Veterans Affairs

I have been asked by several Brothers about the changes to TRICARE insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The following is a summary of the changes.

TRICARE Retiree Dental
Program Changes

Effective October 1, 2013, all TRICARE Retirees Dental Program beneficiaries will be required to pay their monthly premiums by Electronic Funds Transfer or through military pay allotments. The ability to pay premiums by check or through an online bill pay system will end in September. Most TRPD enrollees will need to take no action; however, Delta Dental sent letters to all TRPD participants on July 19, 2013 with information on where to submit EFT authorization forms and how to submit an EFT authorization forms and how to send EFT authorization on line at www.trpd.com.
TRICARE PHARMACY
UPDATE

In February, TRICARE started a one-year pilot program requiring TFL beneficiaries to switch to home delivery for name brand maintenance medication refills. During the transition period, the program allowed for two courtesy retail pharmacy fills before being charged full price. Now that change is two months into the program, those who have not converted to home delivery yet may be subject to having to pay full price with their next attempted retail refill. If you are a TFL beneficiary and have not done so already, it is strongly recommended that you switch to home delivery to avoid unnecessary charges. For more information or to switch, call 1-877-363-1303.

FYI: Here is what Happened on January 1, 2014
Top Income Tax bracket went from 35% to 39.6%
Top income Payroll Tax went from 37.4% to 52.2%
Capital Gains Tax Went from 15% to 28%
Dividend Tax went from 15% to 39.6%
Estate Tax went from 0% to 55%
All these taxes were all passed under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obama Care.
Please keep all our Veterans in your prayers.
God Bless America.

President’s Message

I hope that you all have had a safe and happy summer.

 

The National Convention in St. Louis is now behind us. Overall, I think that it went very well and was very well run. New York State had the largest contingent there with one hundred forty brothers in attendance. Thanks to everyone who made the effort to attend. There were many revisions to the National Constitution that were discussed and resolved. Thankfully, none of them had any adverse effect on our state. We were able to cast the deciding vote on several.

 

Chip McLean was re-elected as National Director along with Sean Pender of New Jersey, Tom O’Donnell of Pennsylvania, Mike Delaney of Washington, DC, Sean Canning of Florida and Pat Sturdy of Michigan. Unfortunately, Mike McNabb did not prevail in his race for National Secretary. We wish Jere Cole of New Jersey congratulations and good luck in that position.

 

That leads me to an issue I feel compelled to discuss, although we had the largest contingent of delegates there, Mike would have lost anyway. Jere ran a good race. However, disturbingly a large number of our own delegates chose to abandon our endorsed candidate and vote against us. It was an embarrassment to New York State and an embarrassment to me personally. We became the laughing stock of the country. I worry about any worthy brothers who may be seeking higher office in the future. We are now perceived as a fractured entity, without unity and unable to deliver the vote. I fear that we have lost much of the bartering power and respect that we once had. Too bad.

 

On a happier note we are looking forward to the upcoming State Board meeting on November 8th at the Melville Marriott on Long Island. It will be followed that night with a testimonial dinner for the LAOH President, Carol McTigue and myself. I hope to see many of you there. Please note that the cutoff date for the AOH rate on rooms is October 7th.

 

On October 5th we will be attending the annual Pro-Life Mass in St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 10:15. Please try to attend if you can. We assemble on the 51st St, side. Wear your sash.

 

In closing I wish to thank our brothers in Elmira for hosting this year’s Jack Burns Memorial golf tournament and our brothers in Buffalo for their hospitality when we visited for the Fenian commemoration.

 

Remember that nominations for Division officers should begin at your October meeting.

God bless you all.

