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Liberty Guardian Chapter partners with WWP for Care Packages for TroupsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/15/2017 9:00 PM
Chapter members ready care packages for mailingThe Liberty Guardian Chapter in Pittsburgh just concluded a wildly successful care package drive for military troops stationed overseas. Read the story on the Liberty Guardian website.
Created: 11/15/2017 9:00 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
HIRE - South Florida Donates $1,200 to MOS Hurricane Marie CampaignUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/15/2017 2:25 PM
photo of $1,200 check from South Florida HIRE chapter.

The South Florida chapter of Hispanic Internal Revenue Employees (HIRE) recently donated $1,200 to our Hurricane Marie fundraising campaign. This raised our total efforts, without factoring in care packages from our Brookhaven, Ogden and Washington DC chapters, to $12,265.

 
MOS President Kenneth Brock and other MOS officers reached out to national HIRE to join our campaign and solicit help in shipping packages. The shipping issue remains unresolved but members of South Florida HIRE generously opened their wallets in relief of their embattled coworkers in Puerto Rico.
 
We heard from chapter Vice President Karen Vazquez who said:
 
"Per Kenneth’s request for an update of our efforts, towards the end of the week I’ll forward the funds that HIRE of South Florida collected through its Puerto Rico relief fund to MOS.  We have around $1,200 in donations and hope that donations will continue to come in.
 
In addition, last week we shipped 2 boxes of care packages prepared by HIRE Brookhaven and HIRE of South Florida thanks to the support of IRS-CI in Miami that allowed us to send items through a carrier they use.  We continue to collect items requested by employees as well as care packages and hope to send out a second shipment by the end of next week through Amazon.
 
I am pleased to say we have received support from across the country and business units and even AFIRE (Association of Former Internal Revenue Executives)."
 
Karen is also the Southeast Area Representative of HIRE National.
 
Hurricane Maria MOS committee members have slowed down the fundraising efforts because of the ongoing prohibition on soliciting employees during the Combined Federal Campaign. We expect to accelerate efforts in mid-January 2018 as the needs of Hurricane Maria victims remain unrelenting. Part of this campaign will involve continuing and new partnerships with the IRS employee organizations such as HIRE.
Created: 11/15/2017 2:25 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
IRS Commissioner Recognizes MOS Fundraising EffortsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/5/2017 12:05 PM
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen
(Source: Commissioner's Corner, Nov. 2, 2017)
 
I want to thank all of you for your good work in answering the call to help your co-workers and citizens across the U.S.
 
We’ve had several natural disasters this fall, and I’m touched by your willingness to help where you’re needed. We kept you updated as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria struck portions of the mainland, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Our first concern is always for the safety and security of our employees, and many of you worked tirelessly to locate members of our IRS family to ensure they were safe and accounted for during these disasters. We also worked to get those IRS areas affected by the storms back up and running so we could continue our service to taxpayers. We created an incident management team for each storm, and our Senior Commissioner’s Representatives organization was instrumental in helping us navigate through these multiple events. Nearly every business unit and thousands of employees were involved to ensure that our affected colleagues were safe and that the IRS could continue its operations.
 
We also reached out to you to volunteer to help the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration with the recovery efforts. Your response was tremendous. We received nearly 2,000 email inquiries, more than 500 phone calls and close to 600 applications. While FEMA applications have closed, the SBA application process (.pdf is internal IRS link only) is still ongoing.
 
So far, we’ve deployed more than 130 volunteers from business units across the agency to help FEMA’s Surge Capacity Force. HCO’s Workforce Benefits Program and Workforce Relations Division are coordinating these activities and adapting our policies to assist employee volunteers. Our Surge Capacity Force volunteers are helping with recovery efforts in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as working in a FEMA call center site in Carson City, Nevada, to help provide financial assistance to those affected by the hurricanes and the wildfires in the west. All of these volunteers went through comprehensive training at FEMA’s Anniston, Alabama, site before being deployed. People like:
  • Carmen Ballman (revenue agent, LB&I, Waukesha, Wisconsin), who is among more than 50 IRS volunteers helping deliver relief supplies to residents of Puerto Rico,
  • Kevin Roy (revenue officer, SB/SE, Raleigh, North Carolina), one of more than 15 IRS volunteers answering calls at the Carson City call site. The site handles more than 69,000 calls each day to assist those affected by the disasters,
  • Emil Blevins (revenue officer, SB/SE, Denver, Colorado), who joined more than 35 IRS volunteers helping assess hurricane damage and provide other assistance in Texas communities and
  • Tara Swartfager (contact representative, W&I, Andover, Massachusetts), who is among more than 20 IRS volunteers helping to get affected Floridians back on their feet.
 
In addition, Appeals, CI, C&L, IT, LB&I, PGLD, SB/SE, TAS and W&I have disaster response initiatives separate from the Surge Capacity Force. For example, 10 CI agents worked to locate and assist IRS employees and provide relief supplies to those in Puerto Rico. Under C&L coordination, more than 200 employees from a number of divisions across the IRS volunteered to work in over 50 different FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers covering portions of Texas, Florida and California. More than 2,500 W&I employees volunteered to take FEMA calls at six of our IRS call sites. And OLS’ work on the new IRS.gov website also was timely given the large amount of disaster information and Chief Counsel guidance that’s been posted to help taxpayers.
 
IRS employee organizations are also helping. The Military Outreach for Service launched a webpage to raise funds for employees and their families, and the Hispanic Internal Revenue Employees organization is also collecting money nationwide. And these are just a few examples.
 
Across the agency, there are many other business units and individuals working long hours to do much-needed work during this challenging time. And more remains to be done in several of these areas. I’ve often said that IRS employees have a “can-do” spirit. And it shows in the work you do each day and the way you respond when you’re called upon to help.
 
Again, thank you. I’m proud to work alongside you. --
 
John A. Koskinen
Created: 11/5/2017 12:05 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
MOS DC Chapter to Host 7th Veterans Day ProgramUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/19/2017 8:44 AM
Veterans Day Poster. Click to view.The Washington DC Chapter of Military Outreach for Service hosts its 7th Veterans Day program.
 
Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. to noon
Place: Main IRS Building Lobby
 
The keynote speaker is Kevin Q. McIver, Deputy IRS Human Capital Officer. 
 
Elita I. Rosillo-Christiansen is a guest speaker. She is the executive director of the IRS Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. She has years of experience with the military which include serving as:
  • Executive director - U.S. Naval Station, Family Service Center; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
  • Chief of Counseling Services - Naval Air Station, Family Service Center; Corpus Christi, TX
  • Program Designer & Consultant - Department of the Navy; Washington, D.C.
  • Program Design & Evaluation Consultant - Department of Defense, Family Support Branch; Washington, D.C.
  • Director of Family Services - U.S. Navy, Family Services Programs; Philadelphia, PA and Naples, Italy

The program will include laying of a wreath at the IRS 911 memorial, a color guard, playing of the Armed Forces medley and light refreshments.

Created: 10/19/2017 8:44 AM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
MOS Launches GoFundMe Campaign for Puerto RicoUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/7/2017 8:59 AM
U.S. Customs and Border Protection conducting rescues in Puerto RicoAfter a telephone call with an IRS employee in Puerto Rico, also a member of the Regimental Chapter of MOS, the national board agreed to launch a campaign to solicit donations in relief of Hurricane Maria victims.
 
700 hundred IRS employees live in work in Puerto Rico. Many of them are military veterans who served our country. Most of them have suffered from damaged housing, shortage of food and water, no electricity, no communications, and lack of work. Some of the Regimental Chapter members got called up in the Army Reserves or National Guard to help with disaster relief, not knowing or unable to assist their own families. They need our help.
 
Members can help by:

Our goal is to raise $100,000. 100% of the money (minus GoFundMe processing fees) will be used by the chapter to help IRS employees and their families rebuild their homes, their lives and their communities.

Created: 10/5/2017 9:02 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
FY 2018 Election ResultsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/5/2017 11:23 AM
Below are the 2017 (FY 2018) election results for officers of the National Governance Board of MOS.
 
As a backdrop, pursuant to Article V Section 2 of the MOS By-Laws former president Ray Pratt, Jr., appointed an election committee to implement, oversee, and certify the election of MOS’s National President, Treasurer and Secretary.  The election committee consisted of Katrina Webber, Gay Sohnrey, Thanh Thao Le, Adam Shebroe, and Mark Hulse as chair of the election committee.  On August 15, 2017, the election committee sent an email to all MOS members notifying each member of the election and requesting nominations (including self-nominations) for the positions mentioned above.  The nominations were required to be with the election committee by September 8, 2017, and the election was to be held from September 13-22, 2017.  Due to hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the date for nominations was extended to September 21, 2017, and the election to be held from September 25-29, 2017.
The following members were nominated and accepted their nomination: Ken Brock (President), Stanley Walker (President), Thanh Thao D. Le (Treasurer), Adam Shebroe (Treasurer), Penny Heiner (Secretary), and Marie Judkins (Secretary).
 
On September 25, 2017, the election committee sent an email to all MOS members asking them to vote on the above nominations, and return their vote via email to Katrina Webber, Gay Sohnrey, and myself.  Since election committee members Thanh Thao Le and Adam Shebroe were candidates, we did not request votes be sent to them.
 
The election committee each received every vote, separately counted each vote, and certify that below are the results of the elections (please note, one member only voted for the position of President and not the other two positions so the number of votes for President does not equal the number of votes for Treasurer and Secretary):
 
President:
  • Kenneth Brock - 24
    Stanley Walker – 23
 
Treasurer:
  • Adam Shebroe – 39
    Thanh Thao Le: 7
 
Secretary:
  • Marie Judkins – 27
    Penny Heiner – 19
 
If Mr. Brock accepts his election as president (which he has), his position as vice-president will be vacant.  Under Article V Section 4 of the MOS By-Laws his vice-president position will be filled by a nomination by the President of MOS and ratified by a majority of the National Governance Board.
 
See the MOS Election Page for more information and biographies of the new officers.
Created: 10/5/2017 11:23 AM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
Renew your MOS membership for FY 2018 - National Dues WaivedUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/4/2017 8:53 PM
Once again, in order to make membership attractive, the National Board of MOS waived the national dues for membership, normally $12.50 a year (although donations are always welcome).  FY 2018 national dues are $0.00. But to participate in national and local MOS  voting and activities, the MOS Bylaws require members to be in good standing. Instead of dues, a refreshed membership form is required.  Click here to complete MOS Form 100, MOS Membership/Renewal.
 
Note: if you joined or renewed after June 30, 2017, you are considered in good standing.
Created: 10/4/2017 8:53 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
Military Appreciation Spotlight- Ray PrattUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/15/2017 2:20 PM

Military Appreciation Spotlight- Ray Pratt

Ray Pratt
Ray Pratt FMSS Support Services specialist, pictured outside IRS facility

May is Military Appreciation Month and we will spotlight former service members in the AWSS family this month. Ray A. Pratt Jr. is an FMSS support service specialist in Detroit. He is also the president of the IRS Military Outreach for Service.

Ray Pratt in his own words:

I enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1984 as a way of forgetting my past and starting over. I was a month shy of 33 years old. I was pretty much the old man my entire military career, being older than 90% of my peers. The physical training (PT) was always kind of tough, but the standards are adjusted by age, so I never had a problem passing the Army Physical Fitness Test.

I enlisted as a wheeled vehicle operator with basic and advanced training at Ft. Dix, New Jersey, right next door to McGuire Air Force Base. I just knew that the Air Force was in cahoots with the Army. They flew those doggone C-141 transport airplanes right over the barracks day and night. They were trying to break us down. Upon graduation, I was assigned to Bravo Battery, 1st & 5th Field Artillery (B 1/5 FA), 1st Infantry Division, Ft. Riley Kansas. Aaah, Kansas! Toto, we’re not in Michigan anymore! What an experience that was.

Artillerymen have a culture of their own, including being called batteries rather than companies. During the three-year assignment, I went on a Reforger (Return of Forces to Germany) exercise to Germany (Czechoslovakian border) and Holland for about a month. I also got a free trip to the middle of the California desert to the National Training Center (NTC) in beautiful Ft. Irwin, California.

Toward the end of the enlistment, I qualified to reclassify as a 52E, prime power production specialist. The school was one year long and was located at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, about 20 miles from downtown Washington, D.C. What an awesome change that was - going from the middle of Kansas to the Washington DC area - but it was a very intense school.

The 15-week academic phase earns 38 college credits in subjects such as algebra (one week), physics (one week), basic electronics and thermodynamics. There was an operations phase where I learned to operate and maintain 4 Megawatt (MW) and 3.5 MW power plants and a specialty phase where I learned to be a power station electrician. As a 52E, I was stationed at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina; Ft Shafter, Hawaii; Ft. Lewis, Washington; and Camp Humphries in the Republic of Korea.

My job was to deploy, install, operate and maintain 3 Megawatt power generating stations with associated switch gear and distribution equipment. I provided base power in Honduras, Saudi Arabia, Guantanamo Bay, Bosnia and Kyrgyzstan. I provided disaster relief emergency power after eight hurricanes. I also earned a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Chapman University.

After I retired in 2005, my wife and I returned to our families in Michigan. I was hired by IRS AWSS Facilities Management as a support service specialist. I believe that it was the experience and education that I gained in the army that helped me get the job.

I often think back on those experiences and remember the things that I learned in the army. Simple things like understanding the roles of managers (officers) and subordinates (enlisted) or property accountability or understanding the need to protect sensitive property and what sensitive property is. Not everybody out there likes us. I often say that if someone had told me when I was driving a taxi in the ‘80s that I would be working for the IRS in 30 years I would have told them that they were crazy. It’s funny how things work out.

Created: 5/10/2017 1:12 PM
Created By: Ray Pratt
Mission BBQ Celebrates Armed Forces Week with Great DealsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/9/2017 9:11 AM
Armed Forces week invitation by Mission BBQ

You've served your country honorably and you love barbeque. Right? Mission BBQ has a deal for you all during Armed Forces Week, May 15 - May 20, 2017. I'm not exactly sure how you could resist. Check here for a location near you.

(Tiny print: This is not an official endorsement by MOS but Mission BBQ does serve great food and we appreciate those companies that truly honor military veterans and service members! Thanks to MOS member Mary Hunter for the delicious tip.)
Created: 5/9/2017 9:11 AM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
Why Bluff City?Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
4/2/2017 10:34 AM
Those of us who don't live in the beautiful, famous, and historic city of Memphis are clueless as to the origin of the name of our newest chapter. Read the story on the MOS Bluff City website.
Created: 4/2/2017 10:34 AM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
Tennessee Chapter Welcomed to MOSUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
3/10/2017 2:30 PM
MOS Bluff City Chapter CertificateNational MOS President Ray Pratt, Jr. officially welcomed the 16th chapter to Military Outreach for Service. The newest chapter is named the MOS Bluff City Chapter and encompasses the state of Tennessee, a long-awaited and welcome addition.
 
Organizers include Angala Hobbs, interim president; Stanley Walker, interim vice president; Tina Williams, interim treasurer, Earlcye Henderson-Addy, Secretary; Paul J. Morgan; Dennis Krings; Nadelyn Pearson; Tammye Butler, communications director; Johnny Brand; and Eric Howard.
 
Visit the MOS Bluff City Chapter website for more information.
 
Created: 3/10/2017 2:30 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
MOS Welcomes 15th ChapterUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/15/2016 9:35 AM
Image of Puerto Rico chapter certificateOn November 10, 2016, the National Governance Board of MOS unanimously approved the formation of the newest chapter of MOS: The Regimental Chapter of Puerto Rico. The Chapter also includes federal military employees in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Please visit the Chapter website for more information.
Created: 11/15/2016 9:35 AM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
Pittsburgh MOS Chapter Celebrates Veterans DayUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/14/2016 8:58 PM
Liberty Guardian members at paradeMembers of the Liberty Guardian Chapter in Pittsburgh rallied for the 2016 Veterans Day parade in Pittsburgh. See the story and photos on the Chapter website.
Created: 11/14/2016 8:58 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
MOST Chapter Raises Funds for Veterans HomeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/26/2016 3:54 PM
Youngest member of MOST hangs out with Star Wars armyVisit the MOST website for the latest news and photos about the Ogden, UT chapter. Once again, they participated in a 5K run event and fundraiser for a local veterans home. They will also be conducting their awesome holiday programs: stockings for soldiers and holiday cards for heroes.
Created: 10/26/2016 3:54 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
WASH DC MOS to Host Veterans Day Program November 9thUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/19/2016 9:15 AM
Poster for Washington DC MOS Veterans Day programThe Washington DC Chapter of MOS is again hosting a Veterans Day program in the IRS National Headquarters. Read the story on the WASH DC website and join the event if you work in Washington, DC.
Created: 10/19/2016 9:15 AM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
Who's who in the MOS ChaptersUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/12/2016 8:19 PM
Are you looking to contact a particular chapter of MOS? We have 14 official chapters; they have been vetted, approved and issued charters by the MOS National Board. The valid chapters are listed on
 
The table below shows the number of current members per chapter and the name of the person to contact. Chapters with zero active members are considered dormant and need permission from the national governance board to reactivate.
 
Chapter Name
No. of Members
President
Chamblee Cavalry, GA
0
Adam Shebroe
Detroit, MI
11
Sheree L. Strauss
Heart of America, MO
2
Brian W. Smith
Illini Blackhawk Veterans, IL
8
Kenneth D. Brock
Lewis & Clark, OT
0
Dale E. Imbleau
Liberty Bell, PA
2
William D. Harper
Liberty Guardian, PA
10
Regis P. Bodnar
M.O.S.T., UT
10
Brooke S. Rice
MOS Minutemen, MA
1
Vacant
National (unaffiliated)
10
None
Pacific Northwest, WA
0
Steven D. Wohl
Peachtree Patriots, GA
4
Lisa M. Shields
SoCal, CA
0
Jeanne B. Llopart
Stars & Stripes, NY
12
Maureen A. Higgins
Washington, DC

11

Lisa A. Lee
 
All it takes to join a current or prospective chapter is to complete our online application (as a new member or a renewal of lapsed membership) and pay the suggested national dues (needed for voting rights, etc.).
 
We have prospective chapters underway in Puerto Rico (contact Jose Acevedo), Tennessee (contact Angala M. Hobbs), and Ohio (contact Lois R. Miller).
 
If you are interested in reviving a dormant chapter, contact MOS President Ray A. Pratt, Jr. for help. If you are interested in forming a new chapter, contact Carol A. Permar for help.
Created: 8/4/2016 12:10 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
Meet New MOS Board MembersUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/9/2016 3:19 PM
Kenneth BrockIn the National elections that ended September 30, 2016, Kenneth D. Brock and Lachelle Fryett were unanimously elected to the National Board of Governance.
 
Kenneth Brock will serve as the new vice president, replacing Jon Bird, who has served as MOS vice president since its being in 2008. Jon plans to retire from the IRS this year.
 
Lachelle FryettLachelle Fryett will serve as the new treasurer, replacing John Gray, who has served as National president and treasurer of MOS for the past six years.
 
See the biographies of the 2017 National Board of Governance on the Elections page.
 
The 2017 national elections were successfully run by MOS election committee members Michael Gyde, Alvin Groff, and Sheree Strauss.
Created: 10/9/2016 3:15 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
3 Chapters Awarded Cash Prize for Membership IncreasesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/9/2016 2:02 PM
MOS National President Ray A. Pratt, Jr., announced the winning chapters for the membership drive. The MOS National Board awarded cash awards to the Chapters that showed the biggest percentage increase in membership.
 
And the winners are:
 
  1. First Place -- $75.00 -- M.O.S.T. (Ogden), with a 27% increase
  2. Second Place -- $50.00 -- Detroit Chapter, with a 23% increase
  3. Third Place -- $25.00 -- the Washington DC Chapter, with a 19% increase.
 
Congratulations to the winning chapters and good luck to all in the next membership drive contest.
Created: 10/9/2016 2:02 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
Improve Your Career, Apply to be in the Veteran Mentoring ProgramUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/9/2016 1:52 PM
The IRS Veterans Mentoring Program is a developmental opportunity for all veterans interested in providing or receiving mentoring. Mentoring enriches professional life by providing unique support to protégés and offering seasoned employees a chance to share knowledge and help others.
 
Employees could apply to mentor a fellow veteran by reviewing the eligibility requirements and completing the mentor program application. Initial applications were due by October 10, 2016. Mentors will receive training and must commit to 1-2 hours a month to share experience, wisdom and provide support to their mentee.
 
 
If you're a veteran interested in being a mentee, review the eligibility requirements and complete the mentee program application. The application process opens October 11, 2016, when you can also view and select from the list of available mentors. As a mentee, you will benefit from the vast network of knowledge from military veterans in the IRS.
 
Visit the Mentoring Resource Center to learn more about mentoring and stay tuned for more information about the Servicewide Mentoring Portal.
 
Submitted by HCO — Human Capital Office
Created: 10/9/2016 1:52 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
MOS Board Waives National Dues for FY 2017Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
9/15/2016 10:17 AM
At its August 2016 board meeting, the National Governance Board of MOS voted to waive the payment of national dues for the next fiscal year (October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017).
 
New members and existing members are still required to complete Form 100, MOS Membership/Renewal, to join MOS or to renew membership. Membership renewals are due by October 31, 2016. Completing the membership form will also get you signed up to a local Chapter if one is available in your area.
 
The dues waiver may not apply to local MOS Chapters. Please check with your local chapter president or treasurer for the correct dues amount.
 
Donations are still very much appreciated and may be tax deductible, depending on your unique situation. You can donate on our donation page.
Created: 9/15/2016 10:17 AM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
Your Help Requested for Veterans Financial Capacity SurveyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
8/4/2016 8:31 PM
The National Disability Institute is requesting the help of veterans to assist them to improve tax initiatives and overall economic empowerment of veterans by taking the Veterans Financial Capability Survey. Your responses will help NDI develop programs and services to support our Nation's service members, veterans and their families in becoming more financially empowered. The survey ends August 12, 2016. Results are confidential. MOS endorses this survey.
Created: 8/4/2016 8:31 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
MOS Member in Feds Hire VetsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
7/15/2016 9:28 AM

MOS member Charles Modzinski was recently featured on the Feds Hire Vets web site. On the blog, "Chuck" shares his Success Story about his civilian life, military life, back to civilian life and then as a government worker. Please read his story on the website below and join me in congratulating for his "Long Quest...To Fruition" https://www.fedshirevets.gov/BLOG/VetToVet/2016/7/8/A-long-quest-comes-to-fruition/

Created: 7/15/2016 9:06 AM
Created By: Ray Pratt
Presentations from 3rd Annual MOS ConferenceUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/16/2016 8:51 PM
Military Outreach for Service successfully conducted its third annual training conference on June 15, 2016.
 
Speakers included:
  • MOS President Ray Pratt, Jr., who opened the conference with the National Anthem and a short welcome,
  • MOS Liberty Bell Chapter member Gilbert Buentello, who spoke of his experience as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves serving in Kosovo,
  • Ernie Beltz, an executive coach and managing consultant, and formerly from the IRS Office of Equity and Inclusion who gave a presentation on inclusive leadership,
  • Susan B. Nolan, an IRS technical advisor, who spoke on the challenges of communication, and
  • Richard Regan, a senior diversity and inclusion specialist, who talked about the importance and impact of positive micro-messaging.
 
You can view all of the presentations and browse through past issues of newsletters edited by Gil Buentello in our document library.
 
The conference was organized by MOS past president Carol Permar and held virtually using Live Meeting.
Created: 6/16/2016 8:51 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
Detroit Chapter of MOS Member Receives Two AwardsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/24/2016 2:43 PM

Detroit Chapter of MOS Member Receives Two Awards

Disabled Veteran Pays it Forward

Retired U.S. Army First Sargeant Alvin Groff Named 2016 Veteran of the Year

Retired U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Alvin Groff survived three overseas conflicts — Granada, Panama and Desert Storm — but he paid a hefty physical price. During Desert Storm he developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease from breathing in smoke from burning oil fields and dust.

Now decades later, Groff is deeply involved in supporting his fellow disabled veterans.

The Livingston County Veterans Council named Groff the Veteran of the Year for his dedication to community service.

"All I would say is I would do it again if I was physically able," Groff said of Desert Storm.

"That is why I do everything I do for veterans in the county," he said.

For the last five years, Groff has worked for the Internal Revenue Service as an administrative data analyst. Al was also honored for his work at the IRS by the Detroit Federal Executive Board's annual employee recognition ceremony in Warren.

(Read the entire article via the link below)

http://www.livingstondaily.com/story/news/local/community/livingston-county/2016/05/02/disabled-veteran-pays-forward/83559586/

Jennifer Eberbach, Livingston Daily 4 p.m. EDT May 2, 2016 Contact Livingston Daily county and townships reporter Jennifer Eberbach at 517-548-7148 or at jeberbach@livingstondaily.com.

Created: 5/24/2016 1:45 PM
Created By: Ray Pratt
The Detroit Chapter of MOS Hosted A Tribute To Military Women Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/24/2016 2:37 PM

The Detroit Chapter of MOS presented A Tribute To Military Women on March 8, International Women’s Day lunch and learn

From left to right: Cynthia Drew, Chapter President Gwen Aikens, Patricia Weisman, Sheree Strauss
From left to right: Cynthia Drew, Chapter President Gwen Aikens, Patricia Weisman, Sheree Strauss

Chapter President Gwen Aikens opened the event by honoring the women military veterans in the audience. She asked that they stand and be recognized where they were then presented with a carnation as a thank you for their service.

Cynthia Drew, who was in charge of games, distributed a military word scramble game for everyone to solve. Just like in the military all were told to keep the papers face down with pencil on the table until given the command. “Who told you to pick up that pencil?!?” At the signal participants were given five minutes to unscramble the words. And to add more pressure, there were prizes for those who got the most right.

Patricia Weisman, who was in charge of refreshments, encouraged participants to eat the veggies, fruit, cake, chips and cookies; and to sign in and get a raffle ticket for prizes at the end of the event. She also shared some of her memories and reasons for her involvement with MOS.

Sheree Strauss, who was in charge of the information, presented some wonderful videos honoring women in the military.

The first video was two minutes and very fast moving. It can be viewed at: Salute

The second video was a very informative 25 minute video that can be seen at: Women in the military A Documentary from the Pentagon

The event closed with a moment of silence to remember and honor Trisina Porter, an enthusiastic MOS member that passed away a year ago. She is missed very much.

Thank you for your hard work and support of all military veterans.
Created: 3/14/2016 3:42 PM
Created By: Ray Pratt
Vietnam Veteran's Day - 29 MarchUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
3/30/2016 6:33 PM
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Created: 3/29/2016 3:44 PM
Created By: Ray Pratt
MOS to reward Chapters for Membership Drive SuccessesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
3/14/2016 4:15 PM
MOS wants you to joinThe national leadership of MOS is encouraging chapters to grow their membership through a nationwide membership drive.
 
The membership drive runs February 1 through June 30, 2016. The top three chapters successful in boosting their rolls of members in good standing will be rewarded by the MOS National Governance Board as follows:
  • 1st prize - $75
  • 2nd prize - $50
  • 3rd prize - $25
 
The award will be for the highest percentage of new members by the end of the drive. Prospective members MUST enroll on the MOS website and pay national dues.
 
Only recognized chapters may participate (whether dormant or active). The list of recognized chapters can be found on our Chapters page. If you are part of a chapter not recognized nationally, submitting the chapter application paperwork in time for the Board to approve your new chapter before the end of May 31 will entitle you to join the contest.
 
Eligible members are those who have not paid national dues since July 1, 2015, and are otherwise eligible to join MOS (federal employee AND military veteran (or National Guard or Reservist), spouse or child of veteran, and supporters).
 
Please direct any questions to the MOS executive director.
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Military Service Credit for FERS EmployeesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
1/21/2016 3:35 PM
Are you a FERS employee who also served in the U.S. military, National Guard, or reserves? Do you know how to obtain credit towards retirement for your military service?
 
Your first step is to contact your personnel office or benefits counselor.
 
This article by a certified financial planner might also help. See Military Service Credit: FERS Employees on the MyFederalRetirement.Com website.
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VA Facebook Chat: Vet Center Counseling and ServicesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
1/21/2016 3:21 PM

Have you served in a combat zone, an area of hostility or experienced a military sexual trauma? If so, you qualify for free community-based counseling at a Vet Center and you qualify whether you are active duty now, recently separated or served many years ago.

Vet Center staff across the country are here to help you achieve your goals, and most are Veterans just like you. Tune in on Thursday, January 28 at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time for the #ExploreVA Facebook chat and live video with VA and representatives from Team Red, White & Blue. Panelists will discuss counseling and community referral services offered by Vet Centers to eligible Veterans, Servicemembers and their families.

 

 

Join the Facebook chat to learn more:

  • Access people who can answer your questions, whatever your needs.
  • Get connected to Vet Center counselors and local resources to be helpful with whatever your goals are.
  • Receive individual, group and family counseling services in your community, without the wait.

 

 

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SB/SE employees honor veterans for their serviceUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
1/3/2016 10:21 AM
(Reprinted in part from the SB/SE Connection Newsletter, Nov. 3, 2015.)
 
Thank you Veterans buttonDuring the month of November 2015, the SB/SE Connection electronic newsletter hosted a Veterans’ Wall of Honor in recognition of Veterans Day. Employees were able to share photos and information about their military service, or that of a family member.
 
Some of those employee veterans being recognized include:

Revenue officer Kenneth Brock – Ken joined the Navy on May 11, 1993 and was discharged on March 9, 2009. Ken’s boot camp was in Orlando, Florida. He served as boatswain mate petty officer first class.

“As a young sailor, I learned early on the term ‘subject to change,’” Ken said. “I learned that the needs of the Navy outweighed the expectation of the sailor. Each Service member becomes an important part of something much larger than themselves.”

The Navy challenged Ken every day to be a leader. “I was always impressed with how people from different backgrounds and cultures could come together for a common cause.
“The Navy serves as a model for the rest of the nation,” Ken said. “Teamwork wasn’t just a saying but something we lived by.”

Tax examining technician Aurelia Beasley – Aurelia served as staff sergeant and administrative specialist in the Air Force from June 10, 1974 – Feb. 1, 1985.

Aurelia said she enlisted for job opportunities. “I had four brothers in the Air Force at the time, and I had a brother-in-law in the Army,” Aurelia said. “I really enjoyed traveling around the world.”

Aurelia served at Blytheville Air Force Base in Arkansas and then at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, where she met and married her husband, Melvin, in 1976. Aurelia also served three years in Okinawa, Japan.

Aurelia served three more years at Holloman Air Force Base at Alamogordo, New Mexico. Aurelia’s last tour of duty was at Shaw Air Force Base at Sumter, South Carolina.

“I had so much fun going from base to base,” Aurelia said. “The camaraderie between airmen was very much like family.”
Aurelia encourages anyone who is contemplating joining the military to do so. “It’s an experience you just have to go through.”

Supervisory revenue officer John Gray – John served in the Marines, 0311 Infantry, from 1992 through 1996. He deployed to Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Central America, South America and Africa.

One of the most memorable places John visited was East Africa where he attended an ambassador’s party.

“It was one of the most interesting evenings I’ve ever experienced,” John said. Dignitaries attended from all over the world.

John met the head of a German bank, a couple in the Peace Corps, several foreign generals and an American Embassy dignitary.

“Talking to them helped me piece together a perspective of the world I never had before. The experience emboldened me to think differently about whom I was and how I would proceed,” John said.

What stands out in his mind during his military career, John said, is a series of events that set off his passion for the military. “The training, the exercises, the hardships and physical strain instilled discipline and brought about camaraderie,” he said.

“The Marines also made me realize that I no longer needed all of the things I was told were necessary to get along in this world,” John said.
 
Ken Brock and John Gray are also members of Military Outreach for Service. John served as national president from 2011 - 2013 and has served as national treasurer since then.
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Ogden Chapter Touches Hearts of Soldiers and VeteransUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
12/16/2015 10:10 AM
holiday care packageThe M.O.S.T. Chapter has been busy doing great things for veterans and active duty troops this past month with the help of IRS employees on the Ogden campus. Read the story on the Ogden website.
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MOS hosts webinar on resiliency and job opportunitiesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
12/14/2015 9:01 PM
Webinar attendance by state. Click to enlarge. Military Outreach for Service conducted a virtual training seminar on December 14, 2015, for MOS members.

Collection Operations Manager Tina K. Smith led a session on resiliency, emphasizing the coping skills needed to persist in the face of personal and professional adversity.
 
Nicole Salazar, a manager in Ogden Submission Processing and current president of the Utah Chapter of HIRE, conducted a session on job opportunities in the Internal Revenue Service. She spoke on navigating the job listings on USAJobs.gov and using the IRS business unit websites to locate additional opportunities. She also shared resources on mock interviews and a mentoring program for Ogden campus employees.
 
Seminar attendees also heard from MOS National President Ray Pratt, Jr., who welcomed members and led the National Anthem.
 
Seminar organizer and MOS past president Carol Permar reported that 26 MOS members attended the Live Meeting session.
 
The training session was conducted in response to MOS member survey responses for training on career enhancement.
 
You can review training materials from this session on the MOS website.
 
MOS is planning a national training conference during June 2016. You can send your suggestions for the conference to Carol Permar or contact her if you want to help. Stay tuned for more information.
 
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MOS member promoted to directorUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
12/5/2015 10:31 AM
Col. Dennis Krings, US Army retiredOn December 3, 2015, the IRS Executive Board announced the selection of Dennis Krings for the position of Director, Examination Memphis in Small Business/Self Employed (SB/SE). Dennis is a member of MOS, national affiliation, and was a guest speaker at the 2015 MOS national conference.
 
Dennis most recently served as the Area 1 Director in the Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication (SPEC) organization in the Wage and Investment (W&I) Division where he was responsible for maintaining and establishing partnerships with key stakeholders in 16 states along the east coast and Puerto Rico, with the focus on assisting taxpayers in satisfying their tax responsibilities through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs.
 
Dennis has also served as the Assistant to the Field Director, Accounts Management (Atlanta), where he was responsible for supporting campus and remote operations in Atlanta and Jacksonville. He supported an organization of 1900 employees, responsible for handling more than 930,000 paper inquiries and 3,600,000 telephone calls per year. Prior to that, he served as the Assistant to the Director, Field Assistance.
Dennis was a graduate of the 2014 Candidate Development Program, Class 1.
 
