We are honored to be recognized with this distinguished award that reflects the extraordinary and positive impact MOAA programs are having on currently serving uniformed service members and veterans of all ranks and their families and their survivors.
Alexandria, Va. (PRWEB) June 24, 2015
The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) has been recognized by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) with the 2015 Summit Award for its Military Caregiver Assistance Program, which incorporates several programs and services that provide practical, meaningful assistance to more than 1 million military family caregivers of disabled veterans.
The Summit Award is ASAE’s highest recognition under The Power of A Awards, given to associations that make exemplary commitments to creating a stronger America. MOAA is one of only six associations chosen for this honor.
MOAA’s Military Caregiver Assistance Program began in 2009 with MOAA’s advocacy work on the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010. As co-chair of The Military Coalition, 32 of the most influential military-family and veteran's associations in the nation, MOAA helped lead the effort that resulted in passage of this historic caregiver-support legislation.
Following that hallmark success, MOAA was selected to receive an Innovation Grant from the Elizabeth Dole Foundation to build “Tips for Lifelong Caregiving,” an online tool specifically addressing the legal and financial needs of military caregivers. Guided by a focus group of 40 military caregivers, MOAA collaborated with several national associations and government departments to create this unique resource. The final product was launched in April 2014 at a White House ceremony keynoted by first lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and former Sen. Elizabeth Dole.
As an adjunct program and in partnership with the American Bar Association and the Public Council Law Center, MOAA coordinated the design and launch of “Lawyers for Heroes,” offering caregivers of disabled veterans pro bono legal assistance. This initiative then formed the basis for “Financial Education for Heroes,” a program partnership providing free financial education services to military family caregivers, that is expected to launch in late July 2015.
“We are honored to be recognized again by ASAE with this distinguished award that reflects the extraordinary and positive impact MOAA programs are having on currently serving uniformed service members and veterans of all ranks and their families and their survivors,” said retired Navy Admiral Norb Ryan Jr., president and CEO of MOAA. “Since early 2013, MOAA has been honored and privileged to be a partner with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation: Caring for Military Families in helping to meet the needs of the military caregivers.”
MOAA previously received the 2012 ASAE Summit Award for its veteran-focused career transition assistance program and two Power of A Silver Awards for the MOAA Scholarship Fund and the Military Spouse Employment Program.
These programs are funded, in part, by the MOAA Military Family Initiative, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation and a subsidiary of MOAA.
MOAA will receive the award at the 16th Annual Summit Awards Dinner Sept. 30 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
About the MOAA Military Family Initiative:
A 501(c)(3) subsidiary of MOAA, the MOAA Military Family Initiative (MMFI) is a philanthropic foundation dedicated to creating and supporting proven-successful programs and services that enable currently serving uniformed service members and veterans of all ranks, their families and their survivors to maintain a quality of life reflective of their selfless service to the nation. The Initiative funds programs in five areas of critical need: Career Transition, VA Disability and Survivor Claims, Military Family Reintegration, Military Spouse Support and On-Base/Post Educational Outreach.
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 represents the interests of service members and their families in every stage of their lives and careers.