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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.

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. 

New COLA 'fix' creates have, have-not disabled retiree

January 16, 2014 - Military Update
Congress has rushed to protect the medically retired and survivor benefit recipients from the cap on annual cost-of-living adjustments it approved only a few weeks ago for all “working age” military retirees.

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.

Advocates: COLA fixes miss the mark

January 14, 2014 - Military Times
The massive omnibus spending bill unveiled by congressional appropriators Monday night includes restoration of the full annual cost of living adjustment for medically retired service members and eligible survivors.

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 officers group helps veterans in filing for benefits

January 11, 2014 - Stars and Stripes

For the first time in four years, a new national advocacy group has stepped up to help veterans prepare their benefits paperwork and reduce the VA’s still problematic claims backlog. The Military Officers Association of America was formally recognized as a veterans service organization this week, the first time a national group has earned that distinction since 2009.

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.

It’s time to consider pulling together all veterans’ programs

November 22, 2012 - Cumberland-Times News
No nation treats returning veterans better than than the United States.

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.

Senator’s View: Fighting for veterans on Memorial Day and all year

May 23, 2013 - Duluth News Tribune
When our veterans signed up to serve, there wasn’t a waiting line, and there shouldn’t be a waiting line here in the United States when they return. Not for a job, a home, or an education, and certainly not for the health care they’ve earned.

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.

Norfolk honors fallen war vets

May 25, 2013 - FOX 43TV
They gave the supreme sacrifice in service of this country, and on Saturday the City of Norfolk honored their devotion.

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.

Veterans encourage colleagues’ support, membership in veterans organizations

May 25, 2013 - DothanEagle.com
He won’t forget May 14, 2006. Three months and roughly 325 missions into his tour of duty in Iraq, retired U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Andy McDuffie, 28, survived when the Humvee he was driving struck an improvised explosive device that killed two of the 16 Marines with whom he deployed.

Operation Helping Hand Celebrates 9 Years

May 16, 2013 - WestchasePatch
When Bob Silah convinced members of the Military Officers Association of America’s Tampa Chapter to launch Operation Helping Hand nine years ago, chances are he didn’t expect the nonprofit would still be going strong nearly a decade later.

Western Regional Dental Command hails new commander

May 16, 2013 - Dvids
Western Regional Dental Command (Provisional), welcomed its new commander in a change of command ceremony here, May 20.

UW Tillman Scholar lives to serve

May 26 , 2013 - Laramie BOOMERANG
Where some reluctantly take responsibility, Cash Freeman seeks it. As a young man growing up in Olympia, Wash., he took the responsibility of paying for his own college education by enlisting in the United States Army.

MOAA’s 5K walk/run raises more than $7,000 for local wounded warrior and family

May 17, 2013 - Andrews Gazette 
Threats of rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of Military Officers Association of America staff, family and friends May 11, at Jones Point Park in Alexandria, Va. for the MOAA Wounded Warrior 5K Walk/Run. The event was held to raise funds to assist U.S. Army Reserve Specialist Jay Briseno and his family.

Payday lenders skirt military law

May 18, 2013 - The Seattle Times
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.

Another payday loan debate on the horizon

May 18, 2013 - Lehigh Valley News - The Watchdog
Get ready for another debate on whether payday loan stores should return to Pennsylvania.

Heather Lakes’ Holiday Tribute a Patriotic Model

May 21, 2013 - MyrtleBeachOnline
The Grand Strand Chapter of MOAA in the Myrtle Beach community of Heather Lakes will help host the 2nd Annual Memorial Day “Roaring Tribute.”

WLV event honors fallen soldiers.

May 16, 2013 - Thousand Oaks Acorn
MOAA chapter helps host West Lake Village annual Memorial Day ceremony.

Doss documentary to be shown in West Jefferson

May 20, 2013 - Ashe Mountain Times
Ashe Mountians will soon get an opportunity to view an award-winning theatrical documentary entitled “The Conscientious Objector,” which was produced with the help of local resident, Charles Knapp.

An 'unfair fight' for job-seeking veterans

May 8, 2013 - Stars and Stripes
Home Depot wants to hire more veterans. But as its human resources staff sorts through stacks of resumes each day, they often can’t find a reason why they should.

Protecting Military Families from Foreclosure

May 8, 2013 - Magic City Morning Star 
Today, Reps. Elijah E Cummings, Mike Michaud, Adam Smith, Susan Davis, Mark Takano, and John Tierney, the Ranking Members of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, the Committee on Armed Services, the Subcommittee on Military Personnel, the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, and the Subcommittee on National Security, introduced H.R. 1842, the Military Family Home Protection Act, to strengthen foreclosure protections for U.S. military servicemembers and their families.

Reviews threaten commissary benefit

May 6, 2013 - Military Times
Commissary officials are conducting at least three short-fuse cost-cutting reviews, each of which could significantly reduce access to the benefit by either shutting down some stores or shortening their hours.

The case against pay caps, higher Tricare fees

May 5, 2013 - The Gazette- Colorado Springs/Pikes Peak
Military folks upset by Obama administration proposals to cap pay raises, to phase-in sharply higher co-pays on prescriptions filled off base and to raise Tricare costs on working-age retirees also tend to rail against such changes with arguments politicians can shrug off as stale or in error.

USO welcomes troops at new Nashville airport lounge

May 4, 2013 - The Tennessean
With a cascade of red, white and blue balloons as a backdrop and the USO Show Troupe on hand to perform musical tributes to each military branch, about 200 people, many waving small American flags, gathered at Nashville International Airport on Friday to mark the opening of the USO’s first airport lounge in Tennessee.