Before coming to the IRS, Dennis spent 27 years as an Infantry Officer in the Army achieving the rank of Colonel. His culminating assignment was Deputy Brigade Commander of the 2nd Recruiting Brigade at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. Dennis led, trained, managed, and mentored a diverse organization of junior and senior level leaders. He provided primary oversight of the operational recruiting mission to include planning, rehearsing, conducting, and supervising the recruiting operations of 2,400 personnel geographically dispersed across the Southeast, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands; resulting in the recruitment of over 26,000 Soldiers, annually. Dennis managed an annual budget of $33.6 million, a fleet of 2175 vehicles, and 415 facilities. He directed a staff of 70 employees engaged in every functional area of the organization. Dennis’ military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff Officer Course, and the Air War College. He earned the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Parachutist Badge, Recruiter Badge and the Ranger Tab.
 
Dennis graduated from the United States Military Academy, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management. He received a Master of Arts in Management from Webster University and a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the Air War College.
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DC Chapter to help with Homeless Veterans EventUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/30/2015 4:09 PM
Winter coatThe Washington DC Chapter is joining forces with IRS employee and veteran Richard Bundy to collect coats, warm clothing, and other items for the 2016 Washington DC Veterans Medical Center Winterhaven Homeless Veterans Stand Down. Details are on the chapter website.
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Ogden Chapter keeps busyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/30/2015 3:19 PM
MOST at workThe M.O.S.T. Chapter worked through a long list of activities these past few months in support of their ongoing work to assist veterans and the military. Read the latest story on the M.O.S.T. website.
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Veterans Day Events around the countryUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/10/2015 9:41 AM
Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery. Click to enlarge.Parades, memorials, military ceremonies, free meals, bargains, and more make up Veterans Day events across the country.
 
The Department of Veterans Affairs has a listing of events. You can find freebies and discounts on the Military.com website. Some of these are available all year round. And open the attached PDF file for more discounts.
 
If you are a veteran or family member of one, thank you for your service. If you are not a veteran, find one on November 11 and shake her or his hand in gratitude.
 
Thank you for your service.
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Veterans Day Message from MOS National PresidentUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/10/2015 8:45 AM

Veterans Day Poster

This Wednesday, 11 November, is a day for Veterans to celebrate that time in our lives when we were in the “care of Uncle Sam”…that is in the service to our country. It’s also a time for those who have supported us over the years to celebrate with us by listen to our stories, cry with us over our losses and sing our songs.

 

We have served in all 5 branches of service (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard). We were enlisted and were commissioned officers. As veterans, we did and saw things that will stay with us for the rest of our lives. We lived in the some of the most diverse communities in some of the most interesting and remotest places in the world. We volunteered because we were patriotic; we wanted to get away from home and start a new life; we wanted money for college or it was a family tradition. Some of us were drafted and didn’t have a choice. We served during conflict and peacetime. Some of us were in combat. Some of us were wounded or lost a friend or lost a marriage or even found the love of our lives.

 

Thank you all for the sacrifices that you’ve made. Enjoy your day and share your stories with your friends and loved ones.

 

Ray A. Pratt Jr.
National President
Military Outreach for Service
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DC Chapter Hosts Veterans Day at IRS HeadquartersUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/6/2015 9:39 AM
Veterans Day cakeAround 125 employees and guests attended the 5th annual Veterans Day program at the IRS headquarters in Washington, DC. You can read the article and view photos about the event on the Washington DC Chapter website.
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Message From Outgoing President Carol PermarUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
9/29/2015 8:41 AM

To all MOS Members:

 

MOS President Carol PermarThe election polls have closed for new officers of Military Outreach for Service. Thank you everyone who took the time to vote. We appreciate it. Effective Oct. 1, 2015, Ray Pratt (current president of the Detroit chapter of MOS) becomes the new National President and Marie Judkins (current president of M.O.S.T. - Ogden chapter) will be the new National Secretary. Their terms run for two years. Congratulations to both of them. You can read their profiles on our Elections page.

 

      It has been an interesting two years, a great learning experience and a rewarding opportunity to work with a dedicated National team. National MOS has accomplished a lot. We’ve implemented revised bylaws thanks to the efforts of National Treasurer John Gray, Communications Director David Heiser, and National Vice President Jon Bird. We’ve held three successful virtual Training conferences with great speakers including W&I commissioner Debra Holland, Kathleen Walters from Human Capital Office, retired Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion director Monica Davy, and executive sponsors: W&I Assistant Deputy Commissioner Jim Clifford and SPEC Director Area 1 Dennis Krings. We’ve brought on two new chapters: MOS Minutemen from Andover and the Detroit chapter of MOS. A couple more are in the works. We’ve increased membership of MOS to 248. We’ve created a grant program that we call the 11-11 Fund to provide educational and emergency financial assistance, we’ve donated money to the Semper K9 charity and worked with M.O.S.T. to challenge the chapters to a holiday card contest, resulting in more than 2,000 greeting cards delivered to hospitalized Veteran service members. We’ve created standard operating procedures for social media and started a monthly newsletter, designed and edited by Washington DC chapter member Samantha Cairns. Last Thursday evening, National MOS held the first quarterly “Meeting of the Minds” conference call with a majority of local chapter officers. Its purpose is to address common issues among the chapters and pool our resources. 

 

    This past summer, National MOS donated funds to buy 150 bags for a local impoverished school in Kosovo that recently deployed MOS member Gilbert Buentello (Liberty Bell Chapter in Philadelphia) and his company have taken on an outreach project called 3P’s (for pencils, pens and paper for peace). Last year, National MOS funded a request for supplies for 150 American service members stationed at an American base in Afghanistan. They needed the supplies to boost their unit’s moral during their upcoming “Amazing Race.” The shipment included energy drinks, snacks and winter clothing (gloves, hats and scarves). MOS is proud to provide support to IRS employees or their family members who are deployed with the U.S. military. If you or a family member is or about to be deployed overseas in service of our country, please send the name and the military address to the National Governance Board at MOS.National@mail2web.com.

 

   Also in the past two years, John Gray, National Treasurer, researched ways of reducing our banking costs. Every year in March he files the 990N on behalf of National and the chapters. He also maintains the books and financial records for National. MOS Executive Director David Heiser (Washington DC chapter) took on additional duties of re-enrolling membership. The MOS board created a FY16 budget. Additionally, we’ve surveyed you for your feedback for important issues such as training conference ideas.

 

    One of our biggest accomplishments was bringing on board IRS Attorney Mark Hulse as Counsel to the National Board. He has been extremely instrumental in investigating insurance needs for our organization and putting together the group ruling exemption letter that will cover the chapters under the umbrella of National MOS for tax purposes. This past July he represented MOS at EDI’s meeting with IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. Mark has also been investigating state non-profit registration requirements and will be meeting with each chapter individually. Mark’s son recently deployed overseas with the U.S. Marines.

 

    Special thanks also goes to David Heiser. He is the rock behind National MOS. His dedication is endless. He retired this past January after 35 years with the IRS. Yet we convinced him to stay on in a new role as executive director where he provides administrative support, processes national memberships, maintains the LinkedIn and Facebook sites, and helps MOS in many other ways. He works relentlessly on the MOS website and is currently upgrading our website to SharePoint 2013 for an updated look and feel.

 

   But most important of all is you, the MOS member, without which none of this would be possible. I so much appreciate your military service, your unselfish commitment to our country and your support of your military family. This organization is for you and we cannot be successful without your participation. Please continue to send MOS your feedback, help recruit new members, get involved with one of our committees or with your local chapter and donate at least the suggested dues amount so we can keep MOS running.

 

   In the near term, I will do what I can to help make a smooth transition for our new National President. In the future, I plan to help with chapter development at the National level and work with my local chapter, M.O.S.T., here in sunny Ogden, Utah.

 

Thank you everyone,

Carol

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Meet Your National Governance BoardUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
9/25/2015 12:20 PM
Ray Pratt, Jr., president of the Detroit Chapter, has been elected by the membership as the incoming president of MOS. He takes over for Carol Permar who served since October 2013. Carol will be heading up the MOS Chapter Development Committee.
 
Marie Judkins was elected national secretary. She served as president of the M.O.S.T. Chapter in Ogden during 2013 through 2015.
 
You can read the profiles of all of our national officers on our Elections page.
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Pittsburgh Chapter Care Packages and Hanging with Neil ArmstrongUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
9/2/2015 12:00 PM
Iainn Morton with Neil Armstrong.The Liberty Guardian Chapter answers the call in many ways. From sending out care packages to American service members aboard to applying skills learned in the Air Force. Read the stories on the Liberty Guardian website.
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Care Packages a Big Hit in KosovoUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
8/28/2015 1:28 PM
Lieutenant Colonel Gilbert Buentello. Click to enlarge.U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Gilbert Buentello took delivery this month of several care packages In Kosovo from MOS members and IRS employees. Employees packed boxes with candies, snacks, one-serving meals, toiletries and other items and mailed the packages from Fresno, Pittsburgh, and Ogden. Employees included greeting cards and personal notes of good cheer.
 
In an email acknowledgement to Phoua Yang, a MOS member in Fresno, LTC Buentello said:
 
"I got all your boxes today, and we had a blast going through them. We are going to make a lot of Soldiers happy with the goodies in remote areas here in Kosovo. I really appreciate what you have done for us.
 
"Here are
some pics to share with the group back home. I will be snapping some other pics with the camera you sent me.
 
"My Soldiers were really impressed that you listened to their requests. It was like Christmas in August! 
Again, Thank you so much for your generosity."
 
LTC Buentello is deployed with the U.S. Army National Guard in Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo. He leads his team on outreach efforts throughout the local area. He is an IRS employee and a member of the MOS Philadelphia Liberty Bell Chapter and HIRE.
 
You can follow LTC Buentello on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/gil.c.buentello.
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Volunteers NeededUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
8/19/2015 1:54 PM

It is almost time for National MOS to hold its annual election. The following officer positions are open:

·        National President

·        National Secretary 

 

These are two-year terms. Qualifications for both offices include membership in good standing, the ability to attend one meeting per month via conference call,  and willingness to assist with and resolve National MOS issues (volunteer admin time may be used for MOS business with manager approval). The president is responsible for leading the organization, chairing National MOS meetings, leading the annual conference, outreach with IRS stakeholders, and assisting chapter leaders. The secretary is responsible for taking meeting minutes, helping maintain membership rolls, and aiding the president in the conduct of his or her duties.

 

National MOS also has openings on the committees listed below:

 

·        Marketing

·        Membership

·        Communications

·        ERG – Employee Resource Group

·        Chapter Development

 

If you are willing to stand for national office, please send a short biography and recent photo to David Heiser (dwheiser@comcast.net ) and Carol Permar (Carol.A.Permar@irs.gov ) by Sept 1, 2015.

 

If you are willing to lead or serve on one of the committees, please notify Carol Permar by email.

 

Thank you,  

MOS Governing Board
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Facebook favored by MOS Survey RespondentsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
8/14/2015 12:43 PM
Graphic showing MOS social media usage. Click to enlarge.Facebook and email are the favored forms of social media communication according to a survey of MOS members. 55% of 45 respondents spend at least one hour each week on Facebook and 97% spend at least an hour responding to emails. 51% spent more than five hours a week dealing with emails.
 
The vast majority would go to social media for MOS updates, with email and Facebook being the overwhelming preferences. Visit the MOS Facebook page.
 
One out of 39 respondents expressed dissatisfaction with the MOS website. And two did not know the address. You can visit the website at http://mos-irs.org.
 
48% said they visit the MOS website for organizational information and 28% citing monthly visits and 37% citing quarterly visits. For the most part, respondents express neutrality over the website's navigation, freshness of content, quality and quantity of content, layout, and meeting their needs.
 
Suggestions for the website included design upgrades, more current chapter information (this is dependent on chapters contributing news and announcements), email notifications for new content, veterans news, and better advertising.
 
The survey was conducted in August 2015 by MOS Communications Team member Samantha Cairns with the approval of the MOS National Board in an effort to improve outreach to members. You can read the full results by clicking on the attachment to this article.
 
The results were discussed by the National Governance Board and the board decided to provide for funding for a new website. Stay tuned. You can comment on our LinkedIn page.
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Fresno Employees Unite for Care Package Drive for Troops in KosovoUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
8/12/2015 9:05 PM
Fresno employees conduct care package drive for U.S. Army outreach initiative in KosovoIRS employees in Fresno, CA haven't forgotten about American troops stationed in dangerous tours of duty aboard. In early August 2015, employees in Accounts Management, Compliance and other business units responded to a call issued by MOS National President Carol Permar to help a service member in Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo. Organized in part by MOS member Phoua Yang, local employees collected snacks, candies, thank you notes, and other items, enough to fill eight large boxes. (View photos of the care package drive).
 
Phoua reported that the response was big because there are numerous veterans working at the IRS Fresno campus. She coordinated the drive with the assistance of the local chapter of Asian Pacific Internal Revenue Employees (ASPIRE), of which she is also a member.
 
Phoua said: "This was a great opportunity that I wanted to participate in.  I am a Community Liaison for ASPIRE and figured; “What a good cause! The officers of ASPIRE will want to participate too.”  The drive was held for one and a half weeks here in Fresno and was a success.  Care packages were shipped today.  We had veterans, spouses of veterans and many proud supporters of our soldiers donating to the care packages for LTC Gilbert Buentello.  We all felt that no matter where he may be from or what service center, we are all one big family."

LTC Buentello participates in an effort to reach out to students in the area surrounding Camp Bondsteel. Camp Bondsteel is the main base of the United States Army under KFOR command in Kosovo. Located near Ferizaj in the eastern part of Kosovo, the base serves as the NATO headquarters
for KFOR's Multinational Battle Group East (MNBG-E). The base is named after Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient United States Army Staff Sergeant James L. Bondsteel.
 
LTC Buentello expressed his appreciation for all the support from MOS members in an email to MOS President Permar.
 
Phoua is also working on creating an MOS chapter in the Fresno area. You can contact her at PHOUA.YANG@IRS.GOV if you are interesting in helping or joining.
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On the Occasion of Our Nation's 239th BirthdayUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
7/2/2015 10:40 AM
Fireworks behind the American flagLet me be the first to wish you a Happy 4th of July! Like many of you I plan to spend the weekend relaxing and celebrating our nation’s birthday with family and friends and enjoying the traditions; picnics, parades and fireworks.
 
Friendly Factoid: “1938 Federal Employees Rejoice” (ABCNews)
Congress officially declared July 4 a federal holiday back in 1870, but it took them nearly 70 years to give federal employees a paid day off. July 4, 1938, was the first Independence Day that federal employees picnicked, barbequed and fireworked without denting their paychecks.
 
As much as we each enjoy the traditions, Independence Day is, most of all an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of our citizenship. The Declaration of Independence makes it clear. To be American is about much more than the place we call home. It’s a deeply felt commitment to higher principles: liberty, equality and opportunity.
As current, retired or former members of the armed services, or a member of the family that supports them, our unique community has first-hand experience of the solemn responsibility it takes to defend this Nation.
 
Please take a moment on the Fourth to also remember those who have fallen in its defense. We also acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices of their loving families. It is their heroism that has paved the remarkable path of freedom’s march.
Every day we exercise our rights and freedoms in America, we celebrate Independence Day. We wish you a great Fourth of July and every other day of independence throughout the year. Be safe!
 
         
Regards,
MOS Governing Board and Marketing/Communications Committee
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MOS Hosts Second Annual Virtual ConferenceUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/23/2015 8:19 PM
Military Outreach for Service hosted its second annual virtual training conference on June 17, 2015. The conference provided several numerous career enhancement sessions conducted by IRS employees, some with military experience.
 
IRS executives Kathleen Walters, Monica Davy, and Jim Clifford led a panel discussion on how military veterans can advance their careers in today's IRS employment environment. Mr. Clifford is one of the executive sponsors for MOS. The executives emphasized networking, taking control of your career through education and broadened work experiences, and using the current lull in job advancement opportunities to ready oneself for job openings when they occur. While current opportunities may be limited because of the IRS's budget environment, large numbers of IRS employees are at retirement age, beginning a flood of vacancies that will have to be filled to help IRS achieve its mission.
 
Col. Dennis Krings (US Army, Retired)Dennis Krings, a retired Army colonel and executive office director in the Wage & Investment SPEC organization, spoke on transitioning from military to federal civil service and talked about the steps he had taken during his own transition from an illustrious military career. His recommendations included taking charge of your own career, adjusting to the culture without compromising your values, seeking out mentors, and using local support groups.
 
Renee LaPee, senior operations advisor for Appeals Campus Operations, addressed writing competencies and how to write better narratives. Review the workshop for tips and best practices.
 
Matthew PriceMatthew Price, director of Taxpayer Advocate Service's Employee Support and Development, presented on interviewing and networking skills. Matt, who was a military police in the U.S. Army, has served more than 26 years at the IRS, during which he held 20 different positions.  His IRS career began as a contracted security guard, following a referral from a Job Service veterans’ counselor. Matt worked his way up the ladder from a GS-3 seasonal tax examiner to the executive development program and then to his current position. You can view Matt's excellent presentation and send him an email if you have any questions.
 
MOS member and Washington DC Chapter Secretary Samantha Cairns provided a summary of the proposals she has been working on to improve communications and marketing for MOS. Samantha is the author of the monthly Vets News electronic newsletter for MOS members.
 
MOS President Carol PermarMOS President Carol Permar reviewed MOS accomplishments for the past year and encouraged members to watch IRS Commissioner John Koskinen's 2015 video welcoming employee organizations. Carol presented certificates of appreciation (see conference slides below) to MOS members Jon BirdSamantha Cairns, John Gray, Frank Melvin, Ray Pratt, Jr., and Linda Shields. MOS Counsel Mark Hulse was awarded a certificate of excellence for his legal work in helping the organization get its paperwork in order.
 
Jon Bird, MOS vice president, and Ray Pratt, Jr., president of the Detroit Chapter, facilitated and managed the virtual conference.
 
Attendance at the conference was down by 50 percent from 2014, with only 35 employees and one retiree attending. The conference was not recorded but you can view the conference slides.
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Wash DC Chapter Hosts Semper K9sUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/23/2015 5:15 PM
Semper K9 logoAt a two-day membership drive for the Washington DC Chapter, American flag retirement and new membership recruitment was the main purpose but two four-legged friends of man stole the show. Read the story and see photos on the Washington DC website.
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Memorial Day GreetingsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/20/2015 8:04 PM
U.S. Marine saluting American flagMemorial Day is around the corner. As the holiday usually conjures up barbecues and family gatherings, we wanted to take this time to reach out to all MOS members and remember our fallen heroes. Our community is keenly aware of the sacrifice this day is really about.
 
What is Memorial Day? Wikipedia defines it is a federal holiday for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces and is observed every year on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.
 
Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.
 
On Memorial Day, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolves not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.
 
We’ll leave you with a quote from Pete Hegseth:
 
"Memorial Day isn't just about honoring veterans, its honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. For us, that's a reminder of when we come home we still have a responsibility to serve. It's a continuation of service that honors our country and those who fell defending it."
 
As we pause to pay respects, let’s also enjoy the long weekend. We want to wish all of you a Happy Memorial Day. Be safe!



Regards,
National MOS Governing Board and
Marketing/Communications Committee
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VA Launches New Website for Filing Claims and DisagreementsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
3/18/2015 8:19 PM
Dept. of Veterans Affairs Claims websiteThe Department of Veterans Affairs launched a new website that is designed to standardize and shorten the VA claims process. You can file a claim, file a disagreement, or notify the VA of your intention, thus starting the clock. Go to the Dept. of Veterans Affairs Claims website to get started or get help.
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Detroit Honors Deceased Member Trisina PorterUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
3/9/2015 9:19 PM
Trisina PorterRead the tribute to Trisina Porter written by Detroit Chapter members Patricia Weisman and Gwendolyn Aikens.
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Wounded Warrior Makes Home with IRSUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
2/20/2015 10:45 AM
Six years ago, members of Military Outreach for Service got involved in the Wounded Warrior Internship Program.  Read the story on our Heroes page on how one of those wounded warriors is doing today.
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Washington DC Employees Help Homeless VeteransUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
2/1/2015 11:07 AM
Washington DC MOS members Roberto Figueroa-Mora, Lisa Lee, Samantha Cairns and Catherine Haines gather in front of boxes of coats and other winter wear they helped collect from employees in the IRS headquarters building. Click to enlarge.Led by Richard Bundy, an Information Technology employee, and local members of Military Outreach for Service, IRS employees in the Washington DC area chipped in to help with the 2015 Winterhaven Homeless Veterans Stand Down at the Washington DC Medical Center.
 
Throughout the month of December 2014 and early January, MOS members and Richard conducted a drive to collect winter coats and other clothing for homeless veterans in the area. IRS employees chipped in generously at the IRS headquarters and in New Carrollton and donated more than 200 coats, scarfs, sweaters, cloth bags, 200 toothbrushes, and other items. Richard reported that IRS employees contributed over 16 percent of the donations collected from 15 federal agencies in the area.
 
And the story wasn't over.
 
On January 24, 2015, IRS employee and U.S. Army veteran Richard Bundy and MOS executive director David Heiser attended the Stand Down event at the VA medical center. VA Volunteer Service Specialist Cheryl Samples reported that over 618 male and 68 female veterans participated, helped by over 600 volunteers from more than 70 federal, state, and community organizations. Veterans received medical and mental health care, employment support, housing services, legal counseling, hot meals, warm clothing, comfort kits, haircuts, and referrals to local thrift shops. Attendees were offered shots for flu and pneumonia, dental care, nutrition counseling, and podiatry services. Volunteer drives picked up veterans from local homeless shelters and transportation points.
 
Some of the veterans came with families in tow, including children of all ages. The sense of need, confusion, and helplessness was overwhelming to many volunteers. One saw obvious signs of medical and mental deterioration, alcoholism, drug abuse, and lack of direction. Some veterans had to be escorted to determine entitlement to veterans benefits and at least one was turned away because of lack of any identifying papers.
 
Volunteers displayed enthusiasm, professionalism, and empathy and were praised by Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the director of the VA hospital, and others. One thing noticeable was the absence of any judgment of the veterans. Volunteers, instead, were noticeably friendly, patient, and caring.
 
Cheryl Samples encouraged IRS to get involved in future Stand Down events and hopes for 40 volunteers from our agency in 2016. Volunteers will be needed to help register the veterans, escort veterans and VIP, push wheelchairs, staff information booths, help in the canteen, hand out clothing, and other tasks. Those interested in volunteering should contact one of the officers of the Washington DC chapter of MOS at MOS.Wash.DC@gmail.com.
 
You can view more photos in the Washington DC picture library.
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DC Chapter and IRS Employees Collect Coats for Homeless VeteransUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
1/10/2015 11:45 AM
Collection of coats donated by Washington area IRS employees, spearheaded by IRS employee Richard M. Bundy. Click to enlarge.Members of the Washington DC Chapter of MOS joined local efforts to collect warm winter coats and other items for homeless veterans in the Washington DC area. See the story on the Washington DC website.
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MOS Members Mail Holiday Spirit to Troops in NeedUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
1/8/2015 8:44 PM
Special holiday cards from MOS relativesMembers of MOS and IRS employees from across the country pitched in to bring a little holiday cheer to those needing it most this past holiday season. Boxes and boxes of cards were designed, signed, and collected for servicemembers recuperating from combat injuries and other medical conditions at some of our military and Veterans hospitals.
 
Notable chapters included the Military Outreach for Service for Troops (M.O.S.T) Chapter in Ogden took top prize in collecting 1,452 holiday cards. The Washington DC chapter collected 518 cards. M.O.S.T. presented their cards to a local chapter of the American Red Cross and the DC chapter delivered theirs to the Yellow Ribbon Fund which works with wounded warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD and at the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Virginia. The latter is a treatment center for servicemembers suffering from traumatic brain injuries.
 
One MOS member suggested a holiday card activity to her nieces during the Thanksgiving holiday. Another solicited hand-drawn cards from his five and eight year old children. An executive issued a challenge to her entire division, resulting in over 300 cards. A manager at the Ogden campus rallied his employees, resulting in over 700 cards. Some managers in Washington DC brought boxes of cards to meetings and encouraged attendees to make their pens useful.
 
M.O.S.T. Chapter President Marie Judkins, who organized the campaign locally in Ogden in past years and ran the national campaign for 2014, said the responses in 2014 were down but was encouraged by the number of IRS employees who participated and contributed.
 
At its monthly meeting in January, the MOS National Board awarded $100 to the M.O.S.T. chapter and $50 to the Washington DC chapter.
 
You can view photos of the M.O.S.T. card collection on the dining room table of Chapter President Marie Judkins and photos from the Wash DC Chapter.
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Join Veterans, spouses, dependents, and survivors for the next #ExploreVA Facebook chatUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
12/10/2014 8:12 PM
#ExploreVA Facebook Chat Dec. 17: Benefits for Spouses, Dependents, and Survivors

You support the Veteran in your life. Now VA stands ready to support you.

Find out how: Join Veterans’ spouses, dependents, survivors, and supporters for an #ExploreVA Facebook chat on Wednesday, Dec. 17, about VA benefits you may be eligible for—thanks to your family member’s service.

 

What: #ExploreVA Facebook Chat: Benefits for Spouses, Dependents, and Survivors

Who: VA representatives, Blue Star Families, and the Veteran community

Where: Blue Star Families Facebook page

When: Dec. 17, 7–8 p.m. Eastern time
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Illini Blackhawk Veterans Help Needy VeteransUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
12/1/2014 9:34 AM
The Illini Blackhawk Veterans Chapter continues their tradition of helping veterans and their families in need. Read the story on the Illini Blackhawk Veterans website.
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DC Chapter Hosts 2014 Veterans Day Program at IRS HQUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/6/2014 9:05 PM
2014 Veterans Day PosterThe Washington DC Chapter of MOS successfully hosted a program on November 5, 2014, in honor of Veterans Day in the IRS national headquarters building. Read the story and view some great photos on the chapter's website.
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MOS Welcomes New Detroit ChapterUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/6/2014 7:39 PM
On October 28, 2014, the National Governance Board unanimously approved official chapter recognition for the Detroit Chapter of MOS with certificate number 13. The membership area includes IRS posts of duty in Clinton Township, Detroit, East Lansing, Flint, and Marquette in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The approval of the new chapter was a big success and due to the efforts of their current officers. You can visit the chapter website for more information.
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2014 Veterans Day Discounts and FreebiesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/6/2014 7:09 PM

(Contributed by MOS Member Mary Hunter)

The following is a list of Veterans Day discounts (also see the attachment) on restaurants, goods, services and events for 2014.  
Keep in mind that most businesses require proof of military service, which can include a VA Universal Access Card, Military I.D., DD-214 (Discharge Papers), Veterans Service Organization Card (VSO's include groups like the VFW, DAV, AmVets, MOAA, FRA, and the American Legion), or in some cases businesses will accept a picture of the veteran in uniform.

Note: Not all franchise locations participate in their national chain's Veterans Day programs -- be sure contact your nearest establishment to make sure they are participating.
Make sure to visit the Military.com Discounts Center for more discounts and articles. And sign up for the Military Deals and Discounts Newsletter to get even more discounts and information in your inbox on how Military Families can save big.

2014 Veterans Day Restaurant Offerings:
Applebee’s -- Veterans and active duty military receive a free meal from a limited menu, on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11
Friendly’s – Friendly’s is treating veterans and active military to a free breakfast, lunch or dinner from a limited menu on Veterans Day,Tuesday, November 11
Golden Corral -- Golden Corral Restaurants' Military Appreciation Monday free dinner will be available on Monday, November 17, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Military retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves are all welcome. 
LongHorn Steakhouse – Veterans and current service members receive a complimentary Texas Tonion appetizer and non-alcoholic beverage from a select menu on Tuesday, November 11.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants -- On Sunday, November 9, participating McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants will offer a complimentary entree to veterans from a special menu.
Red Lobster -- Veterans, retired and active-duty military personnel receive a complimentary appetizer from a limited menu from Monday, November 10 to Thursday, November 13
Shoney's -- Shoney's will be offering a free All-American Burger to veterans and active duty service members on Tuesday, November 11
Texas Roadhouse -- Texas Roadhouse locations nationwide will offer veterans a free lunch on Tuesday, November 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Offer is good for active duty, retired or former U.S. military. 

2014 Veterans Day Travel - Oriented:
Travel Centers of America -- On Tuesday, November 11, all CDL drivers who are military veterans eat free at participating full-service restaurants. 
2014 Veterans Day Travel and Recreation Discounts:
Busch Gardens -- Veterans and active duty military can get 50% off single-day admission tickets through November 11
Colonial Williamsburg – Active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, and their direct dependents receive free Colonial Williamsburg admission for Veterans Day weekend (November 7–11).
Harley-Davidson Museum -- The Harley-Davidson Museum is offering free admission to military members and families on November 8, 9, and 11 in honor of Veterans Day. 
National Parks -- On Veterans Day (November 11) veterans will have access to over 100 National Parks that require entrance fees for free. 
Professional Association of Innkeeping International -- Inns and B&Bs throughout the country will open their doors to thank veterans for their service on Monday, November 10 and Tuesday, November 11with free or discounted stays.  
SeaWorld -- Veterans and active duty military can get 50% off single-day admission tickets through November 11
Sesame Place -- Veterans and active duty military can get 50% off single-day admission tickets through November 11


2014 Veterans Day Retailer Offerings:
Grace for Vets -- Car washes from around the world who join this program offer free car washes to veterans and service members onTuesday, November 11
Great Clips – On Tuesday, November 11, customers who come in for a service can get a free haircut card to give to their favorite veteran. Veterans can also receive a free haircut or get the free haircut card. Haircuts are redeemable until Dec. 31. 
Home Depot -- Home Depot offers a 10% discount to all veterans on Veterans Day November 11. Home Depot offers the 10% discount year round to for active duty and retirees. 
Lowe's -- All veterans receive a 10% discount on Veterans Day,November 11. The offer is available in stores only. 
Rack Room Shoes -- Military personnel and their dependents get a 10% discount off entire purchase on Veteran’s Day, November 11
Sleep Number -- From October 14 through November 16, Sleep Number is providing special offers for current and past military personnel.  Save $400-$700 on selected Sleep Number mattress sets. 

2014 Veterans Day Events:
America's Parade -- Veterans are invited to march in this New York City parade on November 11. The theme for this year’s Parade is Land of the Free/Home of the Brave, in honor of the 200th Anniversary of the writing of the “Star Spangled Banner.” 
Cabela’s -- Cabela's hosts a Hometown Heroes event on Veterans Day, November 11 with an increased discount for military personnel as well as Law-Enforcement, Firefighters and Emergency Medical Service personnel. 
NFL Salute to Service – To honor Veterans Day, the NFL will donate $100 to each of its non-profit partners (the Pat Tillman Foundation, USO and Wounded Warrior Project) for every point scored during the 32 Salute to Service games. 

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Former MOS Treasurer Killed in AccidentUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/3/2014 11:10 AM
U.S. Navy Veteran Elena Maria AlvarezMilitary Outreach for Service is very sad to report that Elena Maria Alvarez, former treasurer of MOS, died in a motorcycle accident in Wethersfield, CT on October 25, 2014. She was 37 years old. Elena was the mother of two children, Emani Alvarez and Julian Diaz, and wife of James Lankford.
 
Elena served her country in the U.S. Navy. She became a wounded warrior upon incurring service-connected injuries while fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom, defending the United States.
 
Elena was selected in 2012 to be a veteran intern with the IRS Wounded Warrior Program.  She pursued a MSM in Information Technology for Public Service and held a B.A. in Criminal Justice with honors from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, NJ. She enjoyed motorcycle riding and was a member of the FLNY Rydez.
 
In August 2012, Elena volunteered to serve as treasurer for Military Outreach for Service. She resigned from MOS and the Internal Revenue Service when she was hired by the Department of Veterans Affairs in early 2013.
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MOS Responds to Request for Help from AfghanistanUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/19/2014 10:52 AM
image of a care packageIn early October, MOS received an email request from a service member stationed at a base in Afghanistan asking for assistance with a local event for American troops. The request was the result of care packages the Atlanta chapter, Peachtree Patriots, had sent to that area recently.
 
MOS board members met to consider this unusual request and decided unanimously that action was warranted. MOS national membership dues would be used to fund the action. With the help of one of the MOS chapter presidents who had just returned from deployment as a National Guard member, board members spent Columbus Day online ordering special supplies for 150 service members.
 
The order included energy drinks, two kinds of snacks, and a winter cap, scarf, and glove package. Due to the complexity of the order, the shipper couldn't sent everything at once.
 
A lesson learned was that shopping on online at a retailer such as Amazon.com, Walmart, or other big vendor, facilitated bulk purchases and shipping. One has to make sure the vendor ships to APO or FPO addresses. The addressee has to be a person and not a military unit. One needs to make sure the military contact will be around long enough to receive the shipment.
 
The service member contact said that the soldiers would be more than pleased with whatever MOS could do and said that thank you notes and photos would follow.
 
Look to this page for a follow-up news article. You can donate to further MOS care package efforts on our donation page.
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Incumbents Re-elected to MOS Governance BoardUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/5/2014 9:49 AM
Vice President Jon Bird and Treasurer John Gray were r-elected to the National Board of Governance of Military Outreach for Service in a national election held in September 2014.
 
Jon was re-elected with 70% of the vote and John received 98% of the vote from members. They were re-elected to two-year terms. The positions of president and secretary will be up for re-election in September 2015.
 
24% of the members in good standing participated in the voting.
 
You can read the biographies of all the officers of the National Governance Board on our Elections page (see Biographies of National Officers, right column).
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Welcome MOS MinutemenUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
9/14/2014 10:24 AM
On September 11, 2014, the National Governance Board of Military Outreach for Service approved the application request for the 12th officially recognized chapter. The newest official chapter is the MOS Minutemen, based in Andover and covering the state of Massachusetts.
 
Employees in Andover began the application process in May 2014 at the instigation of Michael Kelleher, now the chapter secretary. Other officers for the new chapter include Jeffrey Dumas and Maria Sangari as co-presidents, Donna Parker as vice president, and Connie Miele as treasurer.
 
The MOS Minutemen Chapter started with 22 members and a mission of helping local veterans in need and providing moral and other support to American troops stationed abroad.
 
