President’s message

October 2022

Notes from the President’s Desk

I sent out an update regarding CALMOAA Annual meeting dates, reservations on October 9 with the link to make the reservation.  The contract for our upcoming CALMOAA Annual Meeting has been signed.  The date of our meeting is Friday 4 November and Saturday 5 November at the Courtyard by Marriott in Oxnard, Ca.  You can check into the hotel on Thursday 3 November.  You can reserve your room by using this link to Book your group rate for CALMOAA Last Day to Book: Thursday, October 20, 2022. 

Here’s a reservation link you can use to make reservations:
Book your group rate for CALMOAA You will find the information for your online reservation link below. If you have questions or need help with the link, please do not hesitate to ask. We appreciate your business and look forward to a successful event.
Event Summary:
CALMOAA
Start Date: Thursday, November 3, 2022
End Date: Saturday, November 5, 2022
Last Day to Book: Thursday, October 20, 2022
Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:
  • Courtyard Oxnard Ventura for 169 USD per night

Book your group rate for CALMOAA

If we have more than 18 signing up for rooms the hotel will charge you our rates as long as they have rooms available.  If you call to make your reservation you can ask for two queens vice one King size.

Our meeting will start at 0830 on Friday and Saturday.  The plan is finishing our meeting Saturday afternoon around 1300.  Please let me and Michael Kwan know if you are coming so that we can ensure we have at least 18 or more in attendance.  Check in is any time after 3pm and check out is 12pm.   The hotel does have a 48-hour cancellation policy.  We will be providing breakfast on Friday and Saturday morning and one lunch as part of our annual meeting.  The hotel will have complimentary self-parking 

To receive this special discounted group rate, make sure to book by October 20, 2022.

Guest Rooms are available at the following rates plus taxes of 13.695%

(1) King bed $169.00 per night per room

(Rates does not include breakfast)

A limited number of rooms have been set aside as a courtesy block and does not guarantee rooms. Please reserve your room by

October 20, 2022 to secure the special group rate. After the Reservation due date, reservations and rates will be subject to availability.

For reservations, please call Stephanie (Catering Sales Manager) at 805.278.5068 or Front Desk 805-988-3600 e-mail her at stephanie.warner@marriott.com and ask for group code “_MOA              ” or “CALMOAA” rate.

Transportation:

The airporter shuttle drops off at the hotel from LAX. No, other shuttle services stop here. Here is their link:

Ventura County Airporter Shuttle (venturashuttle.com)

Ventura County Airporter Shuttle DEPARTURE TIMES FROM VENTURA, OXNARD. Shuttle arrives at LAX approximately two hours after departure. Time could vary depending on traffic, weather and road conditions.    www.venturashuttle.com

I have asked MOAA to speak at our Annual Meeting.  They talk about Surviving Spouses, Advocacy, and Chapters.  I am happy to say we Frank “Tank” Michael (https://www.moaa.org/content/about-moaa/meet-our-leaders/moaa-staff/councilchapter-and-member-support/frank-michael/) is MOAA’s Program Director, Council and Chapter Affairs; Dan Merry (https://www.moaa.org/content/about-moaa/meet-our-leaders/moaa-staff/advocacy-leaders/merry,-dan/) is MOAA’s Vice President of Government Relations; and Gale Joyce (https://www.moaa.org/content/about-moaa/meet-our-leaders/MOAA-board-of-directors/joyce,-virginia/ ) is the chair of MOAAs Surviving Spouse Advisory Council and she is the co-chair of MOAA the MOAA Surviving Spouse Virtual Chapter.

Some of you may remember Gail from our MOAA workshop in San Diego or this article she wrote for MOAA titled “Surviving Spouse Corner: Join Us for MOAA’s Surviving Spouse/Spouse Summit” for the upcoming MOAA Annual Meeting/ LOE article (https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2022-news-articles/surviving-spouse-corner-join-us-for-moaas-surviving-spousespouse-summit/). 

In addition to MOAA we will be hearing from Jeff Breiten, CALMOAA Legislation and Kathy Prout, CALMOAA Surviving Spouse right after their counterpart.  At this time, we have not heard if one of our California Legislators will be available to talk to us.  Which has delayed publishing our agenda.   The CALMOAA has applied for the USAA/MOAA Council-Chapter Sponsorship to support our annual meeting.  We will be providing two breakfast and one lunch at the meeting.

Our letter Champaign regarding the need for California to provide Tax Exemption for Uniform/Military Retirees is working.  Please keep sending your letters to The Honorable Governor Gavin Newsom, 1303 10th Street, Suite 1173, Sacramento, California 95814 (see sample letter on page 6) and email the Governor’s Press Office (GovPressOffice@gov.ca.gov ) and send a copy of your letter to Jeff Breiten and me.  We need to be aware that the next bill could be written to exempt military retirement and/or uniform services retirement.  Either way we need to support the bill(s) when they are written. 

My term as CALMOAA ends in November.  Before I leave, I want to reemphasize the goals of CALMOAA this year.

  1. Get our surviving spouses engaged.  They are members of MOAA, and they have a voice. For years we have not engaged them, and we need to do it now. 
    1. My own surviving spouse (who is in her 80’s) made a comment that my chapter used to be all about the service member.  She is happy that when we meet, we address things that applies to all members.  From Wills and Trust to Elder Law, etc.  Yes, some of our speakers do talk about today’s military but at the same time we try to balance the topics.
  2. Have a bill and submitted to California Legislation to “Exempt military retirement (and/or uniform services) retirement from taxation and our surviving spouses”.
    1. Have the Governor put us in his budget
    1. Have our data and the state match or come as close to matching.
    1. Overwhelming support by our legislation and our community.
  3.  “Improving Military Spouse Employment in California”.  When this bill was signed it was noted that it did not include teachers’ credentials as announced.  This oversight was also noted by us and the Pacific Southwest Regional Liaison Defense-State Liaison Office DoD, Military Community & Family Policy (http://statepolicy.militaryonesource.mil ).

Please keep an eye out for the ballot to vote for your next CALMOAA Board and President.  This year’s election like last time will be via Monkey Survey.

Let me close my Notes from the President’s Desk with a little Navy Humor passed on to me by Darryle Grimmes,  COL, USAF (Ret)  Miramar MOAA Chapter President

USN Seabee – Heaven vs Hell (Humor)

A Sea Bee dies and reports to the Pearly Gates, but when St Peter misses his name on his list he accidently sends him to Hell. It doesn’t take long for the Sea Bee to be pretty dissatisfied with the level of comfort in Hell, so he gets busy designing and building improvements. In no time, Hell has air conditioning, flush toilets and escalators, and the Sea Bee is the most popular guy down there. 

A week later God calls Satan and asks: “So, how are things in Hell?”  Satan replies “things are great; we have A/C, flush toilets and escalators, and there’s no telling what this Sea Bee will build us next.”

“What!” God exclaims: “You’ve got a SeaBee? That’s a mistake – he should never have been sent down there, you have to send him back to me.”  

“Not a chance,” Satan replies: “I like having a Sea Bee on the staff, and I’m keeping him!” 

God insists: “Send him back or I’ll sue.”  

At that point Satan begins laughing uncontrollably and responds, “Yeah, right. And where are you going to get a lawyer?”

Respectfully,

E. Fred Green, Jr., LCDR, USN (Ret)
President of California Council of Chapters Military Officers Association of America (CALMOAA)

September 2022

Notes from the President’s Desk

CALMOAA Annual Meeting will be held on 3/ 4 November 2022.  The final draft of the agenda should be out before the end of September.  The MOAA Ventura County Chapter has accepted the proposal presented from Courtyard by Marriott in Oxnard.  They are offering our group the following:

DateDayStandard Run of HouseTotal RoomsRATE King
11/3/2022Thursday1818$169*
11/4/2022Friday1818$169*

The Marriott is seven miles from the Bard Mansion at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Port Hueneme. The conference dates are Thursday morning November 3 and checking out Friday afternoon, November 4. Reservations for an estimated 20 members are for Wednesday and Thursday nights. There is a Shuttle bus service is available between the Oxnard Esplanade and LAX.  We are trying to get Congresswoman Julia Brownley (She chairs the House Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs) to speak at the Bard Mansion.  At this time we do not know if she will be able to speak. In addition to her I will be inviting MOAA to speak.  Please email Michael Kwan (email: mk4524@gmail.com and copy Patty Wernet (email: pattywernet@hotmail.com ) and me letting us know if you intend to attend the annual meeting.

The California Legislation tabled Uniform Services tax exemption bill AB1623 just months ago.  This bill has gotten farther than the previous bills.  I am amazed that seeing and hearing that some of our members are starting to complain about all of the emails they are getting regarding our revived effort to build a better position for the upcoming legislative year.  I must urge everyone to stay engaged.  It is because of our efforts that CALMOAA was invited to attend California Governors Military Council Meeting in Sacramento to be on a panel to address tax exemption.  Prior to the meeting we (Jeff Breiten, CALMOAA Legislative VP and I) met with representatives of the council and with Senator Toni Atkins where we pointed out that California is the only state in the Union that does not exempt Uniform Services.  For personal reasons I was not able to attend the meeting.  But Jeff Breiten, CALMOAA Legislative VP was able to attend and speak about California Veterans.  It was great that William Taylor, President of Solano Chapter, Stephen P. Vancil, Vice President of Programs, Solano Chapter, and Lynn Snyder Immediate Past President of the Solano California MOAA Chapter was able to attend the conference.  A couple of months ago we started our letter campaign.  We need everyone to continue sending the Governor’s office your letters in support of Personal income taxes: exclusion: uniformed services retirement pay: survivor benefit plan payments.  Please keep sending your letters to The Honorable Governor Gavin Newsom, 1303 10th Street, Suite 1173, Sacramento, California 95814 (see sample letter on page 6) and email the Governor’s Press Office (GovPressOffice@gov.ca.gov ) and send a copy of your letter to Jeff Breiten and me.  A lot of our people are writing the governor and his Press Office to get the word out that something needs to be done for our Uniform Services.  It is about time that California started doing more to keep its work force in our state.  The CALMOAA Exemption team (Jeff Breiten, Steve Donlon, Fred Jaffin, and Kathy Prout) has sent our templates to the chapter presidents and chapter legislative representatives.  Note you can edit the template to fit your style.  As our Legislative VP Jeff has the lead and his team will be working on the next steps.  I do not want us to give up on this effort. Not everything can be accomplished in two years (yes, I did say two years because my first year as President was searching and developing our template with Jeff.  The second year was getting everyone behind the bill that Assemblymember Ramos submitted).  It took almost 20 years for SBP to get through Congress.  Shoot it took a long time before we got rid of Jim Crow laws.  The bottom line is we cannot stop!! We need to continue working the effort and we need to get our friends, neighbors, fellow veterans behind the next bill(s).  We also realize not everyone wants to join the Facebook page that was established expressly for the purpose of keeping everyone informed without flooding people with emails.  It is because of the pushback that I have seen we will be sending the emails to keep everyone informed. We will try to limit the number but as legislation starts moving, we will also be sending out more notices.  Our intent is to use VoterVOICE as often as possible.  Before I forget I would like to take time out to acknowledge the efforts of Vernon McNamee Redwood Empire MOAA chapter Legislative VP and the numerous letters that they have sent to the governor’s office in support of our efforts.  Solano County and friends from Travis AFB are engaged to support us and our fellow Uniform Services. 

We need to be aware that the next bill could be written to exempt military retirement and/or uniform services retirement.  Either way we need to support the bill(s) when they are written.  It was pointed out at the conference that today’s society does not truly understand the difference between a veteran vs retired.  For some reason some of them are assuming Veteran and military retired is the same.  In part we need to ensure we educate them.  They need to understand California does have largest concentration of military personnel and other national security activity.  “In fiscal year 2020 military and other national security activity in the state generated an estimated $168.7 billion in economic activity, approximately 5.4% of California’s economy”.  Department of Defense (DOD)  Actuary reports  California had 165,501 retirees in 2010, reduced to 149,430 2020; in the same period Arizona went from 54,286 to 58,586 and Nevada went from 27,386 to 30,371.   DOD Actuary numbers show that California’s military retiree population has had a steady decline for over a decade. DOD Actuary numbers for 2021 show that California’s decline continues and now  number 128,561 military retirees in California.  Down from 165,501 in 2010

When military retirees relocate to other states (upon reaching retirement age, average 42 years old)  they take federal funds from the Veterans Administration, Social Security, Medicare and Tri-Care to those other states, resulting in loss of those federal funds and service reductions from those agencies in California.  An example, fewer number of military retirees receiving treatment at a California VA Hospital result in personnel being reassigned to VA Hospitals with increase in patients seeking treatment.

