Save the date! September 16th is the Delaware National Guard Golf Tournament. This event will be held at the Deerfield Golf Club and has a shotgun start at 9:00 AM. The event is open to all current and retired Delaware Army and Air National Guard members, their families or friends of the Delaware National Guard. For more details check out the attached flyer.
We are now on Twitter and you can follow us @AUSADelaware there or join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AUSADelawareChapter Let’s get social!
Thank you to everyone who made this year successful. As a chapter we received a number of awards this year and we couldn’t have done it without your help. Please check out the awards document here: AUSA Awards Book 2012-2013
The Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs, The Brain Injury Association of Delaware, and the Vietnam Veterans of America – Delaware State Council, invites Veterans, Family Members , and all interested Delawareans to an Informational Meeting & Discussion TBI Traumatic Brain Injury – the SIGNATURE WOUND of the Iraq/ Afghanistan War. Date: 10 July 2013, Time: 1PM – 3PM, Location: Easter Seals Building, 22317 Du Pont Highway, Georgetown, Delaware 19947. Info contact: ROBERT CORSA, 302 933 0119, USMC TBI SURVIVOR
Working with the House Committee on Ways and Means, leaders from the House Energy and Commerce Committee have unveiled draft legislation that would repeal the current Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) system and replace it with a fair and stable system of physician payments in the Medicare program. Enacted in 1997 as part of the “Balanced Budget Act,” the SGR is a continued concern for physicians who serve Medicare beneficiaries and for the beneficiaries themselves. Because payments to doctors who treat TRICARE beneficiaries are tied to Medicare, it also affects active duty, reserve, and retired military personnel and their families. Congress had implemented a temporary “doc fix” to prevent substantial Medicare reimbursement rate cuts, which could result in fewer physicians willing to serve Medicare/TRICARE patients. This draft legislation would replace the current SGR with an enhanced fee-for-service. Although the draft legislation provides a clearer picture of the proposed new payment system, it does not address how to pay for the cost of repealing the current payment system. What’s next: Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts, R-Penn., plans to hold a markup of the legislation next month.
After the Army announced that it is reducing end-strength and reorganizing brigade combat teams, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., said, “As damaging as they are, these cuts don’t begin to reflect the crippling damage sequestration will do to our Armed Forces and National Security. The Committee will carefully examine the implications of this initial restructuring, but we all must understand that this is only the tip of the iceberg, much deeper cuts are still to come. America learned the hard way that our pre- 9/11 military was too small. Now, even before sequestration, we are reducing the force to that same size and foolishly expecting history to teach us a different lesson. What lessons will we learn when sequester doubles these cuts in just a few months’ time?”
The Army plans to reduce the authorized end-strength of the Active Army from 570,000 to 490,000 and the Army National Guard from 358,000 to 350,000 and will inactivate a total of 12 BCTs. In a press conference last week, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said, “The reduction of 80,000 Soldiers or 14% from the Active Component will be completed by the end of fiscal year 2017. Let me be clear, we are taking these actions as a result of the Budget Control Act of 2011. This end-strength and force structure reduction predates sequestration. If sequestration continues into Fiscal Year 2014, Army reductions to end-strength, force structure and basing announced today will be only the first step.” Later in the press conference, Odierno reiterated, “I want to emphasize that these reductions do not reflect reductions due to sequestration. Full sequestration could require another significant reduction in Active, Guard, and Reserve force structure as much as 100,000 combined.”
AUSA President Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan said that “Congress must quickly find an alternative to sequestration. Everyone needs to be reminded of history’s lessons, of the dangers of a hollow Army that is called to fight the first battle of the next war – but without enough manpower, training or weaponry to do the job – of an Army which then pays the price in the blood of too many Soldiers killed or wounded while they train the hard way – during war, not before it.”
Registration is now open for the 2013 AUSA Annual Meeting, October 21-23, along with the Military Family Forums. The AUSA Annual Meeting is the largest land power exposition and professional development forum in North America. The Annual Meeting consists of informative presentations, panel discussions on pertinent military and national security subjects, workshops and important AUSA business meetings.
The Family forums within the Annual Meeting are designed to engage and inform both the military community and the greater civilian community around them. AUSA Family Programs staff are excited to connect with military families, share resources, and gain insight from their scheduled speakers and panelists. The forums this year will feature the Army’s top leaders and in-depth discussions about holistic approaches to self-care and the growing variety of community resources. Register today!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! We will be having General Membership Social in honor of the US Army’s 238th Birthday as well as Flag Day on June 14th at the V.F.W. Post in Port Penn from 4:30 until 6:00 PM. Please come out and join us! The V.F.W. has graciously given us a reduced price for food and beverages. Hope to see you there!
Free Tax Return Preparation for You by Volunteers
Jan 24, 2013 09:01 pm | admin
Well it is tax season again, and there are some free resources out there for our veterans. Below are some of the programs available to help you with tax preparation including free tax assistance for those who qualify. The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for theElderly (TCE) Programs offer the following: http://delawareveteranscoalition.com/2013/01/24/free-tax-return-preparation-for-you-by-volunteers/
We know that a number of you are on Facebook so we now have a Facebook page as well. We hope that it can be a place where you feel comfortable to comment, post photos, and keep in touch with what’s going on in our chapter to support Soldiers, their families, and those that work for the United States Army. Check out our Facebook page here and tell your friends too: https://www.facebook.com/AUSADelawareChapter