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Last Update: Jul 2018

BREAKING NEWS:

 

 

Save the Date! The 8th Annual Congressional Luncheon is being tentatively planned for 26 September in SD-130 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington DC. Stay tuned for further details. (6 Jul 2018)

 

 

We recently started getting periodic emails from the Howard County Office of Veterans and Military Families. Follow this link for the latest information from them.

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Welcome to the Web Pages of the Maryland Council of Chapters, an affiliate of the Military Officers Association of America. The Maryland Council was awarded a Five Star Level of Excellence for 2017 (as of August 2018).

 

The Maryland Council is composed of ten chapters, spread geographically across the state. Here is a list of the Chapters, with links to their individual Web Pages. All Chapters have an informational page here, and some have additional pages, as shown with additional links (Stars indicate the Level of Excellence rating earned by the Chapter for 2016 – as announced in July 2017.):

 

·         AnnapolisChapter Web Site

·         * * * * * Ft George G Meade

·         * * * * * Star Spangled BannerChapter Web Site (Winner of 5 Star Col Marvin J Harris Communications Award for 2017, as of 7 Apr 2018)

·         * * * * * General Smallwood

·         * * * * * Montgomery CountyChapter Site at MOAA

·         Prince Georges County

·         Southern Maryland

·         * * * * * SusquehannaChapter Site at MOAAChapter Web Site (Winner of 5 Star Col Marvin J Harris Communications Award for 2017, as of 7 Apr 2018)

·         Upper Eastern Shore

·         * * * * * Upper PotomacChapter Site at MOAA

 

On 9 June Council President COL Harvey Kaplan, USA (Ret) presented the Five Star Col Marvin J Harris Communications Awards to the Council Webmaster and the Presidents of the Star Spangled and Susquehanna Chapters.

 

Webmaster Maj Jim Shiffrin, USAF (Ret) and Council President COL Harvey Kaplan, USA (Ret)

 

Susquehanna Chapter President LTC Harry Quinn, USA (Ret) and Council President COL Harvey Kaplan, USA (Ret)

 

Star Spangled Banner Chapter President COL Tom Seybold, USA (Ret) and Council President COL Harvey Kaplan, USA (Ret)

 

 

Council Officers

 

Here are the Council officers for 2017 – 2018 (as of 2 Feb 2018):

 

President

Harvey

Kaplan

COL

USA

htkaplan@verizon.net

1st Vice Pres

Bryon

Hartzog

LTC

USA

bkhartzog@gmail.com

2nd Vice Pres

Norton

Bob

COL

USA

rfcknorton@verizon.net

Treasurer

Jim

Campbell

Capt

USAF

jim@jrcampbelljr.name

Webmaster

Jim

Shiffrin

Maj

USAF

jim.shiffrin@gmail.com

Secretary

Dave

Peterson

CAPT

NOAA

kmpdhp@comcast.net

Immed. Past Pres

Andrew

Fallon

Col

USA

fallonajf@aol.com

Transition Officer

Jim

Dittbrenner

Maj

USA

jimditt@verizon.net

Legis Liaison

Annie

Brock

CPT

USA

mdcoclegis@gmail.com

Spouse Liaison

Naomi

Kaplan

nomikaplan@verizon.net

Chaplain

Jim

Campbell

Capt

USAF

jim@jrcampbelljr.name

Md Veterans Commissioner

Brad

Jewitt

COL

USMCR

bjewitt@msn.com

Annapolis

Andrew

Fallon

COL

USA

fallonajf@aol.com

Montgomery Co

Dave

Peterson

CAPT

NOAA

kmpdhp@comcast.net

Ft Meade

Bryon

Hartzog

LTC

USA

bkhartzog@gmail.com

Southern MD

 

 

 

 

 

Gen Smallwood

Daniel

Donohue

COL

USMC

dadonohue@hotmail.com      

Prince Georges

Steve

Regner

Col

USAF

shreg01@aol.com

Susquehanna

Harry

Quinn

LTC

USA

president@susquehannamoaa.org

Upper Eastern Shore

Mike

Johnson

CW5

USA

mjnmi1@verizon.net

Upper Potomac

Hugh

McIlroy

LTC

USMC

germac03@gmail.com

Star Spangled

Tom

Seybold

COL

USA

tksseybold@hotmail.com

 

The Southern Maryland Chapter is currently functioning as an affiliate of the Gen Smallwood Chapter.

