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Last Update: May 2017

BREAKING NEWS:

 

See the Legislative Priorities section below for information about the 2017 General Assembly session. (12 May 2017)

 

The Maryland Council of Chapters web site (this one!) has again won a Four Star award of the Col Marvin J Harris Communications Award from MOAA. Additionally, the Star Spangled Banner Chapter won a Five Star award for their web site (LT George Wright, USN (Ret), webmaster) and a Four Star award for their newsletter (COL Thomas Seybold, USA (Ret), editor), and the Susquehanna Chapter has won a Four Star award for their website (Annie Brock, CPT, USA (former), webmaster). Congratulations to all! (7 Apr 2017)

 

The Maryland Council of Chapters has submitted its application for the 2017 Level of Excellence Award. See our application here. (22 Feb 2017)

 

Leaders from the Maryland Council of Chapters participated in the Storming of the Hill on 5 April. See below for a summary of that day. (7 Apr 2017)

 

We’ve added a list of Points of Contact for the Maryland Congressional delegation. (5 Mar 2017)

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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 2015 (as of August 2016).

 

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 2015 – as announced in August 2016.):

 

·         AnnapolisChapter Web Site

·         * * * * * Ft Meade

·         * * * * * Star Spangled BannerChapter Web Site (Winner of 5 Star Col Marvin J Harris Communications Award for 2016, as of 7 Apr 2017)

·         * * * * * General Smallwood

·         * * * * * Montgomery CountyChapter Site at MOAA

·         Prince Georges County

·         * * * * * Southern MarylandChapter Web Site

·         SusquehannaChapter Site at MOAAChapter Web Site (Winner of 4 Star Col Marvin J Harris Communications Award for 2016, as of 7 Apr 2017)

·         Upper Eastern Shore

·         * * * * * Upper PotomacChapter Site at MOAA

 

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.

 

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)

 

Mar 5, 2016 - Minutes

Jun 4, 2016 - Minutes

Sep 10, 2016 - Minutes

Jan 21, 2017 - Minutes

Mar 4, 2017 - Minutes

June 10, 2017

Sep 2017

Jan 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. (5 Jan 2017)

 

-          May 2016

-          Sep 2016

-          Oct 2016

-          Dec 2016

-          Feb 2017

-          Apr 2017

 

 

Maryland National Guard Unit of the Year

 

The 2016 winner of this award is the 175th Operations Group, Md Air National Guard. (7 Apr 2017)

 

 

Storming of the Hill 2017

 

Leaders from the Maryland Council of Chapters participated in the Storming of the Hill on 5 April. Here is a summary of the day from Council President, COL Harvey Kaplan, USA (Ret):

 

 

Our Storming Teams from Maryland had some great results from our meetings yesterday.  In addition to our 4 Council Members who "stormed" [Naomi and me, Bryon Hartzog, and Annie Brock], we were augmented by National Board members Mike Rogers and VADM Michael L. Cowan, MD.  Admiral Cowan is a retired Surgeon General of the Navy.  AMSUS, the professional organization of Federal surgeons and other medical specialists he heads, is located near Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland.  Most of our ten Congressional visits were in teams of three, but all six of us had the pleasure of meeting at some length with Senator Chris Van Hollen, our new Junior Senator from Maryland, in his office.


Other members of the Maryland Delegation we met with in person were Representatives Delaney, Raskin, Ruppersberger, and Harris.  In most cases we met with staff members of our elected officials as well.  In general, we found all in support of both MOAA objectives this season (i.e., [1] to end Sequestration now, and [2] to end the "Widow's Tax" that is created by the SBP-DIC offset).  See moaa.org for all the details (and some photographs) about storming.  I expect that we'll revisit these issues (and perhaps one more on reasonable and proportionate TRICARE cost increases to participants) as we plan for our 7th Annual Maryland MOAA Congressional Luncheon on Wednesday, September 13th.
(7 Apr 2017)

 

 

Highlights of recent and upcoming Chapter activities

 

·         The Montgomery County Chapter has published a special Newsletter with TOPS / Transition Center information that should be of interest to all Maryland MOAA members. That newsletter is posted here, rather than on the Montgomery County page. (10 Dec 2013)

 

Legislative Priorities

 

 

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!

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

Here is the latest information from our Legislative Liaison as of 12 May 2017

This is the first of eight monthly emails you will receive from me during the remainder of 2017. However, if there is an issue of importance in-between, you will hear from me!

 

The 2017 Legislative Session is behind us. Two of the linked documents are simply lists of legislation; one with all 935 Bills and 5 Resolutions passed by both Chambers of the General Assembly, while the second identifies a selection of legislation by popular terms – some bills passed both Chambers, while others did not.

