March 12, 2009
LEGISLATION AND MILITARY POLICY UPDATES:
ROA Urges Quick Acquisition of New Tanker Aircraft
The Reserve Officers Association emphatically issued the following statement today regarding Department of Defense acquisition priorities: “The Pentagon must expedite the acquisition of a new Air Force tanker. Tankers are the key cog in all joint military operations."
See the news release
VA Announces One-Time Economic Recovery Payment
As part of the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act," Public Law 111-5, a one-time payment of $250 will be given to individuals who receive Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Railroad Retirement and Veterans' Compensation and Pension benefits.
Payment of this benefit is automatic.
See the flyer (PDF)
IRS Information Related to Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Visit the VA Web site
NEWS FOR CITIZEN WARRIORS:
Reserve Chiefs: Our People Deserve Better Retirement (Stars and Stripes)
Reserve and National Guard members deserve a better retirement plan, one that pays an annuity earlier than age 60 at least for those willing to serve longer than 20 years, Reserve leaders have told Congress.
- Army Publishes First Reserve Retirement Guide (Army News Service)
- Vaughn: Army Guard Needs Delayed Entry Program (NGB)
- Air Force on Target with Recruiting, Retention (AF Public Affairs)
- Air Force To Inspect All C-130 Planes (Montgomery Advertiser)
- Process for Validating Reserve Early-Retired Pay Explained (ARPC Public Affairs)
- Stultz Has Army Reserve Rising (Investor's Business Daily)
- Vets Slam VA’s Private Insurance Idea (MilitaryTimes.com)
- Obama Considering Tanker Deal Delay (Washington Post)
DEF To Sponsor Mental Healthcare Seminar
March 23: This one-day seminar will focus on mental healthcare delivery to the Reserve Components at the ROA Headquarters. Presentations will include current research and clinical findings on TBI and PTSD.
Visit the DEF Homepage
Congressman Presents Voice of Our Comrades to VHP
March 10: Congressman Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.), presented the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress with a copy of Voice of Our Comrades, published by ROA. The Veterans History Project collects and archives the recollections of U.S. wartime veterans to honor their service and share their stories with current and future generations. Voice of Our Comrades, compiled from the memories of ROA members, provides insight into their experiences and sacrifices.
Veterans History Project
Congressman Perlmutter Web site
Voice of Our Comrades on Amazon.com
NATIONAL CONVENTION UPDATE:
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!
Who's running for ROA national offices? Check out the Candidate's Corner
Highlighted on ROA's Web Site: Departments and Chapters
Visit your department or chapter page to see what they are doing.
Departments and Chapters Page
Great American Video of the Week
Tune in to watch this week's Great American video: The DIVIDED. What happens when a mysterious Iraq War hero matches wits with an anti-war radical over the heart of a woman? Check out the political thriller The DIVIDED at the GI Film Festival, May 13-17, 2009, in Washington, D.C.
Watch this week's video
Upload your videos on the Great Americans Web site
DVLMF Accepting Donations for Memorial
The Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation (DVLMF), established in 1998, is accepting contributions for the American Veterans Disabled Life Memorial. The Memorial will be completed and dedicated in 2011 adjacent to the National Mall.
Find out how you can help by visiting the Web site.
Veterans, Get your Free Passes to the Franchise Expo
18th Annual International Franchise Expo (IFE) will be at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. March 20-22. Veterans can attend the Franchise Expo for free with their printed passes!
Sign up here
Visit the Web site to learn more about IFE 2009
BROTHERS AT WAR in Selected Cities March 13
BROTHERS AT WAR is an intimate portrait of an American family during a turbulent time. Jake Rademacher sets out to understand the experience, sacrifice, and motivation of his two brothers serving in Iraq. The film follows Jake’s exploits as he risks everything—including his life—to tell his brothers’ story. Often humorous, but sometimes downright lethal, BROTHERS AT WAR is a remarkable journey where Jake embeds with four combat units in Iraq.
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