M ILITARY OFFICERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
A LAMO C HAPTER
T HE L ARIAT
Volume 27, Number 9 September 2007
Another month has just flown by. As However, Rhoda will continue in an completed on a timely basis. I guess
I author this, it is 3 hours before my advisory capacity because of her there is a message there! But none
wife, Ruby, and I leave on a 2 week superb talents and great attitude. the less, I assure you members we
land-cruise vacation to Alaska. Obvi- Again, congratulations Rhoda, you have a leadership team that in my
ously we are excited about this trip but are the best and our chapter member- view is unparalleled in the history of
I must complete my article prior to ship gains much from your expertise the MOAA Alamo Chapter. It is a
leaving so that you will have another and your enthusiasm for the organi- great team with wonderful camarade-
timely issue of the Lariat come Sep- zation. rie, a great spirit and with a can-do
tember. It was exciting for me personally, attitude that you just would not be-
Perhaps you have noted the recent and from the chapter perspective, for lieve. This is a marvelous testimony
Lariat editions have been sent out on a the Ft Sam Houston Garrison Com- to people who continue to give of
much timelier basis. We are also post- mander, Col Wendy Martinson, to themselves even after so many years
ing the Lariat on our website. If you tell me she was so happy that ac- of great service to our country. Take
have the capability, I ask each of you commodations could be made to the opportunity to extend your hand
to visit our website regularly keep our chapter on the post. For to each of them at our luncheons and
(www.alamomoaa.org). Our webmas- our branding efforts, I want to thank the various venues and say thank you
ter, Gene Culp, makes it a website of in particular Phyllis Smith and for the service they provide to our
which we can all be proud. David Patrick for working so hard at chapter.
Speaking of volunteers, I would be putting our name out there. By the But as always there is room to
remiss if I didn’t make special mention time you read this we will have par- improve and I continue to solicit
of our own Volunteer of the Year, ticipated in another fundraising ven- ideas and suggestions that can make
Rhoda Philby, who has been recog- ture with KLRN. I hope some of our chapter go forward.
nized by the United Way and by the Ft you saw our spirited volunteers in We were honored again this year
Sam Houston leadership as being our action. by receiving a 4 star recognition
Volunteer of the Year and a great I have been traveling significantly award from MOAA. That is a dis-
American. Because of continuing of late but, despite my absence, the tinct honor for our chapter as only
health issues, she is passing the baton organization is going forward with three chapters of twenty eight in
of Editor to Gene Culp who will be great vigor. I might even add that Texas received the award.
ably assisted by Trish Meserve, our some of my good friends have told
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outstanding contract administrator. me that our recent staff meeting was
Rhoda Philby, Inside This Edition: Welcome
Volunteer of Page 2 Golf Tournament New Members!
the Year and Page 3 Legislative Update
out-going Col Kerry Green
Page 6 Lighter Than Air
Page 9 Benefits, Health & Welfare Col Sam Hollenbeck
Thanks, Page 9 HCAC Update
Rhoda, for a Page 14 Wounded Warrior’s R Maj Guy Davis
Page 15 Chaplain’s Corner
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Can you spare some time? MOAA- Cookie Angels
AC needs you! Please help us make Lots of angels sprinkled their wings
this the best chapter ever. Currently with flour last month or provided
we need the following: needed items and thereby brought
Assistant Webmaster Attention Golfers! good cheer to the soldiers:
Assistant Membership Chairman Jim Balogh
Assistant Programs Chairman Alamo Chapter will host its first Aina Blake
Historian annual MOAA-AC Golf Tournament Jerry Bonin
Transportation Coordinator next spring on Friday, March 28th at Irene Collier
Gardener(s) for Red Cross Bldg the Fort Sam Houston Golf Club Frank and Dolores DeVille
Active Duty Liaisons (Loma course). Nita Felder
Play (four person scramble format) Susan Filipini
Plus, we always need helping hands will begin at 1:00pm with a shotgun Dixie Flory
at the bi-annual picnics (before and start and will be followed by an Barbara Horvath
after), the Retirement Days at the vari- awards dinner in the clubhouse. Sue McCarthy
ous bases, and the collection of items Entry fee is $75.00 with net pro- Mac & Lori McDonald
for the installation’s Family Centers. ceeds going to the chapter’s Scholar- Claudia Milam
ship Fund and other local military ser- Bo Mills
We welcome Joshua Jose who has vice organizations.
volunteered to help with membership. Lolly Orlowski
Mark your calendar and check fu- Frank & Helga Parks
Please consider becoming a volun- ture editions of the Lariat for more Herta Taylor
teer and call me (210) 497-3225, or detailed information. Susie Tolman
Walter Grinfield (210) 674-5659 or the
MOAA-AC office (210) 228-9955.
LtCol Gene Culp Phyllis Smith
Martha E. Curtis Dot Wise
Tom and Evelyn Woods
Adopt a Program - WFSC MOAA-AC Polo
Please patronize our The following items are needed by the Shirts
advertisers! Warrior and Family Support Center.
Any offerings will be collected at the
September 26 Oktoberfest picnic sup- Show your colors!
per at Eberle Park. (blue with red lettering)
Show your pride!
In Memoriam School items: pencils, notepaper, fold-
ers, notepads, ballpoint pens, crayons, Alamo Chapter Polo Shirts are here!
rulers, non toxic glue, blunt scissors.
