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MOAA to Host National Virtual Town Hall for Military Families

MOAABudget.jpgMOAA will be hosting a virtual Town Hall on March 6, 2014 at 7 PM EST. We will bring in experts to discuss the Pentagon's budget, how it will affect the military community, and what can be done to protect your earned benefits.

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) will host a national virtual Town Hall meeting with staff experts so military families can learn more about the military budget. Representatives from IAVA, ALA and #KeepYourPromise will join moderator Ward Carroll of Military.com to field questions and address concerns.

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Don't Break Our Faith - #KeepYourPromise

MOAASheild2.jpgGuys, this effects you directly.  If you're a little unsure of just exactly what's happening and what this is all about, please visit this cool new page from MOAA (Military Officers Association of America).  They do a great job of laying out the issue, why we should care, and they also make it very simple to help the cause of defending your benefits.  Today's "small cuts" to our retirement COLA will effect every one of your families in the future.  But what's most important is that these cuts represent a breach of contract, a breach of faith, and a broken promise our government made to each and everyone of our families.  Please don't just do nothing, help the cause and join the fight.

http://www.moaa.org/colafight/

Posted in Advocate
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Immediate Consequences for Career Military and Families - MOAA

MOAASheild2.jpgWe are highlighting a situation of immediate concern to all military families. Jim Carman, MOAA (Military Officer's Association of America) Transition Director posted the following message with a call to action at the end. Please help spread this message and make our politicians keep their promises to all of our families.


MOAA's legislative advocacy team is closely monitoring movement of the budget bill through the legislative process.  The two-year bipartisan budget deal passed by the House last week will help ease the harmful effects of sequestration at the expense of working age military retirees and career active duty service members.


The proposal includes a provision that would reduce the annual cost-of-living adjustment by one percent until military retirees reach the age of 62.  For example, an E-7 retiring this year with 20 years of service would see an average loss of over $3,700 per year by the time he or she reaches age 62 – a cumulative loss of $83,000.00.  For an O-5, the average annual loss would be over $6,200 per year by age 62 – for a cumulative loss of $125,000.00.
MOAA President Vice Admiral Norb Ryan stated, “A 20 percent reduction in retired pay and survivor benefit values is a very substantial cut in military career benefits and does not represent good faith to our men and women in uniform.”


Another provision of legislation moving through the Senate this week omitted a critical provision that would have guaranteed service members a 1.8 percent pay raise for 2014 in accordance with private sector wage growth.  Without that protection, the President's executive authority, transmitted to Congress in September, will set the 2014 military pay raise at 1 percent.



The Senate is expected to take up these bills this week.  To date, military members have responded in force with over 151,000 messages sent to Capitol Hill voicing objection to these provisions which disproportionately impact military families and survivors.
Don't stop now.  If you share MOAA's concern with this aspect of the proposed budget agreement and accompanying military pay raise, consider sending Senate members and the White House a MOAA-suggested message imploring them to reject this radical proposal that breaks faith with current and future military retirees, and threatens long-term readiness and retention in the uniformed services.  Go to www.moaa.org and click on the “Reject Military Retiree COLA Cut” graphic in the center of the MOAA homepage. Thanks for your support on this critical issue affecting military morale, retention of the career force and ultimately national security.

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2013 MOAA Military Spouse Symposium: The Scoop From Macho Spouse

Chris Pape at MOAA Spouse Symposium2013 MOAA Military Spouse Symposium: The Scoop From Macho Spouse was originaly written for MOAA Spouse Blog: Making it in the MilLife.

When I was asked to participate during this year's MOAA Spouse Symposium, I couldn't refuse. Sure I am insanely busy with work and my travel budget didn't include a 2900 mile trip to Tacoma, but these were the popular kids calling.

I felt like I was in elementary school all over again and the jocks just asked me to play football at recess, no way I would miss this opportunity. (Side note: The jocks did ask me to play football with them in elementary school where I torched Braden Kelly, the most popular kid in school, for an 80 yard touchdown run that day. Great memory.)

Not only would this event be great exposure for Macho Spouse, but it would help give male military spouses some “street cred” while hanging with a great organization at a visible event.

