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The Ohio Storming Team: (Left to Right) MAJ Tom Jenks, USA, Ret, Ohio Council 2d VP; Lt. Col. Rojan Robotham, USAF, MOAA Board of Directors; Ms. Erica Martin, MOAA Staff; LTC Rod Hosler, USA, Ret., Ohio Council President All chapters and the Council were awarded the Five-Star Col. Marvin Harris Communications Award for printed newsletter and website. Certificates were presented at the Ohio Council meeting held on 26 April at the Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus
January 2019

The Ohio Council of Chapters enjoyed a very successful 2018 and although we lost a chapter in Toledo, we look forward to even greater opportunities and successes this year. Remembering that our focus is to support our nation’s uniformed services: active duty, reserve components, veterans, family members,and communities, each chapter and the council stayed active. For example, in April we joined with National MOAA in Storming The Hill. We visited each office of Ohio’s two senators and sixteen representatives, wherein we presented MOAA’s position on Sequestration and the “Widow’s Tax.” In nation-wide MOAA Level of Excellence (LOE) competition, we earned seven Five-Star Levels of Excellence awards. Ohio was the only state and Council where each chapter earned a Five-Star LOE. Additionally, 6 Five-Star Col Marvin J. Harris Communications Awards were earned – nothing but the best of the best! We were active in numerous state legislative matters affecting our military population, and endorsed the formation of the National Veterans Memorial & Museum in Columbus. The biennial statewide convention will be hosted by the Greater Cincinnati Chapter in Blue Ash (a suburb of Cincinnati) and will sure to be an outstanding event. We were honored that both LtGen Dana Atkins, President and CEO of MOAA and COL Terri Coles, Senior Director of MOAA Council and Chapter Affairs will be attending and participating with us.

As we look forward to 2019, we have a few new names on our council roster. Col Dick Calta, USAF (Ret.) has stepped down from his duties as President; LCDR Bryan Beamer, USPHS has assumed duties as our Legislative Liaison; CWO3 Eddie Reed, USA is our representative to the Ohio Department of Veterans Services. We are delighted that Col Pete Wilkinson, USAF (Ret.) retains his seat as a 3-year member on the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame board; a first for the Ohio Council of Chapters. We will "Storm The Hill" in earnest again in April addressing those issues that affect Ohio's military community. In addition to all the other programs and activities we have, we are endeavoring to start a new chapter in the Greater Toledo area to better represent the military personnel in that area.

We are excited about 2019 and what it brings. We encourage everyone to stay involved at the chapter and council level; we welcome volunteers! I agree completely with the MOAA motto:

Never Stop Serving
Roderick A. Hosler
Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, Retired
President, Ohio Council of Chapters.


February 2019

Greetings from the Ohio Western Reserve Chapter (OWRC)

The Chapter leadership is taking this opportunity to analyze the Chapter and set the direction for the future. We have been blessed by strong leadership and a chapter that has been strengthened by that leadership. As we analyze out chapter, we look to get members involved in the MOAA purpose or mission. The OWRC has focused on leader succession and getting new members involved continues that objective.

We also look for the areas that need to be strengthened. In 2018, the Chapter membership changed the by-laws allowing a Surviving Spouse to hold an elected office. The membership also elected a Surviving Spouse as Second Vice President. Our purpose is to make the surviving spouse welcome and to be an advocate for military surviving spouses.

Another area we want to strengthen is Personal Affairs. We just appointed a Personal Affairs Officer to help develop that position and meet the needs of our membership.

Like so many chapters we have an aging membership, so how do we attract the younger officer? We will have as speaker at our March 2019 Chapter meeting, a young National Guard officer who has a family, a job and who has been deployed. We are having him speak to our membership to better understand his challenges and needs. We also want to learn how to contact and attract the younger officer.

The OWRC is looking how we can continue the service to the military family, and we are assembling a team that will prepare us for the future.

Don Bratton
CPT, USA
President, OWRC.


March 2019

Community Clergy Training Program

In my last article, in part I talked about the proclivity of veterans and military personnel seeking the services of a chaplain for spiritual and mental health services. Recently I came across the following information on the Veteran’s Administration website. I was not aware of it and thought I’d share it, bravo if you’re already informed.

