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President and CEO – LtGen Jack Klimp, USMC (Ret) Director of Administration – Mrs.Vicki C. Sumner CFO/Director of Membership Services –
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Legislative Director/PAC – Rick Jones ★ Deputy Legislative Director/Veterans Affairs –
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March/April 2012 Vol. 36 No. 2 e Servicemember’s Voice in Government
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Things Heat Up on the Hill
Proposed NAUS Bylaw Changes NAUS Mailbox
Key Bills in Congress NAUS PAC
NAUS Member’s Letter to Congress Legislative Update
NAUS Briefs: TRICARE News
Military Health System Conference NAUS Briefs: Veterans News
Military Spouse Career Job Fair
25 NAUS Briefs: NAUS News 25 NAUS Retirement System Survey 26 Health Today Q & A Exercise
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On the cover: NAUS Legislative team on the Hill at the Cannon Office building bringing the NAUS message to members of Congress. (from l to r) Legislative Director Rick Jones, Legislative Assistant Tony Kennedy, NAUS President LtGen Jack Klimp and Deputy Legislative Director Mike Plumer.
Purpose of the Association: To protect and enhance the earned benefits of uniformed servicemembers, retirees, veterans, and their families and survivors, while maintaining a strong national defense, and to foster esprit de corps among uniformed services personnel and veterans of the United States, through nonpartisan advocacy on Capitol Hill and with other government oﬃcials.
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President’s Message LtGen Jack Klimp, USMC (Ret)
Things Heat Up on the Hill inter may just be ending, but things have been hot these past two months on Capitol Hill. Right aer the holidays, the President and Secretary of Defense released a new strategic guidance document outlining the nation’s defense priorities. A couple weeks later, the Secretary previewed the 2013 Defense budget along with some of the major impacts. And as I write this message, the President’s 2013 budget request has just been released. I remain gravely concerned about our nation’s defense, and the benefits our servicemembers, veterans and retirees, have earned. Many of these benefits are or will be on the chopping block with the huge defense budget cuts ($600 billion) over the next ten years required by Budget Control Act (the automatic cuts or “sequestration” following last year’s failure to develop a comprehensive deficit reduction plan) – on top of the already-planned $450 billion cuts in defense spending. e 2013 budget is just the beginning. We know there’s going to be a hard look at the military retirement system, with an eye toward “reducing its costs” – which means reducing its value. Even the “good guys” are talking about the need to “reform” and “restructure” the retirement system. Higher TRICARE beneficiary costs, including a new enrollment fee for TRICARE For Life, are on the horizon. Military pay raises are promised to “keep pace” with private sector wage increases, but only until 2015, aer which they will
be lower. Significant troop reductions have been announced for the Army and Marine Corps, and another I remain gravely round of base closures may be started. concerned about Your Legislative our nation’s defense, Director Rick Jones and and the benefits our his team have taken an servicemembers, in-depth first look at the 2013 budget and written veterans and retirees, about some of these and have earned. other important issues in the Legislative Update section of your Journal. Be sure you check that out, and let your elected representatives know how you feel and where you stand. It’s going to be a busy year as we take on these issues. We need a coordinated, cohesive eﬀort on the part of the NAUS headquarters team, our Board of Directors, our Regional Vice Presidents, NAUS Chapters, and all of our members – including you. Together we can and will continue the NAUS mission of promoting a strong national defense and protecting the benefits earned through uniformed service.
As your President, I also need to address an Association governance issue with you. As described in the last Journal, the Association’s Board Governance and Bylaws Committee recommended some changes to the NAUS Bylaws. ese changes are intended to update our organizational structure and bring it in line with current nonprofit “best practices.” e Board has called a Special Meeting of the Association to be held on 18 April 2012, at NAUS Headquarters in Springfield, VA, for the purpose of voting on the proposed amendments to the bylaws. We know only a few members can attend such a meeting, and have printed the proposed amendments in this edition of the Journal for your review, along with a proxy form for you to use to record your vote and assign your proxy to one of three NAUS Members who will be in attendance at this meeting. Please complete and return the proxy form (envelope) insert in this Journal to NAUS by April 2nd so your vote can be counted. If you wish to attend the meeting, please contact Ms. Vicki Sumner at 1-800-842-3451, x1003 for details. ank you so much for your membership and support of the Association.
Uniformed Services Journal March/April 2012
At the November 4, 2011 meeting of the NAUS Board of Directors, the Bylaws and Governance Committee of the Board recommended a number of changes to the Association’s Bylaws. These changes are intended to up-date our organizational structure, bring it in line with current non-profit “best practices,” and better position the Association for compliance with PROPOSED BYLAWS CHANGES emerging Sarbanes-Oxley Act financial management requirements. ®
The first of the major changes recommended designation of the Association’s Treasurer and Secretary as elected Directors rather than professional staff employees hired by and responsible to the President. This change will allow for proper oversight of NAUS operations by the Board.
The second major change is a redefinition of the Executive Committee’s (EXCOM) membership. The current Bylaws prescribe EXCOM membership as 2 – Co-Chairmen; 3 –Vice Chairmen and two other board members. Over the years, NAUS has created a number of standing committees that supervise the full range of NAUS operations. The proposed change designates twoVice Chairmen as Secretary and Treasurer and the third as Chair of the Bylaws and Governance Committee. It adds to the EXCOM the Chairs of the Legislative Affairs and Membership Committees. These changes establish an EXCOM that consists of the actual leaders of the Association.
Finally, the current bylaws provide for presentation and approval of the annual budget in March of the fiscal year, one quarter into the year. It is a responsibility of the President to present a budget before the fiscal year begins and obtain Board approval. The Board should then hold the President accountable for its execution. The third change implements this process.
Several sections of the NAUS Bylaws require amendment in order to make these changes recommended by the Bylaws and Governance Committee. Here are the proposed new bylaws sections, with changes printed in red and underlined, recommended for adoption by the NAUS Board of Directors. Please review the recommended changes, and complete and return the proxy form (envelope) inserted in this edition of the Journal so your vote For or Against the proposed changes may be recorded at a Special Meeting of the Association to consider these changes.
ArticleV. Sec 2. Reflects the new proposed structure of the EXCOM. - Sec. 2. There shall be an Executive Committee (EXCOM) which shall act on behalf of the Board between Board meetings, except that the Executive Committee shall not have the authority to hire, discharge or fix the compensation of Association officers or to undertake any other action assigned to the Board pursuant to these Bylaws.The Committee shall be composed of seven (7) members, including the Co-Chairmen and the threeVice Chairmen. Two of theVice Chairmen will be designated as the Association’s Secretary and Treasurer. The third will be designated the Chair of the Bylaws and Governance Committee. Two additional members of the EXCOM will be the Chairs of the Legislative Affairs and Membership and Development Committees, to provide a total of seven (7).The Executive Committee shall act on behalf of, and be responsible to the Board and shall keep regular minutes of all its meetings, such minutes to be submitted promptly to all members of the Board. Reasonable notice regarding the dates of Committee meetings shall be given to all Committee members and the Committee may act only if a quorum is present, such quorum to consist of four (4) members of the Committee. ArticleV. Sec 5. Provides for submission and approval of the next year’s budget in the fourth quarter of the preceding year. - Sec. 5.The Board shall conduct an annual meeting during the fourth quarter of the calendar year in conjunction with the annual membership meeting during which the annual budget will be presented and approved. The additional (second) meeting, generally consisting of only the Board Executive Committee and Finance Committee, will be held during the second quarter of the calendar year to address any other matters that may come before it. ArticleV, Section 2 of the Bylaws empowers the Executive Committee to act on behalf of the Board. Additional meetings shall be held at the call of the Co-Chairmen or upon request to the Co-Chairmen by either the President, the Executive Committee or by seven (7) members of the Board. The Secretary shall notify the directors at least thirty (30) days before the Board meetings. ArticleVI. Sec 4. Redefines the roles of theVice Chairmen. - Sec. 4.The Co-Chairmen are the head of the association.The senior Co-Chairman presides at Board of Directors meetings.The Co-Chairmen perform such other duties as are specified by the Board.TheVice Chairmen act in the absence of the Co-Chairmen in the order of their seniority asVice Chairmen. Two will be designated Secretary and Treasurer. The third will chair the Bylaws and Governance Committee. ArticleVI. Sec 6. Confirms the Board’s role in supervising the Association’s Secretary. - Sec. 6.The Secretary keeps the association’s minutes, serves as recorder at members’ and Board of Directors’ meetings, processes the association’s correspondence, and performs such other tasks as are appropriate to the office or as the Board of Directors direct. ArticleVI. Sec 7. Confirms the role of theTreasurer and the Board’s role in supervising that position. Sec. 7.The Treasurer, assisted by the Chief Financial Officer, assists in the preparation of the budget, monitors the budget, ensures the Board's financial policies are being followed, reports to the Board of Directors and general membership on finances. ArticleVI. Sec 8. Defines the role of the Chief Financial Officer. - Sec.8. Under the supervision of the President, the Chief Financial Officer has custody of the monies and securities, keeps the financial records, handles receipts and disbursements of funds, has the association’s accounts audited annually by a Certified Public Accountant, presents a financial statement to the membership at each annual meeting, maintains the Association’s membership records, and performs such other tasks as the President directs. The Chief Financial Officer is the custodian of the association’s corporate seal for use as required in the transaction of its functions as a non-profit corporation. ArticleVI. Sec 9. - Renumbered. ArticleVII. Sec 1. - Renumbered. ArticleVII. Sec 2. Identifies the standing committees of the Board of Directors. - Sec. 2. The Standing Committees are the Executive Committee, Finance Committee, the Legislative Affairs Committee, the Membership & Development Committee, and the Bylaws and Governance Committee.
Again, please complete the proxy voting form enclosed in this Journal and return it to NAUS by April 2nd, 2012. If you have any questions, contact the NAUS Director of Administration, Ms.Vicki Sumner. Uniformed Services Journal March/April 2012
NAUS - Working on Behalf of Our Members
I watched with interest a broadcast about DoD raising health care costs, and am again reminded of the valuable service that NAUS provides us retirees - not only with lobbying NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR UNIFORMED SERVICES efforts, but sometimes interpreting proposed legislation for those of us who might not be "in the know." M. Gilbert MSG, USA (Ret) Phoenix, OR
Your support is most appreciated! Please, please keep up the good work! Anonymous comment NAUS Retirement System Survey Thank you for the very fine and strong letter you wrote to the Secretary of Defense on our behalf. K. Stargardt LtCol, USAF (Ret) Richmond, VA I am pleased to know that our retired military leadership [NAUS] still has the guts to speak forcibly and intelligently in defense of our military. A. Traficante LTC, USA (Ret) Murrysville, PA I am not in agreement with your letter to Secretary of Defense Panetta. You are too kind with your words to him. I know that we are supposed to be, "nice" when we write our elected leaders or others in Washington. When have they been "nice" to us retirees? C. Zamorano TSgt, USAF (Ret) Whittier, CA Nothing like this was sent by [another military association] I belong to…already sent my personal letter to Panetta. M. Smith CAPT, USN (Ret) Dunkirk, MD Thank you General Klimp for the letter to Mr. Panetta. I will certainly circulate this NAUS letter regarding military spending. his words. R. Urie CMSgt, USAF (Ret) Lexington, KY
I sincerely appreciate the NAUS mailing address labels. I write a lot of letters and use my NAUS labels on every thing I mail, even packages. I receive a lot of labels from other organizations I support but do not use them because they are not as patriotic. R. Willard CMSgt, USAF (Ret) Boerne, TX When I became a NAUS member there was a convenient link in the e-mails from NAUS that allowed members to click and send messages to their Representative, Senators and the President. J. Smith LtCol, USAF (Ret) Williamsburg, KY NAUS Note: We do still include links like this in the NAUS Weekly Update, and members can also use the convenient NAUS CapWiz feature online (easy to find on the NAUS home page and the menu bar on all the NAUS website pages) to send messages to their elected officials. to see the first Editor’s Note: Assignsweofstart Spring and hopefully
winter is starting to move out, we bring you your March/April Uniformed Services Journal. As you have already read in the President’s Message things are starting to heat up in Congress, as the 2013 Budget is released. In LtGen Klimp’s message, as well as in the Legislative Update in the upcoming pages, we review the budget and how it affects you. Now, as always, we need your help in carrying out the NAUS mission. Please contact your representatives and let them know how you feel. There are many ways you can get involved with your associaton to help NAUS promote a strong national defense and protect the benefits you have earned! Also, in this issue we present proposed NAUS Bylaw changes that we ask you to review and send back the inserted envelope with your For or Against vote as well as your selection of a proxy. This is very important in order to keep NAUS a strong and thriving organization. Please participate as it is your duty as a NAUS Member and thank you in advance. We love to hear your feedback and opinions, so please keep your letters and emails coming to: NAUS Mailbox, 5535 Hempstead Way, Springfield, VA 22151 or to email@example.com. ( Include your hometown and daytime telephone number. Due to space restrictions, not every entry can be published and those that are may be edited to fit.)
Please enjoy this issue of your March/April Uniformed Services Journal! – Tommy Campbell, Managing Editor, USJ Uniformed Services Journal March/April 2012
Key Bills in Congress Bills in the 112th Congress
roughout the 112th Congress, NAUS will identify and track certain bills that address issues important to our members. Over time the list will expand to include newly introduced bills replacing older or less comprehensive bills. We do this because of space limitations. While we support any and all bills that lead towards the achievement of our legislative goals, we place the most emphasis on the more comprehensive bills. Also appearing will be some bills for information purposes to readers interested in the issue so that they can make their position known to their congressional delegations. e Library of Congress provides online information concerning Congress and the legislative process through a website named THOMAS, located at thomas.loc.gov. is is an easy to use tool to help you track bills in which you are interested but we do not list due to space limitations. THOMAS also provides access to other congressional committees for you to do independent research. e dates in each summary generally denote when the bill was introduced.
defense H.r. 24 – (215 Cosponsors), Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-NC), 01/05/11 – Referred to House Committee on Armed Services. Redesignate the Department of the Navy as the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps. H.r.493 – (5 Cosponsors), Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), 01/26/11 – Referred to House Armed Services Committee. To provide for forgiveness of certain overpayments of retired pay paid to deceased retired members of the Armed Forces following their death. H.r. 1003 – (1 Cosponsor), Rep. Don Young (R-AK), 03/10/2011 – Referred to House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee. e Gray Area Retiree, and Surviving Spouses Space-available Travel Equity Act would authorize space-available travel on military aircra for reserve members, former members of a reserve component, and unremarried surviving spouses and dependents of such members and former members. companion Bill: s. 542 – (9 Cosponsors), Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), 03/10/2011. Referred to Senate Armed Services Committee. H.r. 1092 – (24 Cosponsors), Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), 03/15/2011 – Referred to House Committee on Armed Services. e Military Retirees Health Care Protection Act would prohibit increases in TRICARE fees and copays for military health care. H.r. 1285 – (5 Cosponsors), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), 03/31/11 – Referred to House Committee on Armed Services. e Military Health Care Aﬀordability Act would prohibit increases in fees for military health care (TRICARE) before fiscal year 2014. H.r. 1263 – (No Cosponsors), Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA), 03/30/11 – Referred to House Committee on Veterans’ Aﬀairs. Amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide surviving spouses with certain protections relating to mortgages and mortgage foreclosures. 10/13/11 passed by House and sent to Senate for further consideration. H.r. 1540 - (1 Cosponsor), Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA), 4/14/11 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. Passed by House on 5/26/11 and sent to Senate. companion Bill: s.1867 – Passed by Congress on 12/15/11 and signed by the President on 12/31/11. Now Public law 112-81. H. r. 1935 – (7 Cosponsors), Rep. Peter King (R-NY), 05/23/11 – Referred to House Armed Services Committee. e Supply Our Soldiers Act of 2011 would provide for free mailing privileges for personal correspondence and parcels sent to members of the Armed Forces serving on active duty in Iraq or Afghanistan. H.r. 1968 – (15 Cosponsors), Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), 05/24/11 – Uniformed Services Journal March/April 2012
Referred to House Armed Services Committee. Provide for the award of a military service medal to members of the Armed Forces who served honorably during the Cold War. companion Bill: s. 402 – (4 Cosponsors), Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), 02/17/11 – Referred to Senate Committee on Armed Services. s. 67 - (No Cosponsors), Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI), 01/25/11 – Referred to Senate Committee on Armed Services. Permit former members of the armed forces who have a service-connected disability rated as total to travel on military aircra in the same manner and to the same extent, as retired members of the armed forces are entitled to travel on such aircra. s. 68 – (No Cosponsors), Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI), 01/25/11 – Referred to Senate Committee on Armed Services. Authorize certain disabled former prisoners of war to use Department of Defense commissary and exchange stores. s. 472 – (3 Cosponsors), Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), 03/03/2011 - Referred to Senate Committee on Armed Services. e Service Members Permanent Change of Station Relief Act would increase the mileage reimbursement rate for members of the armed services during permanent change of station and to authorize the transportation of additional motor vehicles of members on change of permanent station to or from non-foreign areas outside the continental United States. s.490 – (3 Cosponsors), Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI), 03.03/2011 – Referred to Senate Committee on Veterans’ Aﬀairs. Increase the maximum age for children eligible for medical care under the CHAMPVA program.
flag amendment H.J. res.13 – (66 Cosponsors), Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO), 01/07/11 – Referred to House Subcommittee on the Constitution. A proposal to amend the Constitution of the United States to give Congress the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States. companion Bill: s.J. res. 19 – (30 Cosponsors), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) – Referred to Senate Committee on the Judiciary. A proposal to amend the Constitution of the United States to give Congress the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.
