Military Officers Association of America
Southwest Illinois Chapter

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Our Mission
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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

The 15th Amendment to the US Constitution was passed in February 1870, guaranteeing the right to vote to all US citizens regardless of race, creed, color, or condition of servitude. This year offers another general election and many state and local elections. Each one of us has the opportunity and responsibility to exercise our rights as citizens and participate in this process to keep our republic viable. If you're not registered to vote, or know someone who needs help registering to vote, please energize yourself toward that end, and remember to get to the polls when they are open. Otherwise, your voice is not heard and your situation may be driven by only a small segment of the population. But, responsibility doesn't stop at the polling locations. After the representatives are in office, you have the opportunity to inform them of the issues that are important to you. As leaders in the military, you took care of those troops who were serving with you. As a retiree or veteran, that responsibility to take care of the troops has not ended. Many who serve as legislators at the State and Federal level may not be aware of legislative opportunities or the impacts of legislation on the military community, or the earned benefits promised to those who served. We know the sacrifice that is made by those who serve, even the ultimate sacrifice which then affects the members' families. We have a responsibility to those who have served and are serving now. We have a responsibility to the nation for its protection and support. Use your rights, your duties, your responsibilities as citizens and as part of the 1% who served in the nation's defense to make sure that support from the nation never wavers. Thank you for your continuing commitment to support the nation, the military community, and this Chapter. God bless you, our service men and women, and the great United States of America.