MOAA SOUTH ALABAMA CHAPTER HOSTS JOINT DINNER MEETING
The South Alabama Chapter (SAC) of MOAA (Military Officers Association of America) hosted a joint meeting with the Baldwin County Chapter of MOAA on Thursday, June 9th at the Lake Forest Yacht Club. SAC president, COL Nick Matranga, (USMC Ret.) presided.
Over 100 members and spouses of both chapters attended. The guest speaker was Col. Barry Wright, USA (ret) Director, Chapter and Council Affairs, MOAA National Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
Wright discussed the “Storming the Hill” initiative that occurred on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. More than 160 MOAA members — including council and chapter leaders from almost every state and members of the association’s board of directors, staff, Surviving Spouse Advisory Committee and Currently Serving Spouse advisory councils.
Participants specifically focused on two key issues during their meetings with elected officials: Protecting Survivor Benefit Plan-Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (SBP-DIC) benefits for military widows and widowers from the military “widows tax,” and rejecting disproportional TRICARE fee hikes and plan changes.
On the subject of keeping commissaries open for military members and their families around the globe, Wright said, “It’s important to have a worldwide system. It’s not just the ability to buy an American product at a remote location … It’s also an [employment] opportunity for spouses and children. “
MOAA is the nation’s largest and most influential association of military officers. It is a powerful force speaking for a strong national defense and representing the interests of military officers and their families at every stage of their careers.