* Council and Chapter questions are answered here regarding management practices for MOAA Councils and Chapters from the newly renovated MOAA website...this index of topics provide immediate access to everything required to keep things working flawlessly.
* Check it out.
* Left-click any menu choice in the left column of the "Home" page to be taken to that category.
* Mouse over the selection carat (>) in the category menu list on the left to expand the category's sub-menu...select a sub-menu item which will then open.
* Choose any of the navigation links in the sub-menu to learn more about MOAA, or the NCCOC. The selection carats (>) also work within the sub-menu to expand on a desired topic.
* To return to the "Home" menu at any time, left-click the MOAA logo in the upper right hand corner of each page.
* If you want to have a printed copy giving a more complete description of the navigation instructions, open this link.
* All commissioned and warrant officers of the seven Uniformed Services (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and the reserve and other components of these services (regular members) are eligible for membership.
* Widows and widowers of any deceased individual, who would, if living, be eligible for membership are eligible as auxiliary members.
* If you're someone who is eligible for membership in MOAA, click here to learn all that membership has to offer.
* More importantly, consider what adding your voice to the more than 380,000 others who are members in MOAA means towards sending a strong message to our Congressional leadership on matters relevant to both retired and active serving members of the armed services, as well as surviving spouses.
- There are 16 MOAA Chapters in North Carolina with a combined total of 18,000 members...
- BUT, there are ONLY 2,000 MOAA members who have a corresponding membership with one of the 16 NC Chapters!
- Why is this important? Here are just some of the critical actions that have been enacted or supported by MOAA:
* A military member AND the member's spouse can declare a state of residency. This ensures that the spouse doesn't face problems with having to re-register to vote or to get a drivers license in each state to which the military member is assigned.
* TRICARE is NOT in jeopardy of any increases as a result of recent actions by Congress to pass a health care bill because of MOAA's efforts.
* A Caregiver Bill is currently being drafted by Congress to extend critical benefits to family members who support wounded warriors thanks in part to the work of MOAA.
* All of these programs, and many others like them, are the direct result of MOAA's One Powerful Voice before Congress.
* MOAA National NEEDS to hear from everyone about issues important to us as military members, in total, but also as they relate to our state, our hometown, AND our Council of Chapters.
* The NC Council of Chapter's file server is a storage device dedicated to hosting, or "containing" the file you want to download, e.g., a Chapter newsletter or roster. When you click a download link, your computer connects to the host server and copies the file over to your system.
* Downloading is when you transfer, or copy a file from another computer to your computer.
* Downloading can take anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. The time required to download the file you are interested in depends on the size of the file and the speed of your Internet connection. File size is how much data your computer will have to transfer. Connection speed is how quickly your computer can theoretically download.
* If you experience very long "download" times, you can mouse over the file name and see how big the file is to determine how long you may need to wait.
* After you initially download a file to your computer, subsequently opening the file will only take seconds as the file now "resides" on your computer.
FYI - Council "Comments" and Chapter Newsletters are posted showing the file size(s) to help users gauge the time needed to download the file.
- When sending a letter to a current, or former service member, it can be confusing on how to address a formal salutation, or how to abbreviate the individuals rank since the services differ...
- Oftentimes, the use of the wrong abbreviation - Cpt vs. CAPT, for example - can be off-putting to the intended recipient.
The attached document, from the MOAA National's Council and Chapter Policies and Procedures Guide, can assist with writing to service personnel.
* Not all military personnel may be aware of the law which allows retirees and veterans to salute the flag at ceremonial events.
- Traditionally, members of the nation's veterans service organization have rendered the hand-salute during the national anthem and at events involving the national flag ONLY while wearing the organization's official head-gear.
- The National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 contained an amendment to allow not-in-uniform service members, military retirees, and veterans to render a hand salute during the hoisting, lowering, or passing of the U.S. flag.
- A later amendment further authorized hand-salutes during the national anthem by veterans and out-of-uniform military personnel. The was included in the Defense Authorization Act of 2009, signed by President Bush on October 14, 2008.
* SEC. 595. MILITARY SALUTE FOR THE FLAG DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM BY MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES NOT IN UNIFORM AND BY VETERANS on the Military.com website provides complete wording of the amendment.