Our other goal is to work on “Improving Military Spouse Employment in California”.  When this bill was signed it was noted that it did not include teachers’ credentials as announced.  This oversight was also noted by us and the Pacific Southwest Regional Liaison Defense-State Liaison Office DoD, Military Community & Family Policy (http://statepolicy.militaryonesource.mil )

Before I close, I would like to point out that this is election year in California.  Some of your districts have been realigned and your California Assemblymember and /or California Senator may fall in a different area.  Because California lost some citizens, we now have a fewer Congressmen/Congresswomen representing us.  California will be voting for State Senators 20 of the 40 seats, State Assemblymembers all 80 seats, the Governor, US House all 52 seats, US Senate one seat, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Controller, Treasurer, and other state offices.  California Senators are up for reelection every 4 years and Assemblymembers are up for reelection every 2 years. California term limits for California Senators and Assemblymembers is 12 years or a combination of the two offices.  The governor is limited to 2 terms (8 years). Remember CALMOAA mission is ADVOCATING FOR VETERANS. 

If you are interested in being the next CALMOAA President and part of CALMOAA’s Board, please reach out and contact your Area Vice President and/or the nominating committee soon.

Respectfully,

E. Fred Green, Jr., LCDR, USN (Ret)
President of California Council of Chapters Military Officers Association of America (CALMOAA)

August 2022

Notes from the President’s Desk

I am sorry to announce that Neal Joel Schneider, Capt, USMC (Ret) passed away on August 2, 2022.  I would like to thank CALMOAA Chaplain Johnny Carr and his wife Sandy Carr for notifying us.  MOAA has been notified.  Like us they too will miss Neal.  Neal was a life member of MOAA, Marine Corps League, and the American Legion.  We send our condolences to Alicia Schneider and family.  I am also saddened to report we also lost Pete Conaty, LtCol, USA (Ret) on July 30, 2022.  Pete was a longtime veterans’ advocate.  He was a life member of the American Legion and a member of MOAA.  In addition to being a MOAA member he was longtime advisor to The California State Commanders Veterans Council.  Advocacy and helping veterans were his mission. He will be missed by all.

We need your support for Bipartisan legislation in the House and Senate (H.R. 3402/S.976) would align Dependency and Indemnity Compensation payments with other federal survivor benefits. Please go to this website and be heard in support of this bill. https://moaa.quorum.us/campaign/36953/

I am sadden in that LCDR Jeffrey L Breiten, USN (Ret) was not selected for the COL STEVE STROBRIDGE LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY AWARD this year.  Dana T. Atkins, Lieutenant General, U.S. Air Force (Ret), President and CEO of Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) did write a very nice letter thanking him for his outstanding contribution to MOAA’s advocacy mission, for the 2022 Col Steve Strobridge Legislative Chair/Liaison Award. He went on to say “how much I personally appreciate your leadership and advocacy on behalf of military members, veterans and their families, and surviving spouses.  You continue to make significant progress in advancing legislation in a difficult state and make a difference for so many at the local, state, and federal levels.  Thank you for all of your time and effort and for exemplifying our mission to “Never Stop Serving.” With great respect and V/R, DT”   I would like to thank Jeff for his tireless effort not only for his effort at the National level but his endless effort to advocate for Veterans in California.

Advocacy for California Veterans.  Specifically, we need everyone help to “Improve Military Spouse Employment in California” and “Exempt Uniform Services and Surviving Spouses”.

It is important that when you reach out to Governor Newsome and your state Senators and Assemblymembers that you use the proper term(s) and their proper name(s).  For example, Assembly James Ramos name is not Jim it is James. 

Our efforts this coming year is to Exempt Uniform Services Retired Pay and Survivors.   It is not Military Retirees.  What we don’t want at this time is confusion when we talk to Sacramento.  Exempt Uniform Services Retired Pay and Survivors committee (Steve Donlon, Jeff Breiten, Fred Jaffin, and Kathy Prout) have been working hard to draft a template letter for all, update our fact sheet, set up a Facebook page (to keep all of our Veterans and Friends) up to date.  We realize not everyone will join our Facebook page.  It is because of this the committee will email chapter presidents changes, etc (note there may be a lag of information, but we will do our best to keep you aware).  By now you should have seen a letter that you can use to send to the governor of California.  If not, please see State and National Legislation for more information page 4 and the letter attached.  Please join us EXEMPT UNIFORMED SERVICES RETIRED PAY & SURVIVORS’ SBP FROM CA INCOME TAX, Link:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/560520875614530 .

I am proud to announce that The Governor’s Military Council reached out to Jeff Breiten and I and asked us to be part of a panel at The Governor’s Military Council in collaboration with the Association of Defense Communities and the California Defense Communities Association on 30 August in Sacramento, CA.  They are very aware of our efforts to Exempt Uniform Services Retired Pay and Survivors and to Improve Military Spouse Employment in California.

When this bill was signed it was noted that it did not include teachers’ credentials as announced.  This oversight was also noted by us and the Pacific Southwest Regional Liaison Defense-State Liaison Office DoD, Military Community & Family Policy (http://statepolicy.militaryonesource.mil)

If you are interested in being the next CALMOAA President and part of CALMOAA’s Board, please reach out and contact the nominating board.  The nominating board is comprised of the following Gene Talmadge (chair), George Shy, Wes Shermann, and Bruce Lowman.  Feel free to reach to me and/or Patricia “Patty” Zindler-Wernet if you don’t have their contact information and we will provide it to you. Remember everyone member (service members and surviving spouses) is eligible to run for office. Description of CALMOAA Officers can be found under Article VIII (please see link https://www.californiamoaa.com/calmoaa-bylaws/ and click to page 10 of 18).

New Veteran Crisis Line Phone Number – Call 988 and pressing 1.  For a Veteran in crisis — whose emotional struggles and health challenges may lead to thoughts of suicide — these conversations can mean the difference between a tragic outcome and a life saved. When talking to a Veteran, listen for signs of distress or other clues that might indicate that they need immediate help.  Access free, confidential support 24/7, 365 days a year for Veterans and their loved ones.  Use this new option by dialing 988 and pressing 1 to contact the Veterans Crisis Line. Veterans may still reach the Veterans Crisis Line with the previous phone number—1-800-273-8255 and Press 1—by text (838255), and through chat (VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat).

I am proud to announce the winners of MOAA’s Level of Excellence (LOE) award winners (5 star and 4 star).

Despite a difficult year of transition from the COVID-19 pandemic, these councils and chapters adapted and improvised when necessary to support and foster programs that directly support the MOAA mission and their communities.  Please join us in congratulating these chapters. I have asked Patricia “Patty” Zindler-Wernet our 1st Vice President to go to the LOE and MOAA’s Annual Meeting to accept CALMOAA LOE award this year for us.

Five-Star Affiliates

California Council of Chapters                 Alta Chapter                              Alameda County Chapter

Conejo-Simi Valley Chapter                    Hidden Valley Chapter                Miramar Chapter

Mojave Desert Chapter                           Orange Empire Chapter               Palm Springs Chapter

San Diego Chapter                                 Silver Strand Chapter

Four-Star Affiliates

Ventura County Chapter

By now each chapter president should have been notified by MOAA.  MOAA’s Annual Meeting and LOE Recognition will be held in Kansas City on October 24 – 28, 2022.  Please remember to vote for MOAA’s next Board and bylaw changes (see your August MOAA magazine).

From the desk of Patty Wernet – There will be a Women Veterans Engage (WAVE) on September 9 – 10, 2022. Live Broadcast in person and online. Please click on this link https://www.womenveteransalliance.org/women-veterans-engage/ for more information, registration, etc.  A quick overview – this is an Engaging, Inspiring, & Motivating- Professional Development and Personal Growth.  It is Open to women veterans, active duty, guard & reserve who can watch online or join in person.

Congratulations Hidden Valley on your work to deliver sleeping bags to our displaced Veterans during Standdown in San Diego County. Hidden Valley went out and requested a grant to purchase sleeping bags.

Please see page 3 for CALMOAA Significant dates (to include our annual meeting and my schedule) and MOAA deadlines.  Note for our annual meeting I will be asking MOAA to participate in our Annual Meeting.  At this time, I am thinking of something along the line of the workshop that they held in San Diego.

Happy Birthday United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) 232nd birthday!  The Coast Guard began its service to our nation on August 4, 1790, under President George Washington at the request of Alexander Hamilton. Today, USCG remains “always ready” with more than 44,000 service members.

I don’t know how many you have made the same mistake I did one day when I stated I have a Tweeter account when in fact I really have a Twitter account.  I got a note recently from Kathy recently that I had to chuckle over when I saw it.  It is cute and accurate.  In reality “It is a Twitter account, not a Tweeter. Then one sends a tweet. That is what the message is called. 
I have to laugh because I was so proud. I told my daughter I sent out my first twitter. She said, “MOM! You don’t twitter, You Tweet!”.

Respectfully,

E. Fred Green, Jr., LCDR, USN (Ret)
President of California Council of Chapters Military Officers Association of America (CALMOAA)

July 2022

Notes from the President’s Desk

There has been a lot going on this month. MOAA Annual Meeting and LOE Recognition will be held in Kansas City on October 24 – 28, 2022.  With this in mind I have asked Mike Kwan to host this year’s CALMOAA Annual in his area. Tentatively our annual meeting will be November 3, 2022 close to the Seabee Base in Port Hueneme, CA.  He is currently researching and identifying possible lodging in the area. At this time, I am looking at 1.5 day meeting.  As we get closure, we will keep you up to date as he works out the kinks.  In the meantime, I also asked him to see if he could have Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin who represents their district, and she is Chair of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation. If she’s not available, we will try to get Congresswoman Julia Brownley. If this does not work, they are thinking of asking the NBVC skipper to address us.

It is that time again where we need our members to run for office to be the next CALMOAA and filling a board position if you are interested. Remember everyone member (service members and surviving spouses) is eligible to run for office. Description of CALMOAA Officers can be found under Article VIII (please see link https://www.californiamoaa.com/calmoaa-bylaws/ and click to page 10 of 18).  I will establish a nominating chair soon. 

We need your support for Bipartisan legislation in the House and Senate (H.R. 3402/S.976) would align Dependency and Indemnity Compensation payments with other federal survivor benefits. Please go to this website and be heard in support of this bill. https://moaa.quorum.us/campaign/36953/

Follow up on AB1623 I have created a small committee to review what we did right and what we could have done on AB1623 Personal income taxes: exclusion: uniformed services retirement pay: survivor benefit plan payments. One of the plus items that has come out of this effort is your engagement with your state Assemblymembers and your Senators.  From this point on everyone needs to keep your relationship with them from this point on. Both as individuals and as an organization.  By now you should have received an email from Steve Donlon letting everyone know that a Facebook page has been created to start the socialization process of getting our friends, surviving spouses, and fellow veterans engaged now in support of our efforts.  See Facebook group: EXEMPT UNIFORMED SERVICES RETIRED PAY & SURVIVORS’ SBP FROM CA INCOME TAXLink:https://www.facebook.com/groups/560520875614530 . 

Up until 6 July 2022 California and Vermont were the only two states that did not exempt uniform services retirement. That has changed in that the State of Vermont has signed a bill into law to provide tax relief to military retirees.  California is the only state in the union that does not provide any type of exemption for its veterans and surviving spouses.  See announcement from the Vermont Governor Phil Scott issued the following statement, following a press conference held by a bipartisan group of elected officials, veterans, and Scott Administration officials in support of eliminating the state income tax on military retirement pay.

“Vermont is one of a just a handful of states remaining that fully tax military retirement pay.  For the last five years, I’ve proposed it be fully eliminated in Vermont. I am encouraged by the growing bipartisan support for this cause and appreciate the Democratic, Republican, and independent legislators who are stepping up.

“This initiative is not just about supporting those who put their lives on the line for our country – it is a workforce and economic development tool. Veterans typically retire from the military at an early age with plans for a civilian career ahead of them. They bring with them significant skills learned in the military, which is why we desperately need to attract more of them to our state. Eliminating this tax is a great way to start with a significant return on investment.”