The Community Clergy Training Program (CCTP) takes the VA’s National Chaplain Center curriculum to rural communities across the country. While Chaplains recognize that country living can have many benefits, rural Veterans have a higher risk of suicide than their urban counterparts. Some Veterans serving in combat may deal with one or more mental health issues. Re-adjusting to civilian life may cause stress, depression, and anxiety which can intensify underlying mental health concerns such as posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychologists are fewer amongst rural residents; there are fewer resources to support these Veterans with mental health issues.

Most rural communities have clergy-led faith groups, and research shows that up to one-in-four individuals who seek help for mental health problems do so from clergy. Yet, clergy are often unfamiliar about:

     • Reintegration and transition challenges
     • Common post-service, mental health-related issues
     • Differences between PTSD and traumatic brain injury
     • Military culture and mental health stigma
     • How to build community partnerships to support Veterans and their families

CCTP is a VA Chaplain led, live training program that trains rural clergy in skills to:

     • Recognize the holistic healthcare needs of Veterans
     • Smoothing reintegration into family and community, and
     • Increasing clergy referrals to VA or community healthcare resources

VA Chaplain Facilitators bring CCTP training events along with materials to your rural community. The VA Chaplain leads and facilitates the training and provides training materials at no cost to the community clergy partner. They work with clergy on simple planning to coordinate space, set-up, participant recruitment, and training implementation. Community clergy partners help find training space at churches, community colleges or schools and recruit attendees.

The goals of CCTP are:

     • To promote health and well-being in the rural Veteran population
     • To generate and diffuse knowledge about rural Veteran health
     • To strengthen community healthcare infrastructure where rural Veterans reside
     • To promote Promising Practices in rural health care delivery and the provision of benefits and services to rural Veterans

To read more about the CCTP and Partnership Opportunities, go to https://www.patientcare.va.gov/chaplain/clergytraining/docs/CCTP_Overview_Detailed.PDF

** Information for this article was taken in part or entirely from www.va.gov

Phyllis Plear
Maj, USAF, Retired
Chaplain


April 2019

The Mahoning and Shenango Valley Chapter

     The Mahoning and Shenango Valleys Chapter that encompasses three counties in northeast Ohio (Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana) and two counties in western Pennsylvania (Mercer and Lawrence) continues to thrive. Meeting at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna, the chapter continues to showcase this vital military installation. Our chapter members are active in volunteering in local programs that aid the Veterans community and military by their service with the Youngstown Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic (Rod Hosler, LTC, USA, Ret. and Dennis McMahan, former 1st Lt, USMC); the USO facility at the Air Reserve Station during deployment and redeployment activities; and providing mentors (Jack Russell, Maj., USAF, Ret.) the Youngstown Municipal Veterans Drug Treatment Court and Mahoning County Veterans Felony Court. Chapter member Judge Robert Milich (Lt. Col., USAF, Ret.) was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame for his tenure as the Youngstown Municipal Court Judge overseeing the Veterans Drug Treatment Court.

     The Chapter is extremely active in pursuing the missions and goals of MOAA. During the past year the Chapter has been awarded the Five-Star Level of Excellence (LOE) Award and the Five-Star level Colonel Marvin J. Harris Communications Award for its newsletter (Mrs. Janet Oglesby, Surviving Spouse) and website (Bruce Bille, former LT, USN). Chapter members Col. Dick Calta (USAF, Ret.) and LTC Rod Hosler (USA, Ret.) serve as President and First Vice President respectively of the Ohio Council of Chapters. They participated in the MOAA program of “Storming the Hill” visiting all eighteen Senators and Representatives of the Ohio Congressional delegation discussing those legislative issues of critical importance to Ohio’s military (active, reserve component, retired and surviving spouses) community.

     Our premier chapter activity is its support to the Army ROTC program at Youngstown State University and the Army JROTC program at East High School in Youngstown and Air Force JROTC program at the Trumbull County Technical Center in Warren, by providing MOAA Medals and scholarships. Highlighting officership, the Chapter provided newly commissioned Second Lieutenants from the YSU Army ROTC program with Bold Bars, Shoulder Straps in appropriate branch colors and an Officer’s Guides.