Guard & reserve H.r.152 – (28 Cosponsors), Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), 01/05/11 – Referred to House Armed Services Committee. e National Guard Border Enforcement Act would utilize the National Guard to provide support for the border control activities of the United States Customs and Border Protection of the Department of Homeland Security
Key Bills in Congress Bills in the 112th Congress
H.r.179 - (3 Cosponsors), Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), 01/05/11 – Referred to House Armed Services Committee. Eliminate the requirement that certain former members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces be at least 60 years of age in order to be eligible to receive health care benefits. H.r. 181 – (72 Cosponsors), Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), 01/05/11 – Referred to House Armed Services Committee. e National Guardsmen and Reservists Parity for Patriots Act would ensure that members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces who have served on active duty or performed active service since September 11, 2001, in support of a contingency operation or in other emergency situations receive credit for such service in determining eligibility for early receipt of non-regular service retired pay. H.r. 1283 - (36 Cosponsors), Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA), 03/31/2011 – Referred to House Armed Services Committee. e Reserve Retirement Deployment Credit Correction Act would eliminate the per-fiscal year calculation of days of certain active duty or active service used to reduce the minimum age at which a member of a reserve component of the uniformed services may retire for non-regular service.
mGiB & educational Benefits H.r.472 – (2 Cosponsors), Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK), 01/26/11 – Referred to House Committee on Education and the Workforce. e Impact Aid Fairness and Equity Act would reauthorize the Impact Aid Program under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. H.r.1383 – (11 Cosponsors), Rep. Jeﬀ Miller (R-FL), 04/06/11 Referred to House Committee on Veterans’ Aﬀairs. e Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act would temporarily preserve higher rates for tuition and fees for programs of education at non-public institutions of higher learning pursued by individuals enrolled in the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program of the Department of Veterans Aﬀairs before the enactment of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010. Signed into law as
Pl-112-26 by the President on 08/31/2011.
coast Guard s. 1665 – (2 Cosponsors), Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), 10/6/11 – Referred to Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal years 2012 and 2013.– H.r. 2838 – (1 Cosponsor), Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), 9/2/11 – Referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2011. 11/16/11 Passed full House and sent to Senate.
Health care & medicare H.r.409 – (22 Cosponsors), Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), 01/24/11 - Referred to House Armed Services Committee. e Chiropractic Health Parity for Military Beneficiaries Act requires the Secretary of Defense to develop and implement a plan to provide chiropractic health care services and benefits
for certain new beneficiaries as part of the TRICARE program.
social security H.r. 149 – (3 Cosponsors), Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), 01/04/11Referred to House Ways and Means Committee. e Social Security Beneficiary Tax Reduction Act would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the 1993 increase in taxes on Social Security benefits. H.r.456 – (33 Cosponsors), Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-TX), 01/26/11 – Referred to the House Ways and Means, Education and Workforce Committees. e Consumer Price Index for Elderly Consumers Act would enable the establishment of a Consumer Price Index for Elderly Consumers to compute cost-of-living increases for Social Security benefits. s.123 – (No Cosponsors), Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), 01/25/11 – Referred to Senate Budget Committee. e Social Security Lock-Box Act of 2011 would establish a procedure to safeguard the Social Security Trust Funds.
taxes H.r. 238 – (10 Cosponsors), Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO), 01/07/11 – Referred to House Ways and Means Committee. Military Retiree Health Care Relief Act of 2011 would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a refundable credit to military retirees for premiums paid for coverage under Medicare Part B. s.113 – (1 Cosponsor), Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), 01/25/11 – Referred to Senate Committee on Finance. e Public Servant Retirement Protection Act seeks to repeal the windfall elimination provision and protect the retirement of public servants.
veterans H.r. 23 – (76 Cosponsors), Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA), 01/05/11 – Referred to House Committee on Veterans’ Aﬀairs. e Belated ank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act of 2011 would direct the Secretary of Veterans’ Aﬀairs to establish the Merchant Mariner Equity Compensation Fund to provide benefits to certain individuals who served in the United States merchant marine (including the Army Transport Service and the Naval Transport Service) during World War II. H.r.28 - (No Cosponsors), Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC), 01/05/11 - Referred to House Committee on Veterans’ Aﬀairs. Improve the outreach activities of the Department of Veterans Aﬀairs. H.r.115 – (8 Cosponsors), Rep. Bob Filner (R-CA), 01/05/11 – Referred to House Committee on Veterans’ Aﬀairs. e CHAMPVA Children's Protection Act of 2011 would increase the maximum age to 26 from 23 for children eligible for medical care under the CHAMPVA program. H.r. 329 – (25 Cosponsors), Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA), 01/19/11 - Referred to House Veterans’ Aﬀairs Committee. e Chiropractic Care Available to All Veterans Act would require the provision of chiropractic care and services to veterans at all Department of Veterans Aﬀairs medical centers and to expand access to such care and services. H.r. 814 – (7 Cosponsors), Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA), 02/18/11 – Referred to House Committees on Ways and Means, Energy and Uniformed Services Journal March/April 2012
Commerce, and Veterans’ Aﬀairs. e Medicare VA Reimbursement Act of 2011 would provide Medicare payments to Department of Veterans Aﬀairs medical facilities for items and services provided to Medicare-eligible veterans for non-service-connected conditions. (is is called Medicare Subvention) H.r. 1288 – (99 Cosponsors), Rep. G.K. Butterfield (R-NC), 03/31/11 – Referred to House Committee on Veterans’ Aﬀairs. e World War II Merchant Mariner Service Act would direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to accept additional documentation when considering the application for veteran status of an individual who performed service in the merchant marines during World War II. H.r. 1742 – (24 Cosponsors), Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC), 05/05/11 - Referred to House Veterans’ Aﬀairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial aﬀairs. e Jamey Ensminger Act would direct the Secretary of Veterans Aﬀairs to establish a presumption of service connection for illnesses associated with contaminants in the water supply at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and to provide health care to family members of veterans who lived at Camp Lejeune while the water was contaminated. H.r. 2002 – (3 Cosponsor), Rep. Jason Chaﬀetz (R-UT), 05/26/11 – Referred to House Committee on Armed Services. Permit disabled or injured members of the Armed Forces to transfer Post 9/11 Educational Assistance benefits aer retirement. H.r. 2074 – (7 Cosponsors), Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (RNY), 6/1/11 – Referred to House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. e Veterans Sexual Assault Prevention and Health Care Enhancement Act. 10/5/11 Reported by Committee to full House and placed on calendar for future consideration. H.r. 2349 – (1 Cosponsor), Rep. Jon Runyan (R-NJ), 6/24/11 – referred to House Committee on Veteran’s Aﬀairs. Direct the Secretary of Veterans Aﬀairs to annually assess the skills of certain employees and managers of the Veterans Benefits Administration, and for other purposes. 10/6/11 Reported by Committee to Full House and placed on calendar for future consideration. H.r. 2383 – (No Cosponsors), Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), 06/24/11 – Referred to House Committee on Veterans’ Aﬀairs. e “Modernizing Notice to Claimants Act.” Authorize the Secretary of Veterans Aﬀairs to use electronic communication to provide required notice to claimants for benefits under laws administered by the Secretary. NaUs Note: this would be optional for those veterans who choose to receive electronic communications. H.r. 2433 – (31 Cosponsors), Rep. Jeﬀ Miller (R-FL), 7/7/11 Veterans Opportunity to Work Act of 2011. 10/13/11 Passed by full House and sent to Senate for further consideration. H.r. 3612 – (37 Cosponsors), Rep. Gibson (R-NY), 12/8/11 e Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2011. Referred to House Committee on Veterans Aﬀairs. Clarify presumptions relating to the exposure (to Agent Orange) of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam, and for other purposes. companion Bill s. 1629 (8 Cosponsors), Sen. Gillibrand (D-NY), 9/23/11 - e Agent Orange Equity Act of 2011. Clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans, who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam. H.r. 3662 – (41 Cosponsors), Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA), 12/14/11 - Down Payment to Protect National Security Act Uniformed Services Journal March/April 2012
of 2011. Amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to modify the discretionary spending limits to take into account savings resulting from the reduction in the number of Federal employees. Referred to the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform and the Budget. H.r. 3895 – (1 Cosponsor), Rep. Jeﬀ Miller (R-FL), 2/3/12 Protect VA Healthcare Act of 2012. Amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to clarify that all veterans programs are exempt from sequestration. Referred to House Committee on the Budget. s. 277 – (9 Cosponsors), Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), 02/03/11 – Referred to Senate Veterans’ Aﬀairs Committee. e Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans Act would furnish hospital care, medical services and nursing home care to veterans who were stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C., while the water was contaminated at Camp Lejeune. s. 491 – (13 Cosponsors), Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR), 03/04/11 – Referred to Senate Committee on Veterans’ Aﬀairs. e Honor America’s Guard-Reserve Retirees Act of 2011 would recognize the service in the reserve components of the Armed Forces by members who were never activated for Federal Service during their careers, by honoring them with status as veterans under law. companion Bill: H.r. 1025- (49 Cosponsors), Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN), 03/10/2011 – Referred to House Committee on Veterans’ Aﬀairs. s. 1359 – (5 Cosponsors), Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), 07/13/11 – Referred to Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Honoring Service through National Park Access Act. Make the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass available at a discount to members of the Armed Forces and veterans.
survivors H.r.120 – (10 Cosponsors), Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), 01/05/11 – Referred to House Committee on Veterans’ Aﬀairs. e Disabled Veterans' Surviving Spouses Home Loans Act would provide for eligibility for housing loans guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Aﬀairs for the surviving spouses of certain totally disabled veterans. 10/13/11 Bill language was placed into H. R. 2433 as an amendment and passed by the House and forwarded to the Senate for further consideration. H.r. 178 – (171 Cosponsors), Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), 01/05/11 – Referred to House Committee on Veterans’ Aﬀairs. e Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act would repeal the requirement for reduction of survivor annuities under the Survivor Benefit Plan for military surviving spouses to oﬀset the receipt of veterans Dependency and Indemnity Compensation. companion Bill: s. 260 – (49 Cosponsors), Sen. Bill Nelson (DFL), 2/2/11 - Referred to Senate Armed Services Committee. s. 1852 – (1-Cosponsor), Sen. Jeﬀ Merkley (D-OR), 11/10/11 – Referred to House Committee on Veterans’ Aﬀairs. “Spouses of Heroes Education Act.” Expand the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry scholarship to include spouses of members of the Armed Forces who die in the line of duty
Pay & compensation H.r. 186 – (24 Cosponsors), Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), 01/05/11 – Referred to House Committees on Armed Services, Veterans’ Aﬀairs and Budget. Expand the eligibility for concurrent receipt 7
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of military retired pay and veterans’ disability compensation to include all members of the uniformed services who are retired under chapter 61 of such title for disability, regardless of the members’ disability rating percentage. H.r. 303 - (72 Cosponsors), Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), 01/18/11 – Referred to House Veterans’ Aﬀairs and Armed Services Committees. e Retired Pay Restoration Act would permit additional retired members of the Armed Forces who have a service-connected disability to receive both disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Aﬀairs for their disability and either retired pay by reason of their years of military service or Combat-Related Special Compensation and to eliminate the phase-in period under current law with respect to such concurrent receipt. companion Bill: s. 344 (27 Cosponsors), Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), 2/14/11 – Referred to Senate Committee on Armed Services. H.r. 333 – (146 Cosponsors), Rep. Sanford Bishop (R-GA), 01/19/11 – Referred to House Armed Services and Veterans’ Aﬀairs Committees. e Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act would permit retired members of the Armed Forces who have a service-connected disability rated less than 50 percent to receive concurrent payment of both retired pay and veterans’ disability compensation, to eliminate the phase-in period for concurrent
our 2012 NAUS election survey and NAUS Political Action Committee (NAUS PAC) contribution form will be mailed in mid-June. We hope you will respond and thank you in advance for your generous contributions. The nonpartisan NAUS Political Action Committee provides a way for NAUS members to collectively contribute to the campaigns for members of Congress. NAUS PAC contributes to congressional members who advocate maintaining a strong national defense and support or our uniformed services personnel, our retirees and other veterans, and their families and survivors. With DoD’s continuing verbal attacks on TRICARE costs, defense program cutbacks and deficit reduction pressures that are likely to affect servicemembers and retirees, we must use every tool we have to remind our government leaders that the promises made in return for uniformed service to our country must be kept. Your generous contributions to the NAUS PAC are another effective way to help us win. Whether you can afford to send $100, or just $1, or anything in between, please reply to the NAUS PAC mailing or use the coupon below to send your donation to NAUS PAC.
receipt and to extend eligibility for concurrent receipt to chapter 61 disability retirees with less than 20 years of service. H.r. 1407 – e Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2011 eﬀective December 1, 2011, increases the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans. 11/2/11 House agreed to Senate bill and passed S. 894. 11/09/11 Bill signed by President and became Public law 112-53 s. 696 – (5 Cosponsors), Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) – 03/31/11 – Referred to Senate Committee on Veterans’ Aﬀairs. Treat Vet Centers as Department of Veterans Aﬀairs facilities for purposes of payments or allowances for beneficiary travel to Department facilities.
miscellaneous H.r. 1775 – (52 Cosponsors), Rep. Joseph Heck (R-NV), 05/05/11 – Referred to House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Amend title 18, United States Code, to establish a criminal oﬀense relating to fraudulent claims about military service. companion Bill: s. 1728 – (No Cosponsors), Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), 10/18/11 – Referred to Senate Committee on the Judiciary. “e Stolen Valor Act of 2011.” Establish a criminal oﬀense relating to fraudulent claims about military service.
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President’s 2013 Defense Dept. Budget Request s we go to press, President Barack Obama released his fiscal year 2013 Defense Department spending plan. NAUS does not endorse this budget. We recognize the fiscal situation we face, but one thing has not changed—we continue to face a dangerous enemy and it is important to understand that our defense is the core reason for our national government. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staﬀ, have presented the plan on the annual DoD budget to members of the Senate Armed Services Committee and those of the House Armed Services. In addition, the Pentagon leaders have also delivered testimony to the Congressional defense appropriations panel. Overall, the top controversies initiated under the President’s proposals surround the proposed changes in military health care, force structure and the reduction in the number of soldiers and Marines, and the closure of bases and retirement of aircra, particularly in the Air National Guard and Reserve. And certainly, as the year goes on and more details are revealed, new controversies will arise. In brief, the fiscal 2013 military spending plan submitted to Congress by the President calls for base budget of $525 billion, a reduction of $45 billion from previous projections in the first year. e budget also requests $85 billion for overseas contingency funding. According to the President and the Secretary, the FY2013 military budget begins a reduction of $480 billion over the next decade, called for under the Budget Control Act approved last year. Clearly the Pentagon could do a better job of managing the spending necessary to keep America free at home and prepared for threats from overseas. But our members of
Congress and the Administration need to realize that the defense budget is not the cause of this country’s fiscal woes. If, however, we proceed on the assumption that it is, we jeopardize our security and take an unacceptable risk to our country, our freedom, and our interests around the world. In historic terms, our federal government spends only a small portion on defense. e base budget this year provides less than 3.5 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). During the Cold War defense spending was 7.5 percent of our national economy as expressed by GDP. And at the height of the Reagan buildup in 1986, defense was 6.3 percent. NAUS clearly recognizes that the growing debt threatens our future. However, we also recognize that the nation continues to face serious threats, and it is important to understand that we cannot bury our heads in the sand and wish them away. Defeat is not an option. e lessons learned in experience tell us that the danger of unintentionally creating a “hollow Force” is real. If the United States is to meet the challenges that confront us, it is imperative that we exercise common sense and bring a responsible approach to decisions on public policy. Cutting our budget on the backs of our uniformed services is a burden our country cannot aﬀord and our service personnel, past and present, should not shoulder. Cuts from the defense account include reductions in personnel, health care, weapons procurement, research, military construction and related systems. Let’s take a look at some of the President’s recommendations.
