ayotte
U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) joined former Senator Bob Dole, a bipartisan group of senators, and several veterans service organizations at a Capitol Hill press conference today calling for Senate ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Veteran Scholarships Forever announces Board of Directors

July 30, 2014 - Online PR News
Four people will serve on the inaugural Board of Directors for Veteran Scholarships Forever, an endowment program aimed at helping veterans get needed funds to pursue vocational and skilled trades training that can lead to employment.

Tricare Mental Health Provider Change Delayed

Military.com - July 18, 2014
A Tricare mental health counselor rule change that some worried could drastically reduce the pool of available providers has been delayed until 2017, while a rule allowing others to operate under supervision has been extended indefinitely.

From the Inbox: MOAA Responds to Think Tank Push for Compensation Cuts

Politico's Daily Defense - July 21, 2014
Friday’s edition of Morning D included a look at a think tank report calling on Congress to rein in the Pentagon’s personnel costs. The report said compensation costs per active-duty service member increased 42 percent from 2001 to 2012 in real terms. The president of the Military Officers Association of America, Norb Ryan, sent us this response.

Pharmacies, Labor Unions, State Retirement Systems, Payors Call on FDA to Protect Patient Safety and Patient Access

July 1, 2014 - Pharmacy Times
Today, 32 organizations signed a letter calling on FDA to require biologics and biosimilars to have the same International Nonproprietary Name (INN), a practice currently in use in Europe and other markets.

Moving to Post-Service Life: Advice for Spouses

June 28, 2014 - Insurancenewsnet.com
The stressful postwar drawdown that could bring an abrupt end to some Army careers could be especially challenging for some people who don't wear the uniform: servicemembers' spouses.

Military support groups worry veterans could overtax MTFs

June 16, 2014 - Army Times
A provision in the Senate’s veterans health access bill that would allow some vets to be seen at military hospitals is raising concerns among military advocacy groups.

After Military Gaffe and Recent White House Remarks, More Scrutiny for Student Loan Servicers

June 13, 2014 - FOX Business News
Loan contractors have been under pressure recently. On Monday, as part of his push to assist students buried in debt, President Obama said the Department of Education would be renegotiating contracts to make sure students’ best interest came first.

Congress Could Almost Be Done With VA Reform for the Year

June 12, 2014 - Government Executive
The Senate's passage Wednesday of legislation intended to stop veterans from dying waiting for health care is likely to be Congress's last major reform bill for the year to address failings in veterans' services or clean up the embattled Veterans Affairs Department.

The Senate's passage Wednesday of legislation intended to stop veterans from dying waiting for health care is likely to be Congress's last major reform bill for the year to address failings in veterans' services or clean up the embattled Veterans Affairs Department.

Report: Tricare Appeals Taking a Year

June 13, 2014 - Military.com
While Navy Cmdr. Cassidy Norman navigates the murky waters of the Tricare coverage appeals process, the bills pile-up for his 4-year-old son's Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder therapy.

Congress May Be Done Fixing the VA for the Year

June 13, 2014 - Defense One
The Senate’s passage Wednesday of legislation intended to stop veterans from dying waiting for health care is likely to be Congress’s last major reform bill for the year to address failings in veterans’ services or clean up the embattled Veterans Affairs Department.

Vets Health Care Reform Expected to Be Last Act of Congress on the VA This Year

June 12 - National Journal
The Senate's passage Wednesday of legislation intended to stop veterans from dying waiting for health care is likely to be Congress's last major reform bill for the year to address failings in veterans' services or clean up the embattled Veterans Affairs Department.

New wrinkle in 2015 pay raise debate

June 10, 2014 - Military Times
Some House lawmakers have launched one more push to give troops more cash next year. 

Women Veteran and Military Spouse Business Leaders Empowered by First of Its Kind New York City Conference

June 10, 2014 - Market Watch- The Wall Street Journal
Syracuse University Organizes Conference Made Possible Through the Support of JPMorgan Chase and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Blinded Vets Foundation Sets 29th Annual Congressional Awards Ceremony

June 10, 2014 - The Herald Online
The Blinded American Veterans Foundation (BAVF), at its 29th annual Congressional Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 12, 2014, will present its George "Buck" Gillispie Award for Meritorious Service to U.S. Representatives Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and J. Randy Forbes (R-Virginia).  The ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. in Room 340 of the Cannon House Office Building. 

