MOAA to Host National Virtual Town Hall March 6 for Military Families

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The Town Hall will take place from 7 - 8 pm EST on Thursday, March 6. Hosted live at MOAA headquarters in Alexandria, Va. and broadcast on MOAA’s Facebook page, experts will provide information, field questions and address concerns about the proposed defense budget.

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While MOAA empathizes with defense leaders concerning budget cutbacks and agrees the sequester must be undone, we are concerned about out of pocket losses our military families may be expected to endure.

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) will host a National Virtual Town Hall meeting with MOAA experts Government Relations Director Mike Hayden and Deputy Directors Mike Barron and Kathy Beasley so military families can learn more about the proposed defense budget. Tom Tarantino of IAVA; Candace Wheeler from The Coalition to Save Our Military Benefits and American Logistics Association; and veteran and former Military Spouse of the Year Jeremy Hilton from #KeepYourPromise will join moderator Ward Carroll of Military.com to provide information, field questions and address concerns.

“While MOAA empathizes with defense leaders concerning budget cutbacks and agrees the sequester must be undone, we are concerned about out of pocket losses our military families may be expected to endure,” MOAA President Vice Adm. Norb Ryan said. “We hear a lot about slowing the growth, but the growth of personnel and health costs in the military have slowed already over the last four years, averaging only 1.99% growth per year.”

The Townhall will take place from 7 pm to 8 pm EST on Thursday, March 6. It will be hosted live at MOAA headquarters in Alexandria, VA and broadcast on MOAA’s Facebook Page.

“Military.com is pleased to play a part in helping promote and host this important virtual gathering for military families,” Military.com Editor Ward Carroll said. “We hope to help shine light on important information and answer questions so military families understand what is being proposed and what they can do about it.”

MOAA is taking questions ahead of time in order to group them and try to answer as many as possible. To ask a question and view a video about the event, visit http://bit.ly/moaabudgetbattle.

Twitter users can access information about the event through the hashtag #BudgetBattle.

For more information, visit MOAA’s Facebook page. You can also follow Vice Adm Norb Ryan on Twitter @MOAAPrez and follow MOAA @militaryofficer.

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About MOAA:
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 or http://www.voicesfortroops.org/.

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