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September 1, 2019

ROA’s Maj. Gen. Wilmoth earns seat on new DoD family readiness council

ROA extends congratulations to Maj. Gen. Margaret Wilmoth, USAR (Ret.), who was nominated by ROA’s Executive Committee and selected by DoD for one of three military/veterans service organization seats on its new Military Family Readiness Council.

ROA President Don Stockton, recognizing her experience, said, “General Wilmoth served in the Army Reserve for 35 years and is a parent and mother-in-law of two Army Reservists. She knows first-hand the needs of our Reserve and National Guard families.” General Wilmoth is chair of ROA’s National Health Services Committee.

The Military Family Readiness Council addresses policy and plans supporting military family readiness and evaluates the effectiveness of military family readiness programs and activities.

The Reserve Components have experienced a much higher operational tempo on active duty for the past eighteen years, and it is crucial that our families have the support of the Department of Defense.

“General Wilmoth is a superb choice as the voice of the Reserve Component family on this important council; her selection is evidence of her incredible credentials and of ROA’s reputation for being a professional, informed, and constructive voice within the RC sphere,” said ROA’s executive director, Jeff Phillips.

Talk to ROA is a way for the ROA legislative team to ask a question(s) on issues being worked either through legislation or policy.

ROA member responses will help inform ROA’s actions going forward. Each Reserve Voice newsletter will include a Talk to ROA question.

Survey results will be shared with ROA members.

You are encouraged to share the link with other Reserve and National Guard servicemembers who may not be ROA members. This can be a recruiting tool you can use to increase ROA Chapter membership!

F-16 new paint job. Photo by: Airman 1st Class Destani K. Matheny

September Question

In the past month ROA staff have been working with participating reservists and the national press about a story on toxic exposure. Several Air Force Reserve and Guard locations have been identified with early age rates of cancer and other medical conditions that may be related to equipment and supplies Air Force men and women use in their military specialty. These same individuals have not been able to get rated as service connected.

Take the survey at:

Service-Connected Disabilities

Have you ever applied to Veterans Affairs for a service-connected disability?
A. Yes
B. No

Have you been disapproved for a service-connected disability?
A. Yes
B. No

Stories that provide background information for the September Question:

"As cancer kills another Biloxi Air Force reservist, his unit demands answers" READ >

‘We are dropping like flies.’ Ex-fighter pilots push for earlier cancer screenings READ >

Are fighter pilots at greater risk for prostate cancer? The Air Force is now asking READ >

August Survey Question Results

Thank you to everyone who responded to ROA’s August 2019 “Talk to ROA.” The results are in and about 54% of the respondents are disabled veterans with a service-connected disability but only 24% have used the VA community health care program.

August Survey: Access to Veterans Administration

Are you a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disabled veteran with a service-connected disability?
A. Yes (54 out of 89)
B. No (35 out of 89)

Have you ever used the VA community health care program under the Choice Act or Mission Act?
A. Yes (24 out of 89)
B. No (65 out of 89)

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Logo of the Assistant Commandant for Reserve

The Coast Guard recently released the new logo for the Assistant Commandant for Reserve. It includes blue and orange seahorses representing the domestic and expeditionary port security mission which has been the cornerstone of Coast Guard Reserve operations since 1941.

Between the seahorses is a shield, incorporated from the DCO logo representing the inherently operational nature of the Reserve Component. At the top of the shield is a laurel wreath celebrating the Reserve’s legacy of operational excellence. On the shield is a trident symbolizing Coast Guard Shore Forces, an oar symbolizing Coast Guard Boat Forces, and a Sword symbolizing Coast Guard Deployable Specialized Forces.

Beneath the trident is a white structure spanning the shield representing the contributions of Mission Support in the sustainment of operations. The seven blue notches in the middle of the shield represent the seven Reserve Components outlined in United States Code including the Coast Guard Reserve Component.

At the bottom of the shield is a globe and compass rose reflecting the reach of the Coast Guard Reserve. Inscribed on a ribbon between the seahorses is the following: "Pacem Seu Bella Paratum", or "In peace or war, always ready."