Chaplain’s Message

Brothers,

At the time I’m writing this, it has been two weeks since the National Convention in St. Louis. By now everybody should know that Jere Cole, from New Jersey, is our new National Secretary, and I have nothing but confidence in him in that office. Unfortunately, his victory comes at a loss for New York State, in that our worthy past State President, and National Director for all of New York State above the Bronx, Mike McNabb, lost in his campaign for that position. This is not a new situation, since another worthy past State President, Matt Nelligan, lost in his run for National Director in Cincinnati, four years ago. The fact is that this is an embarrassment to New York State, having endorsed brother McNabb, to have not even delivered the votes of the delegates from the State. In another year, we will meet as a State at the convention in Nassau County, and between now and then, brothers will ask us, as a state, to endorse them for National office; we need to have serious conversations about this. The fact is that even if a brother wants to run, and may be a great guy that other people like, that does not mean that he should run. Apparently there were a number of brothers in this State, who were state or even national delegates, who did not want Mike McNabb to run or be elected as National Secretary, but instead of being up front about it, remained silent as he was endorsed. This has to end. From now on we have to have open dialogue before we endorse any candidates for any more National offices, so that we do not become a joke, again, at future national conventions.

 

Before the convention I had a conversation about what it means to be a Catholic in good standing as described by our membership criteria, so here goes: A person who has been baptized in a Catholic church, by a member of the Catholic Clergy (Bishop, Priest or Deacon), or in circumstances recognized by the Catholic Church as being valid (ie: nurse baptizing because of the danger of death). Someone baptized in another Christian tradition, with the formula “I baptize you in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”, who has been received into the Catholic Church by a member of the Clergy. Holding membership in the Catholic Church, is not enough however, as it is necessary to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation, and not have committed any acts by which they have excommunicated themselves from the Church. This last part includes: those who have had an abortion (which they have not gone to confession for), forcing or facilitating an abortion, marrying outside of a Catholic Church, without a dispensation to do so, and those who have renounced the Catholic Faith, either privately or publicly. If someone has stopped practicing his Catholic Faith, and has joined a non-Catholic group for Sunday worship, they have publicly renounced their Faith.

 

There are other groups that Catholics are not permitted to join: In 1996, Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln named 12 proscribed groups, including Planned Parenthood, Call to Action and Catholics for a Free Choice, the Hemlock Society, advocating doctor-assisted suicide, and Masonic organizations (these include the Shriners, Job’s Daughters, DeMolay, Eastern Star and Rainbow Girls). There are those who believe that Catholics can join the Masons, and while the Masons have allowed Catholics to join, the Catholic Church has never lifted its ban on Catholics becoming Masons, which was established in 1738, by Pope Clement XII in his encyclical In Eminenti Apostolatus, and was reaffirmed by John Paul II, in 1983, in a statement from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith:

 

“The faithful who enroll in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion….” and “…the Church’s negative judgment in regard to Masonic association(s) remains unchanged since their principles have always been considered irreconcilable with the doctrine of the Church and therefore membership in them remains forbidden.”

 

Membership in Schismatic groups also prevents a person from being a member in good standing, these include the Society of Pius X, the Sedevacantists, and any other group that identifies itself as being Catholic, while not respecting the Primacy of the Pope, in word and action. This includes those who refer to themselves as Anglican Catholics, which is a subgroup within the Anglican Communion, which includes the Church of England, Church of Ireland and Episcopalian churches.

 

Finally, on an up note. The National Board agreed to donate $5,000 to the Hibernian Housing project at John Paul II Institute in D.C., which I was asking for $20,000. I am going to continue bugging them for the money. In the meantime, I am requesting that every division and county look into fund raisers to raise money for this project; which some of the brothers in the Capital District and down in Washington D.C. said they would already work at, and a brother from Suffolk already asked how much should we get donated from that County Board. If possible, I would prefer some type of fund raisers for this project, in order to have people directly engage in it, and to own it, not just send money; however, I’m not a Communist, so if you do want to send money…. The information on where to send donations is:

St. Anthony of Padua Parish, 1029 Monroe St., NE, Washington, DC 20017; write “AOH JPII” in the memo line.