Yuma shop sells wares from military wives

June 8, 2014 - Army Times
Military wives who want to help supplement their family’s income will have the opportunity to do so at a unique store in downtown Yuma called “The Ms. CO-OP Project.”

New PenFed CEO, James R. Schenck Announces Leadership Team and Vision to Grow Assets to $75 Billion

June 6, 2014 - PRWeb
James R. Schenck introduced his senior leadership team with their new titles at the recent 79th annual membership meeting in Alexandria. 

New Residential Treatment Program Announced

June 3, 2014 - Sgt. Shaft, Shaft Notes
There have been many responses to the resignation of VA Secretary Shinseki.

The D Brief: Todd Harrison takes the military to task; An Uber exec on a Pentagon board suggests oppo research on journos; Thornberry: no more defense cuts; Dental trouble at Langley; And a bit more.

November 18, 2014 - Defense One
“This isn’t the way to do business for your 2 million-plus military employees.” Advocates like Norb Ryan of the Military Officers Association of America are disturbed by the lack of debate on the new defense authorization bill, Leo Shane III reports for Military Times.

Korean War Vet’s Relative Seeks Retroactive Pay

May 27, 2014 - Military.com
Last Friday John Fales aka, Sgt. Shaft who column is on Military.com and is president of the Blinded American Veterans Foundation (BAVF), included our news release about the VA health care system in his column – and again this week as we reiterated the message about the need of a VA commission.

Shinseki Out at VA; Budget Showdown Lingers in VA; Charter VS. Public Schools

June 2, 2014 - News Channel 8 WJLA
What's next for the VA in the wake of the Shinseki resignation? We talked with Norbert Ryan of the Military Officers Association of America. 

For military spouses, job hunt is a battlefield

May 9, 2014 - CNN Money
Employment prospects for military spouses are downright awful. How the 100,000 Jobs Mission is trying to address the problem.

States make moves to increase veterans' accessibility to college

May 3, 2014 - USA Today
While many young people join the military for help funding college, many returning veterans still face economic pressure when they return home—a fact that several states are trying to change.

In Depth with Francis Rose Features MOAA's Col. Mike Barron (Ret)

April 30, 2014 - Federal News Radio
The first day of markups for the National Defense Authorization Act includes a big win for military personnel advocates but potentially a big swing and a miss too. Retired Army Col. Mike Barron, deputy director of government relations at the Military Officers Association of America, shares his views on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Military Wives: Hit Hard in the Jobs Market

April 9, 2014 - Fox Business
The official unemployment rate, currently at 6.6%, tells the story of some of the millions of jobless Americans. But it doesn't tell the story of military wives struggling to find work: Their unemployment rate is more than double the national average.

The Push to Make College Less Costly for Veterans

April 2, 2014 - Fox Business
The warm weather is not the only reason military veterans may decide to head to Florida. The Sunshine State will now waive out-of-state tuition fees for former soldiers, sailors and Marines.

Service members should be worried about FY 2015 budget

March 12, 2014 - Federal News Radio 1500 AM
A budget battle is heating up between Congress and the armed forces community. Vice Admiral Norb Ryan, president of the Military Officer's Association of America, was Francis Rose's guest for Pentagon Solutions. 

Military families would take a $5,000 hit in benefits with Obama budget

March 12, 2014 - The Washington Times
If President Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel get their way, a typical U.S. Army sergeant stands to lose up to $5,000 in annual benefits, according to a leading veterans group that is mobilizing for battle over the proposed cuts to the retirement, health care and other compensation offered to those who serve.

VA Lawmakers Fail to Pass Budget; Jack Evans' Mayoral Bid; Budget Impact on Military Families

March 10, 2014 - WJLATV Channel 8
Virginia lawmakers Rob Krupicka and Dick Black talked about the Assembly's deadlock over the budget. DC Councilman Jack Evans talked about his mayoral campaign. And, Norbert Ryan of MOAA discussed the impact of budget cuts on military families.

Budget Likely Will Protect Cyber, Trim Benefits

February 22, 2014 - Military.com
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has signaled that he will seek to protect cyber warfare funding and Special Operations in the Pentagon's 2015 budget. At the same time his aides are pushing cutbacks in pay and benefits.

