Throughout the career of Col. Matt Clark, USA, high dose naloxone auto injectors and freeze-dried plasma have moved from clever ideas to tangible products troops can take to the field for lifesaving procedures.
In June 2020, when the world needed a COVID-19 vaccine, the Army called Clark to tap into his knowledge on medical research and development.
“You’re affecting public health and tackling a very, very difficult enemy in a way that allows us to face it head-on assertively and in an action-oriented way,” Clark said. “So getting a product that matters, that’s relevant, that has an impact … that’s the most meaningful part.”
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Maj. Richard Star, USAR, an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran who spent his final months fighting for servicemember benefits while also fighting stage 4 lung cancer, has died.
Star, a combat engineer, passed away early Saturday morning with his loving wife Tonya and his therapy dog Otis at his side.
Medically retired before reaching 20 years, Star was a vocal advocate for legislation to approve concurrent receipt.
He was a “Chapter 61 retiree,” a servicemember who is forced to medically retire from injury on duty. These retirees are not authorized for concurrent receipt, which means receiving retirement pay from DoD for their service, while also receiving disability pay from the VA to compensate for injury.
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The Coast Guard is ramping up efforts to recruit more women, people of color, and minorities to serve as officers, a move designed to better reflect the population of the country
The service’s Officer Recruiting Corps is dedicated to reaching out to underrepresented talent pools. Bringing qualified people from these groups into leadership positions signals opportunities are open to everyone, leaders said.
“It reminds us that serving in the military and the Coast Guard, there is opportunity there to succeed,” said Cmdr. Andrea Smith, executive officer for Coast Guard Recruiting Command. She and Capt. Richter Tipton, commanding officer for the recruiting command, are responsible for standing up the new corps.
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Maryland MOAA members are working vigorously to pass exemptions on the taxation of military retirement pay in their state.
Senate Bill 574 and accompanying House Bill 734, both introduced Jan. 26, would grant a partial state tax exemption for military retirement in the 2021 tax year -- either $15,000 or 50% of the military retirement income, whichever is greater. For the 2022 tax year and beyond, the exemption would extend to all military retirement income received.
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