Scholarship Announcement 2021-2022 (JROTC)

The Coronado Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is pleased to announce the 2021-22 Scholarship Program

A number of scholarships will be awarded during the 2021 – 2022 school year to eligible graduating seniors. This year, the Coronado Chapter will be offering both non-JROTC and JROTC Scholarships. Visit the non-JROTC Scholarship announcement for more information about that scholarship.

Two $1,000 Scholarships will be awarded during the 2021-22 school year to graduating seniors enrolled in the JROTC Programs at Buena High School and/or Tombstone High School.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  1. The applicants must be 2022 Graduating Seniors from Buena or Tombstone High Schools.
  2. The applicants must be enrolled and satisfactorily participating in the Buena or Tombstone High Schools’ JROTC Program.
  3. The applicant must have an overall academic Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  4. The applicant must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale in JROTC classes.
  5. The applicant must enroll in a community college, a college, a university, or military/service academy.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION:

  1. Scholastic Standing in high school.
  2. Involvement, scholastic standing and leadership in JROTC.
  3. Involvement and leadership in school and/or community activities.
  4. Timely submission of a properly completed application:

Applications must be postmarked no later than 1 March 2022, and received no later than 6 pm on 6 March 2022.  Applications must be mailed or personally delivered to: Susan Atchison-Day, Scholarship Director, MOAA Coronado Chapter, PO Box 394, Sonoita, AZ. 85637-0394.

  • Favorable endorsement by the Senior Army Instructor, Buena High School or Tombstone High School JROTC Program.  Include JROTC class standing and GPA.
  • Endorsements from at least two Teachers, Coaches, work supervisors or other adults that are familiar with the student’s leadership abilities and potential.

JROTC Scholarship Application

In addition to the Coronado Chapter’s Scholarship Program, the national level MOAA organization offers various educational assistance programs such as interest-free loans and grants to qualified students.  You may visit the National MOAA website at www.moaa.org to learn more about MOAA educational assistance.

POINT OF CONTACT (POC):  Susan Atchison-Day, Ed.D., MOAA Coronado Chapter Scholarship Director, 915-588-9282 (cell), or mtnridinglady@yahoo.com.

Scholarship Announcement 2021-2022 (non-JROTC)

The Coronado Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is pleased to announce the 2021 – 2022 Scholarship Programs.

A number of scholarships will be awarded during the 2021 – 2022 school year to eligible graduating seniors. This year, the Coronado Chapter will be offering both non-JROTC and JROTC Scholarships. Visit the JROTC Scholarship announcement for more information about that scholarship.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  1. The applicant must be a 2022 Graduating Senior from one of the following high schools: Benson, Bisbee, Bowie, Buena, Douglas, Patagonia, San Simon, St. David, Tombstone, Valley Union, Willcox, a certified Charter High School or a certified Home School Program in the geographic area covered by the above high schools.
  2. The applicant’s parent, grandparent, or legal guardian must be active duty military, retired (20+ year career) military, an active reservist in drill status, or National Guard Member.
  3. The applicant must have an overall academic Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  4. The applicant must enroll in a community college, a college, a university, military/service academy, or trade school.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION:

  1. Scholastic Standing in high school.
  2. Involvement and leadership in school and/or community activities.
  3. Timely submission of a properly completed application.
    a. Applications must be received no later than 6pm, 6 March 2022, whether mailed or delivered in person.
    b. Applications must be personally given to the POC, or mailed to: Susan Atchison-Day, Scholarship Director, MOAA Coronado Chapter, PO Box 394, Sonoita, AZ 85637. If mailed, the application must be postmarked NLT 1 March 2022.
    c. Favorable endorsement by the high school principal or designated authority.
    d. Candidates are encouraged to submit additional letters of recommendation from counselors, teachers, coaches, and supervisors.

Non-JROTC Application Form

In addition to the Coronado Chapter’s Scholarship Program, the national level MOAA organization offers various educational assistance programs such as interest-free loans and grants to qualified students.  You may visit the National MOAA website at www.moaa.org to learn more about MOAA educational assistance.