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TRICARE Cost-Share Steeply Increased -
The President’s new budget for fiscal year 2013 and beyond seeks additional increases in beneficiary payments for their earned health care. Retirees under age 65 using TRICARE Prime would see increases ramped up over a four year period and tiered based on military retirement pay. Beginning in 2017, increases in fees would increase by the rate of medical inflation, increases in tiers would increase based on Cost of Living rate. (See table 1) Table 1 – TRICARE PRIME Families (Individual Rates are also Ramped up)
FY2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016 FY 2017
Tier 1, $0-$22,589 $520 Tier 2, to $45,178 $520 Tier 3, and above $520
$600 $720 $820
$680 $760 $850 $893 $920 $1,185 $1,450 $1,523 $1,120 $1,535 $1,950 $2,048
The Pentagon’s TRICARE Standard Healthcare Plan would establish for the first time an enrollment fee. It would ramp up these fees for the first four years and index to medical inflation afterward. Copays would remain at 25 percent. (See Table 2) Table 2 – TRICARE Standard & Extra Family Rate (Individual Rates is 50%)
Annual Enrollment FY2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016 FY 2017
Annual Deductibles FY2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016 FY 2017
The President and Secretary would initiate “modest annual fees” for TFL coverage. Fees would be arbitrarily boosted for the first four years, then based on the rate of medical inflation. Fees would also be tiered on retirement pay with tiers adjusted by annual COLA. (See Table 3) Retired Pay
Tier 1, $0-$22,589 Tier 2, to $45,178 Tier 3, and above
Table 3 – TRICARE for Life (per Individual)
FY2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016 FY 2017
$0 $0 $0
$35 $75 $115
$75 $150 $225
$115 $225 $335
$150 $300 $450
$158 $317 $475
The President’s proposal also boosts pharmacy copays. Prescriptions filled at MTFs would continue at no costs. Mail Order would also see increases. Non-formulary would have limited availability in retail pharmacies in FY 2013 and beyond. Pharmacy Copays
Retail-1month fill FY2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016 FY 2017
Generic Brand Non-Formulary Mail-Order
Generic Brand Non-Formulary
$5 $12 $25
$5 $26 N/A
$5 $28 N/A
$5 $30 N/A
$5 $32 N/A
$5 $34 N/A
FY2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016 FY 2017
$0 $9 $25
$0 $26 $51
$0 $28 $54
$0 $30 $58
$0 $32 $62
$9 $34 $65
Military Personnel – Retirement - The President proposes Congress establish a Commission to review military retirement and compensation. At this time, the Pentagon plan does not propose any changes in retirement for currently serving or retired uniformed services. They would be fully grandfathered. The Commission would follow BRAC procedures that would reform make recommendations, present those changes to the President who would decide whether to forward it to Congress. If forwarded, Congress would have to vote “yes” or “no” without amendments Uniformed Services Journal March/April 2012
Super Committee Stumble Sets Unwise Course for Nation’s Security As readers know, when the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, the so-called Super Committee, failed to come up with a bipartisan plan to cut the nation’s deficit before last anksgiving’s deadline an across-theboard cut was put in place (a sequester) that would mandate hundreds of billions of additional cuts in Pentagon spending. e Super Committee’s inability to reach consensus means that the Budget Control Act’s sequestration provision triggers starting in Fiscal 2013 a cut of more than a half trillion dollars from the Pentagon's budget over the next 10 years on top of the more than $450 billion in reductions the White House already has asked the Defense Department to absorb in its FY 2013 Budget submission. Top oﬃcials in the Administration including Defense Secretary Leon Panetta have called the committee’s failure a disappointing setback for the country. Panetta called the sequester mechanism a “doomsday button,” and he said the additional cuts would “tear a seam in the nation’s defense” and “lead to a hollow force incapable of sustaining the missions it is assigned.” NAUS is already gravely concerned that the President’s budget presents an unacceptable risk to our security and freedom. It is as clear to us as it is to the Secretary that further cuts under a sequester would be catastrophic. (See next article on following page about the introduction of legislation to reverse sequestration cuts.)
Lawmaker Introduce Critical Legislation to Reverse Damaging Sequestration Cuts to Our Military e Down Payment to Protect National Security Act (H.R. 3662), introduced by Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon to reverse damaging sequestration cuts scheduled when the Super Committee failed, has already gained 41 cosponsors in the House of Representatives.
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As introduced, the Down Payment to Protect National Security Act would prevent a further round of cuts, beyond the $465 billion already part of the President’s budget request, from hitting our military as a result of sequestration. H.R. 3662 achieves the first year of savings required in sequestration through attrition in the federal workforce by 10 percent over ten years. As readers know, a sequester mandates a reduction, calling for an “automatic” spending cutback. Unless repealed or revised, current law directs that defense spending would be cut nearly $600 billion on top of the cut already outlined in the President’s budget. 12
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta comments on the risks inherent in sequester. e Secretary has said that under the large reductions of sequestration, “We would have to reduce the size of the military sharply. Rough estimates suggest aer ten years of these cuts, we would have the smallest ground force since 1940, the smallest number of ships since 1915, and the smallest Air Force in its history.” In the Senate, U.S. Senators John McCain, Jon Kyl, Lindsay Graham, John Cornyn, Marco Rubio and Kelly Ayotte have introduced S. 2065, the “Down Payment to Protect National Security Act,” which would replace the devastating cuts under sequester with more responsible, lower priority expenditures. e bill, S. 2065, specifically extends the federal employee pay freeze – first implemented by President Barack Obama – though June 2014, and restricts federal hiring to only two employees for every three leaving, until the size of the federal government workforce is reduced by five percent. According to a January 30 report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Oﬃce, federal employees are compensated 16 percent higher than their private sector counterparts, and enjoy a 48 percent advantage in benefits. In a press release announcing the introduction of the bill the Senators said, “During a time of persistent unemployment, stagnant economic growth, and record deficits, it’s inexcusable that federal employees are being compensated so much more than the taxpayers in the private sector who subsidize those federal benefits.” NAUS agrees that the sequester should be avoided, and we support responsible members of Congress working to revise or repeal the sequester. ere is no credible voice in American politics that suggests the impact of the maximum sequestration would be anything other than devastating for our defense posture and starkly threatening to our national security.
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DoD Budget Cuts and Increasing Costs to Retirees In a late January Pentagon press conference, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staﬀ Gen. Martin E. Dempsey outlined the main areas of proposed DoD spending cuts for the next National Defense Budget. Speaking in broad generalities, the Pentagon leaders outlined some of the proposed cuts in manpower, equipment and operations. While many of the proposals are not new, in fact many have been proposed in previous years, there are a lot of changes. “We believe this is a balanced and complete package,” Panetta said. He said the plan begins to shi the Pentagon’s focus from the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to future challenges in Asia, the Mideast and in cyberspace. More special operations forces will be available around the world, he said, and the Pentagon will stress improvements in cyberdefenses. Of most concern to NAUS are proposals to: •Further increase premiums and fees paid for TRICARE Prime. While this proposal does include a tiered approach based on retired pay, DoD Uniformed Services Journal March/April 2012
says it would increase the fees based on medical inflation costs rather than on COLA increases as mandated in the 2012 NDAA. •Establishing a new enrollment fee for the TRICARE for Life (TFL) program for retirees 65 and older, again using a tiered approach. Most of those now using TFL were promised free healthcare for life if they completed a full career in the military. at promise has already have compromised with having to be enrolled in Medicare Part B to use TFL benefits. Now DoD wants to add a yearly fee, which would increase with inflation, as well as the Part B costs, which also increase with inflation. •Implementing additional increases in pharmacy co-pays in a manner that increases incentives for use of generics and mail order again using a tiered approach. Secretary Panetta said that most of the changes proposed in this budget will not aﬀect active duty personnel or their families and they are also exempting medically retired and survivors of those who died on active duty from all health care changes. DoD will also ask the Congress to establish a commission with BRAC-like authority to conduct a comprehensive review of military retirement in the context of total military compensation. e goal of the commission would be to “recommend changes in order to meet the personnel needs of the DoD in a cost eﬀective manner.” DoD strongly supports protecting the retirement benefits of those who currently serve by grandfathering their benefits. Any reforms should only aﬀect future recruits. e premise that military health care has seen rapid growth is somewhat suspect in light of the recent disclosure that medical inflation, overall, had only increased 3.8 percent in 2008 and 3.9 percent in 2009. DoD totally disregards any promises made or the fact that
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retirees have earned their promised benefits and many count on them to maintain their quality of life. As you know last year NAUS led the fight against the 13 percent increase in TRICARE fees and copays. Now, less than a year later, DoD is once again proposing to raise healthcare fees for all retirees. Maybe now some associations who agreed with DoD last year will rethink their positions. “Camel’s nose under the tent” ring any bells???
VA Funding and Sequestration
Fiscal 2013 Budget Request Cuts Deep into Air Force Under President Obama’s new strategic guidance and his fiscal year 2013 budget recommendation, the Air Force plans to release 9,900 personnel from the force starting next October and cut out nearly 300 aircra through fiscal 2017. e cuts hit both active and reserve strength across nearly every State in the Union. In its fiscal year 2013 budget request, Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley and Chief of Staﬀ Gen. Norton A. Schwartz present an Air Force Budget that would cut 3,900 airmen from active-duty and 5,100 from the Air National Guard and 900 from the Air Reserve. e Air Force budget also looks to reduce its force structure to include cutting 286 planes over the next five years defense plan. e reduction includes more than 200 of those planes to stand down in fiscal 2013 alone — 123 fighters, 133 cargo and transport aircra, and 30 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms. Ground troops in other Services will be amazed to find the plan includes specific cuts in the A-10 aircra, a combat proven aircra essential for close air support in combined arms
House Veterans’ Aﬀairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jeﬀ Miller (R-FL), recently introduced H.R. 3895, the Protect VA Healthcare Act of 2012. e purpose of the legislation is to exempt the Department of Veterans Aﬀairs from any funding cuts that may be proposed in the budget. NAUS applauds Chairman Miller and urge the rest of Congress to quickly agree. Taking care of veterans is a cost of war and there must be suﬃcient funding to continue to take care of those who sacrificed so much in defense of our country. NAUS applauds Chairman Miller, and we urge Congress to cosponsor and to agree with his eﬀorts to protect veterans funding. Taking care of veterans is a cost of war and there must be suﬃcient funding to provide care for sick and disabled veterans who sacrificed their health in defense of our country. CT-1 Chapter President RMCM Paul Dillon USN (Ret) (l) recently met with
Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT2) to discuss and obtain the Congressman support of H.R.3612 Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2011. 13
and stability operations. Gen. Schwartz said, “We’re reducing 102 A-10s, and there’s still going to be 246 A-10s le in inventory.” According to the document, the Air Force plans to retire five A-10 squadrons, while keeping the Air Force bomber group intact to provide support to ground forces. e plan the Air Force presents for fiscal 2013 hits Maryland, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio, Montana, Connecticut and Mississippi. In addition, significant cuts in A-10s will remove 24 from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, 21 from Selfridge Air National Guard Base in
Michigan, 20 from Fort Smith in Arkansas and another 20 from Fort Wayne in Indiana. Meanwhile, planned retirements of 65 of the oldest C-130 cargo aircra will aﬀect 10 bases and force the closure of the Air Reserve Station in Pittsburgh, Pa. Sec. Donley said the Air Force faced diﬃcult decisions in addressing the previously approved $487 billion reduction in DoD spending over the next decade. “ese are tough choices, but this is manageable.” And referring to the possibility of an additional $600 billion sequester he added, “provided there are no further reductions.”
Today, Medicare and Medicaid waste, fraud and abuse cost American taxpayers tens of billions of dollars. That’s why — as Washington looks for ways to reduce federal spending — str eng thening Medic ar e and Med i c a i d program integrity and enforcement must be a top priority. Congressional leaders, the Administration, and community advocates have proposed strong measures to fight Medicare and Medicaid waste, fraud and abuse. This is the right direction, and it should be pursued before any dollar is taken from senior citizens and Americans with disabilities or from the benefits they depend upon. Americans overwhelmingly support program integrity and enforcement reform as a way to protect patients and generate savings. So do we. And so should Congress.
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NaUs Joins “fight fraud first!” coalition NAUS has joined leading health care, senior, veteran and patient groups from across America’s healthcare system in partnering to develop commonsense solutions to target and eliminate fraudulent and abusive spending in Medicare before the Medicare program is eaten by fraud. As a member of the “Fight Fraud First!” Coalition, NAUS is dedicated to advancing solutions that strengthen America’s vital healthcare programs. Recognizing that an estimated ten percent of Medicare and Medicaid funding is lost to waste, fraud, and abuse each year, we are working with other organizations in a united belief that eradicating these payouts must be a first priority toward getting our financial house in order. According to some government estimates, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) made upwards of $70 billion in improper payments last year. While this funding is intended for healthcare services for our nation’s health programs, system flaws are allowing valuable taxpayer dollars to fall in the hands of criminals. Instead of stemming the clear criminality, federal government oﬃcials are looking at taxpayers and retirees to pay more. Already, bipartisan members of Congress have introduced legislation that would deploy increased penalties, novel technologies, and pre-payment review policies to combat fraud. Likewise, proposals have been craed to target aberrant billing practices that will lead to substantial savings without harming seniors who depend on these programs. With a staggering 10 percent of all Medicare and Medicaid and TRICARE dollars lost year-after-year to waste, fraud and abuse, NAUS and the “Fight Fraud First!” group overwhelmingly agree that our government needs to make program integrity Uniformed Services Journal March/April 2012
improvement a top priority. Criminals should be targeted first. We need to stop paying crooks.
In past years, Coast Guard authorization has had diﬃculty moving through the Senate, but this year appears to oﬀer an improved opportunity with Rockefeller and Begich. NAUS now needs our Senate champions to assure that S. 1665 finds an opening for floor time in the Majority Leader’s legislative Jones Caption Jones Caption Jones Caption Jones Caption Jones Caption Jones Caption agenda. Once the Jones Caption Jones Caption Jones Caption Jones Caption Jones Caption Jones Caption Senate works its Jones Caption Jones Caption Jones Caption Jones Caption Jones Caption will, a House-Senate We urge lawmakers and policyconference could be arranged and a final makers to focus on program integrity measure worked out. and reforms that will preserve good Passage is important. Today, the health care and strengthen the Coast Guard performs a diverse misprograms. Fighting fraud first is sion that can be grouped broadly into the right approach, and it’s what three categories—safety, security , and American taxpayers and American stewardship. And it consists of over voters and Uniformed Services 42,000 active duty personnel, 7,000 members expect Washington to do.
Update on Coast Guard Authorization Legislation As readers know, the House passed its version of a Coast Guard authorization bill (H.R. 2838) in November and forwarded it to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for further consideration. In January, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation also acted on its version of the authorization, S. 1665, a two-year authorization bill for the multi-mission operations of the Coast Guard. e House bill, H.R. 2838, would provide a three-year authorization of the Coast Guard’s budget. NAUS applauds Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), chairman of the Coast Guard Subcommittee, and Sen. John Rockefeller (D-WV), chairman of the full Committee, on moving forward.
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reservists, 7,800 civilian employees, and 30,000 auxiliary volunteers. At this point, NAUS is encouraged that a completed authorization bill for fiscal year 2012 or beyond is highly
possible. We will press forward. It looks good, but time is passing and only time will tell.
Expedited Airport Security Processing On January 3, President Obama signed into law the Risk-Based Security Screening for Members of the Armed Forces Act (Public Law 112-86) As enacted, the new law requires coordination between TSA and the Department of Defense in establishing an expedited screening process and clarifies that the TSA Administrator retains the authority to require additional screening for a member of the Armed Forces should intelligence or law enforcement information raise any concerns. NAUS is pleased to see the new law properly recognizes the preciousness of time--nothing more important than time--to the patriotic men and women serving in our armed services, but it does not compromise aviation security. While first ensuring safety, the purpose of the new law is to devise a method to help speed up the screening process for our troops who are in uniform and who are traveling on airplanes while on oﬃcial duty. As our military presence in Iraq winds down, more servicemembers will, thankfully, be coming home. We owe it to them and to all of our servicemembers to do all we can to smooth their travels so that they can get home and into the arms of their families. NAUS agrees with Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, a leading sponsor of the Senate bill, who said, “I think the vast majority of Americans would agree that our military members make sacrifices for our nation every day and have earned the right from a grateful nation to go to the front of the line, when traveling on oﬃcial orders.”
Doctors Frustration Growing on Reimbursement Problems NAUS recently came across results of a survey by the Connecticut State Medical Society that indicates a growing reluctance of doctors to accept Medicare and TRICARE patients. e survey, released January 18, reports that 19 percent of physicians in Connecticut have begun limiting appointments for patients covered by Medicare and TRICARE or have begun to reduce their patient-load with either type of coverage. e Connecticut report strongly suggests a growing frustration in adding more Medicare and TRICARE patients due to the prolonged uncertainty about reimbursement rates and related bureaucratic hassles with Medicare, which diminish the benefit of treating these patients. Reports we have heard from retirees in Texas, California, Florida and other States, with large populations of military retirees, say finding coverage is getting more diﬃcult. is situation does not bode well for all the retirees now reaching or approaching the magic 65 age when the only available medical coverage is TRICARE for Life and Medicare. As we go to press, members of the House and Senate are ready to approve an extension of the “Doc Fix.” NAUS knows there is clear
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and firm bi-partisan support for a solution to this continuing situation. Understanding the situation, NAUS supports a temporary extension but is working with other military and medical associations to find a permanent reimbursement policy. Kicking the can down the road, using temporary fixes, is better than failure, but the uncertainty of the situation is driving doctors and other medical providers to look elsewhere for patients who carry other, more certain, insurance.
NAUS Supports Legislation to Fight “Super Bugs” NAUS has recently been alerted to legislation that would help fight a growing frequency of bacterial infections that have hit our wounded men and women and now spread to civilian hospitals. Traditional medicines, including Penicillin and a host of common antibiotic drugs, are proving less eﬀective and in too many cases ineﬀective at battling these infections. In too many instances, the “super bugs” are resistant to known antibiotics. Unfortunately, drug development has not kept up with the pace of natural bacterial mutation and our wounded and sick are paying the price. e “super bugs” are winning and their infection too oen results in death.
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To address this growing health threat, NAUS is supporting the Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now Act, otherwise known as the GAIN Act. e GAIN Act is introduced in the House by Representatives Phil Gingrey (R-GA), a medical doctor, and Gene Green (D-TX). e bill (HR 2182) at press time has 36 cosponsors. Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) recently introduced a companion bill in the Senate (S.1734) with 7 cosponsors. In summary, the GAIN Act is bipartisan legislation that seeks to spur development of new antibiotics, without putting federal dollars at stake, yet providing a number of market-driven incentives to advance innovation and development. ose in military combat medicine have repeatedly adapted and developed new ways to improve the survivability of those they serve. We do not want to lose them to an untreatable, deadly bug for which no treatment is available. It’s a real-life race against the “super bugs” and we don’t want to lose. We must harness American ingenuity to win and the GAIN Act moves us forward. NAUS encourages its members to express support for the GAIN Act to their elected representatives.