U.S. Military to Unveil Plan to Cut Personnel Costs

February 21, 2014 - Wall Street Journal
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is set Monday to recommend a limit on military pay raises, higher fees for health-care benefits and less generous housing allowances to prune billions of dollars in benefits from the defense budget, setting up an election-year confrontation with veterans groups and lawmakers.

COLA cap repealed; ‘mini-Redux’ awaits new entrants

February 21, 2014 - The Daily Herald Online
Bowing to colossal pressure from military associations, younger retirees and angry careerists who served through long and nasty wars, Congress has repealed the retiree COLA cap it enacted only six weeks ago.

A $48K hit to your retirement? Pray For Gridlock!

February 21, 2014 - WNEW 1500 AM Federal Report
Could gridlock, which just about everybody deplores, turn out to be your best bud in 2014?

Don't Be Fooled: Military Benefits Are on the Chopping Block

January 29, 2014 - National Journal
Score one for the veterans groups who demanded Congress go back on its plan to cut $6 billion out of military pensions.

House Dems, employee groups want Obama to chuck chained CPI

February 19, 2014 - Federal News Radio 1500 AM
House Democrats and federal-employee groups want President Barack Obama to chuck the chained CPI. More than 100 members of the House have signed on to a letter to Obama from Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D- Pa.) requesting that the upcoming White House budget not include a proposal to alter the way retirees' cost-of-living adjustments are calculated.

Military food stamp use on the rise

February 17, 2014 - CNN
More soldiers used food stamps to buy milk, cheese, meat and bread at military grocers last year.

Facts about military retirement benefits

February 14, 2014 - Washington Post - Letter to the Editor
In her Feb. 12 op-ed column, “Caving on military pensions,” Ruth Marcus described the effort of members of Congress and the Obama administration to reverse a poorly conceived cut in military pensions as “cowardice.” It’s just the opposite. It took courage to admit this provision was wrong and to work together to repeal it.

Study: Most military spouses say they are underemployed

February 13, 2014 - Washington Post – Federal Eye
Ninety percent of female military spouses in a recent online survey described themselves as “underemployed,” indicating they have more education or experience than needed for their current jobs, according to a new study released Wednesday

Senate vote to come soon on massive veterans' bill

February 4, 2014 - Air Force Times
The Senate is poised to vote on a sweeping veterans’ benefits bill that addresses the gamut from education to military retirement pay reductions.

Lawmakers Revisit COLA Cut for Military Retirees

January 28, 2014 - ABC News
Congress is revisiting its decision to cut annual cost-of living adjustments to pensions for most working-age military retirees after talk of the cuts drew outrage from veterans groups and others.

Report: 90 Percent of Military Spouses Underemployed

February 19, 2014 - Associations Now
New research by a military officers’ group reveals that military spouses—most of them women—face challenges in finding and keeping employment, and many who are employed are overqualified for their jobs.

Pentagon opposes COLA cut, but warns of more ahead

January 28, 2014 - Stars and Stripes
Pentagon leaders support dramatic changes to military retirement. Just not right now. And not for existing retirees. And maybe not the plan Congress has already passed.

Top enlisted retirees push back on COLA cuts

January 27, 2014 - Military Times
Chip Hoynes retired from the Coast Guard in 2007, landing a high-paying job with a defense contractor in the same field he worked in on active duty. But several years later, the company went bankrupt, and Hoynes, a former chief operations specialist, found himself jobless. After a few stints doing defense contracting work, he joined Home Depot, but the entry-level position didn't match the 22-year veteran's expectations for responsibility, challenge or remuneration. 

Are U.S. Veterans Selfish?

January 26, 2014 -  Time (Swampland Blog)
It’s an impudent question, but one that naturally surfaces given the outrage rolling in from assorted veterans’ groups as Congress and the Pentagon seek ways to trim government spending that sometimes affect those who have volunteered to fight America’s wars.

Vet Groups Vow to Fight Commissary Cuts

January 24, 2014 - Military.com
Military family and benefits advocates said they plan to fight a new Pentagon proposal to gut the commissary program by slashing its funding.

Should military pensions be protected from cuts?

January 23, 2014 - KPCC-FM (Southern California Public Radio) Los Angeles NPR affiliate
The bipartisan budget agreement signed by President Obama last month included a small, across the board cut to military pensions that is proving to be pretty unpopular. Next Tuesday, the Senate Armed Services Committee is set to consider proposals that would repeal all or part of the controversial pension cut.

