Grand Strand Chapter
Our speaker will be Thomas Robillard, Colonel, USAF (ret), State of South Carolina Council of MOAA Chapters and National MOAA Legislative Officer (bio and picture below). Col
Robillard will update us on recent changes in state and federal law
that directly affects veterans' and seniors' healthcare, pay &
benefits. He will also discuss some of the current proposals being
considered in Columbia, SC and Washington, DC. that will further affect
veterans and seniors. Col Robillard last spoke to our Chapter two years
ago. Since then a lot has changed and you won't want to miss this
important update that directly impacts you and your family now and into
Social hour begins at 1730 with dinner and the meeting at 1800. Dress is business casual; cost will be $25.00 per person. Spouses and other guests are encouraged to attend as well.
The Colors this evening will be presented by the St. James High School Army Junior ROTC, under the leadership of LTC Scott Bartley, USA (ret).
COLONEL THOMAS ROBILLARD, USAF (ret)
Col Robillard is a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force who hails from Bristol, CT and began his career as an enlisted Medical Laboratory Technician. He and his wife Susan moved to South Carolina 17 years ago and he served as President of the Columbia Chapter of MOAA for 6 years. He now serves as Vice-President for Leglative Affairs at the South Carolina Council of MOAA Chapters and as Chairman of the MOAA National State Legislative Forum.
As an Air Force Officer, Col Robillard served as Deputy Director for TRICARE Region 5 contract division. The contract he helped create for Region 5 is the standard used by the entire DoD. His final assignment was as Commander of the Keesler Medical Center Clinical Laboratory where he also served as Chief of Biomedical Science
Col Robillard has a BS in Clinical Laboratory Science and an MA in Healthcare Administration. He is an active member of his church and served as Parish Council Chairman for several years. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Dorn VA Medical Center Fisher House, Executive Committee for Dorn VA Midlands Veterans Engagement, Fort Jackson Veterans Advisory Council, and Midlands Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Col Robillard and his wife have been married for 53 years, have 4 children and 11 grandchildren, and love to play golf and travel.As our former Governor would say: "It's a great day here in South Carolina!"