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Who We Are
The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. MOAA is the nation’s largest and most influential association of military officers, totaling 38,398 members in Virginia.
Independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan, MOAA is one powerful voice speaking for a strong national defense, representing the interests of military officers at all stages of a military career.
MOAA Presents Arthur T. Marix Congressional Leadership Award
She introduced H.R. 475, Health Care Fairness for Military Families Act of 2021, and while it was not in the NDAA, she made the case to the House Rules Committee for continued support along with her co-sponsor Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL) and what is now 138 cosponsors. She was an original cosponsor for Chairman Mark Takano’s Honoring our PACT Act of 2021 (for toxic exposure reform), and she cosponsored the Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2021, signed into law on 8 October 2021. MOAA's Arthur T. Marix Congressional Leadership Award is given annually to lawmakers who distinguish themselves in protecting the rights and interests of servicemembers, their families, and their survivors.
The award is named for Col. Marix, who founded MOAA in 1929. Past recipients include Senators Lindsey Graham, Jim Webb and the late Senator John McCain.
Family, Friends, Fellow Advocates Honor Maj. Richard Star at Arlington Ceremony
MOAA and The Military Coalition, a group of military and veterans organizations representing a combined membership of nearly 5.5 million, have been working hard to realize Star’s final wish. As of Sept. 12, 307 House members and 63 senators have signed on as bill co-sponsors. Efforts are underway to include the bill in the Senate version of the FY 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), while the House bill’s original sponsor, Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), recently filed a motion to add the bill to a House calendar that could lead to a floor vote. “MOAA is proud to continue the fight for our combat injured to receive their hard-earned retirement pay for exceptional personal sacrifice and years of selfless service, a cause Richard so eloquently championed,” said Lt. Col. Mark Belinsky, USA (Ret), MOAA’s Director of Government Relations for Currently Serving and Retired Affairs. Robert said he is not surprised others have championed his brother’s cause given his humility and respect for others. “Whether you were above him or below him in status, he would talk to you as a peer,” Robert Star said. “And I think that’s the core of why people respect him, because he respected them.” While fighting for the legislation, he always remained humble, even questioning why it would be named after him, said Star’s widow, Tonya. Just knowing that the lives of medically retired individuals would be just a little easier would make him happy, she said. “The privilege that we had of meeting other families in the same situation, people that he knew personally, it would mean everything to him [if this bill is passed],” added Tonya Star. Virginia Council of Chapters President CDR Linc Smith, USNR (Ret) and Maryland Council of Chapters President Col. Bob Norton, USA (Ret) were among those from the MOAA Council and Chapter system in attendance at the September 13 ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
President Signs Comprehensive Toxic Exposure Reform Legislation
An Award Winning Council of Chapters
VCOC Five Star Award Level of Excellence Winners 2021
VCOC Col. Marvin J. Harris Communications Award Winners 2021
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Governor Glenn Youngkin Signs Tax Reduction for Veterans
Virginia General Assembly and Veterans Military Caucus Legislative Reception 2022
Military and Veteran Bill Signing Ceremony
HB 957 was based on Joint Leadership Council Initiative 2022-02, authored by VCOC State Legislative Affairs Chair Col. Monti Zimmerman USA (Ret). Passage of HB 957 in the Virgina House is a significant milestone in the effort to expand Tax Relief for Surviving Spouses of Military Service Members in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Below : With Members of the Virginia General Assembly and Veterans Service Organizations, Governor Youngkin formally signs veterans Legislation