The Reserve Organization of America on Wednesday wrote President Donald J. Trump in support of the FY21 National Defense Authorization Act, including its provision that would rename military properties, such as bases named for Confederate officers.
ROA also wrote Congress, backing a broad and inclusive commission of stakeholders for the challenging task of renaming. ROA regards obstacles to military recruitment and retention as obstacles to readiness. Our servicemembers stand guard on the ramparts for our nation's security; they deserve an environment that supports their service and reflects our great nation's diversity.
Happy Birthday to Maj. Gen. Evan "Curly" Hultman - on Zoom - at the young age of 95 Years!! ROA joined him on the web this week to wish him well and celebrate the significant milestone.
Curly was born July 15, 1925, and served as Attorney General of Iowa from 1961 to 1965, as a Republican. He is a retired major general in the United States Army Reserve. He attended the University of Iowa, earning a B.A. in 1949, and J.D. in 1952.
Posted By Capt. Jerry E. Kromrey, USAFR (Ret.),
Friday, July 17, 2020
Army ROTC Cadet, Kawen Huang, received the 2020 Lt. Col. Frank Holt Memorial Army ROTC Scholarship award. Huang is part of the Santa Clara University Bronco Battalion, and was so appreciative of being the recipient, she penned a note to the sons and daughters of the late Lt. Col. Frank Holt, U.S. Army (Ret.), who the award was named after.
“I want to say thank you for being generous and kind to provide a scholarship to ROTC cadets," said Huang. "Some full-time students like me need to work part time [in addition to] ROTC training. The scholarship takes the burden off the cadets’ shoulders.”
Lt. Col. James Holt, U.S. Army (Ret.), AC-1 Stanley M. Holt, U.S. Navy Reserve (Ret.), and Cassandra Holt Ravenscroft, received the note thanking them for the award, which included a $1,000 check and certificate. Huang said she will use the money to help pay for textbooks and other academic expenses.
By working fewer part-time hours, she will be able to focus more effectively on her academic studies and ROTC training. Huang’s scholarship is the seventeenth consecutive award that was started in 2004, the year after Holt died.
The scholarship is in honor of the role Holt played in preserving ROTC on California campuses when the program was threatened with extinction, and is funded by both the Holt family, and Santa Clara County Unified Chapter GW/063.
“At the moment I was notified as an awardee, I was flattered and honored to be the awardee of the Frank Holt Memorial Scholarship," said Huang. "I want to say thank you again. This honor will stay in my heart forever.”
Posted By By Spc. Marla Ogden, New York National Guard,
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE, N.Y. – Within less than a year, Spc. Olivia Mannetti became a Soldier, helped New York State in the fight against COVID-19, and will now be deploying to the Middle East.
Mannetti, 22, and a Schenectady resident, is a combat medic in the New York Army National Guard’s 466th Medical Company, Area Support. The company is to mobilize and deploy at the end of July.As a child, Mannetti was raised in a military household. Her
father was a Marine and her mother’s side of the family was Navy. She decided she, too, wanted to serve.
“Ever since I was little and saw my dad in uniform, I knew I wanted to be in the military,” she said.After graduating from college in Colorado, Mannetti joined the Army National Guard.
Posted By ROA National Staff,
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
(From left to right) Timothy A. Isaly, Principal Early College High School; Major Norma Cabanas, ROA Chapter President-Dallas/Ft. Worth; Jessica Cabanas, Graduating Senior Class of 2020; Carolyn Glover Hockley, ROA Family Support Group; Col. Ralph Hockley, ROA Dept of Texas Membership Chairman.
ROA, doing business as the Reserve Organization of America, proudly presented the first in the nation “ROA-Family Support Group Award” plaque to the Texas Early College High School of Carrollton-Farmers-Branch School on May 22, 2020. Individual certificates were awarded to school staff: Timothy A. Isaly – Principal; Nikita D. Fisher – Counselor; Maria C. Ramos - Admin Records; Jaime Wegscheider – English and Journalism Teacher; Susan Freid – Mathematics Teacher; and Nabil M. Khawla – Science Teacher.
The ROA awards were presented by Carolyn Glover Hockley, Col. Ralph M Hockley and Maj. Norma Cabanas of the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter, Dept of Texas. ROA headquartered in Washington, D.C. welcomed the new ROA Family Support Group and its mission to assist and help sustain the Reserves, the National Guard, and their families in the Fall of 2019.
