2019 starts with changed leadership at both the national and state level. MOAA will continue to be the strong non-partisan advocacy benefits for all military members. You can keep current on the progress of MOAA actions through the website. Remember, the site makes it easy for you to contact your representatives in the House and Senate on any issue so please make use of it.
On the national level, in April, I will represent you in the annual MOAA “Storming The Hill” to support the legislative agenda. The focus will be on Pay and benefits, keeping a lid on Tricare fees and support for full concurrent receipt for disabled military retirees. At the local level, we have a new Governor and a new Commissioner of Veterans Affairs. Both are veterans and COL (Ret) Larry Herke, the new Commissioner of Veterans Affairs is a MCMOAA member. Col (Ret) Mike Moran, our legislative chair, will be working the local issues and keeping us all informed.
At the end of each year, the MCMOAA board determines which military non-profit organizations that we select to support. This year, Rita Cox and I had the honor to deliver $5,000 in MCMOAA donations to the Armed Forces Services Center, Fisher House, Free Urns for Veterans, Heroes on Horseback, MAC-V, National Guard Youth Camp and Pain Free Patriots. A big “thank you” to all for your support throughout the year which enables us to contribute to these organizations.
Membership needs to remain on everyone’s radar. There is strength in numbers and those numbers make a difference at the state and national level. If you have friends who are officers and do not belong to MCMOAA and MOAA, invite them to join us.
If you haven’t yet, please take a look at our revamped website. It will continue to grow as we add features. Thank you for being a MCMOAA member.