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tricare News tricare Pharmacy Benefits and information Phone Number changes Recently the TRICARE Retail Pharmacy and Home Delivery areas have merged and their phone numbers have changed. TRICARE beneficiaries should now call 1-877-363-1303 for TRICARE Retail Pharmacy and Home Delivery concerns, update information or ask questions about their TRICARE prescription drug benefits. In addition the TRCARE Pharmacy Help Desk number for Pharmacists was also changed. Pharmacists should now call 1-877-363-1304 for information or assistance on questions, billing, or other concerns they may have regarding their TRICARE beneficiaries. TRICARE oﬃcials also note that converting your prescriptions to home delivery over the phone takes about 7 minutes and your first shipment will arrive in roughly 14 days.
tricare dental Program changing Eﬀective May 1, 2012, MetLife will become the dental carrier for the TRICARE Dental Program (TDP). MetLife will begin providing dental coverage to over 2 million family members of uniformed service active duty personnel, members of the Selected Reserve and Individual Ready Reserve, their eligible family members, and Survivors. Beneficiaries will have access to MetLife's network with over 161,000 dentist access points, and this number continues to grow.
tricare Preventive Healthcare services Currently, TRICARE covers clinical preventive services for all TRICARE beneficiaries. ose enrolled in Prime may receive clinical preventive services from their primary care manger or from any network provider without a referral or authorization at no cost. For beneficiaries using TRICARE Standard and Extra, cost-shares apply for all services except screenings for
tricare contact information You can usually find answers to your questions pertaining to your healthcare benefits simply by visiting the TRICARE Web site. But you also have the option of calling the respective contractor for information. Listed below are some of the most commonly requested phone numbers. • Health Net Federal Services (Health Net) . . . . . . . . .(877) 874-2273 • Humana Military Healthcare Systems (HMHS) . . . .(800) 444-5445 • TriWest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(888) 874-9378 • TRICARE Latin America & Canada (TLAC), TRICARE Pacific, and TRICARE Europe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(888) 777-8343 • TRICARE for Life (TFL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(866) 773-0404 • TRICARE Retail/Mail Order Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . . .(877) 363-1303 • TRICARE Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(866) 363-8779 • TRICARE Dental Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(800) 866-8499 • TRICARE Retiree Dental Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(888) 838-8737 • Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System . .(800) 538-9552 • Fraud and Abuse Reporting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(800) 977-6761 18
colorectal cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer and prostate cancer; immunizations; and well-child visits for children under six years of age. TRICARE covers comprehensive health promotion and disease prevention examinations for beneficiaries ages 24 months and older. is coverage includes one comprehensive preventive clinical evaluation and a follow-up during the following age intervals: 2-4, 511, 12-17, 18-39, 40-64.
Historic low in Health expenditure According to the annual report of national health expenditures (NHE), published in the January issue of the journal Health Aﬀairs, U.S. healthcare spending experienced historically low rates of growth in 2009 and 2010 Analysts at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) report that the increase in spending for 2009 represents the lowest rate of increase in the entire 51-year history of the NHE. e low rate of growth reflects lower utilization in health care than in previous years. e report notes that U.S. health care spending grew only 3.9 percent in 2010, reaching $2.6 trillion or $8,402 per person, just 0.1 percentage point faster than in 2009. As you know NAUS led an eﬀort last year to thwart the 13 percent increase in TRICARE Prime premium costs that went into eﬀect on October 1. Unfortunately this was unsuccessful due to a schism in veterans organizations and military associations that led to disagreement in whether to agree with the increase or fight it. As can now be seen the 13 percent increase was 3-times the actual rate of increase in expenditures.
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tricare summary of Benefits With changes in TRICARE fees, copays and deductibles, TRICARE beneficiaries may have questions about recent changes. TRICARE published an eight page guidebook, “TRICARE: Summary of Beneficiary Costs.” Recently updated in November, the guidebook provides an overview of the costs associated with stateside TRICARE program options and TRICARE pharmacy and dental benefits. It contains cost information about copayments, cost-shares, deductibles, enrollment fees, premiums, catastrophic caps and is organized by program option, beneficiary type, and service/benefit. Contact information is also included. Contact your regional TRICARE contractor customer service support representative to request a copy of this guidebook.
a Number of vaccines available at tricare authorized Pharmacies TRICARE has expanded the number of preventive vaccines covered within its retail pharmacy network. Some of the approved vaccines include, shingles vaccine, seasonal flu vaccines, as well as the H1N1 flu and pneumococcal vaccines. is expanded program also covers immunizations for measles, mumps, and a number of other preventable illnesses. Beneficiaries should check ahead before making a trip to the pharmacy to make the pharmacy is authorized to oﬀer the requested vaccine(s) and that the vaccine is in stock, as some may be in short supply. For more information call 1-877-363-1303.
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2012 Military Health System Conference
In late January, NAUS legislative director Rick Jones attended the Military Healthcare System (MHS) Leadership Conference held this year at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center at National Harbor, MD. More than 3,000 military and civilian medical professionals attended the Defense Department’s premier health conference. Dr. Jonathan Woodson, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and Director of TRICARE Management Activity opened the conference event by thanking military perJones Caption Jones Caption Jones Caption Jones Caption Jones Caption Jones Caption Jones Caption Jones Caption sonnel for their commitment to military Jones Caption Jones Caption Jones Caption Jones Caption medicine. He commended all attendees Jones Caption Jones Caption Jones Caption Jones Caption for working to achieve a historically high survival rate for those wounded in combat and the lowest non-battle injury or disease casualty rates in history. Woodson also outlined four main priorities in the coming year. “We must begin to plan for how our system will operate in the future and the long term.” He highlighted that patient-centered medical care, reducing the use of tobacco products and obesity in the military community, patient safety and innovation were all important factors in patient care. In addressing healthcare costs, Woodson did not mention TRICARE fee increases, instead he stressed the need to slow costs through a more agile, innovative system. He also emphasized the need to engage with other federal health agencies, especially with the Department of Veterans Affairs, to improve health outcomes. Unfortunately, he fronted for the Pentagon saying that restructuring the medical system or, in fact, eliminating headquarters would “hardly make a dent in overall costs.” Also during the opening plenary session, Dr. Jo Ann Rooney, Acting Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness, reiterated many of Dr. Woodson’s points stressing the importance of developing an “agile, flexible” strategy ready to meet the challenges ahead and working to incorporate new advances in medical technology. She told the audience that there are difficult decisions ahead on everything from compensation to force structure. “It will be hard but must be done together,” she said. Perhaps the most NAUS interesting observation, however, is the simple fact that the annual leadership gathering has changed dramatically from times only a few short years ago when NAUS and other service advocates had a larger role in the conference as did congressional staff from the House and Senate Armed Services Committees. In fact, the conference once carried the word "TRICARE" in the title. The main emphasis has shifted to focus more directly on medical professionals and active duty issues. Nothing massively wrong with that, it should be a strong focus. But advocacy for military retirees who earned the benefit seems now to play little to no role in the conference. NAUS certainly agrees that, yes, the focus needs to be on wounded warriors, their care, and health readiness of the force. The TRICARE reason for the conference has not necessarily been hijacked, but there should be room for issues affecting the retiree community, after all, they make up a large portion of the patient load. 19
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the past two years have led to a dramatic decline in the number of recruits with febrile upper respiratory infections. e infection rate dropped from a 2010 high of 93 cases per week down to 11 cases per week in the first month of 2012. Due to the close quarter’s conditions of basic training squad bays illness can spread quickly and result in missed training days for recruits. If too many are missed they can be dropped from training which will delay their graduation and the time spent in medical recovery cost the government money. is two-pill vaccination costs a total of $222 per recruit and Navy oﬃcials cite its ability to reduce febrile upper respiratory infections by 89.5 percent and allowing more recruits to graduate without medical delays as well worth the price tag. is vaccine is not currently available to the general public, but was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for recruits entering basic training. Even so, Defense health oﬃcials acknowledge that any long-term outcomes must still be monitored.
fda Warns of Possible drug mix-Up e Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning that pills, tablets, or caplets of Percocet and eight other opioid products may have been mixed up. e other products include Opana ER CII, Opana CII, Percodan CII, Oxymorphone hydrochloride CII, Endocet CII, Endodan CII, Morphine sulfate ER CII, and Zydone CIII. A listing on the FDA website is augmented by a more complete list of strength and a guide to colors, shapes, and markings of the aﬀected products by their manufacturer, Endo Pharmaceuticals, here. While the odds a drug mix-up are low, individuals with new prescriptions 20
or refills of these medications should look for any pills diﬀerent in size, shape, color, or markings from their standard medication or if the medications are diﬀerent from others within their container. If you notice irregularities like this, the FDA advises that you return them to the pharmacy. e FDA has instructed pharmacists to visually inspect opioid drugs that may be aﬀected by this packaging error. NAUS urges you to talk with your pharmacist to ensure you receive the proper medicine.
coast Guard and tricare south launch Urgent care Pilot Program Beginning January 1, 2012, the Coast Guard (CG) and TRICARE South began a pilot program for active duty CG members and their families enrolled in TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Prime Remote within the TRICARE South region. is program will hopefully decrease emergency room costs, increase access to care and improve patient satisfaction. Eligible CG TRICARE beneficiaries unable make an appointment with their Primary Care manager for urgent care may visit a TRICARE South network urgent care provider. ey may visit these urgent care providers up to four times between Jan. 1, 2012, and Sept. 30, 2012, and four times between Oct. 1, 2012, and May 1, 2013. If the provider at the urgent care center asks for a follow-up visit, the follow up visit will be counted as an additional visit. For additional information go to the Coast Guard demo site http://www.humana-military.com/urgentcaredemo/.
veterans News New Benefits Handbooks Beginning the first week in February, the VA began mailing a personalized
Veteran Health Benefits Handbook to all veterans that are enrolled in VA health care. e new handbooks are tailored specifically for each veteran and provide detailed information about the VA health services the veteran may be eligible to receive. e Veteran Health Benefit Handbook provides answers to common questions such as contact information for the Veteran's local facility, instructions on how to schedule appointments, guidelines for communicating treatment needs and an explanation of the veteran's responsibilities, such as co-pays, if applicable. Veterans enrolled in VA healthcare will receive their personalized handbooks via mail as part of a national rollout campaign based on Priority Group, beginning with Priority Group 1 and ending with Priority Group 8. In the near future, VA will develop an online version of the handbook for Veterans to access via MyHealtheVet. is will allow Veterans to access their up-to-date health benefit information anywhere, anytime. e VA estimates it will take around 16 months to get the handbooks to everyone. Go to http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/assets/documents/publications/faq_veterans.pdf for additional information about the Veterans Health Benefits Handbook or call VA at 1 877-222-VETS (8387).
small Business Boot camp e Small Business Administration (SBA) and Syracuse University are expanding the successful Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program to an eighth school, Cornell University. Since inception of the program, more than 320 wounded warriors have graduated and more than 150 businesses have been launched by graduates. Participating schools Uniformed Services Journal March/April 2012
include Syracuse University, University of Connecticut, UCLA, Florida State University, Texas A&M University, Purdue University, Louisiana State University, and Cornell University. To find out how to participate, visit the EBV Foundation Website http://www.ebvfoundation.org/ .
secretary of the Navy outlines New standards for the Purple Heart medal Recently, due to advances in the diagnosis and treatment of mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI), the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) updated the standards and procedures for the awarding of the Purple Heart Medal. Sailors and Marines may be awarded the Purple Heart for certain mild traumatic brain injuries that were caused by direct or indirect enemy actions with intent to kill or maim. ose who suﬀered a loss of consciousness or were “not fit for full duty” by a medical oﬃcer for more than 48 hours aer a concussive event may qualify for the Purple Heart Medal. e SECNAV stated that Purple Heart Medals awarded for MTBI will continue to meet the historical standards of severity applied to all types of wounds, ensuring the prestige and integrity of one of the U.S. military’s most recognized wards is maintained.
deadline extended for Gulf War veterans With Undiagnosed illness VA has recently announced that veterans of the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War now have five additional years to qualify for benefits tied to undiagnosed illnesses related to their military service. Possible exposure to chemical weapons, environmental hazards and
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vaccinations are among the possible causes of illnesses reported by veterans who served in the Persian Gulf during this period. e deadline to apply for medical and possible disability benefits was extended to Dec. 31, 2016. Veterans or survivors who believe they may qualify for benefits should contact the VA at 1-800-827-1000.
atomic veterans Atomic Era veterans with “presumptive” cancer due to radiation exposure as a result of military service are eligible for disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Aﬀairs (VA). ese same veterans may be eligible for a separate disability compensation program administered by the Department of Justice (DOJ). Under federal law, an Atomic Era Veteran is defined as a veteran who participated in above ground nuclear test from 1945 to 1962; was part of the US military occupation forces in or around Hiroshima and Nagasaki before 1946; or, in certain cases, was held as a POW in or near Hiroshima or Nagasaki. If you think you are an Atomic Era veteran you can call 1-800-827-1000 for more information and to contact your local VA Medical Center for a registry examination. You can also call the DOJ for more information on its compensation program at 1-800-729-7327.
va disability claims and Paperless Processing On Tuesday, the House Veteran Aﬀairs’ Subcommittee on Disability Assistance held a hearing where Tom Murphy, Director of the Compensation and Pension service for the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), outlined plans for the near future for VA to rollout an electronic Claim for Disability. It will be available through
News Briefs (cont.) VONAPP Direct Connect (VDC), VA’s online e-benefits site. Filling out the claim will be similar to filling out an online tax return that prompts the user for answers. e VBA estimates it will take an average of 30-45 minutes to complete a claim. At the same time anyone initiating a claim will be able to submit any private records or documentation, which will be added to the claim. Murphy stated that this ability to electronically file a claim would take months oﬀ the average claim time.
tax relief to spouses of disabled veterans in texas ousands of spouses of totally disabled veterans in Texas now qualify for significant property tax relief under a law which took aﬀect January 1. Texas law already exempts veterans who are declared 100 percent disabled because of combat injuries or other service-related causes from paying property taxes on their home. As of Jan. 1, that “homestead exemption” also applies to a spouse aer the veteran dies. Texas has about 300,000 disabled veterans, and nearly 25,000 of them are designated as 100 percent service-related disabled, according to Texas Veterans Commission member and NAUS Board of Directors Co-Chairman Bob Larson.
va expands mobile vet center fleet On Wednesday, the VA deployed 20 additional Mobile Vet Centers to increase access to readjustment counseling services for Veterans and their families in rural and underserved communities across the country. “Mobile Vet Centers allow VA to bring the many services our Vet Centers oﬀer veterans to all communities, wherever they are needed,” said VA Under Secretary for Health Robert A. Petzel.
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ese customized vehicles, which are equipped with a confidential counseling space and a state of the art communication package, travel to communities to extend VA’s reach to
veterans, service members and their families, especially those living in rural or remote communities. e vehicles also serve as part of the VA emergency response program.
Largest Military Spouse Career Job Fair to Date, Held in Washington, DC
Employment of our military spouses is one of the many key elements in the quality of life of our servicemembers and their families. In early January, NAUS legislative assistant Tony Kennedy attended a US Chamber of Commerce hosted Military Spouse Career Forum at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Turnout for the military spouse job fair exceeded expectations with roughly 1,000 military spouses registered for the event and another 200 walk-ins. The affair marked the largest job fair and career forum dedicated solely to military spouses. Spouses had the opportunity to receive on-site advice on resume writing and job interview skills. Workshops were also available to help spouses network and highlight their experiences to prospective employers. Nearly 100 prospective employers attended this event and conducted on-site interviews. Laura Dempsey, a senior advisor of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes program, noted that military spouses move an average of nine times over the course of their servicemember’s career. During this period spouses often struggle not only with the stress of taking care of their family, but with their career as well. Licensure and certifications are typically State-level functions. Clearly, States are concerned to ensure that each person licensed in their State for duties such as EMTs, nurses, or related medical professions are well qualified. Though training and significant job skills don’t change when a move occurs, licensing and certification requirements oftentimes are not readily accepted from State-to-State. Currently eleven States have enacted legislation to reduce the licensing or certification process for some military spouses and another twenty-eight are considering Tony Caption Tony Caption Tony Caption Tony Caption Tony legislation related to these issues. But job Tony Caption Tony Caption Tony Caption Tony Caption fairs and legislation alone are not the only Caption Tony Caption Tony Caption Tony Caption Tony Caption Tony Caption Tony Caption Tony Caption Tony Caption Tony Caption remedies for increasing employment for military spouses. According to the Military Spouse and Business Association (MSBA), the number of military spouses that own a small business or are self-employed is nearly ten percent. Several military spouse small business and entrepreneurship organizations were on hand to give spouses advice and contact information on setting up a small business. This is one area that has seen progress over the years. Rikki Winters the director of operation for MSBA said, “Due to the frequent moves [military] spouses often make, they may want to consider setting up their own small business that allows them to work from home and minimize disruptions that accompany a PCS move.” For additional information and assistance, visit the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) Career Portal on spouse education and career opportunities at https://msepjobs.militaryonesource.mil/ . MSEP is part of DoD’s broader initiative aimed at strengthening spouse employment. MSEP currently has 96 partners, who have hired more than 10,000 military spouses. 22
In fiscal year 2011, Mobile Vet Centers participated in more than 3,600 federal, State and locally sponsored veteran-related events. During the announcement event Under Secretary Petzel also announced that Farber Specialty Vehicles, which built all 70 of the Mobile Centers, recently won a competitive bid to produce 230 emergency shuttle vehicles for VA over the next five years. e shuttles will provide routine transportation for veteran patients in and around various metro areas during normal operations, but convert to mobile clinics that will facilitate the evacuation of patients and their care teams during disasters and emergencies. e 20 new mobile Vet Centers will be based at Birmingham, Alabama; San Diego, California.; Atlanta, Georgia.; Western Oahu, Hawaii; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Evanston, Illinois.; Indianapolis, Indiana.; Baltimore, Maryland.; Pontiac, Michigan.; and Kansas City, Missouri., Jackson, Mississippi.; Greensboro, North Carolina; Lakewood, New Jersey; Reno, Nevada; Stark County, Ohio; Lawton, Oklahoma; Ponce, Puerto Rico; Nashville, Tennessee; Washington County, Utah; and Green Bay, Wisconsin.