This new ROA award was established to recognize the Silent Angels who seek no recognition but who go above and beyond the requirements in support of the Uniformed Service members of the Reserve and National Guard. These include the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard, Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
After three overseas deployments from September 2015 to July 2019, and now most recently in response to the COVID-19 pandemic response mission out of Grande Prairie Armed Forces Reserve Complex, Cabanas of Carrollton stated that, “The Early College High School’s Principal, Faculty and Staff went above and beyond to ensure and help steady her daughter - Jessica’s daily challenges." Deployments are not only hard on the military member(s), but also on their families. Schools play an integral part in keeping the military child steady, focused, and supported.
During one of those deployments, Mr. Meason Kolkhorst from Long Middle School was the first angel who assisted Jessica in completing her high school enrollment to Early College High School. During the few phone calls while deployed, Jessica shared many stories of other teachers who helped: Shawne Poplar; Richard Lewis; Jahee Kong; Swanson; Judith Tepper; and Patrick Pulliam. Each assisted her in getting through some rough times. It was the school staff that helped fill the mommy shoes.
Cabanas stated, “Whether school staff realized it or not, their direct and indirect support made a difference to the whole family.” At the time of the first deployment in 2015, Jessica was only 14 and attending middle school. With mom and sister Jennifer, both in the Army, with Dad and Jessica at home in Carrollton, and her closest relatives 1,300 miles away, life was difficult for this teenager.
Simple tasks were not an option for Jessica - she had to help with meals and cleaning, be responsible for going to bed and getting up for school and doing her homework. Cabanas said that she is 100 percent sure it was the motivation and inspiration of the school that kept Jessica focused. Graduating in May, Jessica Cabanas plans to continue her college education at University of Texas in Dallas.
Principals, teachers, and counselors make a big difference in a student’s success or failure - and life.
Each of the recognized school staff went above and beyond to support the family of one citizen warrior – a member of the U.S. Armed Forces Reserve. ROA’s Family Support Group recognizes the giant steps attained by the 2020 graduates at the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD - Early College High School; we congratulate each one. This year, in particular, is a special time for all graduates.
Posted By ROA Staff,
Friday, April 10, 2020
Updated: Sunday, July 12, 2020
A Spiritual Fitness message from the ROA National Chaplain
Exodus 12 / Gospel of John 20
We are in the season of the calendar year when two very important worship events are highlighted -- The Passover and Easter. These epoch times are important to those of the Jewish and Christian Faiths. From their miraculous happenings they have been major points of testimony, recognition and historical anchors. They are not only important to persons of faith but in the world as a whole.
Both of these historical acts in 2020 will be remembered much differently than at any time since world WWI because of two world shaking events. Passover and Easter will be celebrated and worship will occur but in extremely small groups—perhaps with family or electronic video. Market places will be empty. There will be little or no traffic in the streets. Smiles will be hidden by facial masks.
Social distancing will mean no hugs, shaking hands, or other habitual forms of greetings. One is a very disrupted economic circumstance which has shifted from a three-year thriving recovery to a sudden crunch. Second is an outbreak of a disease of pandemic proportion. Both are connected and both are wreaking havoc and lots of “unknowns” into our lives. Both are not new for there have been periods of economic disappointments and there have been diseases of pandemic proportions before 2020. Both can bring extra baggage of blaming, accusations and criticism of responses but the world has been here before.
The great difference today is that we have so much more technology, medicine, ready-made information, instant communication and excellent collaboration and terrific opportunities which can be applied. It is a time when we apply our faith in God and His intervention into our lives. It is a time when we recognize that we live in an unshakable kingdom and an unchanging God.
The God of the days of the Passover and the God of Easter has not changed. History is on our side and these battles have been fought before. God hears the cries of His people. He opens our eyes to see when we ask of Him. He delivers His people and He stills storms. He uses us when we allow Him to do so. He brings comfort and hope in the middle of turmoil.
My mother told me the story of my great grandfather as she showed me a picture of her mother’s family. It was one of those black and white well-worn photos taken in the front yard of their home with the mother and father seated and the children (six of them) surrounding “mom and dad.” She said that her grandfather wanted to serve in the War but became ill and could not. Then she said this, "while his desire was to serve our country in time of war, he fought the flu and we had nothing with which to fight this invisible disease."
Doctors and medicine did everything possible but he died of the flu epidemic the day the War ended. Wow! She shared with me how tough it was - but - she said the families “hung together,” shared responsibility and their values and character never faltered. It was really difficult for them but both wars came to an end. There were numerous causalities from both but with broken hearts and unwavering faith they all charged on.
