January 2020  Council and Chapter News

Maryland Council (MD MOAA)

 

5 Star 2016

Last Update: Apr 2021

BREAKING NEWS:

 

6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion: COL Edna Cummings, USA (Ret), of the Fort Meade Chapter is one of those leading an effort to have Congress award a Congressional Gold Medal to the women of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion (also known as the Six Triple Eight). These ladies were the only all-female, all-Black unit deployed to the European Theater of Operations in WW II. Bills are currently pending in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. (The same bill passed the Senate unanimously in Dec 2020 but did not pass the House.) Both Maryland Senators have co-sponsored the Senate bill, but only four of our eight Representatives have done so. If your Representative is Rep Harris, Rep Hoyer, Rep Mfume, or Rep Sarbanes, please download the letter proposed by COL Cummings, edit it as necessary, and send it to your Representative. Mailing addresses for each of them area available in the roster here. If you would prefer to send an email, please send it to the Military/Veterans staffer identified in the same roster. You can read more about the Six Triple Eight at https://history.army.mil/html/topics/afam/6888thPBn/index.html. (4 Apr 2021)

 

 

Veterans’ Grab and Go Event: We received this from Delegate Mike Rogers, D-Dist 32, COL, USA (Ret):

“The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) will be hosting a Grab and Go event on Thursday, 29 April 2021 at the Knights of Columbus, Silver Spring MD. Veterans will receivd free groceries, hygiene kits, face masks, gift cards, a hot meal, and a Veteran’s Resource Directory. Please visit https://www.dvnf.org/veterans-grab-go-event/ for more details.” (2 Apr 2021)

 

Special Forces Scholarship:  We received this email from a former Professor of Military Science, offering a scholarship for a former Special Forces soldier:

My name is Lieutenant Colonel Robert Kirkland (U.S. Army, Retired).  I am a life member of MOAA.   I am reaching out to you to see if you can post to your website an annual scholarship we are sponsoring for a student who served in the U.S. Army Special Forces and is now a full time student.   The award is for $1000.

It is named in honor of Captain James Ahn who died in a tragic parachuting accident while with his unit in Washington State in 2015.   The following is the link to the website:  CPT James Ahn Memorial Scholarship.    I was James’ Army ROTC Professor of Military Science when he was a cadet at the University of California Riverside.

Thanks so much for your help with letting your members know about this scholarship.

Best,

LTC Rob Kirkland(29 Mar 2021)

 

Vietnam Veterans Day: A message from Maryland Secretary of Veterans Affairs, George Owings:

Why is Vietnam Veterans Day observed on two different dates?

On March 29, 1974 for the first time, Vietnam Veterans Day was declared by Presidential Order. March 29th was chosen because one year earlier on March 29,1973, the last combat troops were withdrawn from South Vietnam.

House Resolutions were introduced in many subsequent Congressional sessions designating March 29th as Vietnam Veterans Day.  Here is a link to one Resolution.  However, it wasn’t until 2017 that The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 was finally signed into law making the observance a permanent one.  For even more information, check out the Vietnam War Commemoration Website. It is interesting here to note, that in 2011, a similar Resolution was introduced in the United States Senate designating March 30th as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, which may be why two different dates are now associated with recognizing Vietnam Veterans.

In Maryland during the 2015 Session of the Maryland General Assembly, legislation passed which was co-sponsored by Senator John Astle, a Vietnam Veteran and Delegate C.T. Wilson, a veteran of the Persian Gulf & Bosnia. In the bill, titled Commemorative Days – Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day (Chapter 1),  March 30th was designated the Day of Observance. Governor Larry Hogan immediately signed the legislation into law on the same day, March 30, 2015.  It was the first piece of legislation he signed as Governor of Maryland.

While there has been much debate over which day is correct or appropriate, and I mention here that Maryland is not the only state to observe March 30th as the day to Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans – I am of the opinion that we Vietnam Veterans did not receive recognition and appreciation when we came home.  If we are now welcomed home and thanked on BOTH March 29th and March 30th, well that is just fine with me.

