SOCIETY OF MILITARY WIDOWS
    THE SOCIETY OF MILITARY WIDOWS (SMW) was founded in 1968 by Theresa (Tess) Alexander to serve the interests of women whose husbands died while on active military duty, of a service-connected illness, or during disability or regular retirement from the armed forces. SMW is a nonprofit organization chartered in the State of California under section 504 (c) (4) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.
     All military widows who are eligible for membership are encouraged to support the Society of Military Widows by becoming a member, whether or not they can attend meetings. Our political leverage is in our total membership on a national basis. The more members we have, the more important we are to elected members of Congress. In 1984 SMW affiliated with the National Association for Uniformed Services (NAUS) to make a stronger organization, working to protect the hard-earned benefits and entitlements of military widows. The affiliation allows for membership development, administrative efficiency, and Washington representation.


       SMW:  Benefits widows of members of all branches of the uniformed services of the United States. 
      Gives moral support, advice, referral service and, in general, help the widows of career military members to return to the main stream of normal living. 
      Educates the American public concerning the problems and needs of military widows in today's society, and 
      Preserves the basic truths and enduring principles on which the government of the United States is founded. 

     After the casualty officer and the caseworker have gone home and the paperwork is finished, how do you get through the lonely hours? As a military survivor, you very often face problems your civilian counterpart does not. The death of your spouse may be followed by a change of residence and separation from the network of support you have come to expect in the armed forces. You need someone who can help you through this difficult time.

     Grief is a natural healing process that must be lived through. As military widows, we are here for you -- to help with your problems, as a support network, as friends, and, sometimes, simply a shoulder to cry on.

     If you have specific questions related to your spouse's death or about your rights and benefits as a military survivor, please contact us at 1-800-842-3451, Ext. 1011 or 1003,  or  pdshecter76@gmail.com and we will ensure that your question is directed to the person or agency best able to answer it.







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STORMING THE HILL FOR THE SBP/DIC OFFSET on July 17, 2013


MOAA hosted this event for MOAA members, their Auxiliary Member Advisory Committee members, SMW members, Gold Star Wives and interested participants.

Tuesday evening a buffet dinner was hosted by MOAA for all the teams to meet, receive a briefing, and plan their routes for the Congressional visit. To prepare us for the 17th; folders with fact sheets about the SBP/DIC offset were provided for each state storming team to give to their Members of Congress and staff on the 17th.

MOAA hosted a Congressional Breakfast at Room B339 in the Rayburn House Office Building. Two buses and several taxicabs (for the handicapped women) were provided by MOAA to take us to the Capitol. Admiral Ryan, President of MOAA, spoke to the group, welcoming everyone and introducing the legislators and congressional staff.  

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC) spoke about his support to eliminate the SBP/DIC offset. He is the one who sponsored H.R. 32.

Two military widows talked about how the SBP/DIC offset has affected their lives.

Mike Hayden and Phil Odom from Government Relations at MOAA presented a slide presentation and answered questions.  

A group photo was taken inside the Rayburn House Office Building, and then each team left together to "Storm the Hill" to request co-sponsors of S.734 and H.R.32, and to thank those who already co-sponsored the bills, plus requesting their votes when the bills are discussed and voted-on in Congress.

We had over 100 people visit Congress that day, teams divided so that most of the time could be spent inside one building. Washington was having a heat wave that week, so people either visited a House or a Senate Building My team had a list of 17 offices to visit for Texas, along with 2 other Texas teams.

We feel that we did a good job of providing each Representative’s Office with the information needed to have the issue understood by the Staff. Of course, the big problem is finding the money to remove the offset, which doesn’t seem to be a high priority for this Congress .The Widows are at the bottom of the list for compensation.

Pat Shecter, SMW Webmaster