President's Letter

           
          Good afternoon team! HOW ABOUT THEM CHIEFS!! (and the halftime show!) It’s another evening when I sit down and write my monthly letter from the president so here it is. I am still getting used to this duty but I have not been sitting on my rear for the past couple of months, I’ve actually been doing some research (no kidding)! I have been amazed to find a couple of really great systems out there that we can use. The first is our own El Paso MOAA website put together by our own Bill Moore. Our Website is truly first class and you can find a wealth of information there. I have always been amazed by our information technology folks and for an Infantry guy like Bill to design and run our site truly staggers my imagination, so thanks Bill for keeping us and the website straight. The other
thing I was doing was checking out the MOAA national website and figuring out what exactly MOAA does for us. I was pleasantly surprised to find the answer is… a ton of stuff! I wanted to keep you abreast of all the legislative initiatives that MOAA national is working on this year. Reading through the MOAA legislative agenda and objectives for the current year I could not find any problems with it. However, if you do have some issues perhaps we can discuss them at our next meeting or even better figure out how we can add supporting fires to those initiatives we find worthwhile.

MOAA Legislative Priorities follow:
1. Protect our healthcare benefits.
2. Keep military pay and benefits strong.
3. Support military families including programs and services for military veterans’ families.
4. Concurrent receipt for all retirees.
5. Support the total force which includes our national guard reserve brothers and sisters with benefits that are
consistent with their active duty counterparts.
6. Better and faster DoD/VA administrative services.
7. Support all uniform services.

Well from my foxhole I really can’t gripe with any of the above mission objectives and their glidepath to accomplishing them. Looks to me like we have a lot of folks up in Washington that are working hard on our behalf and I submit to you that it is up to us to figure out where we fit into the big machine that is MOAA. As always, I look forward to your feedback with the intent to make this a better organization while keeping our military strong!

Have a great day, keep your head down and your powder dry, and I look forward to seeing you on the Highground!

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 Heter
Colonel, United States Army, Retired
President - 2020