CALMOAA is having a Special Legislative Zoom meeting with the Board of Directors and chapter legislative representatives and leadership on 28 July at 6:00 PM to discuss legislative goals for next year.  This includes going back to legislation to ask for income tax exemption of our Uniform Services and Surviving Spouses will be the primary topic.  The result of this meeting will set the platform for CALMOAA 2023 – 2024 board.  In the meantime, keep up your communications lines open with your State Senator, Assemblymember, Senator, and Congressmen/Congresswomen. 

There will be a ballot measure on the November ballot which is very bad for California and will not deliver on its promise to end homelessness and is opposed by over 60 Native American Tribes. CALMOAA is in full support of Protecting Tribal Sovereignty along with the VFW, AMVETS, Marine Corps Veterans Association, the Scottish-American Military Society and the Association of the U.S. Army, Northern and Southern Chapters in opposing this measure

Updating Catchment Areas: I have received little response to update your chapter catchment areas.  If I have heard from you, I will assume you are satisfied with your current catchment areas and that you do not want it updated/changed.

One of my high school classmates shared this.  One day at a friend’s house someone said, WTF.  Their mother heard it and asked what does WTF mean.  Being quick on their feet they immediate turned around and told their mother it means “WOW That’s Fantastic”.  After this the mother like it so much that they started using the acronym when they communicated with their friends. Her texts are so much more fun now 

In the next few days I plan on sending out some information regarding High Gz Repetitive Strain Injury (High-G RSI). This is an issue that affects fast movers (former tactical pilots, NFO’s, RIOs, WSOs, etc)  who are now suffering spine problems from years of having flown HPAs (high performance aircraft). In the meantime, please check out the following series of aeromedical articles is available also on the River Rats website:

  * go to <https://www.river-rats.org>

  * Click on “MEDICAL”

  * Click on “High-G RSI”

  * Within the “High-G RSI White Paper” paragraph, click on “Literature Bibliography”

Respectfully,

Elmer Fred Green, Jr., LCDR, USN (Ret)
President of California Council of Chapters Military Officers Association of America (CALMOAA)

June 2022

Notes from the President’s Desk

I am saddened to report that CALMOAA 1st VP Neal Schneider is at home on hospice.  When COVID started he was a little disappointed because he had wanted to be a part of Honor Flight.  I am happy in that he was able to participate in Honor Flight last May 2022.  His local news Fox26 News did a piece on Honor Flight Spotlight on him this last May.
https://kmph.com/news/local/honor-flight-spotlight-terminal-cancer-patient-gets-out-of-hospital-just-in-time-for-trip.  I have named Patty Wernet as the acting 1st VP per Section 6 – Disability and Vacancy (see excerpt of bylaws below).

There has been a lot going on this month. MOAA Annual Meeting and LOE Recognition will be held in Kansas City on October 24 – 28, 2022.  With this in mind I have asked Mike Kwan to host this year’s CALMOAA Annual in his area. Tentatively our annual meeting will be November 3, 2022 close to the Seabee Base in Port Hueneme, CA.  He is currently researching and identifying possible lodging in the area. At this time, I am looking at 1.5 day meeting.  As we get closure, we will keep you up to date as he works out the kinks.  In the meantime, I also asked him to see if he could have Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin who represents their district, and she is Chair of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation. If she’s not available, we will try to get Congresswoman Julia Brownley. If this does not work, they are thinking of asking the NBVC skipper to address us.

It is that time again where we need our members to run for office to be the next CALMOAA and filling a board position if you are interested. Remember everyone member (service members and surviving spouses) is eligible to run for office. Description of CALMOAA Officers can be found under Article VIII (please see link https://www.californiamoaa.com/calmoaa-bylaws/ and click to page 10 of 18).  I will establish a nominating chair soon. 

Follow up on AB1623 I have created a small committee to review what we did right and what we could have done on AB1623 Personal income taxes: exclusion: uniformed services retirement pay: survivor benefit plan payments. One of the plus items that has come out of this effort is your engagement with your state Assemblymembers and your Senators.  From this point on everyone needs to keep your relationship with them from this point on. Both as individuals and as an organization.

In addition to the above either I and/or Jeff will be sending out an email inviting the Board and your legislative representatives to start planning on what CALMOAA should work on for 2023.  This includes going back to legislation to ask for tax exemption of our surviving spouses.  The result of this meeting will set the platform for CALMOAA 2023 – 2024 board.  In the meantime, keep up your communications lines open with your State Senator, Assemblymember, Senator, and Congressmen/Congresswomen. 

There will be a ballot measure on the November ballot which is very bad for California and will not deliver on its promise to end homelessness and is opposed by over 60 Native American Tribes. CALMOAA is in full support of Protecting Tribal Sovereignty along with the VFW, AMVETS, Marine Corps Veterans Association, the Scottish-American Military Society and the Association of the U.S. Army, Northern and Southern Chapters in opposing this measure

It is official the Camp Pendleton Chapter MOAA (CA23) is closing its doors.  Dan has done a good job trying to keep his chapter engaged.  It is with sad heart that they had to make the difficult decision to close the Camp Pendleton chapter here in North San Diego County.  Despite numerous efforts to increase both interest and participation, they have not been able to keep the chapter alive. They have given it their best effort. We are hoping their members will join other San Diego Chapters in the area. 

Updating Catchment Areas: I have received little response to update your chapter catchment areas.  If I have heard from you, I will assume you are satisfied with your current catchment areas and that you do not want it updated/changed.

As much as we have seen the development of Naval Air it is hard to believe it Naval Aircraft Carriers have only been part of the Navy for 100 years.  This year we celebrated the centennial of US Navy Aircraft Carriers https://www.navy.mil/Resources/Blogs/Detail/Article/2906154/centennial-of-us-navy-aircraft-carriers/. In part you can see part of this by viewing “Meet the Aviators and the Planes They Flew | Legacy Week 2022 Memorial Day Weekend” please click on this link to meet the aviators https://youtu.be/pbvxnsPQGZ4 and “A Look Inside the USS Midway | USS Midway Museum” https://youtu.be/LsSqZCCBi8Q

May and June were graduation of our next generation of commissioned officers and JROTC classes.  I had the honor of presenting MOAA Medals to three JROTC High Schools this year.  The students are very motivated and excited about the future as are our newly commissioned officers.  Let us wish them the best.

On a personal note, I have to take a minute to share our excitement and pride for our son! Sean and his family together made an almost impossible challenge HAPPEN! Along with the village, Teri and I are so happy to announce our son received his PhD from University of San Diego!

I had the pleasure of reviewing “The Sylmar Earthquake Documentary” is “live” at http://www.shakenthemovie.com.  This film is about what happened on February 9, 1971 in Sylmar California.  Where a 6.5 quake became the most important seismic event in US History.

Respectfully,

E Fred Green, Jr.
President CALMOAA

May 2022

Notes from the President’s Desk

Thank you, Gene Talmadge, for chairing this 2nd Quarterly All Hands Meeting.  There was a lot of great information that came out the meeting.  I have attached Kathy Prout Surviving Spouse Report and Jeff Breiten Report separately.  I will upload their document in CALMOAA website later.  

Please remember to acknowledge your people.   We have some hardworking individuals who are sometimes our unsung heroes.  Please remember to submit your candidates for the 2022 Surviving Spouse Liaison Excellence Award your Legislative Chair for “The Colonel Steve Strobridge Legislative Chair/Liaison Award” before 1 June 2022.

Hopefully everyone saw my emails and Frank “Tank” Michael’s emails inviting everyone in California to sign up for MOAA’s Northwest Conference in June. I realize the deadline has passed but if you are interested, please reach out “Tank” (email: frankm@moaa.org ). I would also like to thank you everyone for your continued support of AB 1623.  I am sorry to report the Assembly Appropriations Committee place our bill was placed on hold in the committee which means it did not pass.  Thank you everyone for your support.  We had 1,298 messages sent via VoterVoice to our Assemblymembers and Senators.  This is the first time we have used this tool as it was intended with great results. After Rev and Tax, we gained the following co-authors.  They are Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Seyarto, Coauthors: Assembly Members Mathis, Reyes, Salas, and Waldron Coauthor: Senator Jones.

This year I asked MOAA to download our catchment areas so that our chapter presidents and Area Vice Presidents could evaluate their catchments areas.  The goal is to ensure every chapter is able to capture their zip codes.

Hopefully everyone saw General Atkins VOLUNTEER THANK YOU VIDEO. If not here is the link to his thank you to all link: https://youtu.be/dsXgHxc3slc and please share with YOUR membership.

MOAA’s Community Outreach Sponsorship is still available. (this is similar to the USAA program). You can apply for up to $300 per chapter or $800 per council to support community service programs and recruiting/branding events. Get details at this link.  This program is similar to the USAA program.  In addition to the Community Outreach Sponsorship To review the grant for our Chapters Department, along with the Development’s Department, use this link:https://www.moaa.org/content/chapters-and-councils/chapters-and-councils/council-and-chapter-community-involvement/

For Crisis Relief Grant, please access this link:https://www.moaa.org/relief-verification

I had the pleasure of viewing Charlie Walther (Tom Walther’s brother) on Green Marine Technologies discussion this month.  If you have time, please check out this YouTube presentation:  https://youtu.be/nBqJaGMxpEE . Sailing Science Center Founder and President Jim Hancock sits down with Charlie Walther, a marine engineer who spent 23 years working for Crowley Maritime, doing everything from pumping bilges and working his way up to the director of engineering and machinery for five years. He left Crowley 33 years ago to start his own business, Walther Engineering, and has been involved in the “Green-ification” of the San Francisco Ferry fleet.

Respectfully,

E Fred Green, Jr.
President CALMOAA

April 2022

Notes from the President’s Desk

Thank you everyone for your support of AB 1623.  Needless to say, every time our bill goes before a committee in the Assembly and/or Senate we need to continue our letter writing / email campaign.  True we have organizations behind our bill.  But at the sometimes we also need you and your friends, associates, fellow Californians, and Veterans to continue writing your Assemblymember, State Senator, chamber of commerce, county supervisors, and your Congressman/Congresswoman asking for their support (please copy Assemblymember Ramos’s office) . The battle is not over until the last vote. This is a war of attrition and communications to be heard by every individual.  Our effort takes everyone to be involved. If did not see the Bill Analysis that the Revenue and Taxation, please check out the Bill Analysis

There are a lot of good bills being worked this year.  Please offer your support of these bills (see California legislation).

Assemblymember Ramos took the bill we wrote and submitted what we presented him.  It is because of his courage and dedication to the Uniformed Services and Surviving Spouses that our bill is currently being heard.  I truly believe that our bill will not be pigeon hold and ignored under his leadership. In summary we do not want it to be pigeon hold.  We want California Legislation to vote one way or the other.  This is an election year, and we need everyone to stay in touch with your elected officials. Try to get your city council, chamber of commerce’s, county superintendent to write their Assemblymember (copy to Assemblymember Ramos) in support of our bill.

Everyone knows MOAA’s primary focus is advocation for us at the Federal Level (in the house and the senate).  But I am not sure if everyone is aware that they are very supportive of our efforts at the state level. Thank MOAA for all of the support you have given us for AB 1623.  If you missed an earlier newsletter and/or email I would like to start off by telling everyone LtGen Dana Atkins, USAF  (Ret), President and CEO of MOAA wrote us a letter of endorsement in support of California AB 1623 which we shared with Assemblymember James Ramos and the Assembly Rev and Tax.  MOAA then sent out an email blast to every MOAA member in the state of California for California Council and Chapters (this went out to everyone in our state including those who belong to a local chapter).  MOAA Council & Chapter Affairs (under Erin Stone, Capt, USN  (Ret) and Frank “Tank” Michael, Capt, USN (Ret)) sent out the email blast on 19 Jan 2022.  Thursday (14 April 2022) MOAA (Alan English, Vice President, Communications and Marvin Heinze, Capt, USN (Ret)) released CALMOAA Press release via their resources (see attached).  I appreciate everything that they have done in support of our effort.  In addition to what MOAA has done in support of our efforts.  California State Commanders Veterans Council (CSCVC), Ms. Summer Bales, Policy Coordinator, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Mark Balmert, Rear Adm, USN (ret), President and CEO of San Diego Military Advisory Council and Reeb Government Relations, LLC have all helped us to get where we are today.