ROA Director, Legislation and Military Policy, Susan Lukas said, “This is great news, Congress can better support the Coast Guard Reserve if there is a separate organizational structure. We hope it will result in increased end strength and equipment that will benefit both the active and reserve Coast Guard.
Reserve leadership gets biggest reorganization in 25 years

Article by Commander Alex Foos, USCG

On June 11, the Coast Guard Reserve underwent its most significant organizational change since integration in the mid- 1990’s. Responsibility for the administration of the Reserve Component shifted from the Assistant Commandant for Human Resources (under the Deputy Commandant for Mission Support) to a newly established Assistant Commandant for Reserve, known as CG-R (under the Deputy Commandant for Operations). READ MORE >

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Mr. Kevin Hollinger at the American Legion’s 100th National Convention.
ROA Briefs American Legion’s 100th National Convention

ROA Legislative Director, Kevin Hollinger briefed the proposed bill, Post-9/11 Veteran Business Acceleration Act sponsored by Representative Tulsi Gabbard.

The bill allows Veterans to use part of their education benefit to start a business in lieu of going to college. The proposed pilot program would run two tracks, training from the Small Business Agency on starting a business and education funds from the Department of Veterans Affairs to start the business.

Kevin was also given an opportunity to discuss the ROA legislative agenda.

Legion Family part of naturalization ceremony of 99 new U.S. citizens

The Hon. James R. Sweeney II, presided over a special ceremony swearing in 99 U.S. citizens. He told the group, " You have the rights and freedoms to enjoy as Americans … there’s nothing you cannot achieve". Both ROA and the American Legion are proud to claim Jim as a life time member. READ MORE >

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ROA Update
In this September 1 op-ed in The Hill, ROA’s executive director, Jeffrey Phillips, and co-contributor attorney Martin W. Lester, describe the most recent immigration-related hurdle thrown in front of some military families. Lester is an attorney who chairs the Military Assistance Program (MAP) Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association; ILA MAP provides pro bono immigration law assistance to servicemembers around the world READ MORE >

Department and Chapter Grassroots Efforts

During the month of September, the House and Senate return from a long absence and turn their attention to passing a budget.

The House and Senate Armed Services Committees will be finalizing the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2020.

ROA staff will be at the National Convention, September 26-29, 2019. They will be traveling on 25 and 30 September.

Both chambers in session / Senate only in session

Reserve Component Mobilizations

By the Numbers (as of August 27, 2019 )
The Department of Defense publishes contingency activations of the Reserve Components on a weekly basis.

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Command Sgt. Maj. Edward Roderiques, Jr. originally hails from Fairhaven, Massachusetts and enlisted into the Army Reserve in 1983 in MOS 62B, heavy equipment repairer, and served in the 483rd Engineer Battalion.
Thoughts, Ideas, and Suggestions on How to Build a Stronger Force in the AGR Program of the Army Reserve, a Needed Renaissance

By Command Sgt. Major Edward Roderiques, Jr.

The career success of some U.S. Army Reserve senior enlisted leaders serving in the Active Guard Reserve (AGR) Program has been impeded by problems stemming as much from a lack of leadership experience and developmental assignments as from unacceptable personal conduct. These problems have resulted, in some cases, in reliefs for cause and other sanctions. These outcomes can be devastating to an organization and have significantly negative effects on the climate and workplace environment as a whole.

“Global Security Forum 2019: Power & Leadership”
Sep 28, 2019 • 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Goodwin College • East Hartford CT

The forum will examine the shifting ways in which global power is exerted, extended and withdrawn and how this will define the future security landscape of our world. In two words: Projection vs. Protection.

This is the 4th year that the CT ROA Department has co-sponsored this event with the Connecticut World Affairs Council, MOAA, The McCain Institute and the CT National Guard.

Last year’s successful event attracted 125 attendees, including serving members of Reserve and National Guard, retired military, University of Connecticut ROTC cadets, and U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadets.

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Military Family

How Retirees and the Exchange Are Helping Warfighters and
Military Families

By Army & Air Force Exchange Service Director/CEO Tom Shull

Whether active-duty, Veteran, retiree, spouse or military brat, members of the military community are a part of a very special group that looks out for each other and supports their brothers and sisters in arms. They never stop serving; when looking for something for their home or family, their first stop is always their earned Army & Air Force Exchange benefit.

Retirees who shop their Exchange help fund critical Quality-of-Life programs on installations, such as Child, Youth and School Services, Armed Forces Outdoor Recreation and more. In 2018, Exchange shoppers generated more than $223 million for these programs that support Warfighters and their families. Thank you for making life better for the next generation of the military family.

