MOAA Resolutions

MOAA members may propose a resolution, which should address a legislative or management issue related to MOAA’s missions and goals. Find out more.

Resolution No. 1 - The Constitution and Flag

Whereas, the Constitution of the United States is the foundation of the freedoms enjoyed by all Americans and the document that all officers have solemnly sworn to uphold, and 
Whereas, the Constitution establishes the principles that have provided for the defense of the Nation, and under which the Nation has enjoyed a peaceful and democratic succession of leadership for more than two centuries – a success unmatched in the history of the world, and 
Whereas, the Flag of the United States is the symbol of our great Nation, whose very colors represent the bloodshed by the first defenders of our country to ensure continued freedom for their descendants, and 
Whereas, subsequent generations of members of the uniformed services of the United States have continued to draw inspiration from the Flag in performing selfless acts of valor and sacrifice to carry on that heroic legacy, and 
Whereas, for years it was against Federal law to desecrate the Flag, and 
Whereas, the United States Supreme Court overturned that long-standing Federal law, and 
Whereas, Congress has under consideration a proposed Constitutional Amendment that would enable the United States Congress, in concert with the President, to enact laws to prohibit desecration of the Flag of the United States, and 
Whereas, such an amendment would require ratification by three-fourths of the States, therefore be it 
Resolved, that the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) direct its efforts to inculcating and stimulating respect and loyalty for the Constitution and the Flag of the United States, and to promoting wider understanding of their symbolic and inspirational aspects and of the gallantry and sacrifice of generations of members of the uniformed services of the United States who have upheld the principles for which these symbols stand, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA support congressional action to pass the proposed amendment so that the issue may be referred to the fifty States where the people may exercise their will, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA, through its chapters, sponsor efforts to educate America’s school children on the origin and meaning of the Flag, the importance of patriotism and proper respect for the Flag, and the protocols for its display and disposal. 

Resolution No. 2 - National Defense

Whereas, providing for the common defense, as mandated by the Constitution of the United States, requires a combat-ready armed force capable of immediate action to deter and, if necessary, decisively defeat threats to our vital national interests and security, and 
Whereas, the direct attack on our homeland on September 11, 2001, requires greater response to and preparation for domestic and foreign threats, and 
Whereas, the world remains a volatile and dangerous place, with threats that pose continual challenges to our international relationships, and 
Whereas, the United States continues to be the leader of the free world, with the resources, including military forces, to help preserve peace and promote freedom, and 
Whereas, recruiting and retention are the backbone of our All Volunteer Force, and 
Whereas, today’s already overtaxed military forces are being strained even further to meet increasing mission requirements since September 11th, with significant adverse impacts on the quality of life of servicemembers and their families and with potentially serious implications for retention and readiness, and 
Whereas, service families are often left without their sponsors, adequate and timely institutional support for these families (e.g., medical, commissaries, exchanges, MWR) is critical to morale and retention, and 
Whereas, current force levels have proven insufficient to meet the needs of sustained warfare, and 
Whereas, aging weapon systems must be replaced with next-generation systems, and 
Whereas, the defense budget continues to be a low share of the national economy and projected to decline further, therefore be it 
Resolved, that the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) continue to support a strong national defense capability, with careful attention to the changing world scene and threats to United States interests and security, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA continue to encourage service in the All Volunteer Force in the interests of ensuring a strong national defense capability, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA support sustaining a defense budget and defense policies that will provide for: 
• A combat-ready total force – active duty, National Guard, and Reserve – that is well-trained and equipped, properly resourced, and mission-ready for sustained combat. 
• Quality personnel, with the training, leadership and integrity needed to sustain a volunteer, professional career force, 
• A credible deterrent force with the capability of decisively defeating any threat, foreign or domestic, 
• Personnel and medical end strengths and budgets that fully recognize and support mission and readiness requirements, including critical family support and quality of life programs, and 
• Medical programs and infrastructure that will enable the Nation to honor the lifetime health care commitment to those who served. 

