Military Officers Association of America
Southwest Illinois Chapter

Our Mission
MOAA SW IL 5-Star Award
The Southwest Illinois Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is a professional organization of military officers supporting the efforts of a nationally chartered veteran organization comprised of more than 320 chapters that is defending the interests of active duty, Reserve component, and retired military members to the national legislature. Within our local area, we support other veteran organizations supporting our men and women currently serving and those who have served.

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President's Message

Happy Birthday to the newest US military Service since 1947, the US Space Force - established December 20, 2019! Sempra Super! Always Above. Welcome to our newest Chapter member, Chaplain Maj Michael Farar, currently serving at the 375th Air Mobility Wing! Big, BIG THANK YOU to those who contributed time and/or money to Project Food Security last month! Several of you very generously donated monies and we would not have achieved the results without your inputs. We received non-perishable help from the JROTC units at O'Fallon Township High School and Cahokia High School, the Scott AFB Commissary store manager-Mr Jameson Lundy-who allowed us to collect donations at the Commissary, MSgt Terrance Blue from the base dental clinic who assisted me with collecting donations at the Med Group, and two young airmen at the Scott AFB Chapel who helped set up the distribution location. While we didn't feed 5,000 (our goal was 75), we did put smiles on the faces of about 60 families who received our donations of non-perishables and a $32 commissary grocery gift card. Your efforts and contributions made a difference to those families who are committed to serving the nation who just need a little help. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I had the opportunity to attend a Veterans Town Hall on November 10 to hear Congresswoman Nikki Budzinski talk about her work to assist veterans and veteran causes, and listen to issues that several veterans were experiencing with VA claims or service. You who live in the 13th Congressional District of Illinois and need assistance should look to the Congresswoman and her staff.

TRICARE fees are increasing next year! Both Prime and Select will see increases based on the COLA increase. TRICARE for Life is also in the crosshairs, but still remains no cost for those retirees 65 and older. Take Action by sending a message to Congress.

We'll be collecting donations for the Chapter's scholarship fund again this year at the December meeting and afterward. Please consider a contribution to allow us to award scholarships to deserving students of our Chapter members. This is a good draw for membership and we need to keep fueling that fire.

Thanks to all Southwest Chapter members who continue to serve the military community through your participation in Chapter events and as advocates of earned benefits for all who serve and have served. Without your involvement, we could not provide the support that we do. Keep serving, continue to give as you are able with your energy, time, and resources. Keep sending messages to our elected representatives in Congress. It does make an impact. God bless you for stewardship of your gifts and talents, for your contributions and service to our military! God bless our men and women who currently serve this great nation. Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah!