President's Letter

           
   
Summer is finally upon us! A time for weddings, graduations, PCS moves, Reserve duty, etc. I hope you will be able to join us at our 8 June Luncheon where the speaker will be Dr. Carolyn Garcia, a Nurse Practitioner with the El Paso VA.

I also hope you can join the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Fort Bliss Cemetery on 27 May at 9am. I and some other MOAA members along with many individuals and community organizations will be at the Cemetery on 25 May placing flags on each of the thousands of graves. Help is always needed after Memorial Day to retrieve the flags if you are able to do so please do.

Thanks to your donations to our Outreach Foundation (501c3), we were able to support the El Paso VA’s Baby Shower and VA2k Walk and Roll which assists homeless Veterans. We also routinely bolster the Veteran Court Program which helps Veteran and active service par- ticipants divert from the traditional criminal justice system and provides them rehabilitation through comprehensive substance abuse and/or mental health treatment, education, vocational programs and community resource referrals for housing, childcare, and transportation all while being judicially monitored. Please keep those contributions coming. We put them to good use to help our military community.

Thanks to your generosity, we also ensured that all UTEP ROTC graduates received their first set of 2nd Lieutenant bars at their commissioning and that a JROTC graduate who demonstrated exceptional potential for military leadership at most of our local high schools received a medal from MOAA National. That medal was usually presented by one of your Board members and is an excellent way for our chapter to foster positive military recognition among the youth of our community. Lastly, due to contributions made by Board members, our chapter had a table at Fort Bliss Armed Forces Day where we provided information on both our chapter as well as the work done by MOAA National to preserve and expand the benefits earned through military service.

I hope this summary helps you to understand all the work done by the chapter and its board. We are small, but mighty. However, we clearly cannot continue without more mem- bers stepping up and lending a hand. Our 69-year-old chapter, one of the oldest in all of MOAA, is constantly on the edge of being disbanded. We cannot continue to operate with just a handful of people doing all the work. Each of you can do something whether it is presending a medal at graduation, helping Connie Sullivan make phone calls to check on people, writing an article for the Border Bulletin, etc. I hope you will find it in your heart to ask how you can help us keep this once storied chapter afloat.
 
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"


Lenore Enzel
Colonel, United States Army, Retired
President - 2024