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									   MOAA Santa Cruz
APRIL 2013
 President
LTjg Bob Burns USNR
 454-9477
                              PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
robertburns1234@comcast.net   BY: LTjg ROBERT L. BURNS, USNR
1st Vice President            Besides the many valuable kernels of information and
COL Sharon Bystran USA
                              advice regarding estates and taxes that our speaker,
(831) 661-0135
sfbystran@pacbell.net         Sal Basile, provided at our March meeting, his                            Place Art-
2nd Vice President
Membership Chairman
                              remarks confirmed that the fields of law and
                              accounting won’t be wanting for business anytime
                                                                                                        work Here
LT Tex Luedtke USNR
722-8566
texmarianl@aol.com
                              soon. We’re indebted to Col. Marv DelChiaro for
Secretary & Legislative
                              arranging the fine array of speakers which make our
LCDR Artie Meek USN           meetings so worthwhile.
(Ret) 462-3037

Treasurer
LCDR Chuck Ernest USN
(Ret) 464-1812
Board Members at Large
Program Chairman
COL Marv DelChiaro USA
438-2680

Imm.Past Pres.
COL Walt Weston
USAF(Ret)
                              J                               Joan Weston discusses issues
457-2711                                                      with Sal as husband Walt looks
waltswell@aol.com                                             on with Sal’s wife at his side.
                                                                                   Sal
                              Pres. Bob Burns and Sal Basile Many stayed to askvery ques- Left to right Teresa Basile, Sal,
Scholarship Chair
LCDR Harry Vaughn                                             tions which he was        gen-
                              exchange greetings at the March erous with his time to answer. Elaine & Marv deChiaro after
USN (Ret) 661-0975
hvaughn1994@AOL.com           dinner meeting of the MOAA                                      the delicious meatloaf dinner.
CDR Dick Allen USNR
                              Santa Cruz Chapter.
(Ret) 688-7626                Changing gears, I again urge those who haven’t done so to please pay their
Personal Affairs
LTjg Bernice Robertson USN    dues for 2013 to our Treasurer, Lieutenant Commander Chuck Ernest.
427-3727
Minister of Mirth             We’re looking forward to our dinner on April 17, when we’ll be entertained
LCDR Mike Seixas USNR
(Ret)359-9975
                              by young musicians and vocalists from the community, and to dining at
                              :
mikeseixas@yahoo.com          Shadowbrook on April 23 in support of our Scholarship Program,
Chaplain/Historian
COL Jim Baker USA             reservations for which can be made on/after March 26 (please see separate
(Ret) 423-7429
MAJ Robert Pesce USAR         articles).
(Ret)) 475-3342
LTC Jim Lane USAR                 Do you have friends, neighbors, or relatives that would be interested in attending one of our
UVC Liaison Representative         MOAA events? INVITE THEM give them my contact numbers or give me their names:
(Ret) 246-0323
                                                               Tex Luedtke, VP Membership
Avenue of Flags
Jim Bosso 345-9965
jbossosbcglobal.net
                                                      (831) 722-8566                          TexMarianL@aol.com
Jack Roberts 476-2257
JacRoberts@AOL.com


Newsletter Editor
Diana M. Seixas
(408) 358-1313
dianaseixas@AOL.com
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                                                Legislative Update
                                                  BY ARTIE MEEK, LCDR MSC USN ((Ret)