I hope you will join with me in recognizing and thanking those who served.(27 Mar 2021)

If you are a Vietnam Era Veteran in the Fort Meade area, stop by the Main Exchange on Monday 29 Mar, from 1100-1300 to receive a Vietnam Era Veteran pin and a free Mission BBQ sandwich. If you are not in the Fort Meade area on Monday, stop by any Mission BBQ restaurant for a free sandwich. (27 Mar 2021)

COVID Vaccine Eligibility at VA: On 24 Mar, President Joe Biden signed a law allowing the VA to give COVID vaccinations to all veterans and their spouses. This is a major expansion of VA access to the shots. See https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2021-news-articles/congress-passes-sweeping-new-rule-allowing-va-to-vaccinate-all-veterans,-spouses/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=TMNsend&utm_content=NC+AFHRM+1+ERet+L+NC for the MOAA article on this. See https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/ for the VA page to sign up. That page indicates it may be a while before you may get a shot, though! (25 Mar 2021)

 

Identification Card News: There are new generation military ID cards being issued. You will receive the new when your old one expires and when you renew it. Due to COVID, if your ID card expires you have until June of 2021 to renew it.

 

Pass and ID offices are taking appointments for ID renewals. Check with your closest base. You can make an appointment using this web site https://milconnect.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect/ Some offices allow you to make an appointment by telephone some are not allowing walk-ins. The Fort Meade ID Card office has just moved to Bldg 4550 (between the main flagpole and the Garrison Headquarters). (18 Mar 2021)

 

COVID-19 Information: The Maryland Department of Health has released a fact sheet for veterans concerning COVID-19. (8 Feb 2021)

 

Maryland Responds: The Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a community-based, civilian, volunteer program that helps build the public health infrastructure and response capabilities of communities in Maryland. Maryland Responds is composed of dedicated Responders who stand ready to volunteer their skills, expertise and time to support ongoing public health initiatives and to assist during emergencies. Maryland Responds, previously known as the Maryland Professional Volunteer Corps, is administered by the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Office of Preparedness and Response (OP&R). They are looking for volunteers in both medical and non-medical professions. Please visit https://mdresponds.health.maryland.gov for more information and to register. (16 Jan 2021)

 

 

 

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Welcome to the Web Pages of the Maryland Council of Chapters, an affiliate of the Military Officers Association of America. The Maryland Council was awarded a Five Star Level of Excellence for 2019 (as of August 2020).

 

The Maryland Council is composed of ten chapters, spread geographically across the state. Here is a list of the Chapters, with links to their individual Web Pages. All Chapters have an informational page here or a separate chapter-hosted page (Stars indicate the Level of Excellence rating earned by the Chapter for 2019 – as announced in August 2020.):

 

·         Annapolis

·         Ft George G Meade

·         * * * * * Star Spangled Banner (Winner of 5 Star Col Marvin J Harris Communications Award for 2018, as of May 2019)

·         General Smallwood

·         * * * * * Montgomery County (Winner of 5 Star Col Marvin J Harris Communications Award for 2018, as of May 2019)

·         Prince Georges County

·         Southern Maryland

·         * * * * * SusquehannaChapter Site at MOAA

·         * * * * Upper Eastern Shore

·         * * * * * Upper PotomacChapter Site at MOAA

 

 

 

Council Officers

 

Here are the Council officers for 2021 – 2022 (as of 13 Jan 2021):

 

President

Norton

Bob

COL

USA

rfcknorton@verizon.net

1st Vice Pres

Gary

Palmer

Lt Col

USAF

gtdbpalmer@verizon.net

2nd Vice Pres

Cathy

Hampton

MAJ

USA

cathyhampton51@gmail.com

Secretary

Dave

Peterson

CAPT

NOAA

kmpdhp@comcast.net

Treasurer

Jim

Campbell

Capt

USAF

jim@jrcampbelljr.name

Webmaster

Jim

Shiffrin

Maj

USAF

jim.shiffrin@gmail.com

Chaplain

Jim

Campbell

Capt

USAF

jim@jrcampbelljr.name

Immediate Past Pres

Bryon

Hartzog

LTC

USA

bkhartzog@gmail.com

Legislative Director

Lynn

Nash

CAPT

USPHS

Lynn.Slepski@outlook.com

(This is the correct email)