POINT OF CONTACT (POC): Susan Atchison-Day, Ed.D., Scholarship Director, MOAA Coronado Chapter, 915-588-9282 (cell), or mtnridinglady@yahoo.com

Veteran’s Pension Fully Exempt from State Income Tax

Governor’s Office Reminds Military Veterans Of New Pension Exemption

By Terri Jo Neff | AZ Free News
July 24, 2021
Gov. Doug Ducey wants to remind the more than 50,000 military veterans living in Arizona that he signed legislation which now fully exempts military pensions from state income taxes.
“Veterans put the safety of our great nation first. We should honor their service, not tax it,” Ducey tweeted this week.
Arizona’s tax code previously exempted only $3,500 of a veteran’s military pension. Getting it to a full exemption was something Ducey announced as a priority during his January 2020 State of the State speech, but then the COVID-19 pandemic shut down all but priority budget considerations.
When the new legislative session convened in January 2021, the governor once again made tax relief for veterans a priority. It took until the last week of June, but the full exemption passed and Ducey signed the legislation.
“Our nation’s greatest heroes will no longer pay taxes on their retirement pay. This saves the average veteran an additional $650 a year,” Ducey said after signing the bill.
In addition to the pension income tax exemption, the Fiscal Year 2022 budget package signed by the governor includes $25 million for construction and operation of a State Veterans Home in northwestern Arizona. Additional funds were appropriated for operating State Veterans Homes recently opened in Flagstaff and Yuma.
Nearly $775,000 was appropriated to ADVS for the hiring of 12 additional Veteran Benefits Counselors, and the budget includes $100,000 earmarked for distribution to a charitable organization located in southern Arizona to work with regional Veterans organizations to improve services which can reduce Veteran suicides.
Ducey also signed SB1802 which establishes the date every August when Arizonans will recognize National Navajo Code Talkers Day.
Among those getting the word out to veterans is Col. Wanda Wright, director of the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services (ADVS).
“This budget is a real win for Arizona Veterans,” Wright posted to the ADVS website. “It further proves that here in Arizona, we honor and support service members, Veterans and their families.”


Gov. Doug Ducey wants to remind the more than 50,000 military veterans living in Arizona that he signed legislation which now fully exempts military pensions from state income taxes.
“Veterans put the safety of our great nation first. We should honor their service, not tax it,” Ducey tweeted this week.
Arizona’s tax code previously exempted only $3,500 of a veteran’s military pension. Getting it to a full exemption was something Ducey announced as a priority during his January 2020 State of the State speech, but then the COVID-19 pandemic shut down all but priority budget considerations.
When the new legislative session convened in January 2021, the governor once again made tax relief for veterans a priority. It took until the last week of June, but the full exemption passed and Ducey signed the legislation.
“Our nation’s greatest heroes will no longer pay taxes on their retirement pay. This saves the average veteran an additional $650 a year,” Ducey said after signing the bill.
In addition to the pension income tax exemption, the Fiscal Year 2022 budget package signed by the governor includes $25 million for construction and operation of a State Veterans Home in northwestern Arizona. Additional funds were appropriated for operating State Veterans Homes recently opened in Flagstaff and Yuma.
Nearly $775,000 was appropriated to ADVS for the hiring of 12 additional Veteran Benefits Counselors, and the budget includes $100,000 earmarked for distribution to a charitable organization located in southern Arizona to work with regional Veterans organizations to improve services which can reduce Veteran suicides.
Ducey also signed SB1802 which establishes the date every August when Arizonans will recognize National Navajo Code Talkers Day.
Among those getting the word out to veterans is Col. Wanda Wright, director of the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services (ADVS).
“This budget is a real win for Arizona Veterans,” Wright posted to the ADVS website. “It further proves that here in Arizona, we honor and support service members, Veterans and their families.”

https://azfreenews.com/2021/07/governors-office-reminds-military-veterans-of-new-pension-exemption/

Monthly Heliogram Published – December

The 2021 Year in Review Edition

This issue is a special Year in Review Edition, check out what we have accomplished this year, pages 6-13.

Chapter dues are due by 31 December, National dues are increasing in 2022 — now is the time to consider a life membership.

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December Heliogram

Monthly Heliogram Published – November

Be sure to check out November’s Heliogram including pictures from the October Dinner, Director Election Ballot, and news about national dues increasing.

November Heliogram
Director Election Ballot (submit by 18 November 2021)
** Deadline for receipt of ballots is 18 November 2022. Ballots may be brought to the 18 November Member Dinner, sent to Coronado Chapter MOAA, Box1685, Attn: Elections, Sierra Vista, Az. 85636, or Email to robertjcovalucci@gmail.com.