We received the news that the following The shirts are a 60/40 cotton-
members have passed away. We wish to Snack items: Fruit that needs no peel- polyester blend.
convey our sincere condolences and best ing, crackers, microwave popcorn.
wishes to the families and loved ones:
Personal Items: feminine hygiene
Mrs Evelyn D. Carp products, hair products, shaving items, To purchase, stop by the office any
July 21, 2007 hair brushes, combs, sun screen, body weekday morning or attend the Okto-
lotion, lip balm. berfest picnic supper on September
CWO3 Hugh Cochran 26th. The price of the shirt is $25.00.
Misc: Disposable cameras, phone
August 13, 2007 cards
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L EGISLATIVE R EPORT
tem that accepts claims in a timely manner subject to a
The San Antonio Express-News, in an article starting
The report this month is in two parts. The first part is on page one of the following day’s edition, reported the
a report on the Veterans Forum that was held August 5th shouting and accusations by a few veterans who were not
at the downtown campus of UTSA. Our Deputy VP for interested in the submitted questions that the panel had
Legislative Affairs, Ed LeFebvre, attended the Forum hoped to address had personal axes to grind.
and has written the following report: The vast majority of veterans present were from Viet
Veteran’s Forum Held in San Antonio Nam. Chairman Filner reported that there are at least
By Lt Col (Ret) Ed LeFebvre, USAF, BSC 200,000 homeless Vietnam veterans. The most tragic
statistic he reported was that there have been as many
A congressional Veterans Forum was held Sunday, Viet Nam veterans who have committed suicide as were
August 5, 2007, at the downtown campus of UTSA be- killed in the war.
fore an overflow crowd. The forum featured the House I wish the congressmen the best of luck in making their
Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman, Bob Filner (D- proposed budget increases a reality.
CA) as well as Texas Congressmen Ciro Rodriguez (D-
Dist 23), Charlie Gonzalez (D-Dist 20) and Henry The second part of this column is a report about a visit
Cuellar (D-Dist 28). The congressmen each opened to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s San Antonio office.
with some brief statements. (As a part of our efforts to visit our two Senators and four
Chairman Filner stated that his committee has added Congressmen during the August recess, we mailed letters
30% to the VA budget. The additions include money for to the two Senators and Congressman Lamar Smith.
health care and an increase in the burial allowance. The When Ed LeFebvre attended the Veteran’s Forum, he
increase also budgets for an additional one thousand hand delivered the letters to the other three Congress-
claims processors since the VA has a huge backlog of men).
unprocessed claims. The committee has renamed the I received a call from Senator Hutchison’s Regional
concurrent receipt issue the Disabled Veterans Tax Director, Mr. Tony Jaso, and we arranged a visit for Au-
which has raised it to a new level of interest as Congress gust 15. As our President was out of the city, our Execu-
members react to taxes. Hopefully this relabeling will tive VP, Jim Cunningham, accompanied me to Senator
prompt Congress to pass full concurrent receipt. Hutchison’s office. We spent just over an hour with Mr.
A VA hospital for South Texas was a big topic al- Jaso. He has been on Sen. Hutchison’s staff for about a
though some of the members of the audience appeared year and is responsible for the San Antonio, El Paso, and
to be confused about the role of the Veteran’s Admini- Corpus Christi areas.
stration vs. the Department of Defense which is the gov- We discussed all the subjects that are currently impor-
erning agency for Brooke Army Medical Center and tant to MOAA National plus a few more things. We dis-
Wilford Hall Medical Center. The Texas congressmen cussed the immigration problem for some time. Senator
at the forum are working with their colleagues in the Rio Hutchison had an immigration meeting in El Paso which
Grande Valley and have already drafted a bill to make it Mr. Jaso also attended. He advised us that the Senator
happen. The Express-News of 8 August 2007 reported was very strong on border security and was able to get an
this again after their visit to the Rio Grande Valley with amendment passed that called for input from local law
US Representatives Solomon Ortiz and Ruben Hinojosa enforcement personnel on the location and design of the
from that area. Unfortunately, my experience with a fence that will be constructed along the border. (This is
similar issue in Virginia is that least a five-year lead not one of the priorities of MOAA National, but certainly
time is needed to get it done but that is five years sooner of interest to all of us here in Texas)
than if they never get started. He also said he would send us a letter stating the Sena-
The issue of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) tor’s position on all the items of interest to MOAA and
was preeminent in the minds of many attendees. Chair- some other bills that MAJ Cunningham identified as be-
man Filner wants to change the claims system to model ing of interest to the Alamo Chapter. Both Jim and I feel
it after the IRS. The VA would accept all claims subject we were able to establish a good working relationship
to audit rather than continually ask for more informa- with Tony Jaso that will help us in the future. He is an
tion. He stressed the need to get the VA out of an adver- energetic young man who likes his job with the Senator.
sary system for dealing with claims and change to a sys- (Continued on Page 5)
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As an old retired infantry officer, I often think of my thought
processes while I was on active duty. The terminology used during
operations was found in Field Manual 101-5-1.