 

If anyone wants additional information on what the John Paul II Institute does, their website is: https://www.johnpaulii.edu/

 

In closing, enjoy the last bit of Summer, hopefully a gentle Autumn, a successful hunting season, and I’ll see you November 8th.

In Christ and our motto,

Fr. Henry

The New York State AOH & LAOH President’s Testimonial Dinner

On November 8, 2014 the Michael F. Hogan AOH Division #15 and Sister Catherine McAuley LAOH Division #14 of Nassau County will be co-hosting a Testimonial Dinner. honoring AOH/NYS President James J. Burke and LAOH/NYS President Carol A. McTigue. This event will be held in conjunction with the fall state board meeting.

 

The evening will start with a Mass at the Melville Marriott at 5:30 p.m. We will then move to the hotel’s atrium for a cocktail hour with open bar that will be from 6:30 – 7:30. Dinner will begin at 7:30 pm, with music provided by Dennis Gallery and Celtic Justice. Tickets for this event will be $85.00 per person. Ticket deadline is October 17, 2014.

 

In conjunction with this event, we are putting together an Ad/Journal. Prices for advertising are: Full Page – $100.00, Half Page – $60.00, Quarter Page – $40.00, Patron – $10.00.

The deadline for ads is October 6, 2014.

 

There will be a welcoming reception on Friday November 7th at 8:30pm at the Massapequa AOH Hall including drink specials and snacks.

 

Room reservations can be made at the Melville Marriott by calling 800-228-9290. You must use the code AOH/LAOH when making your reservations. Room rates are $129.00 plus tax per night. Rooms must be reserved before October 7, 2014.

 

We look forward to seeing you on Long Island for a great weekend.

 

Yours in Friendship, Unity & Christian Charity:

Edward R. McGlade

Maureen Leahy

Jack Burns Memorial Golf Tournament

Our Brothers from Elmira AOH are hosting the “Jack Burns Memorial Golf Tournament”. We will be playing at Soaring Eagles Golf Course on Saturday July 19 2014. We are limited to thirty teams, so please get your entries in early. Team registration forms and hole sponsor forms are attached. We are planning a kick-off night on Friday, entertainment is planned, and food will be available.

 

Contact Info: Tom Corcoran 607-732-8073 ,John Everett 607-731-8306.

 

Lodging: Elmira Holiday Inn, 760 E Water Street, Elmira NY 14901 phone 607-734-4211

 

The Coachman Motor Lodge, 908 Pennsylvania Ave, Elmira NY 14904 phone 607-733-5526

 

Golf: Soaring Eagles Golf Course 201 Middle Road

Horseheads NY 14845

Phone 607-739-0551

Veteran’s Affairs

Veterans’ ID Cards get a new look and better security.
Veterans who are enrolled in the VA Health Care program should be on the lookout for a new ID card. The VA is replac-ing the current version of the card with a more secure version. The card will more closely re-semble a traditional ID card is-sued by major health providers. The card will include a small logo of the beneficiary’s branch of service along with other ser-vice-related information. The VA began sending the cards out on April 1 and estimates that all should have the new cards by late August. The current cards can be used until a new one is received. For more info go to bit.ly/vacards or call 877 222-8387

DOD PLANS TO OVERHAUL TRICARE
The proposed 2015 budget seeks to overhaul the current TRICARE system and create a new consolidated system which would eliminate the three current programs (Prime, Extra and Standard) replacing them with a single system. The simpler sys-tem would provide beneficiaries with “open access to providers and less complexity in their health plan.”

I received the following infor-mation from Brother Vic Vogel about a program being run by Division 7 in Suffolk County. It would be great if all of us in the State did something similar. If you are, let me know and I will be proud to publish it for you.