Resolution No. 3 - Wounded Warrior Care and Treatment

Whereas, multiple media reports and federal commissions have documented cases of wounded servicemembers and their families who encountered great difficulty navigating military health care and administrative systems upon being transferred to outpatient rehabilitative care, and 
Whereas, these reports and commissions also documented unacceptable delays for medical appointments and evaluation board processing, with members and families left to navigate the confusing maze of medical system and benefit and disability rules on their own, with many being denied equitable compensation and retirement benefits due to inconsistent application of disability ratings, and 
Whereas, interviews with family members – spouses, children, and parents – revealed heartbreaking dramas of those who quit their jobs to become caregivers to seriously wounded troops and, left with diminishing resources and unfamiliar with military benefit and disability rules, were severely disadvantaged in trying to represent the interests of their wounded spouses and children who couldn't stand up for themselves, and 
Whereas, there have been multiple documented instances of systemic efforts to limit wounded, ill, and injured servicemembers’ military disability ratings and caregiver protections, and 
Whereas, Executive and Legislative Branch officials have made good-faith efforts in taking first steps to redress these problems, but much remains to be done, therefore be it 
Resolved, that MOAA will be vigilant and energetic in sustaining efforts to achieve the goal of “seamless transition” between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA will advocate for initiatives to help ease the transition of wounded warriors and their families into civilian life, including finding employment and long-term care and support services, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA will advocate policy and legislation to ensure equitable disability retirement benefits and compensation for service-disabled members and their families, caregivers, and survivors, and protect them from inadvertent or inappropriate benefit reductions. 

Resolution No. 4 - Active Duty Pay and Benefits

Whereas, a career in the uniformed services of the United States entails extraordinary demands and sacrifices not experienced in civilian careers, including hazardous duty, frequent relocations, overseas service, protracted family separations, long duty hours without extra pay, forced retirement, mid-life career changes, inhibited spousal career opportunities, and forfeiture of many personal freedoms taken for granted by other Americans, and 
Whereas, the vast majority of Americans find such demands and sacrifices unacceptable, and decline to pursue a service career, and 
Whereas, the government of the United States, to help offset these unique demands and sacrifices, has found it appropriate to authorize (in addition to pay levels commensurate with those payable to private sector workers) a unique system of institutional compensation and benefits designed to attract and retain high-quality personnel for careers in uniformed service despite the arduous service conditions, and 
Whereas, this system includes, among others, such elements as retirement; medical care; commissaries and exchanges; morale, welfare and recreation activities; other traditional family support and quality of life programs; and disability and survivor benefits, and 
Whereas, the uniformed services, at the direction of the Legislative and Executive Branches, have advertised the positive aspects of this institutional compensation and benefits package, orally and in writing, to prospective entrants and careerists for decades as an inducement to career service, and 
Whereas, the Pentagon has proposed two more years of sustaining military pay raises at the level of the private sector followed by three years of pay raises projected to be below that of the private sector, and 
Whereas, the level of sacrifice experienced by servicemembers and their families has only increased as U.S. forces strain to fulfill increasing mission requirements, both at home and abroad, therefore be it 
Resolved, that the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) support legislation to sustain annual uniformed service pay raises at least comparable to the average American’s and provide allowances (e.g., housing, subsistence, permanent change of station, cost of living) sufficient to offset the expenses they are intended to reimburse, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA monitor proposed changes in compensation and benefits for members of the uniformed services to assess their potential impacts on long-term service accession and retention needs, the extent to which they comply with previous government commitments to current members of the uniformed services, and recognition of the unique conditions of military service, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA direct its efforts to ensuring: 
• No changes are enacted that would jeopardize the maintenance of a capable, high-quality and combat-ready career force, and 
• Such changes as may be enacted do not break previous commitments, or implied or moral contracts, to active, National Guard, Reserve and retired personnel and their families and survivors, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA support statutory changes to authorize active duty and selected reserve taxpayers to exempt their dependent/child care expenses and health care and dental insurance premiums from taxable income through Flexible Spending (FSAs) and premium conversion accounts. 

