MOAA Speaks Out For Veterans’ And Spouses’ Rights

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) the nation’s largest association for military officers and their families, has urged the House Veterans Affairs Economic Opportunity Subcommittee to approve legislation supporting military spouses, wounded warriors and National Guard members.

MOAA President VADM Norb Ryan Jr, USN-Ret, said, “MOAA believes in representing the interests the entire military community, and that includes military spouses, Guard and Reserve servicemembers, and especially our nation’s wounded warriors.”

MOAA’s statement for the subcommittee’s Sept. 24 hearing urged adoption of several initiatives.

One of them would increase the amount of VA assistance provided to disabled veterans for specially adapted housing and automobiles, and adapted equipment. Rene’ Campos, MOAA Deputy Director of Government Relations for Health Affairs said, “Disabled veterans have been hit especially hard by recent economic and unemployment challenges. These timely improvements are imperative to support disabled vets of all ages.”

Another bill would fix two significant inequities under the Post 9/11 GI Bill by authorizing vocational and related non-degree training and extending the new GI Bill benefits to full-time active duty members of the National Guard with post-September 10, 2001 service.

“All previous GI Bill legislation covered apprenticeship and on-the-job training programs,” said MOAA’s COL Bob Norton, USA-Ret. “And all full-time active duty members, including those full-time Guardsmen on active duty under state orders, deserve coverage under the new GI Bill.”

MOAA strongly urged quick action on the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act to allow active-duty military spouses the option to select the same state of domicile as his or her servicemember. Earlier this week, MOAA issued a special electronic alert asking MOAA members to e-mail their U.S. representatives who are members of the Subcommittee to request their support.

“Military spouses should be able to vote in the same state as their servicemember. This legislation is about reducing turmoil and administrative hassle in the lives of military spouses,” said Joy Dunlap, also of MOAA’s Government Relations staff. “The Senate already has passed this bill,” she said. “Now we need the House to act.”

The complete text of MOAA’s statement can be found at www.moaa.org/siteobjects/published/B40B0C69836F0E9D9744C384897CE90C/2597538B368E4DBA78CE7D803CCDC31D/file/MOAA_Statement_EconOpp%20Subcom_24Sep09.pdf

SOURCE Military Officers Association of America

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