On 29 October 2021 I attended the California State Commanders Veterans Council (CSCVC) meeting and I asked them for their support and commitment to support our bill.  The CSCVC is supporting our effort with all of their heart.  They have sent out a few Voters Voice emails in support of AB 1623 along with a couple of other legislation that affects all of us in the state of California.

In turn every lesson learned we share with MOAA and other states who are also working on legislation who are actively working with their respective state legislators to seek relief from retire military pay – principally, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia.  This can serve as a template as they build their own advocacy support. 

Would also like to thank the support that we have received from Ms. Summer Bales, Policy Coordinator, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and Mark Balmert, Rear Adm, USN (ret), President and CEO of San Diego Military Advisory Council.

We started this effort shortly after I became CALMOAA.  The first thing Jeff and I did was we started reaching out to our elected officials.  We provided PowerPoint Presentations, fact sheets, and we leveraged off SB-007 that California Senator Ben Hueso, 40th District to see if he would resubmit his bill by talking to his office.  I had the pleasure of talking to Ms. Ariel Gibbs and later I talked to Jessica Hayes (both ladies are on his staff) and both of them provided some pointers within the realm of their positions. Jeff approached Assemblymember about the ideal and low and behold we have SB 1623 which includes SBP.  When you look at your Identification card it says Uniform Services it does not say Military or Armed Services.  Yes, on the front of your ID card you will see your service annotated on it. But in the end, it says Uniformed Services which is why our bill is for Uniformed Services increases the scope of voters in California who are affected by this bill.  Reeb Government Relations, LLC (Seth Reeb (an Army Veteran),  Dana Nichol, and Pete Conaty (consultant to CSCVC) have been instrumental in assisting Jeff and I on this crusade.  We have had a bunch of organizations in support of us.  Including a letter from Stanley Zezotarski, Col (Retired) USAR member and former President of The National Guard Association of California.  If you did not see the analysis that was presented to Rev and Tax please see this link (https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billAnalysisClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220AB1623 ).  When we went before the Rev and Tax, we had the support of the following registered organizations in support of AB1623.

Support

San Diego Military Advisory Council

San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

Vietnam Veterans of America, California State Council

Military Officers Association of America, California Council of Chapters

California State Commanders Veterans Council

California Association of County Veterans Service Officers

AMVETS, Department of California

American Legion, Department of California

Equus Medendi

Peace Officers Research Association of California

Marine Corps League, Detachment #1459

3 Individuals

Opposition

California Tax Reform Association

On April 8th Assemblymember Ramos held a Press Conference (if you missed his presentation, please see link to his presentation https://www.facebook.com/AsmJamesRamos/videos/1830789617122467 .

Below are the links to CALMOAA Press Release. If the hyperlink does not work, please see the last page of this newsletter for the full URLs.

PRNewswire

KTLA

Yahoo news

News Leaflets

Benzinga

Next Wave Group

Valley News Live (Fargo, ND)

WAFF 48 (Huntsville, AL)

Longview News Journal WN.com Posted 2022-04-14

In addition to AB 1623, I will be sending out your catchment areas in your given area. I am asking the Area Vice Presidents and the chapter Presidents to review and update their catchment area as they see fit and to send me their inputs so that I can ask MOAA to update.

Let me close this month’s newsletter by asking you “Who is your Hero”.  The responses are interesting.

A few years ago, I was reading a book by Patrick O’Brian (he wrote the Aubrey / Maturin series) where one of his characters asked another one, “Who is your Hero?”.  Automatically it got me thinking when I saw the answer and at the same time, I realize most people would say their parents, their favorite actor and/or baseball, football player, etc.  But very few would say you are the Hero.  Which is the correct response. Think about it.  Every day you are writing your hero’s story.  Your hero has to overcome a lot in day and a year.  You are brave, positive, optimistic, and stand fast.  You admire your hero for overcoming the obstacles that behold you.  Before the story ends, you have overcome a lot of things & you and your hero lives happily ever after. 

E Fred Green, Jr.
President CALMOAA

March 2022

It is a time to celebrate the strong, brave women who have broken down barriers, shattered glass ceilings, and made often unheralded contributions in American history. They are the trailblazers in our communities, both past and present.

And we will highlight many of them throughout this month on WYFF 4, including community leaders, like Mary Duckett and Lila Mae Brock, lifelong advocates for Greenville’s Southern side community, military heroes like Easley-native Capt. Kimberly Hampton, the first female pilot in U.S. history to be killed by hostile fire, and savvy businesswomen, like Eugenia Duke, who sold sandwiches slathered in her delicious homemade condiment to soldiers training at Camp Sevier during WWI.

That family recipe is what you know today as Duke’s mayonnaise.

These women, and so many more through the centuries, forged paths so that young women would be free to write their own stories.

But it’s not just the names we know from history books.

Grandmothers, sisters, aunts and mothers have left indelible marks in our lives and in society, showing us grit and grace through life’s challenges, and determination to build a better world, not only for themselves, but for future generations.

This Women’s History Month, take a moment to recognize the amazing women in your life. 
We believe their achievements give each one of us the power to succeed. (source https://www.wyff4.com/article/editorial-women-s-history-month-2022/39408629)

I would like to thank everyone and Summer Bales (San Diego Chamber of Commerce) for their efforts in getting AB 1623 heard before Revenue and Taxation Committee for testimony Only Hearing on Monday, March 21, 2022 chaired by Assembly member Jacqui Irwin.  If you did not have time, please look at the Bill Analysis that the committee did (see https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billAnalysisClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220AB1623).  While this analysis maybe outdated it does include a Fiscal Effect from The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) which estimated the General Fund revenue losses of $30 million for fiscal year (FY) 22 – 23, $60 million for FY 23-24, and $60 million for FY 24-25.  We realize that if our bill is passed it is a small step in the right direction.  In the past we have tried to exclude Military retirement from taxation.  That didn’t work for many reasons.  It is because of this that we decided to start at age 60.  This will be an uphill battle or think of this as a war of attrition and we cannot give up now.  We realize that very few members in our State Assembly and Senate served.  Therefore, they may not understand that when we serve our nation, they do not understand the sacrifices we make for our state and our nation. They do not always understand the risk and challenges.  It wasn’t until 9-11 that our nation woke up and started to acknowledge us.  There are still those who still look at us jaundice eyes.  All we can do is continue to educate society on what we do and did. We need to continue to educate them of our surviving spouses.  We all understand that when we deploy our spouses are left at home. 

I need everyone to reach out to your elected official but also reach out to your friends, veterans, local government, chamber of commerce, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Assembly Member Jacqui Irwn, CA District 44 (Chair of the Committee on Revenue and Taxation) and Assembly Member Janet Nguyen, CA District 72 (Vice Chair of the Committee on Revenue and Taxation).  Ask them to have their committee vote yes on AB 1623.

Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin was first elected in 2014 to represent California’s 44th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Camarillo, Moorpark, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Thousand Oaks, and Westlake Village.  Irwin has previously served as the Assembly Speaker’s appointee on the Governor’s Military Council, the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, the Inter-Agency Council on Veterans, and the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.

Assemblywoman Janet Nguyen was overwhelmingly elected to represent the 72nd Assembly District on November 3, 2020. Her district includes Garden Grove, Westminster, Fountain Valley, Seal Beach, and Los Alamitos.

Before I forget I would like to acknowledge our supporters:

San Diego Military Advisory Council

San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

Vietnam Veterans of America, California State Council

California State Commanders Veterans Council

California Association of County Veterans Service Officers

AMVETS, Department of California

American Legion, Department of California

Equus Medendi

Peace Officers Research Association of California

Marine Corps League, Detachment #1459

Please continue to support this effort by reaching out and contacting your assembly men or members. And your senators, we need to continue at the same time you need to reach out to your fellow friends, veterans and have them also. Communicate. The need. To change our laws and exclude uniformed services. Do not lose sight of the goal. Do not tire. Keep up the good work. Thank you.

Please keep an eye out for “Voter voice” from California State Commanders Veterans Council.  When you do get it, please indicate which organization(s) you are affiliated with and please register so that it will notify you of changes as it occurs.

The next CALMOAA ALL HANDS MEETING is May 14, 2022, 09:30 AM Pacific Time.  

In response to a question that I received not too long ago I need to emphasis CALMOAA All Hands meeting is open to everyone. 

Gene Tallmadge and/or I will be sending the Zoom invite and agenda to CALMOAA Board and chapter presidents (so that they can disseminate the information to their membership).  This month has been very unusual in that I flood the board and your chapters as we got close to our bill being heard.  Normally I try to send out one or two emails a month.  One is the Newsletter around the 10th of the month. The other is TBD.

As we get closer to April 15th you may experience email and text phishing, email and text scams.  Scammers often exploit fears, threatening you with arrest or legal action. Scammers also pose as Social Security or other government employees and claim there’s a problem with your Social Security number (SSN) or your benefits. They may even claim your SSN is linked to a crime.

When you identify a potential scammer:

  1. Hang up right away or ignore the message.
  2. Never give personal information or money.
  3. Report the scam immediately to our Office of the Inspector General

Check the senders email address/phone number.  When in doubt do not respond to the email and/or text.  Instead call the person, business using a number that you know is a valid one.  If you respond to the bogus email and/or text, you have just left them with a digital footprint with your information.  Always be on guard!!  If you were not able to attend MOAA’s presentation “Protecting Yourself from Cyber-crime and Scams LIVE WEBCAST” it was an interesting one. They shared these websites that you can go to get more information.

Milvet Resources | Fightcybercrime.org https://fightcybercrime.org/milvet-resources/

Cybercrime Support Network (CSN) https://cybercrimesupport.org/

Scam Spotter: Taxes paid with gift cards https://youtu.be/5EsQQEnxDsY

Slam the Scam: How to Spot Government Imposters • By Dawn Bystry, Deputy Associate Commissioner, Office of Strategic and Digital Communications

E Fred Green, Jr.
President CALMOAA

February 2022

Notes from the President’s Desk

February is  BLACK HISTORY MONTH

HERE’S WHY BLACK HISTORY MONTH IS CELEBRATED IN FEBRUARY

by Jeroslyn JohnsonFebruary 1, 202229751

Black History Month is the one time of year when the country unreluctantly shines a light on the history, triumphs, and trials of African Americans that shaped much of the nation’s history.  In 1926, historian Carter G. Woodson became the first to petition for a designated time when the history and accomplishments of Black Americans would be highlighted and recognized nationwide, as noted by historian and the president of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, W. Marvin Dulaney.  Woodson, the “father of Black history,” initially intentioned for it to be one week where public schools would teach students about Black history, NPR reports. Woodson selected the second week of February as Negro History Week and petitioned fellow historians through the Study of Negro Life and History, which he founded in 1915 before its name was changed to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).  Woodson’s initiative grew in acceptance over the years and by the late 1960s had expanded into the entire month of February.  While it is the shortest month of the year, the second week of February was selected to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. With Lincoln’s decision to end slavery and Douglass’ advocacy work as a former slave turned abolitionist, Black History Month was centered around the two prominent leaders.

Since 1976, every U.S. president has recognized the month of February as Black History Month, History.com reports. Other countries, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.

President Gerald R. Ford was the first to officially recognize Black History Month during the country’s 1976 bicentennial.  To keep up with Woodson’s introduction of Black History Month, the ASALH selects a new theme for the month each year. For 2022, the theme is Black Health and Wellness. It’s appropriate given the coronavirus pandemic and its disproportionate effect on the Black community.

“There’s never been a time where Black people and others should not celebrate Black history,” Broussard said. “Given the current racial climate, the racial reckoning that began in wake of George Floyd’s murder … this is an opportunity to learn.” https://www.blackenterprise.com/heres-why-black-history-month-is-celebrated-in-february/

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I was honored to visit the Mojave Desert Chapter, Rio Hondo, & Los Alamitos Area Chapters and meet their new officers and the new Area Vice Presidents.  Erin Stone swore in Rio Hondo and Los Alamitos Chapters and Patty Wernet swore in Mojave Desert Chapter.  Discussions were fluid and enlightening at each chapter meeting. So much that the Mojave Desert asked my wife to join their chapter. 

