February

Please check here often to learn of Chapter activities and news that may affect you and your family.

 

Click on the headings at the top and see what's available.


The HH Chapter 2015 Annual Report is available in Chapter Business.

See information on the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) under the Personal Affairs link above.

Wounded Warrior Project - 2016 Update at Community Relations link above.

Please let me know if you have a problem accessing any element of this site.


Did you know? Law Allows Retirees and Vets to Salute Flag 

Traditionally, members of the nation's veterans service organizations have rendered the hand-salute during the national anthem and at events involving the national flag only while wearing their organization’s official head-gear. 

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 contained an amendment to allow un-uniformed service members, military retirees, and veterans to render a hand salute during the hoisting, lowering, or passing of the U.S. flag. 

A later amendment further authorized hand-salutes during the national anthem by veterans and out-of-uniform military personnel. This was included in the Defense Authorization Act of 2009, which President Bush signed on Oct. 14, 2008. Here is the actual text from the law: 

SEC. 595. MILITARY SALUTE FOR THE FLAG DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM BY MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES NOT IN UNIFORM AND BY VETERANS. 

Section 301(b)(1) of title 36, United States Code, is amended by striking subparagraphs (A) through (C) and inserting the following new subparagraphs: (A) individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note; (B) members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute in the manner provided for individuals in uniform; and (C) all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; 

Note: Part (C) applies to those not in the military and non-veterans. The phrase "men not in uniform" refers to civil service uniforms like police, fire fighters, and letter carriers - non-veteran civil servants who might normally render a salute while in uniform. 

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MOAA Publications

Check here for a catalog of MOAA publications. Go to the Personal Affairs and Links tabs (above) for more useful information.

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5 STARS OF EXCELLENCE – for the Heritage Hunt Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America

The annual Levels of Excellence Award program recognizes MOAA's best councils and chapters. The HH Chapter was again recognized as a Five-Star Chapter for 2015. Only the very best receive a five-star award!

Dave Mundt represented our chapter to receive its Five-Star Award banner at MOAA's annual meeting in November. The banner was attached to our flag during our Christmas social.


Dave Mundt receives the Chapter’s Five-Star Banner at the annual MOAA meeting.





VETERANS ENHANCED TRANSPORTATION SERVICE 

I thought our local MOAA Chapter might be interested in the following:
 
 
VET or VET spouse needing a ride, call 703-792-6374
VET or other volunteer wanting to volunteer, email  rsvp@volunteerprincewilliam.org
 
Thanks, Courtney
 
Courtney S. Tierney, MSW, CIRS-A
Director, Prince William Area Agency on Aging
5 County Complex Court, Suite 240
Woodbridge, VA  22192
Office: 703-792-6406  Cell: 571-641-0773
FAX:   703 -792-4734  Interoffice:  DS995
You Can’t Live Without Aging!


If you choose to participate, please let Cy Shearer or Walt Kaminski know.

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See the Virginia Council of Chapters Newsletter here.


Military Officer - The official magazine of MOAA - Lots of interesting articles. 


Useful linkeBenefits

This portal is a one-stop shop for benefits-related online tools and information for Wounded Warriors, Veterans, Service members, Family of Service Members, and those who care for them.


"We Are Virginia Veterans"- Home of Virginia's veterans and their family of supporters. Check it out at http://www.wearevirginiaveterans.org/

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JROTC Scholarships and Medals Awarded

The Heritage Hunt Chapter of the Military Officer Association of America (MOAA) will award Leadership Medals and Chapter Scholarships to outstanding students at local High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) units. 

The Heritage Hunt Chapter is awarding a thousand dollar scholarship to each of the following JROTC cadets, all of whom plan to enroll in a college ROTC program in pursuit of a commission in one of the Armed Services: Mary Colandene (Osbourn Park HS); Corey Arnett (Battlefield HS); Jonathan Turney (Liberty HS). The Chapter scholarships are awarded competitively based on outstanding academic achievement and leadership potential as demonstrated through performance in assigned JROTC duties and other school and community public service activities. Students competing for the scholarships must show evidence that they intend to pursue a commission through enrollment in a college ROTC commissioning program.

The Heritage Hunt MOAA Chapter also administers the annual award of National Medals to rising seniors who are members of area JROTC units. The National MOAA Medals are awarded to recognize outstanding leadership and academic achievements by cadets who are participating in JROTC programs throughout the country and who exhibit a high potential for military leadership. Recipients of the National MOAA Medals at area JROTC units for academic year 2014-2015 are: David Annan (Osbourn Park HS); Linda Hall (Stonewall Jackson HS); John Mitchell (Battlefield HS); Johnny Garcia (Liberty High School).

All of the awards are presented by members of the Heritage Hunt Chapter of MOAA at JROTC Awards Ceremonies or at Awards Nights at the respective area High Schools.