     Chapter members actively engage in speaking at Memorial Day and Veterans Day program. Placing flags on Veterans graves and providing programs at local schools. The Mahoning and Shenango Valleys Chapter amplifies the MOAA motto, “Never Stop Serving.”

Florence M. Hosler
LT, USN, (Former)
President, MSVC-MOAA


May 2019

Greetings

     It has been an eventful and productive first year as the Ohio Council of Chapters Legislative Director. I will do my best to keep things short and sweet by looking back at that was accomplished last year and what we are looking forward to in 2019.

2018 Highlights

     On a state level we advocated for many bills that would benefit active duty and veteran uniformed services members including: granting temporary licenses and certificates to military and their spouses, granting residency status to all members of the military and their dependents for ‘in-state’ tuition status to name a few.

     Significantly, however HB 158 was passed and became law last year – a circumstance that MOAA had been advocating for many years. HB 158, sponsored by Representatives Rick Perales and Hearcel Craig allows for unemployment compensation for trailing military spouses if they depart the state due to transfer orders, as is the case in 46 other states. The passing of HB 158 was a big win for us and all active duty servicemembers.

2019 Highlights

     We continue to track and advocate for several issues in this year’s Ohio legislative calendar. Here are highlights:

          • Concurrent bills have been introduced to grant temporary licenses and certificates to military and their spouses (Senate Bill 7, House Bill 133).

          • Concurrent bills were introduced to expand the tax deduction for 529 education savings plans (Senate Bill 125 and House Bill 193).

          • Representative Perales of the Dayton area has introduced House Bill 16 which would grant state college residency status to all military and dependents.

     As these Ohio bills make it to their committees we will submit testimony in favor and will be keeping you posted as we make progress.

     On the national level, MOAA continues to advocate for important issues. Chief among current goals for National MOAA include: ensuring that any TRICARE reform sustains access to top-quality care; sustained military pay comparability with the private sector; and ending financial penalties for military survivors. For more details about these goals and others, visit: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2018-news-articles/advocacy/2019Goals/

     On a final note, I’d just like to remind you all that National MOAA makes is extremely easy to advocate for US legislation that benefits us all. Please take a few minutes to regularly visit the MOAA ‘Take Action’ Site (http://takeaction.moaa.org/?0) to make your voice heard with your legislators.

     If there is ever any further information or help I can provide, please feel free to contact me at my private email: beamerb@gmail.com

Very Respectfully,

LT Bryan Beamer, USPHS


June 2018
DAYTON AREA CHAPTER (DAC)
Military Officers Association of America
P. O. Box 12
Fairborn, OH 45324-0012



    <-- In January 2018 the Dayton Area Chapter (DAC) Luncheon Speaker was Colonel Chad McGarry. Colonel Chad McGarry is the 178th Operations Group Commander and is stationed at the Springfield Air National Guard Base in Springfield, Ohio. He described the on-going, real-time operations at the Springfield AB.



     --> Brigadier Gen. Rufus Smith USA (ret.) was the DAC’s February Luncheon speaker. He is the Ohio State Chair of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). He explained the mission of the ESGR and how it works. The ESGR is a volunteer organization that is always looking for help with the sometimes sticky issues that arise between employers and the deploying Guard and Reserve forces.

     <-- The February luncheon was also the setting for an award given by General Smith to the 445th Public Affairs officer Lt Col Cynthia Harris for her efforts in support of the ESGR.



     --> Central State University Army ROTC Professor of Military Science (PMS), Lieutenant Colonel (Colonel Selectee) Reginald Bryant, and 4 cadets of the Marauder Battalion were our speaker and guests at our March luncheon. All 4 cadets were asked to stand, one at each table, and tell us a bit about themselves. Then, after lunch Lt Col Bryant described today’s Army ROTC program that supplies most of the 2nd Lieutenants to both active duty and reserve forces. This luncheon was sponsored in part by USAA who gave a stipend to the Battalion. The picture shows the 4 cadets and Lt Col Bryant holding the USAA check that was just presented.



     The April DAC activity was to the Wright State University Theater to see the most entertaining production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. After the show members gathered for a fellowship meal at a local restaurant.

