During his time aboard Navy guided-missile cruisers and destroyers, former Lt. Billy Hurley III, USN, learned to overcome the challenges that threatened any mission.
His perseverance didn’t just help him reach the rank of lieutenant over his five years of service, but also with each swing of his golf club on the most prestigious courses in the country, against the world’s best players.
“Being mentally tough and being able to get knocked down and get back up,” Hurley said, describing how the Navy prepared him for civilian life. “Sometimes shot-to-shot can feel like that. Hitting a bad shot and getting back up to go hit the next one and not compound errors ... . So mental toughness was a huge piece of the Naval Academy and Navy.”
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Capt. Kathleen Donahue Bruyere, USN, who fiercely paved the way for women to serve in Navy jobs aboard combatant ships and aircraft, and later served as a member of MOAA’s board of directors, died Sept. 3.
Bruyere, a former president of the Silver Strand Chapter in California, was 76. Family members said she had been fighting cancer – and maintained her energy and positive nature throughout her fierce battle
“She was the most caring person that I’ve ever met – just a true unselfishness,” said TJ Bruyere, her stepson. “She was great at taking care of other people and liked to take care of other people.”
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Military retirees in Nebraska can celebrate progress on a tax exemption two decades in the making.
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has signed a bill that grants a 50% exemption on state income tax for military retirees. The exemption marks progress on efforts that began in 2000 with MOAA’s Heartland of America Chapter and the Nebraska Veterans Coalition.
“There is a long history of Nebraska trying to get an exemption,” said Brig. Gen. Paul Cohen, USAF (Ret), who helped work on the legislation for the Heartland of America Chapter.