The Lincoln- An Award for Veterans

Jul 21 2014

“Actors have Oscars. Live theater, the Tony Awards. Journalists receive Pulitzers
and scientists Nobel Prizes. Now there is the Lincoln — for veterans” – USA Today

Lincoln-AwardsThe Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veterans & the Military Family will recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to our nation’s veterans and military families.

On January 6, 2015, The Lincoln Awards will be formally presented at a special ceremony to be held at an exclusive location in Washington, DC. Then, on January 7, 2015,an All-Star Concert will take place at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts Concert Hall where the entertainment community will gather to celebrate our military, veterans, wounded warriors, caregivers and military families while saluting the Lincoln Award recipients.

Nominations go through August 18, 2014 so the time is now.  You can visit to submit nominations.

The Lincoln Awards categories include:

  • Standard Bearer
  • Veteran
  • Public Service
  • Medical and Science
  • Caregiver
  • Entertainer
  • Artistic
  • Citizen
  • Corporate Citizen
  • Non-Profit Citizen

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Get Involved to Protect Military Benefits

Jul 21 2014

Published by under Events

MOAA’s President and CEO, Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, USN (Ret), addressed attendees of the 2014 Washington, D.C. conference of the American Legion and shared his thoughts on getting involved at a local level, and making a difference in protecting the earned benefits of our military.

Watch the full video from conference session 2, or jump to Adm. Ryan’s presentation here:

And find a local MOAA chapter to get involved!

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Important Family Financial Discussions

Jul 15 2014

Published by under Spouse & Family

family_conversations_chart1v2When it comes to important but difficult conversations about finances, many families are struggling with the timing, according to Fidelity Investments®’ latest Intra-Family Generational Finance Study. The study showed that almost two-thirds (64 percent) of parents and their adult children1 are at odds as to when detailed conversations on key financial topics, including retirement  preparedness, eldercare and estate planning, should take place. While parents would prefer to wait until after retirement, their  children want the conversations to take place well before their parents retire or experience health issues.

How wide is the gap? The study, which is unique in that it looks at levels of agreement between parents and their adult children on a range of financial topics, has some interesting findings.

Even if conversations are taking place, how detailed are they?

Despite the confidence expressed by parents about their retirement readiness, research shows that many Americans are underprepared to live comfortably in retirement. Since 93 percent of parents identify “living a comfortable retirement” as the most important motivation to save, discussions with loved ones in advance could serve as a much-needed reality check, or at least a chance to ensure enough money has been set aside and invested to last 20 to 30 years or more in retirement.

Looking for more tools to help with your family finance discussion? Check out MOAA’s Financial Planning Guide! Making smart financial decisions is not always as clear as we would like it to be.  Whether you are buying a home, considering investments, starting college planning for your children, or other life decisions, this publication has the answers you need.  PREMIUM and LIFE Members can even speak with MOAA financial experts for further assistance.

Image courtesy of Fidelity Investments.

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Mil Tech — Hemostatic Sponge Seals Combat Wounds

Jul 07 2014

Published by under Technology

An Oregon company recently won approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for XStat, a hemostatic device for treating gunshot and shrapnel wounds on the battlefield.

RevMedX of Wilsonville, Ore., developed XStat to control bleeding in body areas like the groin, which are not amenable to the application of a tourniquet.

XStat works by injecting a group of small, rapidly expanding sponges into a wound cavity using a syringe-like applicator. In the wound, the sponges expand and swell to fill the cavity within 20 seconds of contact with blood, creating a temporary barrier to blood flow and providing hemostatic pressure.

John Steinbaugh, RevMedX’s vice president of strategic development, says XStat traces its beginnings to a combat dressing invented by Oregon Biomedical Engineering Institute (OBEI). U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) wanted the organization to develop a combat pressure dressing, so OBEI formed RevMedX to handle the final development and production of XStat, he says.

XStat comes in two versions — XStat-30 for large shrapnel or rifle round wounds and XStat-12 for pistol round or smaller shrapnel wounds, Steinbaugh says. Steinbaugh is a retired U.S. Army master sergeant with 25 years’ experience, 20 of them as a Special Forces medic with more than 50 months of combat experience during his career.

XStat-30 is 5-1/4-inches long and designed so the device’s handle stores inside the applicator. XStat-12 is a smaller device that uses the same sponge size but comes in a pack of three, which are equal to one XStat-30.

“The handle is a stainless-steel rod about 7/8-inch in diameter that slides inside the tube, but when you pull it back it locks onto open onto a disc,” Steinbaugh says. “The tip of the XStat opens like a valve, so there’s no prep needed on the part of the medic.”

Steinbaugh points out the XStat uses a proprietary type of sponge that’s compressed down to about 3 mm in size from its 50-mm original size.

“When it makes contact with fluid, such as blood in a groin wound, it expands to 15 times its size, jamming tightly into the bleeding wound,” Steinbaugh notes. “It applies very firm force to the walls of the wound, which applies constant pressure to the artery.”

Steinbaugh says the big difference between XStat and other combat gauze products is that with other gauzes, when the medic takes his hand away there’s no more pressure on the wound and bleeding resumes. The medic has to hold pressure on other gauze products until the wound clots.

Because XStat expands and puts its own pressure on the wound, he says, if the wound begins to re-bleed, the blood will hit sponges that haven’t already expanded, which will stop the re-bleed. Only about one-third of XStat’s sponges expand on initial contact with a bleeding wound.

Steinbaugh says RevMedX is in the process of ramping up manufacturing and “is working hand-in-hand with the U.S. Army so we can deliver enough product for them. USSOCOM will get the first order.”

RevMedX also has spun off the technology to develop X-Gauze, which uses the same sponge technology embedded into gauze. It can be used on any wound where it’s necessary to pack gauze to stem bleeding and has similar pressure qualities to XStat. Steinbaugh envisions X-Gauze versions being developed for the U.S. military, law enforcement and emergency medical services (EMS) use.

About the author: Alan M. Petrillo is a Tucson, Ariz., journalist who writes for national and regional magazines and newspapers. He’s also the author of the mystery, Full Moon, books on historical military small arms, and the nonfiction work, Ice Hockey in the Desert.


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Drone Crashes in the U.S.

Jul 03 2014

Published by under Technology

A new story in the Washington Post, “Crashes mount as military flies more drones in U.S.” brings up an interesting discussion surrounding what could be considered an experimental new policy- drone use in the U.S.

391px-QF-100_target_drones_at_Tyndall_AFB_1986The number of accidents has jumped as the military has brought back drones from overseas and operated them more frequently in airspace shared with civilian planes. The military has almost tripled the number of hours its drones have flown annually in shared U.S. airspace since 2011, according to federal data…

Accident investigation documents show that 47 military drones crashed in the United States between 2001 and 2013 in what the military categorized as Class A accidents — the most severe category. The Pentagon is planning to expand drone operations to at least 110 bases in 39 states by 2017.

Drones seem to be a safer way for the military to locate or destroy intended targets, though with the use at home only increasing, more and more civilians are starting to see the other side to this argument.

What do you think about drone use in the United States? Safe? Questionable but needed? Let us know in the comments!


18 U.S. Air Force QF-100D/F Super Sabre target drones at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida (USA), for the air-to-air weapons meet “William Tell ’86″ on 10 October 1986. Photo via Wikimedia Commons, uploaded by U.S. DefenseImagery. Taken by TSgt. Lou Hernandez, USAF. Public domain.

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