As your vice president for membership, I am also in need of cer-
tain terminology for recruiting. Permit me to extract some of the
FM 101-5-1 terminology and apply them to my MOAA job. Re-
member, FM 101-5-1’s are primarily tactical terms; but for this arti-
cle, I will tweak them slightly to apply these to our chapter. Here
are a select few: Deputy Exec VP, Gil Rodriguez, presents our July
luncheon speaker, Col Richard Clark, 12TFW Com-
MAIN BODY: The principal part of a tactical command or forma- mander, with a MOAA token following Col Clark's
tion. It does not include detached elements of the command, such as remarks about significant upcoming events at
advance guards, flank guards, or covering force, etc. Randolph AFB.
In our chapter, that would include the membership, our auxiliary,
and solitaires. action under consideration by the commander.
In our chapter, your staff meets monthly, to plan
AREA of INFLUENCE: It is a geographic area the size of which and conduct the operations of our chapter. Using
depends upon the mission, organization, and equipment of the force the strategic plan as our guide, we come up with
involved. the operations to help our president to, success-
In our chapter, it is the greater San Antonio area. fully, implement our mission and vision.
JOINT OPERATION: An operation carried on by two, or more, of SUSTAINED RATE of FIRE: Actual rate of
the Armed Forces of the United States. fire that a weapon can continue to deliver for an
In our chapter, it is the various branches of our members helping to indefinite length of time without seriously over-
bring together new members, for our chapters, from every branch of heating.
service. (I `really’ tweaked this one, but you get the point). In our chapter, I don’t believe any one has worked
that hard, in recruiting, to have reached the point
MOVEMENT to CONTACT: An offensive operation designed to of exhaustion….overheating. (I know; this is
gain initial ground with the enemy, or to regain lost contact. `really’ tweaking), but the reality is there have
In our chapter, we must make contact with our fellow officers been but a few members, who are very diligent,
(certainly not the enemy), to let them know about MOAA and the with their recruiting efforts. Thank you for your
Alamo Chapter. We must regain contact with those members who sustained rate of recruiting.
have dropped out for various reasons, and encourage them to rejoin
us. WARNING ORDER: An advance notice of an
action or an order that is to follow. It is intended
PRIORITY of FIRES: Direction to a fire support planner to or- to give subordinates time to make necessary plans
ganize and employ fire support means in accordance with the rela- and preparation.
tive importance of the supported unit’s mission. In our chapter, this call to recruiting new mem-
In our chapter, it is my job as VP Membership to identify the offi- bers has gone out long ago.
cers who can be recruited to MOAA. Included are active duty offi-
cers at Randolph, Lackland, Ft Sam Houston; the Guard and the Re- Well, as you can see; I am having some fun with
serve, and the many retirees settling in the greater San Antonio area. these terminologies. But, in actuality, they are
applicable to our recruiting and retention efforts.
REINFORCE: To strengthen a force by committing additional However, having said this; I do not apply these
forces, supporting elements, or supporting fires. terms at home!
In our chapter, this is when I ask you, (the members), to help and
support our recruiting and retention efforts. You are the key to suc- As always, thank you in advance for your efforts.
cess in membership. You are the force.
STAFF ESTIMATE: The staff officer’s expert evaluation of how Maj Josh Welch
factors in his particular field of interest will influence the courses of
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Exec VP’s Corner
I want to close with one particular
request. Legislative advocacy is
This month, I want to talk with ship, but he cannot succeed without
critical now and will always be criti-
you about some goals that we, as OUR help. This means it is the Duty
cal in our mission. We have two
members of the Chapter, should all of all chapter members to look for op-
wonderful leaders in our legislative
be working toward. portunities to sign up new members.
area, Frank Parks and Ed LeFebvre,
We meet former officers every day
who are tried and true advocates in Earlier this year the Chapter offi-
who may belong to MOAA National
their own right, as well as our Exec cers created a Strategic Plan, ap-
or may have never heard of MOAA.
VP Jim Cunningham who, as First proved by the Board of Directors, to
We need to educate them about
Vice President of the Texas Council guide the Chapter in the coming
MOAA and get them interested in
of Chapters, is their legislative arm. years. We did this to develop goals
joining both the national organization
Contact them with your legislative and “op-orders”, if you will, for us
and Alamo Chapter. I ran into a for-
concerns. to follow in developing the health
mer officer quite by accident the other
Also, please email or write your and growth of the Alamo Chapter to
day in a sporting goods shop. As we
Senators and Representative to let be a force for advocacy in San Anto-
talked, I found that he belonged to
them know how you feel about legis- nio and the State for our members,
MOAA but was not aware that there
lative issues. Remember, so many of spouses, and widowers. In addition,
was a local chapter. I had a member-
them at the national and state levels we want to expand our participation
ship application with me and he is now
have never sacrificed in the way each with other veterans groups in the
a member of the Alamo Chapter! It is
of us has, away from home, while San Antonio area and to become a
as simple as that. Carry a copy of the
serving our country under sometimes leader among them.
membership form with you! You
very adverse conditions. I ask all of
Each of your officers has set stan- might just as likely run across poten-
you to regularly be strong advocates
dards and goals to meet for his or her tial members at Church, the Commis-
because you each vote.
position. We revisit these each staff sary, the Rotary, etc. The old Boy
Thank you for allowing me to be
meeting to see where we are and to Scout adage of “being prepared” holds
your President, it is a distinct honor
discuss areas where we may need to true here. Keep copies of the member-
and I take it very seriously. God
give additional emphasis or volun- ship applications with you! Our breth-
teer assistance. We are trying to ren in the El Paso Chapter have gone
LtCol Ed Marvin create redundancy of jobs by involv- so far as to sign members up in the
ing two or three volunteers in se- latrine, and it works!!