Resolution No. 5 - National Guard and Reserve Compensation and Retirement

Whereas, more than 842,000 members of the National Guard and Reserve forces have been called to active duty since September 11, 2001 including more than 300,000 who have served multiple call-ups, and 
Whereas, the Department of Defense (DoD) created a new “operational reserve” policy under which reservists will serve multiple tours of active duty over the course of a 20 year reserve career, and 
Whereas, operational reserve policy has been further expanded to rely on the call-up of up to 60,000 reservists annually for “non [national] emergency” military missions that are pre-planned and budgeted, and 
Whereas, the National Guard is “dual-hatted” with the mission of protecting and defending the Homeland at the call of state governors and is subject to mobilization for federal missions by the Commander-in-Chief or in times of war or national emergency, and 
Whereas, National Guard and Reserve personnel cannot be expected to sustain high personnel and operating tempos indefinitely without adverse consequences to their civilian careers, retirement plans, family life, and employer support, and 
Whereas, the reserve retirement system established in 1948 was designed to supplement a normal civilian retirement program in exchange for the unlikely event of total war, as opposed to DoD’s policy of the routine augmentation of the regular armed forces by the reserve forces, and 
Whereas, an adequate compensation and benefits package, and employer support incentives are essential to maintaining recruiting, readiness and career retention in the reserve forces, therefore be it 
Resolved, that the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) support lowering the reserve retirement age, especially for members who have been called to active duty service, and other upgrades to reserve compensation reflective of the impact of multiple, lengthy call-ups on members’ ability to build a normal civilian retirement, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA support consistent and improved benefits for National Guard and Reserve personnel reflecting the increased risks, responsibilities and sacrifices of their service, and the sacrifices made by their families, including but not limited to, economic incentives for employers, improved educational benefits, and stronger financial and reemployment rights protections, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA support statutory changes to authorize Guard and Reserve taxpayers to exempt their dependent/child care expenses and health care and dental insurance premiums from taxable income through Flexible Spending (FSAs) and premium conversion accounts. 

Resolution No. 6 - Career Force Compensation and Retirement System

Whereas, the uniformed services of the United States employ well-trained and highly skilled volunteers who are retained for careers in uniform through a combination of patriotism, equitable compensation, and service in a dynamic and respected force, and 
Whereas, successful career programs must provide retirement opportunities which serve as incentives for servicemembers to complete a full career and thus generate force stability and professionalism, and 
Whereas, budget pressures in the past have generated a variety of proposals to modify the retirement system of the uniformed services, and 
Whereas, the Pentagon has proposed in the FY2013 budget a BRAC-like commission to recommend changes to the retirement system of the uniformed services that would require a congressional vote without any amendments and only limited debate, and 
Whereas, the statutory prohibition of concurrent receipt of military retired pay and veterans’ disability compensation remains for thousands of disabled retirees, and 
Whereas, past and projected drawdowns of overall force strength, combined with continuing and ever-increasing contingency requirements at home and around the globe, have increased the stressors on the force and will make it more important than ever to retain and sustain an all-volunteer, career force of high-quality and professional active, National Guard and Reserve personnel, therefore be it 
Resolved, that the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) monitor: 
• Proposed changes to uniformed service force levels and structure; and 
• Proposed changes in the retirement system to assess their potential impacts on the retirement system's utility as a force management tool and the potential impact of such changes on current and future active, Reserve, National Guard and retired members and their families; and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA direct its efforts toward 
• Ensuring no changes are enacted that would jeopardize the current and future maintenance of a capable and high-quality career total force (active duty, National Guard, and Reserve); and 
• Opposing a BRAC-like legislative process for retirement commission recommendations that short-circuits full congressional scrutiny on a key career incentive that is crucial to retention and readiness; and 
• Ensuring such changes as may be enacted do not break previous commitments, whether they be moral or contractual, to members of the uniformed services and their families; and 
• Completely eliminating the veterans’ disability compensation offset to uniformed service retired pay.

Resolution No. 7 - Budget Pressures and Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs) to Uniformed Services Retired Pay

Whereas, the growing national debt poses a serious burden to current taxpayers and future generations, and 
Whereas, pressures continue to reduce government spending, particularly in the area of so-called “entitlement” programs, and 
Whereas, retirement system changes already enacted over the last three decades have generated substantial monetary savings to the government, and 
Whereas, the value of uniformed services retired pay already has been depressed by years of caps on active duty pay growth, and 
Whereas, various proposals aimed at curtailing “entitlement” spending have threatened to impose on retired members of the uniformed services and their survivors an even further disproportionate share of the deficit reduction burden, and 
Whereas, our government has a special employer’s responsibility to those who served an arduous career in uniform, as well as to those who still serve with the full expectation that the value of retired pay will be maintained in the future, and 
Whereas, eliminating or reducing COLAs, or applying means tests to COLAs on earned service retired pay would constitute a grievous inequity and breach of faith by our government, therefore be it 
Resolved, that the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) support the principle of full COLAs and that the retirement system under which a servicemember serves and retires is a good faith contract, and its effective value to “each individual retired member” should not be diminished for any reason, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA support efforts to ensure responsible budgets and federal spending levels while working to ensure that those who have served the United States as career members of its uniformed services are not singled out to bear a disproportionate share of the burden, and be it further 
Resolved, that any changes to the inflation-based COLA process, including changes to the Consumer Price Index, should be based on an objective, statistically reproducible methodology, and not be subjected to arbitrary legislative mechanisms or the subjective judgments of politically appointed oversight boards. 

