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Maryland Council (MD MOAA)

 

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Last Update: Mar 2017

BREAKING NEWS:

 

Maryland Senate Bill 321 and House Bill 375 would make 50% of military retirement tax free in 2018, 75% in 2019 and 100% in 2020.. As many MOAA members as possible should call or write to their Senator and Delegates – see links to scripts below. (21 Feb 2017)

 

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

·         * * * * * General Smallwood

·         * * * * * Montgomery CountyChapter Site at MOAA

·         Prince Georges County

·         * * * * * Southern MarylandChapter Web Site

·         SusquehannaChapter Site at MOAAChapter Web Site

·         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.

 

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

 

 

Maryland National Guard Unit of the Year

 

The 2016 winner of this award has not yet been announced. Please stand by. (5 Jan 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 13 Mar 2017

 

I have made four attempts to schedule an appointment to discuss HB0375 with Speaker Busch. On Friday, I was told that since there are only 30 days remaining in the session, it will be difficult for me to get an appointment. Today, I was told that since there are only 29 days left in the session AND – “on topics such as these” - Speaker Busch will not meet with me, I would have to meet with the Aide who has been giving me the run around on the telephone. I will not go to Annapolis to meet with her.

 

I discussed HB0375 with Delegate Teresa Reilly at a dinner last night and have followed up with her today, as she requested. She will make an attempt to get the bill moving forward.

 

A list of pending legislation is available here. Legislation is listed by the Committee in which it is currently being considered. Light green shading indicates the legislation is proceeding in a positive manner. Red text means the legislation is no longer being considered. Black text means the bill is still in process.

 

Wording of Draft Legislation on Military and Veteran Issues:

I am in touch with the Department of Legislative Services, Office of Policy Analysis, and have provided them a copy of the Fact Sheet on the Seven Uniformed Services. I requested they consider writing future draft legislation concerning military and veteran issues with the following in mind:

 

• If legislation is directed only towards those individuals who served in the enlisted ranks, and their families, the phrase “members of the Armed Forces” is appropriate.

 

• If legislation is directed towards all individuals who served in the US uniformed services, and their families, regardless of rank, the phrase “members of the U.S. uniformed services” is appropriate.

 

The Department’s leadership is considering how to best implement our request.

 

SCRIPTS FOR TELEPHONE CALLS, EMAILS/LETTERS

I have written two documents with scripts for the pending legislation on exempting military retirement pay from Maryland taxation; one for telephone calling, the other for email/letter.

 

Numerous valid sources recommend the telephone approach, rather than email. Why? Telephone calls and voicemails interrupt the staff members’ work. When they are receiving lots of calls on an issue, or having to listen to lots of voicemails, it drives home the point that the issue is important.

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

Greg

Dahlke

CDR

USN-active

dalke@olg.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 Calendar

 

The Council officers and Chapter Presidents meet quarterly. 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

 

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.