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April 9, 2014 - Fox BusinessThe
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
12, 2014 - Federal News Radio 1500 AMA 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.
22, 2014 - Military.comDefense
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.
January 28, 2014 - ABC NewsCongress 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.
19, 2014 - Associations
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.
January 28, 2014 - Stars and StripesPentagon
leaders support dramatic changes to military retirement. Just not right now.
And not for existing retirees. And maybe not the plan Congress has already
January 27, 2014 - Military TimesChip
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
January 22, 2014 - Washington PostSen. 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.
January 22, 2014 - The Military TimesThe 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.
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.
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.
12, 2013 - SpouseBUZZ.comBeing
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.
2013 - The HillVeterans
groups are lashing out at the congressional budget deal for targeting military
retirement accounts to help pay for spending increases.
November 17, 2012 - The Killeen Daily HeraldA 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.
November 16, 2012 - National Journal and Government ExecutiveWithout a compromise by Congress, sequestration would cut health benefits for active-duty troops and veterans.
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.
Military Officers Association of America and Syracuse University’s Institute
for Veterans and Military Families will launch The Military Spouse Employment
Survey Sept. 16.
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
August 6, 2013 - BereaOnline.comAmerican 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.
July 8, 2013 - Military.comMOAA 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.
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.
June 1, 2013 - Washington PostMotion 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.
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.
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.
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