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Veterans’ Resources: An organization called (from their web site: “DeployCare was established to offer understanding and support to our service members and their families before, during, and after deployments. We have worked to compile necessary resources as well as research solutions to many of the challenges associated with military deployments.”) has prepared a list of financial resources for veteran families. As always, appearance here does not imply any endorsement by MOAA or the Maryland Council of Chapters. (18 Nov 2019)



Military Band Holiday Concerts: From Annapolis Chapter President COL Andy Fallon, USA (Ret):

The US military bands provide music throughout the spectrum of military operations to instill in our soldiers, sailors, and airmen the will to fight and win, foster the support of our citizens, and promote our national interests at home and abroad.  One of the great benefits of being here in the Washington Baltimore area is that so many of these great organizations call this area home.  Below is the info on this year’s Holiday Concerts by the military bands in the Washington-Baltimore area.  This year the military Holiday Concerts are scheduled across the weekends of 7/8, 14/15, and 21/22 December.

  1. The Army Band (Pershing’s Own) will perform their holiday concert at the Daughters of American Revolution Constitution Hall in DC (1776 D. Street, NW, Washington, DC) on 6 through 8 December. You can register now.  There are four shows:

Friday, December 6, 2019       8:00 – 9:30 PM

Saturday, December 7, 2019   3:00 – 4:30 PM

Saturday, December 7, 2019   8:00 – 9:30 PM

Sunday,  December 8, 2019     3:00 – 4:30 PM

You can register and print out tickets on line at this website:   The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own"

  1. The US Air Force Band will perform their Swingin' in the Season 2019 holiday concert at the Daughters of American Revolution Constitution Hall in DC (1776 D. Street, NW, Washington, DC) on Saturday and Sunday December 14th and December 15thYou can register now.  There are three shows:

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2019       3:00 PM — 4:30 PM

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2019       8:00 PM — 9:30 PM

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15,  2019          3:00 PM — 4:30 PM

Tickets are available on-line here

  1. The Army Field Band will perform at the Lyric- Modell Performing Arts Center in Baltimore.  You can register now.  There are two shows -

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2019       7:30 PM — 9:30 PM

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2019           3:00 PM — 5:00 PM


Tickets are available on line here: Sound the Bells! Holiday Concert - Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric - Baltimore

Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric - 140 W Mount Royal Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201

  1. The US Navy Band is also conducting their Christmas concert (3 shows) at the Daughters of American Revolution Constitution Hall in DC (1776 D. Street, NW, Washington, DC). You can register now

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2019    3:00 PM — 4:30 PM

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2019     8:00 PM — 9:30 PM

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22,  2019          3:00 PM — 4:30 PM

Tickets are available on-line here -Celebrate the Season with America's Navy

The United States Marine Band (“The President’s Own”) will perform its annual HOLIDAY SING-A-LONGS on Saturday, Dec. 7 | 4 pm at the  Filene Center, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA  and on Saturday, Dec. 14 | 7:30 pm at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle, VA.  You can enjoy a   brief concert and then sing along to holiday favorites including “Jingle Bells,” “Joy to the World,” and “Frosty the Snowman.  More information is available here:

 Whichever event(s)  you attend, I can attest that the concerts are always a tribute to the talents and professional skills of the military musicians  and a great way to get into the holiday spirit.  Furthermore, watching these men and women perform and pay tribute to the American military you will leave the concert not only in the holiday spirit but also damn proud to be an American. 

Feel free to pass on as all the concerts are open to the public.(15 Nov 2019)


2018 Levels of Excellence Awards: The 2018 Levels of Excellence Awards were presented to the Council and five Chapters at the 2 Nov Council meeting. See photos below. (8 Nov 2019)



Normandy Talk: Past Council President COL Harvey Kaplan, USA (Ret), posted the following on Facebook recently


“VETERANS DAY EVENTS. I'm going to be presenting a colorful PowerPoint program on "Normandy: 75 Years Later." It is based on Naomi's and my visit to France this past June and summarizes my perspectives on the Normandy Landings, coupled with our recent experiences in France over a 10-day period. I'll be speaking at Tikvat Israel Congregation (Rockville) at 8 PM on Wednesday, the 6th of November--open to all. Also, if you'd prefer to hear the program at Manor Country Club (also in Rockville) to the Montgomery County Chapter of MOAA, that presentation will be at Noon on Wednesday, the 20th of November. [The cost there is $25 for an outstanding buffet lunch.] Let me know if you want to attend on the 20th. There are no reservations required or cost for the program on the 6th.”


