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Retiree Spotlight
Capt. Michael J. Landers, USN (Ret), is president and CEO of the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA)*, a charity providing support and programs to servicemembers and their families. Prior to his retirement from the Navy in 1998, Landers served as deputy chief of legislative affairs for the Navy. He has worked at the ASYMCA since 1999.


What is the ASYMCA? The Armed Services YMCA is a partner organization of the YMCA. We make military life easier by providing social services for junior enlisted military servicemembers, single or married, and their families. We focus our efforts on E5s and below who need help most.


Were you familiar with the ASYMCA while you were on active duty? I had not heard of the ASYMCA while on active duty, and my goal is to change that going forward as CEO. What has motivated me over the past 14 years are the hands-on programs with extremely low overhead that we have been able to provide for the junior enlisted and their families, where the need is greatest.


Do you get a chance to participate in ASYMCA programs? I am honored to be able to travel to our 33 branches and affiliates year-round and participate in programs and special events like father-daughter dances and food distributions. Also, responding directly to requests for assistance that come to my inbox is very rewarding.


How can MOAA members get involved? All of our programs rely heavily on the community. MOAA members can sponsor a child [in various programs] designed to help military children cope with the challenges of life in a military family.


 


 


Attention!
Check out these military-related entertainment offerings.


FILM - EMPEROR (Krasnoff Foster Productions, 2013) As the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II, Gen. Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox), a member of the staff of Gen. Douglas MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones), is tasked with deciding whether Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing Fellers’ decision is his relationship with an exchange student.


DVD - HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN (HBO, 2013) One of America’s most famous literary couples, Ernest Hemingway (Clive Owen) and Martha Gellhorn (Nicole Kidman) also were well-known for their coverage of the Spanish Civil War. This love story recounts their first meeting.


BOOK - WHEN THE WARRIOR RETURNS: MAKING THE TRANSITION AT HOME (Naval Institute Press, 2012) Psychologists Nathan D. Ainspan and Walter E. Penk address the practical needs of the families of transitioning servicemembers and provide a list of key resources.
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*online: Find out more about the ASYMCA at www.asymca.org.


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