New emergency care Guidance e VA recently announced a change in regulations regarding payments for emergency care provided to eligible veterans in non-VA facilities. “is provision helps ensure eligible veterans continue to get the emergency care they need when VA facilities are not available,” said Secretary of Veterans Aﬀairs Eric K. Shinseki. e new regulation extends VA’s authority to pay for emergency care
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provided to eligible veterans at non-VA facilities until the veterans can be safely transferred to a VA medical facility. More than 100,000 veterans could be aﬀected by the new rules, at a cost of about $44 million annually. VA operates 121 emergency departments across the country, which provide resuscitative therapy and stabilization in life-threatening situations. ey operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. VA also has 46 urgent care units, which provide care for patients without scheduled appointments who need immediate medical or psychiatric attention. For more information about emergency care in non-VA facilities, visit this VA website http://www.nonvacare.va.gov/
PdBr We remind you that the Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) is still in existence and is looking for more veterans. e PDBR was formed to revise the status of veterans who were medically discharged with less than 30 percent disability ratings from Sep. 11, 2001, through Dec. 31, 2009. Of 77,000 veterans, who have the opportunity to apply for a review, fewer than 4,000 have done so. At this time, nearly 45 percent of cases reviewed have resulted in an increased disability rating or have been awarded medical discharges versus service separation. When Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO.) was made aware of the situation he urged the VA to make a greater eﬀort to contact those who may have their cases reviewed. Starting in January the VA working with the PDBR began a phased mailing of information packets to every qualified veteran with a current home address on file at VA. If you believe you may be one of the veterans who can apply for a review you need not wait for a letter. You can Uniformed Services Journal March/April 2012
apply now. For more information email PDBRPA@afncr.af.mil, http://www.health.mil/About_MHS/ Organizations/MHS_Oﬃces_and_ Programs/PDBR.aspx or write to: PDBR intake unit SAF/MRBR 500 C Street West, Suite 41 Randolph AFB, Texas 78150-4743
dental for survivors is new program went into eﬀect on Nov. 1, 2011. It sets up dental coverage for surviving family members of military members who died on active duty. It also applies to members of the Guard & Reserve. Highlights of the program include: 1.Survivors do not need to have prior enrollment in the TRICARE Dental Program (TDP) at the time of the sponsor’s death to receive the TDP Survivor Benefit. In the past, enrollment was required to be eligible for benefits. 2.Surviving children are eligible to receive survivor benefits through the end of the month in which they turn age 21, or 23 if enrolled in a full-time accredited college or university. Incapacitated children are eligible to receive TDP coverage for the greater of: 1) three years from the sponsor's date of death, 2) the date which the dependent turns 21, or 23 if enrolled in a full-time accredited college or university. is is an increase in coverage from the three years children received prior to legislation. 3.Eligible surviving family members not enrolled in the TDP at the time of the sponsor's death will be notified by the government of their eligibility for enrollment in the TDP. e surviving spouse, parent, or dependent 18 years of age or
News Briefs (cont.) older may complete the enrollment process for the TDP Survivor Benefit to take eﬀect.
more ships added to va vietnam ship list e VA has updated the list of US Navy and Coast Guard ships that operated in Vietnam. It added 47 more vessels and expanded information for others. is list can help Vietnam-era veterans find out if they qualify for presumption of Agent Orange exposure when seeking VA disability compensation for herbiciderelated diseases. To view this updated list, visit the VA ship list at http://www.public health.va.gov/exposures/agent orange/shiplist/list.asp or call 1-800-749-8367 (press option 3) for more information. NaUs Note: If your ship is still not listed we still encourage you to apply for health care and benefits. e VA is adding ships as evidence becomes available to confirm the locations of ships. Your application for benefits could be the catalyst that allows your claim and that of many of your shipmates.
veterans Win class action lawsuit A federal judge recently approved a settlement in a class action lawsuit that will deliver better benefits to roughly 2,100 veterans who were medically discharged since 2002 with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Another 2,200 potentially aﬀected veterans opted out of the class-action lawsuit and might take individual legal action. From December 2002 to October 2008, the US military medically discharged roughly 4,300 service members with PTSD and disability ratings below 50 percent. Aer congressional
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pressure, in 2008, the DoD agreed to grant 50 percent disability ratings to those diagnosed with PTSD in the future.
va aid and attendance e VA Aid and Attendance (A&A) allowance provides benefits for veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance
of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing and undressing or taking care of the needs of nature. It also encompasses individuals who are blind or in a nursing home due to mental or physical incapacity and oﬀers eligibility for assisted care in an assisting living facility. Due to the COLA increase the A&A rates have increased for 2012:
- Surviving Spouse: 2012 Rate/Month = $1,094 (increase of $38/month) - Single Veteran: 2012 Rate/ Month = $1,704 (Increase of $60/month) - Veteran + One Dependent: 2012 Rate/Month = $2,020 (Increase $71/month)
VA Career Expo
On January 18, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) sponsored a Veterans Career Fair and Expo in Washington, DC, to help veterans find work and to address the high level of veterans unemployment. The goal of is to bring employers and potential employees together. As the business community has discovered, our veterans and current service members are proven leaders. They understand ny aption Toaption C y n o diversity and teamwork, are physically fit and drug-free. T tion yC Tony CapTony Caption Ton n Tony n o ti p a C o They carry a can-do attitude and are on-time, all the time. ny Capti tion Tony y Caption Tony CapTony Caption Ton n Tony Caption To They are valuable candidates who can bring employers the o n ti o p Capti tion Tony Ca assistance they need for manpower. Tony Cap However making these assets known to a potential employer can be difficult since most job application processes are on-line and often use automated algorithms. This can create a barrier that even the most experienced combat engineer cannot breech. What separated this event from most job fairs was the opportunity for veterans to receive on-site coaching in resume making and preparation for on-site interviews with both federal and private sector employers. Some private employers were looking to hire qualified veterans on-the-spot and even some federal agencies had on-site hiring authority, unusual for the federal government. The VA estimates that 4,100 veterans attended the January Expo; 2,600 on-site interviews were conducted with federal and private sector hiring managers; and, 500 veterans walked away with job offers. This VA Career Fair also offered many veterans the opportunity to VA programs and benefits with government officials present at the event. Veterans received advice and answers to questions about Post-911 GI Bill benefits, health care, VA home loans and many more. Roughly 700 veterans signed up for MyHealthVet and eBenefits, programs designed to manage health and benefits data. While both the civilian and veterans unemployment rate needs to be reduced even further, the VA plans to conduct more VA career Expos and other job fairs across the country to combat veterans unemployment. To assist veterans in finding meaningful employment, NAUS encourages VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to continue his push on veterans employment as one of his top priorities. NAUS also recommends that veterans looking for employment take a look at DoD’s Hero to Hired (H2H) Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program. Under this program, job seekers have access to great features to search for jobs, explore career paths, translate their military skills into matching jobs, find training and education resources and become involved with the job market. Visit www.H2H.jobs/ for unlimited free job postings and related information.
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senate veterans Jobs caucus NAUS is working with a number of other major military organizations to support Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) in forming a Senate Veterans Jobs Caucus. NAUS is pleased to add our name to the Senators’ positive focus on veterans employment and thanks Sens. Manchin and Kirk for their support of our veterans. e caucus will hold: • Monthly meetings at the staﬀ level to share information on veterans employment initiatives. • Monitor veterans employment issues by working with constituents, government and service organizations to help provide solutions. • Work with local, State and national employers on an “I Hire Veterans” program.
NaUs News sam’s club oﬀers Gift card In appreciation of your service to our country, Sam's Club® is oﬀering a $15 Sam's Club Gi Card to military personnel when you join or renew as a Sam's Club Member. You must present a valid military ID to the Member Services Desk of your local Sam's Club. Upon payment, you will receive a $15 Sam's Club Gi Card. Only one oﬀer per primary Membership. Oﬀer cannot be combined with any other Membership oﬀers. Gi Card may not be used to pay for Membership. Oﬀer valid for active and retired military and civilian military employees and their spouses. NaUs Note: Publishing of this oﬀer does not imply an endorsement of Sam’s Club by NAUS. ®
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If it Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It!
Members Respond to NAUS Retirement System Survey
Thousands of members responded to our Military Retirement System Survey included in our NAUS return address labels mailings late last fall and in January. In general, the “If it Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It” headline above – a comment received on several survey responses – sums up the attitude of the vast majority of NAUS members. Nearly three quarters – 73 percent – of members oppose any changes at all to the military retirement system. And while a little more than 20 percent of members did agree the door should be open to some changes (four percent were “not sure” whether to make changes or not), not even one tenth of one percent of members agreed that a major reform is needed.
NAUS Retirement System Survey Results:
Do you agree or disagree with these potential changes to the Military Retirement System?
Do you agree or disagree with these potential changes to the Military Retirement System?
Delaying start of retired pay until later age,imilar to current Guard/Reserve retirement system
Relying on 401K type of program with government matching contributions instead of pension
Thank you to all members who responded to the survey.
Your answers help shape our legislative agenda.
Health Today Q&A
Dr. Joyce M. Johnson,
RADM, USPHS (Ret), DO, MA
& Mr. James A. Calderwood, Jr.
Why should I exercise? Exercise is important to maintain health. Exercise has many positive benefits on the heart and circulatory system – it increases the blood flow to the heart and strengthens the cardiac muscle, lowers blood pressure, and helps to prevent many cardiovascular diseases. Exercise helps to convert fat to muscle. Since muscle, even at rest, uses more calories than fat, increasing muscle mass increases one’s overall metabolism. Further, muscle is much more condensed than fat – two pounds of muscle takes the same space as one pound of fat. Thus, just by changing fat to muscular tissue helps one reach appearance goals. Probably the most important, and often forgotten, reason to exercise is that it helps us with all of our activities of daily life. Someone in “good shape” has the balance and strength to climb a tall ladder to change a light bulb high in the ceiling, can run further and faster to catch a bus or airplane, can compete in a game of golf or tennis. The more physically fit one is, the more opportunities in daily life throughout the life cycle.
How do I start an exercise program? There are many sources of help in developing an exercise program. Books and DVDs are available, gym memberships often include assessments, or one can hire a personal trainer. You can also make an exercise plan yourself. First, assess your general level of fitness and make a list of the activities you enjoy. From that develop a progressive plan that adds more exercise every week. The important thing is to begin slowly, increase gradually, but be consistent! The Pentagon Channel has a program, “Fit for Duty” that is available on the internet at www.pentagonchannel.mil. Start slowly, but by working every day, you’ll be surprised at how your abilities grow. Before beginning an exercise program, a quick check-up from your health care provider is a good idea. What should an exercise program include?An exercise program should be comprehensive, and include activities that develop various aspects of fitness – “cardio”, strength, flexibility, and balance and coordination. What is “cardio”? “Cardio” exercises increase heart rate, and also the strength and endurance of the heart muscle. Cardio includes running, lap swimming, cycling, jump-roping, stair climbing and other “active” exercises. With your health care provider’s concurrence, cardio exercise progression is often designed to reach your maximum heart rate, measuring heart rate during and after exercise. What is strength exercise? Strength and resistance training develops muscles and bones in both the “core” (abdomen, back, and pelvis) and extremities (arms and legs). Examples are crunches for the core and abdomen, pushups and pull-ups for the arms, and leg lifts for the lower extremity. What is flexibility? Increasing flexibility increases the range of motion. A simple example is “toe touching”. Many yoga exercises also focus on flexibility. Flexibility exercise improves posture and general appearance. What are balance and coordination exercises? Though you may not be a tightrope walker, balance and coordination are important for everyone. Balance and coordination exercises include a wide range of activities from standing with feet together and eyes closed (make certain you have a “spotter” to catch you the first time you try this) to turning somersaults on a balance beam. What should I remember? The most important things to remember about an exercise program: everyone should exercise; start slowly and progress according to your ability; do some exercise every day. Try to incorporate exercise into your daily activities – walk, use stairs, and add activities like biking to work and yardwork to your exercise program. 26
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DOWNLOAD 1.7% Pay Raise Proposed for 2013
The President's FY2013 budget request includes a 1.7 percent raise in basic pay for servicemembers. According to plans announced by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in a meeting at the end of January, future pay raises would continue to rise at the same pace as private-sector wage growth - until 2015. Then pay would continue to rise, but at a slower rate. New Nominee for Under Secretary of Personnel & Readiness
Ms. Erin Cathleen Conaton, 41, current Under Secretary of the Air Force, has been nominated by the President to be the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness - USD(P&R), a position most recently held by Dr. Clifford Stanley, LtGen, USMC (Ret). USD (P&R) is responsible for advising the Secretary of Defense on recruitment, career development, pay and benefits, and military readiness. This includes oversight of the Defense Health System and programs, commissaries and exchanges, Defense Education Activity, the Defense Equal Oppor tunity Management Institute, the Military Entrance Processing Command, and the Travel System. The USD is also responsible for training, health affairs, National Guard and Reserve affairs, personnel requirements for weapons support, and military family matters. Before being appointed as Under Secretary of the Air Force in 2010, Ms. Conaton served on the House Armed Services Committee professional staff since 2001, and as staff director since 2007.
Budget Cuts to Shrink Army and Marine Corps
Under the $487 billion, 10-year Defense budget cuts announced by the Administration, the Army would shrink from 547,000 active duty soldiers to 490,000 by 2017. The Marine Corps would be cut from 202,000 active duty Marines to 182,000. That still leaves about 8,000 more soldiers and 10,000 more Marines than before 9/11, but the cuts could even be deeper if even steeper Defense budget cuts are made.
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DoD Launches New Website for Kids
A new Defense Department website was launched for children experiencing the challenges of military deployments. The interactive Military Kids Connect website www.Militar yKidsConnect.org - was created by psychologists at the DoD's National Center for Telehealth and Technology. It's designed to help children of deployed parents cope with the stress, changing responsibilities, and concern for the safety of their parents. The center developed the website with informative videos, educational tools, and games and activities for three age groups:Youth, ages 6 to 8;Tween, ages 9 to 12; and Teen, ages 13 to 17.The site features monitored online social network forums for the groups to safely share their experiences with deployments.
First Woman Four-star General for Air Force Named
President Obama nominated LtGen Janet C. Wolfenbarger, USAF, to become the Service's first ever woman four-star general. Wolfenbarger, a 1980 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, is currently the Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition. She oversees research and development, testing, production and modernization of Air Force programs worth more than $40 billion a year. Before her current assignment, she was the vice commander, Air Force Materiel Command, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. Her promotion requires Senate confirmation.
Combat Pay Changes
Imminent danger pay is now paid only for actual days spent in hazardous areas (officially defined as â€œplaces where members are subject to the threat of physical harm or imminent danger because of civil insurrection, civil war, terrorism or wartime conditionsâ€?). Previously, a servicemember received the pay monthly - $225 per month - for spending any amount of time, even one day, in an area denoted as hazardous. The change was part of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which required the Defense Department to pay servicemembers imminent danger pay only for the time they spend in areas that qualify for the pay. Servicemembers will now receive $7.50 per day for days spent in these zones. The change will require personnel traveling to the zones for fewer than 30 days to keep track of each day they are in the area.
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Mark Your Calendar Now! Join fellow Members, your NAUS President and Legislative Director, Board of Directors, staﬀ, and member benefits providers at 2012’s annual meeting. Enjoy an informationpacked keynote address, lunch, a short NAUS business meeting, networking, and discussions about issues you and other NAUS Members care about – all for just $25* in exciting Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, right outside Washington, DC. ®
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Annual Meeting Saturday, October 20, 2012 Hilton Alexandria Old Town Alexandria, Virginia
Watch for more details and registration information in future editions of the Journal and on our website – www.NAUS.org, or call 1-800-842-3451, x1003. * $25 fee includes meeting registration and lunch; members are responsible for their own travel, parking, and hotel/lodging costs.
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am r g o r P p i h Scholars Five $2,000 scholarships to be awarded for the 2012-2013 school year!
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edited by Mrs.Vicki Sumner chapter activities Sequoia Chapter - Clovis / Fresno, CA – 17 e meeting of the Sequoia Chapter featured as their guest speaker Mr. Cole Rojewski, the Field Representative for the 21st District of California (Congressman Devin Nunes’ District).
Cole Rojewski, Field Representative for Congressman Devin Nunes, CA 21, addresses the attendees of the NAUS Yosemite Chapter at its regular meeting in Fresno, California, on January 28
Mr. Rojewski had never seen the NAUS magazine but was impressed and requested that Congressman Nunes’ district oﬃce located in Visalia, California receive copies of future journals. Mr. Rojewski spoke on matters of interest to San Joaquin Valley residents focusing on issues such as the planned High Speed Rail Project, and for any questions he reminded those attending that he can be reached at the following address: Congressman Devin Nunes Attn: Cole Rojewski, Field Representative 113 North Church Street, Ste 208 Visalia, California 93291 Along with the guest speaker the new chapter president, MSG Michael Lamb, USMCR (Ret) was announced and he spoke about the future plans for the chapter. Al Stewart, Col. USAF (Ret), NAUS Regional Vice President (CA, HI, NV and Guam) honored Bob Apple, CPO, USN (Ret), outgoing 32
President of NAUS’s Sequoia Chapter. Col Stewart read two letters of recognition for Apple’s many years of dedicated service to NAUS and to military retirees, their dependents, and other veterans of the Central San Joaquin Valley of California. e letters were from NAUS President
Northern Virginia, VA – 3 (NOVA Chapter) e Northern Virginia Chapter VA-3 met on January 11th at the American Legion Post #176, Springfield, VA. As this was their first meeting of the new year they acknowledged the hard work of
Mike Lamb (r), speaks to the NAUS Sequoia Chapter upon assuming duties as its new president at the January 28 meeting in Fresno, California. Cole Rojewski sits in the background.
