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February 28, 2019


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2019 National Council and Leaders Conference

It is not too late to register for the National Council and Leaders Conference next month! Information to register and reserve a hotel is available below. Register Now!

Saturday, March 16 – Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Location: ROA Minuteman Memorial Building, 1 Constitution Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002

Registration: The Registration rate is $99 per individual. Advance registration will close at midnight, Thursday, March 14, 2019. Registration includes lunch on Sunday and Monday, and reception on Sunday afternoon. Visit ROA’s website at for more information and to register for the event.

Lodging: ROA has a block of rooms at the Crowne Plaza National Airport. The hotel is located at 1480 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA, just one block from the Crystal City Metro station. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle. Once your plane has landed, call (703) 416-1600. Your pick-up location is based on your airline and will be provided to you during the call.

Rooms are $139/night (plus 13.25% tax) and includes breakfast for one person for each night stay. Reservations can be made by calling (800) 227-6963 or through the
online portal. When making your reservation, be sure to reference ROA to ensure you get the group rate.

There are a limited number of rooms in this block. They will be offered on a first-come, first served basis. Please do not wait to make your reservation. The cut-off date for reserving within the group block is 22 February 2019.

Agenda: The following are just a few of the highlights of this event. Click here for the full conference agenda.

Guest Speakers On Monday, 18 March, guest speakers during the National Council meeting will include:

Maj Gen Arnold L. Punaro, USMC (Ret.), RFPB Chairman

Hon James N. Stewart
, Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower & Reserve Affairs).

March on the Hill On Tuesday, 19 March, join your fellow members as we bring ROA’s legislative priorities to Congress. ROA needs you to help highlight legislation needed in 2019 that affects serving Reserve and Guard members, retirees, and their families. Don’t miss this opportunity to represent ROA on Capitol Hill. ROA NEEDS YOU AT THIS EVENT!

Resolutions On Monday, 18 March, the National Council will consider resolutions that help set ROA’s legislative agenda. If your elected/appointed Department National Council Member cannot attend, you may appoint a representative (as allowed by your Department’s bylaws). To ensure this person will be able to cast a vote on behalf of the Department, you must notify Diane Markham ( of the substitution at least one week prior to the conference.

Department Presidents – Department Presidents will meet with the National President on Sunday, 17 March. Presidents that are unable to attend are encouraged to send a representative.

Committee Chairs Committee chairs will meet with the National President on Saturday, 16 March. In this meeting, the President will outline his expectations of committees and facilitate a roundtable discussion on how each committee fits into the strategic plan and what their role is in executing the plan. Meetings for individual committees are scheduled throughout Sunday and Monday.

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Resolutions – Only 1 day left!
Resolutions can be considered at the ROA 2019 National Council and Leaders Conference in March. Resolutions are due to ROA National Office in Washington, D.C. by March 1, 2019. Resolutions must be submitted from the Chapter to the Department. Once approved by the Department, they will submit the resolution to National.


Department and Chapter Grassroots Efforts

This month ROA is focused on grassroots efforts that will take place for the annual “March on the Hill” event held in conjunction with the National Council and Leaders Conference. For those attending the conference we encourage you to make appointments with your Congressional Members before you come into town. A legislative agenda and position papers will be available for you to provide as handouts during your Congressional meetings. A set of handouts will also be part of your registration package.

Here are some things to help you prepare for your “March on the Hill” Congressional meetings:

  • Ask for an appointment in Washington D.C. for the March on the Hill event, held on March 19, 2019, when you attend the ROA 2019 National Council and Leaders Conference.
  • Bring a copy of your Department/Chapter newsletter or magazine from a nearby installation that has National Guard and Reserve assigned to provide an update on activities at the district and state level.
  • Consider printing news stories about how National Guard and Reserve servicemembers are engaged to give an idea of the many ways individual Reserve Component servicemembers contributes to the mission or give back to the community.
  • Go on your Congressional members website at U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate to see what bills they have sponsored; be sure to thank them for their efforts when you visit.
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CALL TO ACTION! -- H.R.801 - Reserve Component Employer Incentive, Compensation, and Relief Act of 2019

H.R. 801 (Rep. Tim Ryan, D-OH-13 and Rep Steven Palazzo, R-MS-4), allows a tax credit for employers equal to $1,000 for each reservist employed during the year, plus an additional amount that ranges from $3,000 to $10,000, depending on the number of days the reservist serves in the uniformed services during the year.

Check HERE for co-sponsors to H.R. 801.


I am calling to ask Representative ____________________ to co-sponsor H.R. 801.

This bipartisan bill will provide an incentive for employers to support National Guard and Reserve servicemembers staying in the military and help them recoup funds for making financial arrangement to replace the servicemember when they perform duty. We can tell from the number of USERRA complaints that a certain level of fatigue is starting to settle on employers as the Reserve Components enters a sustained operational level of support.

