February 2021


UNIVERSAL ORLANDO OFFERS FIRST-EVER MILITARY FREEDOM PASS


Universal Orlando is now offering the first-ever Military Freedom Pass for active, and retired military members and their families.

The pass, which can be used any day of the year, gives military members and their families the chance to enjoy two or all three of Universal’s theme parks, including Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay.

Our Scholarship Season Is Still Open!

CAPTAIN CALIENDO COLLEGE ASSISTANCE FUND (CCCAF) SCHOLARSHIP

The CCCAF, assists dependent children of CPOA/CGEA members in defraying expenses incurred at an accredited university, college, or vocational school of acceptance. 

Applicants participate in an essay contest, with the subject having been selected at the CPOA/CGEA Annual Convention. A Committee consisting of CPOA and CGEA members reads and scores all submitted essays. Three grants will be awarded to the individuals submitting the top entries.

1st. $5,000
2nd. $2,500
3rd. $1,000


WALTER GORE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The purpose of the Walter Gore Memorial Scholarship is to assist members of the CPOA/CGEA in defraying expenses incurred at a university, college, or vocational school of acceptance.

Two grants up to $500 each will be awarded to the individuals submitting the top two essays.



REMINDER: NATIONAL CPOA BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION

The election for National Officers continues until 11 March. If you have not voted yet, please take the time to choose you would like to lead your Association over the next 3 years.

 Book of the Month
Walk in my Combat Boots is a powerful collection crafted from hundreds of original interviews by James Patterson, the world’s #1 bestselling writer, and First Sergeant US Army (Ret.) Matt Eversmann, part of the Ranger unit portrayed in the movie Black Hawk Down

These are the brutally honest stories usually only shared amongst comrades in arms. Here, in the voices of the men and women who’ve fought overseas from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan, is a rare eye-opening look into what wearing the uniform, fighting in combat, losing friends and coming home is really like. Readers who next thank a military member for their service will finally have a true understanding of what that thanks is for.


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New Pay and Allowances
to Help You Through COVID-19

Several new pay and allowances are now available to members and their dependents.

These entitlements are part of the overall military effort to support our members during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please contact your local SPO to determine your eligibility for these new pay and allowances.


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When Isolated At Home, Reconnect With Old
Service Friends
These unprecedented times are contributing to a higher level of anxiety, particularly among our Veteran population. The constant flow of often discouraging news, along with a reduced ability to mingle with others to keep spirits up, makes it difficult for some to maintain their morale. TogetherWeServed, a military heritage community website and home to over 1.9 million U.S. Military Veterans, wants to help.

A secure virtual base for Veterans

During a Veteran’s military service, their base, ship or shore station is place to call home – a safe haven to share in the company of some of the finest men and women with a mission in common. Together We Served (TWS) aims to replicate that same spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood in its own “Virtual Base” website.

With its membership containing only active serving and Veterans, TWS provides a secure platform for all Veterans to engage with other Veterans on a level that is simply not possible in most social networking environments.

 
To obtain your Free Full Membership, please go to this  special link only for CPOA/CGEA members. 
 
 Family of deceased Coast Guard members who wish to join CGTWS to create a Remembrance Profile for their loved one should email admin@togetherweserved.com.
 
 For more information on TogetherWeServed.com, please view their short informational video at: www.youtube.com/twsmilitarywebsites
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