Our hope is that this will translate to support for these goals as the House and Senate Armed Services Committees begin drafting the FY2014 Defense Authorization Bill in the coming weeks.
Alexandria, Va. (PRWEB) April 19, 2013
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Council and Chapter Presidents from all 50 states, accompanied by members of the national Board of Directors and headquarters staff, plus members of MOAA’s active duty, Guard, Reserve, spouse and auxiliary advisory committees stormed Capitol Hill on April 17 to visit nearly all 535 representatives and senators in support of key legislative priorities.
This year, the “Hill-stormers” met with their legislators, discussed the issues, provided fact sheets and brochures, and asked them to:
- Sustain the 1.8% active duty pay raise (fact sheet)
- Reject disproportional TRICARE fee hikes (fact sheet and brochure)
- Address remaining inequities for disabled retirees, surviving spouses, and Guard/Reserve retirees (fact sheet)
“MOAA Hill-stormers received very positive feedback from most legislators, “MOAA President and CEO Vice Adm Norb Ryan said. “Our hope is that this will translate to support for these goals as the House and Senate Armed Services Committees begin drafting the FY2014 Defense Authorization Bill in the coming weeks.”
The Hill-stormers’ personal efforts were buttressed by MOAA-sponsored full-page ads in The Hill and Politico newspapers on Wednesday.
“We’re also gratified at MOAA members’ response to a legislative alert sent last Friday asking legislators to support the effort, “ Ryan continued. “Our members sent nearly 25,000 messages to Capitol Hill, and many legislators and staffers referenced the messages during their meetings with the MOAA stormers.”
Additional information about MOAA’s Storming the Hill issues and related information may be found at http://youtu.be/MaxY0tZrVPQ.
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Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is the nation’s largest officers association with more than 380,000 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.