HISTORY


   The Southwest Virginia Chapter of the Military Officers

Association of America (previously registered as

The Roanoke Valley Chapter, The Retired Officers

Association) was chartered in 1978 as a 501(c)19 non-profit organization.   Located in Roanoke, Virginia with a satellite chapter at Smith Mountain Lake encompassing Smith Mountain Lake, Bedford, Moneta and the surrounding community, our strategic plan includes the establishment of a satellite chapter in the New River Valley to encompass Blacksburg, Christinsburg, Radford, Galax and the surrounding community including Virginia Tech and Radford University.


CHAPTER ACTIVITIES


  1. A monthly lunch or social event is held at various locations. A short program is usually included on a topic of interest. Information on these events is promulgated through the SWVC chapter newsletter (The Communique), notices in local newspapers, a mail notice along with email notices to all members in addition to notification on the chapter website Calendar of Events and Facebook page.


  1. The Chapter Legislative Committee is deeply involved and committed in promoting State and National legislation in the interest of all military personnel, their dependents and survivors.


  1. The Chapter Personal Affairs Committee is available on call to provide information to members and survivors on entitlements and to help members and survivors in the submission of inquiries, applications and claims.


  1. A quarterly newsletter mailed to each member contains interesting and useful information on chapter activities and other items of interest on entitlements and benefits. The newsletter is also distributed electronically to all members and can also be found on the chapter website along with archived copied of previous issues.


  1. The Chapter undertakes community service projects plus annual MOAA Medal awards presented to distinguished JROTC and ROTC cadets/midshipmen in area high schools and universities and complimentary MOAA and SWVC chapter memberships to newly commissioned officers at Virginia Tech and Radford University.


  1. The Chapter has established two Leadership Awards presented annually to rising Seniors in the Virginia Tech and Radford University ROTC programs.  The awards are named for General William B. Rosson USA (Ret) and Major General Lloyd B. Ramsey USA (Ret) and include a cash award, an appropriate framed award certificate.


  1. The chapter is closely aligned with the MOAA Virginia Council of Chapters as well as its affiliation with the objectives of the national Military Officers Association of America with headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.








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LEGISLATIVE NOTE


The SW Virginia MOAA Chapter is a nonpartisan organization. We encourage our members to participate in the political process. However, members cannot use their membership in MOAA when supporting a candidate or political position. We are an advocacy organization for veterans and military issues at the local, state and national level.