President's Letter

           
          Happy new year team! Thank God 2020 is in our rearview mirror and I hope that this letter finds everybody in great health and spirits! We had a few close calls on the health front last year but with God’s grace it looks like everybody has turned the corner and are well on the road to recovery. Here is to a happy and healthy 2021! 

I would like to take a moment and thank everybody who donated to the foundation on giving day. Initial reports look promising and we gathered twice as much moolah as we usually do. I will give you the exact amount in the next letter when all the counting is done but again thanks and well done. 

Unfortunately, COVID is still rearing its ugly head so we will again be postponing any face-to-face meetings. There is hope on the horizon and the vaccine is being distributed so finally some good news! Please take the time to sign up for the vaccine and before you know it, we will finally get a lunch where we can see each other again. I will keep you posted. 

I am sure you all watched in horror as people stormed the Capitol Building on 6 Jan. Initial reports are stating that there was more than one veteran among that mob. If true from my foxhole they should be recalled to active duty and reminded of their oath. What do you think? I would be interested in your opinion sling me a note anytime at mikehester65@gmail.com.

Finally, we are looking for some volunteers. We need to find a replacement for our magnificent Secretary Steve Barret as well as help in recruiting and marketing. Plus, if anyone is interested in being President let me know as I have completed my year. Time fly’s when you are having fun. If you are at all interested send me a note and we will get you on the roster! 

I hope everyone has a great 2021 and with folks chipping in we can make the Chapter and our Foundation stronger than ever! 

See you on the high ground! Proud to serve!

What are you doing?  So what else can you do as a member of the El Paso active duty and retiree military community?    
 
A.  Get Informed.  Understand MOAA’s Top Ten Goals for the year, and track MOAA’s progress in fighting for your compensation and benefits.
 
Stay connected  to MOAA: 
www.elpasomoaa.org:
www.moaa.org:
takeaction.moaa.org
www.moaa.org/linkedin;                                                                                          
www.facebook.com/moaa
www.facebook.com/moaaspouse;                                                                                                   
www.youtube.com/TheMOAAChannel
 
B.  Get involved.  
(1) Communicate directly with your political representatives.  You can send elected officials your own message of support utilizing MOAA National’s website, Legislative Action Center. You can also choose a MOAA-suggested message telling your elected leaders to support veteran focused legislation, especially important now as congressional leaders begin the debate on the NDAA.  Your message will be pushed automatically to your House and Senate leaders. Communicate directly to your elected officials and be heard.  It’s easy. Go to www.moaa.organd use their simple tools.  Its is easy…and it is effective.
 
(2) Become a MOAA Member and speak with one voice.  Your membership entitles you to access to, and use of valuable planning tools, and continuous lobbying efforts to preserve your earned military benefits.  Join now by visiting www.elpasomoaa.org.  
 
  “Professional Leaders belong to Professional Organizations.” Become part of the solution.  Join MOAA.  
 
“Never Stop Serving"


Michael Hester
Colonel, United States Army, Retired
President - 2021




2019 Communications Award