Founded in Saranac Lake, New York in 1973, the focus of the American Military Retirees Association (AMRA) is �??retirees serving retirees�??. Eligibility for the Association includes military retirees, medically retired and 100% service-connected (Disabled T&P), and surviving spouses. AMRA provides benefits such as TRICARE and CHAMPVA supplemental insurance, discounts with hotels, car rental agencies and moving companies, auto and homeowner insurance. Members also receive a weekly electronic newsletter focused on retiree benefits and legislation, and a quarterly newspaper with feature articles.
The Association welcomes retirees from all ranks of all branches of the Uniformed Services. Individuals retiring from the Guard and Reserves are eligible, as are surviving spouses of retirees. The Association�??s founding principles are still the guiding force for today�??s AMRA leadership, as outlined in the �??Purposes�?? section of the National Bylaws.
The purposes for which the Association was formed are fraternal, patriotic, and educational and include but are not limited to:
(a) To protect and preserve the vested rights, benefits and privileges of Retired Armed Forces personnel;
(b) To provide a means to sponsor, foster, and encourage legislation affecting the status of retired and active personnel of the U.S. Armed Forces;
(c) To keep members informed of changes to benefits and legislation that may affect their benefits and to encourage active participation in the legislative process;
(d) To foster the welfare of survivors and dependent children of Retired Armed Forces personnel;
(e) To accept as members, all retired personnel from all branches of the Armed Forces, regardless of rank, who are honorably retired and receiving, or qualified to receive retired/retainer benefits. This includes all those medically retired, 100% service connected disabled veterans, and surviving spouses of any of the above;
(f) To provide a means of social contact for all members and their families.
Of primary importance are AMRA�??s advocacy efforts on behalf of all military retirees and to that end, the Association�??s Legislative Affairs Committee adopts annual legislative goals and encourages AMRA members to contact Members of Congress on legislation specific to retiree issues. The National President, First Vice President and Executive Director visit with Members of Congress on an annual basis to ensure that AMRA is recognized as a retiree advocate in the legislative arena.
Today, AMRA is 26,000 members strong, and growing. AMRA has members in all states and three Chapters in the Departments of Florida, New York and Texas. In response to the desire of Members-At-Large to form chapters in their local areas, the National Board of Directors embarked upon a chapter formation initiative. At the present time, there are seventeen (17) AMRA members in various stages of forming new chapters in the following states: Florida (2), Georgia, New Jersey, Oklahoma, South Carolina, New York, Texas (2), Virginia (2), Minnesota, West Virginia, Washington and Alabama. Local Chapters and their members are the �??face of AMRA�?? in their communities. Members participate in monthly meetings and social events, the presentation of the Robert J. Jock LEAP Award to an Outstanding JROTC Cadet, and promotion of AMRA�??s SGM Douglas R. Drum Memorial Scholarship program, in addition to following local and state legislative issues of importance to retirees and taking appropriate action.
AMRA�??s latest endeavor is the formation of the American Military Retirees Foundation (AMRF) which was funded and launched during the first quarter of 2010. The 501(c)(3) Foundation has been formed to enhance fundraising efforts for the Association�??s scholarship fund. Through the current generosity of AMRA members, the Association annually presents $35,000 in scholarships to AMRA members, their spouses and dependents, and their grandchildren. The Foundation will help to grow the scholarship program so that more scholarships can be awarded in the future.
The Clarion Hotel in Branson, Missouri is in the heart of Branson’s entertainment district.Visit www.clarionhotelbranson.comfor further information on the property.The hotel is centrally located on the 76 Strip, within walking distance to music shows, shopping malls, miniature golf, go karts and many other attractions.The property offers 2 restaurants, whirlpool suites, family suites, indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, Swedish Sauna, exercise facility, guest laundry facilities and a business center.There are five Premiere Golf Courses within 15 miles – one you can get to with an 8 iron.
All guest rooms are non-smoking and offer FREE high speed internet, and most rooms have private balconies. Start your day with a FREE Deluxe Continental Breakfast which includes Belgian Waffles, hot oatmeal, cold cereals, fresh fruit, coffee and juice and much more.
Call 1-1-417-334-7666 and ask for the American Military Retirees Association (AMRA) rate
deadline for reservations is May 25, 2011
Room rates:Singles & Doubles - $74.99
Triples - $84.98
Quads - $94.97
Ask for rates for suites & family suites
All rooms will have 11.6% tax and a “Safe With Limited Warranty” fee of $1.67/night added.Outdoor parking is FREE.
Rates are valid three (3) days before the Convention and three (3) after the Convention if you wish to enjoy additional time in the Branson area.
Hotel check- in time is 3:00 p.m. – check-out time is 12:00 Noon.
Deposit equal to one night’s stay is required (per room) to hold reservation.
Hotel Cancellation Policy:Cancellations after 4:00 p.m. on day of expected arrival will forfeit one night deposit.
Keynote Speaker - Kevin Secor, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs – National Veterans Service Organization (VSO) Liaison.
National Convention Schedule - Preliminary and subject to change
Thursday, June 9, 2011 – 4:00 p.m. - Foundation Board Meeting
Friday, June 10, 2011 – 9:00 a.m. - National AMRA Board of Directors Meeting (members welcome)
Friday, June 10, 2011 – 4:00-6:00 p.m.- Registration ($15 advance - $20 on site)