May 12, 2010
Did You Know? ROA advocated a Survivor Benefit provision whereby earned retirement pay could pass to a family member.
LEGISLATION AND MILITARY POLICY:
President Obama signs S. 1963 into law. (Dept. of Veterans Affairs photo)
Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act Signed Into Law
President Barack Obama signed into law the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act May 5 at the White House. Executive Director MG (Ret) David R. Bockel represented ROA, one of a select number of Veterans Service Organizations invited to attend. The Act makes a stipend, health insurance, and expanded training and counseling available to the caregivers of Veterans who were severely injured in the line of duty after 9/11.
Watch the White House video of the event (7 min. 53 sec.)
Learn more about the bill
ROA Testifies on Health Effects of Vietnam War
ROA testified to the House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC) May 13 on the health effects of the Vietnam War. CAPT Marshall Hanson's testimony reflected the need to expand presumption of health care coverage to those who had served in both the Navy and Air Force, but weren’t “boots on the ground” in country.
Read the testimony (pdf)
HASC Subcommittee Releases Review of Professional Military Education
The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, House Armed Services Committee released the first comprehensive Congressional review of the professional military education system in 20 years May 6. The report is titled “Another Crossroads? Professional Military Education Two Decades After the Goldwater-Nichols Act and the Skelton Panel.”
View the report
DEF to Host US-China Maritime Relations Conference
ROA's Defense Education Forum (DEF) and the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) will present a conference to examine the current and future state of US-China maritime relations May 13 at the Minuteman Memorial Building in Washington.
SERVICEMEMBERS' LAW CENTER:
New Law Reviews
No. 1032 Congress Enacts New Protections for Mobilized Students
NEWS FOR CITIZEN WARRIORS:
Weekly News Clips
Current Intersect Newsletter Edition
Past National President Receives VA Appointment
MG Robert W. Smith, III, USAR (Ret.) has been appointed Director of the Veterans’ Services Division, Bureau of Workforce Transformation (BWT), Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (DELEG).
HJR Scholarship Deadline is Saturday
The Henry J. Reilly Memorial Scholarship deadline is this Saturday, May 15.
Award Process Open for Outstanding WO, JO of the Year
The competition for the CW4 Michael J. Novosel Outstanding Warrant Officer of the Year and Major General Strom Thurmond Outstanding Army Junior Officer of the Year Awards is now open.
CW4 Michael J. Novosel Outstanding Warrant Officer of the Year Award information
Major General Strom Thurmond Outstanding Army Junior Officer of the Year Award information
Tentative Agenda for 2010 National Council Meeting Set
The agenda for the 2010 National Council Meeting (tentative as of April 30) is now available.
View the agenda
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ROA Academy June 25 in Las Vegas
Academy provides professional ROA leadership training and motivation
for newly elected ROA Department and Chapter officers. It will be held
in conjunction with the National Council Meeting June 25 in Las Vegas.
More Info (pdf)
Mail-in registration form
Academy Online Space Reservation Questionnaire
CIOR/CIOMR Congress Aug. 10-14 in Norway
The 2010 CIOR Summer Congress, "NATO's Comprehensive Approach," will be held this Aug. 10-14 in Stavanger, Norway. Online registration is now available.
View information and registration page
BSF's 2010 Military Family Lifestyle Survey
Blue Star Families' 2010 military family lifestyle survey offers military families the opportunity to let civilian and military leaders know about the most important issues facing military families today. Last year's results were widely circulated in Congress and among government leaders. The deadline to participate is June 1, and those who participate will be eligible for $1000 and $300 prizes.
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