Broad VA bill would repeal military pension cut, cost $30 billion

January 22, 2014 - Washington Post
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday discussed details of the massive Veterans Affairs bill he introduced last week, saying he is open to paying for the measure with savings from overseas contingency operations (OCO), formerly known as the global war on terror.

Senate bill would restore COLA reduction for military retirees

January 22, 2014 - The Military Times
The Senate is poised to consider a massive veterans bill that not only would improve education, health and employment benefits for former troops, it would restore the cost-of-living adjustment reduction for military retirees set by the Bipartisan Budget Act. 

Why is it so hard to cut Pentagon spending?

January 15, 2014 - Marketplace
Initially the budget agreement would curbs pension increases for all military retirees under age 62. Instead of keeping up with inflation, pensions would rise by one percent less than the inflation rate.

Military Pension Fight Rages On

January 15, 2014 - Government Executive
The omnibus spending bill introduced this week to set the funding levels for all federal agencies would repeal cuts to military pensions for some working-age retirees. While the “fix” would keep in place the less generous cost-of-living adjustments for most military retirees younger than 62 years old, it would restore full COLAs for disability retirements and survivor benefits.

Disabled veterans get back pension raises

January 14, 2014 - CNN Money
Disabled veterans will get a pass from military pension cuts in a bipartisan budget deal expected to pass Congress later this week.

'A Promise Broken': Budget Deal Hits Military Retirees' Pensions

January 10, 2014 - FOX Business

Last month’s congressional budget deal delivered a particularly hard hit to military retirees with at least 20 years of service, cutting their cost-of-living (COLA) adjustments by 1 percent a year until age 62.

Military Benefits Likely to Remain Sacred to Congress

Jan. 8, 2014 - National Journal
For Washington lawmakers who measure the national debt in trillions, $6 billion is a pittance. But for many military veterans—and key lobbying groups—the $6 billion in pension cuts contained in December's budget compromise meant a broken promise.

Longtime key House staffer John Chapla dies

Jan. 8, 2014 - Military Times
The Jan. 5 death of Vietnam combat veteran and longtime House Armed Services Committee staff member John D. Chapla has left the influential panel without its longtime expert on military personnel and benefits policy.

Activist: Congressmen confessed to not reading budget bill that cuts veteran pay

Jan. 8, 2014 - The Daily Caller
Many lawmakers including a vast cross-section of Republican House members voted for the recent two-year budget deal without reading the bill and realizing that it slashes veteran pensions — and there’s now bipartisan desperation reaching the White House to repeal that provision with new legislation.

Family groups to rock Twitter over COLA rollbacks

Jan. 7, 2014 - Army Times
Military families and advocacy groups angered by a planned rollback in military retirement pay increases will take to the Twittersphere Tuesday to protest the initiative.

Veterans groups worry retirement cut is just the first step

Jan. 7, 2014 - Stars and Stripes
With Congress back this week, veterans groups are vowing to resume their fight against trims to military retirement benefits.

Letters: Budget deal betrayed our veterans

Jan. 7, 2014 - Pensacola News Journal
It is outrageous that the House and Senate threw our military retirees, including disabled veterans, under the bus to pass the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.

White House Silence On Benefits Cuts Irks Veterans Groups

Jan. 6, 2014 - BuzzFeed Staff
Cuts to military veterans benefits in December’s budget deal have outraged veterans groups, but as Congress and President Obama return to Washington this week, the cuts don’t appear to be going anywhere soon.

Tiny military pension cut is a good move

Jan. 5, 2014 - The Washington Post
That didn’t take long: President Obama’s signature on a hard-won House-Senate budget deal was barely dry before members of Congress from both parties began falling all over themselves to undo one of its provisions.

Push to restore veterans' benefits may lack support

Jan. 5, 2014 - The Viginian-Pilot
Military veterans are pressuring Congress to move quickly when it reconvenes this week to cancel cuts in pensions for working-age vets - a change set in motion as part of last month's budget deal.

Usual gains in military-veteran pays stall in 2013

As it came to a close, 2013 seemed to leave a kind of high water mark on the wall of more than a decade of steady, impressive gains to military and veterans' pay and benefits. Will those gains now begin to recede?

