A long-shot attempt to repeal the widows tax may have failed in the Senate on Thursday, but there is still reason to hope – the House could include an amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act that would repeal this unfair policy that short-changes more than 65,000 military widows across our country.
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“As a nation we have broken a contract with these widows,” MOAA President and CEO Lt. Gen. Dana T. Atkins, USAF (Ret), said. “And while more than 350 members of the House of Representatives have said it’s time to put an end to this offset, a political stalemate over funding could derail our best efforts again. Congress, on multiple occasions, has found the resources in the past to address these types of problems – let’s find a solution that once and for all ends this terrible wrong.”
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Employers who support their National Guard and Reserve employees when they step away for training and deployments improve the lives of servicemembers and their families – and might keep them in uniform longer.
The benefit brought by such employers was among several topics tackled by top Guard and Reserve leaders, and other stakeholders, during the inaugural National Guard and Reserve Family Forum on July 26 in Washington, D.C. The forum, co-hosted by MOAA and the Reserve Officers Association, shed light on issues faced by members of these components, such as family support services and maintaining health care coverage through changes in duty status.
“It has been a challenge for our employers, particularly the smaller employers, as deployments have become a regular battle rhythm,” said Air Force Maj. Gen. Dawne Deskins, director of Manpower and Personnel for the National Guard Bureau Joint Staff. “It does become a strain on employers. Anything we can do to make service more attractive, that has a real impact.”
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Plans call for the hundreds of thousands of American troops who led a 34-nation coalition to liberate Kuwait from Iraq’s invasion during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm to be honored with a new memorial by 2021, thanks in part to the help of a MOAA member.
Former Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), a retired Marine Corps colonel, is pushing efforts to bring the National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial to Washington, D.C., in time to mark the war’s 30thanniversary. The short and successful battle represented a shift in Americans’ thoughts about war, Kline said.
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Between flight missions during deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Marine Corps Maj. Brandon Busch buried himself in Culinary Institute cookbooks.
Cooking shows were part of Busch’s childhood, and the CH-53 pilot considered pursuing that career after his military service. As he neared 10 years on active duty, Busch decided to make the jump and transitioned to the Marine Corps Reserve in 2014 so he could pursue a culinary career with an emphasis on sweets.
Busch, who’d already earned a college degree before serving in the military, used his GI Bill benefit to pay for pastry school. Now he owns Lift Chocolates in Boulder, Colo., where he serves as a chocolatier.
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New federal regulations could help more veterans navigate the justice system by expanding veterans treatment court programs across the country.
Col. D.J. Reyes, USA (Ret), and members of the National Veterans Court Alliance met with administration officials and congressional leaders the week of June 10 to encourage their support for the Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act of 2019. The legislation will establish an office in the Justice Department that would provide support and possibly funding to states to establish and maintain veterans treatment courts.
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