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Last Update: August 2019

BREAKING NEWS:

 

Voices for Veterans: Here is a message from COL Tari Coles, USA (Ret) concerning an organization know as Voice for America’s Troops

As you may already know, Voices for America’s Troops (Voices), an IRC 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, has helped support a strong national defense and sustainment of a top-quality all volunteer force since 2010.    

Over the last several years, we have worked to improve our support of the military community and to increase our impact on important issues affecting military families.  We learned that an IRC 501(c)(3) public charity would provide a more effective means of achieving our mission objectives.  Consequently we have established The MOAA Foundation, an IRC 501(c)(3) public charity, to continue the work started by Voices.  Unlike Voices’ dues and contributions, donations to The MOAA Foundation are fully tax deductible.  As The MOAA Foundation has now assumed full responsibility for Voices’ mission, the Voices Board of Directors, with the concurrence of the MOAA Board of Directors, has decided to dissolve Voices as a separate corporate entity.    

In according with its Articles of Incorporation, upon dissolution, all Voices assets including members and intellectual property will be transferred to The MOAA Foundation (TMF), an IRC (501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  This transfer of assets will enable the continued support of servicemembers, veterans, and their families.   

For those interested in continuing to support our servicemembers, please ask them to consider a monetary donation to TMF (https://www.moaa.org/content/about-moaa/moaa-foundation/the-moaa-foundation/)

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Member Service Center at 800-234-6622 or msc@moaa.org.

Sincerely,

Terri Coles

COL, US Army (R)

Sr. Director, Council &Chapter Affairs

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)

201 N. Washington St.

Alexandria, VA 22314

(19 Aug 2019)

 

 

Levels of Excellence Winners:  MOAA has announced that the Maryland Council of Chapters and the Star Spangled Banner Chapter, the Montgomery County Chapter, the Gen William Smallwood Chapter, the Upper Potomac Chapter, and the Fort Meade Chapter have all been awarded the 5-Star Level of Excellence for 2018. Congratulations to all whose hard work has been recognized at a national level! (9 Aug 2019)

 

Congressional Luncheon UPDATE:  This year’s Congressional Luncheon has been moved to a different building and time. It will be held on 18 Sep 2019, at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room SD-106, starting at 1330. Additionally, there will be no charge for those who do not wish to eat. Signup deadline is 31 Aug 2019. See below for details. (31 Jul 2019, updated 12 Aug 2109)

 

 

Maryland National Guard Unit of the Year: The Adjutant General has awarded the Maryland National Guard Unit of the Year to the Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination (PED) Team, 6th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Battalion, MDARNG. See below for details and a photo. (15 Jul 2019)

 

 

MOAA Cruise from Baltimore: The Maryland Council of Chapters is joining with MOAA Vacations to present a 12 night Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas out of Baltimore on 11 Jan 2020. Here is some more information from Past Council President COL Harvey Kaplan, USA (Ret):

 

Yesterday 27 of us had a most pleasant visit aboard the Grandeur of the Seas in the Port of Baltimore.  We parked adjacent to the ship, were escorted by two wonderful hosts on a tour of the ship, discussed the possibilities and venues aboard for the MOAA group during the upcoming cruise departing the 11th of January of 2020, and enjoyed a delicious lunch in a private area of one of the ship's fine restaurants.

 

This coming week MOAA Vacations will begin advertising the 12-night cruise through the entire organization, both electronically and in writing, to a wider audience of MOAA members--including those living in our neighboring states.  You also will receive some of that material via e-mail and in Military Officer.  Jon Brenneman of MOAA Travel has asked me to let you know that a printed document covering the cruise (e.g., itinerary, route map including Ports of Call, cabin pricing, etc.) is now available to our Maryland Chapters/Members.  Please note that Jon has assured us that family and friends who join us will earn the same dollar credits (typically $50 per cabin booked) for the Chapters that they designate--and they are most welcome to participate in January.  A wide range of cabins is now available through MOAA Travel, and the prices that MOAA Travel has negotiated with Royal Caribbean are outstanding and most competitive.  There also will be a wide variety of special events and activities available to our MOAA participants without any additional charge during the cruise.(22 Mar 2019, updated 12 May 2019)

 

 

As always, appearance here does not imply any endorsement by MOAA or the Maryland Council of Chapters. (19 Mar 2019)