Should lawmakers repeal cuts to military pensions?

Air date Jan. 2, 2014 - PBS News Hour
When Congress reached a budget deal to fund the federal government, one of the controversial items they agreed to was a cut in military pensions. But does this break a promise to those who have served? Jeffrey Brown gets perspective from retired Vice Adm. Norbert Ryan and former Assistant Secretary of Defense Lawrence Korb.

Younger military veterans are angered by budget cuts to their pension benefits

Dec. 30, 2013 - The Washington Post
After 25 years of service, including a combat tour in Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Stephen Preston retired from the Army and began collecting a pension of nearly $55,000 a year.

Hagel, Ryan defend retiree COLA caps, except for disabled

Dec. 29, 2013 - Military.com
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Budget Committee, appear to be in sync in defending the controversial cap that Congress has imposed on cost-of-living adjustments for "working age" military retirees starting in January 2016.

Fort Eustis soldier pushes for change to G.I. Bill

Dec 27, 2013 - The Daily Press
By Hugh Lessig
In August 2010, Sgt. 1st Class Angela Dees sent her stepson off to college, a move made possible because she transferred her benefits to him under the G.I. Bill.

Budget ax looming over veterans

Dec. 16, 2013 - CNN
Veterans could face reductions in benefits as a result of the new budget deal, sparing the government around $6 billion.

Bipartisan Budget Deal Passes Senate

December 19, 2013 - NY1, Time Warner Cable News
VIDEO: The Senate on Wednesday passed a bipartisan, two-year budget deal, temporarily bringing Washington's budget battles to an end, but the bill trims benefits for some military retirees, and that's drawing criticism. Washington bureau reporter Geoff Bennett filed the following report.

Defense bill could see a vote in the Senate Wednesday

December 17, 2013 - Politico
MOAA TAKES TO THE HILL: The Military Officers Association of America dispatched its top leaders to lobby senators yesterday, and today it’s hosting a news briefing to protest the budget deal. Lined up to speak are three Republicans who sit on the Senate Armed Services Committee: Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Roger Wicker of Mississippi.

Military Retirement Benefits At Risk In Budget Bill

Dec. 18, 2013 - NPR Here & Now
The Senate is slated to pass a bipartisan budget bill that includes a provision that would cut retirement benefits for military retirees by $6 billion over 10 years.

Military retirees 'screwed' in budget deal

December 18, 2013 - CNN Money
Military retirees stand to lose a full percentage point from their cost-of-living raises, when they retire after a minimum of 20 years of service. Military retirees are getting "screwed" by a budget deal expected to pass the Senate on Wednesday, said Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Murray Vows to Fix Budget Bill Provision That Cuts Veterans' Benefits

Dec. 18, 2013 - Newsmax
One of the authors of the bipartisan budget deal on Wednesday promised to fix a provision in the bill that gouges military retirees' benefits, two reports said.?

Patty Murray backs off military pension cut

Dec. 18, 2013 - Politico
Sen. Patty Murray is distancing herself from a cut in military pensions in the budget deal she brokered with Rep. Paul Ryan.

Military retirees: You betrayed us, Congress.

December 12, 2013 - CNN Money
Retired military veterans are outraged that their pensions are being cut by the budget deal.

Be Mad: Congressional Abuse of Military Pay Promises

December 12, 2013 - SpouseBUZZ.com
Being in the military these days is a little bit like being a sad Golden Retriever. We do everything our masters tell us – fight this war, protect that freedom, hold down the home front and suffer through the corresponding tolls of mental health and relationship chaos — only to get kicked under the table anyway.

Veterans groups angry over budget deal

December 11, 2013 - The Hill
Veterans groups are lashing out at the congressional budget deal for targeting military retirement accounts to help pay for spending increases.

Top brass claims personnel costs are swamping DoD, but budget figures say otherwise

November 24, 2013 - Military Times
To hear the top brass talk sometimes, you might think the biggest threat to national security is your paycheck.

Service to troops celebrated

November 24, 2013 - Colorado Springs Gazette
Local troops, veterans and military charities were recognized recently for community service at a national military service organization's annual conference, held this year in Colorado Springs. Awardees were lauded before about 600 attendees at the Military Officers Association of America's 2013 Community Heroes Awards dinner at the Antlers Hilton. They were then presented with a painting by retired Army Sgt. Peter Damon, an Iraq war veteran who had both arms amputated.