OUR BILL AB 1623 is scheduled to go before the Revenue and Taxation Committee in February 2022.   AB 1623 Fact Sheet can be used for talking points and letter of endorsement.  After the first committee hearing we expect to see principal coauthors and coauthors added to the bill. 

If you do not know who your California Senator, Assemblyman/ Assemblywoman is please go to this link: https://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

Please keep an eye out for “Voter voice” from California State Commanders Veterans Council and/or from Jeff Breiten or I to the membership.  We will need everyone to participate in Voter Voice when it comes out.  At this time, I am expecting it to address 2 issues.  The first would be the AB 1623 to eliminate the state income taxes on Uniform pay and SBP pay.  More likely than not it will highlight the number of states that  do not tax Military pay. That number rose last year as several states changes their policies.   The second is the Umberg bill to eliminate $5 on veteran CDLs. We believe that the message should include the fact with the gigantic budgets surplus how does the legislature justify charging Veterans $5. To get a CDL with Veteran on it. 

From: Ombudsman Registry
Sent: Friday, January 21, 2022 8:47 AM
Subject: PASSPORT RENEWAL FOR DoD PERSONNEL AND FAMILIES


Active-duty, reserve and retired service members, and Defense Department civilians and contractors and their families are now able to renew their U.S. passports online, according to the State Department. The online portal, became available Dec. 23, and will now enable customers to renew their passports from the convenience of their homes 24/7 without having to go to a post office to mail their application and supporting documents. 

Please share with your families and others who may be eligible for these services. Please see the link below for more information and instruction on the renewal process. 

https://www.defense.gov/News/News-Stories/Article/Article/2880945/dod-personnel-families-can-renew-passports-online/ 

The January 2022 page 78 of the MOAA Magazine announced the call for nominations to the MOAA Board.  If you are interested please review the new MOAA Strategic Plan for 2022 – 2026 https://www.moaa.org/uploadedfiles/strategic-plan-2022.pdf , MOAA’s Bylaws https://www.moaa.org/content/about-moaa/moaa-at-a-glance/moaa-bylaws/, and MOAA Resolutions https://www.moaa.org/content/about-moaa/moaa-at-a-glance/moaa-resolutions/.

E Fred Green, Jr.
President CALMOAA

January 2022

Notes from the President’s Desk

Happy New Year everyone.  As we enter the New Year, we are hit hard on many different fronts both as an organization and on a person level.  Our membership continues to dwindle due to age and attrition.  I realize that with COVID it is hard to recruit new members and that some chapters are tactile, and others can be both tactile and virtual.  Somehow with COVID we need to shift to virtual for the present. We need to continue to check on our shipmates and their families.

If your chapter is at RISK of closing, need assistance from CALMOAA and/or MOAA to stay alive please reach out to your AVP and copy me, 1st VP, Chapter Affairs VP, and Membership VP so that we are aware. Chapters can apply to be satellites to another chapter if they desire.  If the chapter decides it is best to close for various reasons, there is a process you need to go through to close your chapter from turning in your charter to properly distributing your chapter funds to another 501 C organization.  You cannot distribute the funds to the members.

OUR BILL HAS BEEN Introduced by Assembly member Ramos.  He has officially introduced AB 1623 Personal income taxes: exclusion: uniformed services retirement pay: survivor benefit plan payments Link: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220AB1623.  AB1623 maybe heard in committee on February 10, 2022

Please use AB 1623 Fact Sheet for talking points and letter of endorsement.  I am proud to receive Lieutenant General Dana Adkins, President and CEO letter of endorsement and San Diego Chamber of Commerce letter of support.

More so than ever we need you to continue working on getting every veteran, friend, family, associate to network and keep in touch with their state Senators, state Assembly members. In addition to writing your representatives please send a letter to Assembly member James Ramos in support of this bill even though you don’t live in his district to send him letters of support, so when he’s meeting with the governor on other issues, he can tell the governor, “Hey, I got a letter from Miramar Military Officers Association Chapter voicing their support. I know they’re not in my assembly district, but hey, that you’re the governor. You should be concerned about statewide issues.”  His email address is email: James.ramos@asm.ca.gov  Send him a short email to James saying I’ve seen your press release, “I want to applaud you for your efforts to exempt military retirement from state income taxes. Anything I can do to help you? In your battle to make this happen, please let me know. Thank you very much”.

Assemblyman Ramos is a member of the following committees: Military and Veterans Affairs; Budget; Budget Subcommittee No.1 on Health and Human Services; Governmental Organization; Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy; Local Government; Rules; Select Committee on Native American Affairs, Chair; Select Committee on Veteran Employment and Education (amongst others)

Earlier this year it came to my attention that our Surviving Spouse are paid three days after our payday.  I was not aware of this until I saw a cry out from some of our Surviving Spouses.  DFAS was late paying this year.  It made me even more aware of the impact this had on them and the need for us to keep an eye out for our family (in this case I am referring to our surviving spouses, aged, shipmates, neighbor, etc.). Some of them are not prepared and we need to keep them in mind.

There is a new Facebook Group called “DIC Surviving Spouses/DIC Increase Advocacy“.  This new group is solely to work on the DIC increase bills. The bills will increase DIC by about $395 a month. This is worth the time and effort in my opinion.  If you have questions or want to discuss other bills or issues that are not related to these bills, please ask on the DIC Surviving Spouses and Friends Facebook group or the Military Widows: SBP-DIC Offset Facebook group. Any posts or comments not pertaining to these 2 bills will be deleted. Thank you for complying and for understanding why we are going to be strict about the rules. This is how it worked on the SBP-DIC offset group until we got that law changed. It is how we are going to run this group, so we are effective.

Click go to this Facebook link https://www.facebook.com/groups/610245403387077 and/or in MOAA Surviving Spouses and Friends you will see the link to”DIC Surviving Spouses/DIC Increase Advocacy”.  Where you would ask to join this group.  It is a private group.  To join you will have to answer all of the questions (from are you receiving DIC, etc.). 

The January 2022 page 78 of the MOAA Magazine announced the call for nominations to the MOAA Board.  If you are interested please review the new MOAA Strategic Plan for 2022 – 2026 https://www.moaa.org/uploadedfiles/strategic-plan-2022.pdf , MOAA’s Bylaws https://www.moaa.org/content/about-moaa/moaa-at-a-glance/moaa-bylaws/, and MOAA Resolutions https://www.moaa.org/content/about-moaa/moaa-at-a-glance/moaa-resolutions/.

Links to the Navy Lodge locations and DoD lodging has been added to this newsletter (see the last two pages for the link).

Before I go, I would like to share this humors YouTube video on The Career Venn Diagram – Don McMillan (https://youtu.be/XaiRUqfGa-8 )

Growing up my head was always in the clouds.  Here are a couple of YouTube Videos that may be interesting to one and all.  The first one an aircraft that my CO of the Constellation (CV-64) flew.  He was instrumental in getting the USS Midway (CV-41) Museum to San Diego.  The other plane was the first supersonic bomber.  I am referring to the Convair B-58 Hustler Champion of Champions https://youtu.be/cEKyTxnrXIc

E Fred Green, Jr.
President CALMOAA

December 2021

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone.  As we enter the holiday months.  I would like to celebrate it with a couple of Christmas songs from my youth.  Sometimes it just doesn’t feel like Christmas until we hear such songs like the Royal Guardsmen sing Snoop’s Christmas https://youtu.be/9Pxw-RbdUow ; Peanuts Gang: Christmas Song “Linus & Lucy”  https://youtu.be/00gXEn1ehDg ; Charlie Brown Christmas https://youtu.be/DMA3_-anjpQ

Merry Christmas everyone 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

We leave this year bright full of hopes and happiness. It is sad that we have lost some shipmates, friends, family members.  At the same time, we have seen the joy of new life and our future enter the world full of hope and joy.  Let us continue to overcome life’s challenges and nurture our future.

Next year we should have a bill number assigned to Uniform Retirement tax exemption which is being introduced by Assembly member James Ramos.  In the meantime, we need every veteran, friend, family, associate to write their state Senators, state Assembly member regarding this bill.  In addition to writing your representatives please send a letter to Assembly member James Ramos in support of this bill even though you don’t live in his district to send him letters of support, so when he’s meeting with the governor on other issues, he can tell the governor, “Hey, I got a letter from Miramar Military Officers Association Chapter voicing their support. I know they’re not in my assembly district, but hey, that you’re the governor. You should be concerned about statewide issues.”  His email address is email: James.ramos@asm.ca.gov  Send him a short email to James saying I’ve seen your press release, “I want to applaud you for your efforts to exempt military retirement from state income taxes. Anything I can do to help you? In your battle to make this happen, please let me know. Thank you very much”.

MOAA held a successful Southwest Workshop in San Diego on 20 November 2021.  We had some very informative breakout discussions.  Upon the conclusion of the workshop CALMOAA held its Annual Meeting (abbreviated).  Jeff Breiten CALMOAA Legislation and Kathy Prout CALMOAA Surviving Spouse spoke.  The key points that I really need everyone to take on board is everyone is a member, and everyone can assume a leadership position both in CALMOAA and their chapters.  The other point is we do not need another Uniform Retirement Tax Exemption.  We do not want to water down the bill that Assembly Ramos will be presenting.  We need all of our California elected to rally behind his bill!!

Some significant points from the meeting is MOAA has a lot of information for Surviving Spouses of on their website https://www.moaa.org/content/topic-and-landing-pages/i-am-a-surviving-spouse/ .  They have brochures about how to be prepared in the case of a death.  Look at the VA website www.va.gov and look under the presumptive conditions https://benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/factsheets/serviceconnected/presumption.pdf  and https://www.va.gov/search/?query=presumptive%20conditions&t=false .  Review your accounts (checking, credit cards, utilities, etc. to ensure that if something happened to one it does not lock out the surviving spouse. Review your Trust and/or Will to ensure it has what you and spouse wants. Protect your loved ones!!

In addition to Advocacy, we also NEED TO ENGAGE OUR Surviving Spouses More than ever.  How little did I realize that I never provided my wife a translator or a translation book on how to speak Navy much less the VA.  Our spouses and our Surviving Spouse have always been there for us.  They bring out the best in all of us!! We can never forget our spouses.  In turn we also need to remember as an organization they too are FULL FLEDGE members and they too have a VOICE in CALMOAA and MOAA.  Every member can hold office!!  Please engage your spouse in your chapters!!!  CALMOAA Bylaws are very open, and it does allow anyone to hold a position in CALMOAA!! 

Please join “MOAA Surviving Spouses and Friends (Private Group) – Facebook.”  My wife and I are members and it has been very enlightening.  Some members of my chapter have also stated how helpful it is even if you are not a surviving spouse.  Check out it out.

Next year we will have two new Area Vice Presidents stepping up to the plate. 

Area 6 Vice President John Ryan has turned over his duties as Area Vice President to Thomas Bell. 

Area 7 Vice President Tom Brown has turned over his duties as Area Vice President to Ed Apostol.

Let us all welcome Thomas Bell and Ed Apostol as our new Are Vice Presidents.

Planning ahead.  MOAA will be making a call for nominations to the MOAA Board in January.  I believe there will be an opening for 1 Warrant Officer, 1 NOAA Officer, 2 Surviving Spouses, 4 Council / Chapter Leaders.  If you are interested please review the new MOAA Strategic Plan for 2022 – 2026 https://www.moaa.org/uploadedfiles/strategic-plan-2022.pdf , MOAA’s Bylaws https://www.moaa.org/content/about-moaa/moaa-at-a-glance/moaa-bylaws/, and MOAA Resolutions https://www.moaa.org/content/about-moaa/moaa-at-a-glance/moaa-resolutions/.

In closing let us look at Senator Daniel Inouye Medal of Honor https://youtu.be/6jsdoVqkeBg .

Before I go, I would like to share “Just 4 Things” by Colonel Erickson, USA. 

“The learners are those people who were constantly learning and growing. May or may not be successful in any given day, but they are constantly looking for ways to improve, and the levers of those individuals who just can’t take it and give up and move on. But I don’t beat up on those people too much ’cause at some point or another we all are living both camps. How much time you spend in which camp that matters, and I’ll tell you if you want to stay in the. The Learner grower group. The best way to do it. Is to not focus on your goals, but to focus on your habits. ’cause you tell me what your habits are. I will predict your future. And the thing with habits is that you only need four or you only need 4 categories of habits. What you do within those categories is up to you, but you only need 4. Categories of habits. And if you do something in each one of those categories each day, then I guarantee you long term you will be successful.