 

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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 2018 – as announced in August 2019.):

 

·         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 May 2019)

·         * * * * * General Smallwood

·         * * * * * Montgomery CountyChapter Site at MOAA (Winner of 5 Star Col Marvin J Harris Communications Award for 2017, as of May 2019)

·         Prince Georges County

·         Southern Maryland

·         SusquehannaChapter Site at MOAAChapter Web Site

·         Upper Eastern Shore

·         * * * * * Upper PotomacChapter Site at MOAA

 

 

Council Officers

 

Here are the Council officers for 2019 – 2020 (as of 19 Jan 2019):

 

President

Bryon

Hartzog

LTC

USA

bkhartzog@gmail.com

1st Vice Pres

Norton

Bob

COL

USA

rfcknorton@verizon.net

2nd Vice Pres

Gary

Palmer

Lt Col

USAF

gtdbpalmer@verizon.net

Secretary

Dave

Peterson

CAPT

NOAA

kmpdhp@comcast.net

Treasurer

Jim

Campbell

Capt

USAF

jim@jrcampbelljr.name

Webmaster

Jim

Shiffrin

Maj

USAF

jim.shiffrin@gmail.com

Chaplain

Jim

Campbell

Capt

USAF

jim@jrcampbelljr.name

Immediate Past Pres

Harvey

Kaplan

COL

USA

htkaplan@verizon.net

Legislative Liaison

Harvey

Kaplan

COL

USA

htkaplan@verizon.net

Transition Liaison

Jim

Dittbrenner

MAJ

USA

jimditt@verizon.net

Spouse Liaison

Naomi

Kaplan

nomikaplan@verizon.net

Md Veterans Commissioner

Brad

Jewitt

COL

USMCR

bjewitt@msn.com

Annapolis

Andrew

Fallon

COL

USA

fallonajf@aol.com

Ft Meade

 

 

 

 

 

Gen Smallwood

Daniel

Donohue

COL

USMC

dadonohue@hotmail.com      

Montgomery Co

Dave

Peterson

CAPT

NOAA

kmpdhp@comcast.net

Prince Georges

Steve

Regner

Col

USAF

shreg01@aol.com

Southern MD

 

 

 

 

Combined with Gen Smallwood

Star Spangled

Tom

Seybold

COL

USA

tksseybold@hotmail.com

Susquehanna

Robert

Hanson

CDR

USN

firstfoxfive@verizon.net

Upper Eastern Shore

Mike

Johnson

CW5

USA

mjnmi1@verizon.net

Upper Potomac

Hugh

McIlroy

LtCol

USMC

germac03@gmail.com

 

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

 

Here are the Maryland Council Bylaws, updated on 12 Jan 2019. (13 Mar 2019)

 

Here are the Maryland Council of Chapters Goals for CY2019-2020, approved by the Council on 12 Jan 2019. (19 Jan 2019)

 

 

Annual Congressional Luncheon

 

The 9th Annual Congressional Appreciation Luncheon will be held on 18 Sep 2019.  Attached is an updated flyer identifying the venue and suspense for RSVPs. This year, the Congressional Luncheon Committee agreed to extend the luncheon invitation to the Maryland Military Coalition (MMC), Maryland Veterans Commission (MVC), Chapter respective County Veterans Commissioners, and Storming the Hill participants who accompanied the MD MOAA storming teams.

 

This venue provides an excellent opportunity to hear from our two Senators and 8 Congressmen on key military, veteran, and surviving spouse issues.  Of most importance is the overwhelming support, yet reluctance to fund, the elimination of the Windows Tax. 

 

 

AGENDA:

Request all participants arrive at SH-216, Hart SD-106, Dirksen Senate Office Building NLT 1130 1330 on 18 September 2019. The agenda and sequence of events consist of the following:

·         1330           Welcome and protocol discussion                  LTC Bryon K. Hartzog

·         1333           Call to Order                                                   LTC Bryon K. Hartzog

·         1335           Pledge of Allegiance                                       COL Robert Norton

·         1337           Invocation                                                       Capt Jim Campbell                            

·         1340           Opening Remarks                                           LTC Bryon K. Hartzog

·         1342           Special Guest Introduction                             COL Harvey T. Kaplan / COL Robert Norton