Resolution No. 8 - Health Care

Whereas, with enactment of TRICARE For Life (TFL) and the TRICARE Senior Pharmacy (TSRx) programs, Congress has acknowledged the Nation’s long-standing promises to provide Defense-sponsored health care for life as part of a lifetime package of incentives for those who endure the extraordinary demands and sacrifices inherent in careers in uniform, and 
Whereas, Congress’ refusal to require an enrollment fee for TFL/TSRx, as well as for TRICARE Standard, acknowledges that eligible members’ decades of service and sacrifice already constitute a very heavy pre-paid premium for such care in retirement, and 
Whereas, uniformed services members and retirees have never equivocated when called upon to protect this Nation’s interests and have earned the access to a full range of quality health care, and 
Whereas, National Guard and Reserve members are a more mobilized and operational force since the end of the Cold War, and their medical readiness affects military readiness, and 
Whereas, Guard and Reserve members subject to frequent mobilization require and deserve continuity of health coverage for themselves and their families to maintain readiness, including an option for subsidized continuation of civilian-employer family coverage when mobilized, and 
Whereas, beneficiaries under 65 who rely on TRICARE Standard increasingly are experiencing difficulty in finding a civilian provider who will participate in TRICARE because of low reimbursement rates and frustrating administrative requirements, and 
Whereas, some beneficiaries eligible for TFL experience great difficulty in finding physicians who will accept Medicare assignment, and 
Whereas, military members, retirees and survivors are not eligible for pre-tax payment of health care premiums, as are most civilian employees, and 
Whereas, the Department of Defense has proposed large and disproportional increases in TRICARE Prime; Standard and TFL enrollment fees, deductibles and pharmacy copayments, and 
Whereas, Defense and Service leaders have declined to pursue multiple study recommendations for military health system reform and beneficiary-centric pharmacy initiatives that would save hundreds of millions of dollars annually, and 
Whereas, Congress has repeatedly rejected increases in fees for nondisabled veterans who served as few as two years in uniform, and 
Whereas, national health reform legislation raises some degree of potential for unintended consequences for uniformed services beneficiaries in the future, and 
Whereas, the current statutory formula that necessitates annual legislative changes to avoid large annual cuts in provider payment rates for Medicare and TRICARE has been acknowledged by all government officials as inappropriate and counterproductive, therefore be it 
Resolved, that the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) support a comprehensive health care benefit for all eligible uniformed services beneficiaries – active duty, National Guard and Reserve, retirees, eligible family members, and survivors – and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA continue to press for full funding of the Defense Health Program to ensure all beneficiaries have access to military treatment facilities and contracted civilian health care services that are authorized under TRICARE, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA will continue seeking to ensure that implementation of national health reform legislation does not adversely affect the unique uniformed services and VA health benefits, and that uniformed services and VA beneficiaries are not subjected to taxation of those benefits, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA continue to work aggressively to promote initiatives to improve provider participation in TRICARE and Medicare by establishing a more appropriate statutory formula for determining provider reimbursement rates, facilitating TRICARE claims processing, reducing administrative impediments for providers and beneficiaries, and establishing an aggressive TRICARE Standard provider education program, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA expend every effort to ensure the Department of Defense pursues all reasonable efforts to reduce military health costs before imposing fee increases on military beneficiaries, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA will seek to establish statutory acknowledgement that retirement and health benefits are the primary offset to the extraordinary demands and sacrifices inherent in a military career and that such sacrifices constitute an up-front, in-kind premium far greater than those paid by any civilian, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA shall seek to ensure that, if any increases in existing military healthcare fees are to be considered, that the percentage increase in any year shall not exceed the percentage increase in beneficiaries’ military compensation, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA oppose establishment of any enrollment fee for TFL or TRICARE Standard, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA support statutory changes to authorize active and retired uniformed services taxpayers to exempt their health, dental and long-term care insurance premium payments from taxable income, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA support authorization for employers of reservists to pay their TRICARE Reserve Select premiums as a workplace recruitment and retention incentive. 

