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,
Mark L. Hulse
David W. Heiser