May 19, 2010
Did You Know? ROA protected the establishment of a National Guard and Reserve Equipment Appropriation.
LEGISLATION AND MILITARY POLICY:
TRICARE Retired Reserve Implementation May Slide
ROA attended a briefing by TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) last week, where implementation of TRICARE Retired Reserve was discussed. Due to red tape, it is possible that TRICARE for gray area retirees will slide out further into the late fall, with TMA admitting that the suggested Oct. 1 start date is "soft".
Read more on the briefing
ROA, OPM Discuss Presidential Hiring Reform Initiative
ROA discussed the president’s hiring reform initiative with the Office of Personnel Management this past week, and specific goals were detailed.
Learn about the goals for the initiative
ROA Attends NMFA Summit with the First Lady Keynote
ROA attended and participated in working groups at the National Military Family Association’s (NMFA) summit “When Parents Deploy: Understanding the Experiences of Military Children and Spouses” held May 12.
Learn more about the summit
ROA Meets with Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Skelton
ROA participated in a roundtable discussion of veteran issues with Democratic leadership. ROA's Legislative Director CAPT Marshall Hanson talked about how the Pentagon doesn’t follow-up on passed legislation in a timely enough fashion, and he also supported obtaining veteran status for serving Reservists who reach 20 years of service without being activated for over 180 days.
DEF Presents Conference on US-China Maritime Relations
DEF and the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) presented a conference to examine the current and future state of US-China maritime relations May 13. The session addressed the prospects for conflict and accommodation, the merits of the each party's claims, and the significance of these issues for broader US-China relations.
Watch the event (150 min.)
SERVICEMEMBERS' LAW CENTER:
New Law Reviews
No. 1033 What Is “Noncareer” Service?
NEWS FOR CITIZEN WARRIORS:
Recent ROA Blog Entries
Film Review: To End All Wars
Documentary Short Review: PAX
Documentary Film Reviews: Uncle Jack & Lt Dan Band: For the Common Good
Film Review: Minus One
Weekly News Clips
Current Intersect Newsletter Edition
PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
U.S. Army Spc. Craig C. Smith waits at the free throw line for the ball during the gold medal game for wheelchair basketball at the inaugural Warrior Games held May 13 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Warrior Games featured some 200 of the most athletic wounded active-duty members and military veterans in Paralympic-style competition. (DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden)
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
National Council Meeting Deadline Approaching
For the National Council Meeting, the cut-off for hotel reservation and deadline for advance registration is May 24.
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.
UPDATE: The Medical Track has been cancelled.
Visit the National Council Meeting page
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
UPORFA Meeting Sept. 8-12 in Argentina
UPORFA's Fall Congress will be held Sept. 8-12 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Current speakers committed include MG Cornell Wilson, USMC, and MG Robert Kasulke, USAR. More details to follow.
HIGHLIGHTED ON THE WEB:
New 'Issues' Pages Detail ROA's Advocacy and Education Efforts
The new 'Current Issues' pages provide users a one-stop-shop for information on ROA's advocacy and education efforts for each of the following issues: TRICARE, Reserve Retirement, Post-9/11 GI Bill, Veterans Benefits, CNGR, USERRA, SCRA, and ROPMA.
Visit the Issues homepage
New Merchants Available at ROA Marketplace
ROA Marketplace, a special e-mall for members, has been expanded and now includes special deals from ADT, DIRECTV, Dish Network, Furniturecrate, Irv's Luggage, and US-Mattress.
Visit ROA Marketplace (username: reserveofficers, password: Marketplace1)
Sears "Operation Stores & Stripes" Contest
Sears and Maytag recently announced the kick off of the first-ever “Operation Stores & Stripes” contest, where one deserving military veteran will win their very own Sears Hometown Store, which includes the store, license, merchandise, renovation and merchandised location, the first 90-days of lease as well as 90 days of operating cash flow. Through June 25, qualified military veterans can enter the contest online.
Learn more and enter the contest
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