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Last Update: Oct 2018

BREAKING NEWS:

 

The website SeniorLiving.com 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)       

 

 

Congressional Luncheon Coverage by MOAA – MOAA has extensive coverage of the luncheon on their web site, including excerpts of the comments from many legislators. Also see below for comments from Council President COL Harvey Kaplan, USA (Ret). (4 Oct 2018)    

 

 

DENTAL CARE: If you are currently enrolled in the Tricare Retiree Dental Plan (TRDP), you must choose a new plan before 12 Dec 2018. TRDP is being replaced by the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Plan (FEDVIP). Please visit https://www.benefeds.com/ for further details. Plan information and rates will be available in early October and the open season will run from 12 Nov to 12 Dec. MOAA will also publish more information in the Nov issue of the Military Officer magazine. (27 Sep 2018)

 

 

BELL RINGER – Maryland Gov Larry Hogan has issued a proclamation calling for bells to be tolled in Maryland on November 11, 2018 at 11:00 am in remembrance of veterans of World War I. The proclamation coincides with a call by the United States World War I Centennial Commission for all Americans to participate in a national tolling of bells. Read more below. (5 Sep 2018)

 

 

Congratulations! Col Brad Jewitt, USMCR, has been selected to participate in a very special program. Council Prosident COL Harvey Kaplan, USA (Ret), shared the following:

 

At today's MOAA Congressional Luncheon in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Col Brad Jewitt, USMCR, shared with me his recent selection for this very special program.  Brad, as you know, is a member of our Maryland Council of Chapters and our Governor-appointed member of the Maryland Veterans Commission.  This new role is very exciting and I was most definitely pleased to hear the great news about Brad's upcoming one-year assignment in Washington, DC, as a selected member from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

 

In this role, Col Jewitt (Chief of the Facilities Management Division of NASA) “will provide programmatic leadership of government-wide efforts to achieve the recently released Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations published by the Office of Management and Budget pursuant to Executive Order 13781, “Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch”.” For more information, please see the press release below:

 

https://www.performance.gov/2018-08-31-new-whldp-cohort.md/

 

 

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. Latest update – 19 Oct 2018.

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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

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Annual Congressional Luncheon

 

Here are some comments from Council President COL Harvey Kaplan, USA (Ret) on the 2018 Congressional Luncheon:

 

If you've not seen this already, I'd like to share MOAA's write-up on our 8th Annual Congressional Appreciation Luncheon, held in the Dirksen Senate Office Building last Wednesday (26 September 2018).  Our attendance from the Chapters was excellent this year, and we had close to 100 people in attendance!  We appreciate all the work of Bryon Hartzog and his Planning Committee in making the event so successful.  We also appreciate the participation by Lt Gen Dana T. Atkins and members of our National MOAA Staff.

 

Kindly note that there is a Flickr album of photographs included at the link.  Click on the arrow in the second photo in the article to see all the great pictures, taken by MOAA's own Robert Lennox.  Thanks again, Bob.  [I truly hope you had time to enjoy a healthy sandwich during this year's event!]

 

http://www.moaa.org/Content/Publications-and-Media/News-Articles/2018-News-Articles/Congressional-Leaders-Discuss-Importance-of-Military-Advocacy.aspx

 

Watch for the article in Military Officer (upcoming in the December 2018 issue) by Blair Drake of MOAA for a discussion of all the planning effort that goes into these luncheons, as well as the multiple benefits of making them happen every year.

 

Harvey

 

The 9th Annual Congressional Appreciation Luncheon will be held in Sep 2019.  Stay tuned for details as they become available. (4 Oct 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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

-          Feb 2018

-          Apr 2018

-          May/Jun 2018

-          Jul/Aug 2018

-          Sep/Oct 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

 

In my August 1st update, I told you I was querying everyone running for elected office in Maryland regarding their position on a selection of issues important to us as Uniformed Service Members and veterans. Unfortunately, that turned out to be much more cumbersome than I could manage, so I limited the emails to those running for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Comptroller, Attorney General, US Senate, and US House of Representatives. I received results from 20 of the 51, 39%.

You will find the issues and the candidates' answers at
http://susquehannamoaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Compiled-Responses-for-Maryland-Candidates-08222018.pdf 
Where there is no answer, the candidate has not responded. I copied/pasted each candidate's response as I decided that paraphrasing or shortening their answers would not be fair to the candidate or you. If I receive additional responses, I will update the compilation at the end of September and October. 

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.

 

Maryland Bell Ringing

 

The following is from a Press Release from the Maryland Department of Veterans’ Affairs 8 Aug 2018:

 

Maryland Gov Larry Hogan has issued a proclamation calling for bells to be tolled in Maryland on November 11, 2018 at 11:00 am in remembrance of veterans of World War I. The proclamation coincides with a call by the United States World War I Centennial Commission for all Americans to participate in a national tolling of bells

 

“Over 62,000 Marylanders served honorably during World War I, making incredible sacrifices to bring justice and freedom to all people,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Today, on the anniversary of the Hundred Days Offensive marking the beginning of the end of World War I, I am proud to issue this proclamation calling on all Marylanders to join me on November 11th at 11:00 am in participating in the bell tolling to honor our veterans who served in the Great War.”

Sunday, November 11, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which ended World War I. To commemorate the occasion, in 2015 Governor Larry Hogan created the World War I Centennial Commission through an executive order to create ways for the state’s residents and its visitors to remember, commemorate, and learn about the meaning of World War I and the role of Marylanders during that time. In addition, the commission is tasked with developing activities and events to recognize the anniversary. Under the leadership of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives, the Commission has worked towards preserving and promoting the history of all 62,000 Marylanders who served in World War I, including 11,000 African Americans and 6,000 women.

“We thank Governor Hogan for joining states across the nation in tolling bells to honor veterans of World War I,” said David Craig, Director of the World War I Centennial Commission. “Marylanders served a significant role in the Great War with nearly 2,000 giving the ultimate sacrifice, and the Maryland World War I Centennial Commission is committed to honoring the sacrifices of our ancestors.”

“On behalf of the Maryland World War I Centennial Commission, I would like to thank Governor Hogan for his continued support of our efforts to recognize the heroes of the Great War,” said Joseph Suarez, Chair of the Maryland World War I Centennial Commission. “Since the establishment of our Commission by Executive Order in 2015, we have committed to telling the story of Marylanders who served and sacrificed both on the battlefield and on the home front during the Great War. The solemnity of the bell tolling that is taking place across the nation and in every town and community in Maryland is a reminder of that human sacrifice that helped to change the world.”

Marylanders are asked to toll the bells twenty-one times with a five-second interval between tolls beginning at 11:00 am on Sunday, November 11, 2018 in commemoration of the armistice. Organizations, towns, churches and museums across the state will also participate by listing the names of those involved in the Great War from their site.

The action of tolling the bells has historical significance as a signal indicating the end of World War I. During the War, all church bells were silenced only to ring as a warning of invasion by enemy troops.

 

 

Job Search

 

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 Career Transition 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, CPT 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 af America or the Fort Meade Chapter. With that caveat, feel free to browse the notes:

 

-          October 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 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)

 

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

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Choose from a variety of plans.

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