 

The third document is HB 1234, codified in Chapter 184 of the 2017 Laws of Maryland, which ENABLES Maryland’s counties, Baltimore City or other municipal corporations to grant a property tax credit not to exceed 20% of the county or municipal corporation property tax imposed on a property for a period of up to 5 years to persons who are at least 65 years old and has lived in the same dwelling for at least the preceding 40 years; or an individual who is at least 65 years old and is a retired member of the Uniformed Services of the United States as defined in 10 U.S.C. § 101, the Military Reserves, or the National Guard. Montgomery County and Howard County have/are enacting legislation using this enabling legislation. Please let me know where this stands in your county and/or Baltimore City – i.e. no one knows it exists; we are trying to get this done; we tried and failed; we tried, failed, and are back at it again, we’re giving the information to another organization to push, etc.

 

The primary reason we were not able to accomplish all that we would have liked during the past session is due to the lack of engagement by military retirees and veterans in the legislative process – elimination of Maryland State Income Tax on Uniformed Service Retirement Income. Fewer than 650 people shared their name for the Lend Your Voice petition, so it went no where; if I had brought it to Annapolis I would have embarrassed us all. I will be contacting those who did step up for this initiative and asking their permission to use their name in 2018. Please share the link again with the people you serve, your friends, relatives, co-workers . . . anyone who might be willing to stand with us – military affiliation is not necessary. A desire to stand up for what is good for the State of Maryland is what is needed. http://susquehannamoaa.org/lendyourvoice

 

Another reason we did not reach our goals is that our legislators are not educated on mililtary issues. In the coming months, I will be reaching out to every Maryland Delegate and Senator to educate them about the Seven Uniformed Services and the Maryland issues we consider important for those who are actively serving, veterans, and military family members – to include the Military Reserve and National Guard. At the same time, I will be asking them to refrain from introducing individual pieces of legislation on the various issues. It will be more effective to have fewer pieces of legislation that are sponsored by more/all Delegates and Senators. I will also ask them to let us know when they are considering filing such legislation so that we can come on board with them and help move it forward, rather than having to find out about it when it shows up on a committee calendar.

 

In an effort to overcome the engagement issue, I am putting together a presentation entitled “The Power of One: YOU Can Be a Difference-Maker.” Please ask me to present this to your organization, and please share this information with other organizations that are military/veteran-related.

 

If there is a particular issue you would like me to cover in one of my emails, please be sure to let me know. And, if you have any questions or comments, please be sure to share them with me.

 

Enthusiastically!

Annie 

Annie S. Brock

Legislative Liaison

Maryland Council of Chapters, MOAA

 

 

 

 

·         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.

·         The other 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)

·         The Maryland Department of Veteran’s Affairs publishes regular updates during the legislative session showing the status of bills that may impact service members, veterans, and their families. Visit that page at http://veterans.maryland.gov/state-legislation/. (5 Mar 2016)

 

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

 

 

Council Officers

 

Here are the Council officers for 2016 – 2017 (as of 6 Mar 2017):

 

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

Greg

Dalke

CDR

USN

dalke@olg.com

Webmaster

James

Shiffrin

Maj

USAF

jim.shiffrin@gmail.com

Secretary

Dave

Peterson

CAPT

NOAA

kmpdhp@hotmail.com

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

president@susquehannamoaa.org

Auxiliary Liaison

Naomi

Kaplan

nomikaplan@verizon.net

Chaplain

Jim

Campbell

Capt

USAF

jim@jrcampbelljr.name

Annapolis

Andrew

Fallon

Col

USA

fallonajf@aol.com

Montgomery Co

Dave

Peterson

CAPT

NOAA

kmpdhp@hotmail.com

Ft Meade

Bryon

Hartzog

LTC

USA

bkhartzog@gmail.com

Southern MD

Philip

Campbell

CDR

USN

pncbiz@me.com

Gen Smallwood

Daniel

Donohue

COL

USMC

dadonohue@hotmail.com      

Prince Georges

Hubert

Bagley

COL

USA

bagleyronnie@gmail.com

Susquehanna

Annie

Brock

CPT

USA

president@susquehannamoaa.org

Upper Eastern Shore

Jim

Adkins

MG

USN

jamesa.adkins@comcast.net

Upper Potomac

Hugh

McIlroy

LTC

USA

germac03@gmail.com

Star Spangled

Tom

Seybold

COL

USA

tksseybold@hotmail.com

 

 

Here are the Maryland Council Bylaws, last revised in 2008.

 

The Council published a set of Goals in 2011 that are still relevant today.

 

 

Maryland Veterans Commission

 

Click here for the latest report from the Maryland Veterans Commission.

 

 

Council Newsletter

 

The Council publishes newsletters aperiodically:

 

Aug 2014

Jun 2014

 

Job Search

 

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

 

Veterans’ Benefits

 

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 have to 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)

 

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

 

 

 

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.