The Chapter promotes the purposes and objectives of MOAA; fosters fraternal relations among the retired, active, and former officers of the seven uniformed services of the United States (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Public Health Service) and their National Guard or reserve components; protects the rights and interests of, and provides useful services for, these personnel of the uniformed services and their family members and survivors; and serves the community and the nation.
Information on Joining the Chapter
Our Chapter is grandfathered from the requirement imposed by the National Association that Chapter members must be members of Military Officers Association of America. Regular membership is available to men and women who are serving/have served on active duty or in one of the National Guard or reserve components as a commissioned or warrant officer of the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, US Marine Corps, US Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or Public Health Service. Auxiliary membership is open to spouses of Regular members, and widows/widowers of deceased individuals who, if living, would be eligible for Regular membership. Associate members are widows/widowers of deceased individuals who, if living, would be eligible for Regular membership, who have declined Auxiliary membership, and only wish to participate in the Chapter's social activities. Associate members are dues-exempt. Dues are $15/year; $20, after 1 March 2016.
The Chapter has several dinner meetings each year with guest speakers from state and local government, health care specialists, legal specialists and other topics of interest to the membership. Each summer we have a picnic, which creates an informal atmosphere and additional opportunity for fellowship. Other recent activities include a bus tour of the BRAC changes on Aberdeen Proving Ground and a dinner cruise on Chesapeake Bay. We support military related organizations and causes, e.g., Perry Point VA Medical Center. Our members make themselves available for programs on military history and to share their military experiences.
The Chapter actively supports legislative efforts in the United States Congress to improve health care, provide survivor benefits and Concurrent Receipt which would preclude subtraction of disability pay from retirement pay. We are working with the Maryland MOAA Council, the Maryland Retired Veterans Task Force, and the Maryland General Assembly to obtain exclusion of military retired pay from Maryland and local income tax.
Chapter meetings vary in format and location. Information is announced via our email newsletter, The Beacon. All Regular, Auxiliary and Honorary members receive the newsletter via email or postal mail; Associate members receive the newsletter via email. Please visit the Chapter's website for information about upcoming activities. http://susquehannamoaa.org/chapter-activities/
About Our Chapter
The Susquehanna Chapter, formed in 1968 and chartered in 1969, is one of the oldest chapters in the Maryland MOAA Council, and serves Harford and Cecil Counties. Meetings are held every other month in various locations with information published in our newsletter, The Beacon. The chapter has ~150 members, who are currently serving, former, and retired officers, and their spouses and widows/widowers. Working through the Chapter, we provide assistance to our membership, enabling them to continue to serve their nation and communities, maintain contact with the other services, and enjoy social fellowship with people who share common values of patriotism, honor and selflessness. Our strength is in our membership, so we look forward to your joining us. Together with the Maryland and National organizations, we form that ‘One Strong Voice’, influencing military affairs at all levels of government and making a significant contribution to the community and nation.