Legislative Report lected positions to cover and lead
I also want to comment on our
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luncheons. I understand there have
So that you know what MOAA there. This insures goals and assign- been complaints that our luncheon
National is working hardest on, and ments are met and trains replace- costs are too high. I can understand
what we discussed with Mr. Jaso, ments for current officers. I encour- that this might be such a perception.
age you to call our volunteer coordi-
these are the five items: However, I assure you the cost of our
nator, Martha Curtis, to determine
1. SBP Inequities luncheons, believe it or not, is very
what volunteer efforts you might be
2. Concurrent Receipt inexpensive compared to other organi-
able to assist in. We have developed
3. Oppose TRICARE Increases zations. For example, MOAA chap-
job descriptions for each area so that
4. VA/DOD Transition Services ters in Houston and the DFW area
you will know exactly what you are
5. Active Duty Pay Raise. charge from $25 to $35 for their
luncheons. The Alamo Chapter
Another key element, which we charges only for the cost of the meal,
Maj Frank Parks can never emphasize enough, is that including any surcharge by the club,
of membership. In order to remain a and the cost of entertainment, if any.
viable chapter and a leader in San This allows most of our luncheons to
Remembering the vic- Antonio and the State, we need to cost only $15 to $16. The only time
tims and the sacrifice always recruit members to the that we charge more is our Christmas
of 9/11/01 Alamo Chapter. Josh Welch, our Party, which we try to keep at $25.
Membership Vice President, is try- The luncheons are not, and are not
ing valiantly to increase member- (Continued on Page 13)
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Deputy Executive VP Treasurer’s Tid Bits
LTA: The Other Pilot’s only someone with a lot of money Tax Issues with Capital Gains and
really endures in this sport. Dividends
License! Under the Jobs and Growth Tax
My wife, Andy, went to Albuquer-
Many of us in MOAA have served Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003,
que on business and ended up in a
our country as pilots. Did you ever generating long-term capital gains or
balloon as thanks for helping “crew”.
want to get a totally different flight investing for dividend income could
Never mind the business part of the
rating like the LTA? I almost did. be two of your big opportunities to
trip – it was during the National Bal-
LTA stands for Lighter Than Air, a save on taxes. Be aware that the Act
loon Festival and no one worked!
bona fide FAA regulated license. I am of 2003 created "sunset provisions,"
speaking of hot air ballooning. She was so excited about the sport, however, meaning that the tax rates on
she and I went to Plano Texas for a both capital gains and dividends may
The first recorded hot air flight was
balloon flight safety day, and I’ll ad- go up again unless congress acts to
conducted in France in October of
mit I was tempted. Then, like hot air extend the rates. The lower rates are
1783. The first pilot – and passengers
balloons cooling off, we came to re- currently only legislated through 2008,
(take your pick) – were a duck, a
alize that one could never launch a although many observers believe these
rooster, and a sheep. They landed
balloon in Harlingen, where we lived rates will eventually be made perma-
safely. So, on November 21, 1783, the
at the time. nent.
Marquis d’Arlanders and Pilatre de
Rozier earned the honor of being the You can’t launch in winds stronger Capital Gains
than 8 mph, and anyone who knows Rates: The maximum tax rate on net
first humans into the air (fire and
anything about the Valley knows the capital gains from assets held 12
wind NEVER blows less than 20 months or more has been reduced to
That was more than a century before 15% (from 20%) for most taxpayers
mph. And that’s on a calm day!
the Wright brothers got off the ground. and reduced to 5% (from 10%) for
In the U.S., the Navy was the first to Andy and I abandoned our dream taxpayers in the 10% and 15% tax rate
explore balloon flight as a possible of ballooning around Texas and I of brackets for property sold or otherwise
war tool and brought it into the mod- having another kind of pilot’s li- disposed of after May 5, 2003 (and
ern age. cense. To be perfectly honest, if you installment sale payments received
ever get me in one of those things, after that date). The reduced rate ap-
Naval Aviators rated LTA wore
I’m going to have to take my CD plies for both the regular tax and the
only one Gold Wing on their chest
player along. I need the sound of alternative minimum tax.
rather than the normal Gold Wings.
aircraft engines just to feel safe! (Note: The higher rates that apply to
They flew blimps, which were lov-
ingly called “poopy bags” and, you I’m told rides are great gifts for unrecaptured section 1250 gain, col-
guessed it, they were called “poopy birthdays and anniversaries. And, if lectibles gain, and section 1202 gain
bag pilots”. Today, there are more you want to see something spectacu- have not changed.)
lar, go to the National Balloon Festi- Tax Treatment of Capital Losses: If
than 6000 LTA-rated pilots in the U.S.
val in Albuquerque coming up the you incur losses from the sale of a
The training consists of 8 hours of capital asset, you can deduct those
second week in October.
instructor training and 10 hours of losses to the extent they offset capital
ground training, all at a cost of around You’ll not only see regular bal- gains from the sale of other assets. If
$3500. If you’re diligent, you can get loons, big and small and colorful, but your losses exceed your gains, you can
your solo in on a long weekend. all the Services have balloons (for only deduct up to $3,000 ($1,500 if
recruiting purposes I assume), and you are married and filing separately)
The next step is to buy a balloon.
