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GA Gov Brian Kemp LTC Barry Gardner (GA MOAA President) COL Mayo "Biff" Hadden (Ft Benning Chapter President) GA First Lady Marty Kemp

                       IMPORTANT!!

 

TAX VICTORY FOR GA MILITARY RETIREES... Gov. Brian Kemp came to the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, Ga, and home of Ft Benning Maneuver Center of Excellence, to sign a total of four bills that impact military service members, veterans and their families. April 18 th, 2022, the long-awaited HB 1064, Military Retiree Ga Income Tax Exemption, was finally… duly signed. Although not fully tax exempt; the bill allows those veterans who served 20 years, are 62 or older, to be eligible for up to a $17,500 break in Ga state military retirement income tax. These veterans are also eligible for an additional $17,500 exemption if they are employed and earn up to $17,500.

Georgia has over 700,000 military and veterans and is surrounded by states who do offer military income tax exemption. Many Georgia military veterans move to those states to take advantage of the tax exemptions offered to their families. Gov Kemp stated that Georgia has many great veterans, and that this is a way to say Thank You, and to keep these retirees with their knowledge and skilled training to find their second careers within Georgia! This is also a Georgia workforce development issue., as the state wants to be competitive to encourage the military retirees to choose to stay in Georgia.

Governor Kemp also signed three additional veteran-support bills HB 884, SB 96, and SB 87.

Columbus-area lawmakers sponsored several of the bills. Republican House Rules Chairman Richard Smith, was one of six cosponsors for the income tax exemption. Democratic Sen. Ed Harbison, a member of our Fort Benning MOAA Chapter, cosponsored both state Senate bills.

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THOUGH THE TIME HAS EXPIRED, THIS NOTICE IS BEING KEPT UP THROUGH May 2022  - CHECK ON THIS ANYWAY!!

ID Card EXPIRATION - Read below and go to local office.  .With your Veteran Service Organizational reach, can you please assist theID card section in getting the word out to the retired community that the installation has set 15 March 2022 as the deadline for individuals to enterthe installation with an expired ID Card.  After that date, the guards will confiscate the ID card and issue the person a 1 day pass. They will also be given instructions to go to the Main Post ID Card Office and get their card
renewed. In order to alleviate the ID Card Office from being overrun by
personnel, we have two methods to assist the customers in renewing their
IDs.   I've also pushed this out to the Retiree Council.

Option 1 (Preferred Option): To avoid having the ID Card confiscated, we
highly recommend family members and DAVs who need to renew their ID Card,
use the Online ID Card service we have available.  To access the site, use
this link https://www.benning.army.mil/garrison/dhr/DRRO.html. This is a
very simple.  Just follow the 3 step process.  Please note:  This online
option is not available to retired personnel.  Retirees must physically go
to the ID Card Office to renew their ID Card. 

Option 2: The Main Post ID Card Office located in the Soldier for Life
Center, building 9230, will give priority during the month of March 2022
from 0730-1130 (walk-in) to personnel whose ID cards have already expired.
Walk-in service will not be available on 16 March 2022 and 30 March 2022.
We will not be able to assist everyone during walk-in hours so this is why
we highly recommend the family members and DAVs use the online option. 

Finally, listed below are other DEERS/ID Card locations that can assist the
customers in renewing their ID card in the event they are unable to get it
done at Fort Benning. 

DC Atlanta
11 Corporate Blvd NE
Room 1002
ATLANTA, GA 30332
(404) 498-1800

Gillem Enclave ID Card Office
Gillem Enclave
1508 Hood Avenue Kane Hall Bldg 714
FOREST PARK, GA 30297
(404) 469-7150

Clay Army National Guard Center
Clay National Guard Center
199 Nimitz Dr SE Bldg 201
MARIETTA, GA 30060
(678) 569-5368

94TH AW DOBBINS ARB
94th Force Support Squadron (94 FSS)
1409 Dobbins Place Bldg 732
MARIETTA, GA 30069
(678) 655-3835

Robins AFB
660 Macon Street
WARNER ROBINS, GA 31098
(478) 327-9481

116TH ACW, GEORGIA ANG, ROBINS AFB
116 Air Control Wing FSS
540 East Drive Bldg 2094 Room 131
ROBINS AFB, GA 31098
(478) 201-1250

