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chaptersinaction Untapped Talent


Many auxiliary members and spouses — important resources in MOAA’s council and chapter system — serve as leaders or run programs that fulfill MOAA’s mission at the local level.


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significant number of folks who are reading this column have never officially


served our nation. Yet if you ask any veteran or currently serving member about his or her spouse’s and fam- ily’s contributions and service to our country, he or she will tell you it was and is immeasurable. Military spouses and families have always supported us as we go about our duties and successfully execute our mission to keep this great nation and our citizens safe. But all too often their support and contributions are minimized or go unrecognized. In this issue’s main article, “Sys-


tem of Support,” we are highlighting just a few of the many spouses and auxiliary members who make posi- tive contributions to our chapters, our councils, and our association. The perspective and talent these folks bring to our chapters and councils are sorely needed. It has always been a team effort, the ser- vicemembers and their families, and in today’s environment, we need all the members of our team involved. So if you are a spouse or


On the road: This month, Col. Barry Wright, USA (Ret), director, MOAA Coun- cil and Chapter Affairs, will visit chapter members in Alabama and Georgia. See MOAA Calendar, page 116, for dates.


an auxiliary member and a council or chapter officer asks you to fill a position or to help out, I strongly encourage you to say yes and serve — just like you’ve always done. MOAA is reaching out to council and chapter leaders as it finalizes 2014 Storming the Hill plans. The event culminates with our council and chapter leaders meeting with their elected officials and staffs in support of MOAA’s legislative goals. Recent news about the U.S. budget crisis and its effect on military pay and benefits makes it easy to become frustrated and cynical. This year, more than ever, we all need to stay engaged if we want to be heard. An easy way to do that is through up- dates from your chapter legislative chairs and MOAA’s weekly Legislative Update* e-newsletter. To be success- ful, we all need to participate; MOAA members and our families and friends need to stay engaged in the process if we want our collective voice to be heard. This holds true at both the local and national levels. As MOAA prepares to storm the


Hill, we know people who often don’t fully understand the implica- tions of their decisions are making decisions about our earned benefits. Our council and chapter members, who have developed personal rela- tionships with their elected officials,


can and do help address many issues our members and their families and the veterans community face. Your participation, at all levels, helps MOAA’s voice stay strong and pow- erful. I hope to see you in the future at a chapter meeting.


— Col. Barry Wright, USA (Ret) Director, Council and Chapter Affairs


System of


Support Auxiliary members and spouses step up to help.


G


inny Canady wanted to stay connected to the mili- tary after her husband, Capt.


Delmar Canady, USN, died in 1994. So when a friend invited her to a meeting of the Riverside March Field (Calif.) Chapter (www.moaa.org/chapter/ riversidemarchfield), she accepted. “I went and had a wonderful


time,” says Canady. “Everyone was so upbeat. I just knew I would enjoy being in the chapter.”


Shortly after joining the chapter,


Canady was tapped to serve on its board of directors and became the sec- retary, a position she held for 18 years. She also was the chapter’s auxiliary liaison for years, helping surviving


*online: Sign up for MOAA’s Legislative Update e-newsletter at www.moaa.org/email. 44 MILITARY OFFICER MARCH 2014


PHOTO: SEAN SHANAHAN


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