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Registration is Open for ROA's 2018 National Convention

Posted By ROA National Staff, Thursday, June 14, 2018

ROA is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2018 national convention!

 

Click here to Register now.

 

This year’s national convention promises many exciting events for ROA members to include an update on TRICARE, a professional development seminar, a banquet with a congressional speaker (invited), awards presentations, speaker presentations, a State of the Association address, a detailed update on current legislation, and training on conducting grass-roots activities. All this while connecting with old friends and making new ones.

 

Click here for more information or to register for the event.

 

We hope to see you there!

 

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Those who serve deserve our best, but never have so many depended on so few

Posted By ROA National Staff, Tuesday, May 29, 2018

ROA’s Memorial Op-Ed was published in The Hill. “Among the sacred honors to befall a military officer away from the battlefield is to give a Memorial Day address. Speaking to Americans on this hallowed day is perhaps surpassed only by the responsibility of the gravesite presentation of the flag to a spouse or parent grieving profound loss. Or, being the first senior official to visit with the family at Dover Air Force Base as they await the repatriation of their loved one’s remains. Sharing the honor of these responsibilities with my fellow flag officers — admirals and generals — I joined an ancestry of sacred gratitude.” READ THE FULL STORY

 

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Seeking Volunteers to Present ROTC Medals

Posted By ROA National Staff, Monday, May 14, 2018

The Department of Virginia is seeking volunteers to present ROA medals and certificates at JROTC award ceremonies around the state.

 

Ceremonies will take place from now through the first week of June in the following areas: Burke, Charles City, Fredericksburg, Goochland, Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth, Richmond, Smithfield, Stafford, Surry County, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, and Yorktown.

 

If you are interested in taking part in one or more of these ceremonies, contact Amy Blumenthal, the Dept of Virginia ROTC/JROTC liaison, at trythisab@gmail.com.

 

Don’t miss this great opportunity to support ROA and the Department of Virginia. But more importantly, don’t miss this opportunity to support our young up-and-coming officers!


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ROA Continues to Push DD-214 Reforms

Posted By ROA National Staff, Thursday, May 3, 2018

In its fourth exclusive op-ed with The Hill, ROA continues to lead the way by being the only national military group with a regular column in a national news media publication! This past Sunday, ROA’s piece on the DD-214 “type of statement” was issued online. READ MORE

This high-priority topic is one of ROA’s major legislative initiatives for the 115th Congress and we continue to build support in Washington, D.C. To further showcase ROA’s broad reach, the legislative team was asked to participate in a conference call with the RAND Corporation last week to discuss their research on the DD-214. Specifically, RAND has been tasked by the U.S. Government with recommending revisions to the 68-year old “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty
” form that often does not fully reflect a Reserve Component member’s service. ROA emphasized the inequities that currently exist with the DD-214 for servicemembers, specifically those from the Cold War period.

 

For more information on ROA's position, click here.

 

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Arlington National Cemetery: Preserving the Promise Hearing

Posted By ROA National Staff, Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Listen to the hearing on ways to extend Arlington National Cemetery capacity on Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 10:30am. Listen Here

 

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Two-Year Defense Spending Smooths the Way to a Ready Military

Posted By ROA National Staff, Monday, March 5, 2018

ROA's latest op-ed was published by The Hill on the importance of biennial defense funding. ROA is the only military group in Washington to have a monthly column in Washington media. This is our third column published since the new year in The Hill: “The budget deal signed Feb. 9 by President Trump funds the federal government for two years and postpones further damage to military readiness, especially that suffered by our hometown members of the Reserve and National Guard, by exactly that length of time. …”

CLICK HERE for the full story.

 

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TRICARE Choices for National Guard and Reserve Members

Posted By ROA National Staff, Thursday, March 1, 2018

A webinar is available on Tue, Mar 6, 2018 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST for National Guard and Reserve members who experience various stages of activation throughout their military careers. This webinar will discuss those stages and its impact on health care eligibility, as well as medical, dental and pharmacy options TRICARE offers to them and their family members. 

Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/202239059845410562.

Dial-in info: Main Number (631) 992-3221 | Access Code: 636-845-568

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President’s Budget FY2019 – Reductions and Eliminations

Posted By ROA National Staff, Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The President’s Budget included a document titled: An American Budget of the US Government Office of Management and Budget: OMB.GOV Fiscal Year 2019 Major Savings and Reforms.  An extract of the document recommendations that outline reductions or elimination of government programs is provided for those items that would most likely affect National Guard and Reserve members. READ MORE

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Parading the American Character

Posted By ROA National Staff, Thursday, February 8, 2018

Read ROA’s opinion piece on the much-discussed military parade, just published by The Hill: “The talk of Washington has turned from government shutdowns, now temporarily averted, to the prospect of a “grand military parade” championed by President Trump. …” READ THE FULL STORY

 

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Use This Tool to Find Exactly Where You Can Use Your GI Bill to Study a Discipline of Your Choice

Posted By ROA National Staff, Thursday, February 1, 2018

ROA’s executive director, Jeff Phillips, had a problem: he still has some Montgomery GI Bill money and wants to use it on culinary training so he can open a food truck offering classic French cuisine (OK, maybe not a food truck, maybe just cook more delicious meals for friends).

 

But how does Jeff find institutions that provide GI Bill friendly (in this case culinary) education of any type anywhere they’re offered? With such a cool capability, he could shop around for a specific discipline by location, type of culinary degree or certificate, program duration, cost, etc.

 

The answer is on this website: www.vets.gov/gi-bill-comparison-tool. Go to the homepage bottom and download the Excel file at "Download Data on All Schools (Excel)"; this file has a huge amount of info. Once it’s open, click on the spreadsheet tab named Comparison_Tool_Data_Full. Then click on the Excel toolbar upper left, “Home.” Then click on “Find & Select” at far right, in the Excel toolbar “Editing” section.

 

You will now have a scroll-down menu; click “Find.” You will now have a “Find and Replace” window – just enter a key word and hit Find Next.” Jeff entered the word, Culinary. With each click of “Find Next” a culinary program was selected, from OJT to degree programs.

 

As any French chef would say, “Magnifique!”

 

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