April 15, 2016
MOAA council and chapter presidents from across the United States, accompanied by members of the national board of directors and headquarters staff, plus members of MOAA's Currently Serving Advisory Council, Currently Serving Spouse Advisory Council, and Surviving Spouse Advisory Committee stormed Capitol Hill April 13 and visited nearly all 535 senators and representatives in support of key legislative priorities.
MOAA stormers used specially prepared color brochures to urge their elected officials to:
MOAA is gratified by your responses to the alert sent last Friday asking you to support this effort by emailing your legislators. MOAA members sent nearly 15,000 messages to Capitol Hill, and many legislators and staffers referenced the messages during their meetings with the MOAA stormers.
The daylong event culminated with a dinner for MOAA Council and Chapter leaders and their spouses, featuring keynote speaker Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities. The Congressmen has been a longtime advocate for survivors, and is the sponsor of legislation to repeal the SBP-DIC offset.
Wilson praised MOAA's Storming the Hill activities, including the push to eliminate the SBP-DIC offset. “I've been working on this issue since I was elected 15 years ago, and I feel like I've been spinning my wheels - until today. The information you gave me was the clearest [I've ever received on the matter].”
Retired Air Force Gen. Charles Robertson, chairman of MOAA's board of directors, introduced Rep. Wilson and closed the evening by thanking the stormers who had taken to Capitol Hill earlier that day to engage their congressional representatives.
To learn more about this year's Storming the Hill events, check out: www.moaa.org/storming.
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