All active duty service members and retirees need to make phone calls, send
e-mails and visit their Members of Congress, to ask for their co-sponsorship
and vote to pass this SBP/DIC offset elimination legislation. You must speak
for your fallen military comrades in arms, and do what you can for their
surviving spouses and families. This is what we do in the military
family. No fallen comrade is ever left behind.
SSIA was only extended until May of 2018 - not even a whole year - at
$310 a month.
Consider joining Facebook, and ask to join
the SBP-DIC Offset
2017 Facebook group. It’s a “closed
group” so you must be approved by the moderator.
Kathy Prout, moderator of this Facebook page, posted
recently: “Get involved and work for your spouse's earned
benefits! We need every one of you. Go into the files under info and start
reading to start. Get on our conference calls! There are only
63,000 SBP-DIC Offset Surviving Spouses.”
“SBP-DIC Offset 2017 Facebook Group” has a membership
of 1,000 affected surviving spouses working to pass H.R. 846 (House), S. 339
All of us need to be making phone calls, sending e-mails, making
Congressional office visits either locally or on the Hill. We are
responsible for each other. It is the Mission of SMW to “educate
and advocate for the protection and preservation of the entitlements and
benefits for the betterment of military widows, veterans and active military
personnel, to provide those we serve with the information and services
necessary to maintain or improve their quality of life.”
“SBP-DIC Offset 2017 Facebook Group” with Representative Joe Wilson on
the Hill, March 30, 2017
H.R. 846 -Introduced in House (02/03/2017) by Congressman
Joe Wilson (SC-2)
Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act
This bill: (1) repeals certain provisions that require the offset of
amounts paid in dependency and indemnity compensation from Survivor Benefit
Plan (SBP) annuities for the surviving spouses of former military personnel
who are entitled to military retired pay or who would be entitled to retired
pay except for being under 60 years of age, (2) prohibits requiring repayment
of certain amounts previously paid to SBP recipients in the form of a retired
pay refund, and (3) requires (current law authorizes) the Secretary of the
military department concerned to pay an annuity to a member's dependent
children when there is no eligible surviving spouse.
Janet Snyder: 702 227 6566
Thank you for being
a member of SMW. This is a reminder about the NAUS transition:
The officers who were members of NAUS had their membership transferred to
MOAA. The enlisted servicemembers who were members of NAUS had
their membership transferred to TREA. The military widows who were
members of NAUS and SMW kept their membership in SMW and we were on our
own. We found another company (AMS) in Maryland and signed a contract
with them to do the same things that NAUS was doing for us. AMS is
handling our membership database, sending out newsletters, and also handling
our financial business.
We trust you will
want to come and join us at our SMW Convention in Las Vegas on October
15 - 20, 2017. It is the one time in the year that we can meet military
widows from all over the country. Flights to Las Vegas are usually
inexpensive. The hotel cost and meals are also inexpensive. If
you share a room with another military widow, the cost per night will be less
than $40. each. Registration of $140. covers the Welcome Reception on
the 15th, Lunch on the 16th, and the Banquet on the 19th. You will see
in the attached newsletter the variety of restaurants at South Point and
prices are good, because it is an off-Strip hotel.
What we can offer
members, if they join the Society of Military Widows:
in a national military widows organization with a total active membership of
among sister military widows, and emotional support in grief.
SMW website (open to the public) with updated information on legislative
issues from Legislative Chair; opportunity to request information about
military benefits; blog for members; and much more: http://www.militarywidows.org/home.aspx
scheduled monthly Legislative Conference Calls on the fourth Wednesdayof
each month throughout the year (except November and December).
Congress on our military surviving spouses legislative issues: Rosalie
Horton, Legislative Chair, regularly visits Members of Congress on Capitol
Hill, and will take your letters with her. Any members who live in the
Washington, D.C. area - or are visiting the area - may contact Rosalie and
schedule visits together.
Offset Facebook group moderated by SMW member Kathy
Prout (closed to members of group) including files section for access to
historic data and legislative information.
Convention for members and guests (usually in October).
SMW newsletter being sent by postal mail to members in 2017 on a
quarterly basis, plus a weekly news brief sent by e-mail.
availability to talk with SMW National President: (702)
227-6566 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
~ Janet Snyder
My goal is to make
these two years EASY and FUN. We are at the stage of our lives when we
want life to be a joy, not a hassle or a burden in any way. This is why
I want you to seriously consider eliminating the need to provide written
reports for the Convention in Las Vegas. Most people don't read them
anyway. We are too busy meeting new people and renewing friendships
with members from around the country.
The Annual SMW
Convention is so important to all of our members. SMW Convention
Committees put their hearts and souls into making it a great experience for
all of us. What I remember about attending my first (2011) and
subsequent annual meetings / conventions: the smiles and friendliness
of all the SMW members. We are a happy group, and it shows. Let's
continue this tradition. We can hang loose with a minimum of organized
meetings and workshops.
At the October 15 - 20, 2017 Convention in Las Vegas: only
the Welcome Reception on October 15, Lunch on October 16, and
Banquet on October 19 are included in the Registration Fee.
The rest of the time you are free to do whatever you like. You can take
tours, go shopping; or attend the optional workshops in the Hospitality
Room. There is something scheduled every day for those who plan to stay
at the hotel.
Remember to call me
or send an e-mail, if you have any questions or suggestions for how we can
make SMW better and more relevant to you. I am enjoying getting to know
more of you, as we talk on the phone and send e-mails to each other. We
are a special sisterhood, and I want you to know that I love and value each
one of you. Please write your stories and send them to me. Each
one of us has a unique story to tell.