PACMOAA is the Portsmouth Area Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America. We share the same core values, goals and membership requirements of MOAA and serve Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Smithfield, Franklin, and Isle of Wight County, Virginia, since 1983. PACMOAA plays an active role in matters affecting all military personnel, especially legislation affecting the career force, the retired community, and veterans of the uniformed services. We are a small chapter, but we cast a long shadow. If you combine the old adage ’Nobody wants to pay the fiddler after the dance’ with the more modern ‘Who ya gonna call?’ - The answer is PACMOAA.
What does PACMOAA do?
MEMBER OF VIRGINIA COUNCIL OF CHAPTERS (see VCOC on main menu)
LEGISLATION OVERSIGHT (see LEGISLATION on main menu)
SCHOLARSHIPS (see SCHOLARSHIPS on main menu)
REPRESENT MOAA IN OUR LOCAL AREA
MEET WITH CONGRESS AND VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY
PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL LUNCHEON
We have dinner meetings the second Thursday of each month except July and August with guest speakers ranging from local charities to members of congress.
Who is MOAA and what do they do?
MOAA is the nation's largest and most influential association of military officers. It is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization. With more than 380,000 members from every branch of uniformed service and their families, MOAA is a powerful force speaking for a strong national defense and representing the interests of military officers at every stage of their careers. MOAA is the leading voice on compensation and benefit matters for all members of the military community providing expert advice and guidance to our members.
While the association does advocate a strong national defense, it does not, as an association, become involved in matters pertaining to military strategy or individual weapons systems of the various services. The association plays an active role in military personnel matters and especially proposed legislation affecting the career force, the retired community and veterans of the uniformed services. MOAA's overarching goals are captured in its resolutions, which reflect the views of the entire membership. The membership provides input and votes on resolutions every two years (on even years). While MOAA is permitted by law to lobby - and does so actively - its status as a tax-exempt veterans organization precludes it from participating in political activities. Stated briefly, the association may advocate issues, but not particular candidates or political parties.
Organization History of PACMOAA and MOAA
MOAA was founded in Los Angeles, Calif., on Feb. 23, 1929 as The Retired Officers Association (TROA). The first leaders of the association hoped that by joining together they could provide assistance and advice to other military officers. This concern for others fostered natural fraternal relations among members from all branches of the uniformed services.
By the beginning of World War II, TROA's leaders realized that they needed to reorganize and expand to become an effective force on behalf of their members. In what turned out to be a wise decision, TROA's moved to Washington, D.C., in 1944 with a membership of 2,600.
PACTROA was founded on 22 April 1983 with 104 Charter Members. PACTROA became an active member of VCOC and attended its first VCOC Convention in 1983.
TROA, after a membership vote in September 2002, changed its name to the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), on January 1, 2003. Accordingly, PACTROA changed name to PACMOAA.
MOAA was one of the six veteran’s organizations in attendance at the original meeting of the Joint Leadership Council (JLC) of Veterans Organizations of Virginia, founded on 18 July 2013 as an advisory council in the state government on issues that relate to Virginia’s military veterans. PACMOAA is represented on the council via a VCOC representative.
Today, MOAA has grown to a membership of more than 380,000 members and is the country's largest military officers' association. MOAA's purpose also has grown to include career transition assistance, improved member products, military benefits counseling, educational assistance to children of military families (to include enlisted), and strong involvement in military professionalism activities.
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Membership is open to active duty, National Guard, Reserve, retired and former commissioned officers and warrant officers of the following uniformed services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Surviving spouses of deceased officers are eligible for Auxiliary memberships with full voting privileges. Consider the benefits of knowing that a very capable organization is watching out for your well being. Why not join?