If you want to come to the Montgomery County MOAA Chapter's meeting on Wednesday, 20 Nov at Noon at Manor Country Club, let Jim Dittbrenner know -- and then pay $25 for lunch at the door.  He can be reached at 301-460-9611, or via e-mail at .

Anyone who wants to hear the presentation at the Tikvat Israel Congregation on Wednesday, 6 Nov at 8 PM (no charge) should let Harvey know and he'll put their names on the guest list.  They are welcome to leave a message at 301-460-1883 or send an e-mail to . (21 Oct 2019)



MOAA Cruise from Baltimore: The Maryland Council of Chapters is joining with MOAA Vacations to present a 12 night Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas out of Baltimore on 11 Jan 2020. Here is some more information from Past Council President COL Harvey Kaplan, USA (Ret):


Yesterday 27 of us had a most pleasant visit aboard the Grandeur of the Seas in the Port of Baltimore.  We parked adjacent to the ship, were escorted by two wonderful hosts on a tour of the ship, discussed the possibilities and venues aboard for the MOAA group during the upcoming cruise departing the 11th of January of 2020, and enjoyed a delicious lunch in a private area of one of the ship's fine restaurants.


This coming week MOAA Vacations will begin advertising the 12-night cruise through the entire organization, both electronically and in writing, to a wider audience of MOAA members--including those living in our neighboring states.  You also will receive some of that material via e-mail and in Military Officer.  Jon Brenneman of MOAA Travel has asked me to let you know that a printed document covering the cruise (e.g., itinerary, route map including Ports of Call, cabin pricing, etc.) is now available to our Maryland Chapters/Members.  Please note that Jon has assured us that family and friends who join us will earn the same dollar credits (typically $50 per cabin booked) for the Chapters that they designate--and they are most welcome to participate in January.  A wide range of cabins is now available through MOAA Travel, and the prices that MOAA Travel has negotiated with Royal Caribbean are outstanding and most competitive.  There also will be a wide variety of special events and activities available to our MOAA participants without any additional charge during the cruise.(22 Mar 2019, updated 12 May 2019)






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 2018 – as announced in August 2019.):


·         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 May 2019)

·         * * * * * General Smallwood

·         * * * * * Montgomery CountyChapter Site at MOAA (Winner of 5 Star Col Marvin J Harris Communications Award for 2017, as of May 2019)

·         Prince Georges County

·         Southern Maryland

·         SusquehannaChapter Site at MOAAChapter Web Site

·         Upper Eastern Shore

·         * * * * * Upper PotomacChapter Site at MOAA


The 2018 Levels of Excellence Awards were presented to the Council and five Chapters at the 2 Nov Council meeting. COL Teri Coles, USA (Ret), MOAA Director of Council and Chapter Affairs (and a Fort Meade Chapter member) presented the awards:



Council 2VP Gary Palmer and                       Fort Meade member Dave Fox                       Gen Smallwood – Naomi Kaplan

Past President Harvey Kaplan                                                                                                accepting




Montgomery County President                       Star Spangled Banner member                       Upper Potomac President

Dave Peterson                                                 Chuck Rishel                                                   Hugh McIlroy



Council Officers


Here are the Council officers for 2019 – 2020 (as of 19 Jan 2019):







1st Vice Pres





2nd Vice Pres



Lt Col






















Immediate Past Pres





Legislative Liaison





Transition Liaison





Spouse Liaison



Md Veterans Commissioner










Ft Meade






Gen Smallwood





Montgomery Co





Prince Georges





Southern MD





Combined with Gen Smallwood

Star Spangled










Upper Eastern Shore





Upper Potomac






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


Watch this space for details of the 2020 Congressional Luncheon as they are announced. (21 Oct 2019)


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 - 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

Jan 11, 2020

Mar 14, 2020

Jun 13, 2020



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 Spouse and Surviving Spouse Liaison Officer, Mrs Naomi Kaplan. (22 Aug 2018)


-          Feb 2018

-          Apr 2018

-          May/Jun 2018

-          Jul/Aug 2018

-          Sep/Oct 2018

-          Nov/Dec 2018

-          Jan/Feb 2019

-          Mar/Apr 2019

-          Jul/Aug 2019

-          Sep/Oct 2019



Maryland National Guard Unit of the Year


The winning unit this year is the Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination (PED) Team, 6th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Battalion, MDARNG.  The award was presented on 14 July 2019 during a unit event in Laurel, Maryland.


