Congressman Joe Wilson Meets with the MOAA Council of Chapters for their Quarterly Meeting

Congressman Joe Wilson with the new 2016 Council Board
Council President Lobb presents Congressman Wilson a MOAA hat
Congressman Joe Wilson with the Board
Congressman Wilson swears in the new board members
Congressman Joe Wilson flanked by Bill Dukes, Civilian Aid to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) for South Carolina and Council President David Lobb

Congressman Joe Wilson Meets with MOAA President General Atkins

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Friday February 12 2016 - Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) was honored to meet with General Atkins, president of the Military Officers Association of America, on February 11, 2016, in his Washington office. They discussed Wilson’s Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act, legislation that would end the so-called “widow’s tax,” a dollar-for-dollar offset of payments between the Survivor Benefit Plan and the Dependency and Indemnity Compensation program. Congressman Wilson sincerely thanks General Atkins and Steve Strobridge, director of MOAA’s Government Relations Department, for discussing and supporting military surviving spouses and dependent children of those service members and retirees who sacrificed for our nation.

Welcome to the Military Officers Association of America's MOAA South Carolina Council of Chapters Website

We are comprised an organization of 12 chapters located throughout the State and are part of the national association.

MOAA is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization. With about 370,000 members from each of the seven uniform services, we are a powerful force speaking for a strong national defense and representing the interest of military officers at every stage of their careers. Membership includes active duty, retired, National Guard, Reserve and former officers and their families.
Click on the links to find out about MOAA's purpose, history, leadership and membership (National, State and Chapter).

There you will find useful information on the following topics all of which provide good reasons why you should join our ranks:

Insurance,
Financial Services,
Legislative Action,
Employment Assistance,
Educational Assistance Program,
Retirement Advice and Assistance,
Military Officer and Today's Officer Magazines
Chapter Activities

Please use the contact link below if you have any questions about our organization.

David
David B. Lobb
President MOAA-SC
COL USA (ret)
president@moaasc.org
Cell: 1-803-270-8690

Veterans’s Rally in Columbia 20 April 2016

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VA Expands Review of Chemical Exposure in Drinking Water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

December 17, 2015, 02:27:00 PM

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it plans to propose expanded disability compensation eligibility for Veterans exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.

From 1953 to 1987, water sources at the base were contaminated with industrial solvents that are correlated with certain health conditions. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald decided to propose presumptions of service connection for certain conditions associated with these chemical solvents following discussions between environmental health experts at the Veterans Health Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).
“The water at Camp Lejeune was a hidden hazard, and it is only years later that we know how dangerous it was,” said Secretary McDonald. “We thank ATSDR for the thorough review that provided much of the evidence we needed to fully compensate Veterans who develop one of the conditions known to be related to exposure to the compounds in the drinking water.”
ATSDR determined that the drinking water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated with perchloroethylene, trichloroethylene, vinyl chloride, benzene and other petroleum contaminants from leaking storage tanks from 1953 to 1987. ATSDR also determined that prolonged exposure to these chemicals increases the risk of certain health conditions.
Based upon VA’s review of current medical science and ATSDR’s findings, Secretary McDonald intends to propose creation of a presumption of service connection for the following conditions:
· Kidney Cancer
· Liver Cancer
· Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
· Leukemia
· Multiple Myeloma
· Scleroderma
· Parkinson's Disease
· Aplastic Anemia / Myelodysplastic Syndromes
The Secretary’s proposal would also expand benefits eligibility to Reserve and National Guard personnel who served at Camp Lejeune for any length of time from August 1, 1953, through December 31, 1987. These personnel would be presumed to have been exposed to the contaminated water during their Reserve or National Guard service and, in appropriate circumstances, to have been disabled by such exposure during service, thus allowing them to qualify for VA benefits under the statutory definition of “Veteran.”

This would make them eligible for VA disability compensation and medical care for any of the presumptive conditions, and their surviving dependents would be eligible for dependency and indemnity compensation and burial benefits.

