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It is fitting to recall that on this day back in 1941, the United States was attacked from the air by the Empire of Japan at Pearl Harbor--on the Island of Oahu in the U.S. Territory of Hawaii.  I was most impressed by the Library of Congress article about that terrible day, and I commend the following web page to you (and also the embedded links, if you are interested in more detail).


My message is that we need to remain vigilant in today's world environment, and that there exists a broad spectrum of serious threats being perpetrated today against the United States.  Thanks go to our currently serving Uniformed Services personnel, of all seven Services, of the active and reserve components around the world for remaining "on the ready" so that we and our families can continue to live in peace--without the exhibition of any brand of infamy.  Unfortunately, there still are many examples of it across the globe.




(7 Dec 2018)


New Job Fair List Posted (7 Dec 2018)


URGENT – Council Officer Nominations Needed: The Maryland Council of Chapters wilol be holding elections of new officers at the 12 Jan 2019 meeting. While there are alreaqdy nominees for most of the positions, we are still looking for someone to be 2nd Vice President. See below for a message from current President COL Harvey Kaplan, USA (Ret).


URGENT - Retiree Dental Care: This is probably the most important and timely message I've sent out to our MOAA family over the past six months.  I am taking the liberty of further sharing it (for information purposes) with a number of other Veterans leaders in Maryland.  It is a reminder that we all have only two more weeks to make our medical decisions regarding those plans for which we are eligible--and that includes TRICARE-for-Life (TFL) beneficiaries too.


The deadline for selections (including for the new FEDVIP coverage for the revised retiree dental and vision/optometry plans) remains Monday, December 10th.  If you've not yet reviewed your options in Maryland, which vary considerably by what truly is best for you and your family, now is absolutely the time to get started. See below for more information. (28 Nov 2018)



Maryland MOAA member on the MOAA National Board: For the information of all, our two newly-elected National Board Members from Maryland are Col Bradley S. Jewitt, USMCR (of National Harbor, MD) -- already an active voting member of our Maryland Council (as a Governor-appointed member of the Maryland Veterans Commission) and Rear Adm. Thomas J. Jurkowsky, USN (Ret.)(of Annapolis, MD).  COL Matthew G. Clark, USA (currently serving on active duty in the Army) and COL Mike Rogers, USA (Ret.) just completed their six-year terms of office on the National Board with the Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, last week.  Congratulations from all of us go to Matt on his recent promotion to Colonel and to Mike Rogers of our Fort Meade Chapter on his election earlier this week to Delegate from Maryland District 32 (Anne Arundel County) to the House of Delegates in Annapolis.  Our congratulations also go to Charlotte Crutchfield of our Montgomery County Chapter for her election to Delegate from Maryland District 19 (Montgomery County) to the House of Delegates in Annapolis.  Charlotte is a Surviving Spouse, and our General Assembly needs her perspective on a wide range of military and family issues.  Mike is a retired Army officer with a broad spectrum of experience across many disciplines--and the House of Delegates will value his participation in whatever Committee he works in the future.  Congratulations to all! (16 Nov 2018)


Maryland Military Coalition: Council President Harvey Kaplan, COL, USA (Ret) participated in the rollout of the Maryland Military Coalition on 9 Nov 2018. See details and photos below. (16 Nov 2018)



The website has shared with us a Veteran Care Guide “designed to help veterans and/or their surviving spouses determine their eligibility, explain how to apply for benefits and cover the various veteran care options.” Neither MOAA or the Maryland Council of Chapters endorses the site, the guide, or any links contained within it. (5 Oct 2018)       



Congressional Luncheon Coverage by MOAA – MOAA has extensive coverage of the luncheon on their web site, including excerpts of the comments from many legislators. Also see below for comments from Council President COL Harvey Kaplan, USA (Ret). (4 Oct 2018)    



Congratulations! Col Brad Jewitt, USMCR, has been selected to participate in a very special program. Council Prosident COL Harvey Kaplan, USA (Ret), shared the following:


At today's MOAA Congressional Luncheon in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Col Brad Jewitt, USMCR, shared with me his recent selection for this very special program.  Brad, as you know, is a member of our Maryland Council of Chapters and our Governor-appointed member of the Maryland Veterans Commission.  This new role is very exciting and I was most definitely pleased to hear the great news about Brad's upcoming one-year assignment in Washington, DC, as a selected member from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).


In this role, Col Jewitt (Chief of the Facilities Management Division of NASA) “will provide programmatic leadership of government-wide efforts to achieve the recently released Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations published by the Office of Management and Budget pursuant to Executive Order 13781, “Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch”.” For more information, please see the press release below:



We recently started getting periodic emails from the Howard County Office of Veterans and Military Families. Follow this link for the latest information from them. Latest update – 19 Oct 2018.