Resolution No. 9 - Survivor Benefit Programs

Whereas, Congress has enacted laws to provide for the future security of survivors of members of the uniformed services, and 
Whereas, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) paid by the Veterans Administration to survivors of servicemembers who die of service-connected causes offsets, dollar for dollar, Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuities paid for by retired servicemembers, and 
Whereas, recent statutory establishment of a small allowance for some SBP-DIC survivors falls far short of needed corrective action, and 
Whereas, DIC survivors suffer discrimination in that their DIC payments are terminated if they remarry before age 57 (versus age 55 for all other federal survivor programs), therefore be it 
Resolved, that the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) support legislation to reduce SBP-DIC survivors’ loss and repeal the unfair dollar for dollar reduction of SBP benefits by DIC entitlements for all SBP-DIC survivors, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA support legislation to reduce the age of non-revocable DIC eligibility to age 55, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA monitor all proposed SBP and DIC legislation and direct its efforts to ensure that such legislation as may be enacted does not break previous commitments to SBP and DIC annuitants, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA support legislation authorizing Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to surviving spouses of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. 

Resolution No. 10 - Veterans' Health Care and Benefits

Whereas, Congress established a system to ensure priority access to VA health care for honorably separated or retired veterans who meet criteria for enrollment according to their service-connected disabilities, income level, or other conditions set in law, and 
Whereas, the VA operates the Nation’s largest integrated health care system with 152 hospitals, 807 community-based outpatient clinics, and 288 veteran centers; conducts research on veterans' health; provides clinical experience to more than half the physicians trained in the U.S.; and is the backup to DoD for the treatment of wartime casualties, and 
Whereas, the VA provides a full-range of preventive, wellness, diagnostic and treatment services, as well as pharmaceuticals to all enrolled veterans, in addition to treatment for service-connected disabilities, and 
Whereas, 8.34 million veterans are enrolled in the VA health care system – including almost one million military retirees – and are assigned an enrollment priority according to their rated disability, income and other criteria defined in law, and 
Whereas, DoD and VA have extensive TRICARE sharing agreements and "joint ventures" to promote collaboration and efficiencies between the two systems, and 
Whereas, it is the longstanding position of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) that the DoD and VA health care systems have distinct missions and objectives and both are needed to meet the needs of the uniformed services’ and veterans’ communities, and 
Whereas, veterans are eligible for VA disability compensation, education benefits, vocational training, VA home loans, military funeral honors, survivor benefits, veterans group life insurance, and 
Whereas, retired National Guard and Reserve members who were never called to active duty during their careers are not “veterans” under current law, and 
Whereas, the VA continues to experience an unacceptably large backlog of veterans’ disability claims, and 
Whereas, Reserve GI Bill benefits for those initially joining the Guard or Reserve have remained stagnant for more than 10 years despite significant increases in active duty educational benefits, and 
Whereas, the Post-9/11 GI Bill establishes greatly enhanced educational benefits including full reimbursement for public college education, housing and book stipends, and transferability to currently serving dependents, and 
Whereas, thousands of veterans are now returning to college campuses with unique needs that require special support, therefore be it 
Resolved, that MOAA support protection of military retirees’ dual entitlement to TRICARE benefits and eligibility for care from the VA health care system, without being forced to choose between them, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA oppose consolidation of the DoD and VA health care systems into a single system, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA promote “seamless transition” and encourage more joint planning, data and equipment sharing, cost-sharing and research between the DoD and VA health care systems as measured by enhanced access to high-quality care for eligible beneficiaries, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA support resource increases for VA polytrauma centers, care for mental illness, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), including long term care, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA support initiatives to upgrade the veterans' claims processing system, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA support initiatives to improve women veteran programs, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA support initiatives to reduce veteran homelessness, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA support essential upgrades to GI Bill programs including restoration of Selected Reserve benefits to the original 47% of active duty benefits, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA support establishing veteran-friendly programs and facilities on college campuses to facilitate successful reintegration and education of veterans, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA support veteran status to military retired members of the National Guard and Reserve who were never called to active duty during their service career. 