The first category is learning. You need to be a lifetime lifelong learner. You need to have a habit of learning something every day.

The second one is service. You need to have an idea or a habit of serving others. Each day don’t have to be big things to just be a random act of kindness, a kind word, whatever.

The third thing is fitness and nutrition health. What are you doing to keep yourself healthy today?

The fourth category is hope and that is you know what you are doing to build on your faith, life or your spirituality and it doesn’t have to be religion. It could be whatever it is that you find hope in. Outside of yourself, but if you work in those four categories every day, do something. It doesn’t have to be much little stuff and build those habits. You will be successful.

Work on great habits and great things will happen. One team.”

E Fred Green, Jr.
President CALMOAA

November 2021

Happy Birthday United States Marine Corps!!

As we celebrate both Veterans Day and the Marine Corps birthday.  I understand due to COVID the Commandant has cancelled the birthday celebration this year. Please raise on in celebration of our Marines and Veterans Day.

Your board here at CALMOA has been working on Uniform Retirement tax exemption and recruitment this year.  We are getting closer to seeing a bill in this upcoming legislative year.  I cannot emphasis how important it is more than ever for us to be involved and to communication to our chamber of councils, fellow veterans, friends alike in support of this effort. 

To accomplish this goal, we need every member to be involved in the process. If you did not see and/or missed CALMOAAs September Newsletter regarding this subject, please feel free to reach out to your Area Vice Presidents.  I would like to thank those of you who have been in contact with your fellow Veterans, friends, neighbors, Chamber of Commerce, California State Senators, and Assemblymen/ Assemblywomen getting them behind us on this.  I am pretty jazzed in that San Diego Chamber of Commerce with SDMAC are establishing a collation of military councils and chamber of councils in California in support of us.  I am also happy to say the California Commanders Veterans Council has pledged to support us.  In turn we need to support them also.  As the year ends, they will be using Voters Voice in support of these four issues.  In turn Jeff (CALMOAA Legislative VP), the board, and/or I will be forwarding you the Voters Voice asking everyone to click on the link to send your voice in support of us.

  1. Remove the $5.00 fee on California Driver’s License
  2. Veterans License Plate
  3. Update Disability Veterans Property
  4. Exempt Military Taxes (this our effort)

If you do not know who your California Senator, Assemblyman/ Assemblywoman is please go to this link: https://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

In addition to Advocacy, we also NEED TO ENGAGE OUR Surviving Spouses More than ever.  How little did I realize that I never provided my wife a translator or a translation book on how to speak Navy much less the VA.  Our spouses and our Surviving Spouse have always been there for us.  They bring out the best in all of us!! We can never forget our spouses.  In turn we also need to remember as an organization they too are FULL FLEDGE members and they too have a VOICE in CALMOAA and MOAA.  Every member can hold office!!  Please engage your spouse in your chapters!!!  CALMOAA Bylaws are very open and it does allow anyone to hold a position in CALMOAA!! 

Please join “MOAA Surviving Spouses and Friends (Private Group) – Facebook.”  My wife and I are members and it has been very enlightening.  Some members of my chapter have also stated how helpful it is even if you are not a surviving spouse.  Check out it out.

I regret to report that Leon our CALMOAA Secretary has announced that he is resigning effective 1 January 2022.  Steve Streightiff from Miramar MOAA Chapter has agreed to step up and be the CALMOAA Secretary.  Please welcome him aboard.

He will be missed. I am looking for someone to fill his billet as well as someone to fill Buds billet as CALMOAA TOPS.

Some of you know that I share speeches and jokes with some of my friends. Today while I was writing this newsletter I heard Colonel Erickson, USA talks about “Making Examples”.  In his discussion he talks about a friend of his states; “I think I might have to make an example of these individuals. Colonel Erickson’s response was, “Do we sometimes want to punch people in the face because they won’t listen? Absolutely? But we can’t do that. You can, but you shouldn’t do that. As leaders in my philosophy, my world in my mind. As leaders, we set the example. We don’t make examples of people. That’s what bullies do. We set the example and then draw people towards us. We set standards and then live beyond them to encourage people forward, not to scare them forward. ’cause trust is what it’s about, not fear.”

Here is another one he did called Survivor “Let me tell you something. I know with 100% certainty you are a survivor. How do I know that ’cause you hear my voice you made it through yesterday. You mustered the courage and the strength, and you got through yesterday. Was it pretty? Maybe not, you may have had to take a knee, but you know rest is a combat multiplier. Hell, you may have had to retreat. But retreats an offensive move to gain a tactical advantage. So regardless of how yesterday went yesterday, you survived yesterday. You got this. Have a great day.”

E Fred Green, Jr.
President CALMOAA

October 2021

Happy Birthday United States Navy!!

The Continental Navy was founded 27 March 1794 (277 years ago) and The United States Navy was created on 13 October 1775 (246 years ago)  Please see Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday and his wife Linda deliver their 246th Navy Birthday message to the fleet. https://www.dvidshub.net/video/817038/cno-and-linda-gildays-246th-navy-birthday-message     https://www.navy.mil/Press-Office/Statements/display-statements/Article/2807555/cno-and-linda-gilday-issue-a-message-to-the-fleet-for-the-navy-birthday/

This is Admiral Mike Gilday’s birthday message –

“Shipmates, this year we are celebrating the US Navy’s 246th #Birthday.

The theme of this year’s Birthday celebration is “Resilient and

Ready,” which speaks to the service, dedication and strength of both our Sailors and their families.

America’s need for a strong Navy is rooted in our past and has never been more important. Indeed, providing a safe, secure, and stable maritime system is an essential part of what our Navy does every day. We are not simply the “keeper of the seas” but the “keeper of the global way of life” as well. WE are the primary guarantors of peace, prosperity, and maintain the open flow of goods on the oceans.

Through every deployment and PCS move, spouses often endure separations, as well as shoulder the day-to-day responsibilities of managing and running a household – along with their own careers. While our ships and submarines are made of steel, our Sailors and their families are the lifeblood of our force, and at the heart of our birthday celebration.

So today, for the seen and unseen responsibilities you ALL carry, and for the daily sacrifices you ALL make. Thank you.

Happy 246th Birthday, Shipmates. See you in the Fleet.

As we celebrate our Navy’s birthday.  October is our opportunity to get our state Senators and Assemblymen, Assemblywomen to communicate, socialize, and work together on submitting a bill to stop taxation.  Please see CALMAA September Newsletter email with “Talking Points: Military Retirement Tax Exemption for California”,  “Military Retirement Pay, State Tax Exemption Proposal Fact Sheet”, and Letter Template, Mil Ret Pay Tax Exemption attached and included in the newsletter.

September 18, 2021 All Hands was our kickoff to start our campaign for all of our members to reach out to their California Senators, Assemblymen, and Assemblywomen for Military Retirement Tax Exemption for California.  We will need a sponsor for this Bill, and we will need all of our members, every veteran, your friends and neighbors behind us.  Please encourage them to support the effort by writing and talking about the need.  If you do not have the template, fact sheet, and talking points (see CALMOAA September Newsletter).  Please reach out to your board and we can supply them to you.  We realize some organizations will need a Bill Number to support us.  We are working on it.  We have met with San Diego Chamber of Commerce, SDMAC, and we have started conversations with a couple of our California Senators. We also realize more than ever we do need our state behind this so that the Governor is either overruled and/or convince the state that in the long run it will not be losing money and it should pass this bill. True this has been run up the flagpole a few times, but this is the first time we have had a chamber of commerce behind us and a letter campaign asking for ALL VETERANS to join us on this effort.

If you do not know who your California Senator, Assemblyman/ Assemblywoman is please go to this link: https://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

In principle our campaign will be applying the Butterfly Effect.  Where a small, seemingly insignificant flutters create major impacts on the world.  That is basically what the Butterfly Effect is.  We know this effect was started out as a simple thought experiment from a meteorologist, it has grown into its own branch of mathematical Chaos Theory.

It has been announced that our San Francisco (CA36) chapter has announced that it will close this year due to age and decreasing membership numbers.  On the high side Rio Hondo CA (CA31) chapter has determined that they will remain active.  They are looking at all of their members including their Surviving Spouses to be active participates. 

More so than ever it we need to REALIZE that Surviving Spouses are members of MOAA, CALMOAA, and they have a VOICE in MOAA.  Every member can hold office!!  Our Bylaws are very open and it does allow anyone to hold a position in CALMOAA!! 

E Fred Green, Jr.
President CALMOAA

September 2021

 As August comes to a close and our war in Afghanistan comes to an end our nation was hard hit with the loss of the 13 servicemen and servicewomen killed assisting in the evacuation of our citizens, allies, refugees, and interpretations who assisted our forces in Operation Enduring Freedom.  We have seen this pull our nation and our people many different ways. More so than ever we need to check on our wingman, wing woman, buddies, and shipmates who served in OEF, Desert Storm, and other operations these last 20 years.  Ensure that they know they are not alone and that we are here for them. Provide them with resources and aid them in addition to helping return.  We will need to look at if how to assist the Afghanistan refugee settle in our country and community.  I realize everyone has their own personal opinion and experiences.  Our nation assisted Vietnamese refugees settle in our country when the war in Vietnam ended.  I see us repeating that process again.  Please share any information on how we may assist them. 

As we enter September California is faced with determining if the current governor should be recalled and if he is we need to select his replacement when you cast your vote this month.  If you have not voted already.  Please encourage your friends and neighbor to get out there and vote.  Period!!

September and October is our opportunity to get our state Senators and Assemblymen, Assemblywomen to submit a bill to stop taxation.  Please see “Talking Points: Military Retirement Tax Exemption for California”,  “Military Retirement Pay, State Tax Exemption Proposal Fact Sheet”, and Letter Template, Mil Ret Pay Tax Exemption, 090121(see email attachments and below.  Please get your members to start reaching out to their Assemblymen, Assemblywomen, and State Senators via email, their website, phone calls, and/or in person.  Encourage other veterans to join us in this noble effort.  Also keep an eye open for our letter campaign to send to them.  We need your support, and we need everyone else support in this effort. Without active advocacy and support we will be lost. 

I would like to congratulate the winners of MOAA’s 2020 Level of Excellence Award and all who were submitted for the “Steve Strobridge Legislative Chair/Liaison Award” and the “2021 Surviving Spouse Liaison Excellence.

E Fred Green, Jr.
President CALMOAA

CALMOAA new mailing address:

5173 Waring Rd #355

San Diego, CA 92120 

August 2021

I am sure all of you have felt a little frustrated in life.  When we do, we all have choices to make, sometimes for the plus and sometimes for the negative. I am feeling frustration that some have felt trying to get answers to what I consider simple questions, along with dealing with people who can be pushy and aggressive in wanting their agenda first no matter what.  In addition, dealing with them we have been working with Reeb Government Relations on the best approach and to get everyone actively involved in communicating to our California Assemblymen, Assemblywomen, and Senators asking them to submit a bill to stop California from Taxing our military retirement. Every time an interested party reads and/or hears something in the news or MOAA article stating another state is no longer taxing military retirement, I get a call and/or an email asking what we are doing to stop California from taxing our military retirement that I have to address which is fine because that is what you pay us the big bucks.  In turn I will ask the individual if they want to help us.  To date none of them have responded to my request asking them for suggestions (positive).  No matter in the end I believe we will overcome. 

One of the most important tools we have is our voice and I will need each and every one of you to be engaged by REACHING OUT AND COMMUNICATE TO YOUR ELECTED OFFICALS and let them know that they need to do something.  Remember to be POSITIVE and encouraging.  Negative communications will not help us or anyone else.  You can help us by writing them, calling them at their official office in Sacramento and their local office.  Remember to be positive when you communicate to your elected official.  If at all possible, get your friends and neighbors engaged in the effort.