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 2017 (as of August 2018).


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 2017 – as announced in July 2018.):


·         AnnapolisChapter Web Site

·         * * * * * Ft George G Meade

·         * * * * * Star Spangled BannerChapter Web Site (Winner of 5 Star Col Marvin J Harris Communications Award for 2017, as of 7 Apr 2018)

·         * * * * * General Smallwood

·         * * * * * Montgomery CountyChapter Site at MOAA

·         Prince Georges County

·         Southern Maryland

·         * * * * * SusquehannaChapter Site at MOAAChapter Web Site (Winner of 5 Star Col Marvin J Harris Communications Award for 2017, as of 7 Apr 2018)

·         Upper Eastern Shore

·         * * * * * Upper PotomacChapter Site at MOAA



Here's a great photo of the Maryland members who accepted the seven Levels of Excellence Awards (all Five-Star) for the Maryland Council/Chapters at the Annual Meeting in Phoenix.




Front Row (left to right): Brad Jewitt for the Fort Meade Chapter, Harvey T. Kaplan for the Maryland Council of Chapters, and Naomi M. Kaplan for the Montgomery County Chapter.


Second Row (left to right): Sam De Bow for the Upper Potomac Chapter, Charles Rishell for the Star Spangled Banner Chapter, Matt Clark for the General William Smallwood Chapter, and Harry Quinn for the Susquehanna Chapter.  [Note: I carried back a few of the awards and will distribute them at our next Council Meeting.]


Please go to the following link for the full set of pictures, including each individual receiving the award from Lt. Gen. Dana T. Atkins, USAF (Ret.) and Lt. Gen. Edward Hanlon, Jr., USMC (Ret.).  For your convenience, those photographs are included from #0107 thru 0127 in the series of photographs (with some breaks for recipients from other states).


Hearty Congratulations to all!



Council Officers


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







1st Vice Pres





2nd Vice Pres




















Immed. Past Pres





Transition Officer





Legis Liaison





Spouse Liaison








Md Veterans Commissioner










Montgomery Co





Ft Meade





Southern MD





Combined with Gen Smallwood

Gen Smallwood





Prince Georges










Upper Eastern Shore





Upper Potomac





Star Spangled






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


Here are the Maryland Council Bylaws, last revised in 2008, and reviewed in Dec 2017. Here is a draft of an update to the Bylaws. The Council will vote on them at the Jan Council meeting.



The Council published a set of Goals in 2011 that are still relevant for 2017-2018. Here is a draft of a set of 2019 goals. The Council will also vote on them at the Jan Council meeting.


Nominees Wanted


Here is an email from Council Presiddent COL Harbey Kaplan, USA (Ret) requesting nominees for the Council positions for 2019-2020:


I now need to remind everyone that our MOAA Council elections are coming up at our meeting on the 12th of January in Arnold, MD.  Nominations were opened at our last Council Meeting (held in Phoenix on 1 November) and they remain open now.  We have nominees for all elected positions except for the 2nd Vice President.  I am pleased to report that most of our Board Members in appointed positions plan to remain in those positions, subject to the approval of the next President.  So, in summary, we need one or more persons to step up, willing to be nominated to serve as 2nd Vice President.  The role is ideal for an interested member who already has served as a Chapter President or in another Chapter office.  Since it is essentially a two-year "learning position," the role also is ideal for someone living or working in Maryland who is on the National Board or Staff and plans to be stepping away from that position over the next two years.  It also may be appropriate for a National Member who has been involved in MOAA elsewhere and just relocated to Maryland--but wishes to remain active here.  Of course, currently-serving members of the Reserve Components also may wish to consider stepping up for this.  [Volunteers/nominees should note that the role typically involves planning to move up in the ranks of the Council every two years.  I'd be pleased to explain the value of that progression to anyone who is interested.  Feel free to give me a call.]


Any nominations for one of the elected offices may be sent to me or to Dave Peterson, our Council Secretary, representing the Nominations Committee.  Self-nominations from volunteers are acceptable.  If we do not receive nominations for 2nd Vice President over the next two weeks, I'll be making phone calls to a few people I know are qualified, knowledgeable, and experienced leaders--and just may need a bit of encouragement in order to volunteer.  The continued success and continuity of our organization depends on getting our members to assume leadership positions in our Chapters and on the Council.  While each job requires a certain amount of time and effort, none of them is overwhelming--even the role as Council President.  Please step up and be counted now, so that you can Continue to Serve!





Retiree Dental Care


This is probably the most important and timely message I've sent out to our MOAA family over the past six months.  I am taking the liberty of further sharing it (for information purposes) with a number of other Veterans leaders in Maryland.  It is a reminder that we all have only two more weeks to make our medical decisions regarding those plans for which we are eligible--and that includes TRICARE-for-Life (TFL) beneficiaries too.