Brother Tony Scott was asked by Vick Vogel to help start up a program to assist veterans in Suffolk County. They developed a partnership with Suffolk County United Veterans to collect food for a pantry of Homeless Veterans in Suffolk. On a monthly basis, they contact the veteran’s organizations as to their specific needs. Tony passes this information on to the mem-bers. At the end of the month he collects the contributions of food and cash at the Division Hall and delivers it to the veteran’s office.
In addition, contributions from members go beyond food and money. A large freezer, a stove and a microwave oven were do-nated to assist homeless veterans. The members of the Division have responded to the slogan: “If it’s good for the Vet-Do it”

Note: Tony Scott is the father of a West Point Grad and he and his wife, Jane, were officers in the West Point parent’s Club.

If you would like information on starting a similar program; or contributing to this one; please contact Tony Scott at 631-255-6616 or Vic Vogel at 631-513-9721.

 

State Chaplain

Since it is so soon after the State Board meeting, I feel almost absurd writing this to all of you, knowing that everyone hung on my every word and studied my report; however for those of you who cannot get enough of my grandiloquence.

All those who attended the Board meeting should have grabbed draft copies of the Hibernian Catechism, and I await the input from members regarding corrections or omissions. As also stated in the report I am planning a pilgrimage to Ireland this October, details can be found at

www.pilgrimages.com/frhenry or 1(800) 206-8687, ask for Chris. God willing there will be a Hibernian retreat next year, I’m still working on the details. It is certain that others will have written here about the need to get to St. Louis for the National Convention, so I will not bore you with that.

One of the things which I spoke about at the Board meeting was the need for housing at the Pope St. John Paul II Institute in Washington D.C.. A priest friend whose parish encompasses Catholic University and the St. John Paul II Institute, the only two Pontifical Universities in the mainland United States, brought this to my attention. At the State Board meeting I asked for backing in raising $10 million over the next 10 years for housing, this is a project that the AOH could take great pride in and would serve the Church throughout the USA. Anybody wanting to know more about the Pope St. John Paul II Institute can go to https://www.johnpaulii.edu/. Anyone interested in making a donation can send them to: St. Anthony of Padua Parish, 1029 Monroe St., NE, Washington, DC 20017; write “AOH JPII” in the memo line.

While I am on the topic of Catholics and universities, I was disturbed to hear about another problem at Notre Dame University on April 25, 2014, where members of a Catholic student group, who had permission to have a literature table, were told by university police that they had to stop handing out pamphlets backing the Church’s defense of Traditional Marriage. The pamphlet (which can be found at: http://www.tfpstudentaction.org/politically-incorrect/homosexuality/10-reasons-why-homosexual-marriage-is-harmful-and-must-be-opposed.html) was considered by homosexual students and their supporters attending Notre Dame to be offensive, and therefore the members of TFP Student Action were told that they would have to pack up. As a Catholic priest I find it offensive that Notre Dame would continue to entertain anti-Catholic ideology, even after the outcry of those who supported Fr. Norman Weslin and the others who were arrested protesting Obama’s presence at the Commencement. As a side note, the charges against Fr. Weslin and the others were not dropped until two years after their arrests, and only after legal action and support from Catholics and supporters of the 1st Amendment. Unfortunately the 2010 AOH National Convention saw the restoration of Hibernian funding to Notre Dame, even though Fr. Weslin and the others still faced charges and jail time.

Now for one more campaign that cannot be ended before it accomplishes its goal: Boycott Guinness. While I know other brothers are writing about the campaign, I want to loan my voice to it. After the disgraceful way that Guinness withdrew their support of the N.Y.C. St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the night of March 16th, after everything was in place for them to make a profit, I stopped drinking Guinness and the related products. It is a sacrifice, since I have a great fondness for the Black, but our defense of the Faith is more important. Please encourage all your friends and family to join the boycott of Guinness and Diageo products (you can see their other products at http://www.diageo.com) as well as Sam Adams Beers. Please write to Diageo in order to let them know you are boycotting, as this will give them an idea of why their product is not moving.

Finally, I want to thank all of you who attended and supported the Suffolk County Ball on April 27th. Being named Hibernian of the Year was a great honor, and I was definitely touched by the presence of Hibernians form all over. Thank You.