the special shapes are really of capital losses in a tax year against
They range in price from $25,000 to
‘special’, i.e., soda cans, tennis other income on Form 1040. You can
custom-made beauties for $250,000.
shoes, cartoon characters, and the carry losses forward and continue to
Add to that a trailer to haul your bal-
like. Hopefully it won’t rain! deduct $3,000 ($1,500 if filing sepa-
loon and tools (including lots of duct
tape!), ballast, helium tanks, etc. Then rately) annually against other income
there’s the cost of traveling to compe- LDCR Gil Rodriguez until your losses are used up.
titions or shows plus motels and food Other Issues: A long-term gain gen-
for you and the crew. As you can see, erally applies to assets held for a
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Treasurer’s Tid Bits
(Continued from Page 6) Solitaires
minimum of one year or more. be at the Randolph AFB Officers
Short-term capital gains are considered Club on the 23rd, beginning at 11 a.m.
as part of your Adjusted Gross Income for champagne and brunch at 11:30.
(AGI) and taxed at your ordinary income Also in September, Oktoberfest
tax rate. Investors must avoid "wash will be held at the Eberle Park picnic
sales" (selling and repurchasing the same area on Randolph AFB on the 26th at
or virtually the same asset), and you September brings Texas potential
5:30 p.m. So please plan on joining
should also be aware of potential Alter- tropical storms and even hurricanes.
your fellow chapter friends and ac-
native Minimum Tax (AMT) Yes, it’s stormy weather time, re-
quaintances for some good camarade-
implications of taking large capital minding me (who would have
rie, a festive atmosphere, and fine
gains. guessed) of yet another great song,
outdoor served cuisine.
Dividends ‘Stormy Weather’, sung initially in
Changes Create Tax Savings Opportu- 1933 by Ethel Waters at Harlem’s In October, the Solitaires regular
nities: In the past, dividend income was Cotton Club and later recorded in luncheon will be at the Sam Houston
treated as just another source of ordinary 1941 by Lena Horne, who continues Club on the 2nd and the Sunday
income, and taxed at your normal tax to be widely associated with the tune, Brunch will be at Randolph on the
rate. Now, the same 15% (or 5%) maxi- both in sheet music and CD recording 28th. We also plan to attend a play at
mum tax rate that applies to net capital remakes. the Harlequin Dinner Theater in mid-
gain also applies to dividends paid by October. The exact date will be pro-
With our recent hot, humid, and on
most domestic and foreign corporations vided at upcoming Solitaires events
and off rainy or stormy days, a slight
after December 31, 2002. For taxpayers and in the October Lariat.
paraphrase of the song’s words seems
in higher brackets, this represents a sig- appropriate, ‘Don’t know why — For the above and any other activi-
nificant reduction. Certain dividends There’s no sun up in the sky, Stormy ties, members will be contacted by
from regulated investment companies weather. Just can’t seem to get my our callers. Questions or new inquir-
such as mutual funds, real estate invest- stuff together. Keeps rainin’ all the ies should be directed to Mary Gos-
ment trusts, and certain foreign corpora- time. When you went away, the blues sage at 830-249-2374, e-mail:
tions do not qualify for the reduced rates. walked in and met me; If you stay email@example.com.
There are also some holding require- away, old rockin’ chair will get me;
ments. Consult your tax professional for All I do is pray, the Lord above will — If you are a single man or lady
more details. let me, Walk in the sun once more…”. and like to eat, chat, make new
As with capital gains, the Tax Relief friends, experience or provide some-
Act of 2003also created "sunset provi- Let us hope in the next several
times brief impromptu or scheduled
sions" for dividend rates, so tax rates weeks that we’ll have a minimum of
interesting demonstrations, talks, or
may go up again unless Congress acts to stormy weather during our Solitaires
discussions, whether you are: visiting
extend the rate reductions. The lower and other chapter events.
the area; active duty or retired; wid-
rates are currently only legislated In August, we had our luncheon on owed or divorced; or a Nurse; the
through 2008. the 7th at the Sam Houston Club, and SOLITAIRES is the group for you.
our Sunday Brunch on the 26th at
LTC Dan Cummings Randolph. As we stated last month, This is a wonderful opportunity to
in September, the luncheon will be a enjoy camaraderie with other single
Material discussed is meant for general potluck and pool party at the home of men and ladies whose backgrounds
illustration and/or informational purposes Susie Tolman on the 8th, at 11 a.m. and experiences are or have been
only and it is not to be construed as tax, le- Partaking of the pool aspect is op- with the military.
gal, or investment advice. tional (and the swimming will be
Although the information has been gath- moved inside in case of stormy
ered from sources believed to be reliable, weather — just kidding). Maj Len Mull
please note that individual situations can
vary therefore, the information should be As is our group’s tradition, ladies
relied upon when coordinated with individ- please bring a dish or wine and men
ual professional advice. please bring even more wine. Please
Source: Financial Visions, Inc. call Mary Gossage if you haven’t yet
obtained directions to Susie’s home.