The deadline for selections (including for the new FEDVIP coverage for the revised retiree dental and vision/optometry plans) remains Monday, December 10th.  If you've not yet reviewed your options in Maryland, which vary considerably by what truly is best for you and your family, now is absolutely the time to get started.


If you currently have Delta Dental's TRICARE uniformed services retiree dental coverage (TRDP) in Maryland, please remember there was only one plan and that it will expire automatically on 31 December!  You have to take action now if you want to have coverage starting in January.  There exist a broad spectrum of carriers who are anxious to provide you coverage in our State; every single plan is different, and there now are higher and lower levels of coverage available (and these are new options to consider).  Also, if you believe you'll benefit from adding vision coverage (essentially an optometry program for eye check-ups and glasses), you've got to do that by December 10th too.  You need to evaluate your options, since some of us receive certain eye-related coverage from local military and U.S. Family Health Plan facilities.


On the subject of the U.S. Family Health Plan (USFHP), kindly note that Johns Hopkins Medicine is the only organization that provides the services here in Maryland--and it is considered an equivalent to TRICARE Prime.  If you opt to sign up for the USFHP, remember that (in general) you cannot still use military hospital and clinics.


If you need more information before you make your decisions, I commend to you the following link.  Please note that the link has further embedded links if you require specifics and additional details on a program or option:


I am sharing this information with 46 of our MOAA leaders across Maryland, not as an expert on medical services, but in the hope that you will share it with Chapter members and others who will be encouraged to do their own research and make their important family decisions on this subject over the next two weeks.  Frankly, in my humble opinion, there is no excuse in just sitting back and hoping that someone else (who has no clue about your family's medical, dental, and optical needs) will do your work and make the decisions for you.


Harvey (28 Nov 2018)



Maryland Military Coalition


Check this out, if you've not seen it already.  You may recognize some of the MOAA "players" and those from other organizations in a number of the photographs in the series.  The pictures were taken at the ceremony at Baltimore's War Memorial Building last Friday (9 November), as we "rolled out" the Maryland Military Coalition (MMC).  MOAA is one of the 13 Charter Members of the new organization.  It was our intent to do this during the weekend of the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice at the end of World War I--since the initiative unquestionably will be of meaningful benefit to our Veterans (as well as currently serving members of the Uniformed Services--and spouses/surviving spouses and family members).,-and-You-Can,-Too.aspx?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=TMNsend&utm_content=NC+AFHR+1+ERet+L+NC

(16 Nov 2018)


From Council President, COL Harvey Kaplan, USA (Ret) on the MMC:


I wanted to make certain that everyone in MOAA here in Maryland has gotten the latest word on the Maryland Military Coalition (MMC)--and what is on the horizon.


First of all, we as an organization are definitely involved in the MMC initiative.  MOAA is one of 13 Charter Members of the Coalition--and our folks are deeply involved already in preparations for the 2019 Legislative Session in Annapolis, which will open the second week of January.  At this past Tuesday's meeting of the full MMC in Odenton, MD, Bob Norton was elected Coalition President.  [Bob currently is the 2nd Vice President of our Council.]  In addition, Annie Brock, our MOAA Council's Legislative Liaison, was elected to one of the two Co-Chair positions on the MMC.  [Art Cooper of The Retired Enlisted Association,TREA, will serve as the other Co-Chair.]  John P. May, AMS, was elected to the combined position of Secretary/Treasurer.  I will continue to serve as one of the Directors of the Coalition, the official representative of MOAA to the MMC.  In addition, two other members of MOAA will serve as Directors: Erwin Burnick, representing the Jewish War Veterans of the USA; Sheldon Goldberg representing the Military Order of the World Wars.


The MMC made some key decisions on its priorities for 2019, and Annie Brock will be sharing an official version of the material with all member organizations over the next few days.  I am confident that our MOAA membership across Maryland will be extremely pleased with the Coalition's decisions on our key issues.



Annual Congressional Luncheon


Here are some comments from Council President COL Harvey Kaplan, USA (Ret) on the 2018 Congressional Luncheon:


If you've not seen this already, I'd like to share MOAA's write-up on our 8th Annual Congressional Appreciation Luncheon, held in the Dirksen Senate Office Building last Wednesday (26 September 2018).  Our attendance from the Chapters was excellent this year, and we had close to 100 people in attendance!  We appreciate all the work of Bryon Hartzog and his Planning Committee in making the event so successful.  We also appreciate the participation by Lt Gen Dana T. Atkins and members of our National MOAA Staff.