"Minuteman" was the name given to some of the first soldiers of the American Revolution. The minutemen provided a rapidly deployable force of well-trained soldiers whom the continental army used to quickly deploy to war threats. Their members included Paul Revere. 
 
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July 2014 Veterans' Focus NewsletterUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
8/21/2014 11:18 AM
Are you interested in training? Do you use mass transit and are a disabled veteran? How did one marine transfer his military skills to a civilian civil service job? Read about this Treasury employee and more in the July 2014 edition of the newsletter from the Department of Treasury Veterans Program Office.
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Peachtree Patriots to Coordinate Care Packages for TroopsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
8/1/2014 7:51 AM
Poster for 2014 care package campaign. Click to enlarge.The Atlanta Chapter of MOS, Peachtree Patriots, has volunteered to coordinate a nationwide care package campaign for American servicemen and women deployed overseas. Christopher Stackfleth, co-president of the chapter, is requesting that all MOS members and chapters solicit names of deployed servicemembers, be they IRS employees, family, friends, or just people you know actively serving overseas.
 
Please provide the full name and rank, complete military address, and home state for each deployed member you nominate. The chapter will coordinate the assembly, packing, and mailing of care packages to as many American troops as possible. The deadline for name submission is August 15, 2014. Send the nominations to: Atlanta@mos-irs.org.
 
Once the names have been submitted, lists will be sent to the presidents of the MOS chapters across the country so that those chapters can conduct supplemental care package campaigns for servicemembers from their home states.
 
Despite the phasing down of the war in Afghanistan, many of our sons, daughters, relatives, and friends continue put their lives on the line as they serve our country overseas in dangerous or lonely environments. This is one way of MOS members saying, "Thank you, you are not forgotten but deeply appreciated."
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It takes 6 to form an approved chapterUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
7/27/2014 11:47 AM
Are you a member of Military Outreach for Service who lives or works in a geographic area that is not served by an officially recognized chapter? Are you a military veteran, spouse or supporter employed at the IRS and want to form a chapter? More than 60 members are unaffiliated with official chapters and are classified as "members at large."
 
As of July 2014, MOS has 11 officially recognized chapters although a couple are dormant for lack of activity. Three new chapters are in the last stages of obtaining recognition:
MOS members are trying to form official chapters in Austin, TX and New Carrollton, MD.
 
Recognized chapters come with benefits and responsibilities. The National Governance Board will help you if you are interested in forming a new chapter or resurrecting a dormant one. See Benefits of Form Recognition for more information.
 
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MOS Benefits from Holtsville FundraiserUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
7/16/2014 8:45 PM
The organizer of the Massachusetts chapter, Maureen Higgins, reported that Military Outreach for Service was a beneficiary of a local fundraiser.
 
On June 20, 2014, the IRS employee organizations with chapters in Holtsville, NY -- MOS - Massachusetts Chapter, Association for the Improvement of Minorities (AIM-IRS), Christian Fundamentalists - Internal Revenue Employees (C-FIRE), Hispanic Internal Revenue Employees (HIRE), and Federally Employed Women (FEW) -- united to conduct a fundraiser. The event was called "Lead by Laughter" and involved a presentation given by an Employee Assistance Program counselor followed by three amateur comedians. The organizations conducted a 50/50 raffle that included many gift baskets. In a "50/50" raffle, there are two winners: the pot from the raffle tickets is split between an individual winner and the organization raising money. Over 100 employees attended and a great time was had by all.
 
 
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Member Survey ResultsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
7/14/2014 7:21 AM

28 percent of current members responded to a membership survey conducted by the National Governing Board of Military Outreach for Service (MOS) in May 2014. The Board conducted the survey in advance of the 2014 conference to collect members' opinions about the organization, activities, handling of new members, and more topics that may help guide MOS in the future. 66 out of 200 members took the survey.

Why You Joined MOS

Members were asked why they joined MOS. 26 percent said they joined to support or help veterans in some way and 19 percent said they joined to network with other veterans.

Attending Meetings

55 percent said they attend one or more chapter or national board meetings each year with 31 percent stating they attended more than five meetings a year. 46 percent stated they never attended a chapter or national board meeting.

National Dues

97 percent of respondents said they were willing to pay some national dues in addition to chapter dues, if any. 65 percent expressed support for national dues of more than $15 a year and 50 percent expressed support for national dues of $20 to $25 annually.

Integrating New Members

Members were asked how MOS rates in welcoming and integrating new members. 31 percent said MOS did a good job but 23 percent said MOS didn't do such a good job while 46 percent didn't know or had no opinion. 69 percent agreed that new members should be assigned a sponsor to help them assimilate into the organization and 81 percent agreed that MOS Leadership should conduct a new member orientation meeting each year. The purpose would be to explain MOS values and programs and encourage more participation in MOS national or local activities.

Survey respondants offered 41 different suggestions for MOS to attract new members. Most suggestions involved increasing MOS visability, improved marketing of the organization and chapters, and more communication between the National Board and members.

Many members said that they stumbled across MOS by accident and some areas of IRS have zero awareness.

MOS Activity and Volunteer Opportunity Awareness

46 percent of respondents said they were aware of national or local MOS activities while 44 percent had no awareness. 55 percent did not know that MOS, at a local or national level, sponsors care packages for troops, participates in Operation Home Front and Wreaths Across America, has a mentoring program, is working on a scholarship and emergency relief program, and participates in the Feds Feed Families national campaign. Only 33 percent were aware of volunteer opportunities.

MOS Website and Communications

52 percent of respondents said they visit the website more than once a year with 23 percent report visiting monthly. 47 percent said the website is easy to navigate but 43 percent were unaware of the MOS website. 47 percent said the website had value to them while 50 percent were unable of any value. Yet 75 percent said the website should be the primary MOS communication vehicle.

43 percent supported MOS moving into social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter. 66 percent said that email communications were effective.

MOS Organizational Awareness

75 percent of respondents knew that MOS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that accumulates and distributes funds for charitable purposess. 69 percent knew that MOS had a national board of directors.

"Likes" About MOS

The majority of respondents responded to this open-ended question that they like MOS for its support of veterans. One respondent stated that, "Supports veterans regardless of years in service or time period served." Another, the "comradarie, the chance to help others." One commented he or she likes "That there is an organization available to help veterans, especially those transitioning from the military back into the workforce." Some, who may have been new to MOS, were unsure.

"Dislikes" About MOS

Responses to this question varied but mostly centered around the visability of the organization at the national and chapter levels and its activities. Responses included: "It doesn't seem like MOS does anything," "No active local chapter", "MOS is akin to a secret. If you don't go looking for it, you won't find it." Other commenters made remarks about a lack of communications and low participation in activities by members.

Additional Comments

Respondents were given an opportunity to bring up other areas of concern. One member raised an issue frequently heard from veterans transitioning from military to civilian jobs. "I would like MOS to look into why the IRS does not recognize military experience. I was told I could not instruct in the IRS unless I took their Instructor Training Course. I was an NOC (noncommissioned petty officer) for over 20 years, ITS qualified and had instructed at the Military academy. What is the one week IRS course going to teach me that I don't already know? Just one example."

Another suggested that MOS needs "to find out what we are not doing that makes other organizations function at a level that they do (for example, HIRE)."

MOS President Carol Permar stated at a board meeting that the survey results would be discussed at a National Governance Board meeting and encouraged national board members to take the results seriously. The complete survey results are available on the MOS website in the Shared Documents Library (PDF). Questions or comments can be sent to the MOS mailbox.

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Son of Peachtree Patriots Co-President Receives Sports HonorUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
7/13/2014 11:30 AM

Tre and Pamela McBride. Click to enlargeTre McBride, a receiver for the College of William & Mary, was selected for the 2014 Sports Network Preseason All-America Team. Tre is the son of Pamela McBride, co-president of the Peachtree Patriots Chapter in Atlanta. Read the full story and root for Tre on his Facebook site.

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Attendees Give MOS Conference Excellent RatingsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
7/13/2014 10:56 AM
Attendees at the 2014 Military Outreach for Service conference (see the June 28 story on the MOS website) on June 24 overwhelming were pretty pleased with the event and expressed their views in a post-conference survey.
 
54 percent said the online format worked well. Said one attendee, " I thought it was well done and the topics were relevant and on point. Thanks for putting together such a good conference, particularly in the virtual format. It was better than a lot of conferences I have attended recently."
 
Many attendees would have preferred to attend in person if money had been available because of improved opportunities to network and social in person. Said one person, "The online format worked well. Much better than I had anticipated and would gladly participate again if the agenda holds up. However, I would have rather attended in person. Hopefully in the future there is an opportunity to do so, as I believe there are gains that can't be
quantified by meeting face-to-face. Understanding budget constraints, this is a good alternative to get all chapters together."
 
71 percent of attendees felt the conference length was appropriate. While the program did not provide for any breaks, the MOS conference committee felt that because of the online format, attendees would leave and come back as they needed rather than force everyone to the same schedule. The conference crossed all continental U.S. time zones, making it difficult to accommodate personal preferences.
 
2014 MOS Conference Attendees by State. Click to enlarge.Attendance was represented by a broad cross-section of MOS membership. Employees attended from 19 cities and 15 states across the country, from San Francisco, California to Augusta, Maine. 33 percent said they were a member of a recognized MOS chapter; 17 percent were unsure.
 
Surveyed MOS members who did not attend said they generally didn't because of a work or
personal conflict.
 
Attendees rated the presentations pretty much equally with all receiving a favorable rating
of around 60 percent. The sessions on Hiring and Retaining Veterans by MOS Executive Sponsor
& W&I Compliance Director Jim Clifford and W&I Commissioner Debra Holland's talk on her
personal experiences as a military spouse ranked as the top favorites. One attendee said, "I was particularly touched by the Blue Star Families presentation [by Pamela Stokes Eggleston]. I am not a veteran, my husband is in the Army Reserves and has served in combat. The Blue Star presentation recognized and validated my role as a care giver of a veteran with PTSD and TBI. We do not live in an area where there is much of a military presence or
support of military families. Thank you."
 
Future Conferences
Attendees provided relevant suggestions for future conferences with the overall mantra of "keep doing it." One suggestion was to push for more local gatherings of attendees in local conference rooms so that they could attend together and network among each other. Attendees suggested the following topics:
 
Topic
Responses
Career Planning
11
Interpersonal Communication Skills
8
Managing Personal and Professional Transitions
6
Mentoring and Coaching
16
MOS Status
17
Presentation Skills
4
Self Help
5
Servant Leadership 8
Transition from Military to Civilian Life 12
Veterans Benefits 15
 
A couple of attendees suggested a little more focus on the activities of MOS and the local chapters.
 
The Employee Organization policy requires that a conference for a recognized employee organization at the Internal Revenue Service such as MOS focus on career development and skills improvement in order for the agency to provide official time for attendance. When asked about the type of career development MOS should offer at future conferences, attendees
provided the following preferences:
 
Type
Percent
Networking
33
Interpersonal communications
28
Interview skills
13
No preference
10
Resumes
10
Political savvy
3
Retirement
3
 
You can view all the 2014 MOS Conference survey results (PDF) and the 2014 conference proceedings in the MOS website document library. Please send your questions or comments to MOS.National@mail2web.com or leave your comments on Facebook.
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MOS 1st Annual Conference a Big SuccessUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/28/2014 12:48 PM
MOS National President Carol PermarMilitary Outreach for Service National President Carol Permar, with the help of several members, pulled off what had been a dream for MOS for several years. Our organization hosted its first annual conference, using online technology to save on costs, on June 24, 2014.
 
Carol said it was a proud moment when the conference ended successfully. Attendees included more than 50 military veterans, spouses, and relatives of veterans employed at the IRS. Employees dialed into Live Meeting from IRS posts from Portland, Oregon to Andover, Massachusetts. Attendees represented around 20% of the current membership.
 
Carol announced to attendees that Jim Clifford, who helped found MOS in 2008, had agreed to be the MOS executive sponsor to enable the organization to
attain IRS recognized employee organization status. Carol also virtually handed out achievement awards to MOS members:
 
  • Paula Golladay, President, Washington DC Chapter, for her work on the MOS mentoring program and helping with the conference
  • George Davis, President, Illini Blackhawk Veterans Chapter, for his dedicated services to the Illinois Chapter and contributions to national board meetings
  • Marie Judkins, President, Military Outreach Service for Troops, for her contributions to the national board, taking charge of the Holiday Card for Troops campaign, and her work with the Ogden Chapter
  • Mark Hulse, Counsel to the National Board, for his invaluable legal expertise, work in getting MOS  up-to-date on legal filings, and helping formative chapters with their paperwork
  • Christopher Stackfleth, Co-President, Peachtree Patriots Chapter, for emceeing the conference, contributions to the national board, and work with the Atlanta Chapter
  • David Heiser, Director, Communications, for emceeing the conference, helping with conference preparations and his work as webmaster
 
Carol announced the start of the Holiday Cards for Wounded Warriors campaign, in connection with the American Red Cross, where each chapter is challenged to collect as many holiday cards as possible (Note: No glitter and no sealed envelopes). She said that Marie Judkins is the chair of this nationwide campaign. View the flyer and the official guidelines.

Other featured IRS speakers included Wage & Investment Commissioner Debra Holland; W&I Accounts Management Director Jim Clifford; MOS President Carol Permar, Small Business & Self-Employed, Ogden Compliance Services; Lorna Dirr, Human Capital Office Benefits and Services Team (BeST); Jon Bird, vice president of MOS and a senior program analyst in W&I Communications & Liaison, and David Heiser, MOS board member and an analyst in W&I Media & Publications.
 
Debra Holland, who is also a member of the Peachtree Patriots Chapter, spoke about her family connections to the military and the challenges she faced as a young Army mother relocating her family to Upper Peninsula, Michigan. She said that she truly appreciates the skills and professionalism that military veterans bring to the IRS and expressed a need for the Service to increase retention of veterans and persons with disabilities.
 
Jim Clifford, our new executive sponsor, challenged MOS to increase its value to IRS military veterans, of which represent approximately 8 percent of the IRS workforce and said that this conference represents huge progress for the young nonprofit organization. He also challenged IRS managers to increase hiring and retention of disabled veterans and Americans with disabilities. Managers can contact the W&I Accessibility Office for more information.
 
Jon Bird, a Vietnam veteran and retired colonel, spoke about his experiences in the Vietnam War and showed film clips of the war made by the 221st Signal Company. Jon has been actively involved with MOS since its conception and performs additional volunteer work for Atlanta organizations serving local veterans. Watch the movies by clicking on the links in his presentation.
 
Lorna Dirr advised attendees on the process for receiving credit for military service when calculating federal civil service retirement and displayed examples of the benefits of paying in a deposit to increase the federal retirement annuity. IRS employees with questions about this process should open an Employee Resource Center (ERC) ticket and ask to speak with a retirement specialist. You can also review Lorna's presentation.

David Heiser, who stood in for Paula Golladay, the IRS Schedule A Program Manager, described the two different types of resumes, provided tips for career building, and spoke about MOS plans for a mentoring program. You can review Paula's presentation and contact her if you have any questions. 

Outside speakers included Pamela Stokes Eggleston, a director at Blue Star Families, who talked about the challenges caregivers of wounded warriors face and what people can do to help. There are 5.5 million military-related caregivers in the U.S. and 20 percent are post-9/11. One statement needs highlighting: “Don’t ever tell a caregiver that you couldn’t be in their shoes. Every caregiver is different and has different needs and each situation is unique. Don’t try to relate if you can’t but keep the lines of communication open and offer to help however you can.”  Pamela's presentation provides a wealth of materials about and for military caregivers.
 
Tammy Folkman, the county coordinator for emergency services in Weber County, Utah spoke to attendees about community emergency response preparedness. Her presentation provided a wealth of information and suggestions to be duplicated in other communities.

All the conference presentations are in the Shared Document library. Members who missed the conference can review the program. Listen to the National Anthem and view the collection of photos of IRS military veterans that Carol put together (these are big files: one, two, three, and four).
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Vietnam Veterans Action Call for the Executive OfficeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/2/2014 6:46 AM
Issues at some Veterans Affairs hospitals may have affected  MOS members and other veterans working at the Internal Revenue Service. The attached letter (click on paperclip) from John Rowan, national president of Vietnam Veterans of American, presents a call for action, endorsed by other veterans organizations, to the White House to improve accountability and service at the Veterans Health Administration. MOS isn't endorsing any particular position but supports improved health care for veterans and more transparent accountability by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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Former MOS president finds new way to continue servingUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/28/2014 9:00 PM
Allen LichtenwalnerFormer MOS president Allen Lichtenwalner, Jr., has found a new way to help veterans. Allen, who left the IRS after 10 years to develop a farm with his wife, now actively promotes farming opportunities for military veterans. He is featured in the May 14, 2014 edition of Ohio's Country Journal for his work as an ambassador for the Farmer Veteran Coalition. He counsels veterans interested in the agriculture industry and has employed a couple of returning veterans interested in farm employment.
 
He and his wife Dawn own Dandelion Lane Farm in Leetonia, Ohio where they've raise chickens with attitudes, ducks, and pigs and create produce for local farmers markets.
 
Allen served three terms as MOS president beginning in 2008 and returned to MOS leadership as vice president in 2013 before he left to tend to his farming business full time.
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SB/SE employee serves his country in more ways than oneUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/24/2014 4:34 PM
An SBSE employee compares military life to his experience on working in the Internal Revenue Service. Read his story on our Heroes and Memories page.
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MOS to hold national conferenceUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/24/2014 4:33 PM
President Carol Permar announced in an email to members of Military Outreach for Service that MOS will be holding a national conference on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.
 
The conference will be conducted virtually using Live Meeting and a conference line. With the IRS budget being so tight and MOS having limited funds, a virtual conference seemed to be the right way to go.
 
Members will receive a Live Meeting invitation through their work email account. They can receive permission to attend during working hours by adding the conference to their career development plan and use self-development training time with permission from their managers.
 
The agenda, under development at this date, includes:
  • a presentation from a BEST specialist on getting credit for your military service for federal retirement purposes,
  • a documentary movie from Vietnam, a community emergency response expert,
  • a representative from the Blue Star Families organization, and
  • a discussion on recruiting and retaining veterans led by Jim Clifford who held set up the IRS's wounded warrior internship program.
The board is working on getting another special guest, details to be provided upon confirmation.
 
The 2014 MOS Training Conference is expected to run from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time. Contact Carol Permar for more information.
 
 
 
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Memorial Day: Honoring Those Who Gave Their Lives Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/24/2014 10:50 AM
Scene from the U.S. Naval Academy cemetery overlooking the Severn River in Annapolis, MD. Click to enlarge.May 26, 2014, is Memorial Day, a federal public holiday set aside to celebrate and honor those men and women in the military who died serving our country. Our heartwarm thanks to those Internal Revenue Service employees with deceased relatives who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Many who served lost buddies considered brothers or sisters.
 
See the special tribute and postings from IRS employees, many of them veterans, on our Heroes and Memories page.
 
Our thanks to our veterans, past and present, and have a happy and safe Memorial Day and holiday weekend.
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Town Selects MOS Member To Receive Woman of the Year in Government AwardUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
4/28/2014 11:03 AM
Town of Brookhaven Woman of the Year in Government awardee Nancy Curran addresses the crowd at the Brookhaven 28th Annual Women’s Recognition Award CeremonyManagement and program analyst Nancy Curran, who has 29 years of service with the IRS, was among 13 women honored for their accomplishments at the Brookhaven, NY 28th Annual Women’s Recognition Award Ceremony held at Town Hall. Nancy received the prestigious Woman of the Year in Government Award.
 
The ceremony, sponsored by the town’s Office of Women’s Services, recognizes women who demonstrated excellence in a variety of areas, such as science, religion, law and community service. The Town of Brookhaven Women’s Advisory Board members consider the nominations and select the winners based on résumés and letters of recommendation.
 
Nancy's varied responsibilities include her role as coordinator of business continuity, a program that ensures the safety of more than 3,000 Brookhaven employees and the integrity of the campus operations in the event of a crippling emergency. She also serves as coordinator of the Combined Federal Campaign, which raises money for local and worldwide charities. “Nancy is an example of a dedicated public servant who tries every day to help the public and her co-workers,” says her manager and nominator Thomas Nicolazzi.
 
W&I Accounts Management Director Jim Clifford, who is also an executive advisor for Military Outreach for Service (MOS), also congratulated Nancy on her accomplishment saying, “Being recognized in your own community was not only immensely fulfilling to you personally but also a positive reflection on the Agency. Thank you for the work you do to serve our Agency and your community at large.”
 
Nancy Curran is a member of MOS and the chapter in the Holtsville/Brookhaven area of New York. She does not have military service but her husband served in the Marine Corps and later served two tours of during Operation Iraqi Freedom as part of the U.S. Army Reserves. Her sister retired from the Navy as a Commander after 27 years of active duty. She has a cousin who served in the Air Force during the Viet Nam war and retired after 20 years of active duty service. Her father was a World War II veteran, as were his four brothers. One of his brothers retired as a Chief Petty Officer from the Navy. 
 
As Nancy says, military service is important to her and to her family.
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Consumer Alert: Tax ScamUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
3/28/2014 3:20 PM
The IRS has been alerted to a new email phishing scam. The emails appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and include a bogus case number and the following message:

“Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document processing error. Your case has been forwarded to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance. To avoid delays processing your 2013 filing contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance.”

The recipient is directed to click on links that supposedly provide information about the "advocate" assigned to their case or that let them "review reported income." The links lead to web pages that solicit personal information.

Taxpayers who get these messages should not respond to the email or click on the links. Instead, they should forward the scam emails to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov. For more information, visit the IRS's Report Phishing web page.

The Taxpayer Advocate Service is a legitimate IRS organization that helps taxpayers resolve federal tax issues that have not been resolved through the normal IRS channels. The IRS, including TAS, does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, texting or any social media.

More scams can be found on the IRS.gov website.

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Former IRS Commissioner, WWII USMC Captain Dies at 100Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
3/24/2014 11:11 AM
You can be almost certain that Randolph W. Thrower, former commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service from 1969 to 1971, would have been a supporter and member of Military Outreach for Service. Mr. Thrower, who died at age 100 on March 8, 2014, served as a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. His service included time in Okinawa and the Philippines which means he was present during some the of bloodiest battles of that war. He served as a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation before his military service.
 
One might easily tell that Mr. Thrower had the requisite honor, sense of duty, and sound moral principles reinforced from his Marine Corps days as he stood up to Richard M. Nixon who wanted the IRS to investigate his enemies. Mr. Thrower was fired when he refused to accede to White House wishes. In his earlier career as a lawyer, he fought for civil rights for Black Americans and equality for women. The American Bar Association awarded Mr. Thrower its highest honor.
 
You can read obituaries for Mr. Thrower in The New York Times and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
 
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MOS Member Speaks to EqualityUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
3/4/2014 8:02 AM
E. Faith BellOne of our members conquered barriers in her quest to serve and relayed her story at a Black History Month event. Read her story on the MOS Washington DC Chapter website.
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Peachtree Patriots Deliver to USOUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
3/4/2014 7:58 AM
On February 28, 2014, the Peachtree Patriots Chapter of Atlanta made a memorable donation to the USO of Georgia in honor of an MOS benefactor. Read the story on the Peachtree Patriots website.
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Peachtree Patriots Send W&I Commissioner Off With HonorsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
2/7/2014 11:41 AM
Chris Stackfleth, co-president of the Peachtree Patriots, speaks at a retirement ceremony for W&I Commissioner Peggy Bogati. Photo by Jon Bird. The Atlanta chapter of MOS, the Peachtree Patriots, honored the retiring Wage & Investment commissioner on January 28, 2014. Read the story on the Peachtree Patriots website.
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Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependants and SurvivorsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
1/26/2014 12:07 PM
Uncertain about which veterans benefits you qualify for? Download your copy of the 2013 Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependants, and Survivors from our veterans benefits library. Available in English, Spanish, and eBook formats. Or visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website.
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Manager wins Patriot AwardUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
1/26/2014 12:00 PM
Read on our News page how a manager in Large Business & Internation went the extra mile to help an Army Reserve member serve his country.
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Ogden Chapter Stuffs StockingsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
1/15/2014 9:10 PM
The M.O.S.T. Chapter in Ogden was featured in the W&I Offline newsletter for its efforts to bring holiday joy to our soldiers. Read the story on our Heroes and Memories page.
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MOS Seeks VolunteersUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
1/15/2014 8:28 PM

The MOS National Governance Board is looking for members to serve on the following new sub-committees:

  • Membership (building and maintaining our membership);
  • Marketing (developing marketing ideas and strategies);
  • Virtual national conference (putting together our first national conference using technologies available);
  • Endowment fund (putting together an endowment and scholarship fund).

Each committee has a chairperson. We are simply looking for a commitment of at least one hour per month.  If you are interested in more information please contact MOS President Carol Permar.

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Jon Bird Steps Up As Vice PresidentUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
1/15/2014 8:21 PM
(Posted on behalf of Carol Permar, President, MOS)
I am please to announce that Jon P. Bird is the new Vice President of National MOS. He replaces Allen Lichtenwalner who recently resigned. Below is a short bio:

 

Jon Bird (left) with Gary Lindsey at a Peachtree Patriots program for Wreaths Across America

Caption: Jon Bird, left, with Gary Lindsey at a Peachtree Patriots program for Wreaths Across America.

 

Jon P. Bird, your new national vice-president, joined the IRS  in 2001, where he has worked as a communications analyst  for Wage & Investment, Communications & Liaison. In this role, Jon produces strategic communication plans, articles, photographs, intranet and Internet Web pages for clients throughout W&I. Now, as a Senior Program Analyst, Jon has a more active role in IRS.gov development and mentoring opportunities within C&L.

 

Jon’s military career began with Syracuse University's ROTC program. Jon graduated from the Signal Officers Basic School at Fort Gordon, Ga., served  as a signal officer for USASTRATCOM at Camp Zama, Japan followed by combat tours in Vietnam with the First Signal Brigade , 160th Signal Group, where he ran the US Army's only combat photo unit, followed by commanding two telecommunication centers. He left active duty in 1971 and joined the Army Reserve. He next served as a message traffic engineer and public affairs officer for the 359th Signal Group, then later as commander of HHD, 5854h Civil Affairs unit, public affairs officer for IX Corps/US Army Japan, and communications-electronics officer for US Special Operations Command.

In 1991 Jon was mobilized at US Special Operations Command for Operation Desert Storm. Jon stayed on active duty, attended the US Army War College, then continued with communications-electronics and public affairs assignments including public affairs assignments with the Office of the Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses and the Dept. of the Army's Aberdeen Proving Grounds sexual misconduct issue. 

Jon finished his 32-year Army Reserve career working as Chief, Host Nation Support for the Joint Chiefs of Staff Y2K effort and the Defense Information Systems Agency's Continuity of Operations Plans office. He retired with the rank of Colonel.

 

Jon's education includes a B.A. and M.A. degrees from Syracuse University and an M.B.A. from Sophia University in Tokyo. He is also a graduate of the Command & General Staff College, the National Defense University and the US Army War College, plus multiple IRS-sponsored courses.

 

In addition to his military experience and current IRS position, Jon has worked as: vice-president for Far East Link Ltd., a small public relations and marketing communications firm; regional manager, NE Asia for the International Herald Tribune; product line manager for Pacific Stars & Stripes; associate editor, Motor Magazine International; and commercial editor, the Daily Yomiuri.

 

 Jon is also a founding member of MOS and this will be his second tour as national vice-president. He is married to Yoshii Fujino. They both reside in Dunwoody, Georgia.
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Make a Difference with Military VITAUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
12/31/2013 9:54 AM
Looking to make a difference? Consider volunteering for Military VITA, helping active duty and retired servicemen and women complete their tax returns. I did this last year at a local military hospital and am signing up again (I somehow passed the advanced and military exams yet again!).

You need to:
1) Sign up by submitting Form 14310:
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f14310.pdf. Indicate in the comments that you are signing up for Military VITA and which military post or VA facility you would like to serve.
2) Take the courses online at:
http://apps.irs.gov/app/vita
3) Pass the certification exams.
 
The experience, insight, and self-fullfillment are worth the effort. And you will really make a difference!
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Season's GreetingsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
12/25/2013 12:00 PM

Holiday Greetings: The National Governance Board of Military Outreach for Services wishes you and your loved ones a blessed holiday season and a happy 2014. As we gather around the holiday tables with family, relatives and friends, let us pause to remember those in military service who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defending our country, those who are injured and are struggling with recovery and rehabilitation, and those veterans in need for other reasons. Let us remember that our soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and women, and Coast Guard continue to put their lives on the line, especially, and still, in Afghanistan.

 

Many of you throughout 2013 gave of your money and your free time in service of veterans, contributed to and packed care packages for deployed servicemen and women, visited and brought comfort to the sick in our military or veterans hospitals, planted flags at military cemeteries, helped with fundraising to assist needy veterans, and performed other acts of kindness so that our heroes and heroines are not forgotten. MOS commends you and encourages you to continue your commitment and enthusiasm throughout 2014.

 

In 2013, we saw the election of a new national board of directors and new officers at the chapter levels. We saw interest in resurrecting inactive chapters and desire to form new recognized chapters. We witnessed a commitment to strengthen MOS nationally and locally and, in the throes of budget crises, a need to band together to fight for and preserve the promises made to those who have served. Over 9,000 veterans work at the Internal Revenue Service; our membership rolls reflect but a fraction of that. If nothing else, commit to passing the word and encouraging your veteran coworkers to join our special organization. National membership remains free for the balance of fiscal year 2014. Send them to our website to sign up or renew at http://mos-irs.org/Donate/default.aspx.

 

Volunteer sought: With the unexpected resignation of Allen Lichtenwalner, the NGB is looking for a volunteer to serve as vice president of the National Governance Board.

 

The Vice-President will, in the absence of the President, or in event of his/her inability or refusal to act, perform the duties of the President, and when so acting, will have all the powers of and be subject to all the restrictions of the President. The Vice-President will assist in developing MOS resources and new chapters; provide day-to-day administration; represent MOS within the organization, the federal government, and externally and perform such other duties from time to time as may be assigned to him/her by the President or the National Governance Board.

 

A minimal commitment involves attending one or more monthly meetings via teleconference. If you are willing and able to take on this challenge, please submit your nomination with a brief biography to Carol Permar.

 

Thank you for your federal and military service and happy holidays,

 

Carol Permar

President

John Gray

Treasurer

Penny Heiner

Secretary

Mark L. Hulse

Counsel

David W. Heiser

Communications Director

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NGB Selects New Counsel to the BoardUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
12/13/2013 6:39 AM
During its December 2013 board meeting, the National Governance Board established the position of Counsel to the Board. The NGB unanimously approved the selection of Mark L. Hulse to fill the new noncompensatory position effective immediately.
 
The counsel will assist the NGB with legal issues and review official documents for adherence to federal and state laws governing nonprofit organizations. Board members were thrilled when Mark volunteered his services.
 
Mark is an attorney with the Tax Exempt & Government Entities division of the IRS and is area counsel for the Northeast Region.
 
Mark began his career with Chief Counsel in 1987 in the Manhattan District Counsel’s office after spending three years in the United States Marine Corps.  Mark was called to active duty in 1990, in support of Operation Desert Storm.  In 1993, he received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Marine Corps Reserve with the rank of Major. 
 
Mark transferred to the Long Island office in 1990, and began working on TEGE issues in 1991.  He was selected to the position of Senior Counsel in July of 2002, and the position of Area Counsel in 2008.  Mark earned his JD from Syracuse University College of Law in 1984, and a BA degree from CW Post College in 1981.  Mark is a member of the New York Bar and joined Military Outreach for Service in 2013.
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Board Approves John Gray as New TreasurerUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
12/7/2013 10:23 AM
John Gray, two-term former president of Military Outreach for Service, immediately volunteered when told MOS needed a new national treasurer. John was approved unanimously to fill the vacant treasurer position by the National Governance Board on December 6, 2013.
 
John joins former M.O.S.T. president Carol Permar (President), former two-term president Allen Lichtenwalner, Jr. (Vice President), Penny Heiner (Secretary), and David Heiser (Communications Director) to complete the makeup of the 2014 National Governance Board.
 
The board approved John's plans to improve financial reporting, including that of the chapters, and to take steps to strengthen the financial position of the organization.
 
The previously elected treasurer stepped down in mid-November because of overwhelming commitments.
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New MOS Bylaws ApprovedUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
12/4/2013 8:14 AM
By a voting margin of 94 percent, the amended Bylaws of Military Outreach for Service were officially approved after a long process and two membership voting cycles.
 
In May 2013, then President John Gray began working with the Bylaws Committee to rewrite the Bylaws to make MOS a more effective and efficient nonprofit organization and to overcome challenges posed by a demographically dispersed membership.
 
 
  • Provide the National Governance Board (NGB) a faster route to decision-making
  • Tighten fiscal controls
  • More clearly define roles and responsibilities
  • Ease local Chapter governance
  • Allows the NGB to manage by policy directives as well as adhering to the Bylaws
  • Remove actions that proved unrealistic
The current officers of the NGB expressed its gratefulness to all the members who contributed to improving the Bylaws.
 
Local Chapters may need to adjust their own bylaws to adhere to the new national Bylaws.
 
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Peachtree Patriots Gear Up for HolidaysUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/26/2013 8:43 PM
A check for $1,000! A beautiful handmade quilt! Read about these and future plans for the Peachtree Patriots on their website.
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VA Offers New Dental Insurance ProgramUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/26/2013 8:43 PM
Veterans and their immediate families may have access to a new dental program. Act quickly for 2014 as the window is closing quickly. Details on our VA News page.
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Veterans Day Greetings from the MOS National Board of GovernanceUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/8/2013 12:09 PM

To Members of the Military Outreach for Service and our friends and supporters:

 

U.S. Marine saluting the American flag.In advance of this Veterans Day, the National Governance Board would like to thank all the members of Military Outreach for Service who have served our country and those who support our servicemen and women, all IRS employees who are active duty or military veterans, those who are or were caretakers of our wounded warriors, and families of military veteran employees. To all Veterans, we owe you a debt of gratitude for your dedication and sacrifices.

 

As of August 2013, more than 9,600 veterans worked at the IRS. We have a few of their stories on our Heroes page on our website.

 

And 2013 is the Year of Military Women, so a big SHOUT OUT to you. We have many female employees in our agency who broke new ground in the military by being among the first in their rating.