In Christ and in our motto,

Fr. Henry W. Reid

State Chaplain.

President’s Message

Brothers, it was great to see so many of you at our recent State Board meeting in East Durham. It was very well attended with over 100 members present. The meeting was spirited; both productive and informative. Included were talks from our National Treasurer, Danny O’Connell and National Legal Counsel, Pat Sturdy. We thank them for traveling to New York to give their presentations. Thank you also to all who attended. That allows our State Board to function properly.

As discussed at the meeting, our focus now has to be on getting a strong New York representation at the National Convention in St. Louis. We need to support all our New York candidates and ensure that any Constitutional amendments are not detrimental to our State.

On that note, please remember that it is necessary to submit a list of delegates and alternates to the National Secretary by July 10th. This should be done by the County Board where one exists. We should be hearing soon from the National Secretary regarding the number of our eligible dele-gates. If your Division per capita is not paid in full to both State and National Boards you will not have a vote.

Don’t forget the upcoming Jack Burns Memorial Golf Tournament to be held in Elmira on July 19th. Come out and have a great time. For information contact John Everett at (607) 731-8306. Deadline is July 7th.

I wish you all the very best for a safe and happy summer. As the song says, “meet me in St. Lou-is”.

NY Irish American Heritage Month Resolution

Resolution J3483-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim March 2014 as Irish American Heritage Month in the State of New York

  • Sponsor: CARLUCCI
  • Co-sponsor(s): LARKIN

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim March 2014 as Irish American Heritage Month in the State of New York

 

WHEREAS, From America’s earliest days, Irish immigrants and their descendants have contributed leadership, wisdom, and vitality to America, through nine signers of the Declaration of Independence and 22 Presidents with Irish roots as well as the indelible mark Irish Americans have made in the shaping of the great State and City of New York, through numerous Governors, Legislators, Mayors and public officials;

and

WHEREAS, throughout their long history, the Irish have been ardent in their passion for liberty, hatred of oppression and renowned for their loyalty and thus, the Irish have, from the beginning, been prominent in the defense of this Nation, with 20 of George Washington’s generals and an estimated quarter of his Army being composed of Irish Americans, among them Timothy Murphy, a hero of the pivotal battle of Saratoga, New York; and

WHEREAS, Irish Americans have distinguished themselves ever since whenever their country has called on them, as typified in the storied “Fighting 69th” of New York who fought with courage and sacrifice on the Battlefields of the American Civil War, World War I and whose Gaelic battle cry of “Faugh an Beallach” is still heard this day in Iraq and Afghanistan in defense of our country; and

WHEREAS, The first Congressional Medal of Honor for the current conflict in Afghanistan was awarded to Navy Seal Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy of Smithtown, New York, who made the supreme sacrifice for his country; and

WHEREAS, Millions of Irish arrived in New York City in the mid-19th Century, escaping hunger and injustice in their homeland, and where New York has long been a haven for immigrants, being the home of the “golden door” of Ellis Island, where the first immigrant to enter through its passages to a new life in America was 15 year-old Annie Moore of Cork, Ireland; and

WHEREAS, Irish immigrants and their descendants have contributed to the building of this great society not only by the laying of railroads and the building of physical bridges, but also by building bridges of the mind amongst all people through the founding of numerous schools, colleges and universities, enhancing the quality of every phase of life for all New Yorkers; and

WHEREAS, Irish American women have a long and proud tradition of being visionaries and trailblazers, whether it be Annie Sullivan, the teacher of Helen Keller, crusading journalist Nelly Bly or New York’s own Colonel Eileen Collins, the first woman to command a Space Shuttle; and

WHEREAS, Since 1762, Irish New Yorkers have been faithfully celebrating the feast of St. Patrick every March 17th, wherein they renew their connections to the land of their ancestry, pass on their traditions to the next generation, and share their pride through joyous festivities enjoyed by all New Yorkers irrespective of ethnicity; and

