As we head into this New Year, your NH Chapter of TROA remains actively engaged and consistently working on a number of issues that are important to our membership.
First, Dick Dennis, our chapter’s National Legislative Representative, spoke at our first Luncheon Meeting on the status of legislation to support an annual SBP annuity increase and current plans to remedy this glaring inequity. He briefed our membership that during the last few years either the Senate or House has supported legislation to rectify this inequity, but not both. The latest TROA National weekly update advises that passing legislation to support an SBP annuity increase does not look promising this year either. However, TRICARE for Life faced similar legislative hurdles, which were eventually overcome and TRICARE for Life is now a reality. Dick concluded his presentation by urging our membership to keep writing out Senators and Congressmen to urge them to support and pass legislation to increase the SBP annuity.
Second, National – TROA is gearing up to hold the annual Council Presidents’ Seminar 10-12 April 2001 in Washington, DC. The highlight of the seminar is “Storming the Hill” on Thursday, April 11th. On that day all seminar attendees visit their Senators and Congressmen seeking their support of veteran’s issues and legislation. For example, this year we are seeking support of legislation to authorize disabled uniformed services retirees to receive both their military retired pay and their Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) disability compensation. Your chapter representative to this year’s seminar is LCDR Paul Bernard, USN (Ret), our Chapter’s Vice-President, who will take over as President of our Chapter at the Annual Meeting this November. If you have any issues you would like our Chapter to support, please contact us.
Third, our first Luncheon Meeting of the New Year at the Executive Court Conference Center in Manchester was a resounding success. Dr. Gilbert A. Bernabe, LCol., USA (Ret), Chief, Treaty Training and Language Services, On-Site Inspection Directorate, Defense Threat
Reduction Agency was our guest speaker. His presentation on missile verification and monitoring inspections in Iraq to ensure compliance with UN Security Council Resolution 687 was thought provoking and topical, plus an excellent lunch and a superb turnout contributed to a successful day. Your Program Committee Chairman, Mike McLean continues to do an outstanding job, as evidenced by the ever-increasing luncheon turnouts. Please join us at our March luncheon; an announcement will be out shortly.
As we progress through the New Year, I look forward to working with you to continue to build on our success and to proudly serve in our TROA-NH Chapter.
The Chapter is looking for a volunteer to serve as recording secretary. The job includes attending the Board of Directors meeting on the second Thursday each month at the Cat ’N Fiddle restaurant in Concord, NH. The meeting begins at 18:30, includes a break for dinner, and usually concludes by 20:30. The recording secretary drafts and publishes the minutes of the meeting. Distribution of the minutes are by e-mail and/or regular mail. If you can afford to donate a few hours of your time each month and would be interested in serving your Chapter in this manner, please contact Paul Bernard by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (603) 229-1334. Thanks!
As you are probably aware, Congressman Sununu is challenging Senator Bob Smith for his seat in the Senate. This obviously leaves an open seat in the House from the First Congressional District. Mike Chema, a Chapter member from Hampton Falls, has entered the race for Congress to fill Congressman Sununu’s seat. Although the Chapter does not endorse political candidates, nor do we provide opportunities for political or campaign speeches, we do wish Mike the best of luck in his campaign. If you are interested, additional information about Mike is available on the internet at: www.mikechema.com.
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