September’s Sunday Brunch will
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Benefits, Health & Welfare HCAC Update
No SBP premiums in 2008 ments that will note the number of pre- I recently attended the quarterly
ARLINGTON, Va. (AFRNS) – miums paid to date. Each RAS issued Health Care Consumer Advisory Coun-
Participants in the Uniformed Ser- after December 2008, whether annu- cil at FSH chaired by BG Gilman,
vices Survivor Benefit Plan for retired ally or as a result of a pay change, will Commander of the Great Plains Re-
military members now have a new include the Paid-up SBP premium gional Medical Command (GPRMC).
milestone to mark on their calendars. “counter,” based on DFAS records, to Much of the discussion related to the
Effective October 1, 2008, SBP help retirees monitor their eligibility Wounded Warrior population, reaffirm-
participants who reach 70 years of status. ing that group as being the #1 priority
age and have made 360 payments (30 More information on Paid-up SBP, for medical care at BAMC. New (at
years), will no longer have to pay pre- including frequently asked questions least new to me) acronyms were used at
miums for continued SBP coverage and news updates, should be available the meeting. They are: WT (Warrior in
and will be placed in “Paid-up SBP” at the DFAS Web site at Transition), WTU (Warrior in Transi-
status. Paid-up SBP provisions were www.dfas.mil/retiredpay.html within tion Unit) and SAMSM (San Antonio
mandated by the National Defense the next several months. Multi-Service Market).
Authorization Act for fiscal 1999. (Courtesy of the Defense finance and A major amount of time was dedi-
The law also established a paid-up Accounting Service) cated to discussing the current priorities
status, also beginning on October 1, at BAMC for "Access to Care." This
2008, for participants in the Retired **** hierarchy, as presented, follows:
Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan 1) WT assigned/attached to BAMC
VA Establishes Suicide Hot Line
once they reach 70 years of age. 2) WT assigned/attached to WTUs in
WASHINGTON – To ensure veter-
No action is required of SBP par- the SAMSM
ans with emotional crises have round-
ticipants to be placed in Paid-up SBP 3) WT assigned/attached to other
the-clock access to trained profession-
status. Once the eligibility criteria GPRMC WTUs
als, the Department of Veterans Af-
has been met, the Defense Finance 4) Advanced Individual Training (AIT)
fairs (VA) has begun operation of a
and Accounting Service will auto- students
national suicide prevention hot line for
matically stop deducting premiums 5) AD permanent party assigned to FSH
from qualifying military retired pay 6) AD permanent party in the SAMSM
“Veterans need to know these VA
accounts. 7) AD permanent party in the GPRMC
professionals are literally a phone call
The law establishing Paid-up SBP 8) TRICARE Prime enrolled at BAMC
away,” said Secretary of Veterans Af-
does not allow for refunds of premi- 9) TRICARE Prime enrolled in
fairs Jim Nicholson said. “All service
ums paid before October 1, 2008, SAMSM
members who experience the stresses
even though a retiree may have 10) TRICARE Prime enrolled at MTFs
of combat can have wounds on their
reached age 70 and made 360 or more in GPRMC
minds as well as their bodies. Veter-
premium payments. 11) Non Prime referrals with GME
ans should see mental health services
DFAS is currently developing value
as another benefit they have earned,
changes to the military retiree pay 12) Space Available (Standard, Extra,
which the men and women of VA are
systems that will monitor the number TPlus, TFL.)
honored to provide.”
of SBP premiums paid and the age of
The toll-free hot line number is 1- BAMC is not accepting new retiree
the participant. The system updates
800-273-TALK (8255). VA’s hot line enrollees with the exception of active
are targeted for a May 2008 comple-
will be staffed by mental health pro- duty FSH assignees who retire locally.
tion date. At that time, SBP partici-
fessionals in Canandaigua, N.Y. They It was announced that as of 15 Sep-
pants who will be eligible for Paid-up
will take toll-free calls from across the tember 2007, WHMC will also no
SBP status on October 1, 2008, or
country and work closely with local longer accept new retirees.
will meet eligibility within a short
VA mental health providers to help It was not mentioned whether
time of the implementation date, will
callers. WHMC will adopt a similar program to
be notified by mail of their impending Source: Dept of Veterans Affairs Press BAMC for new active duty retirees.
paid-up status. Release The specific date for the LAFB
Those military retirees who be-
Health Care Consumer Advisory Coun-
come eligible for Paid-up SBP status **** cil meeting has not been officially an-
after the initial group will be notified
of their SBP status on their December
2008 annual Retiree Account State- Col Stuart Myers
9 The Lariat September 2007
Chapter Events Calendar
3 Volunteer Hours Due 1 Volunteer Hours Due
5-7 AETC Training Symposium RAFB 2 Solitaire’s Luncheon 11am Sam Houston Club
5 Staff Meeting 9am MOAA-AC Office 4 Staff Meeting 9am MOAA-AC Office
5 Veterans Administration Volunteers Mtg 1pm 5-6 TCC Meeting Grapevine, Tx
8 Solitaire’s Pot Luck 11am 10 Volunteer Advisory Council Mtg
12 Volunteer Advisory Council Mtg 9am 10 MOAA-AC Board Meeting
14 Lariat Article Deadline 15 Lariat Article Deadline
20 PX/Commissary Mtg 18 Membership Luncheon Sam Houston Club
20 Lariat to Printer 25 Lariat to Printer
23 Solitaire Brunch 11am Randolph O Club 28 Solitaire Brunch 11am Randolph O Club
25 Extravaganza Recruiting - Sam Houston Club 30 Extravaganza Recruiting - Sam Houston Club
26 Oktober Fest Eberle Park 5:30pm Ongoing:
27 HCAC Mtg Lackland Cookie Angels delivering to Warriors & Family Support Center
Cookie Angels delivering to Warriors & Family Support Center
Note: Events bolded are for the general membership and italicized are for staff,
though members are always welcome.