Capitol Hill Briefing on Value of the USPHS Commissioned Corps to American Health and Security

November 24, 2013 - PRWeb
The PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health hosted Acting Surgeon General RADM Boris Lushniak, USPHS, and experts on November 21 for an educational briefing at the Capitol Visitor Center to discuss the value of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps to American health and security.

For Now, Pentagon plays it safe on compensation reform

November 3, 2013 - Military Times
The Pentagon is playing its cards close to the vest on the issue of military retirement and compensation reform.

Vets, Lawmakers to Demand Advance VA Funding

October 28, 2013 -  Military.com
Veterans groups, military associations and lawmakers will be out in force Wednesday demanding passage of legislation to fund the entire Department of Veterans Affairs a year in advance to ensure the agency is not again caught up in the political infighting that led to a government-wide shutdown.

Despite government shutdown, federal job seekers bombard agencies with applications

October 20, 2013 - Washington Post
Amid furloughs, pay freezes and political attacks on civil servants, the National Park Service recently posted an opening for a senior communications position that drew 400 applicants.

Gadsden's Williams wins Volunteer of Year

September 24, 2013 Gadsden Times.com
Gadsden native Winston Williams has received the national ESGR Volunteer of the Year Ombudsman Award for 2012 and will be formally recognized today at the organization’s National Leadership Meeting in Arlington, Va.

MOAA: Stop Sequestration Now

September 23, 2013 - military.com
The Pentagon will be faced with another installment of $52 billion in cuts for FY 2014 if Congress fails to take action soon. In his column, "The Bottom Line," MOAA's Director of Government Relations, Col. Mike Hayden, USAF (Ret), explains that without a sequestration fix, DoD's budgets options go from bad to worse next year and beyond.

New report grades state programs for veterans

November 17, 2012 - The Killeen Daily Herald
A new state-by-state report card from a national organization that represents members of the military and veterans indicated that Texas lacks when it comes to providing monetary incentives or property tax relief for veterans.

Think Our Troops Are Safe From Sequestration? They Aren't

November 16, 2012 - National Journal and Government Executive
Without a compromise by Congress, sequestration would cut health benefits for active-duty troops and veterans.


Thousands of veterans to lose health insurance plan

September 30, 2013 - Lilly Broadcasting
Thousands of veterans will be losing their current health care plan and will be forced to join a plan that could nearly double their out of pocket costs, according to Kathy Beasley, a retired navy captain who now works as the deputy director of government relations at the Military Officers Association of America.

Spouses: Share your employment experiences

September 20, 2013 - military.com
Military spouses are encouraged to participate in an anonymous survey about their employment experiences.

Elizabeth Dole receives award, announces partnership to help military caregivers

September 23, 2013 - Salisbury Post
Public Counsel honored Elizabeth Dole with its William O. Douglas Award Sept. 12 and announced a new partnership to give legal support to caregivers supporting wounded warriors and military veterans.

Officers Group Pushes to Avoid Troop Pay Delay

September 24, 2013 - military.com

A key veterans group is optimistic that U.S. lawmakers will reach a budget deal next week and won’t have to delay payments to troops, an official said.

Future troops could see reduced benefits

September 21, 2013 - Army Times
The Defense Department has won an important congressional convert in its push to cut military and retiree benefits to save money.

Do Military Spouses Really Have Careers?

September 18, 2013 - Military.com
Do you ever get the feeling that we don’t know jack about spouse employment in the military? The subject has had a lot of attention in recent years -- even from the White House. But the actual numbers are really confusing.

Can a Helping Hand Avert a Veteran Suicide? I Believe it Can

September 12, 2013 - VAntage Point-Dispatches from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Twenty-two veteran suicides a day. The bad news assaults us on TV and in newspaper headlines. Each death represents so much pain, suffering and loss. But I believe a helping hand, reached out in a time of desperate need, can help keep a veteran suicide from happening.

Army, VA Leaders Outline Progress on Mental Health Issues

September 13, 2013 - Health.mil
Helping service members and veterans deal with mental health problems is a top priority for the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs, and both are making great strides in doing so, officials said yesterday.

