My fellow NCOA members, veterans and patriotic Americans:
There is a U-Tube link below with a 14 minute video from celebrities, business leaders and people who have experienced the value of an Honor Flight. Some of you watching the video have been on an Honor Flight and some of you have applied for a future flight. Honor Flight is a program that the Rogue Chapter is a huge supporter of. Many of the Rogue Chapter trustees are also part of the team that takes these life changing flights back to Washington DC to experience a grateful nation and to view their sacred memorials.
This year has been a disappointment on many levels for a variety of reasons but soon a new year will begin and if the good Lord is willing, Honor Flight of Oregon will once again transport our Honored Veterans back to Washington DC so that they can each experience a life changing event. Yesterday was Veteran’s Day and almost every single veteran that has gone on a flight came back with their chest puffed out just a little bit further and an emotional jump start for the rest of their lives.
When we get started again after the new year turns over, I will reach out to you again so that you can participate if possible in going to an airport to welcome these veterans, perhaps help us find a way to get one of you on a flight either as an honored veteran or as a guardian whose job it is to help an honored veteran maximize the experience. Stay tuned after the first of the year for more updates.
Terry M. Haines
Vice President, Honor Flight of Oregon
Logistics Chair &
Chairman of Rogue Chapter 1260, NCOA
Numerous veterans gathered in Medford, OR to honor our flag, our country, each other and to pray for our country.
Today, the Department of Defense announced annual cost of living adjustments that will benefit military retirees and survivors during calendar year 2021. Most military retirees will receive a 1.3 percent increase to their retired pay beginning with the pay they receive on December 31, 2020. Likewise, survivors of members who died on active or inactive duty, or survivors of military retirees who participated in the Survivor Benefit Plan will, in most cases, see a 1.3 percent increase to their annuities beginning in January.
Survivors who are eligible for the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance (SSIA) will also receive an increase to their SSIA payments that reflects this 1.3 percent adjustment. The maximum amount of SSIA payable will be $327 beginning in January, although some survivors may receive less in SSIA as the Department of Defense begins to implement the phased reduction in the Survivor Benefit Plan – Dependency and Indemnity Compensation offset, as enacted by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020.
These cost of living adjustments are calculated based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers for the four quarters ending with the third calendar quarter of 2020 (July, August, and September 2020).
Those military retirees who retired during calendar year 2020, and all military retirees who retired under the REDUX retirement system may receive a slightly different annual cost of living adjustment. The complete list of updates to military retired and retainer pay, and survivor annuities, allowances, and premiums can be found at https://militarypay.defense.gov/Pay/Retirement/Cola.aspx
The fires in southern Oregon this week have been devastating. A quick call to NCOA HQ once we were able to confirm some members lost everything but the clothes on their back brought about instantaneous action. Chairman Terry Haines, Treasurer Ron Kohl and Knight Advisor Bud Cordes presented assistance checks to Ike Eisenhauer & Keith Schwartz.
Rogue Chapter #1260 of the Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) issued two $500 scholarships to deserving students within our community
Hannah Johnson, the daughter of Christy and Robert Johnson and Presley Robison, the daughter of Frankie Haynes & Charles DeSha, both received their scholarships at a ceremony at Don Jones Park in Central Point on June 2, 2020. Both awardees attended Crater High School.
Hannah wants to pursue a career as a Neonatal Nurse by attending Brigham Young University in Idaho and Presley wants to pursue a degree in Health Sciences at Portland State University.
This is the 2nd year for the Rogue Chapter scholarship program which targets either NCOA member’s children or grandchildren or the children or grandchildren of honorably discharged veterans.
For further information about our scholarship program or for those wishing to contribute to future scholarships, please contact Rogue Chapter #1260 at PO Box 5597, Central Point, OR 97502.