Today, this is happening again but God has not changed, His Kingdom is unshakable, microscopes are better, hospitals are numerous, medical teams are better educated and qualified than ever before, communication is nearly instantaneous, testing is as never before. We are witnessing the amazing cooperation of benevolent governments and the genius deliverance of free-enterprise.
It is not just America in this conflict but the entire world needs YOU-your prayers, your optimism, your gifts and graces, your talents, your energy, your “Call to Duty”-and bring with you your “go bag” with courage, faith, teamwork. While we do face grief, as every generation does, we do not need to be defeated just because something is unseen.
I have also learned that grief is a love word. We are able to grieve because we are able to love. It may frighten us but long ago I learned that courage is not without fear. It is doing the right thing in spite of my fears.
I bow in awe before the Living God, thankful for so many whom have gone before us to include our first responders, law enforcement persons, medical professionals, neighbors, friends, our fire fighters plus our men and women in uniformed services, truck drivers, farmers, infra-structure specialists and the list of Americans stepping forward to do and be all they can be goes on and on. May God bless America and may we be worthy of His favor.
Until next time.
Retired Chaplain (Col.) Sherman R. Reed
Army Reserve Ambassador, Emeritus, ROA National Chaplain
Posted By ROA National Staff,
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
ROA STARs Henry J. Reilly Scholarship Program for 2020-2021 Academic Year Now Open
Applications are due by April 16, 2020, at 11:59 PM Pacific Time Zone.
The applicant portal link is https://aim.applyISTS.net/ROA/ When you click to this site, you will see a plain "Account Login" page with a background photo of new graduates in their caps and gowns. Either register and enter, or if you've registered before log in. You will then be directed to the scholarship application page with an ROA logo on the upper left.
In its fourth year, ROA will award up to twenty $2,500 scholarships to students pursuing courses of study leading to certificate, associate, bachelor, and graduate degrees. READ MORE >
Posted By ROA National Staff,
Thursday, January 2, 2020
ROA has supported extending TRICARE Reserve Select to military technicians as a recruiting tool for the services. When we worked on this change with the Senate, they decided it would only be fair to extend it to all National Guard and Reserve federal employees. Of course, the biggest hurdle is the offset of appropriations because this option has not been funded by DoD.
While ROA supports the recently passed legislation, it does not resolve the problem of having multiple types of TRICARE that change when orders are issued.
Please tell us how often your health care changed, either when you were in service or now as a participating National Guard or Reserve member.
Posted By ROA National Staff,
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Some argue that military tuition assistance such as the GI Bill should be the subject of new restrictions (please see accompanying article in Legislation), making it harder for for-profit schools to use these funds. Increasingly, for-profit schools offer options that traditional schools do not, such as technical and other “career” training. While the for-profit sector has in some cases gotten a bad reputation, our research indicates the occasional problems these days are far outweighed by the benefits offered by good for-profit schools.
The VA itself testified before Congress that this could cost some 66,000 GI Bill beneficiaries their educational options – their schools would shutter or close programs or raise tuition, etc. That’s more than the size of the Coast Guard and it’s almost exactly the Army’s annual recruiting goal. It’s also about 10 percent of GI Bill beneficiaries. Where else would we as veterans’ advocates support a reduction in earned benefits that hurts 10 percent of beneficiaries?
The ROA legislation team conducted research of our own: based on a May 2019 Congressional Budget Office report, five of the 10 most popular institutions under the Post 9/11 GI Bill were private for-profit, with more than 72,000 veterans who likely would be affected by a 90/10 rule change. (That’s just the top five for-profits . . .).
ROA is interested in the real, on-the-ground, truth about where veterans attend secondary education. Please take the survey at the below link and tell us where you attended secondary education. www.roa.org/survey
Posted By ROA National Staff,
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Gray Area Retirees - National Guard and Reserve servicemembers who have completed 20 years for retirement will not collect their retired pay until they reach early retirement or are age 60. These individuals are referred to as "Gray Area" Retirees. Approximately 6 months to 90 days prior to their 60th birthdate (or early retirement age) “Gray Area Retirees” must apply for their retirement pay.
The branch of service in which they last performed military service is responsible for validating the servicemembers retirement points. Once this process is complete the branch of service will send the servicemembers retirement pack to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service for continued payment of retirement benefits.
Once retirement orders for the “Gray Area Retiree” are processed DFAS will conduct a confirmation calculation of the servicemembers completed service record. This confirmation, on average, takes between 90 to 180 days. During this time the servicemember will not receive any payment of benefits.
Please take a quick one-question survey that tells ROA how long you waited for your first paycheck. CLICK HERE