Military spouses: Be heard MOAA and IVMF launch milspouse employment survey

September 13, 2013 - Dcmilitary.com - Andrews Gazette

The Military Officers Association of America and Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families will launch The Military Spouse Employment Survey Sept. 16.

Director Discusses Innovations in ‘Invisible Wounds’ Treatment

September 13, 2013 – American Forces Press Service 
The Military Health System acknowledges that U.S. troops in previous conflicts haven’t been subjected to the circumstances that surround 12 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, a senior Defense Department physician said here yesterday during a panel discussion at a warrior-family symposium.

Transition Help For Military Pilots

September 11, 2013 - AVWeb.com

Helicopter pilots on their way out of the military into civilian life got a boost last weekend when the Military Officers Association of America teamed up with Helicopter Association International to offer their first-ever career-transition seminar. 

Obama Reduces 2014 Pay Hike for U.S. Troops, Still Fighting in Afghanistan

September 3, 2013 - CNSNews
As promised in his Fiscal Year 2014 budget, President Obama has just informed Congress that he will cap next year's pay raise for U.S. military personnel at 1 percent, instead of the 1.8 percent raise set by the formula Congress established.

Overhaul Proposed

August 30, 2013 - Military Press
A recent article by Military Officers Association of America’s Director of Government Relations, Mike Hayden, explains how some former Pentagon leaders and “think tank experts” have called for a complete retirement overhaul criticizing the 20-year retirement as either unaffordable or unfair to those who leave before that point, or both.

Pentagon wants new limit on Tricare

August 12, 2013 - Army Times
The Pentagon’s latest proposal to rein in its medical costs could potentially block millions of retired troops and their family members from accessing the Tricare health system and is likely to set off yet another battle on Capitol Hill.

Overhaul of Military Retirement Proposed

August 12, 2013 - Military.com
A recent article by Military Officers Association of America's Director of Government Relations, Mike Hayden, explains how some former Pentagon leaders and "think tank experts" have called for a complete retirement overhaul criticizing the 20-year retirement as either unaffordable or unfair to those who leave before that point, or both.

Retiring to the Sunshine State

August 12, 2013 - Defense Media Network
Sure, everyone retires to Florida – and there are good reasons for that. More than 17 percent of the state’s population is 65 years or older – and the state is, unsurprisingly, one of the most common destinations for military retirees.

From Sand Mountain to the U.S. Navy

August 11, 2013 - The Gadsen Times
Preparedness was a popular buzz word in 1953, when Dan Harris hitchhiked from Rainsville to Gadsden to join the U.S. Air Force. But the recruiter he sought was unavailable at that time. In other words, one might say he was not prepared when duty called.

Dr. James and Ms. Carol Stutts Travels to Washington on Sponsored Trip

August 6, 2013 - BereaOnline.com
American Legion Post #50 sponsored a trip to DC for Dr. James and Ms. Carol Stutts to join a group from the Military Officers Association of America and the Gold Star Wives to lobby Senators and Congressman.   

Stand Your Ground Law; Helping Vets Find Work; VA Gubernatorial Debate Preview

July 19, 2013 - WJLA – ABC7 and News Channel 8
Why are veterans having such a hard time finding work? We discussed the issue with Terri Coles of the Military Officers Association of America.


Gold Star spouses ask Congress for relief from 'widow's tax'

July 17, 2013 - Army Times
Nearly 100 Gold Star widows and their advocates converged on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to urge Congress to repeal a law that forces about 61,000 widows and widowers to forfeit part of their benefits.

SGT. SHAFT: Ex-wife not entitled to benefits based on veteran’s service

July 16, 2013 - The Washington Times
The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) warns Washington’s lack of progress to repeal ongoing budget sequestration actions will threaten the fundamental capabilities of our nation’s armed forces amid an ongoing war.  It also appeared in Military.com

Military Pay: Why Fight Over 0.8%?

Week of July 15, 2013 - Military.com
Keeping military pay comparable to civilian pay is a fundamental principle of the All-Volunteer Force, now celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Survivor Benefit Plan- Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Offset

July 15, 2013 - Military.com
Each year, the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) chooses the most important issues to military families, and brings these issues to the attention of our lawmakers. For several years, the elimination of the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) – Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) offset has been a hot topic.

VA opposes more GI Bill funds for math, science majors

July 12, 2013 - Army Times
A bill that would pay more to student veterans pursuing math and science degrees than to English or political-science majors is drawing opposition from the Veterans Affairs Department.