·         1345           Lunch and Remarks                                        Lt Gen Dana T. Atkins (or designee)

·         1400           Arrival of MD Senators and                           MD MOAA Council / Chapter Leadership

            Congressmen

·         1525           Closing Remarks                                             LTC Bryon K. Hartzog / COL Harvey T. Kaplan

·         1530           Dismissal                                                         LTC Bryon K. Hartzog

 

RSVP GUIDANCE:

Please email your Chapter President (or whoever he may designate) before 31 Aug 2019 with the number of attendees, including the following information:

·         Full Name

·         Rank, Service

·         Chapter Affiliation

·         Congressional District, based on home address

·         Mobile phone #

·         Lunch (Yes or No)

 

PAYMENT:

The cost for this year’s luncheon will be $37 per person, although individual Chapters may choose to subsidize the amount. Please mail a check to your Chapter President (or whoever he may designate) before 31 Aug 2019. NEW FOR 2019. There will be no charge if you do not wish to partake of the meal, especially since we are starting so late.

If you have any questions, please contact Committee Chair and 2nd Vice President, Lt Col Gary Palmer, USAF (Ret) at gtdbpalmer@verizon.net, or President LTC Bryon Hartzog, USA (Ret) at bkhartzog@gmail.com. (31 Jul 2019, updated 12 Aug 2019)

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.

 

There is a new “Why MOAA” video produced by the MOAA National Office. Please use the following link to access the video:

 

https://youtu.be/42YD9d8WI5Q

 

 

For those concerned about embedded links and cyber security, please do the following:

 

1)      Go to the YouTube website by typing:   www.youtube.com in your web browser

2)      Type MOAA in the search bar

3)      Click on the link to the MOAA channel

4)      Once the MOAA channel comes up, you will immediately see the “Why MOAA” video. 

5)      If you want to cut and paste the video web address for others, click on the “Videos” link, then select the “Why MOAA” Video

6)      Once the video begins playing, highlight and then copy the web address at the top of the screen.  It should exactly match the hyperlink listed in this email.

 

 

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 - Minutes

Sep 8, 2018 - Minutes

Nov 1, 2018 (At National Meeting) - Minutes

Jan 12, 2019 - Minutes

Mar 30, 2019 - Minutes

Jun 22, 2019 - Minutes

Aug 24, 2019

Nov 2, 2019

Jan 11, 2020

Mar 14, 2020

Jun 13, 2020

 

 

Editorial Policy

 

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

 

Spouse and Surviving Spouses Newsletter

 

Below are recent newsletters from the Spouse and Surviving Spouse Liaison Officer, Mrs Naomi Kaplan. (22 Aug 2018)

 

-          Feb 2018

-          Apr 2018

-          May/Jun 2018

-          Jul/Aug 2018

-          Sep/Oct 2018

-          Nov/Dec  2018

-          Jan/Feb  2019

-          Mar/Apr  2019

 

 

Maryland National Guard Unit of the Year

 

The winning unit this year is the Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination (PED) Team, 6th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Battalion, MDARNG.  The award was presented to the winning unit on 14 July 2019 during a unit event in Laurel, Maryland.

 

The plaque reads, in part “In recognition of their extraordinary performance and success in providing geospatial aerial analysis and intelligence support to the organizations and forces supporting forward operations under Operation Freedom Sentinel.  The unit’s performance was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Maryland National Guard and the United States Army.”

 

Read the full citation for this award.

 

 

COL James M. Shelley (left, in photo) was our presentation officer from the Maryland MOAA Council of Chapters. The other individuals are unidentified.

 

  (15 Jul 2019)

 

 

 

Highlights of recent and upcoming Chapter activities

 

 

 

 

 

Legislative Priorities

 

 

The position of Legislative Liaison for the Maryland Council of Chapters is currently vacant. If you are interested please contact the Council President and 1st Vice President at bkhartzog@gmail.com and rfcknorton@verizon.net. (3 Mar 2019)

 

After the conclusion of each State Legislative Session, the General Assembly's Department of Legislative Services prepares The 90 Day Report.  This year’s document contains summaries of laws that were enacted during the 2019 Legislative Session, of which some may have an impact on your respective department or otherwise be of interest.  It also includes a section on State aid and capital funds, on a Statewide and county-by-county basis.  Although the document is large, it is organized by subject matter and is easy to navigate online.  It may be accessed at  http://dls.maryland.gov/pubs/prod/RecurRpt/2019rs-90-day-report.pdf. (19 Apr 2019)

 

Here is a summary of legislative activities from the Maryland Military Coalition, as of 29 Mar 2019. (30 Mar 2019)

 

We now have a list of the members of the Maryland House of Delegates Veterans’ Caucus, and the Maryland Senate Veterans’ Caucus.