VA is working on regulations that would establish these presumptions, making it easier for affected Veterans to receive VA disability compensation for these conditions. While VA cannot grant any benefit claims based on the proposed presumption of service connection for these conditions until it issues its final regulations, it encourages Veterans who have a record of service at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, and develop a condition that they believe is related to exposure to the drinking water at the base, to file a disability compensation claim with VA.
VA will continue to grant claims for disabilities claimed to be associated with exposure to the contaminants that can be granted under current regulations and review of the evidence in each case. If a claim for service connection for one of the proposed presumptive conditions would be denied under current regulations, the denial will be stayed until VA issues its final regulations. VA will announce when the regulations are final and presumptive benefits can begin to be awarded. For more information on applying for these benefits, visit: http://benefits.va.gov/compensation/claims-postservice-exposures-camp_lejeune_water.asp.
Veterans who served at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, are already eligible to receive VA healthcare for up to 15 health conditions. More information, including a full list of covered conditions, can be found online at: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/PUBLICHEALTH/exposures/camp-lejeune/index.asp.

MOAA Online Chapter Dues Site is Active

Nov 30 2015

MOAA’s newly enhanced online chapter membership dues site is officially up and running!
In addition to allowing chapter members to pay their chapter dues online using a credit card or debit card, they can now make a monetary donation to your local scholarship program. Also new this year, each chapter can select a multi-year dues renewal option to accept dues for a 1, 2, and 3 year time period.
Not only is this a great retention tool, nonmembers can join your chapter using the Online Chapter Membership Dues Join and Renewal tool. New members’ application information will be sent directly to the chapter treasurer. Best of all, national MOAA pays all set up, transaction, and administrative fees. On or about the fifth day of each following month, MOAA deposits the dues money into the chapter’s bank account.
To learn more about this exciting and valuable tool which can help you streamline your chapter’s business processes, visit MOAA’s website.
If you have not already set-up your account, the first step to take advantage of this exciting opportunity is for your chapter treasurer to contact us at chapters@moaa.org for the appropriate username and password information.
As with any new program modifications and enhancements, your chapter treasurer may have many questions on how to complete the initial set-up and navigate the site. To better assist you, we encourage your chapter treasurer to mark their calendar for a training webinar on Wed, 2 Dec at 1400 EST to learn more. Additional details regarding the webinar training opportunity, will be sent directly to your chapter treasurer.
We encourage your chapter treasurer to enroll and start using the Online Chapter Membership Dues Joins and Renewal tool today!

Army Ball 2016 - Sponsorship Opportunities

Nov 28 2015

Dear Friends of the US Army,

Last year you generously supported the Army Ball which celebrated the 240th Birthday of the US Army. We had 30 individual, businesses and organizations contribute $15,000 to support the Army Ball. Your generous support helped offset the cost of the Army Ball and provided an opportunity for many soldiers and their guest that would not have otherwise been able to attend. I was nice to have a nice representation of business and community leaders in attendance. The soldiers and their guest were very appreciative of the community support.

The 2016 Army Ball will be held on June 18, 2016 and will again be held at the Metropolitan Convention Center. The 2016 Army Ball will serve as the Official Kick-Off for the Celebration of Fort Jackson's 100th Anniversay. The Fort Jackson Centinial will be celebrated in the community between June 2016 and June 2017. Many organizations in the Midlands Community are making plans for special 100th Anniversay events during the one year celebration. The actual 100th Birthday will be celebrated at Fort Jackson on June 2, 2017. The Grand Finale of the 100th Anniversary will be celebrated at the Army Ball on June 10, 2017.

I hope you will join us again and support the 2016 Army Ball. Please share this email and the Sponsorship attachment with your friends and business associates. Please contact me or Jerry Neely if you have any questions or suggestions.

I wish each of you a very Blessed Holiday Season and I ask that you keep our service members and their families in your prayers during this holiday season.

Sincerely,

Bill Dukes
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Membership

Membership is open to active duty, National Guard, Reserve, retired, and former commissioned officers and warrant officers of the following uniformed services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
If you qualify and would like find out more about joining please contact us.

We Are

MOAA is the nation's largest and most influential association of military officers. We are the South Carolina Council working on behalf of the twelve Chapters and their members located in our state.
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Published On - 5/3/16