MOAA Santa Cruz APRIL 2013 President LTjg Bob Burns USNR 454-9477 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 : firstname.lastname@example.org 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 . 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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