MOAA Leaders Prepare to Storm Capitol Hill on Military Issues

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Chapter and council leaders of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) are preparing to gather Wednesday, April 18, for the association’s largest annual grassroots advocacy event: Storming the Hill.

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Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is the nation’s largest military officers’ association with more than 350,000 members from every branch of uniformed service. MOAA is a nonprofit and politically nonpartisan organization.

Chapter and council leaders of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) are preparing to gather Wednesday, April 18, for the association’s largest annual grassroots advocacy event: Storming the Hill. Divided into teams to visit their states’ legislative delegations on Capitol Hill during the day-long event, they will set out to engage nearly all 535 senators and representatives regarding two important legislative priorities:

1) Ending reduced pay for Chapter 61 retirees. Chapter 61 retirees have been medically retired prior to reaching a 20-year service career with a disability rating of 30 percent or greater. The term “Chapter 61” comes from the corresponding chapter in Title 10 U.S. Code that covers disability retirements.

MOAA’s position is that all eligible servicemembers should receive both retirement and disability compensation, which is not the case for Chapter 61 retirees. MOAA supports legislation currently introduced in Congress, in particular H.R. 333, introduced by Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.), which addresses both the Chapter 61 issue and MOAA’s wider legislative priority regarding concurrent receipt.

“MOAA's long-held position is that career servicemembers earn retired pay by service alone, and those unfortunate enough to suffer a service-caused disability in the process should have any VA disability compensation added to — not subtracted from — military retired pay,” says Col. Mike Barron, USA (Ret), director of currently serving/retired affairs, MOAA Government Relations.

MOAA’s website has more information about its position on Chapter 61 retiree pay.

2) Maintaining military pay and benefits in order to recruit and retain an all-volunteer force. MOAA supports maintaining the military pay and benefits essential to recruiting and retaining the high-quality all-volunteer force necessary to meet the nation’s security and warfighting requirements now and in the future. The president’s proposed 2.6-percent pay raise, as aligned with the Employment Cost Index (ECI), is the largest in nine years, but still just keeps pace with private-sector wage growth for this upcoming fiscal year, leaving the military behind civilian wage growth by, coincidentally, the same margin — 2.6 percent. The only way to close this cumulative gap is to raise military pay above the ECI, as Congress did between 2000 and 2010.

“The move to an all-volunteer force has been successful beyond measure,” says Col. Dan Merry, USAF (Ret), vice president of MOAA Government Relations. “Despite unyielding demands on our men and women from all quarters of our country and beyond, our nation’s military remains peerless. We will continue to try and educate the few who believe our all-volunteer force is overpaid and can afford to bear some of the costs of readiness and other programs.”

MOAA’s website has more information about its position on military pay.

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Follow MOAA’s online coverage of Storming the Hill 2018, including news updates, photos, videos, and more. For live updates on the day’s events, follow MOAA on Instagram at @MOAAStorms or on Facebook. Supporters of the event — on the ground and at home — will address tweets @Military Officer and @MOAAStorms, using the hashtag #WhyIStorm and #MOAAStorms.

MOAA members from all 50 states will participate. To contact a member from your state or hometown, please contact Alan English at pr@moaa.org.

ALABAMA
Gadsden
Vestavia

ALASKA
Anchorage, Ala.

ARIZONA
Flagstaff
Green Valley
Litchfield Park

ARKANSAS
Little Rock

CALIFORNIA
Alameda
Carlsbad
Coronado
San Diego

COLORADO
Aurora
Sioux Falls

CONNECTICUT
Avon

DELAWARE
Dover

FLORIDA
Bradenton
Royal Palm Beach
Sarasota
Sebring

GEORGIA
Martinez
Sparta

HAWAII
Honolulu

IDAHO
Mountain Home

ILLINOIS
Decatur
O’Fallon

INDIANA
Carmel
Mooresville

IOWA
Cedar Falls

KANSAS
Westwood Hills

KENTUCKY
Lexington

LOUISIANA
Abbeville

MAINE
Lake Suze
Woolwich

MARYLAND
Bel Air
Berwyn Heights
Laurel
Rockville
Sykesville

MASSACHUSETTS
Hingham
Leominster
Woburn
MICHIGAN
Traverse City

MINNESOTA
Duluth
Saint Paul

MISSISSIPPI
Starkville

MISSOURI
Springfield

MONTANA
Missoula

NEBRASKA
Papillion

NEVADA
Incline Village

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Bow

NEW JERSEY
Ewing

NEW MEXICO
Rio Rancho

NEW YORK
Buffalo
Farmington
Johnson City

NORTH CAROLINA
Cary
Lewisville
Salisbury
Southern Pines

NORTH DAKOTA
Fargo

OHIO
Akron
Boardman

OKLAHOMA
Blanchard

OREGON
Portland
Powell Butte
Redmond

PENNSYLVANIA
Carlisle
Greensburg

RHODE ISLAND
East Greenwich

SOUTH CAROLINA
Aiken

SOUTH DAKOTA
Rapid City
Watertown

TENNESSEE
Brentwood
Nashville

TEXAS
Bulverde
Granbury
Plainview
Plano
San Antonio
Wichita Falls

UTAH
Saint George

VERMONT
Burlington

VIRGINIA
Alexandria
Annandale
Gloucester Point
Stafford
Suffolk
Williamsburg

WASHINGTON
Camas

WEST VIRGINIA
Charleston

WISCONSIN
Mount Horeb

WYOMING
Cheyenne

About MOAA:
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is the nation’s largest military officers’ association with more than 350,000 members from every branch of uniformed 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. For more information, visit http://www.moaa.org.

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