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Last Update: Feb 2018

BREAKING NEWS:

 

The Retirement Income Exemption bills have been submitted! HB0362 and SB0312 have been submitted by the Speaker of the House of Delegates and the President of the Senate, at the request of the Governor. They contain identical language, and will accomplish the following:

 

-          Exempt $15,000 of military retirement income from Maryland Income Tax in 2018 (and “Military Retirement Income” refers to retirement income from any of the seven Uniformed Services);

-          Exempt 75% of military retirement income from Maryland Income Tax in 2019;

-          Exempt 100% of military retirement income from Maryland Income Tax in 2020 and beyond.

 

See below for more information, including Points of Contact in the Committees. Meanwhile, Maryland Secretary of Veterans Affairs George Owings III has released a letter describing veteran-friendly actions taken by the Hogan administration. (24 Jan 2108)

 

 

 

UPDATE – Both bills were heard yesterday, 21 Feb 2018. Click here for an update from our Legislative Liaison. (21 Feb 2018)

 

We also have a list of the members of the Maryland House of Delegates Veterans’ Caucus. (8 Feb 2018)

 

MOAA has announced new rules for the Levels of Excellence Awards for 2017. Submissions are due 1 May 2018, and there are limits to how much you can write in response to the questions. See below for details. (8 Nov 2017)

 

Click here for notes from the Council President on the 2017 Annual Meeting and other items of interest to the membership. (30 Oct 2017)

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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 2016 (as of August 2017).

 

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, and some have additional pages, as shown with additional links (Stars indicate the Level of Excellence rating earned by the Chapter for 2016 – as announced in July 2017.):

 

·         AnnapolisChapter Web Site

·         * * * * * Ft George G Meade

·         * * * * * Star Spangled BannerChapter Web Site (Winner of 5 Star Col Marvin J Harris Communications Award for 2016, as of 7 Apr 2017)

·         * * * * * General Smallwood

·         * * * * * Montgomery CountyChapter Site at MOAA

·         Prince Georges County

·         Southern MarylandChapter Web Site

·         * * * * * SusquehannaChapter Site at MOAAChapter Web Site (Winner of 4 Star Col Marvin J Harris Communications Award for 2016, as of 7 Apr 2017)

·         Upper Eastern Shore

·         * * * * * Upper PotomacChapter Site at MOAA

 

Council Officers

 

Here are the Council officers for 2017 – 2018 (as of 2 Feb 2018):

 

President

Harvey

Kaplan

COL

USA

htkaplan@verizon.net

1st Vice Pres

Bryon

Hartzog

LTC

USA

bkhartzog@gmail.com

2nd Vice Pres

Norton

Bob

COL

USA

rfcknorton@verizon.net

Treasurer

Jim

Campbell

Capt

USAF

jim@jrcampbelljr.name

Webmaster

James

Shiffrin

Maj

USAF

jim.shiffrin@gmail.com

Secretary

Dave

Peterson

CAPT

NOAA

kmpdhp@hotmail.com

Immed. Past Pres

Andrew

Fallon

Col

USA

fallonajf@aol.com

Transition Officer

Jim

Dittbrenner

Maj

USA

jimditt@verizon.net

Legis Liaison

Annie

Brock

CPT

USA

mdcoclegis@gmail.com

Spouse Liaison

Naomi

Kaplan

nomikaplan@verizon.net

Chaplain

Jim

Campbell

Capt

USAF

jim@jrcampbelljr.name

Md Veterans Commissioner

Brad

Jewett

COL

USMCR

bjewitt@msn.com

Annapolis

Andrew

Fallon

Col

USA

fallonajf@aol.com

Montgomery Co

Dave

Peterson

CAPT

NOAA

kmpdhp@hotmail.com

Ft Meade

Bryon

Hartzog

LTC

USA

bkhartzog@gmail.com

Southern MD

Greg

Dalke

CDR

USN

pncbiz@me.com

Gen Smallwood

Daniel

Donohue

COL

USMC

dadonohue@hotmail.com      

Prince Georges

Steve

Regner

Col

USAF

shreg01@aol.com

Susquehanna

Harry

Quinn

LTC

USA

president@susquehannamoaa.org

Upper Eastern Shore

Mike

Johnson

mjnmi1@verizon.net

Upper Potomac

Hugh

McIlroy

LTC

USMC

germac03@gmail.com

Star Spangled

Tom

Seybold

COL

USA

tksseybold@hotmail.com

 

 

Here are the Maryland Council Bylaws, last revised in 2008, and reviewed in Dec 2017.

 

The Council published a set of Goals in 2011 that are still relevant for 2017-2018.

 

 

 

 

7th Annual Congressional Luncheon

 

The 7th Annual Congressional Appreciation Luncheon was held on 13 Sep 2017 in the Rayburn House Office Building. Both Maryland Senators and seven of the eight Representatives attended and spoke to the crowd. Thanks to all who attended.

