Military group meets Thursday |

Military group meets Thursday

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The Military Officers Association of America, the leading voice on compensation and benefit issues for the military community, is no longer a retiree-only organization. This distinctive organization effectively presses ahead, representing servicemen and women at all stages of their lives and career.

“Our local military community has the opportunity to be part of this formidable force for positive change,” said Guy Fortier, president of the Lake Tahoe MOAA chapter. “MOAA is currently offering a great contest for new members and incentives for our local chapter.”

The contest and local incentives are part of “Give Me 10,” a nationwide recruitment program. The local chapter has 60 members, but hopes to add a least 10 new members as part of MOAA’s national goal of recruiting at least 2,000 new members a year. The contest ends Dec. 31.

The Lake Tahoe MOAA chapter meets the fourth Thursday of each month and alternates between the North and South shores. The next meeting is scheduled at Harveys at the South Shore. Cocktails are at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. For reservations and more information call Dee Peard at (530) 577-5006.

MOAA’s current legislative and benefit priorities include:

— Increasing military manpower levels to ease deployment strains.

— Linking the GI Bill benefit amount to the cost of a four-year public college and improving Reserve GI Bill benefits.

— Assuring continuity of healthcare coverage for mobilized Guard and Reserve members and their families.

— Defending against a Pentagon plan to impose large fee increases for Tricare beneficiaries.

— Improving the government travel-card program to reduce financial risks to servicemembers.

The MOAA was the driving force behind the passage of several recent legislative victories. In the last five years the MOAA helped secure a 29 percent pay raise for those on active duty. It has also worked to increase housing allowances to cover median housing costs.

MOAA is the nation’s largest and most influential association of military officers. It is an independent, nonprofit, nonpolitically nonpartisan organization. With 370,000 members from every branch of service, it is a powerful force speaking for a strong national defense and representing the interests of military officers at every stage of their careers. MOAA is also the leading voice on compensation and benefit matters for the military community.

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