 

Here are the Maryland Council Bylaws, last revised in 2008, and reviewed in Dec 2017.

 

The Council published a set of Goals in 2011 that are still relevant for 2017-2018.

 

 

 

 

8th Annual Congressional Luncheon

 

The 8th Annual Congressional Appreciation Luncheon will held on 26 Sep 2018 in Room SD-130 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Stay tuned for details as they become available. (6 Jul 2018)

Who Can Join:

 

MOAA membership is open to all current, former, and retired officers of any of the seven Uniformed Services. Visit the Why Join MOAA page at the MOAA Web Site for details on the three classes of membership, and to join.

 

 

If you are a MOAA member who is not a member of a Maryland Chapter, please click here to find the chapter in your area.

 

Council Calendar

 

The Council officers and Chapter Presidents meet quarterly, on call of the President. Meetings are currently held at O’Loughlin’s Restaurant, 1258 Bay Dale Drive, Arnold MD 21012, starting at 1130. Here are the recent and upcoming dates, with links to the minutes of each, as they are available (older minutes are available here)

 

Jan 21, 2017 - Minutes

Mar 4, 2017 - Minutes

June 10, 2017 - Minutes

Sep 9, 2017 - Minutes

Dec 9, 2017 - Minutes

Mar 10, 2018 - Minutes

Jun 9, 2018

 

Editorial Policy

 

MOAA, the Maryland Council of Chapters and the individual chapters in Maryland are non-partisan. Information on this web site relects the position of the Maryland Council of Chapters only.

 

Spouse and Surviving Spouses Newsletter

 

Attached are recent newsletters from the Spouse and Surviving Spouse Liasion Officer, Mrs Naomi Kaplan. (8 Feb 2018)

 

-          Feb 2017

-          Apr 2017

-          Jun 2017

-          Sep 2017

-          Nov 2017

-          Feb 2018

-          Apr 2018

-          May/June 2018

 

 

Maryland National Guard Unit of the Year

 

Maj. Gen. Linda L. Singh, the adjutant general of Maryland, is pleased to announce that she has nominated the 200th Military Police Company, Maryland Army National Guard, to receive the annual Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Maryland National Guard Unit of the Year Award for 2017 from the Maryland Council of Chapters of MOAA.

 

The 200th MP Company was called upon in 2017 to assist the U.S. Virgin Islands in the aftermath of the devastation left behind from Hurricane Irma. On short notice, the unit deployed and was attached to the U.S. Virgin Islands Police Force. While attached, the 200th MP Company performed more than a thousand patrols, aided in the arrest of several dangerous gang members, conducted two high-risk search warrants and improved security for more than 150,000 residents of the island territory. The Soldiers of the 200th MP Company directly contributed to the decrease in violent crime, assisted in the improvement of civil infrastructure and provided improved security to the residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

 

The award was presented on 26 May 2018 at the Catonsville Armory.

COL Andy Fallon, MG Linda Singh, COL Jim Shelley with trophy

Council Past President COL Andy Fallon, Md Adjutant General MG Linda Singh, Star Spangled Banner Chapter representative COL Jim Shelley with trophy

 

 (3 Jun2018)

 

 

Highlights of recent and upcoming Chapter activities

 

·         Nothing at this time (30 Aug 2017)

 

Legislative Priorities

 

 

Here are highlights of the April 2018 Storming of the Hill session, as probided by our Council President, COL Harvey Kaplan:

 

Some items that came up during the full week of Storming are of interest to our Chapter leadership and members.  I wanted to take this opportunity to share a group of items (in extremely abbreviated form) that I am confident you will find of interest.  I have organized these notes not in chronological sequence, but in an order that appears logical to me:

(1) Our two teams were very successful in sharing our priority MOAA issues with members of our Maryland Delegation on Capitol Hill.  We had 7 members on our two teams, and both teams met together with both of our Senators.  Senators Cardin and Van Hollen spent about 1/2 hour each with us, in successive meetings in their offices in the Hart Building.  The discussions were lively and both Senators were very much engaged.  The other 8 meetings also went well, and the teams had opportunities to meet with both the principals and key members of their staffs.  By the way, we updated the Point of Contact listings for all 10 Congressional offices, and the new directory for Maryland will be posted on our Council website by Webmaster Jim Shiffrin over the next week.  The 7 "Stormers" from Maryland were myself, Naomi Kaplan, Bob Norton, Annie Brock, Brad Jewitt, Mike Rogers (National Board Member from MD), and VADM Mike Cowan (also a National Board Member, retired from a position in MD).