     The Dayton Area Chapter (DAC) activity for May was a visit to the Packard Museum in downtown Dayton. After the information packed tour 25 of the members had a social lunch at the Dublin Pub. A great afternoon in Dayton.



     The remaining activities for the year will be: in June a visit to Hawthorne Hill (The Wright Brother’s family Dayton home) to be followed by a fellowship luncheon; in July an outing to see the Dayton Dragons play baseball; in August the annual DAC picnic at WPAFB Bass Lake lodge (where we will present a check to the high school scholarship winner); in September the DAC will support the Air Force Marathon by manning the information booth; in October the DAC will have a luncheon speaker from MOAA National; in November will have our annual luncheon for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program (where we will provide our donation check); and in December we will have our annual Xmas party.

     In the spring and summer months the DAC golf league plays weekly (weather permitting). Funds that are collected are donated to the local WPAFB USO at the annual golf banquet.



     <-- The Dayton Chapter is very proud of its relationships with the College ROTC units at Wright State University, the University of Dayton and Central State University, but also from Cedarville, Wittenberg, Wilberforce and Urbana Universities, for both the Air Force and Army. During April, MOAA members represented our chapter and attended four ROTC Awards Ceremonies. During these ceremonies, we provided forty-two graduating cadets their first set of 2/LT bars and a Certificate of Achievement. And for one Junior Cadet at each ROTC Detachment, we presented a MOAA Medal and Certificates for academic achievements and a high potential for military leadership

     --> We also support the citizenship program offered at many local high schools hosting an Army, AF, Navy or Marine Corps Junior ROTC program in our community. Currently, it's thirteen schools, located in Bellbrook, Dayton, Englewood, Fairborn, Greenville, Huber Heights, Lebanon, New Carlisle, Riverside, Springboro, and Springfield. Future units may include new JROTC programs in Beavercreek and in Xenia high schools. Engaged in the many in-classroom and extra-curricular activities offered through their JROTC participation, some cadets are truly standouts as admirable young women and men. We get to honor a student yearly, by presenting a DAC MOAA Certificate of Recognition with ribbon and medal.



     Other activities included the DAC monthly support to the WPAFB Fisher Houses (both with household items as well as an annual donation). This includes support to the new Fisher House that is being built at the Dayton VA center.

Michael Ondrasek
Col, USAF, Retired


July 2018

Greetings from Cincinnati, Queen City of the West. We can’t believe a year has passed since we provided our last article for this website. For the fourth year in a row our chapter received the highest award for chapter excellence, the 5 Star Level of Excellence Award for 2017. Chapter member CWO3 Kym Mader received the 5 Star Colonel Marvin J. Harris Communications Award for her work on the Council’s website.

The Greater Cincinnati Chapter continues to be an active partner in the DoD’s Vietnam War Commemoration Program (established in 2008 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act). At events throughout our area, we continue to recognize, thank and honor our veterans who served on active duty during the Vietnam War Period November 1, 1955 - May 15, 1975 regardless of location.

At our March luncheon, we hosted midshipmen from Miami University Navy ROTC, and cadets from Western Brown High School Army JROTC and Little Miami High School Air Force JROTC. The Chapter supports eight local JROTC units and five ROTC programs. We present medal and certificate sets to all of them.

Miami University NROTC. L to R: MIDN Engel, MIDN Haynes, CAPT Drefahl, MIDN Taylor

Our June luncheon speaker was Major Rusty Mardis, USA (Ret) of the Tristate Veterans Community Alliance. Rusty spoke about his military service and the work of TVCA to improve the lives of veterans in our community. The TVCA was established in 2014, has over 150 partners (businesses, non-profits, government organizations) and has become the go to organization for veterans in the Greater Cincinnati Area.

Greater Cincinnati Chapter’s September dinner will feature MG John Harris, Jr. Assistant Adjutant General, Ohio National Guard and Commander, Army Ohio National Guard. Local National Guard unit officers will be invited to attend.

We will continue our tradition of joining in camaraderie by holding a Dining Out on November 10, 2018. MOAA members and their guest(s) from other chapters are invited. So please consider attending.