Transition Liaison

Annie

Brock

mdmoaatransition@gmail.com

Spouse Liaison

Cheryl

Glang

glanghaus@comcast.net

Md Veterans Commissioner

Jim

Shiffrin

Maj

USAF

jim.shiffrin@gmail.com

MOAA Director – Maryland Military Coalition

Harvey

Kaplan

COL

USA

htkaplan@verizon.net

Annapolis

Andrew

Fallon

COL

USA

fallonajf@aol.com

Ft Meade

Bryon

Hartzog

LTC

USA

bkhartzog@gmail.com

Gen Smallwood

Daniel

Donohue

COL

USMC

dadonohue@hotmail.com      

Montgomery Co

Dave

Peterson

CAPT

NOAA

kmpdhp@comcast.net

Prince Georges

Steve

Regner

Col

USAF

shreg01@aol.com

Southern MD

 

 

 

 

Combined with Gen Smallwood

Star Spangled

Sean

Casey

BG

USA

caseyarmy@gmail.com

Susquehanna

Cathy

Hampton

MAJ

USA

cathyhampton51@gmail.com

Upper Eastern Shore

Mike

Johnson

CW5

USA

mjnmi1@verizon.net

Upper Potomac

Guy

Everhart

CAPT

USN

gfeverhart@gmail.com

 

The Southern Maryland Chapter is currently functioning as an affiliate of the Gen Smallwood Chapter.

 

Here are the Maryland Council Bylaws, updated on 12 Jan 2019. (13 Mar 2019)

 

Here are the Maryland Council of Chapters Goals for CY2019-2020, approved by the Council on 12 Jan 2019. (19 Jan 2019)

 

 

Annual Congressional Luncheon

 

The 2020 Congressional Luncheon was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (July 2020)

 

Who Can Join:

 

MOAA membership is open to all current, former, and retired officers of any of the seven Uniformed Services. Visit the Why Join MOAA page at the MOAA Web Site for details on the three classes of membership, and to join.

 

There is a “Why MOAA” video produced by the MOAA National Office. Please use the following link to access the video:

 

https://youtu.be/42YD9d8WI5Q

 

 

For those concerned about embedded links and cyber security, please do the following:

 

1)      Go to the YouTube website by typing:   www.youtube.com in your web browser

2)      Type MOAA in the search bar

3)      Click on the link to the MOAA channel

4)      Once the MOAA channel comes up, you will immediately see the “Why MOAA” video. 

5)      If you want to cut and paste the video web address for others, click on the “Videos” link, then select the “Why MOAA” Video

6)      Once the video begins playing, highlight and then copy the web address at the top of the screen.  It should exactly match the hyperlink listed in this email.

 

 

If you are a MOAA member who is not a member of a Maryland Chapter, please click here to find the chapter in your area.

 

Council Calendar

 

The Council officers and Chapter Presidents meet quarterly, on call of the President. Meetings are currently held at O’Loughlin’s Restaurant, 1258 Bay Dale Drive, Arnold MD 21012, starting at 1130. Here are the recent and upcoming dates, with links to the minutes of each, as they are available (older minutes are available here)

 

Mar 10, 2018 - Minutes

Jun 9, 2018 - Minutes

Sep 8, 2018 - Minutes

Nov 1, 2018 (At National Meeting) - Minutes

Jan 12, 2019 - Minutes

Mar 30, 2019 - Minutes

Jun 22, 2019 - Minutes

Aug 24, 2019 - Minutes

Nov 2, 2019 - Minutes

Jan 11, 2020 - meeting cancelled due to MOAA-sponsored Caribbean cruise

Mar 14, 2020 (Virtual) - Minutes

Jun 13, 2020 (Virtual) - Minutes

Oct 3, 2020 (Virtual) - Minutes

Jan 16, 2021 (Virtual) - Minutes

April 3, 2021 (Virtual)

 

 

Editorial Policy

 

MOAA, the Maryland Council of Chapters and the individual chapters in Maryland are non-partisan. Information on this web site reflects the position of the Maryland Council of Chapters only.