At the luncheon, MOAA President Lt Gen Dana Atkins, USAF (Ret) presented the Five Star Level of Excellence awards to The Maryland Council of Chapters and to the six winning Chapters. This MOAA.org photo shows Past Council President COL Andy Fallon, USA (Ret) receiving the award for the Council:

 

Other photos from the event are available at this Dropbox link. View the files as a Grid rather than a List to be able to see the photos (click on the down arrow near the top right corner of the page to switch between List and Grid). Chapters may use any of them in their newsletters, attributing them to MOAA.org.

 

Additionally, MOAA HQ published an article concerning this luncheon.

 

2018 Levels of Excellence

MOAA has revised the criteria for the Levels of Excellence Awards for 2017. The submission date is now 1 May 2018 (rather than 1 March as in past years). Chapters will no longer complete the objective portion of the rating (percentage of members who are National members, lists of officers updated, etc.); National will simply pull that information from their database. View the new Objective criteria here.

For the Subjective criteria, Chapter leaders will complete a Word document, with limits to the number of characters you can write for each answer, and attachments are not allowed! Here are the Sections of this report:

-          Please describe your chapter’s level of effort and results concerning the following chapter management subjects: Grassroots advocacy, Community Engagement, Recruiting and Retention (there is a page and a half limit for this section).

-          Briefly describe your chapter’s leadership succession plan

-          Does the chapter have an established personal affairs program?

-          Describe the chapter’s most significant achievement of the year (Extra credit)

-          Please identify and briefly describe an above and beyond management practice or program that you haven’t already covered in the award submission (Extra credit)

View the complete list of Subjective criteria here.

The full list of procedures for submission is available here. One thing that is missing is the cutoff point total required for the 4-Star or 5-Star Level.

 

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.

 

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)

 

Jan 21, 2017 - Minutes

Mar 4, 2017 - Minutes

June 10, 2017 - Minutes

Sep 9, 2017- Minutes

Dec 9, 2017

Mar 10, 2018

Jun 9, 2018

 

Editorial Policy

 

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

 

Spouse and Surviving Spouses Newsletter

 

Attached are recent newsletters from the Spouse and Surviving Spouse Liasion Officer, Mrs Naomi Kaplan. (8 Feb 2018)

 

-          Feb 2017

-          Apr 2017

-          Jun 2017

-          Sep 2017

-          Nov 2017

-          Feb 2018

 

 

Maryland National Guard Unit of the Year

 

The 2017 award went to the 175th Cyber Operations Group of the Maryland Air National Guard. Stay tuned for information about the 2018 award. (14 Jan 2018)

 

 

Highlights of recent and upcoming Chapter activities

 

·         Nothing at this time (30 Aug 2017)

 

Legislative Priorities

 

 

UPDATE from Annie Brock, our Legislative Liaison on the Hearings on 21 Feb 2018:

 

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. The hearings today were an endurance event, and those of you there proved yourselves to be at the top of your game!

 

We were the #4 bill in the House Ways & Means Committee, which put us beginning testimony on HB0362 at ~3:30 PM. The first responders were just in front of us – wanting to improve their win from last year by dropping the age to 50, and adding all personnel who work in the corrections arena in the state into the bill. They had ~30 people scheduled to testify. Secretary Owings, Cara Sullivan, Secretary Owings’ cousin, and a former Secretary of Veterans Affairs testified on the first panel, setting the stage well for our two groups. Our panels were excellent! The collective stories of our uniformed service retirees and surviving spouses were told. The Committee couldn’t help but absorb what they heard.

 

We began at the Senate Budget & Taxation Committee at ~5 PM, again following the first responders. We arrived from the House side to a request from Senator Peters that we cut our speakers from 12 to 6; they had cut the first responders from 33 to 16. We cut to 6, plus AARP and American Legion. Again, we gave the Committee what they couldn’t ignore.

 

The sign-ups for the petition continue to roll in; we were over 1,300 this afternoon, and are approaching 1,400 this evening. On Friday, I will be following up with an email to everyone who has signed up and lives in Maryland with the link to send a message to their legislative team.

 

If you, or your spouse, took pictures today, please forward them to Jim Simpson at simpson4976@gmail.com. He will put all of the photos into a single album in the cloud where you’ll be able to download the pictures for your personal or organizational use.

 

Again, thank you for help in this effort. We make a first-rate team!

 

Best,

Annie

 

 

 

The Retirement Income Exemption bills have been submitted! HB0362 and SB0312 have been submitted by the Speaker of the House of Delegates and the President of the Senate, at the request of the Governor. They contain identical language, and will accomplish the following:

 

-          Exempt $15,000 of military retirement income from Maryland Income Tax in 2018 (and “Military Retirement Income” refers to retirement income from any of the seven Uniformed Services);

-          Exempt 75% of military retirement income from Maryland Income Tax in 2019;

-          Exempt 100% of military retirement income from Maryland Income Tax in 2020 and beyond.