The plaque reads, in part “In recognition of their extraordinary performance and success in providing geospatial aerial analysis and intelligence support to the organizations and forces supporting forward operations under Operation Freedom Sentinel.  The unit’s performance was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Maryland National Guard and the United States Army.”


Read the full citation for this award.



COL James M. Shelley (left, in photo) was our presentation officer from the Maryland MOAA Council of Chapters. The other individuals are unidentified.


  (15 Jul 2019)




Highlights of recent and upcoming Chapter activities






Legislative Priorities



The position of Legislative Liaison for the Maryland Council of Chapters is currently vacant. If you are interested please contact the Council President and 1st Vice President at and (3 Mar 2019)


After the conclusion of each State Legislative Session, the General Assembly's Department of Legislative Services prepares The 90 Day Report.  This year’s document contains summaries of laws that were enacted during the 2019 Legislative Session, of which some may have an impact on your respective department or otherwise be of interest.  It also includes a section on State aid and capital funds, on a Statewide and county-by-county basis.  Although the document is large, it is organized by subject matter and is easy to navigate online.  It may be accessed at (19 Apr 2019)


Here is a summary of legislative activities from the Maryland Military Coalition, as of 29 Mar 2019. (30 Mar 2019)


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

Note – this list is NOT UP TO DATE for 2019. (3 Mar 2019)


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 16 Apr 2019)


There is an email address,, to reach the Legislative Liaison Officer.




·         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 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


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


An organization called (from their web site: “DeployCare was established to offer understanding and support to our service members and their families before, during, and after deployments. We have worked to compile necessary resources as well as research solutions to many of the challenges associated with military deployments.”) has prepared a list of financial resources for veteran families. As always, appearance here does not imply any endorsement by MOAA or the Maryland Council of Chapters: for Veterans

Career Resources for our Veterans

The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing

Moving? How to Use a Relocation Calculator

Step-by-Step Guide to the VA Loan Process

VA Home Loan Calculator

Moving Companies That Offer Military Discounts

What Documents Are Needed to Sell Your House?

Find Family Services and Resources Near You

Military Buddy Finder from

Veteran Healthcare Resources

Important Medicare Facts That Every Veteran Should Know

Mental Health Resources for our Veterans Families

10 Tips for Keeping a Relationship Strong During Deployment and Separation

7 Crucial Components to Highly Effective Deployment Communication

International Phone Plan Options During Overseas Deployment

Military Care Package Ideas: What To Put In A Care Package

Post-Deployment Adjustments Military Couples Face

The How-to Guide for Veterans: Creating a Peaceful At-Home Atmosphere Upon Returning Home


 (18 Nov 2019)


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 of 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 former 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 student financial aid guide for military veterans, including a list of scholarships offered to veterans 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:

WikiBuy from CapitalOne:


(Again, the inclusion of these links does not imply any endorsement by MOAA or the Maryland Council of Chapters.) (26 Feb 2109)


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 website Mattress Clarity wants to share an article based on everything veterans should know about sleep. More than half of vets report having sleep deprivation, so they believe this could potentially help a lot of people who have returned to civilian life and are going through transitions in their sleep patterns or are suffering from sleep disorders. Here is the article: Neither MOAA or the Maryland Council of Chapters endorses the site, the guide, or any links contained within it. (10 Sep 2019)



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)





Military discounts at Kohl’s: Active, retired and veteran members of the military can get a discount at Kohl’s stores on Mondays, part of a new “Military Mondays” program by the retailer. The 15% discount is good all year, Kohl’s said in a statement. Customers must show a valid military ID, military dependent ID or veteran ID at the cash register. “Through Military Mondays, we are proud to strengthen our support of our military families who have made sacrifices to ensure the safety of our communities,” said Doug Arnoldi, Kohl’s vice president, district manager, in the statement. Kohl’s Cash fans, beware: The military discount can’t be combined with other discounts. Read more about the program at (19 Apr 2019)







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