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Letter From The President Dear fellow offi cers and families,


Looking back at 2011, we can all take justifi able pride in what we’ve accomplished as an association. Last year MOAA won signifi cant expansion of compensation and benefi ts for full-time caregivers of wounded warriors and helped to defeat a proposal to cut commissary and exchange benefi ts.


But we must look ahead to 2012 with a hearty measure of concern about what lies ahead. More than ever, national and international economic and political issues are dominating the headlines, and despite the remarkable


achievements of our military, national defense has become a target for disproportional cutbacks.


As citizens, we must do our part to face the challenges to our nation. But as military service members, we know that no other group of Americans has sacrifi ced so much for our country over the past decade.


In the months ahead, MOAA will be steadfast in its mission to remind Congress of its promises and its Constitutional obligation to provide for and preserve a strong national defense. That can only be done by demonstrating to those who will wear the uniform in the future, that those who wear it now or have worn it in the past are being treated fairly.


You may have noticed MOAA’s recent advertising campaign that pointed out that “Military service is unpredictable. Your benefi ts shouldn’t be.” For MOAA’s staff, that kind of thinking drives us daily. Unfortunately, “business as usual” may not be enough this year.


Leaders step forward to face a challenge, and I need your leadership now! We need active participation from you and others who can join us in the battle.


Whether you are still in uniform, in a second career, supporting a family member or enjoying retirement, you can help. See below to fi nd some suggestions. And take the time to complete the online survey so that we can serve you better.


• Sign up for MOAA’s weekly e-newsletter Legislative Update so we can keep you posted with action alerts. Call MOAA at: (800) 234-6622.


• Contact your elected offi cials to let them know what’s important to you, your career and your family, or use MOAA-suggested messages in response to specifi c legislative threats. Go to: www.moaa.org/contactcongress.


• Engage with others in your sphere of infl uence. Discuss with friends and family some of the measures being proposed and encourage them to add their voice as well.


• Encourage eligible offi cers who are not already members to join us in the fi ght by joining MOAA. We need to call all hands to action so that we can work 24/7 to maximize MOAA’s voice. Go to: www.moaa.org/yourvoice.


I am inspired by your sacrifi ces and your accomplishments as servant leaders. Our collective record of success leaves me optimistic that we can navigate the storm ahead. But that will require all of us to come together and do what we can – collectively and individually – to win the fi ghts that we will face.


Thank you for your service! VADM Norbert R. Ryan, Jr., USN (Ret)

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