 

Some of our chapters have formal programs planned for this special day. The Peachtree Patriots of Atlanta and the MOST Chapter in Ogden, for example, are participating in their city’s annual Veterans Day parades. Kansas City is hosting a program featuring a Native American military veteran. Washington DC helped cosponsor a program featuring a wreath laying at the IRS 9/11 memorial and one of our members singing the National Anthem. (We apologize if any chapter was omitted.)

 

We encourage each of us to pause at 11 a.m. on November 11 to remember and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Reach out and shake a hand, say “thank you”, do a small favor, visit a veteran, attend a ceremony at a VA or state veterans cemetery, visit a memorial, do something that says you are a Veteran.

 

Take a moment for yourself and enjoy some of the freebies or discounts (we have a list on our website). Most of all, be safe and enjoy your Veterans Day. And please feel free to forward this message to IRS military veterans in your area.

 

Sent on behalf of the MOS National Board of Governance

Comment or discuss topics of interest to our IRS military veterans on our Facebook site. 

 

Carol A. Permar, President

Allen L. Lichtenwalner, Vice President

Daniel Riley, Treasurer

Penny D. Heiner, Secretary

David W. Heiser, Communications Director
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IRS Exceeds FY 13 goal for hiring veterans and disabled veteransUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/6/2013 8:05 AM

The IRS Human Capital Office announced on its website (accessible only inside the IRS firewall) in early November 2013 that hiring veterans is a success. This despite hiring freezes, furloughs, sequestration, and downsizing in some departments. As of August 23, 2013, 9,236 veterans worked at the IRS. Unstated was that Military Outreach for Service helped HCO achieve this success.

"The IRS is committed to supporting our veterans. We have a long tradition of hiring veterans into permanent jobs here at the IRS. In FY13, we exceeded the expectation by hiring 572 veterans servicewide compared to 520 in FY12, which is 10% more in FY13. Also, of the 572 hired last year, 257 of them were disabled veterans," the HCO website said.

"How did we achieve this accomplishment? By collaborating with our partners and stakeholders within the local communities, we were able to attract qualified applicants through job fairs and virtual recruitment fairs targeted at veterans. Then by working closely with the business units to match skills of the applicants with jobs that are available and ready to fill within the business units, we were able to exceed our veteran hiring goal."

"Some of the local military recruitment events that the IRS attended were:

  • Wounded Warrior fairs,
  • Hiring Our Heroes,
  • American Legion,
  • OPM Agency Spotlight events and involvement in Transition Assistance Programs,
  • Army Career and Alumni Program Virtual Career Fairs, and
  • others

"Also the IRS has a robust Veteran Internship program with 126 participants in FY13, compared to 90 participants in FY12. The Veteran Internship program provides non-paid, meaningful work to veterans who are either on active duty status but in a military transition unit or no longer on active duty status and participating in the Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation and Education program or enrolled in an accredited college or university."

Left unsaid on the HCO website was the role played by MOS as an organization and by individual MOS members. Since 2008, MOS has actively promoted the hiring of veterans and is bound to continue so as part of its mission.

One of our members, Paula Golladay, for example, is an HCO recruiter who specializes in Schedule A hiring. MOS members push job announcements to other veterans organizations and other veteran contacts. Our website promotes IRS as a first choice for employment.

Executives in MOS ranks, including Jim Clifford, have actively participated in the IRS hiring programs such as wounded warriors internships. MOS members mentor, formally or not, new veteran hirees. Some members participate in the buddy program that helps orient new employees to the facilities and culture of the IRS.

However, the need for an active veterans organization within the agency remains as it faces long-term challenges include retention and acclimatization into the civilian workforce.

Other issues include reasonable accommodation for those of us with visible or invisible injuries, transition into meaningful and fulfilling careers, help for the wounded warrior caregivers in our ranks, understanding and adjustments to our needs by management, and recognition for the sacrifices made by the military veteran workforce.

You can help by promoting membership in MOS (sign up on our website -- membership is free for FY 2014) and speaking up when you witness veterans issues that need to be addressed. Or, send your concerns to your local MOS chapter president.

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Created: 11/6/2013 8:04 AM
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2013 Veteran’s Day Free Meals and DiscountsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/4/2013 8:15 PM
Research compliments of Jerry Conway, retired IRS employee, former MOS member, and veterans service officer and commander of DAV chapter 108 in Florida. Our usual warning -- read the fine print. Click on the paperclip attachment.
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Warning to Veterans Regarding Tax Phone ScamsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/4/2013 11:19 AM
A sophisticated phone tax scam is spreading across the country in all 50 states and all Americans including veterans need to take appropriate action to avoid financial injury. Please read the alert on the IRS website and spread the word to fellow veterans and your loved ones.
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Brookhaven MOS Chapter Runs Auction for the TroopsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/22/2013 8:28 PM
Brookhaven MOS president and campus directorsThe Brookhaven (Holtsville)Chapter of MOS decided to try a new approach to troop support this past summer to ensure that more of their effort benefited American soldiers rather than being absorbed by costs. Read the story on the Brookhaven MOS Chapter website.
Created: 10/22/2013 8:28 PM
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New Board to Govern MOSUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
9/24/2013 8:42 PM
In an e-mail to members of Military Outreach for Service, outgoing President John Gray announced the results of the recent election to select new board members.
 
After certification by Election Committee chair James Perry, President Gray confirmed that the new officers are:
 
  • President - Carol Permar, 100% of the vote
  • Vice President - Allen Lichtenwalner, 67%
  • Treasurer - Daniel Riley, 100%
  • Secretary - Penny Heiner, 100%
 
David W. Heiser was unanimously approved by voters to continue as Social Media Director and a voting board member.
 
Incoming President Carol Permar helped to found and serve as the president of the M.O.S.T Chapter in Ogden, Utah. She has close ties to the military as her father was a World War II veteran and her son is currently serving in the U.S. Army. She said that her goal "will be to move the MOS organization forward to further define, clarify and solidify the NGB and Chapter relationship. In order to do this I will solicit input from each Chapter for a better understanding of what is expected from the NGB. I will also seek input from advisors to help NGB with the process," she said.
 
Allen Lichtenwalner, a retired U.S. Air Force veteran, served as president of MOS for the first three years of its existence.
 
Penney Heiner, the new secretary, comes from a family with long military history, which includes her son who serves in the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division.
 
John Gray served as president of MOS since October 2011. In the past year, he endured through vacant positions on the board with the retirement of John Mansfield, who was secretary, and the resignations of Vice President Stacey Douglas due to illness and Treasurer Elena Maria Alvarez who left the Internal Revenue Service for a permanent job with the Department of Veterans Affairs. John's plans were also hindered by the illnesses of committee chairs.
 
John, however, successfully faciliatated the rewrite of the MOS Bylaws that will allow the MOS Board to operate more efficiently and give more self-governance to officially approved Chapters. John successfully started and conducted nationwide virtual meetings with members and successfully fostered the founding of two MOS Chapters with a couple more in the works. John furiously worked to launch a mentoring program and successfully launched a pilot but the program was killed before it could be implemented nationwide after discussions with the IRS Human Capital Office.
 
Results of the other poll questions will follow shortly.
 
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MOS Not Impacted by IRS Scrutiny of Veterans OrganizationsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
9/4/2013 7:40 AM
Recent news reports revealed possible investigations of membership lists of veterans organizations, such as the American Legion. An article in the September 1, 2013, Wall Street Journal discussed congressional inquiries into IRS investigations.
 
MOS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization while the American Legion and certain other veterans organizations are 501(c)(19) organizations subject to different federal tax rules. The latter type of tax-exempt organization is required to maintain proof of military service of its membership.
 
John Gray, president of Military Outreach for Services (MOS), reiterated recently that MOS is a nonprofit organization that does not restrict its membership to military veterans, but rather, membership, as defined by the bylaws, is open to any federal employee interested in supporting military veterans. Members are not required to submit proof of military service to join MOS.
 
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Help Treasury Celebrate a Proper Veterans DayUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
9/1/2013 10:42 AM

(From http://hco.web.irs.gov/about/comm/newscenter/VeteransDay2013.html)

All IRS veterans: Veterans Day is fast approaching. The Department of Treasury is planning to celebrate by highlighting our veterans service-wide. Treasury is forming a veteran wall which will be shown at the Veterans Day Celebration in Washington D.C. – the date and place to be announced later. Veterans service-wide are invited to participate in the veteran wall by sending an individual photo (in uniform) and include your rank, military branch, and occupation (e.g. SSG Pamela Johnson, Army, Military Intelligence Analyst). Send all information by Sept. 20, 2013 to vets@irs.gov.

For D.C.-based veterans: Treasury is seeking one veteran from each bureau to participate in the panel discussion during the Veterans Day Celebration. The panel will share their stories about their transition experiences from the military to the public sector. If you are interested in applying to become a panel member for this event, submit your application by Sept. 20, 2013 to vets@irs.gov. Your application should be a short write-up (no more than one page) of your experience and include the following information:

  • Journey from military to civilian sector/public service
  • Military branch and occupation
  • Current position in IRS

*****************************************************

If you copy the information to me, along with that dashing photo, I’ll post it on the MOS website heroes page (sending it to me implies consent).

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Peachtree Patriots Co-President Speaks Out on MSNBCUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
7/23/2013 8:32 PM
"No, he will be the man in the house, not of the house," Pamela McBride, military spouse and co-president of the Peachtree Patriots Chapter of MOS, jokingly replied in response to a comment about her middle-school son being the "man of the house" during her husband's deployment.
 
Pamela was co-featured on a Disrupt America show on MSNBC on July 21, 2013, in a feature by Karen Finney on the falling unemployment rate for military veterans. According to the newscast, the unemployment rate was down to 7.2% from 11.7% six months ago.
 
Pamela was speaking about changes in relationships and challenges in roles and responsibilities faced by military families. Pamela was also asked how technology and social media have changed communications in families. She said that a letter used to take two weeks for delivery during Operation Desert Storm. More recently, her family has used teleconferencing and social media to keep in touch.
 
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Free Movie: White House DownUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
7/3/2013 3:06 PM
Active duty military and veterans, with one guest, can see the new movie White House Down on July 4, 2013. You must get your ticket at the theater box office. Get more information and be sure to bring proper identification.
 
And check out Homefront United's website for more discounts and free stuff.
 
Happy Fourth and thank you for your service.
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Another way to support our troops.Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/28/2013 2:47 PM
Red Shirts in Support of Troops
 
The MOST chapter in Ogden does it. The Peachtree Patriots of Atlanta do it. You can too!
 
Fridays are "red shirt" days to show support for our troops. Especially as many of our servicemen and women continue to put their precious lives on the line in incredibly hotspots like Afghanistan and Korea. To show its support, the MOST Chapter is organizing a mass photo shoot of employees wearing red on July 12.
 
Is your Chapter doing something similar? If so, send your story and photos to the MOS webmaster.
 
Read more about Red Shirt Fridays here
Created: 6/28/2013 1:53 PM
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IRS Reminds Reservists and National Guard about Supplemental PaymentUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/27/2013 9:37 AM
The IRS Agency-Wide Shared Services organization issued a reminder on June 24, 2013, to IRS employees who are also members of the Armed Forces Reserves or in the National Guard that they may be entitled to a supplemental reservist differential payment. Read article 37155 (Intranet only) on the IRWeb Intranet site and the guidelines issued April 2010. The Intranet article includes an email address for questions.
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Peachtree Patriots Pack Boxes With CareUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/18/2013 8:10 AM
While many Americans remain ignorant or numb regarding the seriousness of overseas deployments of American troops, IRS employees, including members of the Peachtree Patriot Chapter of MOS know the truth, the cost, and the ongoing needs. Read about the chapter's latest accomplishment.
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Marine Corps Veteran Recounts Long JourneyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/18/2013 8:07 AM
Many of us feel uncomfortable sharing our inner emotions, pains, and challenges, but one IRS employee took a risk by sharing his journey to wellness. Read his story on our Heroes and Memories page.
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Former Air Force mechanic now an SB/SE employeeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/14/2013 12:08 PM
Read about an SBSE employee who retired and joined the IRS after 20 years as a fighter jet mechanic in the U.S. Air Force.
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IRS employees remember fallen soldiersUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/28/2013 8:40 PM
Read the IRS employee tribute to Memorial Day on our Heroes and Memories page.
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Memorial Day 2013Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/24/2013 7:38 AM
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery
Memorial Day starts the Thursday before with the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, also known as the Old Guard, placing American flags at the gravestone of each person buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The next night, Rolling Thunder conducts a candlelight vigil at the Vietnam War Memorial. Over the next three days across our country, patriotic citizens will honor the fallen soldier with tributes, ceremonies, and parades. (For veterans unable to get out, look at your PBS station on Sunday evening for the Memorial Day concert, narrated by Gary Sinise.)

I don't have the words to express how I or anyone should feel about those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country but the video,
The Path of the Warrior, is a good start. Please take a few minutes to watch it. http://youtu.be/JKqT0-3JV5E.
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IRS Spotlights MOS Member Cathy LeonardUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
3/24/2013 12:45 PM
Cathy LeonardIn observance of Women's History Month, one of our members, Cathy Leonard, was interviewed and featured on the IRS Spotlight web page. Read her story here.
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MOS Member Selected as Runnerup Branch Spouse of the YearUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
3/17/2013 4:32 PM
Photo of Pamela McBridePamela M. McBride, co-president of the Peachtree Patriots Chapter of MOS in Atlanta, was selected as Army Spouse of the Year Runnerup, in the 2013 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year contest sponsored by Military Spouse magazine.
 
Earlier this year, Pamela was voted the 2013 Military Spouse of the Year for Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Pamela’s nomination was based on her being instrumental in helping the IRS implement a veteran intern program in response to President Obama’s Executive Order 13518, Employment of Veterans in Federal Government, and her extensive professional and personal experience in that arena.
 
The military branch level voting led to the selection of six Spouses of the Year: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, and National Guard. The national winner was selected based on the highest combined score derived from both the popular vote and judges' panel.
 
Pamela is no stranger to military honors. In 2008, she received the Patriotic Civilian Service award from the 3rd Infantry Division Commander. Pamela plans to continue using every possible opportunity to increase the awareness of and improve veteran and military spouse employment on a national level. She has been dedicated to this cause during her entire 23 years as an Army wife.
 
Congratulations, Pamela!
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MOS Member Selected as local Military Spouse of the YearUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
1/31/2013 7:15 AM
Pamela M. McBride, co-president of the Peachtree Patriots Chapter of MOS in Atlanta, was voted the 2013 Military Spouse of the Year for Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Pamela’s nomination was based on her being instrumental in helping the IRS implement a veteran intern program in response to President Obama’s Executive Order 13518, Employment of Veterans in Federal Government, and her extensive professional and personal experience in that arena.
 
Pamela goes on to round two of Military Spouse magazine's Military Spouse of the Year contest where the public votes for military branch winners. Installation winners advance to the branch round. The vote is on February 5, 2013.
 
The branch level voting leads to the selection of six Spouses of the Year (SOYs): Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, and National Guard. The national winner is selected based on the highest combined score derived from both the popular vote and judges' panel.
 
Pamela is no stranger to military honors. In 2008, she received the Patriotic Civilian Service award from the 3rd Infantry Division Commander. Pamela plans to continue using every possible opportunity to increase the awareness of and improve veteran and military spouse employment on a national level. She has been dedicated to this cause during her entire 23 years as an Army wife.
 
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Free Veterans Training Program Running Out Of TimeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
1/29/2013 8:26 PM
Veterans Readjustment Act Program Poster
The Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, provides seamless transition for Servicemembers, expands education and training opportunities for Veterans, and provides tax credits for employers who hire Veterans with service-connected disabilities. Servicemembers and veterans must apply before September 30, 2013 and the last payment must be made by March 31, 2014.
 
If you qualify, or know a servicemember or veteran who may qualify, act now before time runs out. If you dropped out of the program, please notify the Department of Veterans Affairs so that another veteran can benefit.
 
The law that enacted the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) was signed on November 21, 2011, giving up to 99,000 unemployed Veterans who do not have any VA educational benefits an additional 12 months of Montgomery GI Bill benefits ($1,564/month) for training towards a high demand occupation.
 
You can find more information about the program on the VA's VOW website.
 
As of January 24, 2013, the VA received over 94,000 applications and approved over 77,000 certificates of eligibility but only 27,000 of those began to use their benefit.
 
  • Please help to get the word out on this wonderful program; the VA continues to update information about the benefits on its website at www.benefits.va.gov/VOW
  • Please encourage those Veterans who have been accepted to use their benefit, or turn them in if they do not plan to use them.
Created: 1/29/2013 8:23 PM
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Altanta Member Nominated for Magazine's Military Spouse of the Year AwardUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
1/20/2013 9:58 AM
Photo of Pamela McBrideOur own Pamela McBride, member and co-chair of the Peachtree Patriots Chapter of MOS in Atlanta, has been nominated for Military Spouse of the Year, an annual award sponsored by Military Spouse Magazine.
 
Anyone is able to vote once, on January 22, 2013, on the magazine's website. Read her story and vote for Pamela.
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Distinguished MOS Members On To New VenuesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
12/17/2012 8:44 PM
Three valued members of Military Outreach for Service are headed out the door by the end of the year: two are retiring and one has a new job.
 
Matthew Ferrero, an executive with the Human Capital Office and an executive co-founder of MOS in 2008, is retiring at the end of 2012. Matt not only helped write the original by-laws, he also helped by providing counsel to the MOS national presidents, assisted with the launch of the MOS mentoring program pilot, and lobbied other IRS executives in support of MOS. Matt was most recently honored with an IRS Commissioner's award for Leadership Excellence.
 
John A. Mansfield, a supervisory revenue agent and officer on the 2012 - 2013 MOS National Governance Board, is retiring at the end of 2012. John helped the bylaws committee and helped new MOS chapters with their applications for recognition.
 
John Mansfield with his twin grand-daughters
 
Richard A. Guernsey, a technical advisor for the National Taxpayer Advocate office, is leaving the IRS in December 2012 to start a new position with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Rich helped mentor new MOS chapters and was an active member of the M.O.S.T Chapter in Ogden, Utah.
 
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Peachtree Patriots Help Feed the NeedyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
12/17/2012 8:28 PM
Members of the Peachtree Patriots Chapter of MOS recently spent some time helping serve Georgians in need. Read the story on their webpage.
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Ogden Chapter collects record number of cardsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
12/11/2012 9:02 PM
The Ogden, UT chapter of MOS conducted a drive to make sure American troops were not forgotten during the 2012 holiday season. Read the story and view photos on the M.O.S.T. web page.
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Cards for Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed HospitalUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
12/1/2012 11:48 AM
You can bring good cheer to a wounded warrior at Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD with a holiday card. A gift card inside would bring two smiles. Send your cards to:
 
Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
 
Send them by December 7, 2012.
 
Any cards addressed to "Any Marine" or "Any Soldier" will be turned away.
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MOS Co-Founder Recipient of Prestigious IRS AwardUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/20/2012 8:53 PM
Photo of Matt FerreroIn November 2012, Mathew Ferrero, an executive co-founder of Military Outreach for Service, was awarded the IRS Commissioner's award for Leadership Excellence. Matt is currently the Director of Leadership Succession, Readiness & Development in the IRS Human Capital Office.
 
Matt, your fellow military veteran co-workers salute you for this well-deserved honor. We are humbled to have you as part of our own family.
 
Matt told MOS that "I was humbled to receive this, as it would not happen without the unwavering support of my work team, peers, and managers over the past year."
 
Following is the justification for the award:
 

Mathew Ferrero demonstrates IRS values through his accomplishments and collaborative style. A role model for and driver of transformational leadership, Matt has few equals. He serves the IRS and the community by recruiting at IRS Job Fairs, mentoring aspiring managers, instructing leadership courses and his volunteering with the Make-A-Wish foundation for over ten years. 

 

As the manager of the HCO office in LEADS that oversees Leadership Succession, Readiness programs and Coaching and Mentoring, Matt contributes to the Commissioner’s goals to make IRS a best place to work and to ensure we have a population ready for future leadership positions:

  1. Matt developed and implemented the new leadership strategy based upon recognized industry and existing best practices in IRS, including recommendations from the Workforce of Tomorrow. His leadership helped drive the leadership succession review process (LSR) move beyond planning to become part of the leadership selection process and become integrated into overall performance management.  LSR reports are used for a wide variety of applications to benefit the organization.
  2. Matt was instrumental in the resolution of a long-standing issue by gaining Servicewide agreement on executive level readiness definitions resulting in more accurate succession planning data.
  1. Matt is heavily invested in making the concept of Geographic Leadership Communities (GLCs) a reality. He actively participated in the first three pilots of the GLCs. The highly visible program was recognized as a best practice by public/ private sector Chief Learning Officers during the 2011 Corporate Leadership Council meeting.  He is now engaged in expanding them to multiple locations.  He oversaw the creation of the GLC   Area of Interest, posted on iManage, which contains comprehensive information on how to establish and sustain GLCs for leaders. 
  2. Matt oversaw the team that totally revamped the IRS Coaching and Mentoring website to rave reviews, transforming the site into a state of the art performance support including instructional videos on coaching, podcasts on developing impactful mentor/protégé relationships.
  3. Matt is actively involved in the design and delivery of the Accelerated Leadership Program (ALP), identifying and accelerating development of high potential employees and preparing them for the executive ranks, reducing development time by 50 percent.

Mathew Ferrero’s strength as a leader is collaborating with stakeholders and customers and leveraging the diverse talents of his work team to find the best approach for achieving business goals. His exceptional ability to build teams has resulted in high ESS Workgroup scores especially in the area of trust and confidence and employee development.  His team benefits from his living his beliefs and modeling behaviors promoting a dynamic and constructive business culture.  Collaborating with employees, providing challenging leadership assignments in high profile projects, cross-training staff and providing recognition creates an engaged and committed work team that produces high quality business results. Excellence in Matt’s program areas brings recognition to IRS: “best practice” recognition has helped the IRS move into the top ten of The Partnership for Public Service list of “best places to work in government” and winning the prestigious Bersin Award for Leadership Development Strategy Excellence.

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Matt’s employees recognize his strengths of balancing direction and autonomy, active listening, providing thoughtful feedback, providing a safe environment for risk taking, courageous patience and visionary thinking. They reward his leadership by consistently and continuously producing high quality results.

 

Matt exemplifies leadership -- in his work with his team, with those he mentors and with his colleagues and customers.
 
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MOS Change of AddressUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/14/2012 9:08 PM
Please note that Military Outreach for Service has a new mailing address. Any previous address in Texas is incorrect. The new address is:
 
Military Outreach for Service
C/O John Gray
440 Roper Mountain Road
Greenville, SC 29615-4242
 
The preferred and fastest method of communication is by e-mail to: membership-mos@mail2web.com or mos-webmaster@mail2web.com.
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Veterans Day Programs and More...Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/5/2012 8:14 PM
Veterans Day Programs Around the Country
 
 
American FlagHonor those who served, including yourselves, and those who have fallen, in defense of our country. There has to be an event near you in honor of Veterans Day, November 11, 2012. Some suggestions follow:
 
 
November 7
  • Washington, DC: Department of Treasury program. The event will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Bureau of Engraving and Printing auditorium at 14th Street SW. A short reception will follow. Administrative leave is approved but check with your manager. Please RSVP for the event by Oct. 29 via email to Vets@treasury.gov.
November 8

November 10

November 11

Comprehensive Listing: Search by state on VetFriends.com.

 
 
Have more? Send an e-mail to the webmaster.
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Members Select FY 2013 Board OfficersUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
9/28/2012 12:57 PM

(Posted on behalf of John Gray, President, MOS)

Attached are the results of the 2013 MOS election for the national officer positions, effective 10/01/2012.  They are as follows:

  • John Gray - President
  • Stacy Douglas - Vice President
  • Elena Alvarez - Treasurer
  • John Mansfield - Secretary


For those of you who don't know the new NGB members, Stacy is a Revenue Officer and Navy veteran.  She is new to the MOS NGB and has some great ideas. 

Elena is also a Navy veteran and is serving as an intern through the Wounded Warrior program.  She stepped up to fill the Treasurer position on short notice and has been doing a great job.
 
Congratulations to everyone and thank you to Jon Bird, Roger Janosek and Allen Lichtenwalner for their service.  They were instrumental in getting MOS off the ground. 

Thank you to David Heiser and Carol Permar for running the election and making everything as smooth as possible.

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MOS to Hold National Officer ElectionsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
9/16/2012 10:16 AM
John Gray, president of Military Outreach for Service, announced that the organization would conduct its annual national election for board officers before the end of September 2012. Look for details in an e-mail soon.
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Leave Rules for National GuardUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
9/5/2012 8:13 PM
The IRS Area-Wide Shared Services organization has issued a statement regarding the rules for National Guard soldiers charging leave while performing official law enforcement duties. See the rules in our Employment Library.
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New Feature Added to Chapter PagesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
7/18/2012 9:02 PM
Each of the MOS chapter websites, viewable on our Chapters tab, has been updated to include a widget from the National Resources Directory that allows veterans, wounded warriors, service members, their families, and caregivers, to quickly locate local, state, and federal resources in their state. Try it out for yourself by visiting your MOS Chapter page. The widget is courtesy of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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Happy Independence DayUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
7/5/2012 9:20 AM

(Posted on behalf of John Gray, President, MOS)

 

I wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July.

 

I also wanted to share some exciting news.  MOS officially implements its leadership and mentoring program tomorrow.  Thanks to everyone for their input and dedication getting the program this far in such a short period of time.

 

The program will have three areas of focus: connecting mentors with members for professional development in specific fields, connecting members with trained coaches to work on specific skills or behaviors for short-term contracts and a one year long leadership development program focused on developing self-awareness.

 

Throughout the month of July I will be scheduling open sessions to answer any questions members may have.  We will open the application process to members interested in serving as coaches and mentors in a couple of weeks, and then open the application process for volunteers for the pilot in August.  We are projected to select clients and sign contracts by the end of August for an official start date in September. 

 

My goal is to fully realize the founder members' vision, by making coaching, mentoring and developing leaders the core of MOS.

 

Also in the news, we are also on track to approve marketing materials for members.  The NGB is finalizing a design and preparing bids for MOS lanyards, which will be distributed to members.  Finally, we are putting together the resources for an annual all member call in August.

 

Again, thank you to everyone for supporting the organization.  Have a great holiday.

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Lots of Job Opportunities for VeteransUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/21/2012 8:51 PM
Our federal friends in the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Transportation are going all out with jobs for veterans. See our Employment page and send the link to a veteran in need. Also see press releases from the Department of Veterans Affairs about changes in benefits on our News page.
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New MOST Chapter Up to All GoodUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/21/2012 8:47 PM
The newest MOS Chapter, M.O.S.T, has hit the road running with their new charter and are helping our troops and veterans. See the stories on the M.O.S.T. web page.
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Peachtree Chapter Packs Boxes AgainUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/11/2012 9:01 PM
The Peachtree Chapter of MOS has shipped another 22 care packages to our American troops with help from IRS employees. See the story on the Peachtree Chapter page
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Raise your stars and stripes for Flag Day!Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/11/2012 8:47 PM
American flagFlag Day is June 14. It commemorates the same day in 1777 when the Second Constitutional Congress adopted the flag with thirteen stars and stripes. Betsy Ross, George Washington’s seamstress, was asked to create the country’s first flag in June 1776. To honor Flag Day, all federal government buildings and citizens are asked to fly the stars and stripes.
 
Flag Day gives Americans an opportunity to celebrate and show respect for the flag and those who fought to protect it. The flag also represents independence and unity, and it has been at the forefront of every battle fought by Americans.

Hold the American flag in the highest of regards and raise it with pride on Flag Day, June 14.
 
Do you know the proper way to display the American flag?
  • Fly the flag from sunrise to sunset, normally.
  • Raise the flag briskly in the morning, and lower it slowly at sunset.
  • Fly the flag at the top of the pole and state flags below it.
  • Don’t fly the flag at night without proper lighting.
  • Don’t fly the flag in the rain or other inclement weather. 
  • Never let the flag touch the ground. 
  • Fold the flag when storing it. 
  • Burn or bury old flags. Never put the flag in the trash.

For more information, see the United States Flag: Federal Law Relating to Display and Associated Questions (PDF) or see the Flag Keepers website.

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Some current or former IRS military reservists may qualify for restored annual leave or payment Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/11/2012 8:26 PM
If you simultaneously worked for the IRS and served in the military reserves between Oct. 10, 1980, and Dec. 21, 2000, and didn't file a previous claim for restored annual leave or payment, you may now do so.
 
An IRS-NTEU Memorandum of Understanding (.pdf) regarding the Uniformed Services Employment and Restoration Rights Act (USERRA) allows you to file a claim for restored annual leave or payment if you can show that the IRS erroneously charged military leave on weekends or non-workdays.
 
To file a claim, you must follow the procedures found in Internal Revenue Manual section 6.630.1.20, Military Leave for Reserves or National Guard, and use the IRS's USERRA claim form (.pdf). If you've already filed "Butterbaugh claims" (Butterbaugh vs. Department of Justice) with AWSS and were constrained by the six-year limitation, you may file subsequent claims using these procedures for separate timeframes.
 
For more information, read a set of frequently asked questions (.pdf) or call the IRS Employee Resource Center at 866-743-5748 (TTY: 866-924-5348).
 
If you know a veteran who was a former IRS employee who may qualify for this claim, please send him or her a link to this article.
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Beware of Scam Targeting Military, VeteransUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/10/2012 8:30 AM

The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers to be on the lookout for a new, email-based phishing scam that targets Department of Defense military members, retirees and civilian employees.

According to the IRS, the email appears to come from Defense Finance and Accounting Services and displays a .mil email address.

“The email states that those receiving disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may be able to obtain additional funds from the IRS,” said IRS spokesman Michael Devine.

Email recipients are then asked to send various VA and IRS documents containing their personal and financial information, such as copies of VA award letters, DD 214s, 1099-Rs, Retiree Account Statements, or their income tax returns, to an address in Florida. The information on these documents is then used by the scammers to commit identity theft.

Typically, identity thieves use someone’s personal data to empty the victim’s financial accounts, run up charges on the victim’s existing credit cards or apply for new loans, credit cards, services or benefits in the victim’s name.

“The IRS does not send unsolicited e-mail to taxpayers and never asks for personal and financial information such as PIN numbers, passwords or similar secret information for financial accounts,” said Devine.

“We want to inform every Marylander of this scam,” said Comptroller Peter Franchot, comptroller of the State of Maryland. “In these tough economic times, unscrupulous people prey on the vulnerabilities of others. While an unexpected windfall may sound mighty appealing, we urge Marylanders not to take the bait.”

To avoid falling victim to this or other scams, the IRS reminders taxpayers to beware of the following:

  • Fictitious claims for refunds or rebates based on false statements of entitlement to tax credits
  • Emails from unfamiliar senders asking for personal information
  • Internet solicitation that direct individuals to toll-free numbers and then solicit Social Security numbers or other personal information
 
More scams targeting military personnel can be found on the DFAS website. And review the IRS warnings about scams and information on how to protect yourself.
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MOS President Announcements ReorganizationUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/4/2012 8:20 PM
On June 4, 2012, John Gray, President, Military Outreach for Service, announced the results of a long-awaited reorganization of the organization. The new organization is intended to make it easier to engage veterans employed at the Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies and help the organization move forward.
 
The new organization is divided into several committees and members already stepped forward as directors. The new committees are actively soliciting members. If you are interested in any of the committees including our new mentoring program, please send an email to our membership director. The new committees can be found on the attached organization chart.
 
Below follows the complete message from President Gray:
 

Since January the NGB and number of advisors and supporter have been working diligently to change MOS. The guiding principle behind each decision has been, how can the NGB better serve veterans and support its membership.  We looked at ways to improve how the NGB communicates with its membership and stakeholders.  We also looked at ways to restructure the organization in order to spread out some of the responsibilities, build in accountability and increase the number of opportunities for membership participation.  Finally, MOS started investing in the future by getting its leadership program and endowment off the ground.
 
In the coming weeks the NGB is looking forward to our first all member conference call, the launch of our leadership program on July 4th, purchasing marketing materials for distribution and working with the newly appointed directors and committee chairpersons on specific efforts.  We will also hold monthly stakeholder calls and ad hoc calls as needed.
 
If you ever wanted to contribute to MOS but did know how to or where your talents were best used, now is the time.  Directors are seeking volunteers to help them with their programs, the NGB is seeking an interim Treasurer and we need mentors and coaches.  If you are a member and want a formal mentor, to work on a specific skill or behavior, or develop your self-awareness through our year long leadership pilot, we are seeking volunteers to participate in all our programs.
 
I hope you are as excited about the changes as we are.  If you have any questions or comments, feel free to give me a call or reach out to the NGB. 
 
Thank you to everyone for all of your hard work.
 
Sincerely,
 
John Gray
President, MOS - Military Outreach for Service
(864) 286-7065
 
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Department of Labor Job Fair for Veterans - June 6, 2012Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/3/2012 10:56 AM
The Department of Labor is hosting a job fair for Veterans in Washington, DC on June 6, 2012. See our Employment page for details.
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Big Job Fair and Small Business Conference for VeteransUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/23/2012 8:33 PM
If you can get to the Detroit area during the end of June 2012, the Department of Veterans Affairs is co-hosting a 3-day jobs and benefits fair for veterans, along with a conference on small business. See our Employment page for more information.
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MOS Executive Advisor Starts New JobUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/8/2012 8:05 PM
Photo of Jim CliffordJim Clifford, one of the executive founders of Military Outreach for Service and a leading force behind the IRS's Warrior Intern Program, will become the director of the Compliance organization, in the W&I Division. In this capacity, Jim will oversee approximately 6,000 employees carrying out Collection, Examination, and Underreporter activities related to W&I taxpayers.
 
