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President’s Message: We Honor Their Memories Through Our Actions

By: Brian T. Kelly

MAY  2024

President’s Message: We Honor Their Memories Through Our Actions

Soldiers place American flags at headstones in Arlington National Cemetery. (Photo by Rachel Larue/Arlington National Cemetery)

As members of the Military Officers Association of America, we carry a solemn duty to honor the memory of our fallen heroes. Their courage, dedication, and selflessness serve to inspire us all and remind us of the true cost of freedom.

So many joys and freedoms possible in our country today are based on the underpinnings of people who raise their hand and volunteer. Those willing to put service before self.

This Memorial Day, let us come together as a community and pay tribute to the sacrifices of our servicemembers. Whether participating in remembrance ceremonies, visiting memorials, or simply taking a moment of reflection, let us show our deepest gratitude.

We cannot forget our Gold Star Families. Their sacrifices, often unseen and unspoken, are the foundation of our nation's strength and resilience.

In about two weeks, we will mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day. This pivotal moment in history on June 6, 1944, symbolizes the courage and sacrifice of our armed forces. The bravery displayed on the beaches of Normandy serves as a timeless reminder of the sacrifices made by those who came before us.

Through our actions and words, let us honor their memories and continue to show our unwavering support for those who serve today.

I wish you all and your families an enjoyable weekend and a meaningful Memorial Day.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lt. Gen. Brian T. Kelly, USAF (Ret)

Lt. Gen. Brian T. Kelly, USAF (Ret), is MOAA's president and CEO. He retired from the Air Force in 2022 after more than three decades of service.
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7 MOAA Legislative Priorities for Veterans in the New Year

By: René Campos

 

7 MOAA Legislative Priorities for Veterans in the New Year

Photo by Lindsay Grant/Army

Congress has been racking up veteran-related bills and hearings throughout 2023, but to date, no major pieces of legislation have been signed into law. MOAA and other veterans organizations have been working nonstop to keep pressure on lawmakers, ensuring they don’t let important bills languish so veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors are not forgotten.

Click on the bill topics below to urge your lawmakers to do all they can to support these MOAA-backed veteran measures, and to make them a top priority when they return in January 2024:

  • Protect Veterans From ‘Claims Sharks: The GUARD VA Benefits Act (H.R. 1139 | S. 740) will impose criminal penalties on those who seek to collect unreasonable and unauthorized fees for assisting with service-connected disability claims. A veteran should never be charged to file an initial claim, and if an appeal is necessary, a veteran should not be charged excessive fees for that service.
     
  • Preserve Earned Burial Benefits: The Expanding America's National Cemetery Act (H.R. 1413) ensures our nation keeps its sacred promise to past, present, and future veterans and their families. Arlington National Cemetery eventually will run out of room, and proposed eligibility reductions will end the benefit some veterans and their families have planned on for years. The bill would authorize the transformation of a VA-run national cemetery into the next location that affords military honors as Arlington reaches capacity.
     

[LEARN MORE: Arlington National Cemetery Eligibility]

  • Support Children of the Fallen and Disabled VeteransThe CHAMPVA Children’s Care Protection Act (H.R. 2414 | S. 1119) would expand coverage under the VA program for children of eligible veterans so they can have health care until age 26. The goal of this legislation is to close the age parity gap for vulnerable members of our community who need support: Young adult children of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled, have died of a service-connected disability, or lost their life on active duty and did not qualify for DoD’s TRICARE program.
     
  • Improve Survivors' Benefits: The Caring for Survivors Act (H.R. 1083 | S. 414) aligns payments of Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) – a monetary benefit paid to the survivors of servicemembers who die while serving on active duty, or of service-connected disabled veterans – with other federal programs. DIC is paid at a monthly rate of $1,562.74, with additional allowances in certain circumstances. That works out to 43% of what a veteran with a 100% service-connected disability rating receives from the VA. However, federal survivor programs provide up to 55% of a civil servant's pay, computed as if the employee retired on disability at the date of death.
     

[LEARN MORE: This Bipartisan Bill Would Strengthen Support for Survivors of Veterans]

  • Support Military Sexual Trauma Survivors: The Servicemembers and Veterans Empowerment and Support (SAVES) Act (H.R. 2441 | S. 1028) will improve military sexual trauma survivors’ access to essential care and services in the Veterans Health Administration, and ensure greater assistance when veterans are applying for disability benefits through the Veterans Benefits Administration. A series of audits by the VA Office of Inspector General revealed the VA was falling short on its support to this group of veterans.
     
  • Expand and Support Services for Aging and Disabled Veterans: Two pieces of legislation, the Expanding Veterans’ Options for Long Term Care Act and the Elizabeth Dole Home and Community Based Services for Veterans and Caregivers Act, would provide the VA with critical flexibility to support a rapidly growing population of aging veterans needing long term care services outside the home, and to improve home- and community-based services for veterans and their caregivers.
     
  • [LEARN MORE: Caregiver Support, Long Term Care Programs Top MOAA’s VA To-Do List]
  • Allow Surviving Spouses to Remarry and Retain Benefits: The Love Lives On Act (H.R. 3651 | S. 1266) would reverse penalties faced by surviving military spouses who remarry prior to age 55. These survivors lose entitlement for DIC and survivor benefit pay, forfeit access to the Fry Scholarship, and lose commissary and exchange privileges.

MOAA and our veteran organization partners are grateful for our ongoing and open communications with the staffers on the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs committees; we appreciate their good faith efforts in negotiating a veterans’ package this year. However, veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors do not want another year to pass without action on these critical issues. They want Congress to make a veterans’ package a priority … and get it signed by the president sooner rather than later.

For more about MOAA’s veteran priorities, and to keep up with the latest veteran, caregiver, and survivor news and other MOAA advocacy updates, please subscribe to MOAA’s weekly newsletter, visit our Advocacy News page, and register for our Legislative Action Center

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cmdr. René Campos, USN (Ret)

Cmdr. René Campos, USN (Ret)

Campos currently serves as MOAA's Senior Director of Government Relations, managing matters related to military and veterans’ health care, wounded, ill and injured, and caregiver policy.

 

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