Piedmont South Carolina Chapter

MOAA National


July 2019


  PIEDMONT CHAPTER                   Chartered 21 November 1963             Military Officers Association of America                               55 Years

                                 July 2019      Keeping Alive a Fine Tradition


         Stay current on News of Interest to you….Chapter WEBSITE:   http://www.moaapiedmontsc.org  or on our FACEBOOK page posted weekly at:   https://www.facebook.com/moaapiedmontsouthcarolina     


PIEDMONT  MOAA  DINNER  MEETING   Thursday, 18 July 2019

Thank you for coming out on a warm July night in South Carolina.  We will be meeting at Tuckers Restaurant in Anderson and we will be privileged to hear from Mr Brennan Beck, Clemson University’s Director for Military and Veteran Engagement.  Mr. Beck entered the U.S. Army right after graduating high school and served for over four years active duty as an infantryman with two deployments to Iraq.  While serving, Brennan earned the Bronze Star for Valor, the Purple Heart, multiple Army Commendation Medals, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.  After his Honorable Discharge, he entered Sonoma State College in California, and in 2014 graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in English.  He and his wife Ashley moved to the upstate in the summer of 2014 and that fall Brennan went to work in Clemson’s English Department.  He will be entering into a Master of Education program this fall while continuing his full time position as Director for Military and Veteran Engagement.
      The focus of his presentation will be Clemson’s promotion of military and military veterans. 

  Date:           Thursday, 18 July 2019, 1800 (6 PM)

          Place:          Tuckers, Clemson Blvd.,  Anderson, SC

          Menu:         Monterey Chicken w/veggies and dessert.

          Cost:            $18.00 per person which includes tax and gratuity.

          RSVP/Mail Checks:       Wayne Watson,  408 Johnson Avenue, Anderson, SC 29621

                                                   Checks payable to:  Piedmont Chapter,  MOAA

                                                   Call:  (864) 296-1815 or (864)933-4067

                                                   RSVP and checks should be received by Mon, 15 July 201

As always, spouses and guests are welcome and encouraged to attend.

          RESERVATION FOR Tuckers, 18 July, 2019


Chapter Membership Information.

We still have a number of members who have not continued their membership for 2019.  An email was sent out recently to those members to encourage their renewal. Phone calls were made to those without email. It is important that we have maximum participation in order to support the various efforts and programs that the chapter is involved with:

            JROTC and ROTC Awards Program

            JROTC Upstate Drill Meet

            MOAA Military Family Community Fund

            Clemson University Veteran Graduate Student Scholarship Program

            Support of South Carolina Council of Chapters

            MOAA Scholarship Fund

Your Chapter Board continues to monitor our chapter financial health in order to insure your dollars are spent wisely and judicially. And we understand that some members are unable to participate as much as they would like. But your financial participation is important as well. So before we drop anyone from the rolls we ask you  to consider continuing your membership and remaining on the team!!  We need your continued support.

Annual dues remains $15 for regular members and $7.50 for auxiliary members. Make your check out to Piedmont Chapter, MOAA and send to:        Tom Turner, 38 Voyles Road, Abbeville, SC  29620.

The ROTC/JROTC MOAA Medal Presentation 2019 Season has been completed.  The Chapter presented the MOAA Medal to outstanding cadets at the Army and the Air Force ROTC units at Clemson University and the seven JROTC high school programs at Westside, TL Hanna, Pendleton, Daniel, Belton-HoneaPath, Palmetto and Pickens High Schools. A hearty “Thank You” and “Well Done” to the chapter presenters who attended the various award programs and made the presentations.    

Legislative Update: 

1. At the state level, the tax elimination bill on ALL military retirement pay is dead for this year (buried in Committee), but will still be there next year.

2. On the federal level, the “widow tax” bill will be introduced in July 2019. It is rumored the votes are there.

3. More than eight months after hurricanes devastated Marine Corp Base Camp Lejeune and surrounding North Carolina bases along with Tyndall AFB, Florida, and about three months after raging storm waters engulfed Offutt AFB, Nebraska, these installations soon will receive much-needed aid to start repairing their infrastructures and operations. A $19.1 billion disaster relief package was signed June 6 by President Trump.

Highlights of the June issue of the Military Officer Magazine. 

An article on our all-volunteer force and the fact that less than 1% of the country's population serves in the military… Bill proposed to help Survivor benefits (S.1047)….. Concerns about eliminating 18,000 military medical professionals….. Proposed bill to improve VA care for women vets….. Military pay remains a top serviceman priority….. Army Museum readies for 2020 Opening…...Historical article on women suffrage and gaining the vote in1920 (!9th Amendment)….. Centerfold section on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day…... and coverage of MOAA’s 2019 Storming The Hill.

Chapter Survey.  Its not too late to return those surveys that were sent out. Let us hear from you. Let your voice be heard so we can tailor your needs and desires to how the chapter operates.

Bit of Humor:   Remember my motto: pay the undertaker with a bad check!!   Have a great day and  
                                                  keep laughing……Its good for the soul.