Note – this list is NOT UP TO DATE for 2019. (3 Mar 2019)

 

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) (updated 16 Apr 2019)

 

There is an email address, mdcoclegis@gmail.com, to reach the Legislative Liaison Officer.

 

 

 

·         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 Delegates. 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

 

From Transition Officer MAJ Jim Dittbrenner, USA (Former):

 

“Participating in a career fair calls for more work than perceived on deciding to partake of one.   However, there is a lot of information that tells me the actions I should take to properly prepare myself to be effective at the career fair.

 

I’ve done my research on the companies I really wanted to consider, prepared my 30 second pitch, focused to the specific company’s recruiter or manager I talked with, registered at the entrance to the fair, and provided a copy of my resume if I didn’t register online ahead of time.  I have also given each representative a copy of my focused resume, gotten a business card from the individual, and picked up any materials available at the booth.   I also stopped by several other employer booths as a result of information I picked up at the fair in talking to other job seekers while we were standing in lines.

 

Now I’m back home, it’s evening and I have options on how I’m spending my time.  Do I:

 

1.      Craft a revised resume, based on information I picked up in talking with the company representative, and send to the representative, ending the email with a closing statement that I will call on (and name the  day and date) to follow up on the conversation we had at the fair?

 

2.      In the follow up conversation propose a meeting with whoever would be appropriate for a meeting to discuss some (ideas, thoughts, and questions) I have developed.

 

Simple yes, and not as difficult or challenging as I might expect.  And it is easy to get into the habit.  The questions, suggestions, or ideas can be developed from any of the conversation or literature obtained, including the company’s annual report.

 

What does all of this effort do?  It shows clear and definite interest in the organization, yet does not commit beyond the next step.  How many job seekers do you know do this follow up?  These two steps are also totally professional in nature.

 

Good hunting.” (29 Jul 2019)

 

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

 

We are also now posting job search related information here:

 

-          The Job Search Resources page contains links to various other resources. It will be updated infrequently.

-          The Program Announcements, Career Fair Providers,  and Scheduled Career Fairs pages contain time-sensitive announcements about programs and upcoming career fairs. They will be updated as necessary.

-          The Monthly Newsletter page contains thoughts and comments from our Transition Officer, MAJ Jim Dittbrenner, USA (Former). It will be updated more or less monthly.

 

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 of America or the Fort Meade Chapter. With that caveat, feel free to browse the latest notes.

 

 

MAJ Jeffery Burbank, an Army Chaplain at Fort Leavenworth and the son of former 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 student financial aid guide for military veterans, including a list of scholarships offered to veterans 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:

 

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

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

WikiBuy from CapitalOne: https://wikibuy.com/blog/military-and-veteran-discounts-c5f318b5497d

 

(Again, the inclusion of these links does not imply any endorsement by MOAA or the Maryland Council of Chapters.) (26 Feb 2109)

 

The website SeniorLiving.org has shared with us a Veteran Care Guide “designed to help veterans and/or their surviving spouses determine their eligibility, explain how to apply for benefits and cover the various veteran care options.” Neither MOAA or the Maryland Council of Chapters endorses the site, the guide, or any links contained within it. (5 Oct 2018)

 

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)

 

 

Military discounts at Kohl’s: Active, retired and veteran members of the military can get a discount at Kohl’s stores on Mondays, part of a new “Military Mondays” program by the retailer. The 15% discount is good all year, Kohl’s said in a statement. Customers must show a valid military ID, military dependent ID or veteran ID at the cash register. “Through Military Mondays, we are proud to strengthen our support of our military families who have made sacrifices to ensure the safety of our communities,” said Doug Arnoldi, Kohl’s vice president, district manager, in the statement. Kohl’s Cash fans, beware: The military discount can’t be combined with other discounts. Read more about the program at Kohls.com. (19 Apr 2019)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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