Al Stewart, Col. USAF (Ret), NAUS Regional Vice President (l) and Bob Apple, CPO. USN (Ret), outgoing president of NAUS's Yosemite Chapter are shown here after Col Stewart read two letters of recognition for CPO Apple.
their members during 2011 that Jack Klimp, Lt Gen. USMC (Ret) and resulted in the newly reactivated from Colonel Stewart. chapter being selected as the “NAUS H. Wayne Hein Chapter – Merced, Runner-Up for Chapter of the Year CA – 18 2011”. Following a short business e chapter participated in the session they welcomed Rick Jones Veterans Day Parade in Merced, Cali- and Mike Plumer, NAUS HQ Director fornia. e weather was cool and and Assistant Director for Legislation rainy but that did not dampen the spirits of hundreds of spectators as they lined both sides of the street for 10 city blocks. It was a great turn out by the general public. e H. Wayne Hein Chapter (CA-18) had two Grand Marshals in the parade, TSgt Ed Mentz, Sr and MSgt Don Ray. We are sorry these photos did not make it into the previous journal but Vicki Caption Vicki Caption Vicki Caption Vicki Caption Vicki Caption Vicki should be shared by all Caption Vicki Caption Vicki Caption Vicki Caption Vicki Caption Vicki Capproud NAUS members. tion Vicki Caption Vicki Caption Vicki Caption Vicki Caption Vicki Caption
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as their special guests. Rick provided the chapter an update on the top issues before Congress and the White House. e presentation laid out the important legislative actions on-going with the 112th Congress, primarily those eﬀecting the Military Services and veterans. All present appreciated the updates and “call for action” from the NAUS members as NAUS carries our message to Capitol Hill... that our veterans have sacrificed already for our nation and to not use the veteran to fix the nations fiscal challenges. e chapter’s next meeting will be March 13th, 11:30 12:30 at the American Legion Post #176, they will welcome Mr. Rich Nilsen, Esq., who will speak on key judiciary actions eﬀecting veterans such as the Federal Health Care Law. Rocky Mountain Chapter – Denver/Aurora, CO – 1 Chapter Treasurer Kenneth Melcher attended the base briefing held on 1 Feb 12 at the Doubletree
from a Navy facility, to National Guard, and finally to an AF Base. He explained why this should be a permanent base for decades to come, if we can keep residential areas from encroaching around it. e chapter which previously met monthly until 2008 now meet quarterly to reduce Frank Rowe (l) a senior congressional aide to Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) administrative workStands with HMCS (SS) Jim Mosley USN (Ret) (c) and CT-1 Chapter President load, postage, and other RMCM Paul Dillon USN (Ret). Rowe a retired Submariner was the guest expenses. ey continue speaker at a Chapter Luncheon. At the conclusion of the luncheon he to do an outstanding job joined NAUS. with the volunteer oﬃGroton / New London cers and within the constraints of Chapter, CT – 1 their changing environment. Chapter President Paul Dillon had With the closing of Lowry AFB in the honor to host Frank Rowe a senior 1994 and Fitzsimons Army Medical congressional aide to Senator Joe Center in 1997 (both served middle America Veterans) those living in the Lieberman (I-CT). Mr. Rowe, a area were without most of their med- retired Submariner, was the guest speaker at the Chapter Luncheon and ical facilities but on the 21st of Nov at the conclusion of the luncheon he 2010 the oﬃcial ground breaking joined NAUS. dedication took On the 9th of January Chapter place brought President Dillon also met with forward with the Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT2) strong backing, to discuss and obtain the Congressand aer a long tough battle, from man’s support of H.R.3612 Blue Water the NAUS chapter Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2011.(see picture and caption in the and other local Legislative Update) Veterans NAUS Region – 6 organizations. Dennis Freytes, Vice President for As of February NAUS Southeast Region 6 traveled to 2nd building Puerto Rico from the 6th through the demolition 24th of January and was able to combegan with bine member recruitment with some an expected family visits. He took the opportunity completion of Col. Dan Dant, commander 460th Space Wing, talks during the State of the Base on to visit local military locations like the new 13 Feb. 1 at the DoubleTree Southeast in Aurora. the Post Exchange and Community building VeterClub on Fort Buchanan and passed ans Medical Center (VAMC) in 2014 Hotel in Aurora, where Col. Dan out almost a hundred of the Januaryat Fitzsimons campus (570 acres) Dant briefed oﬃcials and citizens February 2012 Uniformed Services centrally located. anks to the hard in the metro area on base status. Journals. At these locations he ofCol Dant explained how the base has fight from the Rocky Mountain fered membership updates and Chapter – Denver/ Aurora, been completely changed over past handed out NAUS membership apyears from wooden buildings of 1942 CO – 1 and the Veterans Committee plications. We thank LTC Freytes for of Colorado. era, to modern facilities and how the his exceptional recruitment work. Command status changed over years Uniformed Services Journal March/April 2012
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Society of Military Widows SMW’s President Jessie Brundige would like to welcome the new SMW Chaplain Mrs. Patsy Wetmore. Mrs. Wetmore has recently been appointed to her position and looks forward to working with all of the SMW chapters along with the Board and Regional Vice Presidents. Welcome Aboard Mrs. Wetmore! Mrs. Brundige would also like to remind those planning to attend the 2012 SMW Convention/CRUISE that the cruise we will be on board the Carnival “Dream” through the Eastern Caribbean from 6-13 October 2012. Stops will include Nassau, St omas, and St Maarten. She asked that you remember THE DOWN PAYMENT MUST BE MADE BY 1 APRIL 2012 and that the Chapter Presidents have the Registration Form and registration is also on the militarywidows.org website (also the form can be found in this issue of the Journal on page 37). Sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate the hard work these ladies do every day for both SMW and NAUS. SMW Chapter 13, California SMW Chapter 13 President Etta Brown would like us to acknowledge
the passing of past Chapter President Mrs. Millie Hayes. Mrs. Haynes was president of SMW Chapter 13 from 1998-2000 and again from 2004-2005. Her absence has been greatly felt since her passing in January. SMW Chapter 34 – Southern Nevada SMW is proud and excited to announce the reactivation of the SMW Chapter 34, newly named the “SMW of Southern Nevada.” ey held their first organizational meeting on Sunday, January 15, 2012, 12 noon, at the Grand Cafe', Palace Station Casino, 2411 West Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV and voted to hold meetings every other month on the second Sunday, at 12 noon in the same location. eir next meeting is planned for Sunday, March 11 where Jessie Brundige, National President, will conduct the Installation of Oﬃcers Ceremony and present the new Chapter Charter to the ladies. We congratulate SMW on this group of ladies and acknowledge the hard work that went into the reactivation and member recruitment. We know that this will be a strong chapter doing great work. Newly elected oﬃcers are:
First Chapter Meeting for SMW 34 – Southern Nevada after recent reactivation of chapter. (left side - front to back): Marina Jimenez, Pearl Chesnaky, Taunya Offdenkamp, Marilyn Fernandez, Midge Sparlin, Jeanne Lewis, Kay Milzer (right side - front to back): Eileen May, Bertha Hale, Nancy Paternico, Ilean Goodwill, Chuck Snyder, Janet Snyder, Lynn Ratcliffe
President- Janet Snyder (Also Historian & Newsletter Editor)
Vice president- Taunya Oﬀdenkamp Secretary- Eileen May Treasurer- Ruth Lynn Ratcliﬀe SMW Chapter 38 Laurel / Fort Meade, Maryland e Laurel/Fort Meade Chapter 38 held elections recently and we are proud to announce the following oﬃcers of the chapter: President- Peggy (Jeri) Roberts Secretary- Sandra Winans Treasurer- Betty Jones Congratulations ladies and have a great 2012!
NAUS Upcoming Events - April/May
Dover AFB Annual Retiree Day 32nd Annual RAD Joint Base Lewis-McChord RAD NAUS Selfless Service Award at Coast Guard Academy (CGA) CT-1 Annual Recruiter Recognition NAUS Selfless Service Award at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Graduation (USUHS) Naval Academy Class of 2012 Commissioning and Graduation
12 Apr 2012 28 April 2012 18 May 2012 21-22 May 2012
Dover, AFB, DE Hanscom AFB, MA McChord Air Field, WA New London, CT
29 May 2012
USNA, Annapolis, MD
21 May 2012 End May 2012
Groton, CT Bethesda, MD
NAUS would be please to provide a speaker for your next RAD or military/veteran event at no charge to the organizing group. Please have the group leader send a letter of invitation [with details of the event and speaker requirements] to Vicki Sumner, director of administration at email@example.com or call 1-800-842-3451, ext 1003. 34
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Bill ryerson el Paso area chapter, tX – 16 LtGen Klimp attended the 25th Anniversary of the Bill Ryerson El Paso Area Chapter (EPAC-NAUS) 2012 Board of Directors Installation Ceremony on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at their Annual Membership Meeting and Luncheon. LtGen Klimp installed the oﬃcers during this wonderful occasion and was presented the Texas State Flag and a “Distinguished Service Award” plaque. Among the special guests were Congressman Silvestre Reyes and BG Doyle (Commander of the William Beaumount Medical Center). Ladies of the Desert Sun Chapter 30 of the Society of Military Widows were also in attendance at the meeting and luncheon and honored all by performing the cake cutting ceremony.
chapter Notices Mark your calendars now for the NAUS Annual Meeting! WED- 17 Oct 2012RVP Workshop- NAUS HQ THU- 18 Oct 2012- Hill Visits (Board of Directors and RVPs)Various Capitol Hill Oﬃces FRI- 19 Oct 2012- NAUS Board of Directors Annual MeetingHilton Alexandria, Old Town SAT- 20 Oct 2012- NAUS Annual Membership MeetingHilton Alexandria, Old Town Look for more details coming soon! Its time again to start working your “2012 CHAPTER OF THE YEAR AWARD” packages. Submit what your chapter has accomplished or will accomplish this year and begin to put your packages together for submission later in 2012. e award is given out at the NAUS Annual Membership Meeting on 20 October 2012 and includes cash awards for the top three winning chapters. Start your write-up now!
President 1st Vice-President 2nd VP 3rd VP Legislative Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Chaplain
COL James G. Scott CPT Louis G. Chamales Mrs. Irene Hendley Maj Edwin S Stone MAJ James E. Griﬃth Mrs. Jacqueline Welsh LTC Rafael Garcia CPT Louis G. Chamales
(was the project oﬃcer for the Coast Guard's Leadership Diversity)
Go to www.NAUS.org/chapters for more information. WE NEED YOUR PHOTOS! NAUS is looking for photos of Chapter members at events or meetings to publish in the Journal. Please forward photos to Vicki Sumner via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail: 5535 Hempstead Way, Springfield, VA 22151 or call Vicki at 1-800-8423451 ext. 1003 for more information. It’s time to start working your submissions for the “NAUS Distinguished Warrior” Award for 2012. ese warriors for our cause, through their personal commitment, initiative and hard work make a real diﬀerence in the lives of those our association represents. Submit someone you know is a true warrior for our members. e award is given out at the NAUS Annual Membership Meeting on 20 October 2012. Start your write-up now! e application period for the 2012-2013 NAUS Scholarship Program is oﬃcially open and in full swing. Five $2,000 scholarships will
be awarded for the 2012-2013 school year. APPLY TODAY! Go to www.naus.org/scholarship for more information and application kit. Please ensure you read the changes in the NAUS Bylaws and mail your proxy vote as soon as possible. Proxy votes need to be received no later than 2 April 2012. ese important changes need to be implemented as soon as the votes are counted. Vote today and submit your proxy for the changes in the bylaws! During the NAUS Annual Membership Meeting held last year on the 5th of November 2011 a challenge coin was found at the Fort Belvoir Oﬃcers’ Club in the area NAUS used for the meeting. If you are missing a “Superior Performance Award – Al Udeld, Air Base’ gold 2” coin presented by the Flight Leadership please contact Vicki Sumner via email: email@example.com or via mail: 5535 Hempstead Way, Springfield, VA 22151 or call Vicki at 1-800-8423451 ext. 1003 for more information.
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Jessie Brundige, National SMW President email: email@example.com • website: www.militarywidows.org Established 1968 • Aﬃliated 1984
ello from Oklahoma. We are all looking forward to the next SMW Convention/CRUISE. We will be on board the Carnival "Dream" for the Eastern Caribbean from 6-13 October 2012. We will visit Nassau, St Thomas, and St Maarten. REMINDER: Down payment must be made by 1 April 2012. The Chapter Presidents have the Registration Form and it is also on the militarywidows.org website. We can only get inside or balcony cabins. You must plan your arrival at the Orlando Airport to arrive NO LATER THAN 1:30 p.m. on the 6th of Oct. Do not book your return flight home until 1:00 p.m. or later on 13 October. We need your registration as soon as possible. There can be no last minute registrations on this. Un-booked cabins will have to be turned back to Carnival for booking after the April deadline. We cannot guarantee availability or costs after that date. No last minute plans. Buy now, there is insurance included if you get sick. As you know we have been losing participating members through death (46 I believe was the count at the Memorial Service in Las Vegas), plus old age, and illness which has made it impossible for some to participate any longer. We cannot solve that problem. However, I have some good news for SMW. Janet Snyder has formed a new SMW Chapter in Las Vegas, Nevada. We congratulate her on her work there. As of this writing I plan to go to Las Vegas for the 11 March meeting to present the Charter to the new chapter and install the officers. We look forward to working with Janet and the new chapter. The SBP/DIC Offset still has not been repealed so our work goes on. We also have to keep in touch with our representatives regarding our TriCare and Medicare benefits. They are being threatened too. With the drawdown on troops and budget cuts the future does not look good at this point for the military and their families. We have to let our representatives know how we feel. With so many people out of work and the world in turmoil as it is - Iran threatening to go nuclear, China's army building up, unrest all through the middle east it just does not make sense to me to make such deep cuts where our national security is concerned. They need to study history a little more as we cannot rebuild the military overnight and the cost is a lot more when we have to do it in an emergency. Also, what do these young soldiers do when they are released from the military and the unemployment rate at 8 1⁄2% to 10% percent already. The president did not sign for the construction of the pipeline that would have helped with our dependence for oil from the middle east with the added bonus of jobs for thousands of people. With the work from that it would stimulate other jobs that would coordinate with the pipeline. We pray that this decision will be corrected. As a result of that decision Canada is talking of shipping the oil to China. This nation needs to watch the decisions our government is making right now and for the next few years for it could mean our very survival and the end to our standing in the world. May God Bless the United States of America.
As we all know, 2012 is an election year and the results of this election may well determine whether we retain our individual freedoms under the Constitution or exchange them for the dubious security of a socialist government mired down by debt and increased government control of nearly every phase of life. One of our Founding Fathers once said something to the effect that if we give up freedom for security then eventually we will have neither. Our actions now determine our expectations for the future of our nation. The good news is that we received an increase of 3.6% in our DIC and Social Security deposits this month. I am delighted on the one hand, and dismayed on the other. Costs of just about everything are up, but how can we afford a raise when we are in so much debt? Efforts to correct the SBP/DIC offset are still alive with H.R.178, the Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act, led by Rep. Joe Wilson [R.SC] and Companion Bill S.260 sponsored by Senator Bill Nelson [D.FL]. Additionally, there is legislation proposed that would allow some survivors of totally disabled veterans to be eligible for home loans guaranteed by VA. [HR 2433 was passed by the House and sent on to the Senate.] We also need to lobby Congress to support H.R 1003 [Senate Companion Bill S.542, S. 1768] which would allow DIC recipients to travel “space-available.” Other bills which deserve support include: • H.R.1092 would prohibit increases in TRICARE fees and co-pays for military health care. • H.R.1285 would prohibit any increases in health care costs until 2014. • H.R.1263 would provide protection for surviving spouses relating to mortgages and mortgage foreclosures. [This has passed the House and was sent on to the Senate.] • H.J.Res.13 [S.J.Res19] would amend the Constitution to prohibit physical desecration of the Flag of the United States. All of our members should be receiving the NAUS Journal. Please refer to the “Key Bills in Congress” section for updates on legislation proposed and progress through the established system for approval. CAP WHIZ is available for your use and makes it very easy to contact your representatives and senators. This is an Election Year! Speak out and demand support for the issues that concern all of us! We all need to take a stand, not only on benefits, but on legislation that affects our way of life. We know medical expenses are going to go up and it has already started with new rules and fees. We need a permanent resolution of the “doc-fix”situation so that we will not lose doctors and clinics that cannot afford to serve us any more. A recent study from Connecticut indicates that 19% of doctors there do not want to add any new patients depending on MEDICARE or TRICARE. Connecticut is not the only State where this is happening. BEWARE of changes in our whole Health Care situation. If some parts of the President’s program are not repealed, our taxes, our ability to sell or buy homes and even our expectations of adequate health care as we get older will be affected. My congressman’s local office has affirmed that a new tax on the sale of homes is supposed to go into effect in 2013. This federal tax money is designated to help fund new costs for medical care. One thing is certain: New Taxes added to the sale of homes are not likely to help us when we want or need put our homes on the market. Finally, we need to be aware that cuts demanded of our military could undermine our national security. Above all other considerations, we need to demand that our active duty personnel have whatever they need to function in our defense. Patricia Walker /SMW Legislative Chair/ firstname.lastname@example.org
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Society of Military Widows 2012 Convention Registration Cruise Line/Ship: Carnival/”Dream” October 6 thru 13, 2012 7 day Eastern Caribbean Cruise & Convention
* Deposit of $250 + $15 Administrative Fee = $265 due to SMW Treasurer by April 1, 2012 Send to: Cathy McGraw
11 Monarch Ct, Stafford,VA 22554 (make checks payable to National SMW)
Contact: Phone: (951) 316-5073/Email: email@example.com
* Final payment due on Cruise to Rainbow Travel by July 15, 2012 P.O. Box 60128, Oklahoma City, OK 73146
Full Name(as appears on your ID) : _____________________________________________________
Street___________________________________________ City________Zip Code_____________ Phone:_____________________ Cell:___________________ Email:_________________________ Chapter & National Office:___________________________________________________________ Emergency Contact: Name:_____________________________________Phone:________________ Date of Birth:______________
Circle Cabin Preference: [based on two (2) per cabin, 1 or 3 on request] Interior
$724* per person
$1014* per person
*Includes Insurance if need to cancel.
