Town Hall Meeting...Rep. Jonathan Jordan and Challenger Ms. Sue Counts September 16, 2014
Town Hall Meeting...Rep. Jonathan Jordan and Challenger Ms. Sue Counts

Town Hall Meeting...Rep. Jonathan Jordan and Challenger Ms. Sue Counts

September 16, 2014

* The New River Chapter revived their highly successful interest in Ashe County politics by holding a Town Hall meeting, akin to the debate we sponsored in 2010.

* Pictured right are New River Chapter 1st VP Charles Knapp, Sue Counts, Moderator Ron Fitzwater and State Representative Jonathan Jordan.

* The meeting was held at the Ashe County Courthouse and was a huge success for informing the voters of Ashe County in advance of the forthcoming November election.

Link: Click here to read an article on the meeting posted in the Watauga Democrat...

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MOAA got it right!! July 10, 2014

MOAA got it right!!

July 10, 2014

*The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission report that was released on July 3, 2014 has confirmed what MOAA has reported all along... military personnel costs have remained steady at 30% of the defense budget for more than 30 years.

* Click on the below link to open MOAA's website and read the information from Col. Mike Hayden, USAF Ret., MOAA's Director of Government Relations who regularly testifies before the Congress on this issue.

* Thank you MOAA for keeping the pressure on the Congress and holding the line to protect unwarranted cuts to military pay and benefits.

Link: Click here:

^top   Contact   Legislative Issues   Permalink   Posted: 07/12/14

North Carolina's Division of Veterans Affairs 50th Anniversary Commemoration

North Carolina's Division of Veterans Affairs

50th Anniversary Commemoration

* By authorization of the Governor, the Honorable Pat McCrory, the Director of the North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs, Ilario G. Pantano has sent a letter dated February 28, 2014 to All Parties seeking to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.

* At no cost, organizations like small businesses, county or city offices, Veteran services, schools, museums, libraries, nursing homes, and of course Posts or Chapters of the VFW, VVA, DAV and the American Legion, etc. can participate and receive the commemorative materials.

* The below downloadable file is the letter from Mr. Pantano.

* The below link is to the website that has all the information on how to become a Commemorative Partner.

Link: Click here:

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140228 - NCDVA Vietnam 50 Commemoration (pdf 313 Kb)

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Increase COLA Repeal is Just the Beginning MOAA President VADM Norb Ryan, USN-Ret.

Increase COLA Repeal is Just the Beginning

MOAA President VADM Norb Ryan, USN-Ret.

* The below link is a message posted on the MOAA website on February 20, 2014 that explains that efforts by the Association to repeal the COLA increase is just the beginning.

* Take steps now to work with MOAA and help prevent further cuts to military benefits for all service personnel.

Link: Click here:

^top   Contact   Legislative Issues   Permalink   Posted: 02/20/14

Do Associations Matter? - Redux Follow-on Post Concerning Membership

Do Associations Matter? - Redux

Follow-on Post Concerning Membership

* The attached link opens a post on the MOAA website by Lt Col Shane Ostrom, USAF (Ret.) and Deputy Director, Transition Center for MOAA. It includes a summary of some of the benefits accrued for the military since 2001.

* As we embark on another year of program efforts in our own New River Chapter, lets do all we can to encourage other eligible persons to not only join us, but to help increase the One Powerful Voice® that is the imprimatur of MOAA.

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^top   Contact   Legislative Issues   Permalink   Posted: 02/20/14

REPEAL OF THE COLA Does Membership in MOAA Matter??

REPEAL OF THE COLA

Does Membership in MOAA Matter??

* Following up on the below posting that discussed action underway to repeal the HUGELY unpopular proposal by the Congress to reduce annual COLA payments to military personnel under aged 62, the below link to an article from military.com verifies that such an action is imminent.

* In remarks on the webpage, "You guys have already won," Sen. James Inhofe (Okla.), ranking Republican, assured military association leaders who testified against the recent devaluation of military retirement as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act."

* Sen. Inhofe's reference was not only a testament to the unrelenting efforts on the part of MOAA to support military personnel, but it also reflects the pressure brought to bear on the Congress from the hundreds of thousands of e-mails sent in by MOAA members, and others, who subscribe to the weekly "Legislative Alerts" on the national website and enables sending communications to federal, state and local representatives to guarantee they understand the concerns of service personnel - active, retired, Guard and Reserve, former, and the surviving spouses of those for whom the Congress was getting ready to "break their promise!"

Thank you MOAA, and thank you everyone for answering the call to the Legislative Alerts on this issue.

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^top   Contact   Legislative Issues   Permalink   Posted: 02/04/14

Investing in North Carolina's Future - An Update

November, 2013

* This is an update on progress by the 4th Branch - the Federal Retiree Task Force of North Carolina - with the legislation in the North Carolina house for extending the Emory, Bailey, Patton settlement to all government employees.

* As you may know, the 4th Branch did an economic analysis of what the Federal, State, Local and Military retiree brings to the State of North Carolina. The results of that study showed that for every $1.00 the state gives us in tax benefits we give them $2.50 in return. The study shows that we are an asset and not a liability to North Carolina.

* Are you getting tax relief for your retirement pay?? If your retirement benefits are $1,000.00 a month you get an additional $70.00 a month or $840.00 a year in tax relief thanks to the Federal Retiree Task Force.

* Effective this year, retirees who do not have enough creditable service will NOT receive this benefit unless Bailey is extended by the NC Legislature.

* Contributions to provide additional funding to assist the committee working on getting “Bailey” through the North Carolina legislature can be mailed to:

Federal Retiree Task Force, 86 Pine Lake Drive, Whispering Pines NC 28327

Link: Click here to open the Documents link and read more!

^top   Contact   Legislative Issues   Permalink   Posted: 12/12/13