Prior to this assignment, Jim was the Director, Reporting Compliance, in the W&I Division.  Jim began his IRS career in 1991 as a Revenue Officer in Brockton, MA.  He has also served as a Manager and Territory Manager in Field Assistance and as Acting Area Director, Stakeholder Partnership, Education and Communication, Area 2, Indianapolis, IN, both in the W&I Division.  Jim served three years as the Field Director, Compliance Services in Austin, TX.  Jim is a graduate of the December 2007 Candidate Development Class.
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VA & DOL Announce New Veterans Assistance ProgramUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/3/2012 11:41 AM
If you know a veteran who is unemployed and looking for new opportunities, please refer them to the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). More information is on our Employment page.
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USO "Support The Troops" DriveUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/2/2012 8:10 PM
Support the Troops - click to go to the USO websiteThe National Governance Board of MOS is exploring a partnership with the United Service Organization (USO). Details will be provided as soon as an agreement is reached. In the meantime, President John Gray and the rest of the MOS officers urge members to consider contributing to the USO's Support the Troops fundraiser.
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IRS Campus Employees Launch 11th MOS ChapterUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
4/30/2012 8:24 PM
The National Governance Board is pleased to announce the formation and approval of the 11th chapter of MOS, the Military Outreach for Service for Troops (M.O.S.T.), located on the IRS campus in Ogden, Utah. Visit their website for more information.
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NCFB Welcomes Back One of Its OwnUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
4/26/2012 8:43 PM
The New Carrollton chapter of MOS helped welcome back a long-time IRS employee who just completed a year long tour of Afghanistan as a U.S. Marine Corps reservist. MOS joins his fellow workers with a warm welcome. Find pictures and the full story on the Heroes page.
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Kansas City Chapter Sends Easter Reminder to American SoldiersUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
4/10/2012 8:14 PM
Members of the Heart of America Chapter of MOS and IRS employees in Kansas City keep on giving. Read the story on the KC Chapter website.
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Job Fairs for Our HeroesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
3/27/2012 8:35 PM

Hiring Our HeroesDo you know a veteran who is looking for work? NBC, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Military.Com are partnering to bring job fairs to veterans across the country. Please send this link (http://www.military.com/hiringourheroes) to a veteran, a serviceman or woman about to separate, or a military spouse and have them register for a job fair near them.

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It Pays to Eat Your CheeriosUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
2/22/2012 8:12 PM
General Mills, the makers of Cheerios cereal, has a special promotional campaign the warrants the attention of veterans. A postSpecial Cheerios box that benefits the USO.card appears on the inside of specially marked boxes. Send the postcard to the company and they will donate $1 to the United Services Organization (USO). Cheerios has already donated $150,000 and will donate up to an additional $100,000 based upon the number of postcards received by November 30, 2012. Additional information can be found on the Cheerios website. 
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Holtsville Chapter Presents Flag to DirectorsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
2/16/2012 8:48 PM
As result of their 2011 Adopt-a-Soldier campaign, the Holtsville, NY chapter of MOS received a special flag from troops in Afghanistan. Read about the flag and program on the Holtsville website.
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A Valentine's Day Wish for Our American HeroesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
2/14/2012 8:56 PM
Today is Valentine's Day and I had the privilege of meeting some wonderful people and their families at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda. As I helped representatives from the Yellow Ribbon Fund, Inc. (http://www.yellowribbonfund.org/) and military spouses distribute Valentine's Day baskets throughout the hospital, I met wounded warriors whose hearts may not have been broken but whose bodies definitely were. We visited wards on three different floors and saw single, double, and triple amputees, a solider who lost his eyesight, gunshot victims, and more. One ward held traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic disorder victims. I finished my visit at Tranquility Hall, a residencial complex for servicemen and women out of immediate medical danger but still recuperating and undergoing therapy and counseling.
 
NMMC is a place of fears and hope, of distress and comfort, of loneliness and love. The men and women I observed in the hospital beds in many cases paid extremely high prices for their professional work in support of our country. I met and observed fathers and mothers and spouses who put their lives on hold to support their loved one's recovery however they could. The staff, military and civilian, are attentive, caring, and professional and provide the precious patients the care they desperately need and deserve. Numerous volunteers from small nonprofit organizations and large national organizations supplement the hospital care by supporting the families in times of need, helping the servicemen with some complexities of life, and providing little symbolic gestures such as Valentine's Day baskets and cards to let the wounded servicemen and women know that others care and that they are not forgotten. But it's never enough. The needs - financial, emotional, spiritual as well as medical - are so great.
 
One of my guides today was a triple amputee who spent a long time at Walter Reed. This brave young man visited with over 15 patients, showed how he had overcome his injuries, told them how he had made successful adjustments in face of his new realism, and encouraged them to pour their whole spirit into recuperation. This young man, and his wife, are simply amazing and true models of tenacity of spirit. Yet his recuperation is only just beginning. When a patient lives the cocoon of a military or veterans hospital, the struggle to survive and cope can be truly an uphill, daunting battle. The news of warrior suicides, homelessness, and financial distress only confirms the ongoing battles.
 
Almost 40 years ago, I was a young man in one of those hospital beds -- the war was unpopular, the organizations working with the wounded servicemen and women far less. Some of my fellow patients had not a single visitor during my hospital stay. I understand the loneliness and forlorn feelings and hope that Americans will not forget our current wounded warriors.
 
The servicemen and women being treated in our military and veterans hospitals, the discharged veterans who served over the past two decades, and their military spouses and families need our understanding, our awareness of their issues, and our ongoing support. I hope that I can be of some small assistance.
 
Finally (I can get longwinded when I get excited about something), I thank the Yellow Ribbon Fund and Operation Second Chance (http://operationsecondchance.org) for providing me an opportunity to make a token gesture.
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DC Chapter Member Featured in IRWeb SpotlightUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
2/9/2012 8:29 PM
An activist, cat lover, IRS recruiter, retired warrior and double amputee takes on sky-diving as a hobby. Read about this heroine, as featured in the Feb. 9, 2012, edition of the IRWeb Spotlight on the Washington DC Chapter webpage.
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Heart of America Chapter Ships 2,267th packageUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
2/7/2012 8:38 PM
Care packageBetween 2009 and 2011, the Heart of America Chapter of MOS has shipped 2,267 care packages to American troops stationed aboard. Read more on their webpage.
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MOS Adds 10th Official ChapterUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
2/5/2012 10:58 AM
On February 2, 2012, the MOS National Governance Board voted unanimously to bestow official chapter status to the Chamblee Cavalry Chapter. The new chapter is the 10th official chapter and draws members mainly from the Chamblee, Georgia area. If you are a federal employee who lives or works in the Chamblee area and want to join, visit the chapter's webpage for more information.
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Atlanta Chapter Honors Retiring W&I CommissionerUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
1/2/2012 8:54 PM
The Peachtree Patriots (Atlanta) Chapter of MOS honored Wage & Investment Commissioner Rick Byrd just before he retired at the end of 2011. See the Peachtree Patriots website for details.
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Peachtree Patriots Proudly Represent MOS at Wreath Laying Ceremony and Give Presents to Military ChildrenUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
12/29/2011 9:00 PM
Photo of Marietta National CemeteryMembers of the Peachtree Patriots, the Atlanta, GA chapter of MOS, had a busy holiday season this past December. They honored fallen soldiers at a national cemetery and gave presents to military children. See the full story on the Peachtree Patriots web page.
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Happy Holidays from the MOS LeadershipUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
12/27/2011 8:29 PM
The national board of directors for Military Outreach for Service (MOS) wishes you and your beloved ones a happy holiday season and a blessed New Year.
 
As you heard on the news, Operation Iraqi Freedom is officially over, at least from the American perspective. The cost to our country was 4,484 dead men and women and another 30,000+ wounded. Many family members find the holiday season especially painful and we sympathize with their pain and suffering. Nothing we can do will bring back the lost lives or undo an amputation. One of our officers received an e-mail from a combat veteran friend that describes the mixed emotions regarding the end of the Iraqi war:
 

Landed at Andrews AFB yesterday (Dec. 21, 2011), about an hour after Obama was there for this story below. One of the pilots that flew the general and his staff back from the Middle East is is friend of mine, actually a USNA '90 grad now in the AF Reserves. Met him for a beer last night.  

 

Iraq Colors Arrive in US: President  Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey gathered on Tuesday at JB Andrews, Md., to welcome home US troops from Iraq. Among the troops was Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, the last commander of US Forces-Iraq, who brought with him the unit colors of the now-completed Iraq campaign. "Today is a historic day as we commemorate the return of the colors under which our armed forces fought so ably and proudly in Iraq and mark the end of the second longest war in US history," said Carter. He said "a grateful nation" thanks the troops for their accomplishments and sacrifices during the nearly nine years of the campaign. "Because of the courage and resilience of our military and our partners . . . 30 million Iraqis are free today," said Dempsey. Austin thanked the troops for "a job extremely well done." He said the nation owes "a debt of gratitude it can never repay" to the families of those personnel who lost their lives in Iraq. 

 

Then this is my Wednesday story:

 

My day started at Andrews AFB, Maryland.  We transported 7 patients, 5 of them on stretchers, to Miramar Marine Corps Air Station and Travis AFB, both in California.  Some were Marines and soldiers who were caught in the blast of an IED in Afghanistan.  

It's one thing to see it on tv or see a picture on-line or in a magazine.  It's another to see it in person.  Don't think I'll ever forget today.  A young man, probably 20 years old.  Face all cut up.  Left arm amputated.  Left leg amputated.  Drugged up on pain medication.  Laying there at the mercy of the Air Force flight nurses.  A sad site to see.  So much for the rah-rah, war is over in Iraq celebrations.

 

I feel honored and embarrassed at the same time.  Honored that I played a small role in returning him to his family and the start of a long journey of recovery.  Embarrassed to think of all the little things that occupy my time and cause frustrations, when I should be grateful for every big and little thing that I have been blessed with.

 

Kind of puts a damper on my holiday spirit.  But I can't wait to get home and hug my kids and wife.
 
We encourage our members to be generous with their time and donations to charitable causes that seek to improve the lives of our veteran brothers and sisters in need and our active duty troops overseas.
 
Please enjoy the holiday tribute on our Heroes and Memories page.
 
MOS National Board, December 2011
 
 
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DC Area Veterans Hiring and Outreach EventUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
12/26/2011 12:32 PM
The Veterans Administration is sponsoring a large hiring and outreach event for veterans in the surrounding states on January 18, 2012. Check our employment page for more details.
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Ernie Beltz Runs for CongressUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
12/26/2011 12:31 PM
Former MOS member Bernie A. Beltz, Jr. resigned from the Internal Revenue Service in early December 2011 to run for U.S. Congress. The three issues that he is focusing on are small business growth and job creation, reduction of wasteful spending and care for our military, veterans and their families.
 
Ernie is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who worked on the IRS Commissioner's staff and served as the Veterans Employment Program manager for the Department of Treasury. He served as a mentor for the pilot Wounded Warriors program and has been active in promoting employment of veterans in the federal government. He lives near Austin, TX with his wife Michele. The couple work with wounded warriors through an organization called the Warrior Transition Project.
 
You can get more information about his congressional campaign on his website.
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President Signs Hero and Wounded War Tax Credits Into Law and Other White House Initiatives for VeteransUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/26/2011 12:20 PM

In August 2011, President Barack Obama called on Congress to enact tax credits that will help get veterans back to work. The Returning Heroes Tax Credit provides businesses that hire unemployed veterans with a maximum credit of $5,600 per veteran, and the Wounded Warriors Tax Credit offers businesses that hire veterans with service-connected disabilities with a maximum credit of $9,600 per veteran.

These tax credits were included in the American Jobs Act and were signed into law by President Obama on November 21, 2011.

Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credits

Under the Recovery Act, employers who hired certain unemployed veterans were eligible for a tax credit of up to 40 percent of the first $6,000 of wages, for a maximum credit of $2,400. This credit expired at the end of 2010.

On November 21, 2011, the President signed into law two new tax credits:

  • The Returning Heroes Tax Credit is a new hiring tax credit that will provide an incentive for businesses to hire unemployed veterans.
    • Short-term unemployed: A new credit of 40 percent of the first $6,000 of wages (up to $2,400) for employers who hire veterans who have been unemployed at least 4 weeks.
    • Long-term unemployed: A new credit of 40 percent of the first $14,000 of wages (up to $5,600) for employers who hire veterans who have been unemployed longer than 6 months.
  • The Wounded Warrior Tax Credit will double the existing tax credit for long-term unemployed veterans with service-connected disabilities.
    • Maintain the existing Work Opportunity Tax Credit for veterans with service-connected disabilities (currently the maximum is $4,800).
    • A new credit of 40 percent of the first $24,000 of wages (up to $9,600) for firms that hire veterans with service-connected disabilities who have been unemployed longer than 6 months.

Executive Actions to Get Veterans Back to Work

Earlier this year, the President also announced a series of executive actions to help get veterans back to work.

These initiatives include:

Veteran Gold Card: Post-9/11 veterans can now download the Veteran Gold Card, which entitles them to enhanced services including six months of personalized case management, assessments and counseling, at the roughly 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers located across the country. This could help serve the more than 200,000 unemployed Post-9/11 veterans. The President directed the Department of Labor to launch this initiative in his August 5, 2011 speech at the Navy Yard.

My Next Move for Veterans: The Department of Labor has launched My Next Move for Veterans, a new online resource that allows veterans to enter their military occupation code and discover civilian occupations for which they are well qualified. The site also includes information about salaries, apprenticeships, and other related education and training programs.

Creating a Veterans Job Bank: The Administration launched the Veterans Job Bank, at National Resource Directory, an easy to use tool to help veterans find job postings from companies looking to hire them. It already searches over one million job postings and is growing. In a few easy steps, companies can make sure the job postings on their own websites are part of this Veterans Job Bank. These resources can be accessed at www.whitehouse.gov/vets

Joining Forces: In August, the President challenged the private sector to hire or train 100,000 veterans or military spouses by the end of 2013. The President also asked First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to lead these efforts with the private sector as part of their Joining Forces initiative. In just over 100 days, more than 1,500 private sector companies have stepped up and already employed more than 18,000 veterans and spouses. In addition, these private sector companies have committed to hiring 135,000 veterans and spouses by the end of 2013, exceeding the President's challenge. Also included in these private sector employment efforts is a dedicated commitment to hire 5,000 wounded warriors.

Challenging Community Health Centers to Hire 8,000 Veterans in Three Years: The Obama Administration challenged Community Health Centers to hire 8,000 veterans – approximately one veteran per health center site – over the next three years. The health reform law provides funding for community health centers to serve more Americans and hire more workers. The National Association of Community Health Centers will also contribute to this effort and joined the Administration in announcing this Community Health Center Veterans Hiring Challenge.

Helping Veterans Become Physician Assistants: To fast-track medics into jobs in community health centers and other parts of the health care system, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) pledged to open up career-paths beyond nursing and expand opportunities for veterans to become physician assistants. Through this initiative, HRSA will begin to give priority in physician assistant grant awards to universities and colleges that help train veterans for careers as physician assistants.

Together, these initiatives and the tax credits will lower veteran unemployment through increased hiring, improve resources for veterans to translate their military skills for the civilian workforce, and provide veterans with new tools to aid their search for jobs.

(Taken from a White House Press Release dated Nov. 21, 2011)

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VA Health Benefits WebsiteUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/23/2011 6:48 PM
The Veterans Health Administration Health Eligibility Center (HEC) recently enhanced its ability to communicate with the Veteran community by launching a new Health Benefits website at www.va.gov/healthbenefits. The website is designed for easy navigation and is interactive to enhance the user’s experience. The new site is an online portal for Veterans, family members and care givers to learn about eligibility, enrollment options and benefits offered by VHA.

The website also provides detailed information about how to apply for VHA health services, cost of care, accessing VA health care and VA’s Medical Benefits Package. The Health Benefits website, which became available on Veterans Day 2011, provides the following new features:
 
  • Simple, easy instructions on how to obtain and access health benefits
  • Organized informational flow
  • Medical benefits package and priority group information
  • Income threshold determination widget
  • Copay mapping
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Star Smith to Take Over As Treasury Veterans Employment Program ManagerUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/20/2011 11:01 AM
Ernie A. Beltz, Jr., Veterans Employment Program Manager for the Department of the Treasury, is stepping down from his position to pursue other interests. Star Smith will be taking over his position effect December 4, 2011. Star will be assisted by Rosalinda Ortiz and other employees in the IRS Recruitment Office.
 
Photo of Enrie A. Beltz, Jr.Ernie was the first departmental Veterans Employment Program Manager and although an IRS employee, served all Treasury bureaus. He was instrumental in launching and expanding the Wounded Warrior Internship pilot program, educating federal managers on the benefits of hiring military veterans, planned and hosted Veterans Day programs, and championed the cause of veterans throughout the department. Ernie also writes a blog about veterans issues on the GovLoop social networking website.
 
"It has been an honor and privilege to be a part of this program, and to have the opportunity to work with and get to know each of you. I haven't met all of you in person, however I consider all of you friends. Each of you have made a tremendous impact on not only MOS, but the veterans programs as a whole across IRS and Treasury... I challenge you to keep going, stay motivated and continue to offer more opportunities to veterans." Ernie said in a recent e-mail announcing his decision.
 
Ernie, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, said that he enjoyed working with Military Outreach for Service and would continue to champion the cause of military veterans. In 2010, Ernie was awarded the Horizon Award by IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman.
 
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Master Sergeant Thrills Atlanta VeteransUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/16/2011 8:34 PM
The Peachtree Patriots Chapter of MOS hosted a Veterans Day program in Atlanta on November 8, 2011, and provided a well-seasoned soldier to honor the special day. More details are on the Atlanta chapter website.
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11 notable U.S. military leaders of 2011 from the Washington PostUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/15/2011 8:43 PM
The November 15, 2011 edition of the online Washington Post has a nice photo gallery of notable military leaders of the past year, including retired Sergeant Dakota Meyer, who received the medal of honor. Here's to the rest of you unsung heroes.
Created: 11/15/2011 8:43 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
Veterans Day Events around the countryUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/6/2011 8:22 PM
The flag of the United States of AmericaAll across the country, from November 5 through 13, 2011, communities will be celebrating Veterans Day with a wide variety of programs and a lot of parades. We've put together a little list. But there are too many to list as the research could go on a long time and some are barely publicized. If you cannot find your community below, either under the Marine Corps listings or the listings by location, go to Google or Bing or your other favorite Internet search engine and search for "Veterans Day" programs and the name of your community.
 
Whatever you do, take the time to thank a veteran for her or his service to our country. They didn't enlist for the free food or discounts from merchants. If you know a veteran overseas, and the Department of Veterans Affairs defines a military veteran as someone with more than 180 days of active duty service, send them a card or an e-mail. Visit a VA hospital, prepare a care package, shake a veteran's hand, help at a veterans' shelter, do something to help another veteran.

To all you veterans, thank you for your service, from Military Outreach for Service. And have a great day.
 
 
 
 
Veterans Day Programs with the U.S. Marine Corps participation
 
11/8/2011 Veteran's Day Assembly
Speaker - Mandeville, LA
11/9/2011 Weekly meeting Summerville Rotary Club
Speaker - Summerville, SC
11/9/2011 Operation Care Package Kick-Off
Color Guard - Joliet, IL
11/9/2011 Veterans' Recognition Breakfast
Color Guard - Perrysburg, OH
11/9/2011 Veterans day events
Color Guard - Augusta, GA
11/10/2011 Marine Corps Birthday Ball
Color Guard - Surprise, AZ
11/10/2011 FLOYD COUNTY GEORGIA HONORS IT"S VETERANS
Color Guard - Rome , GA
11/10/2011 Military Appreciation and Understanding
Speaker - Encinitas , CA
11/10/2011 Veteran's Day Ceremony and Marine Corps Birthday
Color Guard - Schenectady, NY
11/10/2011 Arizona's Celebration of Citizen Diplomacy
Color Guard - Phoenix, AZ
11/10/2011 USMC Birthday Ball
Color Guard - Coventry, RI
11/10/2011 MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY BALL
Color Guard - ALBANY, NY
11/10/2011 Veteran's Day Celebration
Color Guard - Yuma, AZ
11/10/2011 Marine and Navy Corps Memorial Service
Color Guard - Jacksonville, FL
11/10/2011 Will James Middle School Veteran's assembly
Color Guard - billings, MT
11/10/2011 Gerstell Academy Veterans' Day Ceremony
Color Guard - Finksburg, MD
11/10/2011 Meet and Greet Reception for Veterans Day
Color Guard - Garden City, NY
11/10/2011 FAA, Southwest Region Veteran's Day Recognition
Color Guard - Fort Worth, TX
11/10/2011 Dedication of Nassau County Veterans Court
Color Guard - Mineola, NY
11/10/2011 236TH MARINE CORP LUNCEON
Color Guard - MONTEBELLO, CA
11/10/2011 San Ramon Rotary Veterans Day Celebration
Color Guard - San Ramon, CA
11/10/2011 Veteran's Day Celebration
Color Guard - Los Angeles, CA
11/10/2011 Lakes Community High School Veterans Day Assembly
Color Guard - Lake Villa, IL
11/10/2011 Veteran's Day Celebration
Color Guard - Orange, CA
11/10/2011 Veterans Day Celebration
Color Guard - Jackson, LA
11/10/2011 RecruitMilitary Opportunity Expo
Color Guard - Irving , TX
11/10/2011 US Marine Corps. 236th Birthday Celebration
Speaker - Toledo , OH
11/10/2011 Will James Middle School Veteran's assembly
Speaker - Billings, MT
11/10/2011 St. Charles Annual Veterans Day Concert
Color Guard - St. Charles, MI
11/11/2011 Veterans Day Appreciation Event
Color Guard - Eden Prairie, MN
11/11/2011 City of Palm Springs Veteran's Day Parade
Band - Palm Springs, CA
11/11/2011 Veterans Day Ceremony
Speaker - Bridgeville, PA
11/11/2011 Veterans Day Observance
Band - Hilton Head Island, SC
11/11/2011 San Marcos Veterans Day Ceremony
Speaker - San Marcos, CA
11/11/2011 Dedication for Ridgeland Veterans Memorial Park
Band - Ridgeland, SC
11/11/2011 Veterans Day Salute
Color Guard - Milwaukee, WI
11/11/2011 Veteran's Day
Speaker - Billings, MT
11/11/2011 Veteran's Day Celebration
Color Guard - Apex, NC
11/11/2011 MARION COUNTY VETERANS DAY
Color Guard - OCALA, FL
11/11/2011 Veterans Day
Color Guard - Lillington, NC
11/11/2011 Iberville Salute to Veterans
Color Guard - Plaquemine, LA
11/11/2011 City of Hemet Annual Veteran's Day celebration
Ground Equipment - Hemet, CA
11/11/2011 ALBANY VETERANS DAY PARADE
Color Guard - ALBANY, NY
11/11/2011 REMEMBERANCE DAY NATIONAL ROLL CALL
Color Guard - WAYNE , NJ
11/11/2011 Veterans Day Ceremony
Color Guard - Bridgeville, PA
11/11/2011 Greater Philadelphia Realty Leadership Awards Dinner
Color Guard - Philadelphia, PA
11/11/2011 Veterans Day Ceremony
Color Guard - Chicago, IL
11/11/2011 Trident Technical College Veteran's Day Celebration
Color Guard - North Charleston, SC
11/11/2011 Veterans Day Ceremony
Color Guard - Gloucester, VA
11/11/2011 Marine Corps League Det 1033 Birthday Ball
Color Guard - Sheridan, WY
11/11/2011 USMC Birthday Ball- Marine Corps League Det 1033
Speaker - Sheridan, WY
11/11/2011 Iberville Salute to Veterans
Ground Equipment - Plaquemine, LA
11/11/2011 Veterans Day Parade and Ceremonies
Ground Equipment - Virginia Beach, VA
11/11/2011 Veterans Day Ceremony
Color Guard - Uniontown, OH
11/11/2011 Veterans Day Parade and Ceremonies
Color Guard - Virginia Beach, VA
11/11/2011 VETERANS DAY CEREMONY
Color Guard - NORTH READING, MA
11/11/2011 Veterans Day Celebration
Color Guard - Chicago, IL
11/11/2011 Meadowbrook Elementary Walkathon
Color Guard - waukesha, WI
11/11/2011 Remebrance Roll Call
Color Guard - University Park, IL
11/11/2011 2011 Rawlings Golden glove Award Ceremony
Color Guard - New York, NY
11/11/2011 Veterans Day Ceremony
Speaker - Gloucester, VA
11/11/2011 2011 Norman Veteran's Day Parade
Color Guard - Norman, OK
11/11/2011 Veteran's Day Salute
Ground Equipment - San Antonio, TX
11/11/2011 New York Athletic Club Veterans Day Event
Color Guard - New York, NY
11/11/2011 Randolph County Veterans Day Parade
Ground Equipment - Asheboro, NC
11/11/2011 Spirit of Princeton Veterans Day
Color Guard - Princeton, NJ
11/11/2011 Palm Beach County Veterans Day Parade
Color Guard - West Palm Beach , FL
11/11/2011 Memorial Day Ceremony
Color Guard - New Castle, DE
11/11/2011 CENTRAL PRIVATE SCHOOL VETERAN'S DAY CELEBRATION
Color Guard - CENTRAL, LA
11/11/2011 Annual Veterans Day Luncheon
Color Guard - Harleysville, PA
11/11/2011 Devildog Lunch Club
Speaker - New York, NY
11/11/2011 Veteran's Day Salute Celebration
Speaker - San Antonio, TX
11/11/2011 Newport News American Legion Riders Annual Veteran's Day Ceremony
Color Guard - Newport News, VA
11/11/2011 Veteran's Day Event
Speaker - Covington, LA
11/11/2011 Veterans Day Program
Speaker - Houma, LA
11/12/2011 Salute to Veterans Concert
Band - Albany, GA
11/12/2011 PTSD Golf and Dinner
Color Guard - Galveston , TX
11/12/2011 Marine Corp Birthday
Color Guard - Gainesville, TX
11/12/2011 Midtown Festival and Salute to the Troops
Ground Equipment - Jacksonville, FL
11/12/2011 Marine Corps Birthday Ball
Color Guard - Mayfield, NY
11/12/2011 236th Marine Corp Ball
Color Guard - Shehpherdstown, WV
11/12/2011 Daisy Mountain Veterans Parade & Family Picnic
Ground Equipment - Anthem, AZ
11/12/2011 Veterans Boat Parade
Color Guard - Madeira Beach, FL
11/13/2011 Veteran's Day Concert
Color Guard - Jeannette, PA
11/13/2011 Miami Dolphins Veterans Salute
Band - Miami, FL
11/13/2011 Miami Dolphins Veterans Salute - Pre-game Performance
Band - Miami, FL
 
 
Veterans Day Programs By Location
 
 
 
 
Arizona - events throughout the state
 
 
 
 
Branson, MO - advertised as America's largest Veterans Day celebration
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Houston, TX - parade and veterans job fair
 
 
 
 
Louisiana - events around the state
 
 
 
New Mexico (PDF) - throughout the state
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
San Antonio, TX - Free concert with the San Antonio Symphony and the U.S. Air Force Band
 
 
 
 
 
Wisconsin - throughout the state
 
 

Note: this list of events was compiled from numerous websites and their owners are thanked for their contributions. Many areas of the country held Veterans Day programs on Saturday, November 5, 2011, so they are not listed. There are too many events to list accurately. Any omissions were accidental.
 
To find an event in your area, "google" "Veterans Day" and the name of your town, city, or state.
 
Created: 11/6/2011 11:26 AM
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Final Regulations on Qualifying Exigency LeaveUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/26/2011 8:39 PM
Revision to leave rules for families with an active duty member on covered active duty status: The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has issued final regulations to implement section 565(b)(1) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (Public Law 111-84, October 28, 2009). The final regulations amend the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations to provide eligible Federal employees up to 12 administrative workweeks of unpaid leave under the FMLA for qualifying exigency purposes. The regulations are available at http://www.opm.gov/fedregis.

Qualifying exigencies arise when the spouse, son, daughter, or parent of an employee is on covered active duty in the Armed Forces, or has been notified of an impending call or order to covered active duty status. These regulations will help employees manage family affairs when their family members are on covered active duty.

The regulations provide for eight categories of qualifying exigencies: short-notice deployments, military events and related activities, childcare and school activities, financial and legal arrangements, counseling, rest and recuperation, post-deployment activities, and additional activities not encompassed in the other categories when the agency and employee agree they qualify as exigencies and agree to the timing and duration of the leave.

For further information, you may contact your agency’s assigned OPM Human Capital Officer. Employees should contact their agency’s human resources offices for assistance.

To view the full Memo, visit:

 
(From an Oct. 14, 2011, e-mail from Kathrene Hansen, Executive Director, Greater Los Angeles Federal Executive Board)
Created: 10/26/2011 8:34 PM
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PBS Chronicles the History of America's Disability Rights MovementUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/25/2011 8:20 PM
Black and white photo of wheelchair-bound Americans rallying around an American-looking flag with the stars in the shape of a wheelchair.A large percentage of military veterans are among the 54 million Americans living with disabilities as the result of military-connected service. Yet once they leave the service, these veterans face innumerable challenges in their fight for a satisfying life. PBS highlights the struggles of the disabled in a documentary called LIVES WORTH LIVING, to be aired the first time on October 27, 2011. Check your local PBS station for the air time and possible repeat showings. You can find more information and photos on the PBS website.
Created: 10/25/2011 8:18 PM
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VA Urges Breast Cancer AwarenessUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/15/2011 10:59 AM
The Department of Veterans Affairs is recognizing October as breast cancer awareness month, although awareness should be present year round, by urging female veterans to consult with their VA or private healthcare provider. Read the story on our News page.
Created: 10/15/2011 10:59 AM
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VA Gets the Point with Women's Health CareUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/14/2011 7:53 AM
The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched an initiative to change the way the public and its own employees view the importance of health care for women veterans. Watch the VA's YouTube video and read the press release on our News page.
Created: 10/14/2011 7:53 AM
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VA to Build Polytrauma-Blind Rehabilitation Center in Palo AltoUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/12/2011 8:37 PM
The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued a $98.8 million contract to build a polytrauma-blind rehabilitation Center in Palo Alto, California. More details are on the Northern California web page.
 
Created: 10/12/2011 8:37 PM
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VA Launches Outreach Campaign to Eliminate Homelessness Among VeteransUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/12/2011 8:35 PM
The Department of Veterans Affairs is conducting an outreach campaign during the month of October 2011 in an effort to reduce homelessness among veterans. More information is on our News page.
 
Created: 10/12/2011 8:31 PM
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MOS Membership Elects New President and SecretaryUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/12/2011 7:19 AM
Newly elected MOS President John GrayThe membership of Military Outreach for Service elected a new president, John Gray, to fill behind outgoing President Allen Lichtenwalner.
 
Members also cast ballots for a new secretary and re-elected the incumbent vice president and treasurer.
 
Members also provided feedback about the MOS national board, desire for a national convention, and usefulness of the MOS website.
 
The newly elected officers for the 2012 board are:
  • President - John Gray
  • Vice President - Jon Bird
  • Secretary - John Mansfield
  • Treasurer - Roger Janosek

John Gray is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University with a degree in English. He spent four years active duty in the United States Marine Corps, in security and as an infantry squad leader. Over the past twenty years he has worked in number of management and leadership positions, and is currently a Supervisory Revenue Officer in Greenville, SC. John has supported MOS for the past three years by recruiting members in South Carolina, serving on the Chapter Development Committee, the Resume Team and as a mentor in the pilot program.

John Mansfield, a retired colonel from the U.S. Army Reserves and the U.S. Army National Guard and a revenue agent group manager in the Des Moines Iowa District, takes over as secretary. His biography is on the Elections website.

The MOS Election Committee certified the results of the election on Tuesday, October 11, 2011. The election was held through Internet voting on the MOS website. 14 percent of eligible members (58 of 499) voted.

Other election survey results

The election survey also asked members to give feedback on the website, the state of MOS, and other comments.

Website: 53% said they visit the website (http://mos-irs.org) more than once every six months while 17% report visiting more than once a month. 88% said they rarely if ever have problems logging on. 48% found the website easy to use, 30% said it was average, and 21% had no comment.

The most useful pages were the home page, News, and Heroes and Memories. The least useful pages were Employment (over 99% of MOS members are currently IRS employees) and Blogs.

Suggestions for improvement included increasing the font size and simplying the password reset process.

MOS Mission, Board, and Conference: 87% thought that the MOS National Board was doing a good job and 98% said that they understood and agreed with the mission of MOS.

A question was asked regarding a national MOS conference: 38% said they would attend a conference at their own expense, 21% said they would attend if they were reimbursed, 16% said they would not attend but MOS should hold a conference, 9% said MOS should not hold a conference, and 16% had no comment.

Other Comments: Voters were provided an opportunity to give other feedback. 95% had no feedback.

One member commented that MOS had started a number of programs, such as the resume initative but have not followed up and implemented the program. The member said that MOS needs to have better follow through on its initatives.

A second member commented that each Chapter should see about working with other Employee Organizations in their area to sponsor joint events of interest to a broader community.

And a third member suggested that MOS should get moving on the mentoring program and find additional ways to engage local chapters in national efforts as a way to recruit more members. This member said that campus activities are a great way to get internal media attention.

Other: David W. Heiser, the current Internet Communications Officer, was also re-elected to the board. You can view the 2012 election and survey results on our Elections page.

Created: 10/11/2011 8:33 PM
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MOS Seeking Veterans Issues on FaceBookUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/6/2011 7:24 AM
Are you a federal employee and a military veteran? Has your transition to civilian federal employment been bumpy? Are there issues with your pay, retirement or leave calculation, or rights as a veteran? Help us speak out. MOS members are meeting with the IRS Human Capital Office and we need your input. Please go to our Facebook page and tell us about your issues or comment on the feedback of your fellow veterans.
Created: 10/6/2011 7:23 AM
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DC Chapter Members Represent MOS at National Disability Awareness ProgramUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/6/2011 7:12 AM
Members of the Washington, DC Chapter of MOS represented the national organization at a National Disability Awareness Program held at the IRS headquarters building on October 5, 2011. Read more on the Washington, DC Chapter website.
Created: 10/6/2011 7:12 AM
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MOS Elections Underway and End October 7Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/3/2011 8:06 PM
The 2012 elections for officers for the National Governance Board of Military Outreach for Service are underway. If you are a member in good standing -- which means you paid your dues for 2011 or 2012 -- and did not get an e-mail message from Allen Lichtenwalner, our current president, please send an e-mail to him and we'll get a ballot to you. The election ends Friday night, October 7, 2011.
Created: 10/3/2011 8:06 PM
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Last Words from the President of the MOSUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/1/2011 4:36 PM
(Posted on behalf of Allen Lichtenwalner, President, Military Outreach for Service)
 
As I draw my current position as National President to an end, I've taken the time to highlight just a few of the significant events that brought us to where we are today:
 
  • 2008: This was a significant year for the MOS as it was the year they were formed.  Jim Clifford, Art Gandara, Matt Ferrrero, Fred McElligot, Susie Harmon, and Steve Cickay (retired from the IRS) were instrumental in getting the ball rolling.  Without these folks, we simply would not exist.  This year also found our first elections, first by-laws, first website, and draft 501(c)(3) application prepared.  We were a scattered bunch of individuals trying to form a team--and what a team we formed!
  • 2009:  Our 501(c)(3) was approved, and the Warrior Intern Program under Jim Clifford's lead, took flight.  Our first Chapter, Atlanta's Peach Tree Patriot Chapter, was officially recognized.
  • 2010: I was honored to participate in the Schedule A Task Force, our by-laws were updated a third or forth time, and we continued to grow.  A draft for a veteran's mentor program was created, though not used due to pending HCO action(s).
  • 2011: Our initial attempted at a Veteran Resume Team took off and is in work.  Our "Stories from the Trenches" effort started and is still in work.  Most significantly, we signed up our ninth Chapter, Pittsburgh's Liberty Guardians Chapter.
 