Some of the guests at the 2017 Dining Out, Center Rear is our Guest of Honor Congressman (OH-2) COL Brad Wenstrup, DPM, USAR, Iraqi War Veteran

Did you know that Cincinnati was among the New York Times’ 52 places to go in 2018? It will be even better in 2019! We look forward to seeing you all on September 20-22, 2019 at the State Convention at the Quality Inn Cincinnati, 5901 Pfeiffer Road, Blue Ash, Ohio 45242.

Steve Drefahl                                   Alan Echt
CAPT, USN, Retired        and        CAPT, USPHS, Active


August 2018

Greetings from the Greater Cleveland Chapter

The Greater Cleveland Chapter continues to enjoy our beautiful Northeast Ohio summer weather. Memorial Day weekend the Chapter placed flays on veteran’s graves in the Beechwood Cemetery, a small cemetery on Cleveland’s east side. This is a first for the Chapter and we hope to continue in the future. On Tuesday, July 24th chapter members, spouses, family members and friends participated in our annual MOAA Cleveland Indians Baseball outing. Our beloved Indians baseball team hosted the Pittsburgh Pirates. The all-inclusive ticket price included “All You Can Eat” with a wide range of menu options to choose from. In keeping with the baseball theme chapter members also plan on attending a Lake County Captains baseball game when they host the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Sunday, September 2nd at Classic Park, which is the Captains home field. The Captains program is very family friendly and was selected specifically to be attractive to younger members of the Chapter.

The Cleveland Chapter will end August on a high note when we host our annual Chapter picnic on Sunday, August 19th at a charmingly quaint neighborhood park overlooking Lake Erie. Our annual picnic is always well attended with everyone having a great time in this idyllic setting.

Although regular indoor monthly chapter meetings are suspended during the summer months the Chapter executive board has continued to keep very busy meeting at least once a month. The executive board among other chapter business has been putting the finishing touches on our 2018 guest speaker schedule. Our next chapter meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 20th. It will focus on a sensitive subject which has become a greater concern for both active and former military and their families…suicide. We are planning speakers from the active sector, US Coast Guard 9th District, and veterans’ affairs, Louis Stokes VA Center.

Cary Weatherhead
COL, USA

September 2018

This article is specific to military retirees. If you are active duty and looking for more information on FEDVIP, please read this article.

You've probably heard TRICARE's Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) will cease coverage Dec. 31. You might have heard you will not be automatically enrolled in a new dental plan. However, if you were covered under TRDP, you are eligible to enroll in dental coverage through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP).

If you have TRDP and wish to maintain dental coverage in 2019, you must take action between Nov. 12 and Dec. 10. That four-week window from November to December, known as Open Season, gives you the opportunity to enroll in the dental plan that will meet your needs in 2019. Are you ready for Open Season? Here's one place to start.

Additionally, retirees and their families who are currently covered by a TRICARE health plan are eligible to enroll in vision coverage through FEDVIP.

Visit the BENEFEDSwebsite to explore your options for selecting dental and vision plans. MOAA recommends you start researching the numerous options for dental and vision plans you can enroll in during Open Season. Don't miss this opportunity to start deciding what will benefit you in 2019!

The BENEFEDS website is easy to navigate and provides a plethora of information on each plan. Below the welcome message, there are three links to help you decide where to go next. I'd recommend starting with Retirees. Click the Learn More option then the blue View Full Article option. On this subpage you can find information on the dental changes, a new vision option, preparation tips, and enrollment information.

By clicking this link “Compare current 2018 plans and rates” (link also available on the BENEFEDS site under the How to prepare section), you'll have access to the FEDVIP Plan Comparison Tool.

You'll open FEDVIP Plan Comparison Tool, which is a blue box under the subheading of the same name, and select which program type you want to compare (dental or vision), enter your zip code (yes, just like TRDP - where you live determines premium structure), and how frequently you intend to make payments.

Test Comparisons

In my test, I found that a retiree, with a spouse, in Alexandria, Va., has a choice of 13 plans ranging from a low of $36.14 a month up to $107.92 per month. That's quite a disparity in premiums! Well, you're not done. Each plan has a “View Details” link that will provide you with some of that plan's finer points, plus there is a link to a .pdf file with the actual plan brochure from the provider - the “small print.”