13 FSF (FORCE SUPPORT FLIGHT)
150 Perry St.
WARNER ROBINS, GA 31098
(478) 222-5823

MCLB Albany
Building 3010, Pass ID Section
814 Radford Blvd.
Albany, GA 31704
(229) 639-5100

From the Chairman: MOAA’s Goals for 2022

By: Gen. Walter L. "Skip" Sharp, USA (Ret)

From the Chairman: MOAA’s Goals for 2022

Gen. Walter L. "Skip" Sharp, USA, chairman of MOAA's board of directors, addresses the Annual Meeting of the Membership in Arlington, Va. (Photo by Mike Morones/MOAA)

(This article originally appeared in the January 2022 issue of Military Officer, a magazine available to all MOAA Premium and Life members. Learn more about the magazine here; learn more about joining MOAA here.)

MOAA made great strides in 2021 and is excited about 2022. We have built on the tremendous work of our members, chapters, and councils to further our advocacy priorities such as comprehensive toxic exposure reform and the Basic Needs Allowance for servicemembers and families. The MOAA Foundation, which stood up the Emergency Relief Fund, is expanding.

MOAA is focusing on its six strategic priorities — advocacy, membership, councils and chapters, philanthropy, engagement, and resources — which were codified in our Strategic Plan for 2022 to 2026.

Advocacy

MOAA’s legislative priorities for 2022 are focused on service-earned entitlements including health care, pay, and benefits. For example:

  • Health care: Ensure changes to the Military Health System sustain beneficiaries’ access to high quality care and prevent negative impacts on military medical readiness. This includes protecting the value of the earned TRICARE benefit by opposing disproportional fee increases and
    ensuring coverage policy is regularly updated.
  • Pay and benefits: Sustain pay raises and equitable BAH for troops and COLA raises for retirees. Ensure military compensation and service-earned benefits for servicemembers are not eroded by cost-saving measures.

You can see more details on these and other advocacy priorities for the second session of the 117th Congress at this link. These topics will be at the forefront of our objectives as we prepare for our big legislative campaign this spring.

Membership

MOAA’s future requires a strong and stable membership, especially among our paid Premium and Life categories. We are increasing outreach to servicemembers and recently retired officers, and we’re striving to attract members that reflect the diversity of the current force.

We are finding new ways to reach current and potential members and increasing awareness of MOAA’s mission through a range of initiatives such as digital advertisements featuring the value of membership, our “Families” television commercial highlighting advocacy efforts, collaborations with high-profile officers and spouses, and our new Never Stop Serving podcast.

I ask you to help MOAA reach out to all eligible members and encourage them to join!

Councils and Chapters

MOAA is bolstering the nearly 400 chapters and 34 councils in our affiliate system, growing stronger through local community work and broadening connection opportunities with new virtual chapters.

We are expanding headquarters support and exploring new technology for legislative engagement, recruiting and retention, training, administration, and networking.

The MOAA Foundation

We have seen the impact of the foundation multiply with the introduction of the COVID-19 Relief Fund and now the Emergency Relief Fund, serving military families facing financial hardship from catastrophes such as the pandemic. The foundation provides support and resources to more than 100,000 military families each year.

MOAA is uniquely positioned to be a credible source of care partnering with
MOAA chapters in communities. We ask you to join us in donating to support our ongoing mission at MOAA.org/donate.

Another way we are making an impact is with the long-standing MOAA Scholarship Fund, which has supported tens of thousands of students in achieving their goals of higher education.

I look forward to the coming year of vibrant progress for MOAA and support to our currently serving troops, our veterans, their families, and their survivors. Never stop serving!. 
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Can veterans salute the flag?

WASHINGTON – Federal law authorizes veterans to salute the flag in the following situations:

The Pledge of Allegiance. Members of the Armed Forces not in uniform and veterans may render the military salute in the manner provided for persons in uniform. Alternately, military personnel and veterans not in uniform may stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart (Title 4 USC section 4)

 During hoisting, lowering or passing of the American flag. Members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute. All such conduct toward the flag in a moving column should be rendered at the moment the flag passes. (Title 4 USC section 9).

 National Anthem. Members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute in the manner provided for individuals in uniform. When the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.  (Title 36 USC section 301).