Since starting in 2008, I responded directly to an average of twelve MOS emails per day, each day (including weekends/holidays).  This translates into 3 years, 2 months, and 22 days for 1179 days (using a very loose estimate of when I actually started).  Multiply that by the number of emails and you end up 14,148 emails though the actual number is likely to be significantly higher.  If you crunch numbers, I have spent over 700 hours of my personal life before & after work, nights, and weekends on just MOS email traffic; the actual number is likely to be closer to 1,000 hours but I'm not really counting.  Add to that twice-monthly MOS Officer & Executive Team teleconferences, phone calls and discussions with the Team and current or pending Chapter leaders, and individual phone calls with MOS members directly.  Throw in time spent on Employee Organization President duties and responsibilities.  Toss in a large handful of time spent on the original MOS website, pushing the 501(c)(3) process to successful completion, and other associated MOS projects.  To run the MOS as organization for the last three years took an inordinate amount of time.  I believe if I were to have tracked all the time and effort spent directly on MOS, the calculator would tip the scale in the 3,000 hour mark or approximately 2 hours per day--every day--since I've been involved in the MOS.
 
What's my point?  I don't recommend ANYONE spend that much time of their life on the MOS.  That's far and away excessive by any standard.  Some have called me highly dedicated, devoted.  Others simply told me I am crazy!  Quite frankly--I would do it again in a heartbeat!  Over the last three years I have had the honor or privilege of working with what I feel is easily the best and brightest the IRS has to offer.  This team of Officers, Executives, Chapter Leaders, and our general members is simply outstanding!  If I had to pull from the MOS Team and recommend individuals to recommend for a promotion, award, or recognition I really have no idea where I would start let alone have to decide who NOT too include!  Across the US there are so many of you who've done big things, little things, and everything in between in support of our MOS program, mission, and goals.  You've stepped up to the plate on all things Veteran.  I'm more in awe of what was accomplished by everyone else than I ever will be what little part I played in the process; I just sat at the head of the table.  The entire TEAM is responsible for our wide-ranging professional accomplishments!
 
The MOS nomination/election process is underway and I'm certain whomever is elected to take my position will be successful as the entire MOS Team will have their back!  During the transition process I will work very closely with the new MOS President to ensure they're brought up to speed on everything and will freely share all the resources I have at my disposal with them.  I'm not leaving the MOS, I'm just taking a much needed breather and move over into an advisory role with the Team and allow the MOS organization to evolve further.
 
I know I'm long winded, but I want to thank my MOS Officers--John Bird, Roger Janosek, and David Heiser for their unquestionable support of me and the MOS organization.  No matter what track I was on, they were there to support me--or to put me back on track when necessary.  I couldn't ask for better Officers!  Special thanks to our MOS Executive Committee for their loyalty and dedication to the MOS and all veteran-related initiatives.  My personal thanks to Jim Clifford, Art Gandara, Fred McElligot, Rodney Kobayashi, and one of our newest Exec's, Rich Guersney for everything they have done to enhance the recruitment & retention of veterans and for the superlative support the MOS.  Of course, I want to thank all the many MOS members who have stepped forward and have either formed a local MOS Chapter, are working on one as I type this, or gave it a heck of try!  It's very difficult to do what they have done, and my hat goes of to each one of them!
 
Thanks again one and all for many, many months supporting the best Employee Organization anywhere--the Military Outreach for Service!  In only a few short years we went from a collective thought to nine Chapters and over 400 members!   It's been a heck of ride and I wouldn't have missed it for anything!  Well done everyone, well done!
 
Allen L Lichtenwalner
President, Military Outreach for Service
Created: 9/24/2011 7:03 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
Four Chapters Granted Official Status in Past 3 MonthsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/1/2011 4:36 PM
The national governance board of MOS granted official status to four chapters in the past couple of months. Those chapters are:
 
  • Liberty Guardians -- Pittsburgh, PA
  • Illini Blackhawk Veterans -- Chicago, IL
  • Liberty Bell -- Philadelphia, PA
  • SoCal - Los Angeles, CA
 
Official chapters are allowed to collect local dues and maintain their own checking accounts. More information about the official and pending chapters, including links to all the chapter pages, can be found on our Chapters page.
Created: 9/24/2011 7:56 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
Lichtenwalner to step down; Announces call for nominees for FY 2012 electionsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
9/19/2011 7:38 AM
(Posted on behalf of Allen Lichtenwalner, President, MOS)
 
Good morning everyone!  It's that time of year again and we're opening up the floor for elections of our officers:  President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Internet Communications Officer (formerly Webmaster).  The position of Secretary has remained unfilled during FY2011, and our current Treasurer has been filling both rolls.  If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for these positions, please send in a Letter of Intent and a one-page Biography for the person being nominated.  Due to tight time constraints, the deadline to nominate someone is 09/23/2011. (Send your nominations to Allen Lichtenwalner.)
 
Secondly, I am also looking for three volunteers to acts as the Elections Committee.  These three volunteers will be responsible for receiving election nominations and to review the official ballots which will be cast electronically as in years past. (Send your response to Allen Lichtenwalner.)
 
Lastly, FY2011 will be last my year as the National President of the Military Outreach for Service;  I will not seek nor accept nomination for FY2012.   I have been at the helm for several years now, and believe it's time for someone with a new, fresh perspective to take over in my place for FY2012.  I will remain on as a member of the advisory team moving forward and will be readily available to answer questions and ensure a smooth transition to newly elected MOS Officer Team.  It has been my pleasure and a true honor serving as the inaugural President of the Military Outreach for Service, and am proud of all we have accomplished collectively as a team in what is a very short period of time.  Whomever is elected this year can rest assured they are backed by a simply outstanding Team!  
 
We have nominations and voting to take care!  Now is the time for for you--our MOS general membership--to take a bold step by nominating yourself or another active member for the positions indicated.  Again, the deadline to nominate someone is 09/23/2011.  (Send your nominations to Allen Lichtenwalner.)
 
Allen L Lichtenwalner
President, Military Outreach for Service
Created: 9/19/2011 7:38 AM
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MOS Board Welcomes Philadelphia as Newest Official ChapterUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
8/13/2011 9:36 AM
On August 11, 2011, the MOS National Governance Board approved the Liberty Bell Chapter, #006, of Philadelphia, PA, as the latest official chapter. William Harper is the president.
Created: 8/13/2011 9:36 AM
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MOS Member Helps Welcome National Guard Back from AfghanistanUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
7/25/2011 1:58 PM
MOS member John Mansfield, a retired U.S. Army colonel, helped welcome home members of the Iowa Army National Guard. See the story and more on the Iowa chapter page.
Created: 7/25/2011 1:58 PM
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MOS Member Stars on IRS YouTube VideoUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
7/18/2011 8:38 PM
YouTube Player iconWatch our own MOS member Richard Guernsey star in an IRS YouTube tax video. You might learn something about taxes issues for our military colleagues or pass this on to someone you know who might benefit.
Created: 7/18/2011 8:26 PM
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MOS Member Thanks IRS Employees for Deployment SupportUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
7/7/2011 8:58 PM
A National Guard soldier who is an IRS employee and a member of Military Outreach for Service wrote a very kind letter to express his appreciation for the support he and his fellow soldiers received while deployed. See the letter from Jose Acevedo on our Heroes and Memories page.
Created: 7/7/2011 8:58 PM
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Kentucky employees honor veterans on Memorial DayUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
7/6/2011 8:31 PM
Kentucky IRS employees found an interesting way to pay homage to fallen soldiers, veterans, and active duty military this past Memorial Day. The story continues on our News page.
Created: 7/6/2011 8:31 PM
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To our active duty countrymen and women and military veteransUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
7/5/2011 8:32 PM
A soldier reenlists in Iraq. Click to enlarge.Links to some thoughtful tributes on the Fourth of July.
 
Have a happy and safe holiday and thank you for your service to the United States of America.
Created: 6/28/2011 8:23 PM
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Father's DayUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/18/2011 8:05 AM
Happy Father's Day to all you active-duty and former military Dads. It takes a special kind of guy to serve your country and raise a family. Have a great and special day!
Created: 6/18/2011 8:05 AM
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Stores and Businesses Offering Military DiscountsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/13/2011 8:21 PM
Attached (open this article and click on the paper clip) is a list of stores and businesses offering discounts to active and retired military. Some of the offers may have expired and others may have strict requirements so please read carefully and check out the company's policy on their website or ask a store manager.  MOS is not endorsing any business on the list.
Created: 6/13/2011 8:20 PM
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Washington DC Chapter to Conduct Care Package DriveUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/9/2011 8:47 PM
The Washington DC Chapter of MOS will conduct a care package for troops drive June 20 - 27, 2011, at the IRS headquarters office. Go to the DC Chapter website for details.
Created: 6/9/2011 8:47 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
Tips and Resources for Planning Military Family VacationsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/1/2011 8:29 PM
If you procrastinated and haven't made your summer vacation plans, the June 2011 edition of the Military Community and Family Policy eMagazine has a wealth of tips to help you plan a safe experience. The magazine is especially a great resource for finding summer camps for military kids and families with special needs.
Created: 6/1/2011 8:29 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
Memorial Day Message from the National PresidentUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/27/2011 7:21 PM
Memorial Day is important to each of us for a variety of reasons.  We all know someone either directly or indirectly who gave their life for their country, and we honor all veterans who proudly serve this great nation--past, present, and future. 
 
If you have the opportunity to treat a veteran to a cold beverage or meal this weekend, please do so.  It's one of the best investments you'll make, and it will bring a smile to their face.  A friendly hug or a genuinely firm handshake is equally rewarding.
 
Also, as we roll into the 101 Critical Days of Summer, be safe out there!  These days are filled with travel, family events, holidays, barbecues, and many outdoor activities.  Take care of each other and the person next to you, and let's make this summer a safe one.  I want everyone healthy and happy as we wrap up the 101 Critical Days of Summer ending on Labor Day in September. 
 
Have a marvelous holiday weekend, and remember our Vets...
 
Allen L. Lichtenwalner
President, Military Outreach for Service
 
Created: 5/27/2011 7:21 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
Atlanta Packs for TroopsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/24/2011 8:42 PM
See the Peachtree Patriots (Atlanta, GA) Chapter page for details on their latest care package efforts.
Created: 5/24/2011 8:42 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
MOS Director HonoredUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/5/2011 8:23 PM
MOS Director Jim Clifford was among several Warrior Internship Program honorees by U.S. Army. Read the story on our News page.
Created: 5/5/2011 8:23 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
Chance for Free Tickets to See the U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill TeamUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
4/25/2011 8:25 PM
The Washington DC Chapter is offering a free enticement for new members to sign up on May 4, 2011. See the Washington, DC web pages for more information.
Created: 4/25/2011 8:25 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay Extended to October 21, 2011 Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
4/25/2011 8:05 PM
Yellow dollar signDid you or your spouse serve in the U.S. Armed Forces between September 11, 2001, and September 30, 2009? If so, was your tour of duty or that of your spouse involuntarily extended?
 
If you have not done so already, the date in which you can apply was been extended to October 21, 2011, in order for you to file a claim for the retroactive stop loss special pay. Details and the application process can be found on a special Department of Defense website (http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2010/0710_stoploss). Go to this website regardless of your branch of service. Congress extended the filing deadline through the government's continuing budget resolution.
 
One IRS military veteran reported that he received a letter from the Department of the Army about his eligibility. He received $500 a month for every month he was in a stop loss status. He did say that you have to have your paperwork ready including the last copy of your DD-214 and copies of the appropriate orders.
 
Act now! The last deadline is October 21, 2011. Please send this information to any veteran whom you know might be eligible.
Created: 4/25/2011 8:05 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
Tribute to Vietnam VeteransUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
4/3/2011 3:33 PM
Go to our Heroes and Memories page for a moving video tribute to our Vietnam Veterans.
Created: 4/3/2011 3:33 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
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MOS President's Message (February 2011)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
3/16/2011 8:58 PM
(Posted on behalf of Allen Lichtenwalner, President, MOS)
 
It’s been a while since I sent out an update to our general membership, and there’s a great deal going on within the Military Outreach for Service (MOS).
 
The New MOS Name. In a recent vote, the MOS National Governing Board (NGB) approved the dropping of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) designations in our name, and the opening of our doors to ALL military veterans serving in the Federal Government. Henceforth, virtually any veteran in any part of the Federal government can join our organization and participate in local Chapter activities. Our National MOS Bylaws will have to be changed in upcoming weeks to reflect this change.
 
MOS Mentoring Program. There’s been a great deal of behind the scenes work on our proposed Veteran mentoring program for our MOS members. Our own Rodney Kobayashi, an Executive, volunteered to head up the program. We made arrangements with the IRS employee organization to use their AIM Bootcamp mentoring program one of the key resources in our program with appropriate edits and modifications to make it veteran specific. However, our mentoring programs are temporarily suspended as both the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and IRS Human Capital Office (HCO) are working on versions of a veteran mentoring program. Once we determine the status of these programs and review it internally we move forward.
 
PayPal. In a recent vote by our NGB, we approve working with PayPal to make it possible for all members to pay their dues online and make voluntary tax-deductible contributions to the MOS. We hope to have our PayPal link and features online on our website in upcoming weeks, with it being fully tested and implemented by the end of March.
 
MOS Resume Team. Ernie Beltz, Veterans Employment Program Manager within the US Treasury Department has requested MOS take a lead role in the creation of the Resume Team. This team will help both current MOS members and prospective employees refine and strengthen resumes of military Veterans. I am requesting one MOS member step up to the plate to lead this team, and am requesting at least twelve additional members (preferably from all over the US) join the team to help make solid recommendations on resume improvements for our veterans. Please send me an email with the subject “Military Resume Team” to volunteer to work on this much needed team. I will then work with the NGB to make the team member selections. Please send me your email no later than March 10, 2011, as I really want to move forward on this key initiative.

Wreaths Across America. This is a a non profit 501-c3 organization, was formed as an extension of the Arlington Wreath Project. The Arlington Wreath program was started by Morrill Worcester (Worcester Wreath) in 1992 with the donation and laying of 5000 Christmas wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery. This became an annual journey for Mr. Worcester. Read more about this in the History of Arlington. It was relatively obscure until 2005 when a photo of the stones adorned with wreaths and covered in snow circulated around the internet. The project received National attention as thousands of requests poured in from all over the country from people wanting to emulate the Arlington project at their National and State cemeteries spurred the creation of “Wreaths Across America™”. Unable to donate thousands of wreaths to each state, Mr. Worcester conceived the idea of sending 7 wreaths (one for each branch of the military as well as POW/MIA). In 2006 with the help of the CAP and other civic organizations, over 150 locations held wreath laying ceremonies simultaneously. The Patriot Guard Riders volunteered as escort for the wreaths going to Arlington. This began the annual “Veterans Honor Parade” that travels the east coast in early December. By 2007 the requests for more wreaths grew. The Worcester family established the non-profit group Wreaths Across America™ (http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org) to further promote Veterans remembrance. The mission Remember, Honor and Teach characterized the projects goals perfectly."
 
I am challenging ALL MOS members, Chapter Leaders, Officers, Executives, and Advisors to make the Wreaths Across America one of their primary focuses this calendar year. I am setting a lofty goal for the MOS to raise $10,000 by October 31, 2011, to honor our military veterans. I encourage you to work within your local Chapters and have one fund raising effort geared specifically toward this program. If you would like to make a separate donation to this program, you can send a check payable to the Military Outreach for Service to our Treasurer c/o Military Outreach for Service, PO Box 810743, Farmers Branch, TX 75381-0743. In the remarks portion of your check simply write "Wreaths Across America".
 
Employee Organization Partnering. Thanks to excellent efforts of Atlanta, I the MOS should enter into a formal partnership with the other Employee Organizations (EO's) to help co-develop programs and events that are mutually beneficial to the MOS and the other EO's. This initiative was approved by the MOS NGB recently, and I will start working from a National level to make it happen when I travel to DC later this month to meet with Beth Tucker and all the EO Presidents. As you know, there is a great value in partnering, and as we move forward with our open door policy for all Federal Government military veterans, there is even more synergy to be obtained.
 
MOS Member-of-the-Year. By a wide majority vote, the MOS NGB approved my request to implement a formal MOS Member-of-the-Year Award to be presented to the MOS member, Chapter Leader, Officer, Executive, or Advisor who best represents the MOS and supports their programs and policies. As we used to say in the military, "... these singularly distinctive accomplishments reflect the highest credit upon the individual and the..." We have some excellent MOS members and leaders, and I believe we should formally recognize this. Calls for nominations will come out later this year, and formal presentation of the award will take place in September 2011.
 
MOS Chapter Jump Start Committee. I have challenged Richard Guernsey, MOS and IRS Executive, to lead the initial efforts to build a team to help our Chapters get off the ground. Working with official Chapter President’s Sharon Davis, Steven Wohl, Dale Imbleau, and Jeffrey Telepo, this team will orchestrate the effort to help our many Chapters get their local programs back on track. Ultimately, their efforts will be used to create a revised Chapter Development Tool Kit which will provide different tools used to attract new members, hold successful meetings, and further the MOS program.
 
New Internet Communications Officer. Upon majority approval of the MOS NGB, I have asked our current Webmaster, David Heiser, to become our newest permanent MOS Officer with full voting and participative rights. Many of you may know David and have seen his stellar work on our website, http://www.MOS-IRS.org. In this new capacity as Internet Communications Officer, I will be challenging David with further expansion of our web and Internet outreach to our members which may include social media sites such as Twitter, FaceBook, and LinkedIn. I am looking for MOS members to help David as we move forward this year. Many of you already are tweeting, linking, and liking on the various sites. Use of social media may help the MOS reach new members, generate more discussions, and ultimately strengthen our organization. If you would like to work with David, send me an email with the subject MOS Social Media. I’ll forward your information directly to David who will work to create a team under his oversight.
 
Membership Dues. I recently sent out a reminder that membership dues are now due. There were some problems in that members may not have the current membership form with the correct address. I’ve attached it with this update so everyone has the correct information. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to fill out the form and mail it in with your check. Our dues are used to offset many of the expenses we have, and to help fund those coming up in the near future. I would like everyone to pay their dues no later than March 15, 2011.
 
MOS Team. The MOS is ran by four officers: President, Vice President (Jon Bird), Treasurer (Roger Janosek), and now Internet Communications Officer (David Heiser). Our Executive Team consists of Jim Clifford, Art Gandara, Darrell S White, Fred McElligott, Rodney Kobayashi, Vernon S Williamson, Duane M Gillen, Richard Guernsey, Susan Greer, Bruch French, and Kathy L Jones. Our Advisors include Matt Ferrero, Susie Harmon, and Ernie Beltz. Our team has official Chapter President’s Sharon Davis, Steven Wohl, Dale Imbleau, and Jeffrey Telepo. Combined, this team provides the daily oversight, direction, and inspiration of the Military Outreach for Service. We have two standing Committees that also work behind the scenes on our Bylaws and our Chapter registration process consisting of Marietta Brookshire and John Gray respectively. I cannot thank them enough for their support and confidence, and look forward to rolling out many more military veteran initiatives in upcoming months.
 
There are many things happening—often behind the scenes—to build the MOS into a widely respected organization focused on helping our military veterans succeed! Our Chapter Leaders have conducted a wide array of presentations and programs all with a veteran focus. The work the MOS does is vitally important in the recruitment, retention, education, and promotion of our military veterans within the Federal government. Our concern for military veterans doesn’t stop at the office door as our MOS Leaders and members contributed greatly through the Warrior Intern Program, care packages, homeless veterans stand downs, and many other local programs. The MOS is for veterans, by veterans. With everyone working together, we can make the Military Outreach for Service highly successful!
 
As always, I have an electronic open door policy. You can reach me at the office, via email, or my personal cell at some of the oddest hours of the day, night, and weekends. As most of my fellow MOS Team can attest, I’m highly committed to this organization and its success. Most importantly, I’m here for you—our military veterans. If you have any ideas on we can improve and enhance the MOS, my eDoor is always open.
 
Allen L. Lichtenwalner, EMBA
National President
Phone: (330) 480-5744 Fax: (330) 746-1028
Personal Cell: (702) 271-3304
Email: Allen.L.Lichtenwalner@irs.gov
Created: 3/16/2011 8:58 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
New MOS Board Decisions Name Change and Make Other Improvements Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
2/6/2011 11:43 AM
In mid-January 2011, MOS President Allen Lichenwalner, Jr. sent a list of ten motions to the MOS National Governance Board for consideration.
 
On February 2, 2011, Mr. Lichtenwalner announced that all of the proposals listed below were approved by board members. Many have a profound impact on the future direction of MOS as an organization, including our name.
 
  1. Dropping IRS designation from MOS-IRS. A motion was made to drop the reference to Internal Revenue Service from the name of the organization. By eliminating the "IRS" reference MOS could expand the organization to include employees of other federal agencies, especially those co-located near MOS offices (such as Homeland Security, FBI, and GSA). This action may require re-filing official documents with the State of Ohio and IRS to formally implement the changed name as "Military Outreach for Service", and may result in changing the website address. Note that www.MOS.org is already reserved.
  2. MOS Mentoring Program. A motion was made to drop the MOS mentoring program currently under development. In discussions with the Department of Treasury contact, it appears that MOS no longer needs to proceed with efforts to create a mentoring program because OPM is working on a government-wide e-mentoring solution and the IRS Human Capital Office is creating such a internal mentoring program for Internal Revenue Service. Details are unavailable at this time, but it appears both programs are going to happen this calendar year.
  3. PayPal. Moving forward, MOS would use PayPal as the vehicle for collecting dues and/or donations from members and other interested parties. This option would also allow MOS to create, track, and manage online payments.  The cost is approximately 3.9% plus $0.50 per transaction. Use of PayPal would cost MOS approximately $1.50 per dues collection and all other online donations roughly 4%.
  4. MOS Résumé Team.  Ernie Beltz, Department of Treasury Veterans Employment Program Officer, has suggested that Treasury partner with the MOS to have a team assembled to review veteran résumés (both internal and external). MOS has some excellent writers and résumé experts that can help veterans tweak their résumés to fit positions they are applying for. Military veterans have a unique language that frequently requires translation or morphing employment history or military education to appropriate federal government experience and education.
  5. Military Flags for Official Chapters. A motion was made to authorize a $500.00 payment to each official Chapter for helping to pay for flags to be purchased, maintained, and used by the Chapters for formal events. This would be a one-time payment and MOS NGB funds are currently available. This item was recently brought up as a result of the DC Chapter Veterans Day event and difficulty locating military flags to be displayed during official Chapter events.
  6. Poster Printing for Official Chapters.  A motion was made to provide a one-time payment of $250.00 to each official Chapter to offset their costs in having full-color posters printed to support their formal events (i.e., Veterans Day Remembrance). This would be a one-time payment and MOS NGB funds are available.
  7. Changing MOS Teleconference Dates.  Due to the limited availability by MOS board members during teleconferences, a motion was made to change national board meeting dates from the 1st and 3rd Thursday to the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month and to change the meeting time from 12:30pm - 1:30pm to 12:00pm - 12:30pm EST.
  8. Wreaths Across America. Some months ago MOS President Allen Lichtenwalner sent out information regarding the Wreaths Across Program. According to their website, (http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/), "Wreaths Across America™, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, was formed as an extension of the Arlington Wreath Project. The Arlington Wreath program was started by Morrill Worcester (Worcester Wreath) in 1992 with the donation and laying of 5,000 Christmas wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. This became an annual journey for Mr. Worcester. You can read more about this in the History of Arlington.

    The project was relatively obscure until 2005 when a photo of the stones adorned with wreaths and covered in snow circulated around the Internet. The project received national attention. Thousands of requests poured in from all over the country from people wanting to emulate the Arlington project at their National and State cemeteries and spurred the creation of “Wreaths Across America™”. Unable to donate thousands of wreaths to each state, Mr. Worcester conceived the idea of sending 7 wreaths (one for each branch of the military as well as POW/MIA). In 2006, with the help of the CAP and other civic organizations, over 150 locations held wreath laying ceremonies simultaneously. The Patriot Guard Riders volunteered as escorts for the wreaths going to Arlington. This began the annual “Veterans Honor Parade” that travels the east coast in early December. By 2007 the requests for more wreaths grew. The Worcester family established the non-profit group Wreaths Across America™ to further promote Veterans remembrance. The mission statement "Remember, Honor and Teach" characterized the project's goals perfectly.

    A motion was made for MOS to support this program and conduct a single fundraiser to support the Wreaths Across America program for 2011. A different Veteran organization would be selected for national MOS support in subsequent years.

  9. Formal EO Partnering Program. A motion was made to have MOS enter into a formal partnership with other Employee Organizations based on the excellent experience of the Atlanta Peachtree Chapter. The purpose would be to co-develop programs and events that are mutually beneficial to MOS and the other EO's. The proposal seeks approval to work with the other EO's and develop a formal, documented partnership. Such collaboration would benefit all employee organizations and raise awareness of what the MOS is, what MOS is doing, and what direction MOS is heading.
  10. MOS Member-of-the-Year. A motion was raised to develop a more formal MOS Member-of-the-Year program. This annual award would be presented to the MOS member, Chapter Leader, Officer, or Advisor who best represents the MOS programs and policies. A famous military saying is "... these singularly distinctive accomplishments reflect the highest credit upon the individual..." MOS has some excellent MOS members and leaders who should be recognized for their dedication to the organization and service to military veterans.

    As part of the proposal, the new MOS logo (referring to dropping of the IRS designation) would be engraved on a plaque with an appropriately engraved plate and presented in September at the end of the MOS fiscal year. The motion also recommends a $250 gift card or check to accompany the award and that the award would be presented to the winner by a federal government Executive.

Stay tuned for more details on how these changes will be implemented.
Created: 2/6/2011 11:43 AM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
Warrior Intern Program Moves ExpandsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
1/6/2011 8:51 PM
The IRS is taking strides to make the Warrior Intern Program a reality. Read the story on our News page.
Created: 1/6/2011 8:51 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
MOS Year End UpdateUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
1/2/2011 9:59 AM
(Posted on behalf of Allen Lichtenwalner, President, MOS)
 
This message is being sent to all MOS members...
 
Hello everyone and happy holidays! 2010 was a great year, and 2011 is going to be better! First a few thank you notes...
 
MOS Executive Team - The MOS executive team consisting of Jon Bird, Roger Janosek, Jim Clifford, Art Gandara, Darrell S. White, Fred McElligott, Rod Kobayashi, Ernie Beltz, Chip Hollimon, Duane Gillen, Vernon S. Williamson, Cathy L. Jones, Rich Guernsey, Matt Ferrero, and Susan Green led the way and provide a wide range of front-line support to the MOS and our veteran programs. They were directly involved in recruitment and retention of hundreds of military veterans, and oversaw the highly successful Warrior Intern Program.
 
MOS Chapter Leaders - Our Chapter Leaders are the eyes, ears, face, and hands of the MOS.  Without them, we could not have the community impact and outreach that we have enjoyed in 2010.  They've put together care packages for the Troops, had lunch and learns, social events, Veteran ceremonies, and much more.  They've successfully registered Chapters as being fully official and operational, and they're working diligently to create new Chapters across the United States.  If you see them, please say thanks to these individuals:  Thomas J Bruner, Steward Currinda, Stephen R. Holland, Jeremy Tendler, Bruce French, Sharon Davis, Drew Palmer, Theodore Cleveland, Frank C. Aiello, Robert D. Berger, James D. Massengale, Vicki S. Hays, Richard T. Guzofski, Mary A. Hunter, Michele Hedden, Michele K. Beck, Darlene M. Christianson, Brian W. Smith, John Gray, Timothy Tucker, Kathleen Dense, Dale Imbleau, William D. Harper, Benjamin M. Kopriva, Stanley Wlker, Kirk Sykes, Galand Hill, Darryl A. Parker, Kathleen Lampigano, Steven D. Wohl, and Rod Kobayashi. Again, this team of individuals have stepped up to the plate and made 2010 a great year for the MOS.
 
Special Shout Out:  I want to personally thank my Vice President (Jon Bird), Treasurer (Roger Janosek), and Webmaster (David Heiser) for their exhaustive support of the MOS. Jon spearheaded the MOS Dog Tag project and went well above and beyond the call of duty to make it happen. If you haven't seen them, I scanned one for you attached it.  You can contact him via email to determine how many remain. Roger, my trusted money guy, keeps me up to date our membership and financial status. David has worked many late nights, weekends, and during vacations keeping our MOS website up and running. I encourage everyone to go to the site (www.MOS-IRS.org) and see what the web guru has prepared! Better yet, I want everyone to create a reminder in Outlook to check the website monthly [or better yet, set up a notification to get an email alert when content is changed]!!!  David--our site is great!
 
Plans for 2011 - We made some great headway in 2010, and 2011 will be the year that we tie things together.  Our efforts to implement a Veteran Mentoring Program are going to jump from the background to the foreground. MOS Executives, Chapter Leaders, and all members will have a chance to participate this upcoming year as Protégé, Mentor, Coordinator, or Advisor. If you haven't heard any rumors, our program will hit the street as the MOS BootCAMP (Military Outreach for Service Basic Objective Obtainable Training Career And Mentoring Program). Thanks to the efforts of our fellow employee organization--AIM--the MOS program will soon surface. Once fully implemented, all MOS Chapter Leaders and our MOS Executive Team will team up with our veterans, supervisors, managers, and other highly experienced employees on what I envision as a streamlined, five month start-to-finish program. Watch your email our website for news!
 
Membership Dues - Our dues structure remains the same in 2011. All members who have not paid their dues for 2011 are encouraged to do so by January 15th, 2011. All members, including renewal members, are asked to complete the attached application. This helps us track our membership more accurately and provides us with needed contact information. As a reminder, local Chapters have the authority to collect local Chapter membership dues in addition to those collected by the MOS National Governing Board.  In the first quarter of 2011 I hope to find a way to bring PayPal online via our website (http://www.MOS-IRS.org) for members to sign-up online and pay their dues. The dues collected help pay our overhead and related administrative costs, and will be used in 2011 to pay for printing and supplies used to support our MOS BootCAMP program.
 
Intrinsic Value of MOS:  Many of our members have asked the questions, "What's in it for me?" or "What do I get for my money?" There is a value to being a member of the MOS that does not nessarily result in a tangible benefit. In the last two years there have been many initiatives throughout the IRS that focus squarely on Veterans including hiring of veterans including those with disabilities as well as Veteran-focused programs. The White House has mandated that all Federal agencies establish a sound Veteran hiring program, and there are many sub-initiatives that are focusing on building on the value of a Veteran. Thanks to the efforts of our MOS Chapter Leaders and Executives throughout the IRS, Veterans are receiving higher levels of visibility. Many doors are being opened thanks to the MOS, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. We share a commonality, a comradery that most civilians can not understand nor truly appreciate. We've been there, done that and are still doing it; our service to American did not stop when hung up our military uniform. In fact, it made us better employees and better individuals as a result. The $2.00 per month spent on membership in the MOS is a small price to pay for building a stronger, better future for all our veterans.
 
Closing: As always, my electronic door is always open!  You can reach me at the office or my personal cell (702-271-3304).  You can reach me via my IRS email or my personal email (LeeInLeetonia@gmail.com) almost all hours of the day or night, weekends, holidays, and vacations.  You can find me off-duty in my other veteran organization at 2ndVice@ALPost290.org.  If you have questions, ideas, or just want to vent--I'm here for you.  I just ask that you avoid phone calls after 5:00pm EST any night of the week...
 
Please, spend the holidays with those you cherish most and make it a safe one for everyone! 
 
I'll be in touch next year, and again--thank you one and all for making the MOS a success!!!  
 
 
Allen L Lichtenwalner
President, Military Outreach for Service
Created: 1/2/2011 9:59 AM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
MOS Salutes Gold Star WivesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
12/9/2010 8:44 PM
Allen L. Lichtenwalner, president of Military Outreach for Service, asks MOS members to recognize and salute the efforts of Gold Star Wives of America, Inc.
 
The group, which was founded in 1945, provides service, support, and friendship to widows and widowers of military personnel who died on active duty or as the result of a service-connected injury.
 
On December 8, 2010, the U.S. Senate designated December 18 as Gold Star Wives Day. More information about the organization can be found at http://www.goldstarwives.org.
Created: 12/9/2010 8:44 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
MOS Chapters Reach Out to Honor VeteransUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
12/1/2010 9:49 PM
MOS chapters across the country pulled together scarce resources to honor and serve military veterans at the Internal Revenue Service in honor of Veterans Day (2010).
 
At the New Carrollton Federal Building in Lanham, Maryland, the local chapter conducted a several hour outreach program where veterans groups came in and offered services. The program also included a guest speaker.
 
In Atlanta, Georgia, the Peachtree Patriots chapter teamed up with other local employee affinity organizations to produce a Veterans Day program. Read more details on the Atlanta chapter web page.
 
At the IRS headquarters, the local chapter brought in five distinguished guest speakers and served refreshments. The two hour program attracted around 125 people. Read about it on the Washington, DC chapter page.
 