Kindly note that there is a Flickr album of photographs included at the link.  Click on the arrow in the second photo in the article to see all the great pictures, taken by MOAA's own Robert Lennox.  Thanks again, Bob.  [I truly hope you had time to enjoy a healthy sandwich during this year's event!]


Watch for the article in Military Officer (upcoming in the December 2018 issue) by Blair Drake of MOAA for a discussion of all the planning effort that goes into these luncheons, as well as the multiple benefits of making them happen every year.




The 9th Annual Congressional Appreciation Luncheon will be held in Sep 2019.  Stay tuned for details as they become available. (4 Oct 2018)

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



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


1)      Go to the YouTube website by typing: 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)


Jan 21, 2017 - Minutes

Mar 4, 2017 - Minutes

June 10, 2017 - Minutes

Sep 9, 2017 - Minutes

Dec 9, 2017 - Minutes

Mar 10, 2018 - Minutes

Jun 9, 2018 - Minutes

Sep 8, 2018

Nov 1, 2018 (At National Meeting) - Minutes


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


Below are recent newsletters from the Spouse and Surviving Spouse Liasion Officer, Mrs Naomi Kaplan. (22 Aug 2018)


-          Feb 2018

-          Apr 2018

-          May/Jun 2018

-          Jul/Aug 2018

-          Sep/Oct 2018



Maryland National Guard Unit of the Year


Maj. Gen. Linda L. Singh, the adjutant general of Maryland, is pleased to announce that she has nominated the 200th Military Police Company, Maryland Army National Guard, to receive the annual Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Maryland National Guard Unit of the Year Award for 2017 from the Maryland Council of Chapters of MOAA.


The 200th MP Company was called upon in 2017 to assist the U.S. Virgin Islands in the aftermath of the devastation left behind from Hurricane Irma. On short notice, the unit deployed and was attached to the U.S. Virgin Islands Police Force. While attached, the 200th MP Company performed more than a thousand patrols, aided in the arrest of several dangerous gang members, conducted two high-risk search warrants and improved security for more than 150,000 residents of the island territory. The Soldiers of the 200th MP Company directly contributed to the decrease in violent crime, assisted in the improvement of civil infrastructure and provided improved security to the residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands.           


The award was presented on 26 May 2018 at the Catonsville Armory.

COL Andy Fallon, MG Linda Singh, COL Jim Shelley with trophy

Council Past President COL Andy Fallon, Md Adjutant General MG Linda Singh, Star Spangled Banner Chapter representative COL Jim Shelley with trophy


 (3 Jun2018)



Highlights of recent and upcoming Chapter activities


·         Nothing at this time (30 Aug 2017)


Legislative Priorities



We now have a list of the members of the Maryland House of Delegates Veterans’ Caucus, and the Maryland Senate 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 an email address,, 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, 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 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.


We are also now posting job search related information here:


-          The Career Transition Resources page contains links to various other resources. It will be updated infrequently.

-          The Program Announcements, Career Fair Providers,  and Scheduled Career Fairs pages contain time-sensitive announcements about programs and upcoming career fairs. They will be updated as necessary.

-          The Monthly Newsletter page contains thoughts and comments from our Transition Officer, CPT Jim Dittbrenner, USA (Former). It will be updated more or less monthly.


Veterans’ Benefits


The Howard County Office of Veterans and Military Families publishes periodic notes with links to other resources to benefit veterans and military families. They are not endorsed by that office, or by the Military Officers Association af America or the Fort Meade Chapter. With that caveat, feel free to browse the latest notes.



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 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 The site has other student financial resources, including a searchable scholarship database at 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:


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


The website has shared with us a Veteran Care Guide “designed to help veterans and/or their surviving spouses determine their eligibility, explain how to apply for benefits and cover the various veteran care options.” Neither MOAA or the Maryland Council of Chapters endorses the site, the guide, or any links contained within it. (5 Oct 2018)


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)


MOAA Pet Insurance


The fololowing is from a 19 March 2018 emaiol to all MOAA members:


March 19, 2018

We're letting
the cat out of the bag

MOAA members now have access to valuable pet health insurance plans from Pets Best, a leading U.S. agency. A wide range of plans and coverage options are available, making it easy for you to find the right protection for your cat or dog at the right price.

Choose from a variety of plans.

·  BestBenefit Accident/Illness Plans — offers the most comprehensive coverage, providing reimbursement when your cat or dog becomes sick or gets injured. This plan helps pay for care such as surgeries, exams, X-rays, emergency visits, prescriptions, cancer treatments and more.

·  Accident Only Pet Insurance Plans — provides coverage for treatment of most accidental injuries.

·  Pets Best Wellness coverage — can be added to provide benefits for routine care like annual checkups and immunizations.

Take Action Now



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