Resolution No. 11 - Social Security and Medicare Reform

Whereas, large numbers of older Americans have come to depend on Medicare and Social Security as old-age insurance programs for which they have paid decades of payroll taxes and premiums in good faith, and 
Whereas, the bankruptcy of either or both of these programs would be so devastating to older Americans that it cannot be allowed to occur, and 
Whereas, an audit of the Medicare program by the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services indicated that Medicare loses billions of dollars per year due to fraud, waste and abuse, and 
Whereas, news accounts of the future financial viability of the Social Security and Medicare programs often portray the situation as one which will require either disproportionate benefit reductions or disproportionate tax increases for future generations, and 
Whereas, members of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) have parents, children and grandchildren and want to protect the interests of all of those groups in the fairest possible manner, and 
Whereas, Medicare and Social Security changes have significant implications for uniformed services health care, retirement, and other programs, therefore be it 
Resolved, that MOAA consider it essential that any restructuring of Medicare and Social Security to restore those programs’ long-term financial viability must fairly balance the legitimate interests of both current and future beneficiaries and current and future taxpayers, and be it further 
Resolved, that problems of fraud, waste, and abuse should be addressed before imposing financial penalties on beneficiaries, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA support efforts to ensure that no individual or group is forced to bear disproportionate sacrifice in any required restructuring. 

Resolution No. 12 - POW/MIA Concerns

Whereas, The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) has long been and continues to be committed to obtaining the fullest possible accounting for those comrades in arms who became prisoners of war or missing in combat, and 
Whereas, the families of these patriots continue to suffer distressing uncertainty as to the fate of their loved ones, therefore be it 
Resolved, that MOAA consider the POW/MIA issue to be a matter of high national priority and support all efforts by the United States government to ensure its resolution and to accelerate efforts in every honorable way to obtain the fullest possible accounting for those still missing and for the repatriation of the remains of those who died serving our Nation. 

Resolution No. 13 - Ensuring Security of the Homeland

Whereas, major terrorist attacks have occurred upon the U.S. homeland, and 
Whereas, there continue to be threats to the homeland, and 
Whereas, certain groups have made public proclamations against the United States and are known to have the means and demonstrated the resolve to carry out additional attacks, and 
Whereas, a fundamental obligation of government is to protect and defend the homeland, and 
Whereas, unsecured borders and ports afford those would do us harm an opportunity to enter the U.S. to carry out potentially catastrophic activity, and 
Whereas, commerce passing across borders and through ports is essential to the economic livelihood of the United States, and 
Whereas, there is a general need for increased awareness for homeland security in communities throughout the United States, and 
Whereas, MOAA and its members are passionate about protecting our homeland, its critical infrastructure, and its citizens, therefore be it 
Resolved, that MOAA support the defense and security of the homeland and encourage consistent, coherent border and port security programs that maximize protection and minimize vulnerabilities for our borders, ports, cargo, commerce, and population centers, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA support a reasonable and manageable immigration policy which contributes to our national security interests, and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA support initiatives to ensure proper coordination and responsiveness of national, state, and local agencies to prevent potential attacks and respond in the event of an attack on the homeland. 

Resolution No. 14 - Officership, a Lifetime Profession

Whereas, the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) has established as a core mission the promotion of the enduring professional values of servant leadership and principles of officership, and 
Whereas, patriotism is foremost among the enduring values of officership, and 
Whereas, a high standard of ethics and integrity is a core principle of officership and leadership, and 
Whereas, officers share a fundamental and continuing responsibility to protect the interests and welfare of the Nation and of the men and women who are and have been in their charge, and 
Whereas, officers of all ages, grades, branches, services, and components share a common bond of values, and 
Whereas, a core value of officership is a desire to serve not only our country and our fellow members of the uniformed services community, but also the communities in which we live and those less fortunate than ourselves, and 
Whereas, the values of officership do not fade after departure from active service, therefore, let it be 
Resolved, that MOAA fulfill this aspect of its mission through publications, symposia, mentoring, and other appropriate vehicles and forums; and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA promote development of and membership/leadership in local MOAA chapters as a primary means of sustaining community, communication, camaraderie, and service among all officers of all ages; and be it further 
Resolved, that MOAA headquarters staff, state councils, local chapters and individual members join in striving to set an honorable example of civic participation and service for the greater good of our Nation, our communities, and our fellow citizens 





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