In other IRS locations, veterans attended local community Veterans Day programs, visited hospitals, and performed other community service benefiting veterans.
Created: 12/1/2010 9:49 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
MOS Board Welcomes the Heart of America ChapterUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/10/2010 8:52 PM
(Posted on behalf of Allen Lichtenwalner)
By a simple majority vote this afternoon (November 9, 2010), by the Officers of Military Outreach for Service-Internal Revenue Service, it is my pleasure to officially recognize our 5th Chapter, the Heart of American Chapter, from Kansas City, Missouri!
 

Allen Lichtenwalner

President, Military Outreach for Service
Created: 11/10/2010 8:52 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
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Dept. of Treasury Veterans NewsletterUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/10/2010 8:36 PM
The October 2010 issue of the Department of the Treasury “Veterans Update” newsletter is available for your enjoyment. You can also find it online at www.treasury.gov/veterans.
Created: 11/10/2010 8:36 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
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Discounts and Free Meals for Active Duty Military and VeteransUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/10/2010 8:32 PM
Many restaurants and merchants across the country are offering free meals or discounts on food and other items to active military and veterans on November 11, 2010, Veterans Day. Some discounts are also available throughout the year. The list is too big to reprint on this page so please click on the attachment to browse the list. Thank you to IRS employee and Vietnam Veteran Fred Cox for compiling this list.
Created: 11/10/2010 8:32 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
Director Debra Chew Honors IRS Veterans at HQ CeremonyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/10/2010 7:51 AM
Photo of Debra Chew, executive director of IRS Office of Equity, Diversity & InclusionOn November 4, 2010, Debra Chew, IRS Executive Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, addressed over 100 IRS Headquarters employees at a Veterans Day ceremony. In her speech, Ms. Chew acknowledged the value of Military Outreach for Service (MOS) and stressed the importance of recruiting military veterans and helping them succeed in the workforce. She reiterated the value that veterans have contributed to our country and to the Internal Revenue Service. You can read Ms. Chew's entire speech (PDF).
Created: 11/10/2010 7:51 AM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
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New Carrollton Chapter to Host Veterans Day Program on November 10Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/9/2010 8:18 AM
The New Carrollton, MD Chapter of MOS is hosting an all-day Veterans Day program on November 10, 2010. The program will be in Room B1-121, in the training complex from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will feature representatives providing a wide variety of services for military members and veterans.
 
The program includes a presentation by Paul N. Herbert, the author of "God Knows All Your Names". See the attached flyer for more information.
Created: 11/9/2010 8:18 AM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
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Washington DC Chapter to Host Veterans Day ProgramUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/31/2010 8:01 PM
On Thursday, November 4, 2010, the Washington DC Chapter of MOS-IRS will host a Veterans Day program at 1111 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC. The program will run from 11 - 1 p.m. in the main lobby of IRS headquarters. The program features two generals, two senior IRS executives, and Cindy McGrew, founder of Operation Second Chance, a nonprofit organization helping wounded warriors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Attendees are asked to bring a gift card or other donation for Operation Second Chance. See the flyer (click on the attachment) for more information.
 
Refreshments will be served. The chapter will be signing up members and have coffee cups and MOS-IRS dog tags for sale. Proceeds of the latter items benefit the chapter.
Created: 10/31/2010 8:01 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
Peachtree Chapter Aims HighUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/18/2010 8:20 PM
Sharon L. Davis, president of the Peachtree Patriots Chapter of MOS-IRS, recently provided a snapshot of the Atlanta, GA chapter's plans for fiscal year 2011.
 
"The Peachtree Patriots continue to follow our mission statement which echoes the Agency’s strategic objective of recruiting and retaining veterans as employees," Sharon wrote.  "Planned FY 2011 activities that benefit the membership, IRS employees, and community include:
  • 3rd year of sending goody boxes/thank you cards/father’s day/holiday cards to deployed IRS members and troops
  • 3rd year of Holiday Gift drive for military/veterans and families
  • 3rd year holding Memorial Day ceremony with special speaker
  • 3rd year mentoring other area leaders to assist in the creation of local chapters
  • 2nd year with a Veterans Day ceremony using local college ROTC color guards and local speakers
  • Partnering with AIM, HIRE, and ASPIRE for 2010 Holiday Gift drive
  • Partnering with local companies such as Xerox, Coca-Cola, Home Depot
  • Placing wreaths on veteran’s graves as part of the “Wreaths Across America” effort
  • Fundraisers to purchase wreaths and pay for other causes 
  • Posting our Power Point  “Military Pay-Back Credits” on our website
  • Continuing to grow as a chapter to accomplish more (grew 37% in FY 2010 to 27 members)"

If you would like to highlight your chapter's goals for FY 2011, send an email to the MOS-IRS webmaster.

 
 
Created: 10/18/2010 8:20 PM
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Congress Passes Comprehensive Veterans Benefits LawUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
9/30/2010 8:23 PM
On September 29, 2010, the U.S. Senate passed the Veterans' Benefits Act of 2010 which provides sweeping changes to veterans' benefits. More details can be found on our News page.
Created: 9/30/2010 8:23 PM
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MOS Director Wins W&I Commissioner's AwardUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
9/21/2010 8:06 PM
MOS sends out a hearty congratulations and thanks to Jim Clifford, a member of the MOS Board of Directors, who, together with Linda Ortiz, won a 2010 W&I Commissioner's Award for their dedication to the Warrior Intern Program and their commitment to making a difference in the lives of our nation's veterans. Jim received the honor at the 2010 W&I Executive Conference this past summer. Jim is a field director for W&I Compliance Services out of Austin, Texas.
Created: 9/21/2010 8:06 PM
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Searching for That Special VeteranUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
9/20/2010 8:03 PM
Do you have a story to tell about a special veteran currently employed at the Internal Revenue Service? They don't have to be a MOS-IRS member to qualify. Send your story to or contact the MOS-IRS webmaster for more information.
Created: 9/20/2010 8:03 PM
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Military Appreciation Night at Golden Corral RestaurantsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
9/20/2010 7:36 PM
Icon for Golden Corral restaurants Military Appreciation Night on November 15, 2010.This is NOT an endorsement; however, nothing like a free meal. The Golden Corral Restaurant chain is hosting a Military Appreciation Night on Monday, November 15, 2010, at its restaurants nationwide. Go to their website for more information. There is a restaurant locator button on the left side of the website. The Disabled American Veterans organization plans to have informational booths at the restaurants.
Created: 9/20/2010 7:36 PM
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Golf Tournament to Benefit Military KidsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
9/9/2010 8:15 PM
If you will be in the Washington, DC area on October 7, 2010, like golf, or want to help military kids, consider participating in the American Legion's 3rd Annual Heroes to Hometowns Gold Classic. More details are on the webpage of the Washington, DC chapter.
Created: 9/9/2010 8:15 PM
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IRS sponsors open house for vets, people with disabilitiesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
9/8/2010 7:41 AM
(From the W&I Insider, Sept. 8, 2010)
 
The Internal Revenue Service is hosting an open house Saturday, September 25, 2010, at approximately 100 Taxpayer Assistance Centers nationwide from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. local time. This event will continue to use the same servicewide, cross-functional approach as previous IRS open house events and focus on resolving taxpayer issues immediately.
 
This event will give special emphasis to assistance for veterans and people with disabilities.
 
IRS-SPEC is collaborating with national and local partners, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, the American Legion, and the Disabilities American Institute, to provide outreach and educational activities at many of the sites.
 
Additional support will be available from IRS offices such as Small Business/Self-Employed Collection and Examination, the Taxpayer Advocate Service, Government Liaison, Toll-free and Appeals. Open house locations will be equipped to handle a number of tax-related issues, including notices and payments, return preparation, audits and a variety of other issues.
 
At the June open house, IRS personnel resolved 97 percent of taxpayers’ issues the same day.
Several recent tax law changes, coupled with applicable tax credits, may provide additional help to many taxpayers.
 
If you live in an area participating in the open house, please share the information about this special event. Encourage people you know — family, friends and neighbors — to visit a TAC if they need help with their federal tax issues. You should especially pass this information to veterans, active and reserve military personnel and their families, and persons with disabilities, as the IRS will have resources in place to handle military-related tax issues.
 
Find out if a taxpayer assistance center in your area is participating and contact your local TAC office to see if you, as a veteran and member of MOS-IRS, can be of assistance.
Created: 9/8/2010 7:41 AM
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MOS President's Message: Elections, Goal for Membership Drive, Dues, and MoreUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
8/31/2010 7:56 PM
(Posted on behalf of Alan Lichtenwalner, President, MOS)
 
Hello, everyone!  The Military Outreach for Service-Internal Revenue Service (MOS-IRS) is officially two years old, and thanks to each one of you our organization continues to grow and prosper.  By my rough estimates, the MOS-IRS has been represented over 200 times at Veteran-focused activities in the last two years.  These events include meetings & presentations, Veteran care package preparation and shipment, recruiting events, and more!  Moving forward, there is an Veterans Day presentation being developed by our Washington DC Chapter which is sure to draw a crowd! 
 
Our other three official Chapters in Portland, Seattle, and Atlanta continue to impress everyone with their great local programs and partnering programs.  Sharon Davis (Atlanta), Steve Wohl (Seattle), and Dale Imbleau (Portland) have cranked up their local Chapter and are driving forward into 2011 with some outstanding programs and their own unique Veteran-focused initiatives.  We have at least six other Chapters nearing completion of their Charter, By-Laws, and official Chapter Application that will be recognized in upcoming weeks and months.  I've attached our current Chapter Roster.  Those highlighted are official Chapters.
 
We have a high level of Senior Executive support thanks to our Executive Team: Jim Clifford, Art Gandara, Fred McElligot, Darrell S White, Rodney Kobayashi.  Thanks to Rod, they have also been joined by Duane Gillen, Vernon Williamson, Cathy Jones, Rich Guernsey, and Susan Greer.  If you haven't caught the headlines for the last eighteen months, the Warrior Intern Program is alive and doing very well thanks to the vision and tenacity of Jim Clifford and the many outstanding individuals who jumped in to make a difference for our wounded Veterans.  My hat and sincere appreciation goes out to every individual making it happen.
 
A few months ago we opened our doors to the entire US Treasury Department and have been working at many levels to bring our vision for Veterans to fruition.  You may have heard of the excellent efforts of Ernie, Chip, and Linda who are conducting "Value of a Veteran" presentations at select locations around the US.  And a shout out goes to the Central Recruiting Office.  Their superior efforts resulted in a dramatic increase in the hiring of military Veterans for the last three years; the IRS can proudly claim one of the highest veteran hiring rates within the Federal government!
 
Our next fiscal year, which starts October 1, 2010 and ends September 30, 2011, will bring forth even more Veteran-focused programs, events, and partnerships!  Our Elections start on September 1, 2010 and will close on September 15, 2010; the election results will be on 09/16/2010.  David Heiser, our Webmaster extraordinaire, will be handling the effort from our website and our Election Committee will confirm the results.  If you haven't seen the superb work done by David, go to https://MOS-IRS.org and see it first hand.  I recommend everyone set an Outlook calendar reminder and make it point to log on once a month.
 
Speaking of fiscal year, it's that time of year again!  Yes, it's time to pay dues.  Our dues remain at $24.00 per year at the national level, although several local Chapters have set forth additional requirements to help them offset their local overhead and operating costs.  The dues pay for our overhead such as incorporation fees, filing fees, etc.  Please make it a point to fill out the new (or renewal) membership form available on our website (fillable PDF), and mail it with your dues payment to the address on the form.  Dues are due by 10/31/2010.  Remember, the MOS-IRS is a 501(c)(19) veteran non-profit charitable organization and all dues and additional donations are tax deductible.
 
Following the national election, the National Governing Board will be active in pressing forward with plans to support Treasury, IRS, and internal programs and goals.  We hope to take our concept of a Veteran mentoring program from the initial analysis stage to the hands-on stage.  Ultimately, all MOS-IRS members will be eligible to participate either as a mentor or a protégé.  In addition, we're going to be reviewing our By-Laws and making adjustments as necessary to ensure they support our continuing vision, mission, and goals.  Some areas of the By-Laws will be relaxed while others will be tightened up a bit.
 
The MOS-IRS continue to be a major focal point and resource to the Treasury and IRS with the absolute wealth of knowledge and experience brought forth by our membership.  For those individual not active in a local Chapter, I encourage you to jump in and get involved.  If there's not a Chapter in your local area and you wish to start one, just let me know.  We have many experienced Chapter leaders who stand ready to assist you so you won't be going down a path of uncertainty.  The MOS-IRS is a Veteran organization and a source of camaraderie for each of us.  Let's continue to build on our strengths and overcome our weaknesses this next year. 
 
The MOS-IRS has jumped forward on the MOS-IRS dog tag project that many of you have heard about.  The order is going in within the next week.  Many of you have either sent in your money individually or through your Chapter.  Many of you may still be considering it.  In either case, the coins should arrive in October and we will have a limited quantity available for $10.00 each.  Our Vice President, the soft-spoken Mr. Jon Bird, is spearheading the project.  You may email him if you have questions.  I am anxiously waiting on my coin and really look forward to receiving it.  It's going to look sharp!  Thanks, Jon!
 
I again want to thank all the Executives for the support, and my personal gratitude to all the MOS-IRS Officers!  Without this dedicated team of professionals, the MOS-IRS wouldn't exist.   I want to challenge each of you to recruit two more members this fiscal year.  We can do it!  You can do it!  Let's hit 1,000 members in 2011!   Let's make 2011 a banner year! 
 
Finally, as my MOS-IRS Team can attest, I remain deeply committed to making our organization the best, and my show of support for Veterans is unflappable.  If you have anything you wish to discuss, please contact me.  If you wish to discuss something offline please email me at LeeInLeetonia@gmail.com, or call my personal cell phone at 702-271-3304.  (Please--no calls before 8:00am nor after 6:00 pm EST).  And yes, it really is 8:40 pm.
 
Thank you everyone!  
 
 
Allen L. Lichtenwalner, MBA
President, Military Outreach for Service
Created: 8/31/2010 7:56 PM
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Dept. of Veterans Affairs eases rules allowing Vietnam-era veterans to get treatment for Agent Orange exposureUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
8/31/2010 7:37 PM
See our News page for more information about treatment for Vietnam-era veterans who may have been exposed to Agent Orange.
Created: 8/31/2010 7:37 PM
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Note to Members Regarding AccountUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
8/19/2010 8:48 PM
Please contact the webmaster if you are having problems with your login account. We don't wish to discuss any more of the issue in a public forum. We are working to resolve the issue in the meantime. Thank you.
Created: 8/19/2010 8:48 PM
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Treasury Switches to "Go Green, Save Green" for U.S. Savings Bonds ProgramUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
8/15/2010 12:03 PM
Treasury Direct campaign image to promote direct savings bonds. Image of soldier hugging woman.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury is ending the sale of paper savings bonds through traditional employer-based payroll savings plans by September 30, 2010 for federal employees and January 1, 2011 for all others.   This change is part of Treasury’s “go green, save green” initiative announced in April by Secretary Geithner.  Ending paper payroll savings bonds is expected to save $50 million over a 5-year period.  (Paper savings bonds will continue to be available at most financial institutions and through IRS tax refunds).

At the same time, Treasury is encouraging payroll savers to open a TreasuryDirect account at www.treasurydirect.gov and set up an online savings program either through direct deposit from their pay or from their checking or savings account.  

TreasuryDirect, a web-based system, is a convenient and secure way to save online, available 24/7 from home or work anywhere in the world. The system offers electronic versions of Series EE and I U.S. Savings Bonds and other Treasury securities including Treasury bills, notes, bonds and Treasury Inflation Protected Securities, known as TIPS.
Created: 8/15/2010 12:03 PM
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MOS Welcomes Another ExecutiveUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
7/27/2010 8:12 PM
I am happy to announce that Susan Greer (Director of Leadership, Education, and Delivery Services in HCO out of Washington, DC) has joined our MOS team!  Many of you already know her as she is currently enrolled in the XD class with Rod Kobayashi, Duane Gillen, Vernon Williamson, Cathy Jones, and Rich Guernsey (who all also joined the board as executive advisors).  Now, as a member of the MOS, she will serve as an advisor to our team and will play a pivotal role in upcoming challenges and accomplishments.  We are fortunate to have all our Executives willing to help us make a difference! 
 
Lastly, I an inviting Sharon Davis (Atlanta), Eric Anderson (DC), Dale Imbleau (Portland) and Steven Wohl (Seattle), Chapter Presidents for their respective Chapters, to join our monthly teleconference as permanent members of our MOS National Governing Board. 
 
Thanks for serving, everyone!
 
/s Allen L. Lichtenwalner
President, Military Outreach for Service
 
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MOS-IRS President Announces National Board ElectionUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
7/22/2010 9:18 PM

I am announcing the start of our Military Outreach for Service - Internal Revenue Service (MOS-IRS) annual election process.  The four primary positions of MOS-IRS are open to anyone wishing to nominate themselves or another individual for the position of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  To nominate yourself or someone else, the attached MOS Nominated Officer Biography must be filled out and returned to me no later than September 15, 2010.  Any biography received after this date will be disqualified.  Elections will take place online (details forthcoming) September 19, 2010 through October 2, 2010.  Election results will publicly released on October 7, 2010.

I am also seeking three individuals to serve as the Election Committee for this major election.  Travel is not required.  Your duty on this committee will be to oversee the election process and obtain 100% accounting and reporting of all votes received.  The Committee will report the results of the election to the MOS National Governing Board and MOS Executive Committee.  If you want to help in the election process, contact me directly.

 

/s Allen L Lichtenwalner

President, Military Outreach for Service, MBA

 

Internal Revenue Service

10 East Commerce St Room 110

Youngstown, OH 44503

Phone: 330-480-5744  Fax: 330-301-6090
Created: 7/22/2010 9:18 PM
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VA Eases Claim Process for Veterans with PTSDUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
7/13/2010 8:16 PM
The Department of Veterans Affairs on July 12, 2010, announced new rules designed to ease the claim process for veterans suffering from post-tramatic stress disorder. See more details and a link to the new regulations on our News page.
Created: 7/13/2010 8:16 PM
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Attention! First Chance to Order MOS-IRS Dog Tags Right Here!Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
7/7/2010 8:45 PM

What is it?

Many of you have asked for something other than name tags to identify yourselves as proud MOS-IRS members.

Front and back view of MOS-IRS dogs tags

We listened to your suggestions and have come up with the MOS-IRS dog tag (similar to a Challenge Coin, for all of you who remember them) that replicates our MOS-IRS logo.

 

You can use the MOS-IRS dog tag on a key chain, a heavy-duty jacket zipper pull or for whatever your imagination can dream up. We are not engraving names on the back, because you will have to do this individually. These dog tags will also make nice mementos for guest speakers and any other dignitaries that help out MOS-IRS, so people who are in chapters should plan ahead and order extras for this purpose.

 

 

How do I order dog tags?

If you are calling in to a specific chapter for a telephone meeting on a regular basis, tell them how many you want. Then that chapter will e-mail  Jon Bird (Jon.P.Bird@irs.gov) with the total number and provide  him with a single shipping address . The goal is keep individual orders to a minimum, so please coordinate with your Chapter first if one is available.  

 

How much are they?

Your cost is $10 per coin, including shipping.

 

What's next?

 

  1. Jon is assembling the provisional orders from all of the Chapters, which may include some of you, so he can get a good idea of the total number of coins that he will order. He's guessing 300, but that is just a SWAG (all you ex-military should know what a SWAG is). This total will allow him to get a final price, which is very much quantity-dependent.
  2. Once he finalizes the numbers (and obtains payment in advance), he will take care of purchasing these dog tags. He thinks he can drop-ship to 6-7 locations and will take care of those requests first. If he ends up doing individual mailings, it will have to be in his free time (and there may be an individual cost for postage/envelopes).

 

How do I pay?

Please make your check payable to "IRS-MOS" with "Dog Tag" in the memo field and mail to: 

 

        MOS-IRS

        Roger Janosek, National Treasurer

        P.O. Box 810743

        Farmer's Branch, TX 75381-0843

 

 

When do we get our coins?

This will very much depend on when we get the funds so we can go ahead an order. He would expect a time frame of 60-90 days, but that is another SWAG. Be rest assured that he will ride this project like a broke mule, so it won't get away and will do his best to get the coins in. Jon will then drop-ship them to each chapter and in some cases may ask the chapters to ship coins out directly to you.

 

What if I belong to no chapter or an inactive chapter?

We haven't forgot about you. See the attachment to this annoucement to learn how to place your order.

 

 

Is there a deadline for this order?

Glad you asked. The deadline to make our first order is July 21, 2010. We may order more later on, depending on what kind of volume we can generate for the vendor's price breaks.

 

By the way, if you have already ordered through your Chapter, you can ignore all this! But if you read this far, thanks for your interest and support!

 

If you have questions, you can e-mail Jon, but remember, he is trying to minimize the handling of individual one-coin orders. This is a collective effort to help our MOS-IRS members across the country, so every Chapter leader will have to pitch in to make this project a success.

 

Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

s/ Jon Bird

Vice-President, MOS-IRS

Created: 7/7/2010 8:45 PM
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Defining the American Dream Video ContestUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
7/7/2010 8:13 PM
Economic Empowerment - Defining the New American Dream
 
Are you, a loved one, or a friend a disabled American with a dream? Are you achieving that dream in a special way? Do you own a video camera?
 
Here is your chance to share how you are achieving that dream in a contest sponsored by the National Disability Institute. All entries must be submitted by August 13, 2010. More information can be found in the attached document or you can visit the contest website.
Created: 7/7/2010 8:13 PM
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2010 Version of VA Benefits Handbook AvailableUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
7/1/2010 8:31 PM
MOS has the 2010 edition of the Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents, and Survivors.
 
Produced by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the handbook’s chapters cover such topics as VA pensions, home loans, medals and records, special veterans groups, and other federal benefits.
 
You can view the handbook online on the VA website by individual chapters and sections, or download the entire document from the MOS website (PDF - 182 pages). A Spanish version in PDF format also is available on the Dept. of Veterans Affairs website. (Courtesy of VA).
Created: 7/1/2010 8:31 PM
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Bob Alexander Steps Down as Washington, DC Chapter PresidentUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/30/2010 8:56 PM
Robert W. Alexander, Jr. announced in an email on June 30, 2010, that he was resigning as president of the Washington, DC Chapter of MOS. Bob is taking a new job at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Eric Anderson will take over as acting president. Details on the Washington, DC chapter page.
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Welcome to Chapter #4, the Lewis and Clark ChapterUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/29/2010 8:20 PM
On June 28, 2010, the National Governance Board of MOS-IRS recognized Portland, OR as Chapter #004 and granted it official chapter status. National President Allen Lichtenwalner formalized the recognition with the attached certificate. The new chapter will go by the name of "Lewis and Clark Chapter".
Created: 6/29/2010 8:20 PM
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National Governance Board Approves New Bylaws: Expands Membership to Treasury EmployeesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/8/2010 8:38 PM
On May 26, 2010, the National Governance Board of MOS-IRS approved a revision to the MOS-IRS bylaws to expand membership to employees of the Department of Treasury. Employees at Dept. of Treasury or any Treasury Bureau can now join our organization. Other bureau employees are welcome to join a existing local chapter or form their own chapter.
 
The Bureaus include:

The amendments by the Bylaws Committee were made to broaden the base membership of MOS-IRS, provide better coordination of information and increase services to our fellow veterans and National Guard members.

Created: 6/8/2010 8:38 PM
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2010 Memorial Day Message from MOS-IRS PresidentUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/28/2010 2:08 PM

(Posted on behalf of Allen Lichtenwalner, President, MOS-IRS)

On Monday, May 31, 2010, I will be participating in wreath laying ceremony at a local cemetery near my home.  What makes this truly remarkable is the cemetery is not a Veteran's cemetery, but over 50% of those laid to rest in the cemetery are military veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War. 

The May 31, 2010 edition of Air Force Times summarizes the impact of the latest war on our military men and women.  Since the start of the Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan there were 1,066 service members killed and another 5,917 injured which does not include 2 Defense Department civilian deaths.  Operation Iraqi Freedom has resulted in 4,388 service members killed, and an additional 31,822 injured; 13 Defense Department civilians were also killed.  Total, 5,469 men and women died, 37,739 were injured and 15 Defense Department Civilians died.  There are two service members currently missing in action or captured.

Freedom has its price, and year after year our service men and women have gone above and beyond the call of duty, many of whom paid the ultimate price by laying their lives on the line.  On Memorial Day when I once again mount nine flags on my motorcycle and join the procession of the Memorial Day Parade to the cemetery for the laying of the wreaths, I do it not for myself but as means of showing solemn respect for those who have served.  

On behalf of the Military Outreach for Service, I encourage you to join me this Memorial Day to honor the US Armed Forces and their families.

 

Allen L. Lichtenwalner, RO, EMBA

President, Military Outreach for Service

Nathaniel R. Jones Federal Building

10 East Commerce Street, Room 110

Youngstown, OH 44503

 

Office: 330-480-5744  Fax: 330-746-1028

Cell: 330-301-6090

Hours: Mon-Fri 7:00 AM - 3:45 PM EST
Created: 5/28/2010 2:08 PM
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National Governance Board Recognizes SeattleUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/25/2010 8:03 PM
On May 25, 2020, the National Governance Board of MOS-IS recognized Seattle, WA as Chapter #003 and granted it official chapter status. National President Allen Lichtenwalner formalized the recognition with a certificate. The new chapter will go by the name of "Pacific Northwest Chapter".
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Ft. Hood Lauds Warrior Transition Program at IRSUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/24/2010 8:02 PM
The May 13, 2010, edition of the Ft. Hood Sentinel contains a long article on the success of the Warrior Transition program at the IRS. The pilot, which started in November 2009, involved 10 soldiers from Ft. Hood Army Base interning in jobs at IRS Austin campuses.
Created: 5/24/2010 8:02 PM
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Reservists May Get Differential PayUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/24/2010 7:47 PM
If you are a reservist who was called to active duty, you may be entitled to reservist differential pay. The Human Capital Office of IRS is working with the Department of the Treasury and the Office of Management and Budget on rules that should be issued soon. See the article "New Guidance Coming Soon on Military Pay" on our Employment page for more information.
Created: 5/24/2010 7:47 PM
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Now Forming - MOS-IRS Mentoring Task Force!Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/12/2010 11:40 AM
(Posted on behalf of Allen L. Lichtenwalner, President, MOS-IRS)
 
The Military Outreach for Service-Internal Revenue Service is looking for a few outstanding men and women to volunteer their time and talent to work with Rodney Kobayashi, one of our MOS Executive Committee members, on the new MOS-IRS Mentoring Task Force. We are seeking individuals who have the drive, motivation, and communicative skills required to work on this exciting Mentoring Task Force. This Task Force will develop and implement a program that uses the talents of our members to mentor military veteran employees (both new hires and existing) to enhance their careers and professional development.
 
We also seek one key member for the team with the computer savvy to collect and store data, set up a web link to the MOS-IRS website for the Task Force, and maintain information on the site.

Please submit your name, full contact information, and a brief bio to me (Allen.L.Lichtenwalner@irs.gov) no later than May 15, 2010.  I ask that you use Microsoft Word, use this naming convention: "MOS Task Force - Your Name." I will prepare  a consolidated package of  all the volunteers and forward to Rod for selection of the team members.
 
/s
Allen L. Lichtenwalner
President, MOS-IRS
Created: 5/12/2010 11:40 AM
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New Support for Caregivers of Wounded Veterans and MoreUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/6/2010 8:16 PM
President Barack Obama signed into law on May 5, 2010, a new law that provides unprecedented support for caregivers of seriously injured veterans, veterans in rural areas, and women veterans. More information about Senate Bill 1963 can be found on the News page.
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MOS-IRS Welcomes Members from Dept. of the TreasuryUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
4/25/2010 10:10 AM
(On behalf of Allen L. Lichtenwalner, President, Military Outreach for Service)
 
Effective June 1, 2010, the Military Outreach for Service-Internal Revenue Service will allow active participation and membership from all Department of Treasury employees.  The MOS-IRS has received accolades for the veteran focus we bring to the plate within the IRS, and the MOS-IRS National Governing Board has agreed to extend our reach and positive impact by opening our doors to all Treasury employees.  The MOS-IRS will not be changing their corporate charter, website, nor name as all are unique to our branding of our organization.  The belief is by opening our doors to our fellow Treasury employees we can help them become more active and aware of our many areas of focus within the veteran arena.
 
Treasury employees may elect to join an existing chapter within their geographic region, or in the event one does not currently exist may step forward to form an MOS-IRS Chapter in that not previously supported geographic area. 
 
The MOS-IRS looks forward to working more interactively with our fellow Treasury employees, managers, and senior leadership.
Created: 4/25/2010 10:10 AM
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National Governing Board Recognizes Washington, DC ChapterUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
4/25/2010 10:01 AM
At its board meeting on April 22, 2010, the MOS-IRS National Governance Board unanimously approved the acceptance of the Washington, DC chapter of MOS-RS for full chapter status. The DC chapter is the second chapter to achieve this status, after the Peach Tree chapter in Atlanta.
 
As one of its kickoff activities, the chapter will host a Veterans Day program at the IRS headquarters building on November 4, 2010. Stay tuned for more information.
Created: 4/25/2010 10:01 AM
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Rodney Kobayashi To Join MOS-IRS Executive BoardUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
4/6/2010 8:16 PM
MOS-IRS member Rodney M. Kobayashi, who has just been selected for 2010 IRS Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program, has accepted an invitation from Allen Lichtenwalner, president of MOS-IRS, to join the MOS-IRS Executive Committee. Rodney works in the Seattle, WA office.
 
The purpose of the MOS-IRS Executive Committee is to provide direction and guidance to the MOS-IRS National Board and ensure the organization stays within its stated mission.
 
Allen's invitation of April 6, 2010, was as follows:
 
Sir, on behalf of the MOS Team and in recognition of your recent selection to the 2010 SES Candidate Development Program Selection, we would like to invite you to join our MOS Executive Committee consisting of Jim Clifford, Fred McElligott, Art Gandara, and Darrell White.  This outstanding Committee provides a constant source of inspiration, guidance, oversight, and mentorship to the Military Outreach for Service program and the MOS National Governing Board which includes Jon Bird, Susie Harmon, Roger Janosek, and myself.  As part of the Committee you would be instrumental in our continued growth in upcoming months and years... 
Please accept this invitation to be on the MOS Executive Committee team.
 
/s
Allen L. Lichtenwalner, RO, EMBA
President, Military Outreach for Service
 
 
 
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Job Openings in Seattle, WashingtonUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
3/17/2010 8:22 PM
Please see the Seattle chapter page for more information about some job openings in the Seattle, WA IRS office. If you know someone, especially a veteran, looking for a job in the Seattle area, send them the flyer.
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MOS Vernon Hunter FundUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
2/26/2010 8:05 PM
Dear Military Outreach for Service Member,
 
From the Austin American Statesman: Photo of Vernon and Valerie Hunter. Vernon was killed in crash of plane into IRS Eschelon building in Austin, TX on February 18, 2010.As you undoubtedly heard, IRS Group Manager Vernon Hunter died in the aircraft attack on the IRS office in Austin, Texas.  Vernon was not only a distinguished manager with over 25 years in the IRS, but he is also one of our own--a military veteran with two tours in Vietnam.  It is impossible for me to state my feelings on this senseless act of extreme hostility toward the IRS.  It is even more impossible for me to express my feelings toward the loss of one of our own--both from a military veteran and an IRS standpoint. 
 
One of our underlying principals within the MOS is to take care of veterans including family members.  A quick scan of our bylaws states we will "...assist IRS employees who are family members of veterans on issues unique or challenging to their situation."  I believe this situation clearly qualifies.
 
I am asking every MOS to consider donating to the family of Vernon Hunter.  I have asked our MOS Treasurer to put together a special Vernon Hunter Fund in our accounting.  If you are able to contribute, I ask that you send your tax-deductible donation to the Military Outreach for Service (mailed to MOS-IRS, PO Box 810743, Farmers Branch, TX 75381-0743).  Please include our EIN 26-4616112 and "Vernon Hunter Fund" in the remarks field of your check.  All donations made via the MOS are tax deductible, and 100% of the donations received marked for this special fund will be made available to the Hunter family to offset their sudden expenses.
 
Please mail your donations as soon as possible, but no later than 03/15/2010.  All donations marked for the MOS Vernon Hunter Memorial Fund will be paid forward on 03/31/2010 by our Treasurer.  Any checks received after 03/30/2010 will be deposited into the regular MOS account.
 
Let's show the Hunter family of Austin, Texas that the MOS really does take care of our veterans.  Your contribution will be greatly appreciated by the family.
 
 
Allen L. Lichtenwalner
President, Military Outreach for Service
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February 2010 MOS-IRS Newsletter Available OnlineUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
2/21/2010 7:16 PM
National MOS-IRS President Allen Lichtenwalner released the February 2010 issue of the MOS-IRS newsletter is now available online. Click here to read about the good deeds of your fellow members across the country, progress on the Wounded Warrior program, and special recognition of MOS-IRS members.
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MOS-IRS Recognizes 2009 Member of the YearUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
2/4/2010 8:49 PM

Image of 2009 MOS Member-of-the-Year Award awarded to Susie.S.Harmon Click to enlarge. The MOS Executive Committee and the National Governing Board has selected Susie S. Harmon as the recipient of the 2009 MOS Member-of-the-Year Award in recognition of her hard work serving as both secretary and treasurer during 2009. The announcement of the selection was made during the February 4, 2010, national board meeting. Susie, who was tied up in work-related meetings, was unavailable for comment but received the award electronically.

 
Following are the details on the selection and the pronouncement of the honor from President Allen Lichtenwalner.
 
On behalf of the MOS Executive Committee and the MOS National Governing Board it is my pleasure to announce the selection of Susie S. Harmon as our Military Outreach for Service - Internal Revenue Service Member of the Year for 2009!

A call for nominations was sent out across the MOS and multiple nominations were received. I requested the MOS Executive Committee review the nominations and make the final selection. The MOS Executive Committee was able to single out Susie for her behind-the-scenes involvement since our origination. She was instrumental in establishing the first membership data base, first bank account, and was a key member of the team which contributed to our successful attainment of our 501(c)(3) approval. Her devotion to the mission and purpose of the MOS are exemplary in every regard.

Susie, please accept this prestigious award from a grateful team of professionals within the Military Outreach for Service - Internal Revenue Service.
 