(2) The two issues discussed at each of our meetings were a push for a 2.6% active duty pay raise next year and better treatment for Chapter 61 medical retirees (with less than 20 years of service).  These already have been explained on the MOAA website and in Military Officer.  We'll discuss them in more detail at our June 9th Council Meeting, as I expect these will be the issues we'll again share with all at our 8th Annual Congressional Luncheon in September (date to be determined).  We left behind two other Fact Sheets, one on the rising TRICARE fees and co-pays (essentially a "breach of contract" by DoD with military members) and the other on the continuing difficulties of resolving the SBP-DIC offset (i.e.,the widows tax).

(3) MOAA Insurance (Mercer or some other provider) will very likely be asked to offer through MOAA a medical policy for non-TRICARE families.  That would very likely target former Uniformed Services officers who are not retirees.  MOAA needs to attract more of them into membership, and we have to offer them some benefits targeting their specific needs.  MOAA has signed up as members only about 1% of separated officers--who are from a total pool of prospective members of about 1,200,000.  By comparison, the MOAA market share of Retired Officers is about 43% of 775,000.  We also have as members somewhere in the vicinity 1/4 of currently serving officers (i.e., pool of about 450,000).

(4) There will be a new Virtual Chapter for Surviving Spouses (MSSVC02) going on line with a Conference Call on Tuesday, 1 June.  It also will be open to membership by others (i.e., who are not surviving spouses) who are serving as Chapter or Council Liaison Officers to the surviving spouse community within MOAA.  People who want to join this new Chapter should fill out the paper enrollment form over the next few weeks.  Enroll now to be eligible for the 1 June Conference Call.  [Contact Chapter and Council Affairs for details.  As an alternative, contact Mickey Costello at MSSVC02@gmail.com with your questions.  Mickey will be the Co-Chair of the new Virtual Chapter.]  The thought at HQ is that some Virtual Chapters may get additional National Members to join them.  The purpose is to reach out to younger surviving spouses, who then will be more inclined to join a local physical chapter.  There already is a Virtual Chapter of Uniformed Services Nurses, the Nurse Advocates Virtual Chapter (MUSNAVC).  It was noted that about 50,000 MOAA members today are surviving spouses.

(5) The MOAA 7-day Cruise from Paris to Normandy and return, sponsored by MOAA Vacations (Brennco), sold out about 10 days ago.  MOAA Vacations has chartered another cruise for two weeks later, departing Paris on 22 June 2019.  It is my understanding that travelers will still have to be MOAA members/spouses in order to participate.  Note that June of 2019 is the 75th Anniversary of the Normandy landings.  Has anyone signed up for either of the two cruises?  [Naomi and I are planning to sail on the first one.]

(6) Wednesday, 18 April, was Storming Day--and we spent many hours on Capitol Hill.  Our group left the hotel in Alexandria after breakfast by chartered bus at 0730 and we returned on the last bus--departing Capitol Hill after 1630.  It was very tiring, but extremely worthwhile to speak with our Senators, Congressmen, and members of their staffs.  They all now know that we'll be hosting another Maryland Congressional Luncheon for them in September.  In addition to a set of 4 excellent and up-to-date Fact Sheets (on 4 issues), Government Affairs furnished for the "leave behind" packet a very impressive color brochure entitled "Honor Their Service," focusing on Chapter 61 retirees.  It's truly a professional job!

(7) On Thursday our Council Presidents heard from Lt. Gen Atkins, CAPT Jim Carman, Kathy Partain (VP for Membership and Marketing), the new Communications Vice President--Alan English, and others.  Alan discussed a number of important issues, including essential enhancements to the MOAA website, expected completion by the end of 2018, and other mobile platform and magazine projects already in progress.  All speakers were very informative and answered our questions.  A separate Spouses' Benefits presentation was conducted by Lt Col Shane Ostrom.  The Surviving Spouse Advisory Committee also furnished a briefing.  General Atkins presented the Col Marvin J. Harris Communications Awards to winning Councils and Chapters.  Maryland was awarded a total of 5, and I've already notified the winners.  I'll present the certificates and streamer pins to winners in Maryland at our June Council Meeting.