Additional Information from the FY 2017 USERRA Annual Report

USERRA generally requires U.S. employers, regardless of size or location of operation, as well as foreign employers operating in the United States or its territories, to reemploy eligible veterans returning to their civilian employment after a period of service in the uniformed services. It requires employers, with certain exceptions, to provide training to restore competency in duties, and to restore seniority, status, pay, pensions, and other benefits that would have accrued but for the employee’s absence due to military service. Under USERRA, employers are generally liable for funding their share, if any, to the civilian retirement plan(s) of employed service members away on military service
  • In FY 2017, ESGR volunteers engaged 81,695 employers and 209,927 service members, educating both groups on their responsibilities and rights under USERRA.
  • In FY 2017, DOJ filed two complaints on behalf of service members and negotiated settlements in excess of $233,500.
  • DOL reviewed 944 new unique cases in FY 2017 opened in conjunction with a signed or electronically filed VETS 1010 complaint form.
  • In FY 2017, DOL carried over an additional 140 unique cases (open investigations) from FY 2016.
  • During FY 2017, ESGR received 10,739 contacts by telephone and email. Of those contacts, 1,801 resulted in actual USERRA cases which were reviewed by ESGR Ombudsmen.
  • ESGR provided VETS with the names of 1,741 individuals who had filed the 1,801 cases reviewed by ESGR Ombudsmen in FY 2017, and the date of each case.

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Reserve Component Mobilizations

By the Numbers (as of February 26, 2019 )
The Department of Defense publishes contingency activations of the Reserve Components on a weekly basis.

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The Henry J. Reilly Scholarship Program for the 2019-2020 Academic
Year is Now Open

Applications are due by April 17, 2019, at 11:59 PM Pacific Time Zone. The applicant portal link is

In its third year, ROA will award up to twenty $2500 scholarships to students pursuing courses of study leading to certificate, associate, bachelor, and graduate degrees. READ MORE >

Reserve Component News

ROA members can stay current on news about the Reserve Component by signing up to receive ROA’s SmartBrief. This is a twice a week snapshot of news relevant to the reserve community with articles from Military Times, Stars and Stripes, The Hill's DEFCON Hill blog and other leading sources.

Summaries of what matters to you is written by expert editors to save you time and keep you informed and prepared. By combining technology and editorial expertise, SmartBrief filters thousands of sources daily to deliver the most relevant industry news in partnership with more than 180 trade associations, professional societies nonprofits and corporate entities.



Contaminated Army housing so far has not affected USAR families, soldiers

ROA’s executive director, Jeff Phillips, spoke Tuesday with the assistant chief of the Army Reserve; the USAR has no issues in connection with mold, vermin, and lead paint found in some in Army housing -- apparently at this point no USAR soldiers or families are affected. The USAR's top leadership has been visiting housing and barracks used by its soldiers to ensure proper care for them.

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Military Family

2017 Survey of Reserve Component Spouses

Survey Population – The target population for the 2017 Survey of Reserve Component Spouses (2017 RCSS) consisted of spouses of Reserve Component members who (1) have at least six months of service and (2) are below flag rank from the Army National Guard, U.S. Army Reserve, U.S. Navy Reserve, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Air National Guard and U.S. Air Force Reserve. To find out more about the results of the survey READ HERE

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ROA TAPS for January 2019

(Photo: Arlington National Cemetery)

During January 2019, 217 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>

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. Please see ROA’s Law Center webpage for more information on service members’ law.

No. 19021 SCRA Amended regarding Terminating Certain Leases and Contracts
No. 19022 New Department of the Air Force Memorandum on USERRA’s Five-Year Limit and the Exemptions from the Limit
No. 19023 Blue Water Sailors Who Were Exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War and later Suffered from Designated Diseases Are now Likely To Receive VA Compensation
No. 19024 USERRA and Pension Rights of Airline Pilots
No. 19025 More on the USERRA Pension Rights of the Airline Pilot
No. 19026 New Lawsuit against Southwest Airlines for Violating USERRA

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To publish your reunion notice in Reserve Voice, email or send by mail to
ROA Reunion Notice
1 Constitution Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

97th Signal Battalion Annual Reunion
April 28-May 2, 2019
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Info: and see the link for Communicator on line.
POC: LTC Don Mattingly • ph. 812-319-5552

USS Lawrence Association DDG-4 & DD-250
May 1 -5, 2019
El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel • Ph: 413-372-9086
110 Lexington Ave., San Antonio, TX
POC: Craig Bernat Ph: 814-322-4140 • Email:

Swift Boat Sailor Association 2019 Reunion
May 1-6, 2019 • Holiday Inn Riverwalk
217 N St Mary’s Street San Antonio, TX 78205
Info & Sign up: SBSA website

USS Ticonderoga Vets Association (CV/CVA/CVS14/CG-47) Annual Reunion
May 16-20, 2019
Sheraton Hotel, Albuquerque, NM,
Contact: David Graf

USS Carpenter DD825 Reunion
Date: 16-20 May, 2019
Location: San Antonio, TX
Contact: Jimmie Kennedy • Phone: 714-776-4019

USS Hornet CVS-12 & Apollo 50, 71st Reunion
All Ship's Company, Officers, Air Groups, Crew, Marines and Families Welcomed.
July 18-22, 2019. Oakland, CA

POC: Sandy Burket, PO Box 108, Roaring Spring, PA 16673
Or email:

4th Infantry (IVY) Division 2019 National Reunion
19-25 August, University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center, Springfield, Missouri
For more information, visit the association website at

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

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
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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