June 2, 2010
Did You Know? ROA helped extend TRICARE to all serving reservists with 28% cost share.
11th Annual Joint Officer Leadership Development and Training Seminar Presented by ROA
JOLDTS is for all reserve officers in grades 01-04 and WO1-CW4. This year's JOLDTS will be held July 15-18 in Colorado Springs, CO.
Learn about 2010 JOLDTS
LEGISLATION AND MILITARY POLICY:
Repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" Not on Fast Track
The House voted to repeal the ban on gays and lesbians serving in the armed forces, as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. If signed into law, the measure would not immediately take effect.
Highlights from the House's National Defense Authorization Act
Among the highlights of the House's version of the National Defense Authorization Act are no increase in TRICARE fees for retirees under 65, 25% increase in mental healthcare providers, a pay raise of 1.9%, and more.
ROA Testifies on Veteran Unemployment
ROA attended a House Veterans Affairs committee roundtable to discuss solutions to reduce veteran unemployment. ROA highlighted the need to translate military skills into civilian terminology, and recommended peer counseling.
Read ROA's written testimony
SERVICEMEMBERS' LAW CENTER:
New Law Reviews
No. 1036 Supreme Court Upholds Constitutionality of Special Treatment for Veterans' Organizations
NEWS FOR CITIZEN WARRIORS:
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Current Intersect Newsletter Edition
PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
A firing party made up of soldiers, sailors and airmen performs a 21-gun salute in honor of the fallen during a Memorial Day ceremony held at Forward Operating Base Sharana in Paktika province, Afghanistan, May 30, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Demetrius Lester)
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
MG Strom Thurmond Outstanding Army Junior Officer of the Year Award
ROA Academy June 25 in Las Vegas
ROA 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.
Visit the National Council Meeting 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.
In last week's President's Message, we mistakenly identified the new Coast Guard Commandant, ADM Robert J. Papp, as an ROA life member. In actuality, ADM Papp is a a 2 year member. We regret the error.
May 31, 2010 - Memorial Day. This day of remembrance was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday to be celebrated the last Monday in May.
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