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Resolution No. 1 – Patriotism and Service

 

Whereas, the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), through the preamble to its Bylaws, articulates the patriotic values held by the Association, and

 

Whereas, those values serve as guiding principles for all Association endeavors, therefore be it

 

Resolved, MOAA will direct its service efforts consistent in every manner, and with intention:

 

  • To inculcate and stimulate love of our country and the flag;
  • To defend the honor, integrity, and supremacy of our national government and the Constitution of the United States;
  • To advocate for the Uniformed Services adequate to the defense of our country;
  • To foster the integrity and prestige of uniformed service;
  • To foster fraternal relations between all branches of the various Uniformed Services from which our members are drawn;
  • To further the education of children and families of Service personnel and the American public of the values of service to the country;
  • To aid personnel of the Services from which our members are drawn, and their family members and survivors, in every proper and legitimate manner; and
  • To represent their rights and interests when service matters are under consideration.

 

Resolution No. 2 – National Defense And Our People

 

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 homeland or allies vital to our national interests and security, and

 

Whereas, recruiting and retention of personnel is the backbone of our All-Volunteer Force, and

 

Whereas, the total force is burdened beyond ordinary military obligations due to budgetary and political constraints to meet mission requirements significantly impacting the quality of life of servicemembers from all components and their families, with serious implications for retention and readiness, therefore be it

 

Resolved, the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) will continue to support a strong national defense, with attention to compensation and support programs necessary to attract and retain the quality force our nation needs to ensure the security of our nation and its allies, as well as ensure successful transition back to civilian life, and be it further

 

Resolved, MOAA will advocate for transparency and inclusion with regard to Quadrennial Reviews of Military Compensation or other such studies as they assess the adequacy of military compensation and each of its underlying components, and be it further

 

Resolved, MOAA will continue to advocate for relief from sequestration or other budgetary reductions short of full appropriations to responsibly and adequately sustain the All-Volunteer Force, and be it further

 

Resolved, MOAA will continue to advocate for retiree pay, disability, Social Security and Medicare, TRICARE For Life, and other promised benefits earned through years of service and sacrifice in keeping with the social compact, into which our nation entered with those who served, and to serve as a positive example for those who may consider service.

 

Resolution No. 3 – Survivor Benefit Programs

 

Whereas, Congress has enacted laws to provide for the future security of survivors of uniformed services members, and

 

Whereas, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs to survivors of servicemembers who die of service-connected causes offsets, dollar-for-dollar, Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuities paid for by retired servicemembers, therefore be it

 

Resolved, the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) will continue to advocate for legislation to reduce SBP-DIC survivors’ losses and repeal the unfair dollar-for-dollar reduction of SBP benefits by DIC entitlements for all SBP-DIC survivors.

 

Resolution No. 4 – Health Care

 

Whereas, distinct healthcare systems exists for the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with responsibilities to provide care to beneficiaries based on different entitlements, for all manners of healthcare, and

 

Whereas, challenges stemming from lack of accountability, funding, and resources exist in both the DoD and the VA health programs resulting in inefficiencies, unmet needs, and increased costs to beneficiaries and marginalized support, and

 

Whereas, divisions exist between the DoD and the VA resulting in suboptimal diagnoses, treatment, and care experiences through transition from active duty to veteran or retired status, and

 

Whereas, Wounded, ill, injured and disabled servicemembers and veterans, with their complex medical conditions, physical and psychological, find it exceptionally difficult to navigate the different medical systems in transition, and

 

Whereas, the family members who are often the caregivers also experience great challenges between healthcare systems and the administrative inconsistencies therein, therefore be it

 

Resolved, the Military Officers Association (MOAA) will advocate for an affordable and comprehensive health care benefit that serves all eligible Uniformed Services beneficiaries – active duty, National Guard and Reserve, retirees, eligible family members, and survivors, and be it further

 

Resolved, MOAA will continue to press for full funding of the Defense and Veteran Health Programs to ensure all beneficiaries have access to care through the direct care systems of the MHS and VA or purchased care contract services based on their eligibility, and be it further

 

Resolved, MOAA will continue to be vigilant and energetic in sustaining efforts to achieve the goal of a true “seamless transition” between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), for all beneficiaries, and be it further

 

Resolved, MOAA will advocate for transparency and inclusion with regard to any departmental meetings or discussions regarding program changes that support privatization in lieu of the government’s responsibilities to ensure access to quality health care for all beneficiaries.

 

Resolution No. 5 – The Fallen and POW/MIAs

 

Whereas, the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) has long been supportive of the dignity, honor, and respect due to every member of the Uniformed Services, especially those who have lost their lives in service to their country, and

 

Whereas, there is still less than the fullest possible accounting for those comrades in arms who became prisoners of war or missing in action, and

 

Whereas, the families of the POW/MIAs continue to suffer the lack of closure regarding their loved ones who also deserve the utmost dignity, honor, and respect, therefore be it

 

Resolved, MOAA will continue to advocate for proper interment support for all who are eligible, especially the fallen as they are returned to their loved ones, and be it further

 

Resolved, MOAA continues to hold the issue of accounting for all POW/MIAs as a matter of high national priority, and supports 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. 6 – Officership Principles and Membership

 

Whereas, the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) has established as a core mission the promotion of the enduring professional values of leadership and officership consistent with the Association’s By-Laws and commitment to “Never Stop Serving”, 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, the mission of MOAA includes “furthering the education of the children of Service personnel,” and

 

Whereas, the values of officership do not fade after departure from service, therefore be it

 

Resolved, MOAA will continue to fulfill this mission through print and digital publications and other media venues, symposia, mentoring, and other appropriate activities; and be it further

 

Resolved, MOAA will continue to promote leadership through development of membership in the National Association and local MOAA chapters as a primary means of sustaining community, communication, and service among all officers of all ages and all career stages; and be it further

 

Resolved, MOAA will continue to encourage headquarters staff, board of directors, state councils, local chapters, and individual members to join in striving to set an honorable example of public service and engagement for the greater good of our Nation and our fellow citizens, and be it further

 

Resolved, MOAA will continue to strive to provide financial assistance through its Scholarship Fund for the children of service families, and be it further

 

Resolved, MOAA will continue to promote the rule of law and to adhere to the fundamental principles of officership and civic responsibility by encouraging all who have served to provide leadership so that all those who make up our country are treated with respect and dignity, regardless of differences in race, gender, religion, national origin, or political affiliation.