WHEREAS, Irish Americans have made an indelible impression upon every human endeavor in art, music, literature, science, film, dance, theatre, sports, education, law, finance, and politics and shall continue to embellish New York’s shining future, reflecting the noble past of this mighty race, with all the strength, resilience, humor and hospitality of the Irish character; it is most fitting to set aside this month to highlight and honor the history and heritage of the Irish Americans and to remember and pay tribute to the contributions they have made to our State and our Nation; now, therefore, be it

 

RESOLVED, That is Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim March 2014 as Irish American Heritage Month in the State of New York; and be it further

 RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be transmitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New York.

Hunger Commemoration Committee

THE DATES FOR THIS YEAR ARE MAY 17 AND 18, 2014. IT IS our DUTY TO PROPERLY HONOR our family ancestors who were the innocent victims, MANY OF WHOM ARE BURIED IN UNMARKED GRAVES ALL OVER IRELAND.

PEOPLE OF IRISH HERITAGE WORLDWIDE ARE ASKED TO PARTICIPATE AT MASSES AND OTHER MEMORIAL SERVICES. THIS INTERNATIONAL EVENT RECOGNIZES THE VICTIMS OF THE HUNGER, INCLUDING THOSE WHO REFUSED TO ABANDON THEIR FAITH WHEN OFFERED FOOD AND THOSE WHO FLED IRELAND IN ORDER TO SURVIVE.

ALL IRISH ORGANIZATIONS SHOULD WORK TOGETHER TO PLAN AND EXECUTE ACTIVITIES TO HONOR THEIR FAMILY ANCESTORS IN THEIR LOCAL AREAS. EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS AND MATERIAL SHOULD BE USED TO INFORM PEOPLE ABOUT THE CONSCIOUS GOVERNMENT FAILURE AND ITS ROLE IN CAUSING A POTATO BLIGHT TO BECOME A MAN-MADE TRAGEDY. HISTORIANS HAVE PROCLAIMED THE IRISH HUNGER OF 1845-51 AS THE WORST SOCIAL DISASTER IN 19TH CENTURY EUROPEAN HISTORY. FOOD WAS BEING EXPORTED WHILE THE PEOPLE WERE STARVING.

FORM COMMITTEES, CONTACT PUBLIC OFFICIALS, NEWS MEDIA AND OTHER IRISH AMERICAN ORGANIZATIONS. THERE ARE EXISTING MONUMENTS, PLAQUES, MEMORIALS, ETC. HONORING THE IRISH HUNGER VICTIMS WHERE CEREMONIES COULD TAKE PLACE. CONSULT WITH CHURCHES FOR MASSES IN THEIR MEMORY, COLLECT FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY AND REMEMBER THE VICTIMS IN THE PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL.

AFTER WAITING FOR MORE THAN 150 YEARS, WE FINALLY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR THESE VICTIMS. WE SHOULD RESPECT AND HONOR THEIR MEMORY BY HAVING OVERFLOW CROWDS AT ALL THESE MASSES AND CEREMONIES.

THE AMERICAN COMMITTEE FOR THE COMMEMORATION OF THE VICTIMS OF THE IRISH HUNGER ANNUAL COMMEMORATION DATES ARE THE THIRD WEEK OF MAY (THIS YEAR, MAY 17-18). WE ENCOURAGE ALL TO JOIN US THAT WEEKEND, AND TO SCHEDULE EVENTS OF THEIR OWN THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE YEAR.

IT IS THE LEAST WE CAN DO CONSIDERING THE DEPTHS OF THEIR INHUMAN SUFFERING AND SACRIFICES.

Purpose of the Hunger Commemoration Committee:

To encourage all people in the Irish diaspora to honor the victims of the Irish Hunger for their courage and sacrifices under inhuman conditions.
To support, educate, organize and assist world wide appropriate Activities in Remembrance of Irish Hunger victims.
To support the Irish Government’s Commemoration Committee’s annual commemoration activities.