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MOAA and Claims Assistance
Did you know that MOAA applied for recognition as a Veteran Service Organization with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)? Once we receive recognition, we will be able to train and accredit representatives who can help veterans and survivors through the VA claim process. By law the VA will only allow persons that received accreditation to access information about claims, claims status and payment. Once we receive recognition, services will be open to all veterans, survivors and eligible dependents.
The mission of MOAA Veteran and Survivor Services is to:
Enhance MOAA services to include assistance filing for benefits through the VA (after we receive accreditation)
Provide accurate information on policies, legislation and programs
Be a network of support throughout the claims process
If you have questions or feedback on how MOAA can better serve you with VA issues contact us at email@example.com or visit the MOAA VA Issues homepage.
From our employment services to the experts in our benefits information department to our award-winning magazine, MOAA is here to serve its members and members’ families, for life. More
MOAA A Top Lobbyist Seventh Year in Row
October 31, 2013
Alexandria, Va. — The influential political newspaper, The Hill, has named the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) one of the top lobbying organizations in Washington, D.C., for the seventh consecutive year.
The Hill article states that “Among the thousands of advocates in the nation’s capital, only a select few have risen to the top of their profession to earn a slot on The Hill’s Top Lobbyists list. The Hill uses the term “lobbyist” broadly here to encompass the people who are working day in and day out to influence federal policy…they all have one thing in common: a proven ability to make things happen in Washington.”
The Hill particularly cited retired Navy Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, MOAA’s President. “Ryan is the field general for the association’s campaign to shield the pay and benefits of U.S. forces from budget cuts,” The Hill stated.
“We are very proud and humbled to be recognized by The Hill,” Ryan said. “We appreciate the recognition very much for our work on behalf of the military and veterans community. It is the entire MOAA Team - our board of directors, our entire staff, led by Col Mike Hayden and his Government Relations team, our strong chapter system, our partners and our terrific members that give us One Powerful Voice! We will need that entire team more than ever in the challenging months ahead.” More
Veterans Day Discounts
Businesses throughout the U.S. are saying “thank you” to U.S. servicemembers with deals and discounts on Veterans Day. All deals are for Monday, Nov. 11 unless specified. The following list is not inclusive. New deals will be added as they are announced. Check back before veterans day for additional discounts. More
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State Report Card
You’ve identified a policy change
in South Carolina that could benefit military retirees, veterans, or family members. What’s next? To make a difference at the state level, you need to be an effective grass-roots advocate. Use these six tactics to take action and cultivate more supporters for your cause:
1. Go online.
2. Have a conversation.
3. Be creative.
4. Sharpen your pencils.
5. Go public.
6. Grow your network.
Grassroots activism from military community members across the nation helped create the gains noted in this year’s State Report Card provided by Military Officer Magazine. Jump in and do your part to make South Carolina more military-friendly. Download the State Report Card using the link below.
Care Advised When Using 529 Funds
If you’ve saved over the years for your child’s college by using a 529 Plan you may want to think things through before you pay tuition. That is because you could potentially leave tax money on the table if you don’t take the right actions.
The issue arises with the combination of a 529 Plan and the American Opportunity Credit. The American Opportunity Credit can reduce your tax bill by up to $2,500. The Credit is dollar for dollar for the first $2,000 of Qualified Education Expenses (basically tuition and fees). It then goes on to pay 25% of Qualified Education Expenses for the next $2,000 (for a total of $4,000). You can claim the credit for up to 4 years of Undergraduate Education for each child. The credit will continue through 2017.
One word of warning, some retired or transitioning Senior Military Officers may not receive the credit as it phases out between $160,000 and $180,000 ($80,000 – $90,000 Single or Head of Household) of Adjusted Gross Income.
MOAA Has Calculators to Fit Your Needs
MOAA's financial calculators provide dynamic graphics, customizable reports, and explanations of key terms and concepts. We hope you will find these new financial tools useful!
If you have any comments or questions about the financial calculators, contact us through the Benefits Assistance Help form.
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Beach Art in Honor of D-Day
More than 500 people took part in a large-scale art installation on a beach in Normandy in honor of D-Day, and what resulted was beautiful and haunting at the same time.British artists Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss designed the concept, which consisted of 9,000 silhouettes drawn on the sand in the shape of people, using life-size stencils and rakes.
The project, named, ‘The Fallen’ is a tribute to the civilians, German forces and Allies who lost their lives during the Operation Neptune landing on June 6, 1944.The images of the art are truly amazing – the silhouettes covered the entire beach for about four hours before they were washed away by the surf. Since we can’t show you the images of the art itself, here’s an archive image from the actual storming of the beaches at Normandy. More
Wounded Ranger Gives Salute Seen Round the World
This is the inspirational image of Army Ranger Josh Hargis that has gone viral. Hargis suffered serious leg injuries while four of his unit were killed after a suicide bomb attack during an operation where Hargis' 3rd Ranger Battalion was trying to apprehend a "high value target" in Panjwai, Afghanistan, reports Guardian of Valor. Hargis received a Purple Heart award for his bravery, and what happened during his bedside award ceremony at the hospital made grown men weep and drew national coverage. More