Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Virginia Council of Chapters (VCOC) hosts 27th Virginia Congressional Appreciation luncheon

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Military Officers Association of America leaders from Virginia Chapters and Councils met with their Virginia legislators at a Capital Hill Luncheon May 8. They honored Representative Randy Forbes (VA-4) as Outstanding Legislator of the Year for his support of military families.

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Rep. Randy Forbes accepts the VCOC Outstanding Legislator Award

This meeting is a visible demonstration that our Councils and Chapters continue to be the bedrock of what MOAA is about and can accomplish," MOAA President Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, Jr. said.

Vice Adm. Norb Ryan Jr., USN-Ret., President of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), joined more than 125 attendees, including Senator Warner and seven other members of the Virginia congressional delegation, for the 27th Virginia Congressional Appreciation Luncheon, on Tuesday, May 8, at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, D.C.

Leaders representing the 18 Virginia MOAA chapters discussed national legislative objectives with their congressional delegation at the lunch led by Col. Don Kaiserman, VCOC President.

Sen. Warner addressed the group after lunch and other district representatives included Rep. Rob Wittman, Rep. Scott Rigell, Rep. Bobby Scott, Rep. Randy Forbes, Rep. Robert Hurt, Rep. Bob Goodlatte and Rep. Gerry Connolly.

Rep. Randy Forbes received the VCOC Outstanding Legislator Award for the support he gives to military service members, retirees and veterans every day.

“I am honored and humbled MOAA selected me to receive this award. I am working hard for our active duty military families and veterans in Washington and never before has this been more important than it is now,” Rep. Forbes said.

Speaking to the chapter leaders at the luncheon, Vice Adm. Ryan said, “This meeting is a visible demonstration that our Councils and Chapters continue to be the bedrock of what MOAA is about and can accomplish. We are very grateful for the leadership and example shown by our Chapter and Council members and we appreciate the fact that so many of our states are engaged now. We would like all states to initiate the level of engagement exhibited by those of you here today.”

The VCOC presented the Minute Man Award to the staff of MOAA’s Council and Chapter Affairs department – Mrs. Mary Newman, Chapter Affairs Representative; Mrs. Carol Robertson, Deputy Director and Mrs. Victoria Twyne, Chapter Affairs Visits and Awards Coordinator, for their outstanding support and loyal service to the VCOC members in the past year. The award, established in 1988, recognizes a MOAA national member or group annually. The recipients were presented with the replica of the Minute Man and will retain the statue for one year.

The Virginia Council of Chapters of the Military Officers Association of America (VCOC / MOAA) is an affiliation of MOAA chapters throughout Virginia. There are 18 MOAA chapters and more than 40,000 MOAA members in Virginia. The VCOC works in Virginia to further the goals of national MOAA and the local chapters.

About MOAA:
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

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