MOAA to Storm the Hill for Survivors

July 8, 2013 - Military.com
MOAA is sponsoring a Storming the Hill event to educate the 113th Congress and their legislative and military assistants on the Survivor Benefit Plan/Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (SBP/DIC) offset issue.  

MOAA Chapter partners with Wells Fargo

June 11, 2013 - KTRE-TV 9
The Wells Fargo Advisors have kicked off their fourth annual Operation American Pride Project to show their appreciation to the men and women who serve in harm's way each day.

Sen. Murray Amendment to Support Students From Military Families Included in Senate Education Overhaul

June 11, 2013 - Sen. Murray’s website and Federal News Service
An amendment authored by U.S.Senator Patty Murray to help track school progress of students from military-connected families was adopted as part of a major U.S.Senate education overhaul.The amendment passed in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee's markup of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) by a bipartisan vote of 13 to 9.

SGT. SHAFT: Navy veteran seeks more info on TRICARE health care

June 11, 2013 - The Washington Times
What is happening with TRICARE? (TRICARE is the health care program serving uniformed service members, retirees and their families worldwide.) My wife went to her annual physical and was told "Methodist Hospital is no longer a preferred provider for TRICARE." She asked, "Is this more fallout from UnitedHealthcare taking over TRICARE West?' and was told "Yes."

MOAA interviewed on Federal News Radio 1500

June 7, 2013 - FederalNewsRadio.com

Earlier this week, an unusual coalition of more than two dozen well-known defense thinkers from ten different think tanks penned an open letter to Congress and the Pentagon, issuing an urgent call to reform three specific areas of Pentagon spending: Base infrastructure, the civilian workforce and military compensation. The experts, who span the ideological spectrum, don't all agree on the solutions. But they do agree those issues are threatening to "consume the defense budget from within." For a different take on the issue, In Depth turns to Retired Navy Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, president and CEO of the Military Officers Association of America, an advocacy group for active duty and retired military members.

Plan to shut military supermarkets shows difficulty of cutting defense spending

June 1, 2013 - Washington Post
Motion sensors and razor-wire coils ring the ammunition depot on this vast Marine Corps base. Sentries stand watch in the lobby of the headquarters complex. Military police officers patrol the barracks every few hours. But no building here boasts the defenses of the giant, government-run supermarket, whose bright, wide aisles are stocked with seemingly every brand of every food product available in America — Heinz ketchup, Oscar Mayer bacon, Lay’s chips — all sold at close to wholesale prices.

Dollar General Partners with P&G to Honor Military Every Day Heroes

June 3, 2013 - New York Times
Decorated Veteran Selected as National Hero for Mentoring At-Risk Teenagers.

Why Military Women Can Have It All

May 28, 2013 - Huff Post Women
Despite the challenges of the military lifestyle, like constantly moving and raising children, there are many women who are courageous enough to pursue their dreams and become a successful, career-driven woman.

Remembering America's fallen heroes on Memorial Day; Steny Hoyer Interview; 2013 Virginia Governor's Race

May 23, 2013 - WJLA-News Channel 8
Today on NewsTalk: As we remember our fallen heroes this Memorial Day, Vice Admiral Norbert Ryan, Jr. joined us talk about the sacrifice made by those who died in service to the nation.

Military Lending Act Fails To Protect Service Members From Predatory Lending: ProPublica

May 15, 2013 - Huff Post Politics
Seven years after Congress banned payday-loan companies from charging exorbitant interest rates to service members, many of the nation's military bases are surrounded by storefront lenders who charge high annual percentage rates, sometimes exceeding 400 percent.

Memorial Day: A Time To Honor Our Veterans And Active Duty Military

May 23, 2013 - Coronado Eagle & Journal
One of Coronado’s most distinguished and cherished traditions takes place on Monday, May 27 – Memorial Day ceremonies at Star Park Circle.

Golf cart to make visits to veterans cemetery easier

May 25 ,2013 - New Hampshire Union Leader
This Memorial Day, elderly or disabled visitors to the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery can get around with a little help from their friends.

Panel recommending changes to military health care, benefits

January 29, 2015 - Associated Press
Top U.S. leaders and members of Congress reacted cautiously Thursday to the recommendations of an independent panel to change the military's retirement and health care systems.