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North Carolina Council of Chapters
15001 Searstone Drive
Cary, NC 27513-8393
* 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.
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* 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.
- 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.