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #14

30Still.jpgThe Military Officers Association of America thinks a great way to show appreciation for military families is to help be an advocate on our behalf.  We're a small percentage of the population and we don't have a union or special interest groups looking out for us on Capital Hill. So at times, if you feel military families are being taken advantage of, help us remind our leadership of the promises they've made.

 

November is Military Families Appreciation Month, and the 2014 Armed Forces Insurance Branch Spouses of the Year (Branch SOYs) want to help everyone, everywhere participate in thanking and honoring military families.

Americans love our military, but many people don't quite know how best to express their gratitude. As National Guard Spouse of the Year Dr. Ingrid Herrera-Yee notes, “saying "thanks" to our military families is something that many want to do, but are at a loss as to how to do it –or in the case of Guard and Reserve, how to find us!”

So the Branch SOYs created #30Ways of Thanks to help. Each day in November, the Branch SOYs will release a video with an action item that people around the country can participate in virtually or locally, individually or in groups. Participants can hash tag #30Ways so that their messages, photos, or videos are spread far and wide. Hash tags #GratefulNation and #MilFamsRock can also be added as a short-hand way to say “You are amazing, military families!” Best of all, the entire #30Ways video collection will be stored on the Branch SOYs' YouTube channel so that it can be repeated in Novembers to come, or whenever someone is looking for a way to say “thank you” to military families.

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Military Officers Association of America

Military Officers Association of America

Civilian male military spouses should know about [[EXLINK_20]] because it is a pretty influential organization that advocates for military officers and their families. Take a look at this description from MOAA's website:

MOAA is the nation's largest and most influential association of military officers. We are a powerful force speaking for a strong national defense and representing the interests of military officers and their families at every stage of their careers.

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MOAA's Making it in the MilLife Blog Features Macho Spouse

We thank the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) for featuring Macho Spouse in their "Making it in the MilLife" blog.

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2013 MOAA Spouse Symposium Recap

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)Lucky number seven. That's what this year's annual MOAA spouse symposium was – though it was a lot more than luck that made the day great. It was the 300 military spouses from across the Pacific Northwest who made the cold trek through Seattle-Tacoma traffic to spend a day at MOAA's 7th Annual Military Spouse Symposium. Here's what we learned, what made us cry, what made us laugh, and who made a special appearance.

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Macho Spouse Chris Pape to Represent Male Military Spouses at MOAA Military Spouse Symposium

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)This Friday, Macho Spouse Chris Pape will represent male military spouses at the 7th annual Military Spouse Symposium hosted by our friends at the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). Chris will be one of the featured speakers at the event to talk about the support network for male military spouses we have here at Macho Spouse.

Military spouses, service members and veterans are invited to attend the 2013 MOAA Military Spouse Symposium “Keeping a Career on the Move,”  hosted by the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).

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MOAA Legislation

vid_moaalegthumb.jpgThe Military Officers Association of America is the nation's largest and most influential association of military officers.  It is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization.  They are the leading voice on compensation and benefit matters for all members of the military community, and are a powerful force speaking for a strong national defense and representing the interests of military officers at every stage of their careers.  

Learn why male military spouses and their families should pay attention and get involved with what MOAA is doing.  

Interviews with Karen Golden (Deputy Director, MOAA Government Relations) and Monique Rizer (Deputy Director, MOAA Spouse Programs).  Video Credit to MOAA Video Department for providing some b-roll footage.

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Video - MOAA Spouse

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The Military Officers Association of America is the nation's largest and most influential association of military officers.  It is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization.  They are the leading voice on compensation and benefit matters for all members of the military community, and are a powerful force speaking for a strong national defense and representing the interests of military officers at every stage of their careers.  Learn why male military spouses should pay attention and get involved with what MOAA is doing.

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Military Family Readiness Council To Meet 20 September 2012

Here is a chance for military spouses to make your voices heard. The Military Family Readiness Council is scheduled to meet on 20 September, 2012.

The Military Family Readiness Council was created by Congress in 2008 to evaluate military family programs and make recommendations to improve vital family resources. Although the council is mandated to meet at least twice a year and required to submit a progress report to Congress every February, the council is failing to meet to the attention of elected officials.

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