Our chapter meetings are over for the year, we had good speakers and good attendance. Our chapter meetings in 2024 will be held on May 14, July 9 and September 10. General Joseph Votel will be our July speaker. General Votel was the Commander of Central Command. During his 39 years in the military, he commanded Special Operations and conventional forces at every level. Please mark your calendar for this chapter meeting. The other speakers are being finalized and will be announced in a future newsletter.
The MCMOAA Board elections ballot is in this newsletter. A slate of 12 candidates is listed. All of those elected will serve on the MCMOAA board in 2024 and 2025. One long time board member, Mike Moran is due to health issues. Mike has served this organization very well as our state legislative rep and his knowledge and insight will be missed. I thank all who have volunteered to serve. The ballot also has a space to write in anyone who would like to serve.
At a national meeting I attended in August, I was made aware of the Compact Act that was put in place on January 17, 2023. The COMPACT Act allows Veterans in suicidal crisis to receive free emergency mental health care at any VA or community health care facility. This includes coverage for transportation costs, inpatient or crisis residential care for up to 30 days, and outpatient care for up to 90 days. The act ensures that Veterans can access free, emergency suicide care when they need it, regardless of their location. Veterans do not have to be enrolled in VA health care to receive such emergency care, meaning the COMPACT Act could potentially affect up to 9 million former servicemembers who currently are not enrolled.
If you or someone you know is in a suicidal crisis, it is important to seek help immediately. You can call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 or chat online at veteranscrisisline.net. In case of an emergency, please dial 911.
The State legislative session is complete and will pick back up again in February. If you have ideas for state legislative changes, let me know. At the national level, as I write this, it is unclear if there will be a government shutdown. In the short term, the best we can hope for is a continuing resolution (CR). A CR is not great, but better than a shutdown. A CR is typically a short term solution. In the current environment, this CR could last the entire fiscal year. This would be detrimental to the military in that it freezes spending and does not allow for new programs. Please let your representatives know how you feel about this.
Thank you for your continued membership in MCMOAA and MOAA.