1 Volunteer Hours Due
1 Staff Meeting 9am MOAA-AC Office 3 Volunteer Hours Due
3 Retiree Days Ft Sam 4 Solitaire’s Luncheon 11am Sam Houston Club
6 Solitaire’s Luncheon 11am Sam Houston Club 5 Christmas Party 6:30pm Randolph O Club
11 Ft Sam Cemetery Veteran’s Day Ceremony 6 Staff Meeting 9am MOAA-AC Office
14 Volunteer Advisory Council Mtg 6 VA Volunteers Meeting 1pm
15 Lariat Article Deadline 12 Volunteer Advisory Council 9am
20 HCAC Mtg Ft Sam 15 Planning Meeting
23 Lariat to Printer 17 Lariat Article deadline
25 Solitaire Brunch 11am Randolph O Club 20 PX Commissary meeting
27 Extravaganza Recruiting - Sam Houston Club 23 Lariat to Printer
29 Chapter Luncheon RAFB O Club 11am
30 Decorate VA Hospital Hospice Ward Ongoing:
Ongoing: Cookie Angels delivering to Warriors & Family Support Center
Cookie Angels delivering to Warriors & Family Support Center
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Vice President’s Corner
(Continued from Page 5)
intended to be, a money making endeavor of the Chap-
ter. I emphasize though, that if you make a reservation
and don’t attend or don’t pay for the luncheon meal,
you hurt the Chapter, because we are still charged for
your meal. In future, when making reservations by tele-
phone, please leave your name, address, telephone num-
ber, number attending, and meal selection, as applica-
I also remind you that the Congress is on vacation
during August. Now is the time for you to review the
legislative goals that MOAA has laid out and which I
covered last month. Once you have done so, call your
Senator or Representative. Tell him or her or a staff
member how you feel about these legislative goals and
the items that are coming up with the Military Authori-
zation bill in September. We can only affect the
changes that we want if you, as a member of MOAA
and the Alamo Chapter, make your views known. Make
these elected officials understand that we are in favor of
long overdue benefits and fixes of problems for current
service people and veterans.
Maj Jim Cunningham
13 The Lariat September 2007
Scholarships Wounded Warrior Report Released
MOAA Alamo Chapter offers President Bush's Wounded Warrior abled and other service-disabled retir-
three scholarships: Commission recently released its find- ees for the purpose of awarding basic
ings and recommendations. Former military benefits such as earned re-
The Colonel Clarence T. Torrey Senator Bob Dole and former Health tired pay and TRICARE coverage.
Community Service Scholarship and Human Services Secretary to DoD has an employer's responsibility
awards $2,000 to a graduating high President Clinton, Donna Shalala, to all military retirees. If they're in-
school senior. Information and ap- chaired the panel. MOAA testified jured badly enough to be retired, then
before the Commission in April. health care is part of the retirement
plication is available through the
benefit. In the process of trying to
Bexar County Scholarship Clearing The Commission was established to
honor the combat-related wounded,
House – see the senior high school find ways to improve care and ser-
we must guard against dishonoring
counselors in San Antonio and Bexar vices for wounded troops following
thousands of others who are no less
reports of substandard outpatient care
County. If the applicant lives outside disabled in service to their country.
and administrative problems at Walter
Bexar County, applications will be The purpose of the Commission was
Reed Army Medical Center. The
available at the MOAA-AC Office. to improve care. The last thing we
Commission made six major recom-
Application deadline is Nov 3. expect to come out of it is a benefit
cut for non-combat-disabled retirees
1) Create a patient-centered recovery
and their families.
plan for every seriously injured ser-
The MOAA-AC Scholarship awards vice member The second major concern is that
a $500 scholarship to a graduating 2) Establish a single disability rating the Commission proposes new VA
high school senior whose par- system, with DoD/Services determin- earnings-replacement payments that
ing fitness for continued service and would cease at age 65 and be offset
ent/grandparent is a member of the VA assigning disability ratings for or replaced by Social Security pay-
MOAA. Additional information and those determined to be unfit for duty ments. Social Security and other
application is available through the 3) Aggressively prevent and treat post "safety net" social insurance pro-
Bexar County Scholarship Clearing traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and grams available to all Americans are
House – see the senior high school traumatic brain injury (TBI) not a substitute for VA disability
counselors in San Antonio and Bexar 4) Significantly strengthen support for compensation. In addition to paying
County. If the applicant lives outside families of the wounded into Social Security like all other
5) Rapidly transfer patient information Americans, disabled servicemembers
Bexar County, applications will be
between DoD and VA paid huge premiums of service and
available at the MOAA-AC Office. 6) Strongly support Walter Reed by sacrifice in defending their country.
