MOAA Storms the Hill

April 7, 2017

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 5th and visited nearly all 535 senators and representatives in support of key legislative priorities. 

MOAA stormers used personal testimonies and experience to supplement the primary asks: 

Over 165 MOAA members and staff took the Hill while thousands more flooded email inboxes with similar messages. This valuable time with lawmakers goes a long way toward accomplishing MOAAs legislative goals. Initial feedback from the event suggests that our issues were well received, but there is still quite a lot of work to do. 

The efforts of MOAA members are already paying dividends. 23 additional representatives became cosponsors of legislation to repeal the widows tax, up from 53 just one week ago. 18 members of the Senate have signed on for repeal, an increase from 17 previously. We anticipate more cosponsors to sign on following the Easter recess. 

The daylong event culminated with a dinner for MOAA Council and Chapter leaders and their spouses, featuring keynote speaker Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel. The Congressman has been a longtime advocate for survivors, and is a strong advocate for MOAA's key storming priorities. 

Coffman praised the work MOAA is doing to take put an end to sequestration, which he said is harming servicemembers. Pilots aren't getting enough flight hours, he said, and deployed units are being overstretched. 

The country has a duty to take care of the men and women who've spent the past 15 years at war, he said. “When I look at the force today, I just think that we have … the most elite force this country has ever had,” he said. “It's just extraordinary.” 

MOAA President Lt. Gen. Dana T. Atkins, USAF (Ret), introduced Coffman and closed the evening by thanking the stormers who had taken to Capitol Hill earlier that day to engage their congressional representatives. 

To see some photos from the meetings and learn more about this year's Storming the Hill events, check out: www.moaa.org/moaastorms.

 

 

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