One Powerful voice
MOAA’s primary mission is to advocate in support of the earned benefits of active members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families. The MOAA North Texas Chapter is very active supporting state and national level legislative initiatives. Our advocacy initiatives focus on promoting a strong national defense and protecting the earned benefits of all active and former members of the military, surviving spouses of military members, and the families of active and former members of the military.
Members of the Legislative Committee
COL Sam Wilder, USA (Ret) Phone: 804-840-3024
Col Joe Henderson, USAF (Ret)
Lt Col Paul Hendricks, USAF (Ret)
Lt Col Chuck Kelly, USAF (Ret)
CPT Ron McLeroy, USA (For)
LTC Pat McGaugh, USAR (Ret)
LTC Keith Self, USA (Ret)
Col Mike Tinsley, USAF (Ret)
Luncheon with Sen Ted Cruz to discuss veteran's issues.
State Legislative Initiatives
The MOAA North Texas Chapter Legislative Team is very active in promoting veteran's issues in the Texas Legislature. Legislative Team members ae working with MOAA Texas Council of Chapters (TCC), Texas Coalition of Veterans Organizations (TCVO), Collin County Veterans Coalition (CCVC), and many other veterans organizations to promote and protect benefits for Texas veterans.
The chapter Legislative Team has proposed, and the TCC has accepted, that the TCC will advocate for no more than 3 to 4 issues during the 86th session of the Texas Legislature in 2019. The TCC has also agreed to establish a plan to contact key legislative representatives well in advance of the start of the legislative session. These initiatives will help the TCC present clear, focused messaging on key veteran's issues in 2019.
Legislative Committee Chair, Sam Wilder, proposed that the TCC approve property tax relief for 80-90% disabled veterans adopted as a TCC Legislative Objective. The TCC approved this proposal at the TCC meeting in January 2018. To learn more click on the Position Paper to the right. If you have ideas for additional issues that should be presented to the Texas Legislature next year or would like to help with the chapter's legislative efforts, contact Sam Wilder, 804-840-3024.
State Legislative Initiatives
Congress seems to be pushing ahead this year and hoping to pass the military budget bills on time. The National Defense Authorization Act for FY2019 has been sent to committee to iron out the differences between the House and Senate.
Last year President Trump prioritized rebuilding the military. He issued a new National Security Strategy, National Defense Strategy, and a Nuclear Posture Review. The FY19 NDAA focuses rebuilding efforts on these new strategies.
The NDAA complies with the bipartisan budget agreement and supports a base budget of $639.1 billion including significant increases for readiness recovery. In supporting this effort to restore military readiness, the NDAA authorizes $18.6 billion o rehabilitate and replace worn out Army equipment and $39.5 billion to begin to overcome the crisis in military aviation by getting more aircraft in the air.
In addition to the base budget NDAA topline of $639billion, Overseas Contingency Operations funding of $69billion and a further$8,9 billion for some Defense Mandatory Spending brings the grand total of the FY19 NDAA topline to $717 billion.
This increased budget spending due to an increasingly more dangerous world provides for several important features such as:
• Increases in the size of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Naval and Air Reserve, and Air Guard.
• Fully funds a 2.6% pay raise for our troops, which is the highest increase in nine years.
• Takes steps to address the ongoing pilot shortage.
• Provides for increased funding for training in each Service. It will allow the Army to conduct 20 Combat Training center rotations in FY19
• Increases funding for repairing equipment by $972 million more than FY18.
• Provides funding to buy the most modern versions of certain vehicles/weapons systems such as the Stryker A1 combat vehicles, and to modernize Army Armored Brigade Combat Team vehicle (M1 Abrams tanks, Bradley, and other vehicles.)
• Increases funds to rebuild much of our infrastructure (buildings and family housing) NOTE: This NDAA does not authorize a BRAC effort.
• Supports the Nuclear Posture Review recommendations and critical investments to modernize America’s nuclear deterrent.
There will likely be revisions to the current provisions of the NDAA because it does not address a separate “space force” envisioned by the President.
Overall, it appears that the legislative process to support the military is much improved over past years and there seems to be some bi-partisan effort to rebuild our military.