Our annual MOAA Hill-storming effort is grass-roots activism at its best,
Alexandria, Va. (PRWEB) April 12, 2012
More than 150 members of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) will participate in the annual “Storming the Hill” campaign Wednesday, April 18 in Washington D.C. to urge their legislators against imposing stiff new budgetary penalties on members of the uniformed services community.
The participants will include leaders of MOAA Councils and Chapters from every state and Puerto Rico, as well as MOAA Board and staff members, and members of the Auxiliary Member, Currently Serving Member, and Currently Serving Spouse Advisory Committees.
“Our annual MOAA Hill-storming effort is grass-roots activism at its best,” MOAA President and CEO Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, Jr., USN-Ret. said. “There is probably nothing more representative of how democracy works that to see this large group of responsible Americans conveying their concerns to the elected representatives whose actions and votes have a huge effect on our lives.”
MOAA started Storming the Hill in 1996 and has been recognized as one of the most effective lobbying organizations in the country.
“The reality is that people must organize to have their voices heard in politics,” Ryan stated. “This year, defense leaders have talked of their commitment to keeping faith with our troops, but the proposals in the defense budget for major military benefit cuts simply don’t match their words of support. Our group is made up of current and former military members and their spouses who will make their voices heard directly.”
This year, MOAA highlights three major concerns:
- Military Force Levels: the Fiscal year 2013 budget assumes a cut of 31,000 troops, with 124,000 more to be cut by fiscal year 2017. MOAA is concerned that budget pressures may lead to accelerated force cuts that will only worsen conditions for military families already overstressed by excessive deployments.
- Health Care: The budget proposal envisions raising healthcare fees by $1,000 to $2,000 per year for retired military families. MOAA contends this is an unfair “bait and switch” rule change after promises of current benefits induced generations of servicemembers to pursue arduous careers in uniform.
- Military Retirement: The budget proposes establishing a commission to recommend changes to military retirement, with special “fast-track” legislative rules that would force Congress into a “yes or no” vote without any option for changes and only limited debate. MOAA believes this ignores the lessons of past, more modest retirement changes that had to be repealed after they undermined retention and readiness.
“We appreciate the response from MOAA’s national and state leaders to help ensure Congress does right by our troops and their families, who have devoted their lives to serving their nation through their service and sacrifice,” Ryan said. “These events have proven highly successful in the past in bringing to legislators’ attention the issues that are essential to ensure America will continue to attract and sustain a top-quality career force over the long term. Our hope is to have the same impact again this year.”
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is the nation’s largest officers association with 370,000 members from every branch of service, including active duty, retired, National Guard, Reserve, and former officers and their families and survivors. MOAA is a nonprofit and politically nonpartisan organization and an influential force in promoting a strong national defense. MOAA represents the interests of service members and their families in every stage of their lives and careers, and for those who are not eligible to join MOAA, Voices for America’s Troops is a nonprofit MOAA affiliate that supports a strong national defense. For more information, visit http://www.moaa.org
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