I have been working this issue with Jeff Breiten CALMOAA Legislative VP and Altie Holcomb (co-chair for California Advocacy).  We have reached out and briefed some of our elected officials trying to get some support from them.  Earlier this year I had reported that a California Senator from San Diego County.  At the time his office reported he is very much interested on this subject.  Recently I went back to his office to confirm that they are on board with us and that they will submit a bill to stop taxing our Military Retirement.  When I spoke to his new Veterans Affairs representative for his local office, they reported that “he is considering resubmitting his bill in September and that we should having everyone contact his office asking him to resubmit his bill again (SB-1007 or something like it).  He needs to hear from All Californians (in his area and throughout the state).” Honesty this response caught me off guard, but it did show me that more so than ever we really need EVERY VETERAN TO SPEAK and CONTACT NOT ONLY HIS OFFICE BUT THEIR OWN Senators and Assemblyman and/or Assemblywoman.  Your letter needs to be to the point, and it needs to be one page (maybe a page and a half).  Anything beyond that it may not be read.

Recently we saw VoterVoice used to great effect when we got the California State Commanders Veterans Council’s (CSCVC) campaign to make the governor acknowledge that veterans who obtained their vaccine from the VA eligible for the “Vax for the Win” (California’s vaccine incentive program).  Through VoterVoice, California’s veterans made hundreds of direct communications with the CalVet Secretary, the legislature, and the governor. 

Below is an Overview of what I presented to his office.

  • 2020 saw COVID-19 devastate local, national, and global economies. The pandemic resulted in a loss of vital businesses and services; unemployment rates rose, and communities suffered. California faced dramatic job loss and cuts in spending across all industries. However, although the region’s GDP contracted, steady military spending, sustained employment, and community support helped stabilize the region.
  • California is home to the nation’s largest military community, housing one out of every four U.S. Marines and one out of every six Sailors; and it contains a large part of Southern
  • California’s premier training ranges where more than 75% of U.S. operating military forces prepare for deployment. 
  • In FY2020, an estimated 25% of San Diego’s gross regional product resulted from military spending, an increase of 2.5 percentage points over initial projections for the year. 
  • The military maintained its level of operations throughout 2020 and, in doing so, contributed greatly to the region’s ability to endure unprecedented economic uncertainty. The region is vital to the nation’s identity and defense, and the military continues to serve as a pillar of strength for the area.
  • California is one of only 5 states that taxes military pension income. 
  • There are about 1,574,531 military veterans in California.  We have the largest military population in our nation. Followed by Texas with 1,453,450 and Florida with 1,440,338.
  • Military retirees are more inclined to not live in CA than ‘native’ retirees. 
  • A significant number have left CA and have moved into other states because of the income tax on pensions. 
  • Retirees from other states have decided not to relocate to CA for the same reason.
  • CA would benefit economically if it totally exempted all military pension benefits from the income tax, more of retirees would choose to remain in CA, and the state’s total income and sales tax receipts could increase significantly.  San Diego direct spending for FY 2020 is $33.6 Billion (a change from FY 2019 OF +5.7%) and 342,486 jobs (an increase of +7.7% from FY2019.  
  • Using San Diego as an example we will see an impact to its Gross Regional Product (GRP).
$ in millionsFY 2019FY 2020
Employee Compensation$11,929$12,341
Retirement & VA Benefits$3,557$3,688
Contracts & Procurement$16,194$17,474
Government Purchase Cards$65$67
TOTAL DIRECT$31,765$33,570
Multiplier Impact$17,789$18,779
Gross Regional Product Impact$49,557$52,369
  • There are 3,548,449 firms in California (and 252,377 are veteran owned).
  • San Diego has 293,426 (and 25,354 are Veteran Owned).

In closing as the President of California Council of Military Officers Association of America (CALMOAA) we along with other California Veterans are tired of seeing our talent leaving our state because of taxation.  There are more than 30 states in the Union that do not tax Retired Military Pay. 

In addition to taxing our retired military pay we are also concerned about the need for California to allow military personnel license and certificates to transfer from one state to California.  There is a growing number of states that allow active duty families to transfer any certification, license to the next state so that the spouse of the service member and their family can pursue their dreams.

I am sure that one of our members who is well versed economics and the Laffer curve maybe able  to provide an excellent point paper regarding taxation of our retired pay. If any of you are aware of a good approach, please reach out and help.

E Fred Green, Jr.
President CALMOAA

CALMOAA new mailing address:

5173 Waring Rd #355

San Diego, CA 92120 

July 2021

This month I was struck by Dan Wilson’s Memorial Newsletter to his chapter and by a fellow MOAA and legionary member (who was aboard the USS Pueblo (AGER-2) when it was attacked on 23 January 1968 by North Korea on and made a prisoner.

I reflected on their experience and my father (WWII USMC veteran) and my families as we celebrate the 4th of July.  When I read “The Restless Wave” by John McCain, page 3.  His comments regarding “Accumulated memories” says a volume when he talked about 4th of July parades where he said, “I had reached an age when I began to feel the weight of them.  Memories evoked by a connection to someone or to an occasion, by a familiar story our turn of phrase or song.   Memories of intense experiences, of family and friends from younger days the causes fought,  some worth it, others not so much some won, some loss of adventuress bigger than those imagined as a child, memories of my life that even then seems to me so lucky and unlucky and of the abbreviated lives of friends let been braver but not as fortunate memories brought to mine by veterans of war I have not fought but news something about what it cost them and what isn’t given them.”

As we celebrated the 4th of July with our family and friends, I too found myself looking back at my accumulated memories of my father a WWII USMC and USAF veteran of my brothers who served in the USN and the USAF as I enter retirement as take the next steps in life. Hopefully yours is a positive and optimistic.  Admire your achievements and noble qualities.  You have learned from the challenges that life brings and you successful in life.  In closing let me leave everyone with this thought “Tomorrow is the most important thing in life.  It comes to us at midnight very clean.  It is perfect when it arrives and puts itself in our hands.  It hopes we learned something from yesterday.” (John Wayne)

E Fred Green, Jr.
President CALMOAA

CALMOAA new mailing address:

5173 Waring Rd #355

San Diego, CA 92120

June 2021

June marks Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. VA is committed to ensuring our Veterans get the help they need through treatment, benefits, and support to lead them to a better quality of life.

If you or a loved one are suffering from PTSD, VA is here to help. Learn more about PTSD and find out if you can get disability compensation or benefits if you have symptoms of PTSD: https://www.va.gov/disability/eligibility/ptsd/

https://www.facebook.com/VeteransBenefits/

In addition to the above the Army celebrates its birthday on 14 June.  It was founded on June 14, 1175 and it will be celebrating its 245th birthday.  The class of 1909 is sometimes called the “Class the Stars feel on”.  Of the 164 graduates, 59 (36%) obtained the rank of general, more than any other class in the history of the academy.  This class comprised of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar N. Bradley, Joseph T. McNarney, James A. Van Fleet, Hubert R. Harmon, Henry S. Aurand, Vernon Prichard, Henry B. Sayler, Henry J. F. Miller, Charles W. Ryder, and A. Arnim White.  Unlike other services in our history the Army has been diversified since the Civil War.  442nd Infantry, 24th Infantry, 25th Infantry, 9th and 10th Cavalry are just some of units who have left their impression in the history of the Army.

We had a great 2nd Quarter All Hands meeting this year – see link (https://youtu.be/QBVnqBQ_l9A ) – note this is an unlisted recording of our quarterly meeting if you missed it.  At our meeting Dr Mark Ryan did a great presentation on the North Valley Military Institute.  If you are looking for something to sink your teeth into as chapter and/or personally reach out to Dr Ryan at mryan@novamil.org or you can always call or text him at 323-217-4481.  General Dan Pemberton was impressed when he visited NVMI.

Stay Safe and be careful out there.

E Fred Green, Jr.
President CALMOAA

May 2021

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. In 1992, Congress designated the month of May to commemorate contributions that Asian-Pacific Americans have made to our country. Asian-Pacific Americans have fought in the U.S. military since the Civil War, and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team of Japanese Americans fought against prejudice while serving in Europe during WWII.  We honor their service.

Susan Ann Cuddy, the first female Asian-American to serve in the Navy and also its first female gunnery officer.  She also served as an instructor in both combat air tactics and the use of the .50 caliber machine gun, worked at U.S. Naval Intelligence as a code breaker, and served as Navy liaison to the Library of Congress. After leaving active duty, Cuddy served as Section Chief at the National Security Agency (NSA).  Click the link to read more about her life and achievements as a trailblazer for others #AAPI #navyheritage: https://go.usa.gov/xHESG

“Always Serving” – North Valley Military Institute (NVMI) reached out to us and to MOAA to see if we have a chapter in the area to be a part of them.  I realize we no longer have a chapter near North Valley Military Institute (NVMI).  But we do have the opportunity to include them in our sphere of “Always Serving” NVMI is all about helping 650 young men and women in grades 6-12 become the best they can be.  NVMI makes a huge difference to kids who are underserved, who graduate with discipline and structure that they apply to their academic and personal lives, becoming leaders of character, physically fit, good citizens, and scholars ready to succeed in college.  Dr. Mark Ryan, LTC, California National Guard, Ret is the Superintendent of NVMI.  I ask you to take a look at this article below in this newsletter.

I would also like to Congratulations to winners of the Harris Communications Award.  This year’s awards went to the following chapters.  As you know, effective communications are critical to recruiting and retention as well as keeping your members connected and engaged.  Thank you.

AliasChapterNameSubjectChapterFinal Award (ERIN)
CA01Alta Chapter of MOAADawn WylliePrint Newsletter – Communication AwardAlta Chapter of MOAA5 Star
CA07Alameda County Chapter, MOAARamona ChavezPrint Newsletter – Communication AwardAlameda County Chapter, MOAA5 Star
CA20Miramar ChapterBernard L MarstallPrint Newsletter – Communication AwardMiramar Chapter5 Star
CA20Miramar ChapterBud LichtensternWebsite – Communication AwardMiramar Chapter5 Star
CA21Monterey County ChapterRichard H BarrattPrint Newsletter – Communication AwardMonterey County Chapter5 Star
CA32Riverside March Field ChapterAltie HolcombPrint Newsletter – Communication AwardRiverside March Field Chapter5 Star
CA45Silver Strand ChapterStephen E DonlonPrint Newsletter – Communication AwardSilver Strand Chapter5 Star
CA54Hidden Valley ChapterDavid C YorckPrint Newsletter – Communication AwardHidden Valley Chapter5 Star

Remember CALMOAA is here to help to the best of its ability.  Please reach out whenever.  Please visit CALMOAA website www.Californiamoaa.com it has a wealth of info about VA and TRICARE benefits, job opportunities and much more.  Please visit it often!

Stay Safe and be careful out there.

E Fred Green, Jr.
President CALMOAA

April 2021

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.  “We are our brothers and sisters’ keeper. We have a responsibility to protect each other and create an environment of dignity and respect for our teammates—a place free from sexual assault, harassment and any form of demeaning or dehumanizing language and behaviors.” 
-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley

This month I had the honor of briefing Aztec Army ROTC Cadets and Cadre along Dean Mallires (CALMOAA past President, Joe Boscacci, Wes Shermann, Darrlye Grimes along with various other Veteran Organizations. It was an informative event and an opportune time to inform the next generation they can join MOAA and be Basic Members for free as long as they use their home email address.  The common theme through the meeting was fellowship, family, and networking.  

Remember CALMOAA is here to help to the best of its ability.  Please reach out whenever.  Please visit CALMOAA website www.Californiamoaa.com it has a wealth of info about VA and TRICARE benefits, job opportunities and much more.  Please visit it often!

Stay Safe and be careful out there.

Respectfully, E Fred Green, Jr.
CALMOAA President

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March 2021

March is Women’s History Month; we honor the women who have served our nation and encourage all women Veterans and service members to take advantage of the benefits available to them. Women’s history month is celebrated in the US, the UK, and Australia and it corresponds with International Women’s Day.  This year we have seen Lieutenant General Laura Richardson, USA take command of US Army North as the first female combat arms general officer of a major multiservice unit.  In addition to her we have seen other women lead the way on earth and in Space.  On October 17, 2019 we saw the first all women space walk by Jessica U. Meir (who is the 14th US woman to walk in space). 

On Thursday, March 18 at 1400 Eastern, House of Veterans Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Health Hearing: “Beyond Deborah Sampson: Improving Healthcare For America’s Women Veterans In The 117th Congress.”

