Dear MOAA Members:
As I celebrate my first anniversary as MOAA's president and CEO, I am reminded of the positive influence our organization has on the entire military community. Whether it's advocating for higher pay raises, containing health care expenses, offering one-on-one benefits counseling, or providing individualized career guidance, our actions continue to make a difference.
I'd like to take this opportunity to share highlights of our association's remarkable success in 2016. I hope you'll find this a useful effort to provide some reflection on the challenges, opportunities, and accomplishments profoundly impacting the livelihood of all servicemembers — past, present, and future — and their families.
You can be assured of MOAA's commitment to never stop serving. We're proactively identifying issues, working closely with Congress, and offering solutions—all in an attempt to create the "best future" for the military community. MOAA always will be at the forefront, protecting and defending your earned benefits and providing the resources you need at every stage of life and career.
As the latest officer to have the privilege to serve as your president, I remain grateful for this opportunity to continue serving the men and women who serve and have served our great nation.
Yours in service,
Our greatest privilege is to protect the earned benefits of the men and women who have served and continue to serve this country. In 2016, the president signed one of the most important and comprehensive defense bills we have seen in years. MOAA’s advocates worked tirelessly to keep harmful legislation from affecting military communities nationwide. Here are just a few of MOAA’s legislative achievements from the past year alone.
Blocked doubling of TRICARE PHARMACY FEES
Secured a 2.1 percent FULL MILITARY PAY RAISE for servicemembers
Retained DUAL MILITARY COUPLE HOUSING allowance eligibility
Extended the SPECIAL SURVIVOR INDEMNITY ALLOWANCE at $310 a month until May 2018
As a LIFE Member of MOAA, I appreciate the support provided by MOAA to both active and retired servicemembers. I am always grateful to have an organization such as MOAA supporting me and keeping Congress and the president honest when it comes to promises made — from TRICARE and TFL to COLA, and all things in between.
MOAA members not only lend their voices to a greater cause, they also gain access to extensive benefits, including MOAA's Transition Center. From career presentations and events to one-on-one consultations and financial education services, you have the tools needed to assist with a transition to the civilian workforce and planning your family’s financial future.
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Assisted more than 13,400 MOAA members and spouses with career transition, benefits education, and financial management questions.
Educated more than 8,000 troops and their families about key financial and benefits issues directly impacting servicemembers — to include the new military retirement program and its million-dollar consequences for military families nationwide.
Connected with more than 6,700 attendees, including military spouses, via our top-rated professional development seminars, events, and networking opportunities for those who have served or are transitioning.
Assisted more than 3,500 individuals with their questions about the VSO disability claim process and the ancillary benefits each rating offers. MOAA is your trusted source for information and advice on VSO issues and concerns.
I wanted to let you know how satisfied I am as a LIFE Member for the career transition and VA disability counseling your team has provided to me over the past year. Tomorrow is my first day of work as a civilian after retiring with 27 years of service — and I'm ready because of the leadership of your career and financial counselors.
To remain the most influential advocacy association for the entire uniformed services community, whether on Capitol Hill or in local communities, MOAA councils and chapters depend on your membership and active participation. MOAA chapter members are some of the most ardent supporters who not only advocate on behalf of the association’s key legislative priorities but also serve as community ambassadors to meet the unique needs of our military members, veterans, and families.
I have learned that educating state legislators and their staff is a continual job. Working with MOAA has expanded my horizons and, as a result, helped [me] represent veterans in my state.
To help military families in their day-to-day lives, MOAA offers a suite of high-quality products and services for our dedicated members.
Belonging to MOAA has many perks.
MOAA is the most influential association of military officers making a difference on Capitol Hill, and every voice counts. MOAA remains committed to growing and strengthening our membership in order to sustain our mission and vision.
Not yet a LIFE Member? It is time for you to join the cause. Our 10-month payment plan makes MOAA LIFE Membership both convenient and affordable.
More than 3,700 members upgrading to LIFE Membership last year alone.
MOAA welcomed more than 2,000 former National Association for Uniformed Services members into our ranks in 2016.
In 2016, our Member Service Center responded to more than 65,000 member inquiries. With a 95-percent customer satisfaction rate, our member service representatives are personally invested in getting the best information to our military community, who deserve it most.
In a world of information overload, it's more important than ever for MOAA to engage with you in meaningful ways, deliver greater member benefits, and share the most valuable and relevant information we can. Last year was a banner year as we strove to exceed your expectations.
Missing out on our print version of Military Officer? Upgrade to Premium or Life Membership today to have it delivered to your home every month.
Nearly 200,000 people have viewed the "Why MOAA?" video, which was designed to help you easily share with your fellow officers the value of MOAA membership. Share it with your friends, spread the word about what MOAA has accomplished on behalf of the entire military community, and encourage eligible officers to join.
Written in plain English, MOAA’s extensive library of online and print publications will help you and your spouse at every stage of your military and post military careers, covering topics such as military benefits, financial planning, and career transition.
In 2016, more than 1 million visitors experienced all moaa.org has to offer, including news and information relevant to every member of the military community, from junior officers to surviving spouses.
As a proud LIFE Member of MOAA since 2005 when I was a junior commissioned officer, I always read [Military Officer] magazine from cover to cover. There is always tons of interesting, valuable, and relevant information.
MOAA upheld its commitment to helping secure the future of our military families with the MOAA Military Family Initiative (MMFI), a nonprofit charitable foundation working to help our nation’s servicemembers and their families maintain a quality of life reflective of their selfless duty to America. In 2016, MMFI engaged over 50,000 military families supporting their career development needs.
Raised more than $1,000,000 in direct support of five critical career development focus areas:
MOAA Spouse Programs extend our advocacy efforts to the spouses and families of uniformed servicemembers of all ranks. For more than 85 years, we've been a leading advocate for military families. From your career to your kids, we’re here for you.
MOAA's Currently Serving Spouse Advisory Council is a diverse group of 22 spouses of active duty, Guard, and Reserve members providing feedback on MOAA's programs and policy efforts. Their contribution to our mission is vital to ensuring the spouses of our active duty community have a platform to voice issues and concerns that directly affect their families.
I am so excited to be a part of this organization. I had no idea of just how profound the impact of MOAA truly was until spending time on this council and seeing firsthand what this dedicated team does every day to protect our rights and benefits.
In 2016, the MOAA Scholarship Fund invested heavily in our future generations by distributing millions of dollars in grants and interest-free loans to children of military families pursuing their first undergraduate degree.
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Distributed $9.2 Million in loans and grants to more than 1,700 children of military families.
I would like to extend my appreciation to the family of my donor and the members of the MOAA Scholarship Fund board of directors for this award. The continuing financial assistance I have received through the MOAA Scholarship Fund has greatly helped me pursue an undergraduate degree.
This year promises to be a significant one for military health care, as Senate and House lawmakers have signaled their intent to focus on TRICARE reform. Click here to see our top legislative goals and to find out how MOAA is striving to secure the future of our servicemembers and their families in 2017.
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Ensure any TRICARE reform sustains access to and performance of top-quality care
Block erosion of compensation and commissary benefits
Protect military retirements and end survivor financial offset burdens
Improve benefits and support to provide seamless care and services to disabled veterans and their caregivers