March 18, 2009
NATIONAL CONVENTION UPDATES:Come see who the "Heroes Among Us" are at ROA's National Convention, held at the Marriott World Center Resort in Orlando, Fl. July 8-11. This year, ROA is offering lunch and reduced banquet ticket with your registration.
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|Advance (through June 22) - INCLUDES LUNCH
|On-site - INCLUDES LUNCH
|Banquet Tickets (advance)
|Banquet Tickets (on-site)
|Lunch (advance -- Already included in full
LEGISLATION AND MILITARY POLICY UPDATE:
Servicmembers' Insurance Companies to be Billed for Combat Injuries?
Concerns over a budget recommendation to permit the Dept. of Veterans Affairs to charge private insurance for medical treatment of veterans who became ill, or were wounded or injured during the line of duty has prompted strong responses from ROA and other veterans organizations. Read the letters and related story here.
National Military and Veterans Alliance Voices Veterans’ Insurance Concern to President (pdf)
The Military Coalition (TMC) letter to President Obama on VA billing of Private Insurance (pdf)
Will Obama Go AWOL On VA Health Benefits? (Wall Street Journal, March 18, 2009)
End to Stop Loss Announced
IMMEDIATE RELEASE, March 18, 2009
The Department of Defense announced today a comprehensive plan to eliminate the current use of Stop Loss...
DoD Press Release
House Guard and Reserve Caucus breakfast
On Tuesday, March 17, Army and Marine green mixed with Air Force, Coast Guard and Navy blue as nearly 200 people gathered for the annual House Guard and Reserve Caucus breakfast, hosted by Representatives Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) and Steve Buyer (R-Ind.) This was an opportunity for the Reserve Chiefs of each service to express their top concerns in a round robin. Over a dozen members of Congress attended the breakfast, which was cosponsored by ROA and eight other associations.
|General Craig McKinley, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, at House Guard & Reserve Caucus Breakfast|
NEWS FOR CITIZEN WARRIORS:
- GAO: Speeding Up F-35 Purchases Could Cost Billions (Bloomberg News)
- National Guard Called Last Resort at Border (Washington Bureau)
- Tougher Tactics Turn Tables on Somali Pirates (AP)
- Traumatic Brain Injury program Receives Validation (The Signal)
- DoD Child Care Tops 50 states, Report Says (MilitaryTimes.com)
- Army Reserve Iraq Role To Continue Despite Afghanistan Mission, General Says (AFPS)
2009 CIOR/CIOMR Congress
The 62nd Congress of the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers and the 63rd Congress of the Interallied Confederation of Medical Reserve Officers will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria August 4-8. Final registration forms are not yet ready, but here is what we do know now to help you facilitate planning and estimating total cost.
Guidelines for CIOR/CIOMR Congress (PDF)
CIOR Language Academy (CLA) 2009
Preliminary information, application forms
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Highlighted on ROA's Web Site: Awards Handbook
The purpose of ROA's award program is to provide tangible recognition for exceptional service or achievement.
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Great American Video of the Week
Tune in to watch this week's Great American video: WAR - A First Hand Perspective. An emotive look at what our troops are facing in Iraq.
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Army Navy Country Club Changes Reservist Dues Structure
Previously, Reservists wishing to join the Army Navy Country Club near the Pentagon had to pay the "other" rates. The club recently announced Reservists will receive the lower Active Duty rate. ANCC is a private, member-owned recreation facility founded in 1924. The Club draws its membership primarily from serving and retired commissioned U.S. military officers.
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