Corey Arnett - Award Presentation by Mike Moore



Jonathan Turney - Award Presentation by Herb Tuttle

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MOAA Name Tags

If you would like to have a MOAA Name Tag, go to this web site:

http://www.badgeworksplus.com/moaa/

to order yours.



Heritage Hunt MOAA Spring Social


The Annual Spring Social and Dinner will be held in the Club House Ballroom on March 18, 2016. There will be a cash bar from 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm, followed by dinner. 

Our guest speaker will be Gary Powers, Jr. His father, Francis Gary Powers, was pilot of the CIA’s U-2 shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960. That event and others like it provide fascinating insights into cold war era. Gary is a renown speaker, expert in cold war history, and co-founder of the Cold War Museum, located nearby at the site of the old Vint Hill Farms. 

Meal choices include the Bistro Filet (served (with a Port wine sauce), Stuffed Chicken Breast (ham and Swiss cheese stuffing with a sour cherry sauce), and Stuffed Flounder (crab stuffing with a lemon-chive butter sauce.) 

It will be a great time to enjoy a good meal, catch up with old friends and make new ones.

Please fill out and mail the Reservation Form

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Heritage Hunt MOAA Winter Banquet


The annual Christmas Social and Dinner was held in the Club House Ball Room on December 4, 2015. 

 A chorale from Battlefield High provided music for the banquet. They presented a medley of songs while we enjoyed dessert. Several singers have grandparents living here at Heritage Hunt. 

This year we collected gifts for a local charity, Transitional Housing BARN, Inc (BARN).  BARN is a 501c(3) secular non-profit organization which supports homeless women and children by providing clean, safe temporary housing for families in need of a helping hand.  BARN was started by the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia, and is located on Linton Hall Road in Bristow. More information is available at their website at www.barninc.org

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New Officers were installed at the Christmas Social

New officers for 2016-2017 are:

President - Dave Mundt

1st VP - Cy Shearer

2nd VP - Merle Jacobsen

Secretary - Don Rusch

Director - Bill Benner

Director - Dennis Corrigan

Congratulations to you all!

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Prince William Area Agency on Aging

 

The Prince William Area Agency on Aging serves the county and two cities. It is one of two Agencies on Aging in the state who have contracts with VA Medical Centers (DC and Richmond in our case) to provide services through the Veterans Home and Community-Based Services Program. It is a new program from the VA and allows Veterans who are nursing home eligible to stay at home rather than move to a nursing home by hiring workers of their own choice, including some family members, to provide their care. This is for Veterans of any age. They are currently helping a young wounded warrior, profoundly injured in Iraq, stay at home with family instead of being institutionalized.

 

The Prince William Commission on Aging also has a Veterans Committee that meets twice a year to discuss topics affecting all Veterans. Their goal is not to duplicate services but rather learn about existing services, make appropriate referrals and identify any gaps.

  

The Commonwealth's Veterans Services representative is present at the Manassas Senior Center on a routine schedule to help local Veterans learn about their available services and help them enroll if they have not already done so. It is amazing how many Veterans do not take advantage of their available services.

 

They have resources and services that may benefit the membership, and legislative issues that may be strengthened by working together.

More info at the Personal Affairs tag at top.


The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) reported that both Lowe's and Home Depot are now offering their military discounts year-round!

The Home Depot offers a year-round, 10 percent discount, up to a $500 maximum, to all active duty military personnel, reservists, retired or disabled veterans and their immediate families. Customers requesting the discount should present a valid military ID. This discount is not available for their online shoppers, or in addition to existing discounts or promotions.

Lowe's Companies, Inc. offers an all day, every day, 10 percent discount to all military personnel who are active, reserve, retired or disabled veterans and their family members, with a valid, government-issued military ID card.


Donations to Heritage Hunt Chapter

 The Heritage Hunt Chapter provides a scholarship to an ROTC student at each of the four local high schools sponsored by the Chapter. These scholarships and our support to Wounded Warriors are funded by tax deductible donations to the Chapter. 100% of these funds are used for these purposes.

 The Chapter is an IRS-approved 501(C)(19) War Veterans organization. Because of that designation and the letter from the IRS in the Chapter records, all donations to the Chapter are tax deductible to the donor.

 The Chapter Treasurer provides each donor a letter documenting that donation as tax deductible for the donor's tax return.

Please forward donations by check made out to HH Chapter MOAA and mark "Donation" in the memo line to:

 Larry King, Treasurer

14000 Breeders Cup Drive

Gainesville, VA 20155

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Honor Flight Support Program

The Heritage Hunt Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is supporting the Honor Flight Program for WWII veterans. The program flies veterans from across the country to D.C. for a full day to see their Memorial, and then flies them home. Honor Flight relies on generous donations from the airlines, other corporate sponsors and individuals. This is but one of many outreach activities of the Chapter's Community Relations Committee. The program is administered by retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Herb Tuttle.

Honor Flights will resume this Spring.

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Legislative

See Delegate Kirk Cox's summary of veterans-related legislation in the Virginia General Assembly. (Legislative Tab at top)




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