The Exchange earnings you create also play a pivotal role in stocking and deploying mobile field Exchanges (MFEs), which are Exchanges on wheels. These MFEs are stocked with toiletries, snacks and basic necessities for troops in remote areas. Additionally, the Exchange provides Wi-Fi services in deployed locations to allow Warfighters to stay connected with friends and family back home.

In 2018, MFEs brought a taste of home to Warfighters deployed at the tip of the spear in Eastern Europe, Southwest Asia and the Middle East; supported troops near the U.S. southern border; and helped the Tyndall Air Force Base community devastated by Hurricane Michael get supplies when every other store for miles was closed.

Your support allows the Exchange to sell military uniforms at cost, meaning the Exchange makes no profit on the sales. The Exchange is the only government-certified source for military uniforms. You also help make the Exchange’s school meal program possible, providing balanced school lunches to military children overseas at cost.

Earnings help underwrite efforts to recruit more Veterans and military spouses to work at the Exchange, as well. The Exchange has hired 1,400 Wounded Warriors since 2010 and is committed to hiring 50,000 Veterans and military spouses by 2020.

Thank you for your support and thank you for your continued service to our Nation—and the military family—by shopping the Exchange.

Tom Shull, a former infantry company commander, served as Military Assistant to Robert C. McFarlane, National Security Advisor to President Reagan. Currently, he is the Army & Air Force Exchange Service's Director/CEO and has served as CEO for retail and consumer packaged goods companies.

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Law Reviews

Legal analysis on the issues impacting your life in and out of uniform

Former Service Member’s Law Center director, retired USNR Capt. Sam Wright, provides periodic law review updates. This past month 12 new Law Reviews have been posted. The latest 5 are linked below. Please visit ROA’s Law Center webpage to access all of the more than 1200 ROA Law Reviews available online.

No. 19076 Don’t Sleep on your Rights, because if you Snooze you Lose
No. 19077 Domicile and Residence for Tax Purposes of the Spouse of the Active Duty Service Member
No. 19078 You Have only One Domicile—Be Certain and Consistent
No. 19079 Military Service during your Career as a Federal Civilian Employee—What Effect on your Civilian Retirement?
No. 19080 Apply for Reemployment when you Return from Military Service although the Employer Purportedly Fired you on the way out the Door


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The Distinguished Flying Cross Society, 2019 Reunion,
“Celebrating 100 Years of American Air Power,”
September 15 thru 19, 2019.
Dayton/Fairborn, OH, •
Host hotel: Holiday Inn/Fairborn
POC: Warren Eastman,, Ph: 760-985-2810
Check website for updates as planning progresses.

USS Yellowstone AD 27 Reunion
Dates: September 22 – 26, 2019
Location: Holiday Inn, Virginia Beach, VA
POC: Paul W. Bowen, Secretarty/Treasurer
Home Ph: 603-948-2821

USS ABNAKI ATF96 Reunion 2019
Date: 23-27 September 2019
Location: Comfort Inn – Traverse City, Michigan
Richard Beaver • Phone: 231-384-5757

455/91 SMW/MW/SW Operations Reunion
Dates: 24 - 29 September 2019
Location: Holiday Inn on the Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX.
POC: Richard Sarfin, 210-818-9402 (C), 210-684-9758 (H),

US Army, 31stEngineer Battalion Association Reunion
Date: October 3-6, 2019
Location: Danvers, MA, 01832
POC: Wilson L. Brown • Phone: (508) 294-5869

RED HORSE and Prime BEEF Association 2019 Convention
All Red Horse (RH) & Prime Beef (PB) Members past & present:
Date: 8-12 October, 2019. Bring your spouse
Location: Silverton Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV.
Info: Dick Aldinger • Phone: (407) 859-7436
E-mail: • Website:

USS Stickell DD-888 Reunion
October 28-30, 2019
Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina, Newport, RI
POC: Don O’Brien, Ph: 401-847-1706 • Email:

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(Photo: Arlington National Cemetery)

During July 2019, 123 of our ROA comrades passed from our ranks. On behalf of our membership, we thank these brave men and women for their many years of service and wish their families peace. READ MORE>

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