Possible active duty retirement overhaul

Posted by admin on August 10, 2008

Many of you have contacted me for information regarding a "new" possible overhaul of the active duty retirement system that may more closely mirror those of our ANG and AFRES brethren.  This is different than the previous recommendation to delay active duty retirement to age 55.

I will forward more information as I get it, and more information will be included when I send out the weekly newsletter.

From: Mike Carton [mailto:mrcarton@comcast.net]
Sent: Saturday, August 09, 2008 7:15 PM
To: Mike Carton
Subject: FW: Armed Forces News Issue: Fri, Aug. 8, 2008

As you know Congress is on the August recess/vacation.  The discussions surrounding the changes suggested (retirement, retiree health care) in the Quadrennial Review has surfaced again.  At this time the suggestion is a 6-9 month study which means it is going to be left to the new administration to address this topic.  Rest assured that AFSA will be working very hard on your behalf on all of the issues affecting and impacting your quality of life.  Please share so that other know of the issues and can complete their own research to be a better informed citizen.

Please refer to the AFSA newsletter from yesterday (8-8-08) for additional details.   Have a great weekend.

Mike Carton

Doc Mc Causlin on New Military Education benefits

Posted by admin on July 1, 2008

Please read the note below from our international President, Doc Mc Causlin.  This has been a battle that has taken many years and it's not over yet!  An important aspect to remember, is that without your membership, we would just have four lobbyists with no backing.  We need each and every voice to back them, and bring our desires for increased benefits and quality of life to reality.  Taking care of you and your families is what AFSA is all about.  Without your membership these things wouldn't happen.

I will continue sending information about this and many other initiatives.  In the mean time, make sure you keep your membership current!  If you renew online or via mail, please use member number 797566 as your retainer.

Subject: Pres Doc sends re: New Military Education Benefits

The long awaited improved Military Education Benefits package has been signed and although its not the end to all our concerns, it does significantly improve educational benefits for our active duty, Guard, and Reserve personnel that enlisted 911 or later.  The details will be released from Hqs AFSA shortlyl.  This bill DOES NOT alleviate the problems with VEAP, retirees, veterans, and all those that served prior to 911.  I highly encourage you to pass this to your Div Membership Chair and those Chapter Membership Chairs for their use in briefings to ALS, NCO Academies, FTAC, and other groups affected as this is a significant victory for those members 911 and later and we need to flaunt that as an AFSA recruiting tool wherever possible.

I was dismayed at the lack of "look back" provisions to include those that served prior to 911.  However, I remain totally committed to elevate this subject at every turn and believe me, this dog is not dead yet!  Last Thursday nite I met with Congressman Cuellar and his statement to me was "this was a start to improve military education benefits for our military personnel".  I take that as even more encouragement to continue to fight even tho its going to be uphill from here.  With your help, we can win again.

Please assure ALS, Top 3, Chiefs, rising 6, FTAC, NCOA folks that you brief, AFSA was highly involved in getting the aforementioned elevated for discussions and eventual passage.  Check the On The Road Reports for last Spring and forward and you will see  my meetings with every member of the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees focused on review and overhaul of the MGIB, stop Tri Care premium hikes,  and early retirement of the Guard and Reserves.  The "Webb Bill" was introduced afterwards.  We "killed" the Tri Care hikes once again and now the educational improvements have become reality.  Naturally, the early retirement of our very supportive Guard and Reserves remains on the table for my visits.  Our Director of Military and Government Relations (Jon Hake) and his Assistant (Robert Price)have helped immensely with their follow-up visits and they deserve a big thanks from all AFSA.  The important thing here is YOUR Association remains totally committed to those words in our Preamble to help our total enlisted force and their families.

APEN is alive and well in AFSA!  Pres Doc

New GI Bill Announcement

Posted by admin on June 24, 2008

The new GI Bill made it through congress and if you remember the schoolhouse rock song (I know, I’m showing my age), now it waits for the President’s signature to become a law (likely by 4 July, 2008).  Below are the details as we know them so far.  If you’re receiving this on Tinker you’ll want to switch to HTML.

Many people ask me what their membership fees are used for.  We have very few paid employees, and four of those are lobbyists that make things like this happen.  They educate our elected representatives on our needs and convince them that changes are needed.  They don’t get paid a lot, but their salaries come out of those membership fees.  As you’ll see towards the bottom, those that signed up for the GI Bill and are still paying the $1200 enrollment fee will be able to stop that payment (I don’t know when) and that will more than pay for the membership.  It is more important than ever to keep your membership current, so our voice can be heard.  Contact me and I will help you get your membership renewed!

GI Bill Passes in the House

New GI Bill Overview

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - GI Bill Website