This will be a tumultuous news year of partisan politics, with the focus on the upcoming presidential election as well as the 33 Senate seats and 435 seats in the House of Representatives up for election.
MOAA will continue to remain decidedly nonpartisan. Our team works with every elected official, seeking positive change for the members of the seven uniformed services, our nation’s veterans, and all military families and survivors.
In January, the 116th Congress begins its second session, and MOAA continues to stay focused on our mission. We’ve spent the past year meeting with members of Congress and their staffs to discuss pay equity, military medicine, survivor benefits, and other issues affecting servicemembers and veterans and their families. With record-level support during the first session on issues like repealing the “widows tax,” it’s clear our lawmakers know MOAA will remain equally engaged during the second half.
MOAA’s Government Relations staff identified the following objectives, which broadly represent priorities with targeted actions (not all inclusive) to address anticipated threats for the coming year. As we continue the fight to sustain benefits, health care, and compensation in support of the uniformed services and their families, we will keep our members informed on progress throughout the year.
“Our team has analyzed issues of benefits and compensation common to servicemembers and veterans and their families and survivors. We plan to clearly communicate specific actions we will undertake this coming year to address concerns across these expansive topics,” said Col. Dan Merry, USAF (Ret), vice president for Government Relations. “Please be sure to sign up for The MOAA Newsletter online for updates.”
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.