 

Spouse and Surviving Spouses Newsletter

 

Below are recent newsletters from the former Spouse and Surviving Spouse Liaison Officer, Mrs. Cheryl Glang. (25 Feb 2021)

 

-          Jan/Feb 2019

-          Mar/Apr 2019

-          Jul/Aug 2019

-          Sep/Oct 2019

-          Nov/Dec 2019

-          Nov 2020

-          Feb 2021

 

 

Maryland National Guard Unit of the Year

 

Stay tuned for the announcement of the National Guard Unit of the Year for 2021. (29 Jan 2021)

 

 

Highlights of recent and upcoming Chapter activities

 

Kudos to the Susquehanna Chapter: From COL Teri Coles, USA (Ret), the Sr Director of Council and Chapter Affairs at MOAA: “Kudos to Mike Early and members of the Susquehanna Chapter for their efforts promoting the COVID Relief program and for raising awareness about MOAA and the chapter.  He worked with our Development team as well on background information. We are all so thrilled with the final result and we are posting this on all of our media platforms. I thought I’d share with you for further distro throughout the council and chapters should you decide to do that.” https://www.wmar2news.com/voiceforveterans/military-organization-offers-financial-covid-relief .(18 Feb 2021)

 

 

 

Legislative Priorities

 

 

 

Property Tax Relief in Anne Arundel County: On 4 Jan 2021 the Anne Arundel County Council passed legislation establishing a real property tax credit for disabled veterans and their surviving spouses. For details, see this link. The credit will be 50% of the Property Tax if the Veteran is at least 75% disabled, and 25% for Veterans with a disability rating of 50% to 74%. (14 Jan 2021)

 

We have an updated list of members of the Maryland Senate Veterans’ Caucus.

We were unable to get a new list of the members of the Maryland House of Delegates Veterans’ Caucus updated before the 2021 session. (25 Mar 2021)

 

Make MOAA's One Powerful Voice® heard in Maryland. It will take each MOAA member living in Maryland to make this happen. Act now to do your part!

 

Here is a list of Points of Contact for the Maryland Congressional delegation (both Senators and all eight Representatives) (updated 25 Feb 2021)

 

 

 

 

·         From time to time, we will suggest messages we would like Maryland members to send to Annapolis on upcoming bills of interest to all of us. There are two web-based methods you can use to contact your State Legislators:

·         The Maryland Legislature maintains a Web Site that you can use to contact your Senator or Delegate. To use it, visit http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmmain.aspx?pid=legisrpage&tab=subject6, and select the legislator’s name. If the legislator accepts e-mail (I hope most of them do today), you will see a link to Contact Online. Click on that link. Enter your identifying information, and type or paste the text into the Message box.

·         Another method is to visit http://mdelect.net/. This site, run by the Maryland State Archives, allows you to enter your address (Zip+4 will do, unless district lines go through your Zip+4 area – then enter your full address), and it will tell you who your Federal and State legislators are. There are links to their web sites. Some have e-mail tools built in; others will link into Outlook, as above. (21 Jan 2013)

·         NEW – here is a link to a roster provided by the Legislature with office locations and phone numbers for all of the State Senators and Delegates. Some have moved since last year. (26 Jan 2018)

 

You can find information on MOAA’s national legislative priorities at the MOAA Take Action web page.

 

 

Maryland Veterans Commission

 

The Maryland Veterans’ Commission will meet next on 20 Apr 2021.

(22 Mar 2021)

 

 

Here are recent minutes from the Commission:

 

- August 2020

- October 2020

- January 2021

 

 

Job Search

 

Contact our Transition Liaison Officer, Mrs Annie Brock, at  mdmoaatransition@gmail.com for any transition-related questions. (11 Jun 2020)

 

Looking for a new job, or know someone who is? Visit the MOAA Transition and Career Center for Career Information.

 

 

Veterans’ Benefits

 

 

For further information on Veterans’ Benefits, please visit any of the following Web Sites:

 

United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Maryland Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Defense  Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS)/TRICARE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please send any comments and suggestions to the Webmaster using the email address shown in the listing of Council Officers above.

 

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