May 20, 2009
Memorial Day Message from the ROA President
"Abraham Lincoln once said, 'We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain. That the nation shall have a new birth of freedom. And that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.' I ask that the members of the Reserve Officers Association pause this Memorial Day and remember those who have gone before us and gave the ultimate sacrifice. It is a tribute to their memory and a reflection of President Lincoln's statement that ROA is a strong national security advocate and a reputable force in defense education. Thank you for your service."
-- Ladd Pattillo, Colonel, USA (Ret.), ROA National President
Visit the National Memorial Day PBS Concert page
LEGISLATION AND MILITARY POLICY UPDATES:
ROA and REA provides Testimony for Subcommittee on Personnel, Senate Armed Services Committee on May 20, 2009
Read the testimony (PDF)
Ask ROA about its Top 10 priorities
ROA's 10 Top Priorities include Resetting the Force with Modern Equipment and Facilities; Fully Funding Each Service’s Training Accounts; Wounded Warrior Support especially Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD; Fixing Reserve Retirement; and more.
See our Top 10 Priorities
ROA To Host Programs on Mental Health Care for Military and Army Reserve Employer Partnership Initiative
Read the Advisory (PDF)
NEWS FOR CITIZEN WARRIORS:
- Returning Reservists Find Military Duty Clashes with Job Protection (Belleville News-Democrat)
- Military Battling Alarming Suicide Rate (The Houston Chronicle)
- Military Fights Stigma of Mental Care (AP)
- Lawmakers Seek Healthier DoD Medical Budget (Air Force Times)
- Expansion of Concurrent Receipt Proposed (Military Times)
- Lawsuit Alleges L.A. County Improperly Withheld Pay to Reservists (Los Angeles Times)
- Compensation for Extended Tours of Duty (Washington Post)
- Mabus Sworn in as New Navy Secretary (Department of Defense)
ROA NEWS: See the article
ROA Issues Statement of Support for JROTC
As contemporary American society affords few opportunities for youth to have firsthand contact or knowledge of the armed services through teachers, parents or relatives, ROA recognizes the importance of JROTC programs throughout the country.
Read the statement (PDF)
ROA Quoted on Heavy Use of Reserve Components in "2 Careers, 2 Jobs: Reservists Juggle Heavier Load Since 9/11" (Army Times)
- "The Reserve Component -- the National Guard and Federal Reserve -- has saved the country from a draft," said retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Dennis McCarthy, executive director of ROA.
ROA Outstanding JO and WO Awards
ROA is accepting applications for the calendar year 2010 Reserve Officers Association's Major General Strom Thurmond Outstanding Army Junior Officer Award Program, and the CW4 Michael J. Novosel Award for the ROA Outstanding Warrant Officer of the Year.
See the memo on Junior Officer Award Program (PDF)
See the memo on Warrant Officer Award Program (PDF)
Highlighted on ROA's Web Site: News Page
Visit the updated ROA News Page, which now includes ROA's twitter feed and RSS feeds for national news outlets and the Department of Defense. Also included is an archive of articles published weekly in the e-Newsletter.
Visit the ROA News Page
NATIONAL CONVENTION UPDATE:
Join Us in Orlando, Fla., for ROA's Summer Convention as We Honor the HEROES AMONG US—Our Nation’s Citizen Warriors
Visit ROA's Orlando Web page
New Web Page Guides TRICARE Beneficiaries to Behavioral Health Resources
May is Mental Health Month, TRICARE is committed to providing beneficiaries with the most up-to-date information about behavioral health resources.
View the entire news release
Visit the TRICARE Web site
Report on Improving Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program for the Guard and Reserve
This study conducted for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is an analysis of all states' implementation of their Yellow Ribbon Reintegration programs for their National Guard.
Read the report (PDF)
ROA Travel Partner Offers Hot Deals in May
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