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FREE - Open to all West 2011 attendees; no separate registration is necessary.




Tuesday, January 25, 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Marketing Yourself for a Second Career/Transition

Overview and Employer Panel

The Military Officers Association of America’s “Marketing Yourself for a Second Career” transition lecture program was founded in 1982 and today MOAA provides over 150 lectures annually on military installations throughout the United States and overseas. It has a reputation as a “must attend” event for service members and their spouses three years or less from separation or retirement.  

The free presentation includes introducing the audience to the realities of the competitive civilian job market, perceptions civilian employers have regarding military personnel, a plan for job searching, tips for strengthening resumes, networking outlines, planning for and conducting successful interviews, and negotiating salary and benefit packages. All attendees will receive a free copy of MOAA’s Marketing Yourself for a Second Career publication. 


Presenter: COL Richard  W.  Crampton, USA (Ret.)

Director,  Officer  Placement  Service

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)


Tuesday, January 25, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

and Wednesday, January 26, 10:30 a.m. - Noon

5 Simple Secrets to Maximizing Your Post 9-11 GI Bill Benefits

The new Post 9-11 GI Bill is a powerful education tool for veterans, service members and - thanks to the new transfer feature - a service member's spouse and/or children. Unfortunately, some of the information "on the street" is not accurate and is leading service members to make critical mistakes in making the best use of this wonderful new benefit. 

Please join us for a fast-paced 90-minute educational session by one of the country's leading Post 9-11 GI Bill authorities that will cover: 

* The "must know" basics of the Post 9-11 GI Bill

* 3 GI Bill transfer mistakes that can cost you a bundle (and how to avoid them)

* Why using the benefit for your spouse while on active duty could be your best financial move

* How the new GI Bill works if you have MGIB, VEAP or Vietnam-era GI Bill benefits

* Developing your step-by-step action plan to using the Post 9-11GI Bill 

We have extensive Q & A time built into the presentation, so don't miss the chance to get your Post 9-11 GI Bill questions answered!


Wednesday, January 26, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The Four Pillars of Successful Retirement

When should I take Social Security?  How much can I spend each year from my retirement accounts?  What is the best retirement income source to tap first? How do I structure my investments before retirement?  With the current financial crisis, answering these questions is key for long-term financial success.  This high-impact seminar looks at four key components of building a successful retirement plan, even in difficult financial times.  We will explore the integration of military/federal civilian retired pay, Social Security, the TSP, private sector 401(k)s and IRAs to create a retirement income stream that you can live with.

Presenter: Phillip A. Dyer, CFP®, RLP®

Deputy Director, Financial Education
Military Officers Association of America