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The new decade of 2020 has arrived! In the last century they had the Roaring ‘20s. We on the Space Coast will have our own Roaring ‘20s as American rockets begin sending astronauts to the ISS and return man (and woman) to the moon. At the same time, and closer to home, we need to assure that this chapter is still vibrant and thriving. The only way to ensure this happens is to maintain and grow our membership. As the incoming Chairman for Membership, I want to challenge all our members to bring in one new member this year. It’s an “All Hands on Deck” effort. At the recently held Florida Council of Chapters Leadership Seminar it was stress over and over the importance of increasing membership. The larger we are enhances our ability to impact legislatively locally and nationally, provide support to local veterans and active duty personnel, and support to our charitable organizations. The last membership report showed us with a total of 1388 members, which was less than the previous year. This year our goal is to increase our chapter membership to more than 1400. So, two objectives need to be met. 1) Current members renew your membership if you haven’t already done so and 2) get a new member. I would bet that each member knows at least one other officer who qualifies for chapter membership, so ask them. If you are enjoying your membership, why would you not invite them?
Even though the repeal of the so called “Widows Tax” has been signed into law, it’s taking a while to find out some important details of how and when it will be implemented. I did some research on the DFAS website at: https://www.dfas.mil/retiredmilitary/survivors/SBP-DIC-News , and found what I hope will be some useful information.
The Florida Tech ROTC Panther Battalion conducted a pre-summer camp field training exercise for cadets in Malabar recently. The field exercise included patrol base operations, squad tactics, day and night land navigation, and “fireside chats” by Army Veterans.
Veterans who have a legacy appeal pending with VA have an opportunity to opt in to the Appeals Modernization program’s decision review program. The new process provides more options and a faster decision without changing their date of claim. The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (Appeals Modernization Act) went into effect February 19, 2019. By joining the modernized process, Veterans and claimants will receive more choice and control over their disagreements, and more timely decisions.
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