 

At this point, it is most appropriate to contact your Senators and Delegates (in person, by phone, by letter, via e-mail, and/or whatever mechanism you can use) to request their support when the bills are discussed in the committees and in the hearings--and, hopefully, in floor votes.  In the Senate, the SB will be managed by the Budget and Taxation Committee; in the House of Delegates, the HB will be managed by the Ways and Means Committee.  It is especially important to communicate with the members of the two Committees.  Members of the General Assembly's Veterans Caucus (in both the House and Senate) should also be contacted.  Please recall that this item was up at the top of the list of priorities for the Caucus (as recommended by the Veterans Summit that a group of Caucus leaders conducted the first week in November).  Remember, everyone has three Delegates and one Senator.  B&T and W&M Committee members in your County Delegation should also be contacted.  Kindly contact your Chapter President, Annie Brock (Legislative LNO for the Council), or one of our Council Vice Presidents for suggestions on how to go about this. 

 

We have a golden opportunity this year, an election year in which the Governor's position will also be on the ballot, to strive for a 100% subtraction. We have argued for many years that this is a solid economic move for Maryland, its workforce, its employers, our military installations, and all taxpayers across the State (not just for retired members of the Uniformed Services).  Our Maryland Comptroller agrees!  So does our Maryland Military Coalition (MMC).  With the recent addition of West Virginia and Arkansas in 2018, the retired pay of Uniformed Services is now not taxed at all in 27 States.

 

In addition to your own Senator and Delegates, here is contact information for the Committees that will hear these bills:

 

House Ways and Means:

 

Anne R. Kaiser, Chair (410) 841-3036, (301) 858-3036
Frank S. Turner, Vice-Chair (410) 841-3246, (301) 858-3246

Senate Budget and Taxation:

Edward J. Kasemeyer, Chair (410) 841-3653, (301) 858-3653
Richard S. Madaleno, Jr., Vice-Chair (410) 841-3137, (301) 858-3137

 

NOTE – There are other bills in the legislature this year that address Military Retirement Pay Exemptions, but these two, HB0362 and SB0312, are the ones the Maryland Council of Chapters wants to concentrate our efforts on. (24 Jan 2018)

 

We now have a list of the members of the Maryland House of Delegates Veterans’ Caucus, and the Maryland Seante Veterans’ Caucus. (21 Feb 2018)

 

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)

 

There is a new email address, mdcoclegis@gmail.com, to reach Legislative Liaison CPT Annie Brock, USA (Former) or whoever is filling in for her if she is out of town.

 

 

 

·         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 Deelgates. 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

 

There are no recent reports from the Maryland Veterans Commission. One will be posted here when available.

 

 

Job Search

 

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

 

Veterans’ Benefits

 

MAJ Jeffery Burbank, an Army Chaplain at Fort Leavenworth and the son of Fort Meade Chapter member CW5 Larry Burbank, has prepared a list of web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them. There are many sites that explain how to obtain books, military/medical records, information and how to appeal a denied claim with the VA. Please pass this information on to every Veteran you know. Nearly 100% of this information is free and available for all veterans, the only catch is: you must ask for it, because they won't tell you about a specific benefit unless you ask for it. You need to know what questions to ask so the right doors open for you and then be ready to have an advocate who is willing to work with and for you, stay in the process, and press for your rights and your best interests. (Note – the Maryland Council of Chapters has nothing to do with any of the listed sites, and is not responsible if any of them are no longer active.)

 

The consumer website MoneyGeek.com has recently published a sutdent financial aid guide for military veterans, including a list of scholarships offered to vetereans and their family members and an interactive map tool to help veterans find schools that participate in the Yellow Ribbon benefit program. The guide is available at http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/financial-aid-guide-for-veterans/. The site has other student financial resources, including a searchable scholarship database at http://www.moneygeek.com/education/scholarship-search/. Note that inclusion of these links does not imply any endorsement by MOAA or the Maryland Council of Chapters. (10 Feb 2016)

 

Here are some other sites with military discounts and deals:

 

Dealback.com: https://dealhack.com/blog/military-discounts-guide

Offers.com: https://www.offers.com/blog/post/military-discounts-guide/

AllConnect.com: https://www.allconnect.com/2018-military-discount-guide.html

 

(Again, the inclusion of these links does not imply any endorsement by MOAA or the Maryland Council of Chapters.) (22 Jan 2108)

 

The Council’s Spouse/Surviving Spouse Liaison Officer, Naiomi Kaplan, has prepared a list of Pertinent Issues for Spouses and Surviving Spouses. (29 Feb 2016)

 

 

 

Click here for more information on Council activities.

 

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