Mr. Speaker, I am here to congratulate Larry Hyland, the Chairman of The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) and its Board of Trustee members for their work in educating the public and Congress about issues of utmost importance to America's seniors. The Senior Citizens League represents over 1 million members nationwide and 3,844 in my Congressional district.
The Senior Citizens league is a non-profit, non-partisan organization headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, that strives to educate millions of seniors and Members of Congress through senior faxes, e-alerts, Public Service Announcements, newspapers ads, direct mail, and publications such as a monthly newsletter--The Advisor.
Five members of The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA) work tirelessly for The Senior Citizens League as non-paid volunteers to help our most elderly and low income seniors: TSCL Chairman Larry Hyland, Vice Chairman Thomas O'Connell, Treasurer Edward Cates, Secretary Charlie Flowers, and PAC Treasurer Michael Gales. In addition, TREA Liaison Arthur Cooper and Past TSCL Chairman Daniel O'Connell also serve on the Board of Trustees.
Chairman Larry Hyland retired from the U.S. Air Force as a senior master sergeant. During the Vietnam War era, Hyland was an aircraft crew chief flying on missions into and out of Vietnam and flew in the evacuations of 1975. After active duty, he launched a small business and later entered Federal civil service working for 16 years before retiring from the office of the Air Force Director of Operations, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington DC.
Vice Chairman Thomas O'Connell served in the U.S. Army including service as Division Logistics NCO. His experiences as a high school teacher, author, and librarian have facilitated his work on the TSCL Board of Trustees. He participates in many local community organizations in Westerly, RI.
Treasurer Edward Cates served in the U.S. Army National Guard, U.S. Air Force from 1965 to 1996. He serves as the principal financial officer for TSCL and also as the Treasurer of the TREA Memorial Foundation. Cates is 1st Vice President of TREA Chapter 1 in Colorado Springs, CO.
Secretary Charlie Flowers served in the U.S. Air Force for over 21 years. He has served as the National President of TREA. Also, he served on the TREA National Board as a Director and as National Parliamentarian. He resides in Denver, CO.
Michael Gales served in the U.S. military for 27 years and is a lifetime member of TREA since 1988. He is active in his community and he serves as President of the Patterson Avenue Improvement Association in Baltimore, MD.
TREA Liaison Arthur Cooper served in the U.S. Army for over 20 years, completing his last tour as a Department of Nursing Education NCOIC. He currently serves as the National President of TREA. Cooper resides in Gambrills, MD.
Immediate Past TSCL Chairman Daniel O'Connell served in the U.S. Air Force for 29 years, retiring as a chief master sergeant. His U.S. Air Force career included service as the Training NCO for the Queens College ROTC Program. O'Connell also worked in protocol at the Air Force Space Command in Colorado Springs where he retired as Director of Protocol.
The TSCL Board visits Capitol Hill in Washington several times a year to personally meet with Members of the U.S. House and Senate to consult with them about seniors' issues. TSCL is especially interested in Social Security remaining solvent and preserved for future generations.
Under the leadership of Chairman Larry Hyland, The Senior Citizens League has strictly adhered to its non-partisan status. Most notably, Chairman Hyland has guided TSCL in its movement toward a more broad-based and multi-issue organization. TSCL has become a leader on issues such as U.S.-Mexico Totalization (via FOIA documents), a Social Security COLA to be based on a Consumer Price Index for the Elderly, Social Security Guarantee, Social Security Trust Fund Lock-Box, and Social Security Notch Fairness.
Each of the Board members has rendered military service to their country, and each has worked tirelessly to speak in behalf of seniors and The Senior Citizens League. Several Members of Congress thanked them personally for showing up in their offices, saying: ``we never see representatives of some other senior groups, but your organization always visits us.''
Their determination to assist the most worthy and needy of our citizens is commendable.
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