Things to remember:
1.You must make your own travel arrangements to Orlando, Florida to catch the ship. Jay Musgrove or Norma Jabara from Rainbow Travel at (800) 522-8548 can assist you.
2.Be sure to circle type of cabin wanted.
3.Prices are per person (2 to a Cabin).
4.Credit Card number must be provided for Ship’s account.
5.Must bring Gov’t issued ID and Birth Certificate or Passport.
6.Must bring $10 to $12 for each day for tips.
7.Price includes cabin/most meals/entertainment on ship/insurance/roundtrip transfers from Orlando airport for specific arrival & departure times. 8.Personal purchases/excursions/drinks are at your own expense.
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Seniors’ Corner by Tony Kennedy
TRICARE Dental Program Contract Switching Over to MetLife on May 1, 2012 Effective, May 1, 2012 TRICARE will be changing the TRICARE Dental Program coverage from United Concordia to MetLife. The change to MetLife will apply to the roughly 2 million members of the Selected Reserve, Individual Ready Reserve. All family members and survivors of service members both active and reserve will also be covered under this new contract with MetLife. The Active Duty Dental Program will continue to be administered by United Concordia and the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program coverage will remain under Delta Dental. According to TRICARE officials, beneficiaries can expect to see enhanced dental coverage at a lower premium share under this new contract. Some highlights to these new benefits and enhancements under this new contract are: • Coverage of posterior resin (tooth colored/white) fillings • Increase in the annual maximum to $1,300 per enrollee (formerly this was $1,200) • Increase in the lifetime orthodontic maximum to $1,750 • $1,200 per year for services related to dental treatment due to an accident as defined in the TDP handbook • No cost shares for scaling and root planning (deep cleaning) for diabetics • Coverage of an additional (3rd) cleaning for women during pregnancy
New Telephone Number for TRICARE Pharmacy Benefits and Information Recently, the TRICARE Retail Pharmacy and Home Delivery numbers have been merged. TRICARE beneficiaries can call 1-877363-1303 for TRICARE Retail Pharmacy and Home Delivery concerns, update information or ask questions about the TRICARE prescription drug benefits. In addition, the TRICARE Pharmacy Help Desk number for pharmacist was also changed. Pharmacist can call 1-877-363-1304 for information or assistance on questions, billing, or other concerns they may have regarding their TRICARE beneficiaries. TRICARE officials also note that converting your prescriptions to home delivery over the phone takes about 7 minutes and your first shipment will arrive in roughly 14 days.
• Expansion of the survivor benefits to surviving spouse and child(ren) To see if your current dentist is already part of the MetLife network, click Find a Dentist on the right and search for a Dental Preferred Provider Organization. If the dentist is not a member, dentists can easily request an application on the MetLife website at http://www.metdental.com. Additional information about the contract is available at www.tricare.mil/TDPcontract and TRICARE benefit updates are available at www.tircare.mil. In addition, MetLife officials announced that it will distribute information with details on this new program beginning in first quarter 2012.
Medical Care While Out of the Country If you are planning an overseas trip in the future there are some things you should know about what is and what is not covered by Medicare and TRICARE for Life (TFL). While Medicare does not pay for medical services abroad, TFL does provide the same coverage as TRICARE Standard for beneficiaries overseas and has the same cost-shares and deductibles. When seeking care from a host nation provider, TFL beneficiaries should be prepared to pay up front for services and submit a claim to the overseas claims processor. TFL beneficiaries living aboard can choose to disenroll from Medicare. However this will cause them to lose their TFL benefits. Any decision to discontinue or maintain one’s Medicare Parts A and B (currently 99$ for most recipients) should be done with care. Information that can help you make a more informed decision is available by contacting a TFL representative at 888-363-5433, the TRICARE Overseas Toll-Free Line at 888-777-8343 or visiting the TRICARE Overseas website at http://www.tricare-overseas.com/ContactUs/default.htm. Additional contact information and Medicare options for retirees living aboard can be found on the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) website, http://www.ssa.gov/foreign. From there, you can find a contact numbers by scrolling down and clicking on the link “Contact Us by Phone.” You can also visit www.MyMedicare.gov to review your personalized information about Medicare coverage, other resources and frequently asked questions. If you prefer to speak directly to a SSA representative call 1-800-633-422, TTY users can call 1-877-486-2048. NAUS urges you to purchase a supplementary health insurance policy when travelling out of the country. They are available from some banks, travel agencies and insurance companies. If you do you will have the piece of mind that you are fully covered for most if not all medical happenings.
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Mr. Doyle E. Abbott SSgt William G. Abbott, USAF (RET) Maj John F. Adams, USAF (RET) CDR Kenneth H. Alderson, USNR (RET) Mrs. Patricia A. Alexander CAPT Frederick A. Allis, USN (RET) LtCol Merle E. Anderson, USAF (RET) TSgt Marlo B. Anderson, USAF (RET) CMSgt William F. Andrews, USAF (RET) Mr. John Arnold Mrs. Barbara R. Aten CPT John L. Aultman, USA (RET) Mrs. Joyce K. Bacon (SMW) LtCol Lawrence Bandt, USAF (RET) COL Robert T. Bard, USA (RET) Mrs. Clara A. Barick LtCol Robert Baron, USAF (RET) Maj George E. Bartges, USAF (RET) CPO David W. Bass, USCG (RET) PR1 Joe Bass, Jr., USN (RET) COL Paul L. Bates, USA (RET) Mrs. Arlene H. Bauer SFC Don Baxter, USA (RET) MSgt Cletus L. Beatty, USAF (RET) Mrs. Cora E. Beck LTC Arnold B. Becker, USA (RET) LtCol Peter M. Beloberk, USAF (RET) MG Calvert P. Benedict, USA (RET) LTC John L. Berg, USA (RET) SP5 S. I. Bersales, USA (RET) Maj Ervin H. Best, USAF (RET) Mrs. Grada Billingsley CAPT Richard H. Blair, USN (RET) CMSgt Richard E. Blair, USAF (RET) Ms. Bettie Blair BG Jack S. Blocker, USA (RET) COL David R. Blossom, USAR (RET) LtCol Paul J. Bodenhofer, USAF (RET) TSgt Robert W. Boissiere, USAF (RET) SP5 Bernard Bomagat, USA (RET) MSgt Macon P. Booker, USAF (RET) COL Velena Boyd, USA (RET) COL Robert W. Breaks, USA (RET) Maj Theodore W. Bremer, USAF (RET) LTC Charles A. Brown, USAR (RET) TSgt Frank S. Brown, USAF (RET) LCDR Elmer O. Brudvig, USN (RET) MSgt Dewey A. Bryant, USAF (RET) Mrs. Mabel J. Buell SFC William U. Buettgenbach, USA (RET) Capt Max H. Burmann, USAF (RET) MSgt James M. Bussey, USAF (RET) RADM William C. Butler, USN (RET) MSgt Tommie E. Byars, USAF (RET) Mrs. Helen K. Byars SMSgt Leslie Cabler, USAF (RET) LTC Donald B. Cane, USA (RET) LtCol Dennis Cannon, USAF (RET) MSgt Jack H. Carlman, USAF (RET) CAPT Carl A. Carlson, USN (RET) COL Leo G. Carlson, USA (RET) LCDR Joseph J. Cavanaugh, USN (RET)
SFC Mike Cazares, USA (RET) SSgt Albert A. Champion, USAF (RET) MSgt Irving Chartoff, USAF (RET) Mr. George E. Chenevert Mrs. Sophie A. Chrest LtCol Otto L. Christenson, USAF (RET) MSgt Eldred A. Clark, USAF (RET) 1SG Robert H. Clark, USA (RET) Mrs. Leola M. Cobb COL John T. Collier, USA (RET) MSgt David A. Collins, USAF (RET) LTC Byron R. Coltrin, USA (RET) MSG Paul Z. Cooke, USA (RET) GySgt Frederick Corcoran, USMCR (RET) LTC Robert R. Craddock, USA (RET) CMSgt Thomas J. Croke, USAF (RET) MSG Hershel Cunningham, USA (RET) SFC Donald E. Curry, USA (RET) COL Donald Mcb Curtis, USA (RET) CW4 Lonnett H. Cypert, USA (RET) Mrs. Helen P. Davis MSG Caster C. Davis, USA (RET) LTC Kenneth A. Davison, USAR (RET) Col Norman A. Degenhardt, USAF (RET) ATC William R. Deister, USN (RET) TSgt Thomas A. Diamond, USAF (RET) LTC Forrest V. Diehl, USA (RET) SFC Patrick F. Doeseckle, USA (RET) Mrs. Beatrice N. Domanski SFC Marion J. Donati, USA (RET) COL Leonard Drazen, USA (RET) COL Carl T. Dubuy, M.D., USA (RET) COL Deane A. Dunloy, USA (RET) BMC Robert M. Dunne, USN (RET) MSgt Roger C. Dunster, USAF (RET) CDR John S. Earwaker, Jr., USN (RET) LtCol Marwin G. Eberlein, USAF (RET) MAJ Marie L. Edson, USA (RET) RADM John E. Edwards, USN (RET) LtCol Hugh Eldridge, USAF (RET) CW2 Ephraim H. Elledge, USA (RET) SMSgt Harry R. Epperly, USAF (RET) ET3 Warren G. Evans, USN (VET) LtCol James E. Fantone, Jr., USAF (RET) SGM Gerald T. Farrell, USA (RET) CPO Jack G. Fiddes, USN (RET) LTC James L. Fink, USA (RET) LTC John G. W. Finke, USA (RET) COL Joshua A. Finkel, USA (RET) MSgt William G. Finlay, USAF (RET) Mrs. Evelyn Fischer CDR Wilfred E. Fleshman, USN (RET) SFC James S. Flood, USA (RET) 1SG Ixon Fontenot, USA (RET) SGM Sebastian P. Formica, USA (VET) Mrs. Mary France LtCol John F. Frank, USAF (RET) EM2 Angelo J. Franzone, USN (RET) Mrs. Irene Frazer WO-1 M. R. Fuerst, USN (RET) SFC James Gabriele, USA (RET)
LTC Wilbert J. Galetto, USA (RET) COL James B. Gall, USA (RET) CPT Dorothea E. Gauker, USA (VET) SGM Harley Gholson, USA (RET) Mrs. Audrey S. Giddens COL A. Ward Gillette, USA (RET) LTC Gerald E. Gilmore, USA (RET) SFC Don W. Ginter, Sr., USA (RET) CMSgt Donald G. Ginther Sr., USAF (RET) LtCol Charles F. Glaenzer, USAF (RET) Col Latimer W. Glowa, USAF (RET) Col Lloyd E. Gould, USAF (RET) MSG E. Graham, USA (RET) COL Donald H. Greeley, USA (RET) COL Robert C. Greene, USA (RET) LCDR Joseph M. Greene, USN (RET) LTC Carl H. Griffin, USA (RET) MSgt Charles E. Griswold, USAF (RET) COL Robert W. Grote, USA (RET) COL Francis G. Hall, USA (RET) COL Frank T. Hall, USA (RET) MSgt Gerald T. Hamilton, USAF (RET) Mrs. Justine N. Hanson SSgt Dorthea E. Hard, USMC (RET) CMSgt Claude T. Harmon, USAF (RET) Maj Richard I. Harris, USAFR (RET) CPT John W. Harrison, USA (RET) Mrs. J. J. Hayer 2LT Laura Hayward, USA (RET) Col Alvin E. Hebert, USAF (RET) CPO Edward O. Hill, USN (RET) SSgt John M. Hill, USAF (RET) Mrs. Gertrude Hinds MG William J. Hixson, USA (RET) CDR William I. Hobbs, USN (RET) COL James D. Holland, USA (RET) MSG Charles F. Hunt, USA (VET) CSM Ernest M. Hunter, USA (RET) LTG Oren E. Hurlbut, USA (RET) CMSgt John F. Hutcheson, USAF (RET) Capt Johnston A. Irwin, USAF (VET) Col Ernest L. Isenhower, USAF (RET) SMSgt Roland E. Jacques, USAF (RET) Maj Edmond F. Jared, Sr., USAF (RET) MSG David A. Jean, USA (RET) Mrs. Aileen H. Jewett LTC Elizabeth C. Jones, USA (RET) CW2 Humphrey B. Jones, USA (RET) Mrs. Vera M. Jorgensen CAPT Robert Juarez, USN (RET) Mrs. Jackie M. Kasten LtCol Charles W. Kelley, USAF (RET) MSgt Hubert W. Kennedy, USAF (RET) CW3 J. A. Koenig, USA (RET) CPO Onni G. Koski, USCG (RET) MSgt Joseph R. Krehel, USMC (RET) MSgt Kenneth E. Kross, USAF (RET) CMSgt Charles R. Kruggel, USAF (RET) Dr. Stanley E. Krumbiegel 1SG Floyd J. Kruszka, USA (RET) MSgt Carl J. Kuchera, USMC (RET) Mr. William J. Kulas Mrs. Conrad T. Kvam SCPO Nicholas G. LaBella, USN (RET) Maj Joseph L. Lambert, USAF SMSgt Norbert J. Lamberty, USAF (RET) MSG James B. Lanier, USA (RET) SFC Robert John Lanza, USA (RET) MSgt Andrew Lawrence, USAF (RET) MSG Otha E. Lawson, USA (RET) COL C. A. Leavitt, USA (RET) CSM Alfred W. Ledger, USA (RET) MSgt Glen H. Lee, USAF (RET) LCDR Cletus A. Lee, USN (RET) LTC Edward Lesowitz, USA (RET) COL Joe Levinson, USA (RET)
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MSgt Wayne G. Lewis, USAFR (RET) COL John H. Lien, USA (RET) PO1 Jack K. Lieupo, USN (RET) LtCol Herbert C. Link, USAF (RET) SSG Howard W. Livingston, USA (VET) MAJ Charles N. Lloyd, USA (RET) Mrs. Joel D. Long CAPT Adrian V. Lorentson, USN (RET) SFC Francisco Lg Lujan, USA (RET) Msgt Tim Lum, USAF (RET) COL James P. Lyke, USA (RET) SGM Charles E. Lyon, USA (VET) Col Mitchell A. Mabardy, USAF LTC Charles R. Madary, USA (RET) SMSgt Jack R. Madritsch, USAF (RET) MSgt Raymond Marinelli, USMC (RET) CW4 Robert R. Marsh, USA (RET) Mrs. Carolyn S. Martin MAJ Lorraine H. Martin, USNG (RET) MSG Roy B. Mason, USA (RET) PO1 Jesse J. Mauk, Jr., USN (RET) MSgt Carlos F. McCuiston, USAF (RET) LCDR Eldon L. McDaniel, Jr., USN (RET) MSG James M. McDonald, USA (RET) LTC Halfred L. McKeever, USA (RET) Mrs. Constance F. McKivett LCDR Elizabeth A. McLaurin, USN (RET) CAPT Roy C. McNett, USN (RET) CDR Thomas McNiff, USN (RET) CAPT Leo J. McNulty, USN (RET) CSM John A. Mead, Jr., USA (RET) COL William F. Meany, USA (RET) LCDR Frank W. Medlock, USN (RET) MSgt Joseph M. Mendegro, USAF (RET) SGM David E. Meyer, USA (RET) CAPT Roger F. Miller, USN (RET) CDR Kermit Miller, USN (RET) MAJ William W. Miller, USA (RET) LtCol Dale T. Milne, USAF (RET) CWO-3 Walter J. Mitchell, USN (RET) Mr. Robert H. Mitchell MSgt Medoro M. Montemarano, USAF (RET) COL Brian O. Montgomery, USA (RET) Mrs. Lyda A. Moore COL Bidwell Moore, USA SFC James A. Morehead, USA (RET) Mrs. Elizabeth M. Morgan CAPT Grover L. Morris, USPHS (VET) Mrs. Murl W. Morrow