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kevin Lilley

Kevin Lilley

Lilley serves as MOAA's digital content manager. His duties include producing, editing, and managing content for a variety of platforms, with a concentration on The MOAA Newsletter and MOAA.org. Follow him on Twitter: @KRLilley

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Veterans from all eras are reacting to the events in Afghanistan, such as the U.S withdrawal and the takeover by the Taliban.

You  are  not  alone!!!

Veterans may question the meaning of their service or whether it was worth the sacrifices they made. They may feel more moral distress about experiences they had during their service. It’s normal to feel this way. Talk with your friends and families, reach out to battle buddies, connect with a peer-to-peer network, or sign up for mental health services. Scroll down for a list common reactions and coping advice.

Resources available right now

Common Reactions

In reaction to current events in Afghanistan, Veterans may:

  • Feel frustrated, sad, helpless, grief or distressed
  • Feel angry or betrayed
  • Experience an increase in mental health symptoms like symptoms of PTSD or depression
  • Sleep poorly, drink more or use more drugs 
  • Try to avoid all reminders or media or shy away from social situations
  • Have more military and homecoming memories

Veterans may question the meaning of their service or whether it was worth the sacrifices they made. They may feel more moral distress about experiences they had during their service.

Veterans may feel like they need to expect and/or prepare for the worst. For example, they may:

  • Become overly protective, vigilant, and guarded
  • Become preoccupied by danger
  • Feel a need to avoid being shocked by, or unprepared for, what may happen in the future

Feeling distress is a normal reaction to negative events, especially ones that feel personal. It can be helpful to let yourself feel those feelings rather than try to avoid them. Often, these feelings will naturally run their course. If they continue without easing up or if you feel overwhelmed by them, the suggestions below can be helpful.

Strategies for Managing Ongoing Distress

At this moment, it may seem like all is lost, like your service or your sacrifices were for nothing. Consider the ways that your service made a difference, the impact it had on others’ lives or on your own life. Remember that now is just one moment in time and that things will continue to change.

It can be helpful to focus on the present and to engage in the activities that are most meaningful and valuable to you. Is there something you can do today that is important to you?  This can be as an individual, a family member, a parent, or a community member. Something that is meaningful to you in regard to your work or your spirituality? Such activities won’t change the past or the things you can’t control, but they can help life feel meaningful and reduce distress, despite the things you cannot change.

It can also help to consider your thinking. Ask yourself if your thoughts are helpful to you right now. Are there ways you can change your thinking to be more accurate and less distressing? For example, are you using extreme thinking where you see the situation as all bad or all good?  If so, try and think in less extreme terms. For example, rather than thinking “my service in Afghanistan was useless” consider instead “I helped keep Afghanistan safe.”

Finally, consider more general coping strategies that you may want to try including:

  • Engage in Positive Activities. Try to engage in positive, healthy, or meaningful activities, even if they are small, simple actions. Doing things that are rewarding, meaningful, or enjoyable, even if you don’t feel like it, can make you feel better.
  • Stay Connected. Spend time with people who give you a sense of security, calm, or happiness, or those who best understand what you are going through.
  • Practice Good Self Care. Look for positive coping strategies that help you manage your emotions. Listening to music, exercising, practicing breathing routines, spending time in nature or with animals, journaling, or reading inspirational text are some simple ways to help manage overwhelming or distressing emotions.
  • Stick to Your Routines. It can be helpful to stick to a schedule for when you sleep, eat, work, and do other day-to-day activities.
  • Limit Media Exposure. Limit how much news you take in if media coverage is increasing your distress.
  • Use a mobile app. Consider one of VA’s self-help apps (see https://www.ptsd.va.gov/appvid/mobile/) such as PTSD Coach which has tools that can help you deal with common reactions like, stress, sadness, and anxiety. You can also track your symptoms over time.
  • PTSD Coach Online. A series of online video coaches will guide you through 17 tools to help you manage stress. PTSD Coach Online is used on a computer, rather than a mobile device, and therefore can offer tools that involve writing.

If you develop your own ways of adapting to ongoing events and situations, you may gain a stronger sense of being able to deal with challenges, a greater sense of meaning or purpose, and an ability to mentor and support others in similar situations.

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