President's Letter

What is MOAA doing for you?  MOAA continues to tackle priority issues for Veterans.  Currently, MOAA continues to advocate for several key initiatives as part of the National Defense Authorization Act continues to move through the system. Key initiatives MOAA continues to advocate for in the NDAA include:
  • Repeal of the Widow’s Tax, the costly offset that affects survivors and family members of deceased veterans.  
  • Compel more detailed review of proposed cuts to medical billets.  Currently DoD plans to reduce approximately 18,000 medical billets, or approximately 1 in 5 existing billets.  What is the impact to the quality and availability of health care to retirees and their families, and military families across the nation? This is a significant issue that threatens both quality and availability of health care to those who have served their nation selflessly, and their families.
  • 3.1% Pay raise. The Senate version of the NDAA includes a 3.1% pay raise, potentially the largest pay raise since 2010. For service members.
MOAA remains front and center in leading dialogue with conferees designated to discuss the above initiatives and a range of others that are included in the NDAA.  Members of MOAA can continue to support this effort by contacting their Congressional leaders via the MOAA website below and make sure they understand the importance of these initiatives and their responsibility to support these service member and veteran benefits.
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.
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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  
  “Professional Leaders belong to Professional Organizations.” Become part of the solution.  Join MOAA.  
“Never Stop Serving"

Forrest Smith
Colonel, United States Army, Retired
President - 2019