MOAA Celebrates 85th Anniversary as Military Advocacy Organization
Alexandria, Va. — Military
Officers Association of America (MOAA),
the nation’s largest and most influential association of 390,000 active duty,
National Guard, Reserve, retired and former military officers, their families
and survivors will celebrate its 85th anniversary on February 23.
MOAA was founded in Los Angeles,
Calif. on Feb. 23, 1929 with 63 members because the founders believed retired
officers as well as their families would benefit by joining together. It was called The Retired Officers
In January 2003, the Association
changed its name to the Military Officers Association of America to reflect its
emphasis on serving all military personnel, regardless of active duty or
“Though an officers association, MOAA
takes great pride in serving all military personnel, regardless of rank or
branch of service,” MOAA President Vice Adm Norb Ryan said. “We are also proud of the fact that we have
409 organized autonomous local chapters affiliated with the national
MOAA is known for its annual Storming
the Hill event, at which representatives from local chapters in all 50 states
journey to Washington every year to inform, educate and lobby Congress with
their most important issues,” Ryan continued. “We are an authentic grass roots organization whose strength is not only
in numbers, but in the commitment, dedication and engagement of its many local
members throughout the country.”
Over the last decade, as Co-chair of
the 33 association Military Coalition, MOAA has been cited for its leadership
in maintaining major advocacy victories; such as major GI Bill upgrades and
transferability, wounded warrior protections, caregiver enhancements, repealed
REDUX retirement penalties, compensation increases for disabled retirees, pay
raises and maintenance, end strength increases and survivor benefit upgrades.
Most recently, MOAA was instrumental
in preventing the cost of living increase cut that would have resulted in tens
of thousands of dollars of lost income for military families.
Though most known for its advocacy,
MOAA is also a leader in many programs that assist military families and
enhance quality of life in all stages of life. MOAA’s Scholarship Fund has provided interest-free loans totaling more
than $100 million to more than 12,000 students since its inception in 1948.
MOAA is also a leader in career
transition for military members by providing personalized counseling and
state-of-the-art career fairs for service members and their spouses.
MOAA’s annual Warrior Family
Symposium, three spouse symposiums each year and other programs are known for
their hard hitting approach to identifying and addressing critical issues for
In Jan. 2014, MOAA expanded its support
of veterans and survivors and their families by adding Department of Veterans
Affairs (VA) claims assistance to its suite of transition services.