(8) CAPT Erin Stone, USN (Ret.) is a lawyer who will assist the States with advocacy (a new role to aid us as promised at last year's Annual Meeting).  Her new title is Director for Engagement, but she also will be working with the Transition Center.  I had an off-line discussion with her and with Alan English, as did Annie Brock.  I am confident she'll be able to help us in the future.  Her goal is to increase headquarters support to councils and chapters for state level advocacy.  She'll also be working to enhance the Virtual Toolkit, with tools such as the State Report Card.  It will be updated quarterly and will have other incremental changes in 3d Quarter, CY 2018 and again in 1st Qtr, CY 2019.  I agree with her assessment that the State Report Card is both an intelligence tool for members (e.g., for pre-PCS research, pre-transition financial and other planning, etc.) and an advocacy tool for Councils/Chapters!

(9) Calendar Highlights from Terri Coles: New recruiting lists for Chapters can be expected over the next two weeks.  LOE winners will be announced in August.  The Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, will be held from 30 Oct-2 Nov.  LOE Awards will be presented there to representatives of winning Chapters and Councils.  Next year the use of the Committee Module will be part of the LOE score sheet.  Meanwhile, HQ is streamlining the components of the Module.

(10) Terri Coles also spoke about Vision 2023, and I'm certain we'll have more to share about that in the future.  Her office also furnished additional training on the Committee Module, for which there is an ongoing effort to work out the remaining "bugs."  Some of the planned components of Vision 2023 are (a) Summer Storm 2018, including help with training for state lobbying; (b) Exploration of additional Virtual Chapters; (c) Resolution of the dilemma with sharing of e-mail addresses between HQ and Chapters; (d) Preparation of a Council Presidents Roster [including e-mail addresses]; (e) Increases in the Community Grant Program; (f) Limited reimbursement of Councils for conducting some MOAA business within a state; (g) Pilot Study of merged National and Chapter memberships, starting with Basic Members; (h) Increases in support for state-level issues advocacy; (i) Possibilities for use of CapWiz for State-level advocacy; (j) Sharing of the Board of Directors Report in July on 2023 Goals; (k) Exploration of possibilities of reduced membership rates for Premium Membership for former officers [i.e., non-Retirees]; (l) As mentioned above, possibility of a "Medicare-Plus" program for non-retired former officers--to be discussed with Mercer (the MOAA insurance contractor); and (m) Possiblity enhancements for the MOAA Newsletter (on-line), including opting in and possible articles from the field.

(11) Mike Turner explained in some detail the two charities operated by MOAA: the MOAA Military Family Initiative (MMFI) and the MOAA Scholarship Fund.  Both of these are 501(c)3 charities.  MOAA itself is a 501(c)19 organization.

(12) We reviewed how Surviving Spouses become MOAA members.  If the Veteran member is a Life Member of MOAA at the time of death, the surviving spouse becomes a member free of charge, with a unique and new membership number.  If the Veteran was eligible for MOAA membership, then the spouse can become a surviving spouse member of MOAA by self-initiating a request for membership.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the above items.  I do have extensive notes from Storming Week, but I didn't want to burden everyone with excessive detail in this summary document.  Please note that I have opted not to include material that I consider not directly relevant or of special interest to our State of Maryland members and leaders.

Harvey

 




Best,
Annie
(12 Apr2018)



We now have a list of the members of the Maryland House of Delegates Veterans’ Caucus, and the Maryland Senate Veterans’ Caucus. (21 Feb 2018)

 

Make MOAA's One Powerful Voice® heard in Maryland. It will take each MOAA member living in Maryland to make this happen. Act now to do your part!

 

Here is a list of Points of Contact for the Maryland Congressional delegation (both Senators and all eight Representatives)

 

There is an email address, mdcoclegis@gmail.com, to reach Legislative Liaison CPT Annie Brock, USA (Former) or whoever is filling in for her if she is out of town.

 

 

 

·         From time to time, we will suggest messages we would like Maryland members to send to Annapolis on upcoming bills of interest to all of us. There are two web-based methods you can use to contact your State Legislators:

·         The Maryland Legislature maintains a Web Site that you can use to contact your Senator or Delegate. To use it, visit http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmmain.aspx?pid=legisrpage&tab=subject6, and select the legislator’s name. If the legislator accepts e-mail (I hope most of them do today), you will see a link to Contact Online. Click on that link. Enter your identifying information, and type or paste the text into the Message box.

