May 6, 2009
May is National Military Appreciation Month
National Military Appreciation Month, as designated by Congress, provides a period encompassing both the history and recognition of our armed services with an in-depth look at the diversity of its individuals and achievements.
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U.S. Ambassador to NATO Thanks CIOR Reps
Representing the American delegation to the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers and Medical Reserve Officers, MG Robert Smith and MG Robert Kasulke respectively, visited with representatives to the U.S. Mission to NATO, receiving thanks from the ambassador in March.
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Secretary General of NATO To Address Reserve Officers
The Secretary-General of NATO, His Excellency Mr. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, will address the Reserve Officers of CIOR May 18 at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. On the same day, CIOR will officially unveil the CIOR-60 Monument. Members of ROA living or traveling in Europe should consider attending.
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LEGISLATION AND MILITARY POLICY UPDATES:
VA To Accept Applications for Post-9/11 GI Bill Program
Beginning this Friday, May 1, the VA Education Service will begin taking applications to determine servicemembers’ eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill program.
Click here for additional information on the VA’s Web site
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Congressional Agenda at ROA
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) discussed the Senate's agenda for the current Congress during a National Journal breakfast May 1 in the Minuteman Memorial Building.
Click here to watch the C-SPAN coverage
NEWS FOR CITIZEN WARRIORS:
- Official Explains Proposed Post-9/11 GI Bill Transferability Rules (Defenselink.mil)
- Services Want More Control Over Medical Funds (Navy Times)
- Reserve Pilot Picked for Assistant SecNav (Navy Times)
- President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts (White House Press Release)
- Boeing C-17 Funds To Be Included in War Spending Bill (LA Times)
- House Fortifies Allowance for MRAPs (USA Today)
- Lawmakers Press Gates To Keep Army Cargo Plane (The Hill)
- Democrats Seek More War Funds (Reuters)
- War Bill Omits Funds for Gitmo Closure (Washington Times)
- Military Reservists Face Tougher Scrutiny on Housing Pay (Virginian-Pilot)
NATIONAL CONVENTION UPDATES:
Join Us in Orlando, Fla., for ROA's Summer Convention as We Honor the HEROES AMONG US—Our Nation’s Citizen Warriors
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The OFFICER May Issue
In this Issue:
Ten Principles for the Reserve Components by Lt. Gen. Dennis M. McCarthy, USMC (Ret.)
Much has been written in the past few years about the nation’s Reserve Components—the National Guard and Federal Reserves.
Read the article
The Orlando Experience by Eric “The Loop” Minton, Editor
Bring your family and plan to have fun by land, by sea, across the universe, and in space, too. Here’s an insider’s guide to all Orlando has to offer..”
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Highlighted on ROA's Web Site: Shop ROA Marketplace for Mother's DayGreat Americans Video of the Week
Buy flowers through ROA Marketplace for those you love on Mother's Day!
ROA Reservist Mall
Tune in to watch this week's Great American video: Col. John W. Ripley, USMC (Ret.), who singlehandedly stopped the enemy during a major offensive on Easter Sunday in 1972.
Watch this week's video
Upload your videos on the Great Americans Web site
ROA Announces Winners for 2008-2009 Level 1 (Sustaining Chapters)
CA - 63, Santa Clara County
IL - 06, Cook County
IL - 39, Springfield
IL - 48, Fort Sheridan
FL - 27, Marco Naples
The sustaining category is the highest level of award recognition for Chapters. Each chapter will receive a streamer at the National Convention in Orlando. These five are the winning Chapters selected by an awards review board chaired by Col Phil Reiss.
Do you know about all your Member Benefits?
Check out all the things that you have access to or can receive as a member of the Reserve Officers Association.
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Local Opportunities To Support Veterans
ROA has partnered with the Circle of Friends for American Veterans to help put on their National Convention at ROA's Minuteman Memorial Building May 13-14. Their efforts at improving conditions for homeless veterans have many local opportunities for support as well. Click here for a geographically organized list of opportunities with which your ROA chapter may wish to become involved.
Visit the Circle of Friends Web site
Visit their Convention Web site
Are You a Reserve Officer in State Legislature?
The National Network of Legislators in the Military (NNLM) are taking a survey of currently serving military members who are a state legislator. State legislators who currently serve in the National Guard or the Military Reserves are in a unique position while serving both their state and our nation. Last year, the NNLM identified 74 state legislators who were serving in both capacities. This year’s survey attempts to update information from these legislators, as well as identify new NNLM members.
Click here to view the results of the 2008 Survey
Call or e-mail the office of Representative K. Mark Takai in Hawaii for more information (808) 586-8455
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