MOAA National

​​MEETINGS  -  Our Next Meeting is Tursday, JANUARY 16, 2020 - LUNCH at 11:30 am, Anderson County Museum.  The program will be presented by the Museum Director.  Our  last meeting in November 2019 was a presentation from representatives of the Camp Toccoa Project in Toccoa, Georgia.  Camp Toccoa was one of the training locations for an Army airborne unit that later became known as Band of Brothers.  This story was made into the TV mini-series recounting the history of the men of Easy Company.  In January we will learn about the status of the upcoming exhibit “Andersonians in War”.  This is of interest to all Andersonians but particularly to all county veterans. The early renderings of the project are impressive and will make us all proud of this tribute to our county forefathers and current veterans and the County’s military history and achievements.  This is for all veterans so bring a friend.


The Museum is located on the corner of Greenville and McDuffie Streets. Choice of  barbecue chicken or pulled pork and comes with two sides, bread & drink. $15.00 per person.  For details see our newsletter at the RED BUTTON above.

NEWS

1. Two more states have enacted the no-state-tax for veterans.  North Dakota went immediately to full exemption.  Indiana has a phased in program over 4 years to full exemption. 
2. Chiropractic and acupuncture services could be covered by Tricare under a new policy set to be proposed.   Currently, this care is offered only to active-duty troops and activated Guard and Reserve. Just what will be covered under the new Tricare policy is a mystery. Coverage would likely not be available until early 2022.
3.  Military retirees, those who receive disability or other benefits from the VA, federal retirees and Social Security recipients will see a 1.6% increase in their monthly checks in 2020. 
4.  Veterans and military retirees can receive FREE flu shots at Walgreens, Ingles, Publix and Propp Drugs.  
Call ahead to insure schedule and availability and have your military ID.
5.  South Carolina currently has two state veterans homes.  They are located in Anderson and Walterboro.  Three more have been approved and funded by the SC Legislature and Executive Branch by then Governor Nikki Haley. They will be located in Florence (construction underway), Gaffney (site preparation underway), and Columbia (still in location and design phase).  These state veteran homes are federally subsidized but state owned, built and managed.
 Andersonians in War.  The Anderson County Museum is in the fundraising stage for a new permanent exhibit named ‘Andersonians in War”. This exhibit will highlight the heroes of our county and its rich military history and will offer a unique window into our military past, from the Revolution to the modern day. Any veteran or service member who has lived in Anderson County is eligible for inclusion. Look for a separate email explaining the program in more detail.  Or call Dale Ellenburg at 864-225-1073.   
Kudos to SC MOAA Chapters.  The Grand Strand Chapter and the Keowee Chapter are 2 of 22 chapters nationally to receive funds from the MOAA Community Outreach Grant Program.  Well Done!

Our Chapter is recognized by MOAA National for its Retention of Membership.   We are one of 91 chapters that retained at least 80% of their total membership.   We still have a challenge to get new members, but it is a feather in the cap to not lose those already on board, especially, as we all get older.   Plus we got a $250 retention incentive award from National MOAA.  

Piedmont South Carolina Chapter

Navigating your military benefits can be a challenge. That’s why MOAA provides you with the information you need to help you take full advantage of all that you’ve earned. Learn more at www.moaa.org. DID YOU KNOW that if you are a LIFE MEMBER of MOAA you can get personalized advice by phone on your VA, or other government benefits ?