The Military Officers Association of America's Never Stop Serving Podcast, hosted by retired Army Lt. Col. Olivia Nunn tackles issues important to servicemembers, veterans and their families.
Arlington National Cemetery and the Proposed Tightened Eligibility w/ Mark Belinsky
Arlington National Cemetery is one of the country’s oldest national cemeteries. The cemetery’s rolling hills mark the final resting place for more than 14,000 veterans, including those who fought in the Civil War.
The nation’s premier military cemetery is at a critical crossroads in its history. Nearly all 22 million living armed forces members and veterans are eligible for less than 95,000 remaining burial spaces within these hallowed grounds.
Listen to Olivia Nunn speak to Mark Belinsky, Director of Currently Serving and Retired Affairs and MOAA, about the proposed changes at Arlington National Cemetery. Specifically, how these changes could impact current veterans and their families and the importance of calling into your local Congress members to help advocate for our heroes.
TRICARE and your transition BEYOND active duty with Paul Frost
Service to our nation includes so many great benefits, health care being one of them. But what happens when you retire from the military? Where does your health coverage come from? What will it cost? Will the coverage be the same? Is your coverage automatic when you retire? If you have these questions and more, you will want to tune into this episode to find out!
Listen to Olivia Nunn speak to teammate and resident expert Paul Frost, the Program Director for Financial Benefits Counseling, Education, and Veteran Services at MOAA. Listen as they talk about COLA and fees and it being the open season and so much more. You will not want to miss this important episode as it relates to your health.
From Agent Orange to Burn Pits: Toxic Exposure Advocacy with Cory Titus
Veterans have routinely reported illnesses and disabilities long after they return home from deployments, triggering a battle with the VA for health care and financial benefits. As many as 2.6 million veterans of the Vietnam War were exposed to Agent Orange, a tactical herbicide sprayed to destroy thick vegetation, according to ProPublica. The toxin has been recognized by the VA as a cause of certain presumptive diseases — a status that eliminates the burden of proof of servicemembers as they file claims for benefits — but studies linking other diseases have yet to be recognized.
Most recently, veterans exposed to open-air burn pits and other environmental dangers during deployments in support of the war on terrorism are eligible to register their service with the VA. However, researchers, including VA staff, have not completed studies on hazards related to burn pits and other military environmental exposures, according to the VA.
Listen to Olivia Nunn speak with teammate Cory Titus, the Director of Veteran Benefits and Guard and Reserve Affairs at MOAA about the importance of understanding the work behind the push for policy and legislation surrounding toxic exposures for our military members.
Recruiting our Future Force: Challenges and Solutions with MG Kevin Vereen and MG Jason Bohm
Joining the military can be an exciting and life-changing experience. There are many reasons why young men and women across the United States show an interest in wanting to join the Armed Forces. Some have multigenerational respect for the military and want to serve as their older relatives did. Others wish to job security and the benefits that come along with being in the military. A few military benefits include 30 days of paid vacation per year, health, dental, and life insurance coverage, leadership opportunities, specialty training, and more.
For all the good reasons and opportunities the military offers, recruiting for our Armed Forces remains a challenge. Listen to Olivia Nunn speak with Army Major General Kevin Vereen, Commanding General of U.S. Army Recruiting Command, and Marine Corps Major General Jason Bohm, Commanding General of Marine Corps Recruiting Command, about today's recruiting climate.
Military Retirement 101: Getting your Finances in Order w/ Shane Ostrom
Transition or Transformation? However you frame it, it's a change, and change requires planning. Leaving the military after 20 plus years can be exciting but also daunting. One part of the planning phase must include your finances. For many of us, our paychecks have been a given. Every month, twice a month, a check has been deposited on time to our checking accounts. How do you plan for your financial success when there isn't a pay structure? How do you prepare and invest in a 401K, a Roth IRA, or even a rainy day savings stash?
If you are one of the annual 200,000 transitioning service members and you find yourself wondering what you should be doing to prepare from a financial standpoint. Listen to Olivia Nunn speak with Shane Ostrom, CFP® , the Program Director for Finance at MOAA, on how you can prepare for your military retirement.
Why Military Pay Remains a Top Priority
The Military Officers Association of America exists to preserve the benefits earned by all service members, past and present. When it comes to money, specifically pay and benefits, our service members need to know that organizations are advocating on their behalf. Every year the discussion of pay comes up as part of the Department of Defense's budget. Host Lt. Col. Olivia Nunn, USA (Ret) and Col. Dan Merry, USAF (Ret), MOAA's vice president of government relations, discuss the very important topic of pay and benefits and why pay and advocacy go hand in hand.
I’ve already referred several peers to this podcast. Excellent content that’s relevant to every Solider. I’m looking forward to additional episodes!
Outstanding Start to the Podcast
I am very pleased with the first two episodes for the podcast. LTC Nunn is a great host and the content is spot on, helpful, and relevant both in substance and tying in the services and advocacy MOAA offers pertaining to the issue at hand.
I am a member of nearly all the large veteran organizations. I am thankful for the various efforts of each of them. The difference with MOAA is the national leadership is readily accessible to the ground level membership, younger and newer members can participate on day one in national level efforts with senior leaders, and senior leaders listen.
In short, the roll out of this podcast along with a number of other great products in recent months has made the decision to upgrade my premium membership to a life membership a very easy one. This is an organization I am happy to continue to contribute to and receive so much more through great efforts like this podcast. Please keep up the great work on this!