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MOAA Virginia Peninsula Chapter

MOAA Virginia Peninsula Chapter
MOAA Virginia Peninsula Chapter
 
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SE Regional Legislative Committee

(MOAA) SOUTHEASTERN REGIONAL LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
 
A “(MOAA) Southeastern Regional Legislative Committee” was formed in July 2018 to review on-going legislative issues at both the Federal and State level and to formulate initiatives, when necessary and appropriate, to support and protect the benefits and entitlements of military members (Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve), veterans, retirees, and their families in  southeastern Virginia. The Committee is officially recognized as a “non-voting” member of the (MOAA) Council of Chapters and is comprised of the “Directors of Government Relations” from the following MOAA chapters:
The Hampton Roads Chapter (HRCMOAA)
The Portsmouth Chapter (PACMOAA)
The Virginia Peninsula Chapter (VIPMOAA)
 
On Tuesday, June 26, 2019, the Committee hosted a meeting with representatives from the District Offices of Senators Mark Warren (D) and Tim Kaine (D) and Representative Elaine Luria (VA-02) at the Town Point Club in Norfolk, VA. The representatives who attended included Charlotte M. Hurd, Military Liaison for Senator Warner, Diane Kaufmann, Regional Director – Eastern VA, for Senator Kaine, and Terra N. Johnson, Constituent Services Representative for Representative Luria. The overall purpose of the meeting was to discuss three objectives considered to be of major importance to the committee:
The SBP/DIC Off-Set Penalty (“Widows Tax”)
On-going (negative) changes to Military Health Care
Proposed reductions to the active duty “Medical Corps”
 
While all three objectives were considered important, the Committee determined that discussing the need for gaining the support of Virginia’s Legislators to eliminate the hideous, long-standing “Widows Tax” issue was of primary importance. In order to reinforce its importance, the Committee invited “Surviving Spouses” of military members who have been victimized by the inequity as well as others who have prominent “Surviving Spouse” roles at MOAA National. They are: 
Mrs Pat Farnsworth, VIPMOAA Chapter member & member of the MOAA National “Surviving Spouse Advisory Committee”
Ms Barbara Smith, Hampton Roads Chapter & member of the MOAA National “Surviving Spouse Advisory Committee”
Ms Jackie Peters, “Surviving Spouse,” VIPMOAA Chapter
Ms Kristen Fenty, “Surviving Spouse,” Hampton Roads Chapter
 
Following the conclusion of the meeting, all attendees unanimously expressed the value the meeting had and were please they had the opportunity to participate.
MOAA Virginia Peninsula Chapter

MOAA Virginia Peninsula Chapter
MOAA Virginia Peninsula Chapter
MOAA Virginia Peninsula Chapter

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