Rep Gonzalez participated in the video conference, as did several members of his staff. Rep Gonzalez was very supportive of all the bills we talked about, particularly HR 475 TRICARE Young Adult. He said he did not know too much about HR2339 (Basic Need Allowance) but was interested and would look up more information about it. I would recommend someone from MOAA follow up with his office. During the month of August, Rep Gonzalez signed on as a cosponsor for HR2339.
Rep Gibbs was unable to attend the scheduled video conference because of a last-minute call to a vote. His office manager Madeline Perrino took the call with us. She took notes while we talked and referenced the documents on each bill that we sent her. Her responses were very supportive, and she stated will pass all this information to Rep Gibbs and recommend he support all the MOAA recommended bills. She was very supportive of all four bills we discussed. We had some minor technical problems but none of those has any significant impact on the conference with Rep Gibbsí office.
On May 19, 2021, MG(R) Dan Hahn and Col Dick Calta discussed 3 critical MOAA legislative issues with Senator Portman's Office in support of Ohio's MOAA Council and Chapters Advocacy in Action, 2021.
Shown in this screen shot with Dan and Dick are Robin Janofsky and Michael Dustman of Senator Portman's office.
The legislative actions discussed were Comprehensive Toxic Exposure Reform, TRICARE for Young Adult, and Provide Basic Need Allowance for families facing food insecurity.
Senator Portman is supportive of all 3 measures and is a cosponsor of the Burn Pit Exposure Act and looks to cosponsor the more comprehensive Toxic Exposure Bill.
The Dayton Area Chapter (DAC) president was surprised when the certificate above showed up in his home mailbox. Did you know that the DAC was 60 years old? The DAC President for one sure did not know that. Further, when he mentioned the certificate at the latest meeting of MOAA Ohio Council of Chapters in July the members present were also surprised. He was told that the DAC just may be the oldest MOAA Chapter in the state. The certificate was accompanied by a short note from Lt Gen Adkins USAF (ret). His note was not generic. The General congratulated the DAC membership on some of the DAC activities. It is a guess that the National MOAA staff member that prepared the noteís content had read of DAC activities in their monthly newsletter, or the latest Level of Excellence submission, a copy of both which was/is sent to National MOAA. So, the DAC has some history. For the DAC President, when the certificate arrived he had the same feeling he got when doing genealogy and finds a long lost relative.
MOAA-OCC Officers Storming the Hill 2017.
Ohio's 2015 Level of Excellence winners. Pictured above is Front Row: CAPT John McDonald, USN, Toledo Chapter, 4 Star; COL Richard Schroeder, USA, Ohio Council of Chapters, 4 Star.
Back Row: LTC Larry Ashbaugh, USA, Ohio Western Reserve Chapter, 5 Star; LTC Gary Williams, USA, Mahoning and Shenango Valleys Chapter, 4 Star; CAPT Bill Tate, USN, Central Ohio Chapter, 5 Star, and LTC Al Brauer, USA, Greater Cincinnati Chapter, 5 Star
MOAA Regional workshop in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Pictured above is COL Rich Schroeder, USA and wife Claudia, and Captain George Williams USN (Ret) and wife Dorothy. Others who attended were Gary Williams from Mahoning and Shenango Chapter, COL Pete Wilkinson, USAF from Central Ohio Chapter, MAJ Frank DiMarco, USMC from Greater Cleveland Chapter, Ohio Council of Chapters President CAPT Terry Cooney and wife, and Past President CAPT John McDonald and wife.
MOAA Ohio members meet with State Representative Stautberg to express their appreciation to him for his continued efforts to provide relief from Ohio State Income Tax to retired commissioned officers of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or their survivors as is provided to the other five uniformed services. Ohio Governor Kasich signed the legislation 30 June 2013. Pictured above is Captain Larry Reed PHS (Ret), Captain George Williams USN (Ret), Ohio Representative Peter Stautberg, Rear Admiral John Bossler NOAA (Ret), and Colonel John McCoy USAF (Ret).
Colonel Walter Duzzny (left), President of the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MSVC Ė MOAA) is shown receiving its Charter from Retired Vice Admiral Norbert R. Ryan, President and CEO of MOAA, headquartered in Alexandria, VA. Over 50 members are listed as Charter members.
2010 Ohio Council President John McCoy, left, passes the gavel to the Ohio Council new President CAPT George Williams. Also pictured are CAPT Terry Cooney, 1st VP and CWO3 Kym Mader, 2nd VP.
2010 Oho Council President John McCoy, right, presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Lieutenant Colonel Harry Weiss, President of the Toledo Chapter as the most successful Ohio Chapter for recruiting during 2010.
Members of the Ohio Western Reserve Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (OWRC-MOAA) have elected and installed their officers for 2011. Those installed are MAJ David Sears (USA, ret), president; LTC Tony Cookro (USAR, ret), first vice-president; MGEN Dan Hahn (USA, ret), second vice-president; and LTC Dave Riegler (USA, ret), treasurer. Trustees for 2011 are COL Bob Thompson (USA, ret), three-year; Col Dick Calta (USAF, ret), two-year; and LTC Wayne King (USA, ret), one-year. The installing officer was Col Dick Calta, the out-going chapter president.
Commander Walter Rey, USN-Ret, (R) Central Ohio Chapter, receiving the five-star Level of Excellence Award, for 2009, from Gen. Butch Neal, USMC-Ret., MOAAís Chairman of the Board (L), during the annual meeting of MOAA.
Lt Col Martin Stires (R) of the Central Ohio Chapter presents a check in the amount of $1,500. to Richard Isbell (L), Veterans Affairs Coordinator for the Mayor of Columbus, Ohio, for support of the Homeless Veterans Stand Down held in Central Ohio October 2010. Several members of the chapter also volunteered to asssist the day of the event.
2009 MOAA President's Symposium
Ohio MOAA members invited to the signing of H. B. 372 by Governor Strickland. Sponsoring legislatures were in attendance also. This legislation exempted military retirement pay from Ohio State Income Tax and Ohio School District Income Tax.
Ohio Western Reserve Chapter President retired Colonel Dick Calta presents the 2009 MOAA award to Kent State University Army Cadet Joseph B. Gray at a ceremony on April 22. U.S. Army LTC Ricardo J. Mitchell, Kent State University Professor of Military Science assists with the presentation.
Letter to Greater Cincinnati Chapter from Gary Sinise
Last Updated: December 2nd, 2021