This month Jeff and I talked to California Senator Ben Hueso’s (40th District) District Representative regarding SB-1007 which was the bill to stop taxing military retirement.  She heard us out and that she will present the points that we submitted to her to his team and to him.  But as announced last month the last time to submit new bills was 19 Feb 2021.  She did say this also the time to start collecting information and supporters.  In the meantime we will need to develop a fact sheet and be ready to update our presentation.  We will also need our membership ready to assist us by calling on your elected official to support the bill.  It is hoped that if we have enough support we will get past the financial committee.  We will be calling on his office around the September/ October time frame.  Jeff and I would like to say thank you for all of your support.  Note our presentation did include Surviving Spouse.

Before I close my notes from my desk if you have time please check out this touching commercial.  It is well done.  It will bring tears to your eyes and pride. https://youtu.be/uoABty_zE00  .  Food City is a Southern grocery store chain with its headquarters in Bristol, Tennessee.  This is one of their commercials.  Not a word is spoken, and none is needed.  Very few commercials deserve to go viral.  This is one of them.

On a personal note I would like to invite to Miramar MOAA Chapter meeting on 1 April at 1800.  Charlie Inot will be talking about the Miramar National Cemetery Support Foundation.

Remember CALMOAA is here to help to the best of its ability.  Please reach out whenever.  Please visit CALMOAA website www.Californiamoaa.com it has a wealth of info about VA and TRICARE benefits, job opportunities and much more.  Please visit it often!

Stay Safe and be careful out there.

Respectfully, E Fred Green, Jr.
CALMOAA President

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February 2021

February is Black History Month.  We have seen a lot change in our lifetime from Montford Point (USMC) to Jim Crow Laws to today.  We have seen and experience all of the services become truly integration in the ‘70’s in all aspect.  Black His­tory Month began in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States.  Black History Month is celebrated annually, iden­tifying the achievements of African Americans and recognition of their central role in U.S. History.  Since 1976, every President has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.  Other countries around the world, including Canada, also devote a month to celebrate Black History and the United Kingdom.  Each year we spend time acknowledging the sacrifices, strug­gles, and successes of Afro-Americans.   We have seen changes in the work force and life in American change before our very eyes almost every day.  Some for good and some is still in work.  I have an article titled “How General Dynamics Integrated the Cape by Tom Leech.  This article talks about the impact to the Space Program that Everett Kaukonen, a guidance engineer from General Dynamics made in 1961. Please reach to me if you would like a copy of the article.

Moving on were you aware that on February 13, 1943, then Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Thomas Holcomb, announced the formation of the United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve. Commissioned status was opened to enlisted women to take advantage of their experience, and at the same time, build morale and spirit de corps. 

Those brave women were first trained at Hunter College in New York before moving to Camp Lejeune, NC.

To be eligible, a Marine had to complete six months service, be recommended by her commanding officer, and be selected by a board of male and female officers convened at Headquarters, Marine Corps. Ruth Cheney Streeter was appointed the first director of the Reserve and was the first woman to attain the rank of Major.

On a personal note I would like to thank everyone who was able to dial into Miramar MOAA presentation held on 4 Feb 2021.  Capt Joel Stewart (from Miramar MOAA Chapter, who is currently stationed in Deigo Garcia) gave an presentation of Maritime Prepositioning Ships Squadron Two. Please go to this https://youtu.be/44TnraJZ3fg link of his presentation. Note the link is UNLISTED. Please share this with your membership.  In addition to this video I have a copy of his slide presentation please advise if you would like a copy of it.

I have included the Retired Activities Office Locator and Ready Reference Contact Information for your files.  Because of COVID the state of California is operating under a different schedule.  We wanted to get our elected representatives on board this year to address some bills that were proposed last year.  Unless something changes we will use this year to socialize to work on getting our elected officials address retirement pay.  In the meantime we will need you to reach out to your elected official and start educating them.  At this time we are looking at where we may have to draft the outline of what we want and to identify the State Senators and State Assemblymen and State Assemblywomen to spouse the bill(s).

I don’t remember if I mentioned that the last day in the state of California to introduce bills is Feb 19, 2021.  If memory serves me right I believe this was mentioned at the last CALMOAA Legislative meeting and/or email to the membership.

In closing I am always reminded of the poem “For The Fallen” by Laurence Binyon.  The Commanding Officer of Miramar read the 4th Stanza at a Veterans Memorial service as I was visiting my departed brother Harry (who was a Navy Corpsman).   It said, “They shall not grow old, as we are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.  At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.”

Stay Safe and be careful out there.

Respectfully,

E Fred Green, Jr.
CALMOAA President

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January 2021

Happy Holidays everyone.  As we enter the New Year 2021 let us be thankful for our Nation and those who are standing guard protection our nation 24/7.   We are off to a new year full of hope and new horizons.  Our nation and the world have faced COVID-19.  Times have been tough on us and our families. Suicide rates have gone up due to the lock downs for a variety of reasons.  We need to continue to stay in touch with each other as we weather through this  Pandemic.  I ask each and every one of us to keep in touch and check on our shipmates.  Due your buddy check!!  It is important more so than ever.  In addition to working from home (since March 2020).  My family, classmates, retired co-workers, shipmates, and roommate from OCS (we have been friends since 1973) keep in touch via Zoom, email, and phone.  We joke and we have discussions about books and articles.  In summary we are checking on each other.

I would like Congratulate Kathy Prout was recently awarded the MOAA Distinguished Service Award for her diligent efforts to raise an army of surviving spouses and to bring social awareness to the issue resulting in a successful campaign to repeal the Widows Tax via the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.  I would like for everyone to reach out and congratulate Katy Prout on a wonderful job that she has done.

Last month I downloaded everyone’s module and asking each chapter to verify and update their module.  Early this month I will be meeting with your CALMOAA Area VPs and CALMOAA Board of Directors to plan for our first Quarterly meeting scheduled for 22 January 2021.

Earlier this month CALMOAA received a request to support House Resolution Bill (HR) proposed by Congressman J. Panetta which would be asking the VA to prioritize disability claims for veterans caught up in disaster situations such as our fires here in CA.  We forward the draft of this bill to MOAA asking them to what is MOAA’s position is on HR to ensure that CALMOAA is alignment with MOAA.  MOAA responded stating they will research and get back to us.  I will be checking in with them in January for an update.  On 29 December 2020, we submitted the Lobbying Firm Activity Authorization (California Form 602) authorizing Reeb Government Relations, LLC as our lobbyist for the state of California.

It is with sad hear to announce that this year South Coast California Chapter closed due to the fact that they were down to just 5 members engaged and they are getting on age.  Before they decided to close their chapter down they did look at becoming a satellite of a nearby chapter but in the end they decided that was not feasible for them.  They are still members of MOAA and they still support CALMOAA.  In accordance with MOAA directives they turned in their charter to MOAA and they distributed their funds per MOAA instructions.  

In this case South Coast California Chapter under the leadership of Bill Reals decided to distribute their funds to the following organizations:

Semper Fi Fund

MOAA Scholarship Fund

MOAA Scholarship Fund

CALMOAA

ROTC San Diego State ROTC

Regarding membership.  In part the way I was recruited along with others has been along the line of friendship, common bond to the organization, common service, and working relationship.  I have known Bud for a number of years.  When he called me a few years to fill a board position in my chapter.  Both Bud and I are working and he knows the time constrains I may have because of my job and he was prepared.  When I said, I work he countered and said I work too Fred.  What’s your next excuse.  From that point on almost every excuse I made he had a counter for it with a joke or two included.  Wes called me out of the blue while I was driving home from work.  He asked me to have I thought about making a contribution to my fellow veterans.  He worked on the concept of community and comradeship with fellow veterans.  His approach non-aggressive.  After I joined the Legion he also pointed out that people will join organizations and participate in activities with the understanding we scratch each other’s back in one fashion or another.  After a few months getting to know each other and the Post he warmed up to me and suggest that I consider being the Post Commander which I was able to turn down for the present.  He realized that I have been dealing with the VA for years.  He suggested that consider being the American Legion El Cajon Post 303 Service Officer and the Congressional Liaison California Delegation for Congressional District 53 for the National Legislative Council Department of California.  In turn I have gotten him to join MOAA, Miramar MOAA Chapter, and become a board member of the chapter.  I also recruited him to be a part of the CALMOAA Bylaws Committee. 

I got Allen to join MOAA and the American Legion because we have known each other for years.  Once he joined the Legion he got involved in with the Riders at another Post.  He commented that at first he didn’t think he would want to join but after a while he realized how much he missed the comrade  of being around fellow veterans no matter what service we served there is a bond.  

Which gets me to “Leaders Eat Last” by Simon Sinek.  The author of this book he talks about membership and recruitment.  He points out that the fact that people will join and be active in an organization because of their bond with the organization and/or with their fellow co-workers and friends.  I believe some the talking points discussed in this book can be used to recruit people and for them to step up and take up positions that need to be filled in your chapters.  

Marvin has working with his chapter with the understand that everyone will fleet up to the next position after X years.  It appears to be working for the greater point currently.  They also use the cloud to store their documents and they just pass the information from one person to the next one.  

I know it is easier said than done.  But it is an approach.

Music, humor, and good book have always been relaxing especially as we entered the New Year.  I hope you too will enjoy “A Un Passo Dalla Luna” (instrumental).  Please see the link these links to these songs below.  I hope you find them to be uplifting and relaxing.

A Un Passo Dalla Luna – (Violin Cover) on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Q_0cQoF-Dv8

In addition to the YouTube presentation of “A Un Passo Della Luna” Victoria Linnen plays “Un Passo Della Luna” on a violin: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMJpMh1Gs/

Please see Facebook links to MOAA Surviving Spouses And Friends (Private Group) and Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) below:

MOAA Surviving Spouses And Friends (Private Group) – Facebook link

https://www.facebook.com/groups/581427115240904/?multi_permalinks=3829526447097605%2C3825063920877191%2C3824863560897227%2C3821842571199326%2C3815695241814059&notif_id=1609513928974893&notif_t=group_activity&ref=notif

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) – Facebook link

https://www.facebook.com/28446275521/posts/10159082027055522/?d=n

Remember CALMOAA is here to help to the best of its ability.  Please reach out whenever. 

Please visit CALMOAA website www.Californiamoaa.com it has a wealth of info about VA and TRICARE benefits, job opportunities and much more.  Please visit it often!

Stay Safe and be careful out there.

Respectfully, E Fred Green, Jr., LCDR, USN (Ret)
CALMOAA President

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December 2020

Thank you everyone for a very successful Annual Meeting (virtual) this weekend.  This was the first time we ever held a CALMOAA Annual Meeting Virtually.  It was a great success.  We had more participants than we have ever had in the past. 

Saturday, (21 November 2020) morning as CALMOAA 1st VP,  I sent everyone links to MOAA websites for newsletters and websites along with CALMOAA’s website.  The briefs from the 1st CALMOAA Virtual Annual Board Meeting is posted on CALMOAA website.

California has fourth largest concentration of MOAA members.  We have a big job ahead of us to continue encouraging support of our legislative and advocacy, to keep our membership alive and growing.  We will foster meaningful community with our community (locally, state, and nationally) and to foster meaningful community engagement with each other and with our chapters.  We will continue to work on attracting new members to MOAA and to CALMOAA.  We will continue to work to welcome todays generations, surviving spouses, and future generations to join our ranks in support of our mission statement.  I have attached the current 2020-2022 CALMOAA Organization Table as it stands today.  Neal Schneider will be maintaining the organization table as CALMOAA’s Secretary.  Please keep him in the loop as your chapters change.

We have a few billets that we need to fill please reach out to me regarding those open billets.  Also please send me copies of your newsletters.

This year has been unlike any other we’ve experienced, and our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones and who have suffered the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We keep them in our thoughts and prayers and wish them the best.

Despite the unforeseen challenges this year has brought, I encourage you to focus on the best things in life. That’s what I have been doing during this Thanksgiving week and I hope you will join me in staying appreciative of our many blessings.

No matter how challenging life can be, it’s always best to stay positive and to be grateful for what we often overlook, including the importance of friends in our lives. We may not be able to get together with our loved ones as we usually do on Thanksgiving, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reach out by phone, text messages or email to friends and family members. Take this opportunity to rekindle the types of friendships that make life so special.

CALMOAA is here to help to the best of its ability.  Please reach out whenever. 

Please visit CALMOAA website it has a wealth of info about VA and TRICARE benefits, job opportunities and much more.  Please visit it often!

All the best and Happy Holidays.

Respectfully, E Fred Green, Jr., LCDR, USN (Ret)
CALMOAA President