MSG Mitchell T. Murkerson, USA (RET) MSgt George Murphy, USAF (RET) MajGen Thomas C. Musgrave, Jr., USAF (RET) MAJ Bernice A. Nelson, USA (RET) SMSgt Donald S. Nichols, USAF (RET) Mrs. Pauline Nichols Maj Geoffrey L. Nolan, USAF (RET) MSG Vernon R. Norris, USA (RET) LTC J. O. Nottingham, USA (RET) LtCol Eugene A. Novak, USAF (RET) CPT Lynn H. O'Brien, USA (RET) SCPO John P. O'Connor, USN (RET) MSG David T. Ogden, USA (RET) MSgt John E. Oliver, USAF (RET) Mrs. Theodora E. Olsen MSG Ronald H. Olson, USA (RET) DKC Daniel C. Opperman, USN (RET) Mrs. Eveltina Ostlund CPO Joseph M. Ouge, USN (RET) MSG Edwin A. Pacheo, USA (RET) LtCol Herman J. Pardey, USAF (RET) Maj Limuel G. Parks, USAF (RET) MSG Paul B. Parsons, Sr., USA (RET) CW4 Franklin E. Pauli, USA (RET) Mrs. Alice T. Peace Mrs. Virginia R. Pearson Mr. Juan B. Perez CPO Ralph R. Perkins, Jr., USCG (RET) CAPT Robert A. Phillips, USN (RET) MAJ Richard C. Place, USA (RET) Col Alfred Pleasonton, USAF (RET) PO1 Frank Potter, USNR (VET) LTC William J. Powers, USA (RET) CSM Neale T. Praska, USA (RET) CDR Robert H. Prickett, USN (RET) LtCol Elizabeth N. Pukas, USAF (RET) LT Orlando J. Purdom, USN (RET) CAPT Robert J. Quinn, USN (RET) SSG Kenneth A. Raack, USA (RET) LTC Cornelius Radu, USA (RET) Mrs. Edna E. Randolph LtCol Ward S. Randolph, USAF (RET) CDR Russell Reddoch, USN (RET) LtCol Glenn A. Reich, USAF (RET) LTC Carn R. Reid, USA (RET) Mrs. Roma P. Rentz ATN2 John E. Rice, USN (RET) Col Preston E. Rice, USAF (RET)
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SFC Paul Ridilla, USA (RET) CW2 Angel M. Rivera, USA (RET) Mrs. Rose M. Robb LTC Edward B. Roberts, Jr., USA (RET) SMSgt Charles W. Robertson, USAF (RET) LTC Robert B. Robinson, USA (RET) SSG George I. Rock, Sr., USA (RET) LtCol Richard J. Rommer, USAF (RET) LTC R. A. Rowlands, USA (RET) SMSgt Edmund J. Ruehle, USAF (RET) Capt Jimmy T. Runer, USMC (RET) CPO Hyman C. Runkle, USN (RET) SFC Alfred G. Rushing, USA (RET) CDR David N. Russell, USCG (RET) CWO-4 Philip N. Ruth, USN (RET) CAPT Richard J. Ryan, USN (RET) LTG Frank J. Sackton, USA (RET) LtCol Joseph W. Samuels, USAF (RET) MAJ Leontina M. Savage, USA (RET) MSG Elvin E. Scheer, USA (RET) SGT Marshal M. Schley, USA (RET) Mrs. Anna O. Schmiedel MSgt Lloyd F. Scott, USAF (RET) SSG Wilfred G. Scotti, USA (RET) Col Owen H. Seatz, USAF (RET) Mrs. Blanche S. Seaver CAPT William Seidel, USN (RET) TSgt Robert H. Sellman, Jr., USAF (RET) SMSgt Charles R. Senteney, USAF (RET) CW4 Edward D. Shaffield, USA (RET) A1C Everett W. Sheldon, Sr., USAF (RET) BrigGen George R. E. Shell, USMC (RET)
SFC Fredrick F. Shellhart, USA (RET) Mrs. Frances C. Sheppard MSG Leonard H. Shouse, USA (RET) BrigGen Clifford H. Shuey, USMC (RET) LTC C. W. Shults, Jr., USA (RET) LTC William R. Slone, USA (RET) CWO Lester V. Smith, USAF (RET) LTC Herman R. Smith, Jr., USA (RET) Mrs. Anna Perle Smith Maj Val Smith, USAF (RET) LtCol Anthony R. Smolar, USAF (RET) RADM William O. Snead, USN (RET) LTC Joseph Solomonow, USA (RET) LCDR Roy K. Sorensen, USN (RET) LTC John R. Spark, USA (RET) MG Herbert G. Sparrow, USA (RET) Capt Lloyd V. Spear, USAF (RET) MSgt Loy J. Stafinbil, USAF (RET) COL Mortimer R. Staley, USA (RET) COL Cyril D. Stapleton, USA (RET) Mrs. Emma P. Starnes SFC William H. Starr, USA (RET) COL Ralph O. Steele, USA (RET) SFC Theodore Stewart, USA (RET) MAJ Max Stokes, USA (RET) SMSgt Raymond Stoll, USAF (RET) SFC Robert W. Stone, Jr., USA (RET) LtCol Ross D. Strode, USAF (RET) PFC Leo Strom, USA (RET) 1SG Oscar L. Svenson, USA (RET) CWO-4 Donald R. Sweigart, USN (RET) MAJ James P. Swift, USA (RET)
MSG Stanley Szymanski, USA (RET) SFC Sau T. Tagaloa, USA (RET) CDR Philip M. Tansey, USN (RET) COL Marion F. Thurston, Jr., USA (RET) COL Edmund J. Tomasik, USA (RET) COL Harold J. Tucker, USA (RET) SFC Henry Tuting, USA (RET) LTC Hiram L. Tuttle, USNG (RET) COL John S. Tyler, USA (RET) SMSgt Thomas P. Valdez, USAF (RET) CAPT Donald O. Van Ness, USNR (RET) Mrs. Lila Walker MSG Albert T. Walker, USA (RET) SFC Clarence E. Wall, USA (RET) COL James L. Wallace, USA (RET) SSgt Roger Walters, USAF (RET) CAPT Joseph W. Weaver, USN (RET) Mrs. Jeanlouise Webster SFC Robert F. Welch, USA (RET) LTC Louis C. Welch, USA (RET) SFC James M. Welsh, USA (RET) CW3 Daniel S. West, USA (RET) 1SG Leonard P. Wheatley, USA (RET) Mrs. June Whisner LTC Beatrice Whitcomb, USA (RET) MSgt Joseph W. White, USAF (RET) LtCol William W. White, USAF (RET) Mrs. Elizabeth E. Whiting CPT Harry Whitmore, USA (RET) LTC Richard C. B. Whitten, USA (RET) SMSgt Randolph A. Wildes, USNG Mrs. Mary L. Williams
COL Lawrence H. Williams, USA (RET) SFC Charles S. Willis, USA (RET) CAPT William G. Willson, USN (RET) Mr. George Wilson SMSgt Dorrell J. Wilson, USAF (RET) Mrs. Leola Wilson CAPT Albert W. Winchell, USN (RET) Mrs. Nina M. Witt COL Charles H. Wood, USA (RET) Mr. J. Carter Wright
LtCol John Yauk, USAF (RET) SFC Richard S. Yokota, USA (RET) CAPT Maynard F. Young, USCG (RET) MSG Lawrence W. Zablan, USA (RET) MAJ Lawrence F. Zant, USA (RET) MSG John F. Zatovich, USA (RET) LTC Alfonso S. Zawadski, USA (RET) LTC Alexander R. Zenz, USA (RET) MG Frederick R. Zierath, USA (RET) VADM James A. Zimble, USN (RET)
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President’s club ($100 to $499) SFC Bobby L. Austin, USA (RET) CAPT Henry D. Baldridge, Jr., USN (RET) SMSgt Fred R. Berneski, Sr., USAF (RET) LtCol Lucile A. Bianchi, USAF (RET) LtCol Harold O. Bohn, USAF (RET) SFC Frank T. Bragdon, Jr., USA (RET) PFC George J. Breckenridge, USA (RET) Mr. Brady Bryan Col John W Burt, USAF (RET) RDML James J. Carey, USNR (RET) CAPT T. E. Crowder, USNR (VET) Mr. Harry G. Davis 1SG John De Jesus, Jr., USA (RET) COL William B. Dillingham, USA (RET) MAJ Charles E. Douglas, Jr., USA (RET) Col Anthony J. Dunleavy, USMC (RET) Mr. Howard S. Edelstein LTC William F. Edgar, USA (RET) CMSgt Byron Gene Fish, USAF (RET) SFC Gilbert H. Flores, USA (RET) MSgt Wayne M. Gatewood, Jr., USMC (RET) MSgt Olaf F. Gouchie, Jr., USAF (RET) SgtMaj Arthur R. Graham, USMC (RET) TSgt John H. Gray, USAF (RET) CMSgt Richard R. Hall, Jr., USAF (RET) SGM Walter Y. Harimoto, USA (RET) "TSgt Almon C. Hemore, USAF (RET) Mrs. Dorothy F. Hornefius Ms. Sylvia E. Hosegood SSG Jack E. Hughes, USA (RET) 1SG Royce Hunt, USA (RET) MSgt Donald R. Hyatt, USAF (RET) LTC Bruno H. Jachmann, USA (RET) SMSgt Robert L. Kukua, USAF (RET) SCPO Sterling M. Latsha, USN (RET) 2LT Robert E.Y. Lee, USA (RET) LTC Henry Lee, USA (RET) LTC Henry Lee, USA (RET) 2LT Dallas G. Lehn, USA (RET) SGM James E. McBurney, USA (RET) Col Raymond R. McClean, USAF (RET) SFC Harold F. McQuaid, USA (RET) CSM Charles L. McQuerry, USA (RET) Col Billy Millis, USAF (RET) Col Margaret Y. Mishima, USAF (RET) MAJ Lucien A. Morin, USA (RET) LtCol Howard L. Naslund, USAF (RET) MSG Aloysius M. Norris, USA (RET) CDR Bernard P. O'Brien, Jr., USCG (RET) MSG Alvin Parker, USA (RET) SMSgt George H. Peary, Jr., USAF (RET) LTC Mark T. Pilgrim, USA (RET) CAPT Corley E. Puckett, USN SMSgt Charles W. Robertson, USAF (RET) MSG Keith Salyer, USA (RET) COL Paul Schweikert, Jr., USA (RET) LTC Carl V. Shoemaker, USA (RET) LtCol Gerald R. Shrawder, USAF (RET) CSM Russell L. Smith, USA (RET)
LtCol Glenn E. Staggs, USAF (RET) COL Joseph P. Summa, USA (RET) RADM Jeremy D. Taylor, USN (RET) SFC Audrey V. Toombs, USA (RET) COL Lawrence R. Walker, USAR Col Warren H. Wiedhahn, USMC (RET)
century club (Up to $99) 1SG Gibson P. Abshire, USA (RET) LTC Raymond A. Acker, USA (RET) SGM Betty L. Adams, USA (RET) CPT William A. Adams, USA (RET) MSgt Richard R. Ail, USAF (RET) CWO-4 Chester L. Allen, Jr., USN (RET) SFC Robert J. Allen, USA (RET) COL Paul D. Anderson, USA (RET) LTC John H. Anderson, USA (RET) 1SG Augustine Aragon, USA (RET) MGySgt Robert P. Baldwin, USMC (RET) MSgt Ezra E. Ballard, USAF (RET) Mr. Raymond Bantz COL Margaret H. Baskfield, USA (RET) LTC Marshall Beall, USA (RET) 1SG Hugh L. Beasley, USA (RET) Col Donald Beitsch, USAF (RET) Mrs. Marlene J. Benge SMSgt William L. Black, USAF (RET) COL Daniel M. Blaho, Jr., USA (RET) LCDR Richard A. Blanchette, USN (RET) Col Robert L Bowen, III, USAF (RET) TSgt Jared B. Brandenburg, USAF (RET) TSgt William B. Breen, USAF (RET) Maj Richard G. Britner, Jr., USAF (RET) SFC Jimmy L. Broderway, USA (RET) PFC William L. Brown, Jr., USA (RET) LtCol Edward G. Brown, Jr., USAF (RET) LTC Edward M. Brown, USA (RET) Mrs. Ruth C. Brown TSgt John A. Brunet, USAF (RET) COL Benjamin C. Buckley, USA (RET) Col Jack P. Bujalski, USAF (RET) MSgt Lyle W. Burton, USAF (RET) SGM Jacob P. Busch, USA (RET) Mr. Robert Carretta COL Mark C. Carrigan, USA (RET) CDR Richard W. Carter, USN (RET) CW4 Melvin K. Chock, USA (RET) COL Bruce Cleary, USA (RET) SGM Robert Cole, USNG (RET) 1SG Kennie L. Coleman, USA (RET) MSgt Karl W. Corser, Jr., USAF (RET) MSgt Karl W. Corser, Jr., USAF (RET) BGen James F. Culver, M.D., USAF (RET) MajGen Lewis Curtis, USAF (RET) TSgt Roy R. Daschofsky, USAF (RET) LtCol Jay A. Daugherty, USAF (RET) LTC James De Vage, USA (RET) MSgt Herbert C. Dean, USAF (RET) Col John J. Donnelly, USAF (RET) MSgt Harley T. Duﬀy, USAF (RET) LTG Charles W. Dyke, USA (RET) LtCol Edward D Ehrenberger, USAF (RET)"
COL Webb Ellis, USA (RET)" Mrs. Roberta Erbacher-Zerda CDR Mary Ewing, USPHS (VET) CPL William H. Ferguson, USA (VET) Col Ralph E. Fisher, USAF (RET) Maj Lyle G. Fjelsted, USAF (RET) SFC Gilbert H. Flores, USA (RET) MSgt Richard M. Fujishige, USAF (RET) PSG Richard H. Glass, USA (RET) MAJ Robert G. Gleason, USA (RET) LTC Bob Glick, USA (RET) CSM Arnold Greenberg, USA (RET) Maj George A. Hall, USAF (RET) LtCol Robert L. Hanlin, USAFR (RET) Col Franklin A. Hart, Jr., USMC (RET)" MSG eodor Haupt, USA (RET) Col Edward A. Hauss, USAF (RET) LTC Richard W. Hawes, USA (RET) SgtMaj David L. Hellums, USMC (RET) Ms. Marleane M. Heth Col Neal Hickle, USAF (RET) CMSgt Lawrence E. Hicks, USAF (RET) CAPT Shirley A. Hill, USN (RET) LTC Frank J. Hill, USA (RET) COL Gerald A. Holt, USA (RET) 1SG Walter D. Hoppenbrouwer, USA (RET) Mrs. Virginia Horn PSG Gilbert J. Houghton, USA (RET) COL John D. Howard, USA (RET) COL John W. Hulme, USA (RET) Capt Charles M. Huntington, USAF (RET) SSG Andrew L. Johnson, USA (RET) LtCol Raymond W. Kalm, USMC (RET) Mr. Clete Ketner CMSgt Kenneth K. Kimseu, USAF (RET) CSM Lloyd H. Kindred, USA (RET) SSG James W. Kircher, USA (RET) COL William M. Klemme, USA (RET) SFC Morris Kushner, USA (RET) BG George A. Landis, USA (RET) Col Wayne Lanphear, USAF (RET) SFC Donald C. LaPiere, USA (RET) LtCol Richard F. Lasher, USAF (RET) Ms. Mary Evelyn Lasiter Col Jimmy S. Lassetter, USAF (RET) SFC Jack Lawrence, USA (RET) MAJ John R. Lee, USAR (RET) LtCol Stephen C. Leisge, USAF (RET) COL James L. Long, USA (RET) Col Chester C. Lukas, USAF (RET) MAJ Bernard J. Magelky, USA (RET) LtCol George S. Mark, Jr., USAF (RET) CW4 Manuel Martinez, USA (RET) MAJ Steven J. Matheke, USAR (RET) MAJ John R. McCullough, USAR (RET) Mrs. Johanna M. McGee LTC Gary T. Meagher, USA (RET) SFC urmond O. Meetze, USA (RET) Col George J. Mercuro, USAF (RET) Maj John B. Mertens, USAF (RET) Ms. Caroline E.. Mott LtCol Newell D. Moy, USAF (RET) Uniformed Services Journal March/April 2012
Mrs. Betty W. Mullen Col Edward A. Munns, USAF (RET) Col William D. Murchie, USAF (RET) CSM George L. Murray, USA (RET) Mrs. Glenice Myers Mrs. Helene D. Nickerson SFC Joseph Olsofsky, USA (RET) MSgt Donald L. Oswald, USAF (RET) COL Charles C. Partridge, USA (RET) 1SG Robert C. Peters, USA (RET) Mrs. Christina L. Petteruti Maj Earl C. Phillips, USAF (RET) MSgt Leslie D. Poﬀ, Jr., USAF (RET) SSG Howard Poppell, USA (RET) COL Arthur F. Pottle, Jr., USA (RET) LTC Terry E. Powell, USA (RET) SFC James Prioleau, Jr., USA (RET) LtCol Richard M. Prior, USA CSM Wallace W. Rapp, USA (RET) Maj Roy G. Reed, USAF (RET) LT Elena H. Reifel, USNR (RET) 1SG Robert A. Ridderbusch, USA (RET) CAPT Carolyn K. Riley, USPHS (RET) Mrs. Grace L. Roberts MG George R. Robertson, USA (RET) LtCol Robert G. Rollins, USAF (RET)
ADJ2 Phillip J. Ronish, USN (RET) SFC Jesus T. Rosario, USA (RET) LCDR Samuel J. Ross, USN (RET) CAPT Larry J. Rousseau, USNR (RET) LtCol Garrett S. Runey, USAF (RET) Col Gerald H. Sanders, USMC (RET) LTC Bobbye J. Sanders, USA (RET) Mrs. Gerda Sano LTC Joseph H. Saul, USA (RET) Mrs. Patricia J. Scally TSgt Morris R. Scholz, USAF (RET) COL Donald H. See, USA (RET) LCDR Robert A. Shaver, USN (RET) 1SG Paul W. Sheriﬀ, Jr., USA (RET) LtCol Carl Shidell, USAF (RET) CWO2 Austin E. Shirley, USMC (RET) Mrs. Marie C. Slater CPT Wallace E. Small, USA (RET) Maj Jan W. Smith, USAF (RET) Mrs. Louise L. Smith Mrs. Kitty S. Smith 1SG Walter J. Sowell, USA (RET) Col Donald W. Spearel, USAF (RET) LtCol James H. Stanhope, USAF (RET) CW3 Haskell M. Stillman, USA (RET) LTC Robert H. Stitzinger, USA (RET)
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