ROA Weekly Newsletter for March 4, 2009
LEGISLATION AND MILITARY POLICY UPDATES:
ROA Provides Testimony to House Military Personnel Subcommittee
ROA submitted testimony to the House Armed Services subcommittee on personnel. The hearing was held on Feb. 25, with the committee receiving testimony on beneficiary and advocacy views. ROA advocated its legislative priorities including necessary changes to early retirement, gray-area access to TRICARE Reserve Select, improvements to the Montgomery GI Bill for Selected Reserve among other issues.
A follow-on hearing was held March 3 where the Reserve Chiefs had a chance to testify before the House Armed Services subcommittee on personnel about recruiting and retention. The committee is examining reductions in recruiting and retention incentives to save budget dollars, because the services are doing so well at recruiting and retention. All the Reserves Chiefs recommended that no change be made in the current RC incentives; several pointing out that a Reservist fearing unemployment will go on active duty, rather than remain in the Reserve Component.
Click here for details of the Reserve Chief hearing
Click here to read ROA's testimony
ROA, Senate Leaders Discuss Veterans Issues
ROA attended a meeting on veterans issues that was hosted by Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). Eighteen democratic senators attended the discussions on advanced funding on veterans health care, and a thorough screening of demobilizing veterans for invisible injuries such as Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It was emphasized that Guard and Reserve members who are being separated should receive their medical screening at the home station rather than at a demobilization site because a lot of injuries are not being reported, as Reserve Component members would rather go home, then be extended on medical hold. Another topic of discussion was the transferability of the new GI Bill. It was pointed out to the Senators that from military to veteran status is a continuum, so that military requirements have a correlation to veteran needs. This is especially true for the Guard and Reserve, where members separated from active duty remain in military status.
NATIONAL CONVENTION UPDATES:
This year, the National Convention will be held at the Marriott World Center Resort in Orlando, Fl.
Check back for updates and don't forget to mark July 8-11 and SAVE THE DATE!
Candidates Corner Launched
ROA has created a page for the candidates in the running for National and Executive Committees. Read for more information on each candidate.
Visit the "Meet the Candidates" page
Great American Video of the Week
Tune in to watch this week's Great American video: Women in National Guard. In tribute to the Woman History Month, Army National Guard senior female leaders mentor junior female leaders.
Watch this week's video
Upload your videos on the Great Americans Web site
NEWS FOR CITIZEN WARRIORS:
Army Guard To Cut Recruiting, Retention Bonuses (NGB News)
Remaining National Guard Troops End Patrol Duty in New Orleans (AP)
Obama Calls for 2.9% Pay Raise in 2010 (MilitaryTimes.com)
Stimulus Plan Includes Billions for Troops, Vets (MilitaryTimes.com) (PDF format)
Little-known Benefit Aids Veterans of Wars (NewsOK.com)
National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of March 3, 2009 (Defenselink.mil)
DVLMF Accepting Donations for Memorial
The Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation (DVLMF), established in 1998, is accepting contributions for American Veterans Disabled Life Memorial. The Memorial will be completed and dedicated in 2011 in a triangular site adjacent to the National Mall and in full view of the U.S. Capitol.
"For the first time, America will pay tribute to some of our most courageous heroes our disabled veterans. The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial will celebrate those men and women who may be broken in body but never in spirit."
Find out how you can help by visiting the Web site.
Liberty Mutual Announces Sweepstakes Winner:
A great big "Thank You!" to all that entered into Liberty Mutual's sweepstakes for the Canon PowershotŪ A590IS digital camera. We are happy to announce Mr. Jay Buyze as the winner, who will be receiving his new camera within the week. We hope you all will remember the importance of conducting a home inventory on a regular basis. Liberty Mutual is a proud partner of the Reserve Officers Association.
See for yourself how much money you could save with Liberty Mutual compared to your current insurance provider. For a free, no-obligation quote call 800-524-9400, visit us online or call your local sales office.
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There will be a Corporate Gray Job Fair for the Military Community at the Waterford in Springfield, Va., on Friday, March 20. This job fair is FREE to all job seekers and is especially for transitioning and former military personnel. Civilians are welcome and encouraged to attend. Visit the Web site for more information.
As March is Women's History Month, ROA will honor the women in military.
General Ann E. Dunwoody, USA, is the first female four-star general in the United States.
Watch her promotion ceremony
Read the announcement (Army News)
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