MOAA Military Family Initiative Launches MOAA Community Outreach Grant Program

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MOAA Military Family Initiative (MMFI), a 501(c)(3) charitable subsidiary of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), announced the launch of its Community Outreach grant program today.

The MOAA Military Family Initiative (MMFI), a 501(c)(3) charitable subsidiary of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), announced the launch of its Community Outreach grant program today.

The new grant program, open to MOAA’s councils and chapters across the country, will award no fewer than five grants ranging from $250 to $5,000 each. All MOAA councils and chapters are equally eligible to receive a grant.

The MMFI funds national programs and services for the families of servicemembers and veterans. Through its network of more than 400 MOAA councils and chapters across all 50 states, it also funds programs and services helping military and veteran families in local communities. MOAA and its councils and chapters positively impact the lives of more than 50,000 military and veteran family members each year.

The MMFI Community Outreach grant program awards grants to MOAA councils or chapters providing programs or services to their local communities in eight critical areas of military and veteran family need: housing, food assistance, employment, health (including behavioral health), family strength, community reintegration, financial and legal assistance, and transportation.

To qualify for a grant, the MOAA council or chapter must either deliver those programs/services directly or through a community collaboration of other like-minded service organizations in which the council or chapter plays a leadership role.

“Our new charitable foundation, the MMFI, has had real success for its first two years of operations,” says retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Dana T. Atkins, president and CEO of MOAA. “As a result, the MMFI now is able to begin providing meaningful financial support to MOAA councils and chapters doing the heavy lifting in their local communities as they provide high-impact assistance to our nation’s military and veteran families when and where they need it.”

Atkins continued, “It’s through outreach like this where our MOAA councils and chapters embody the true spirit of ‘never stop serving,’ and we’re proud to support their important community work.”

According to retired Air Force Col. Mike Turner, MOAA vice president of development and executive director of the MMFI, “The MMFI would not have been able to launch this important community outreach initiative ahead of schedule without the continuing philanthropic support of our MOAA members. Individual contributions by MOAA members support this and 15 other MOAA programs addressing the quality of life and career development needs of military and veteran families nationwide. Frankly, the sky’s the limit. The scope, breadth, and depth of the impact our programs can have are limited only by the level of regular financial support we receive from MOAA members and our corporate and foundation partners. We’re truly just getting started.”

Donations to the MMFI supporting all of its programs and services may be made online at http://www.moaa.org/foundation; by mailing a donation to MMFI, PO Box 321058, Alexandria, VA 22314; or by calling (1-800) 234-6622.

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About the MMFI:
The MMFI supports MOAA military and veteran family career development (national programs) and community outreach (local MOAA council/chapter programs). These are areas of particular MOAA expertise, and they help ensure these families enjoy the quality of life they so richly deserve. MOAA, through its MMFI-funded programs, provides information, education, and direct services to more than 50,000 uniformed servicemembers and veterans of all ranks, their families, and their survivors each year. We have four major focus areas: career transition, professional education outreach, military spouse professional development, and community outreach. To learn more or to donate and support our work, visit http://www.moaa.org/foundation or call (1-800) 234-6622.

About MOAA:
The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is the nation’s largest officers’ association with more than 355,000 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 servicemembers and their families in every stage of their lives and careers. 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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