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Earning Greatness
MOAA will work hard to ensure the new administration
keeps its promises to the military community, so America’s
servicemembers can continue to keep our nation great.
T
he news about the na- can bring you the latest news
tion’s economic and other and take action as needed.
challenges is reaching and af- Our connection in Washing-
fecting each of us in various ton is one of the true values
ways. Many predict things of belonging to MOAA.
won’t get better for quite a while. That We all are facing these
alone should motivate us, as citizens and national challenges together.
as military people, to stay involved. You can help us by sending in
President Obama laid the issues be- recommended postcards and
fore us in his inaugural address. It now letters to your elected repre-
is up to each of us to decide how we’re sentatives and by looking for
going to assist in making improvements ways, individually or jointly
and restoring national confi dence. in your local MOAA chapter,
MOAA intends to remain involved to answer the president’s
corporate citizens as we represent our challenge to do more for this
members and seek the strongest possible country through volunteering.
national defense. Our scholarship program It’s tough to determine
and partnerships with Army Recruiting and what needs to be done, what
the Employer Support of the Guard and you can do, and how best to get started.
Reserve are just two examples of our effort. But the key is to get started. For ideas,
Throughout all the challenges, MOAA go to www.usafreedomcorps.gov.
continues to be a highly responsible or- President Obama says greatness must be
ganization, using its valuable resources earned. MOAA agrees, and, while we know
wisely, while at the same time doing what our nation is still great, we must continue to
it takes to ensure that your quality of life earn that greatness every day. Helping oth-
is not eroded. We’re not looking for more ers is part and parcel of being a good citizen.
— we’re simply seeking to ensure this na- As military leaders and families, we
tion continues to value military service and are servant leaders — using our talents to
keeps its promises and commitments. help others. We need to continue to set the
In the next few months, you’ll hear lots pace in service to our nation. We look for-
of initiatives in the news to include pay ward to all that we as MOAA members can
freezes in certain federal organizations, accomplish together in 2009.
increasing health care fees, and many
other issues you believe might affect you.
Please be assured that MOAA continues to
be vigilant and there for you and remains
fully “plugged in” on Capitol Hill, so we — Vice Adm. Norb Ryan Jr., USN-Ret.
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