·         Another method is to visit http://mdelect.net/. This site, run by the Maryland State Archives, allows you to enter your address (Zip+4 will do, unless district lines go through your Zip+4 area – then enter your full address), and it will tell you who your Federal and State legislators are. There are links to their web sites. Some have e-mail tools built in; others will link into Outlook, as above. (21 Jan 2013)

·         NEW – here is a link to a roster provided by the Legislature with office locations and phone numbers for all of the State Senators and Deelgates. Some have moved since last year. (26 Jan 2018)

 

You can find information on MOAA’s national legislative priorities at the MOAA Take Action web page.

 

 

Maryland Veterans Commission

 

There are no recent reports from the Maryland Veterans Commission. One will be posted here when available.

 

 

Job Search

 

Looking for a new job, or know someone who is? Visit the MOAA Transition and Career Center for Career Information.

 

Veterans’ Benefits

 

The Howard County Office of Veterans and Military Families publishes periodic notes with links to other resources to benefit veterans and military families. They are not endorsed by that office, or by the Military Officers Association af America or the Fort Meade Chapter. With that caveat, feel free to browse the notes:

 

-          March 2018

 

MAJ Jeffery Burbank, an Army Chaplain at Fort Leavenworth and the son of Fort Meade Chapter member CW5 Larry Burbank, has prepared a list of web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them. There are many sites that explain how to obtain books, military/medical records, information and how to appeal a denied claim with the VA. Please pass this information on to every Veteran you know. Nearly 100% of this information is free and available for all veterans, the only catch is: you must ask for it, because they won't tell you about a specific benefit unless you ask for it. You need to know what questions to ask so the right doors open for you and then be ready to have an advocate who is willing to work with and for you, stay in the process, and press for your rights and your best interests. (Note – the Maryland Council of Chapters has nothing to do with any of the listed sites, and is not responsible if any of them are no longer active.)

 

The consumer website MoneyGeek.com has recently published a sutdent financial aid guide for military veterans, including a list of scholarships offered to vetereans and their family members and an interactive map tool to help veterans find schools that participate in the Yellow Ribbon benefit program. The guide is available at http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/financial-aid-guide-for-veterans/. The site has other student financial resources, including a searchable scholarship database at http://www.moneygeek.com/education/scholarship-search/. Note that inclusion of these links does not imply any endorsement by MOAA or the Maryland Council of Chapters. (10 Feb 2016)

 

Here are some other sites with military discounts and deals:

 

Dealback.com: https://dealhack.com/blog/military-discounts-guide

Offers.com: https://www.offers.com/blog/post/military-discounts-guide/

AllConnect.com: https://www.allconnect.com/2018-military-discount-guide.html

 

(Again, the inclusion of these links does not imply any endorsement by MOAA or the Maryland Council of Chapters.) (22 Jan 2108)

 

The Council’s Spouse/Surviving Spouse Liaison Officer, Naiomi Kaplan, has prepared a list of Pertinent Issues for Spouses and Surviving Spouses. (29 Feb 2016)

 

MOAA Pet Insurance

 

The fololowing is from a 19 March 2018 emaiol to all MOAA members:

 

March 19, 2018

We're letting
the cat out of the bag

MOAA members now have access to valuable pet health insurance plans from Pets Best, a leading U.S. agency. A wide range of plans and coverage options are available, making it easy for you to find the right protection for your cat or dog at the right price.

Choose from a variety of plans.

·  BestBenefit Accident/Illness Plans — offers the most comprehensive coverage, providing reimbursement when your cat or dog becomes sick or gets injured. This plan helps pay for care such as surgeries, exams, X-rays, emergency visits, prescriptions, cancer treatments and more.

·  Accident Only Pet Insurance Plans — provides coverage for treatment of most accidental injuries.

·  Pets Best Wellness coverage — can be added to provide benefits for routine care like annual checkups and immunizations.

Take Action Now

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT
PET INSURANCE — YOUR NEW MOAA
MEMBER BENEFIT.

 

Visit www.moaainsurance.com
or call 1-877-934-9423 and mention referral code: MOAA

 

Pet insurance coverage offered and administered by Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC is underwritten by American Pet Insurance Company.
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Click here for more information on Council activities.

 

Please send any comments and suggestions to the Webmaster using the email address shown in the listing of Council Officers above.