As a comparison, the cheaper plan (Dominion Dental, HMO) has $0 deductible per person, covers 100 percent for Class A (basic) services with a $10 per patient co-pay, 56 percent for Class B (Intermediate) services plus a $10 per patient co-pay, and 40-percent co-pay for Class C (Major) services plus a $10 per patient co-pay. There is no annual maximum benefit under this plan. Finally, you can only use this plan “In Network.”

At the high end (Delta Dental, PPO), there's a $50 deductible per person, but 100-percent/90-percent coverage (In/Out Network) for Class A services, 70 percent/60 percent for Class B services, and 50 percent/40 percent for Class C services. The annual maximum benefit per person is $30,000/$3000 (In/Out).

This family also would have to choose from eight vision plans ranging from $12.76 to $28.90 per month.

By comparison, a retiree in Jacksonville, Fla., would have to choose from 11 dental plans ranging from $42.79 to $92.80 per month.

Keep in mind, these comparisons are for the 2018 plan year, which ends Dec. 31. Plan information will be updated in October, according to BENEFEDS. Sign up for your BENEFEDS account today and use their comparison tool to start researching the best plan(s) for you and your family.

Intimidated by the abundance of choices being offered? Join MOAA's financial and benefits experts, Lt. Col. Shane Ostrom, USAF (Ret), CFP®, and Capt. Paul Frost, USN (Ret), AFC®, for a detailed FEDVIP webinar on Oct. 9, 2018. Shane and Paul will demonstrate “How to Shop for a Plan” - going through the details of how to compare the different options that each plan provides. Are you more comfortable with a higher premium with lower co-pays or vice versa? Is orthodonture coverage important for your family? This webinar's registration will be available in mid-September, but you can track all MOAA Career and Education events here MOAA Events. Also, stay tuned for our Facebook Live town hall, hosted by MOAA's Health Affairs advocate Capt. Kathy Beasley, USN (Ret), FACHE, with a guest speaker from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the human resources management office. A date for the Facebook Live town hall will be announced after the 2019 plan rates are available in October.

Walter Rey
CDR, USN


October 2018

Greetings from the Central Ohio Chapter (COC) - MOAA

This is my first submission to the State Council Website as the COC President. In asking the Council President if he had any suggestions for article subjects, he told me Chapter Presidents and Council Officers usually write about subjects not normally part of either Quarterly Reports to the Council nor subjects posted to Chapter web pages. I chose to combine two subjects which are always worth highlighting: great organizations and great people.

The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame falls into the category of being a great organization. The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame was formed in 1992. It recognizes the efforts of Ohio’s distinguished men and women who have worn the uniform of our nation’s armed forces and then continued to contribute to their communities, state, and nation through exceptional acts of volunteerism, advocacy, professional distinction, public service and philanthropy. The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame includes captains of industry, professional educators, political champions and civic supporters. Honorees include some of Ohio’s most recognized citizens including astronaut Neil Armstrong, actor Paul Newman, business entrepreneur and philanthropist R. David Thomas, and surgeon and inventor Dr. Henry Heimlich. The program is not intended to focus on what Ohio military members accomplished while in uniform but rather what has occurred in their lives outside of and beyond their military service.

Now that I’ve talked a little about a great organization, I’ll talk about some really great people. A committee of veterans serves as advisor for the Hall of Fame and selects up to twenty inductees annually from nominations solicited from all citizens of Ohio throughout the year. Men and women chosen for this honor come from all eras, all branches of service, and all walks of life. The 2018 class of inductees includes another superb member of the COC. Army Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Joseph A. Machado was one of twenty selected in the 2018 class. The induction ceremony will be held on 8 November 2018. Additional information about the ceremony may be obtained from the Hall of Fame website at: www.ovhoff.com.

Joe is our most recent inductee; but prior to Joe, inductees from the COC include: John C. McCoy, Colonel, USAF (Retired); Ronald Pusatari, Colonel, USAF (Retired); and Pete Wilkinson, Colonel, USAF (Retired). We also have two Chapter members who were inducted prior to their joining our Chapter. These are Nora K. Noble, Colonel, USAF (Retired) and Cyril Sedlacko, USA & Ohio Army National Guard (Retired). In addition to these superb Veterans being recognized for their continued work after having distinguished military careers, we have two Chapter members who serve on the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Board. These two members are Pete Wilkinson, Colonel, USAF (Retired) and Victor Wilson, Lieutenant Colonel, Ohio Air National Guard.