                                                  Edmund Burke said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good
    Place Artwork                                 men do nothing.” When it comes to sexual assault in the military, the question
                                                  being asked, “Is a deaf ear being turned to a problem that might be
        Here                                      considered endemic?”
                                                  Women today make up 14% of active-duty forces, an admirable statistic.
                                                  Less admirable though, 3,192 cases of sexual assault in the military were
                                                  reported in 2011, a 1% increase from the previous year. And this may be the
                                                  tip of the iceberg, as the Defense Department believes “...thousands more go
                                                  unreported, estimated as high as 19,000.” In both military and civilian life,
                                                  sexual assaults are under reported.
YOUR GOVERNMENT
REPRESENTATIVES               The U.S. Government Accountability Office found that reporting by military health-care providers
President                     was inconsistent, “mostly because guidance is lacking.” “The military does not always do enough
Barack Obama                  to respond to victims of sexual assault”, according to a recent report, one which “Defense
1600 Penna. Ave.
Washington, D.C               officials told auditors that they disagreed with their conclusions,” while agreeing that they need to
U.S. Senator                  emphasize refresher training more.
Diane Feinstein
331 Hart Building
                              In an interview with NBC’s Natalie Morales last September, Leon Panetta, then Secretary of
Washington,                   Defense, said that the “... military’s tendency to sweep rape cases under the rug instead of
D.C.20510                     prosecuting them is ‘an outrage’ he intends to change.” He pointed out that though more than
http://                       3,000 cases of sexual assault were reported in 2011, only 240 cases were prosecuted. Last
feinstein.senate.gov          September, Panetta established policies that would provide for immediate transfer out of units
U.S. Senator
Barbara Boxer
                              where an assault occurred, along with the requirement that the cases be handled by senior officers
112 Hart Building             other than the unit commander.
Washington, D.C.
20510                          Congresswoman, Jackie Speier weighed in on the report, saying that it showed “...regrettably,
http://boxer.senate.gov        more of the same, with cases up and prosecutions and punishments down.” She believes such
U.S. Representative
Sam Farr                       cases should be removed from the military’s chain of command and handled by “a special
1117 Longworth Bldg.           office made up of military and civilian experts.” According to her, “prevention classes and
Washington, D.C.
                               sensitivity training” is not sufficient to solve the problem.
20515
http://
www.farr.house.gov             The recent decision of a convening authority to overturn the sexual assault conviction of an Air
U.S. Representative            Force officer has created a furor among some in congress. Speier advocates for changes in
Anna Eshoo
                               the UMCJ “...which would strip commanders of their power to overturn the decisions of
205 Canon Building
Washington, D.C.               judges and juries after courts-martial.” Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Senator Jeanne
20515                          Shaheen (D-NH), in a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, asked him to review the
www.house.gov/eshoo
County Supervisors             case. A retired Air Force Technical Sergeant who was “raped once and assaulted three times
701 Ocean Street               in her first two years in the service,” said women must “...still rely on military justice that
Santa Cruz, CA 95060           depends on commanders to ‘do the right thing,”’in a system where the convening authority is”
phone 454-2000
 fax 454-3262                  the judge, jury and executioner.”
                                                                LEGISLATIVE UPDATE CONTINUED ON PAGE 3.
 APRIL DINNER MEETING ENTERTAINMENT AT THE ELKS
  BY: JOANNE ERNEST
The program for our April 17th meeting will be a return of the fine young
performers of Talent Bank. In past years this was a very popular
entertainment for MOAA. Now, with the move to the Elks, we are again
able to present young musicians with the benefit of a much better piano
than we had at Peachwoods. In lieu of a fee, MOAA will be making a
modest contribution to the Talent Banks Award Festival, a program of the
Music Teachers Association of Santa Cruz County that promotes quality
music performance by our young people by awarding merit scholarships                         APRIL 2013
                                                                                              BIRTHDAYS
for their music lessons. We will hear several vocalists perform classical
and show tunes, and chamber music groups including violin, viola, piano
                                                                                             EUNICE BAKER
and flute, as well as some excellent solo piano playing. Be prepared to
enjoy some fine talent!                                                                      SHARON
                                                                                             BYSTRAN
 SCHOLARSHIPS UPDATE:                                                                        BRADFORD
                                                                                             ELLIOTT
 BY: LCDR HARRYVAUGHN, USN (RET)
                                                                                             JOANNE ERNEST
 Scholarship applications are to be submitted to our chapter by 1 April.
 During the month of April the Scholarship Committee will go through the                     JANICE FREEMAN
 process of evaluating and rating the applicants. The top 7-10 applications
 will be sent to all board members to review. The Board of Directors will                    MARCELLA HALL
 decide the number of scholarships to award, the winning recipients and
 the value of each scholarship ($500-$1,000) at the May board meeting.                       TERRENCE &
                                                                                             ROSIE MCKINNEY
 A big “thank you” to all the donors to the scholarship fund – you provide
 the major source of money to keep it going! Don’t forget the MOAA                           BONNIE ORGAN
 benefit dinner at Shadowbrook on Tuesday, 23 April! Last year our
 dinner out brought in over $700 to the scholarship fund and everyone had                    BERNICE
 a great time! Bernice Robertson gets the credit for organizing this                         ROBERTSON
 wonderful event!                                                                            MAX SMALL

 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE (continued from page 2).
 As it stands now, no one, not the Secretary of Defense, nor the president, can overturn     OUR APRIL
 the decision of the convening authority, nor can a prosecutor appeal.
                                                                                             MEETING OF
 Panetta, at the memorial service of our two slain police officers, said some military       MOAA HAS BEEN
 officials “looked the other way,” in Hawaii rather than prosecute the perpetrator for the
                                                                                             SET FOR WED.
 crime of rape when he was in the army. Because of this, he added, “at some point,
 somebody pays a price.” No one can argue that changes need to be made. Panetta              APRIL 17, 2013 AT
 said that the military motto of “leaving nobody behind,” would hopefully evolve to          THE ELKS CLUB
 “we’ve got everybody’s back.” Hagel, a former army grunt, with two Purple Hearts,
 has made it clear “that sexual assault has absolutely no place in our armed forces and
 must be addressed decisively.”

 The military should be a safe place for women.
 Military Officer's Association of America
 Santa Cruz Chapter
 P. O. Box 1011
 Santa Cruz, CA 95061-1011




SHADOWBROOK MOAA FUND RAISER
MOAA Santa Cruz Chapter has been selected to participate in the Shadowbrook Community Event on
Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Reservations can be made from 5 to 8:30 p.m. by calling (831) 475-1511 after
March 26, 2013. When you call be sure to tell them you are with the Military Officers Association of
America (MOAA). Don’t forget to tell your waiter or waitress as well. You may start calling by the time
you receive this newsletter.
The restaurant will donate one third of MOAA’s sales for the Scholarship Fund.
Reservations must be made directly to the Shadowbrook Restaurant The entire restaurant menu will be
available including the Rock Room Lounge menu from the woodoven. Start inviting friends, relatives busi-
ness associates and others so the more the merrier and the greater the contribution to our Scholarship Fund.
More information will be forth coming but save the date! If you want more specifics please contact Bernice
Robertson (831) 427-2737.




 DONATIONS WERE MADE FROM JIM BOSSO TO THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND AND THE GENERAL
 FUND.

 MEMBERS WISHING TO MAKE A DONATION TO THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND AND/OR THE
 GENERAL FUND MAY DO SO BY SENDING THEIR CHECK TO LCDR CHUCK ERNEST AT 3071
 DOVER DRIVE, SANTA CRUZ. CA 95065. THESE DONATIONS ARE NOT TAX DEDUCTABLE.




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