/s
 

Allen L. Lichtenwalner, RO, EMBA

President, Military Outreach for Service
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Jim Clifford Honored by U.S. ArmyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
2/2/2010 8:13 PM

Photo of Jim CliffordAustin Compliance Director Jim Clifford (one of the executive founders of MOS-IRS and executive governance board member)was recently recognized by the U.S. Army for his involvement with the Warrior Intern Program at the Austin Campus. See our News page for the full story and a photo.

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National Board Honors President Allen LichtenwalnerUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
1/21/2010 8:24 PM

The MOS-IRS Executive Board honored National President Allen L. Lichtenwalner today (January 21, 2010) for his invaluable contributions to MOS-IRS. Among his achievements over the past year were:

  • His successful pursuit of formal tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service,
  • Working with chapter members to formally organize new local chapters,
  • Helping to launch the Wounded Warrior Internship program,
  • Recruiting new MOS-IRS members,
  • Obtaining a ruling on permissibility of MOS-IRS fundraising activities on IRS property,
  • Opening and maintaining communications with the membership,
  • Getting the vacant national treasurer position filled timely, and
  • Promoting MOS-IRS within the Internal Revenue Service,
just to name a few accomplishments. Like the rest of MOS-IRS, Allen holds a full time job as an IRS employee and also volunteers his time to help local veterans groups in Ohio.

The National Governance Board awarded the certificate to Allen virtually.

Allen responded to the honor in his usual humble manner:

"All, I am truly humbled by the presentation and your appreciation.  As you are well aware, I spend an inordinate amount of time devoted to the Military Outreach for Service and everything within the IRS that positively impacts the recruitment, retention, training, and promotion of military veterans. For the foreseeable future I will continue my quest so long as I have the outstanding MOS Team backing me up. I thank you all, and thanks again to the MOS Executive Steering Committee for the recognition."

Congratulations and a big THANK YOU to Allen for his leadership, volunteerism, and dedication to MOS-IRS. Click on the attachment or here to view the certificate.

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Walt Disney World's Armed Forces Salute 2010Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
1/21/2010 8:09 PM
Armed Forces Recreation Center 2010 Armed Forces SaluteThe Armed Forces Recreation Center's Shades of Green Resort is offering deep discounted tickets to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. From January 3, 2010 to July 31, 2010, Active and Retired U.S. Military, including members of the U.S. Coast Guard and active members of the National Guard or Reservists, may purchase 4-Day Walt Disney World Armed Forces Salute Tickets for themselves and up to five (5) family members and/or friends for $99. Go to the Shades of Green website for more information.
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Warrior Intern Program in Austin Results in Two Quick HiresUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
1/20/2010 8:46 PM
Two soldiers from Fort Hood, TX were hired in January 2010 as a result of the Wounded Warrior Internship Program in Austin, TX. MOS-IRS members are participating in the pilot program as mentors in partnership with Human Capital Office, Wage & Investment, and Small Business/Self-Employee. See the News page for the story.
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MOS-IRS Receives Favorable Ruling on Fundraising ActivitiesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
1/20/2010 7:57 PM
In January 2010, MOS-IRS President Allen Lichtenwalner receiving a memorandum from IRS Chief Counsel that validates our organization's ability to conduct fundraising on IRS property. See the Chapters page for more information and a copy of the memo. This ruling is great news but chapters must ensure that the prescribed rules are followed to avoid conflicts with our agency.
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Holtsville IRS Employees Collect Care Packages for Soldiers OverseasUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
1/18/2010 8:27 AM

Holtsville, New York – December 2, 2009 - In honor of Veteran’s Day and to make the holidays a little brighter for soldiers stationed overseas, IRS employees located on Long Island and its sister site in Cheektowaga, New York collected almost 600 boxes full of personal supplies and food items that will be shipped to war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Employees in both locations coordinated the effort with help from the Holtsville, NY chapter of MOS-IRS and collected personal care products, food and miscellaneous items such as DVDs, pens and insect repellent. Employees also collected boxes for military dogs and their handlers. They donated chew toys, food and blankets to these special and often forgotten members of the armed forces. Staff in Cheektowaga included letters and drawings from students in the local area.

On the day of shipment, Deerpark Postmaster Harry DiDio, postal worker Joe DiChiara and other members of the U.S. postal office assisted IRS by supplying two large postal trucks. Also on hand were three members of the U.S Air Force. Staff Sgt. David J. Murphy, Staff Sgt. Antonio Fonesca and Technical Sgt. Laurie Perno visited the facility to personally thank all those involved and help load the boxes for delivery. “It is overwhelming to see the kindness and generosity of the employees in the IRS. This is truly a wonderful feeling,” said co-coordinator and Holtsville employee Linda Miller.

View the picture collection.

 

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MOS-IRS Members Share IRweb Spotlight with Wounded WarriorsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
1/12/2010 8:33 PM
Two members of the Washington, DC chapter of MOS-IRS related their reaction to their mentoring experience with Wounded Warriors from Ft. Hood, TX in an article that appeared on the January 12, 2010, IRweb Spotlight section. See our News page for the complete story.
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MOS-IRS Members Must Follow IRS Rules and Regulations Regarding Employee Affinity OrganizationsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
1/10/2010 10:19 AM
Rules and regulations for IRS affinity organizations are posted on the Chapters main page. Members, especially chapter officials, are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the rules so as to avoid jeopardizing the special relationship MOS-IRS wishes to attain with the Internal Revenue Service.
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Job Opening for Physical Security Specialist -- New Carrollton, MDUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
1/4/2010 7:57 PM
Do you know a veteran in the Maryland, Virginia or District of Columbia area who might qualify as a physical security specialist? See our Employment page for more information.
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New Mailing Address for MOS-IRSUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
1/4/2010 7:01 PM
Effectively immediately, the MOS-IRS organization has a new mailing address:
MOS-IRS
P.O. Box 810743
Farmers Branch, TX 75381-0743
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Kansas City Packs for SoldiersUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
12/28/2009 7:38 PM
Members of the Kansas City MOS-IRS chapter and other Kansas City campus employees chipped in during December 2009 to ship 526 care packages to American soldiers overseas. More details are on the Kansas City chapter's home page.
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MOS-IRS Achieves Nonprofit Charitable StatusUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
12/23/2009 9:09 AM
On November 19, 2009, the Exempt Organizations office of the Internal Revenue Service officially granted MOS-IRS tax-exempt nonprofit status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and recognition as a public charity.
 
The nonprofit exemption has been backdated to May 5, 2009. This means that any dues or gifts to MOS-IRS after May 4, 2009, are considered charitable contributions and may be deductible from your federal or state taxes depending on your unique situation.
 
Kudos to our president, Allen Lichtenwalner, for rigorously pursuing this critical recognition.
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Read about it here! The December 2009 NewsletterUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
12/23/2009 8:36 AM
National MOS-IRS President Allen Lichtenwalner announced that the December 2009 issue of the MOS-IRS newsletter is now available online. Read about the good deeds of your fellow members across the country, progress on the Wounded Warrior program, a veterans employment initiative, and much more.
 
A happy and healthy holiday season and blessed new year from MOS-IRS national headquarters!
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Free ACT and SAT Preparation SoftwareUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/22/2009 12:09 PM
eKnowledge is providing free ACT and SAT preparation software for veterans and active duty military and their dependents. The offer is made possible through donations from National Football League players and is cosponsored by the Department of Defense, according to the vendor's website. For more information, go to the website of eKnowledge.com. This offer may expire in February 2010.
 
Note: MOS-IRS does not endorse commercial entities. Please use caution when dealing with such vendors.
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Notice If You Lived or Worked At Camp Lejeune Before 1987Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/22/2009 11:48 AM
If you or someone you know lived or worked at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, before 1987, please read the information below.
 
The U.S. Marine Corps is encouraging all those who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune before 1987 to register to receive notifications regarding Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water. Sign up for information by registering on the Camp Lejeune website. Please encourage family or friends who were at Camp Lejeune during this period to also join the Notification Registry.
 
The Department of the Navy is funding two independent research initiatives. The CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is conducting a health study to determine if there is an association between in-utero exposure to the water and certain adverse health effects.
 
The National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council (NRC) has reviewed scientific evidence on associations between adverse health effects and historical data.
The NRC committee’s report and findings, “Contaminated Drinking Water at Camp Lejeune,” was released Saturday, June 13, 2009. For this research, NRC conducted a comprehensive review of scientific literature and potential health risks related to exposures at Camp Lejeune.
 
The public summary, executive summary and full report are available at the NRC website.
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DOD- IRS Launch Wounded Warrior Internship ProgramUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/8/2009 5:51 PM
The Internal Revenue Service is making a big difference in helping military servicemen and women transition to civilian jobs after service to their country. The Human Capital Office, the Large and Mid-Size Business organization, and MOS-IRS have partnered to create a new internship program with the Department of Defence.
 
The program kicks off officially with the reporting of 12 military interns to the Austin Compliance Center on Monday, November, 9, 2009. A special Veterans Day ceremony will be held on Tuesday in their honor and for veterans in general.
 
Details about the initial pilot can be found on our Employment page in the article titled Warrior Intern Program gives back to those who have given so much.
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Fort Hood Tragedy: How To HelpUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/8/2009 10:44 AM
12 persons were killed and 31 wounded at Fort Hood, Texas on November 5, 2009. The deceased included active duty soldiers and support civilian employees who were in the deployment staging building at the time of the shooting.
 
The U.S. Army base is the largest in the country and the largest site of troop deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. The base is 60 miles north of Austin.
 
MOS-IRS members can help through one of the following nonprofit organizations:
 
How to help
People wanting to assist the soldiers and families affected by the shooting are being directed by Fort Hood officials to the following agencies:
 
Chaplain's Fund Office
Building 44, 761st Tank Battalion Ave.
Fort Hood, TX 76544-5000F
Fisher House
Building 36015, Fisher Lane
Fort Hood, TX 76544
 
Killeen Red Cross
208 W. Ave. A
Killeen, TX 76541
254-200-4400
 
USO Fort Hood
Building 1871, 50th Street
Fort Hood, TX 76544
254-768-2771
 
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Peachtree Patriots Chapter President Recognized By U.S. ArmyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/8/2009 10:16 AM
Sharon L. Davis, president of the MOS-IRS Peachtree Patriots Chapter, was recently recognized by the U.S. Army Freedom Team for her role in organizing a relief effort in Atlanta. See the Atlanta chapter web pages for more information.
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A 2009 Veterans Day Message From the MOS-IRS PresidentUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/5/2009 9:01 PM

Dear Military Outreach for Service Members,

Veterans Day gives me a chance to honor the proud men and women who previously served our great nation, pay tribute to those that are currently serving, and express my gratitude to those who are about to join the Armed Forces. There is no greater demonstration of service before self than that which our military members around the world display on a daily basis. Veterans have a sense of selflessness, teamwork, and devotion to country that truly stands the test of time. I salute every man and woman who has honorably worn a uniform in the U.S. Armed Forces.

I have a daily reminder which signifies the importance of Veterans in my life. Hanging boldly above my desk in my home office is a large, twelve-inch embroidered patch stating, "The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten." This Veterans Day I am encouraging everyone to say "Thank You" to a current or prior military member as they have earned our respect and that of our entire nation. Please honor them and consider these words from our nation’s President…

"… it is our duty as a nation to keep their memory alive in our hearts and to carry on their work.To take care of their families.To keep our country safe.To stand up for the values we hold dear and the freedom they defended.That's what they dedicated their lives to.And that is what we must do as well."

PRESIDENT OBAMA

OCTOBER 26, 2009

Honor Our Veterans on

November 11th, 2009

From Allen L. Lichtenwalner, EMBA
National President, MOS-IRS

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Fort Hood Tragedy Strikes Too Close To HomeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/5/2009 8:13 PM
The insane shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas, on Thursday, November 5, 2009, struck too close to home for some IRS employees. Ft. Hood is the kickoff home of the new wounded warriors internship program that many Austin employees had been helping to set up. Fort Hood is about 60 miles north of Austin.
 
Austin Compliance Director Jim Clifford, one of the founding directors of MOS-IRS, was heavily involved in the new program that was expected to launch this month along with other Human Capital Office employees. MOS-IRS, including President Allen Lichtenwalner, played a major role in trying to get the internship program going. It is uncertain at this point what impact the tragedy will have on the program.
 
I tried to find a contact to send cards but the Army base servers were probably flooded today. I'll try to find a contact  or address in the next couple of days.
 
Our hearts and prayers reach out to the families of the dead and wounded soldiers.
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President Obama Signs the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency ActUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/30/2009 9:35 PM
On October 22, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act. This new law puts the Veterans Administration on a two-year budget cycle, modernizes veterans medical records, and increases funding for veterans health care.
 
You can read the President's remarks on the White House website or listen to a recording of his speech.
 
Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you to those Senators and Representatives for their strong support of veterans.
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Brookhaven Service Center Launches Adopt-A-Soldier CampaignUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/27/2009 8:34 PM
Looking for a way to support the troops? Check out the new campaign at the Brookhaven Service Center in Holtsville, NY, cosponsored by the Holtsville MOS-IRS chapter. The details are in the attachment.
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National Restaurant to Offer Free Meals to Active Duty and Veterans on Veterans DayUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/25/2009 6:36 PM
In recognition of your service to our country, all veterans and active duty military personnel are invited to eat free at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar Restaurants this Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov.11, 2009.
 
Applebee's launched a pilot program in 2008 on Veterans Day offering free entrees to military service personnel and veterans. Because the response was so overwhelmingly positive, Applebee's is extending the invitation throughout the country this year. They want your help in spreading the word.  Please share details across your various communication channels.
 
All U.S. veterans and active duty military with proof of current or former military service will eat free at all Applebee's nationwide on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009.
 
Proof of service includes:
  • U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card
  • U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card
  • Current Leave and Earnings Statement
  • Veterans Organization Card
  • Photograph in uniform
  • Wearing uniform
     
For additional details, visit:
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National Resource Directory for Wounded WarriorsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/25/2009 6:09 PM
The National Resource Directory provides wounded, ill and injured Service Members, Veterans, their families, and those who support them with a Web-based directory of valuable resources.

It delivers access to the full range of medical and non-medical services and resources needed to achieve their personal and professional goals across the transitions from recovery to rehabilitation to community reintegration.
 
This online partnership links to the services and resources of federal, state and local governmental agencies; Veteran service and benefit organizations; non-profit community-based and faith-based organizations; and academic institutions, professional associations and philanthropic organizations.
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MOS-IRS Needs Your SupportUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/25/2009 5:59 PM
If you have not already done so, please considering showing your support for MOS-IRS by paying the MOS-IRS dues. MOS-IRS is a new organization without deep pockets or wealthy benefactors. The national board set the dues at a low $24 a year. A few extra dollars would also be appreciated.
 
The funds will help us maintain this website, produce brochures for distributing to servicemen and women looking for jobs, create military veterans awareness posters for display in our buildings, provide care packages for veterans in need, and other expenses to make us a viable, ongoing organization.
 
Please complete the membership application and mail it to the address indicated with your check. Your support is deeply appreciated.
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MOS-IRS Membership Elects New National TreasurerUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
10/1/2009 8:16 PM
In an online election that ended September 30, 2009, MOS-IRS membership elected Roger W. Janosek to fill the vacant national treasurer position. More information can be found on the Election page.
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Deployment Page Renamed to Heroes and MemoriesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
9/21/2009 8:20 PM
We have renamed the former Deployment web page to "Heroes and Memories" to honor those who served our country and for IRS employees to share stories of their military service. Our first feature comes from an IRS employee whose son was injured this past September (2009) in Afghanistan. We thank her for sharing the painful story and wish her son a speedy recovery and pray for her and her family.
 
You can share your stories by selecting one of the discussion groups or blogs on the left side of the page. If you have news of a deployed employee or that of a relative of an IRS employee that needs sharing, please contact the MOS-IRS webmaster for assistance. Photos can be posted also. Please note that you must log on in order to start or respond to a blog.
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IRS Commissioner Lends Support to Military Career FairUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
9/17/2009 8:54 PM
See our Employment page for an article about Commissioner Doug Shulman and a military recruitment effort.
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Change in Maximum Age Requirements for Veterans' PreferencesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
9/4/2009 7:27 PM
The director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued a directive on August 26, 2009, ruling that veterans applying for certain jobs may not be subject to maximum age requirements. This ruling is the result of a Merit Systems Protection Board ruling and may affect those applying for certain law enforcement jobs, including special agents at the Internal Revenue Service. More information can be found on the OPM website.
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Miltary Spouses Entitled to Noncompetitive Civil Service AppointmentsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
9/2/2009 8:06 PM
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued final regulations on August 12, 2009, which establish a noncompetitive hiring authority for certain military spouses to positions in the competitive service. These regulations, which are effective on September 11, 2009, implement Presidential Executive Order 13473 dated September 25, 2008, which authorizes noncompetitive appointments in the civil service for spouses of certain members of the armed forces. The intended effect of this rule is to facilitate the entry of military spouses into the Federal civil service as part of an effort to recruit and retain skilled and experienced members of the armed forces and to recognize and honor the service of members injured, disabled, or killed in connection with their service. The Federal Register, dated August 12, 2009, has more information.
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OPM Proposes New Rules for Care of Wounded VeteransUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
9/1/2009 8:02 PM
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is issuing proposed regulations that would provide an eligible employee up to 26 administrative workweeks of leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to care for a member of the Armed Forces, including a member of the National Guard or Reserves, who is injured in the line of duty while on active duty. The proposed regulations would also amend the rules on advancing sick leave, including sick leave that may be substituted for FMLA unpaid leave to care for a covered servicemember and sick leave that may be used to provide care for a family member and/or for bereavement purposes, or in certain other circumstances.
 
The proposed regulation was published in the Federal Register on August 26, 2009.
 
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MOS-IRS Member Recognized As a Local HeroUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
7/30/2009 12:43 PM
See our News page about a MOS-IRS member in Chicago who was just recognized for heroic action and quick thinking. He's proof that military skills and knowledge transfer to the federal government.
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State of Missouri to Stop Taxing Military PensionsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
7/7/2009 8:27 PM
On July 2, 2009, Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri signed into law Missouri House Bill 82 that provides veterans a tax break on state income taxes. Beginning in 2010, veterans may be able to claim a state tax deduction for 15% of their military pension, up to 100% in 2016. See http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills091/sumpdf/HB0082t.pdf for more information.
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Did You or a Loved One Serve in Iraq or Afghanistan? Get Your Bumper Sticker! Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
7/7/2009 8:18 PM
Germantown, MD resident Scott Kreger has launched a project to give every veteran who served a tour of duty in Iraq or Afghanistan a bumper sticker to honor their service. The white oval stickers read "AFG" or "IRQ" and can be viewed and obtained on Mr. Kreger's website at www.iservedsticker.org.
 
Mr. Kreger's unique symbol of appreciation has met with an overwhelming outpouring and is funded totally through donations. He wants the simple stickers to inspire heartfelt expressions of thanks: at red lights, at rest stops, in parking lots. He said: "I guarantee you're going to have at least one person come up and thank you for your service."
 
Mr. Kreger is lrequesting small donations to help pay the cost of printing and mailing. You can more information on his website.
 
Source: John Kelly's Washington, The Washington Post, July 7, 2009, Page B3.
Created: 7/7/2009 8:18 PM
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Healing Field of HonorUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
7/6/2009 8:11 PM
The Gold Star Families of Utah and Mike's Guardian Eagle Foundation, in support of the Patriot Guard Riders, are sponsoring a drive to place 5,000 U.S. flags in a grassy park at the Weber, Utah County fairgrounds as a healing field from July 30 through August 2, 2009. The groups are requesting help to sponsor all 5,000 flags, one for every American life lost during the global fight against terrorism.
 
If you wish to attend the event or sponsor a flag, visit the website at: http://gotg.patriotguard.org/Home/tabid/1057/Default.aspx.
 
This event is not endorsed by MOS-IRS but is listed as a courtesy.
Created: 7/6/2009 8:11 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
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June 2009 Newsletter, MOS Insider Secrets, AvailableUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/28/2009 10:27 AM

Check out the June 2009 issue of the MOS-IRS newsletter, MOS Insider Secrets. This issue covers a wealth of information about the organization including articles by MOS-IRS founders, status of MOS-IRS, news about chapters, website hints, and much more.

Created: 6/28/2009 10:00 AM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
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25 Frequently Asked Questions from Women VeteransUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/28/2009 10:27 AM
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has a website dedicated to issues of concern to women veterans. Included on the website, called the Center for Women Veterans, is a document of 25 frequently asked questions and links to a wealth of resources for women veterans. We've added a permanent link on the home page in the Links section.
Created: 3/24/2009 7:54 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
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Scholarships Available for U.S. Army Active Duty and Veteran WomenUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/28/2009 10:27 AM

The U.S. Army Women's Foundation has scholarships available to provide financial assistance to those U.S. Army servicewomen, Army women veterans, and their lineal descendents who are pursuing higher education. Please read the attached document carefully. Applications must be postmarked February 1, 2009.
Created: 1/20/2009 9:40 AM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
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Great Deals for Active and Retired Military At Disney Parks for 2009Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/28/2009 10:27 AM

As Disney Parks ask “What Will You Celebrate?” and invite guests to turn their personal milestones into magical family vacations in 2009, America’s military personnel will have one more reason to celebrate: Free multi-day admission to Disney’s U.S. theme parks.

 
With the “Disney’s Armed Forces Salute” offer, active and retired U.S. military personnel, including active members of the United States Coast Guard and activated members of the National Guard or Reservists, can enjoy complimentary, multi-day admission into Disney’s U.S. theme parks, great rates at select Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort hotels, and additional special ticket offers for family members and friends.
See the attached press release for more information (open both documents).
Created: 1/8/2009 7:44 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
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Clarification of Policy Regarding Excused Leave for Employees Returning from Active Military DutyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/28/2009 10:27 AM
On December 16, 2008, the United States Office of Personnel Management issued a memorandum to revise its “Questions and Answers on Excused Absence for Employees Returning from Active Duty,” issued on August 6, 2008, to better reflect the authorized practices for the activation of Federal employees.
 
The revised Questions and Answers clarify that in order to receive 5 days of excused absence; members must spend at least 42 consecutive days on active duty in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). This is parallel to the requirement to qualify for a post differential when a civilian employee works in a hardship post location on extended detail or in a temporary duty travel status in an overseas location with an approved post differential.
 
This minimum standard reflects the rationale for the excused absence, which is to facilitate an employee’s return to civilian service and family life after a significant absence resulting from activation in support of the GWOT.  It was never envisioned that employees would have separate, multiple activations for very short periods of time and that such employees would receive 5 days of excused absence for each activation.
 
Furthermore, employees are entitled to 5 days of excused absence only once in a 12-month period.  A new 12-month period begins after the first use of excused absence.  The new policy became effective on December 16, 2008. 

 

The revised guidance is available at http://www.chcoc.gov/Transmittals/TransmittalDetails.aspx?TransmittalID=1837.

 

INFORMATION CONTACT: Staff questions may be directed to Gene Holson at (202) 622-2962 or at Gene.Holson@do.treas.gov

 

Thank you.

 

Dennis Cannon
Director, Office of HC Strategic Management
Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Resources/CHCO
(202) 622-1109
FAX: (202) 622-3454

 

Note: The memorandum and a question and answer document is attached for MOS-IRS members.

Created: 12/23/2008 8:42 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
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Trouble Accessing the Site?Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/28/2009 10:27 AM
If you signed up for membership and are having trouble accessing the site, follow the step-by-step instructions in the attached PowerPoint presentation.  You'll be in within minutes.  Note that is for current members only.  If you're not a current member, you need to sign up today!
Created: 11/9/2008 8:23 AM
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501(c)(3) Status, MOS-IRS Seeking Treasurer, Name Tags, and More...Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/1/2009 8:29 AM

From Allen (May 30, 2009);

Good morning everyone!  It's 7:47 am on a clear Saturday morning following a stormy night in Ohio, and the MOS Team has been hard at work as usual.

First, there is a Letter to Members which discusses the status on our 501(c)(3) non-profit status, dues collection, and more.  Starting June 1, 2009, the MOS will begin collecting dues and requiring everyone to complete a new Membership Application.  The latter will be used to standardize the data we collect on our members and will provide us with an alternative form of contact should we need to address issues that that require non-IRS email contact.  The address for mailing the application is shown at the bottom of Adobe fill-able form.  Please complete the form and send it so that it is received by June 30, 2009 along with your dues.

Second, our Treasurer has resigned for personal reasons and our Secretary, Susie Harmon, is filling in.  I am seeking volunteers for our Elections Committee to conduct the election.  I have also attached a Treasurer Special Election document as well as an MOS Officer Nomination document.  All MOS members (except contractors) may be nominated for the position.  Deadline for Nominations is June 15, 2009.  There are changes being made to our bylaws as a result of the resignation and subsequent election, but our tentative schedule is to post all nominee forms online on June 16th thru 30th for review, with the election being held July 1, 2009 to July July 10th.  The Election Committee will then review all the submissions and report the result on July 13, 2009.  Note that these dates may slip a little depending on IRS duty requirements.

Lastly, Sam Spayd of the Atlanta Chapter has created nametags which may be ordered for a price (a photo of one is attached along with an order form).  My thanks to Atlanta for starting this unique initiative.

 

I have asked our tireless webmaster, David Heiser, to post all the attachments to our website.  I also ask all Chapter Leaders to ensure all their members receive this information as there may be members who do not receive this email for various reasons.

 

 

Allen L. Lichtenwalner, RO, EMBA

President, Military Outreach for Service

 

Nathaniel R. Jones Federal Building

10 East Commerce Street, Room 110

Youngstown, OH 44503

 

Office: 330-480-5744  Fax: 330-746-1028

Cell: 330-301-6090

Hours: Mon-Fri 7:00 AM - 3:45 PM EST

Created: 6/1/2009 8:29 AM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
How about a whole slew of discounts for military, veterans and federal employees!Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/21/2009 8:35 PM
It always pays to work for Uncle Sam. Check out all of the discounts listed in this article in the May 18, 2009 edition of Government Executive:
 
 
 
Created: 5/21/2009 8:35 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
Honor Flight Network Needs HelpUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/20/2009 8:30 PM
If you live in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and are looking for a way to help veterans, considering working with Honor Flight Network. This group brings World War II veterans to the Washington, DC area to visit the war memorials. The group needs help transporting veterans to and from local airports and providing assistance at the memorials, such as the World War II memorial. For more information, visit their website at http://www.honorflight.org.
Created: 5/20/2009 8:30 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
Blood for the TroopsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/20/2009 8:26 PM
MOS-IRS members, family, coworkers, and friends can help support the troops by participating in the Armed Forces Blood Program. Called Life Force, this initiative collects donated blood at government facilities to assist sick and injured military members and their families. Some of the donated blood is flown directly to Afghanistan and Iraq U.S. medical facilities or to other overseas U.S. military hospitals and ships. This is a very simple way to make a difference. You can get more information at www.militaryblood.dod.mil.
 
The Washington, DC chapter of MOS-IRS is exploring ways to bring the blood drive to the IRS headquarters and will release additional information as it becomes available.
Created: 5/20/2009 8:26 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
VA Launches Website for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom VeteransUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
4/23/2009 8:03 PM
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs launched a new website the week of April 21, 2009, that focuses on the specific needs of veterans returning home from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The website, http://www.oefoif.va.gov, features videos, veterans stories, and a blog where veterans can post feedback. It targets veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). The website also provides a reorganized format with information on other Veterans Administration webpages where veterans can get assistance on health care and other benefits.
 
 
Created: 4/23/2009 8:03 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
Spread the word: IRS to hire hundreds of revenue agentsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
4/20/2009 8:08 PM

The IRS will continue to accept applications for several months for hundreds of full-time revenue agent positions. Please encourage promising people you know to apply – including your friends and family. Tell them about our great benefits, flexible work schedules and the many career opportunities to explore. Interested applicants should visit USAJOBS’ special IRS job search section to search for IRS openings and submit their applications.

Potential employees can find more information about IRS jobs and working for the agency on the IRS Careers Web site. All applicants must pass a background investigation. Revenue agent jobs require at least 30 hours of college-level accounting coursework.
 
(Submitted by HCO – Human Capital Office - April 20, 2009)
Created: 4/20/2009 8:08 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
New MOS-IRS Marketing Brochure Available for DistributionUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
3/31/2009 8:02 PM
Allen Lichtenwalner, national president of MOS-IRS, has released a marketing brochure to help solicit new members to join the organization. You can also use the brochure to explain to interested IRS employees what MOS-IRS is all about.
 
Two versions of the brochure are located in the Marketing Materials folder of Shared Documents on the Chapters webpage. (Click on Chapters --> Shared Documents --> Marketing Material)
  1. The Adobe PDF version is ready for printing on a colored laser printer for trifolding and immediate distribution.
  2. The Microsoft Publisher version can be modified to put the chapter contact information in place of the national president's information.
If you are thinking of altering the Microsoft Publisher version, Mr. Lichtenwalner asks that you only change the contact information.
 
Save your local version as an Adobe PDF file and upload it to your local chapter's Shared Documents page so that your chapter members have access and can print and distribute their own copies.
 
If you are currently a member at-large, with no chapter affiliation, it is recommended that you leave the contact information as is.
 
Questions or comments should be directed to Allen Lichtenwalner.
Created: 3/31/2009 8:02 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans!Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
3/30/2009 1:04 PM
See our News page for a tribute to veterans on this special day for Vietnam Veterans, March 30, 2009.
Created: 3/30/2009 1:04 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
Iraqi War Veteran Expresses Graditude for Generous Leave Bank Donations Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
3/27/2009 7:02 PM
MOS-IRS members are thrilled to learn that Timothy Wightman, a MOS-IRS member and U.S. Army veteran who served in Desert Storm, is recovering nicely from his kidney treatment and is very much appreciative of the hundreds of hours of annual leave donated to him. From Tim in his own words to Allen Lichtenwalner, national president of MOS-IRS:
 
Dear Allen,
 
I am not sure how to get this out to the MOS list in the best possible way, so I am sending this e-mail your way to best disseminate my gratitude to my fellow veteran's and MOS members.  Back in January one of my co-workers sent out an e-mail asking for the members of MOS to donate leave to me for a upcoming kidney transplant due to my service in the first Gulf War.  Unfortunately, I only received 24 hours from the leave bank but my comrades from MOS and Co-workers stepped up to the plate with over 300 hours of donated leave.  I had such an easy time going into this knowing I didn't have to worry about loss of income.  I am sure it helped me recover so quickly.  I had surgery on Monday out on Friday driving myself on Saturday and went on a 2 hour road trip the very next weekend.  I call my time away from the office a vacation with a minor sidetrack of surgery.  I will probably have a surplus, God willing, of roughly 150 hours that  I believe goes to the leave bank.
I am just so overwehlmed by this whole experience, as if it isn't enough that someone gave me one of their organs but you add the support I received from fellow employees and especially veterans puts my emotions over the top.
 
God Bless You All,
 
Timothy Wightman
LMSB Seattle, WA
Created: 3/27/2009 7:02 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
Deputy Commissioners Announce Major Hiring InitiativeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
3/25/2009 8:04 AM
On March 24, 2009, Deputy Commissioners Linda Stiff and Mark Ernst announced a major hiring initiative in a Service-wide email. See our Employment Page for more information.
Created: 3/25/2009 8:04 AM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
National President Releases First MOS-IRS NewsletterUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
3/19/2009 7:20 PM
MOS-IRS President Allen Lichtenwalner released the first issue of MOS Insider Secrets. The newsletter contains information about activities at the national, committee, and chapter levels, partnerships underway with IRS, MOS-IRS accomplishments, and news for MOS-IRS members. The newsletters can be found in the Newsletters folder in the Shared Documents directory or by clicking on the Newsletters link on the left side of the Home page.
 
When your coworkers ask about MOS-IRS, please share the newsletter with them and ask them to join.
Created: 3/19/2009 7:20 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
Free Tax Help for Members of the Military and Their FamiliesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
3/2/2009 8:15 PM
If you or your spouse are a member of the military, you may be eligible to receive free tax return preparation assistance. The U.S. Armed Forces participates in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and provides free tax advice, tax preparation, return filing and other tax assistance to military members and their families.

The Armed Forces Tax Council (AFTC) oversees the operation of the military tax programs worldwide, conducting outreach with the IRS to military personnel and their families. The AFTC consists of tax program coordinators for the Marine Corps, Air Force, Army, Navy and Coast Guard.

Volunteer assistors at Military-based VITA sites are trained to address military-specific tax issues, such as combat zone tax benefits and the new Earned Income Tax Credit guidelines.

To receive this free assistance, you should bring the following records to your military VITA site:
  • Valid photo identification
  • Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents or a social security number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration
  • Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents
  • Current year’s tax package, if you received one
  • Wage and earning statement(s) -- Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R
  • Interest and dividend statements (Forms 1099)
  • A copy of last year’s federal and state tax returns, if available
  • Checkbook (to get routing number and account number for direct deposit)
  • Total amount paid for day care and day care provider’s identifying number
  • Other relevant information about income and expenses
If your filing status is Married Filing Jointly and you wish to file your tax return electronically, both you and your spouse should be present to sign the required forms. If it isn’t possible for both to be present, a valid power of attorney that allows tax preparation can be used to sign and file the return.
There is a special exception to using a power of attorney for spouses in combat zones that permits the filing spouse to e-file a joint return with only a written statement setting forth that the other spouse is in a combat zone and is unable to sign.
For more information, review IRS Publication 3, Armed Forces’ Tax Guide, available on the IRS Web site at www.irs.gov/publications or order a free copy by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).
 
Internal Revenue Service Tax Topic 2009-40
Created: 3/2/2009 8:15 PM
Created By: D.W. Heiser
Who is Entitled to Emergency Military Leave?Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
2/23/2009 8:41 PM
From the February 2009 IRS Agency-Wide Shared Services (AWSS) Payroll & Personnel News newsletter:
 
Here are two conditions under which employees are entitled to an additional 22 days of military leave (emergency military leave) under the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 6323(b).
  1. Reservists or National Guard members who perform military duty in support of civil authorities in the protection of life and property or
  2. Employees who perform full-time military service as a result of a call or order to active duty in support of a contingency operation (as defined in section 101(a)(13) of title 10, United States Code).
Employees called to active duty must:
  • Notify their manager as soon as they are notified they will be called to duty.
  • Fax or mail all military orders and Statements of Earnings and Leave that fall within the 22-day emergency military leave pe