Each person I’ve mentioned above has not only provided great service to the country while in uniform, but they live the credo of “Never Stop Serving.” They continually provide exceptional service to the COC as well as service to the numerous other organizations with which they are affiliated (and there are many).


Tommy H. Roberson
COL, USA (ret)
President, Central Ohio Chapter.


November 2018

MOAA Ohio Council of Chapters Convention
20 - 22 September 2019


Heads up to all MOAA Ohio Council of Chapters members within Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, the 2019 MOAA Ohio Council of Chapters State Convention is coming. Mark your calendars. This great event will take place 20 - 22 September 2019 at the Quality Inn Hotel Conference Center Cincinnati Blue Ash, 5901 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati. (just off I-71, one exit south of I-275.) I know the Greater Cincinnati Chapter is pleased to host this year’s convention and they are working hard to make it a success.

We are very fortunate to have Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins, USAF, Retired, President and CEO of MOAA as the keynote speaker at the convention dinner. COL Terri Coles, USA, Retired, Director of the MOAA Chapter will also be attending and present a program at the OCC meeting. It’ll be a great time for all and we hope you will be there to enjoy the convention with us.

The complete agenda, times and other convention information will be forth coming, so look for it at your chapters, and at the OCC website. We are about ten months out, so make your plans now. Our participation is essential for the success of the 2019 OCC Convention. The hard work of the Greater Cincinnati Chapter deserves our universal support. The success of any convention depends on the attendance of the members of that organization. Show that you care about MOAA and the Ohio Council.

See you at the 2019 MOAA Ohio Council of Chapters State Convention in Cincinnati!!



December 2018

At the last Ohio Council meeting there was much discussion and varied opinions as to how a Surviving Spouse becomes a MOAA member. Basically, the answer starts with which category of MOAA membership the deceased member (spouse) held.

Starting with the Surviving Spouse of a deceased MOAA LIFE MEMBER:

When a MOAA Life Member passes away, all of the benefits of Life Membership are passed to the Surviving Spouse! The Surviving Spouse is automatically eligible to be a Surviving Spouse Life Member of MOAA. There is NO additional cost to the Surviving Spouse Life Member. He/She has all the benefits available to all Life Members of MOAA.

NOTE: The Surviving Spouse of a Life Member has the option to become a Surviving Spouse Life Member. MOAA HQ must be notified of the Surviving Spouses desire to become a member of MOAA.

HQ MOAA suggests that the Surviving Spouses decision to join or not join be made when MOAA is notified of the member’s passing. Obviously it would make sense for the local chapter to inquire, discreetly of the Surviving Spouses intentions and report them to HQ MOAA when making the report of the members passing.

When a MOAA Premium Member passes away, the Surviving Spouse has the option to join MOAA as a Premium member by applying at the MOAA website (www.moaa.org) or calling the MOAA contact numbers ((800) 234-6622 or (703) 549-231). The Surviving Spouse Premium Member has the option of buying a one, two or three year membership, at a discounted rate.

The Surviving Spouse of a Premium Member may also join as a Life Member by paying the Life Member fee, depending on their age. They will then enjoy all the Life Membership benefits offered by MOAA.

When a MOAA Basic Member passes away, the Surviving Spouse has the option to Join MOAA as a Premium member by applying for Premium Membership and paying the Premium Membership fee (same as above). The Surviving Spouse also has the option to join as a life member by paying the applicable Life Membership fee (same as above).

Please Note: There is NO membership category known as “SURVIVING SPOUSE BASIC MEMBERSHIP”!

A major issue with the Surviving Spouse program is that most Surviving Spouses have NO idea or clue of the MOAA membership and benefits available to them as a Surviving Spouse!! MOAA members, it’s your responsibility to make sure your spouse is aware of their MOAA membership opportunities…… Don’t assume someone or something will tell them what’s available to them after you pass on!

If you should have any questions please contact me at ….libertyregion@gmail.com.

Bill Keller, CAPT, USN
Ohio Council of Chapters
Personnel Office





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