Application deadline is Nov 3. recruiting and retaining first-rate pro- There's a huge difference between
fessionals through 2011 becoming disabled in defending your
country and becoming disabled for
MOAA strongly endorses the ma-
The MOAA-AC ROTC Scholarship General Motors. Those who earn VA
awards a $500 scholarship to a jority of the recommendations. We
compensation have earned it as a sup-
graduating high school senior who is do, however, have significant concern
plement to other benefits available to
enrolled in one of the Junior ROTC over two recommendations. First, the
the general population. Congress has
Programs supported by MOAA-AC. Commission would distinguish be-
long recognized that, and shouldn't
Applications will be available tween disabilities incurred in combat
backtrack from it now.
through the MOAA-AC Office and or combat-related events from those
full details and application deadlines from non-combat related events. With these reservations, MOAA
Non-combat disabled retirees would wholeheartedly endorses the
will be available at a later date.
be given only VA care and their Wounded Warrior Report recommen-
spouses/dependents would be ineligi- dations, and we urge the President to
ble for any government health care task DoD and the VA to implement
LtCol Dan Cummings (except if the servicemember later its major recommendations as soon as
died of a service-connected cause). possible.
MOAA strongly objects to distin- Source: MOAA Legislative Update, July 27 2007
guishing between combat-related dis-
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PRESIDENT LtCol Edward L. Marvin
A few weeks ago, in many of our churches, we heard a couple of sto- email@example.com
ries about being persistent. EXECUTIVE VP MAJ James R. Cunningham
The first was an Old Testament story where Abraham was trying to talk God DEPUTY EXEC VP LCDR Gilberto Rodriguez
out of destroying the evil city of Sodom. He asked God if He would destroy SECRETARY LtCol Norris Yates
the righteous along with the evil. He asked God if He would spare the city if firstname.lastname@example.org
there were 50 righteous people. God sort of agreed and Abraham asked if 45 TREASURER LTC Dan Cummings
would be enough to save the city "Would you destroy the city for the lack of DEPUTY TREASURER LT Carl Marmion
five?" VP PERSONAL AFFAIRS Col Stuart Myers
VP LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS MAJ Frank Parks
Abraham really worked at it -- he was very persistent, albeit it unsuccess- DEP LEG AFFAIRS LtCol Ed LeFebvre
VP PUBLIC RELATIONS LTC Phyllis Smith
ful. He had also been persistent asking God to allow him and his wife Sarah to VP MEMBERSHIP MAJ Josh Welch
have a son. He became the father of many - he was persistent. VP PROGRAMS Col Mac McDonald
VP LOGISTICS LTC Randy Hoff
In the second story, a man is visited during the night by a neighbor who LEGAL COUNSEL LtCol Norris Yates
needs a favor - some bread for a visitor. The neighbor won't take "no" for an SOLITAIRES CHAIR Mary Gossage
CONSULTANT Maj Len Mull
answer and after a while the first man gets out if bed to grant him the fa- EDITOR Rhoda Philby
vor. The bothersome neighbor was, like Abraham, persistent. ASSOCIATE EDITOR LtCol Gene Culp
CHAPLAIN Father Dick Ames
Both men were persistent about doing good. MOAA-AC is working very PX/VAV/VAC Rep Susie Tolman
TOPS OFFICER Col David Patrick
hard - it has been for many, many years, trying to do good. And we have WEB MASTER LtCol Gene Culp
been persistent in speaking with legislators and politicians and groups VOLUNTEER COORD. Martha Curtis
with intentions like ours to do what is right for our brothers in uniform. DEP VOL COORD. CPT Walter Grinfield
ADVERTISING CORD. LtCol David Walker
We are being persistent about doing good. And that is good - very DUTY OFFICERS: Mon CWO3 Floyd Bubb
Tue Col Irene Collier
good. We need to continue to be persistent, as our small voices have a great Wed LTC Ken Vandergrift
impact. Blessings. Thur CPT Walter Grinfield
Fri CWO2 Barry Martin
R.K. Ames + DIRECTORS:
BG Robert Herring
The Reverend Richard K. Ames, Lt Col, USAF (Retired) COL Luke Fisher
Col George Gagnon
Col Alexander Gozur
Col Ed McCarthy
LTC Harry Carpenter
LTC Jim Finch
LTC John Gibbs
LTC Sumner Hudson
2Lt Naomi Evangelista
Mrs. Susie Tolman
DIRECTORS EMERITUS HONORARY DIRECTORS
BG George Woodard Gen Ralph Haines
Col George Weinbrenner Gen William McBride
Statement of Publication
The Lariat is the newsletter of the Military Officers Associa-
tion of America—Alamo Chapter. It is published once each
MOAA-AC “Stars” month to inform the membership of issues and activities of
interest to all.
MOAA-AC is a non-profit organization within the state of
Texas organized to represent the membership and to support
the activities of the Texas Council of Chapters and MOAA
August 6, 2007 provided a wonderful opportunity for the Alamo Chapter to National.
assist our community. If you watched the McNeil News Hour that evening, Advertising contained in the newsletter is not endorsed by
the Chapter and does not represent any recommendation to
you saw your fellow chapter members in action. the membership.
The participants were: Top Row: Barry Martin, Mac McDonald, Jerry Gon- Opinions expressed in articles contained herein are not
necessarily those of the membership as a whole or the Chap-
zales, Jim Cunningham, Jack Downey, Jack Neal, Irene Collier. ter. Questions should be directed to the Editor, at the Chap-
Bottom Row: Carl Marmion, Randy Hoff, Nancy Platzner, Todd Platzner, ter office.
MOAA-AC P.O. Box 8037 San Antonio, TX 78208
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