Chapter Vision statement:
To be the leading Chapter in Maryland advocating for and serving the military community
Chapter Dual Mission statement:
Advocate on behalf of the military community
Never Stop Serving our Nation, Maryland and our local military communities
The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is the nation's largest and most influential association of military officers. It is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization.
With more than 350,000 members from every branch of service - including active duty, National Guard, Reserve, retired, former officers, and their families - we are a powerful force speaking for a strong national defense and representing the interests of military officers at every stage of their careers.
Regular membership is available to all who are serving or have served on active duty as a commissioned or warrant officer of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, 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
We are the oldest continuously operating MOAA chapter in Maryland. Founded in 1964, we provide camaraderie with purpose, strongly supporting MOAA's "One Powerful Voice" advocacy with Congress. We are active with the Maryland Council of Chapters in meeting with our legislators, edducating them about concerns of veterans and retirees. We pursue tax-free military retirement pay.
We conduct a variety of meetings or field trips at interesting locations with outstanding guest speakers. We meet at dinners, luncheons, and battlefields six times per year. Spouses and guests are always welcome.
We maintain a strong connection with four major university ROTC Programs which include a total of fifteen colleges and universities. We promote membership in MOAA for newly commissioned officers. For high school level Junior ROTC units, we provide encouragement through awards for leadership.
We support the paws4vets Foundation, MOAA Scholarships, the MOAA Family Initiative, and the Loch Raven VA Medical Center.
Our core values have remained essentially the same for over 50 years. Military people interested in and working to take care of military people.
Our chapter website was rated best of all chapters of similar size in 2015!
The Maryland Council of Chapters, comprises ten chapters - Annapolis, Ft Meade, Star Spangled Banner (Baltimore), General Smallwood, Montgomery County, Prince Georges County, Southern Maryland, Susquehanna, Upper Eastern Shore, and Upper Potomac.
The Maryland Council takes the lead on issues in the state legislature that are of interest to all the chapters. The council also joins with other statewide veterans organizations for the interests of all veterans in shaping state policies.
Significant efforts have been focused on obtaining jobs for retirees/veterans transitioning to civilian status and encouraging service retirees to locate in Maryland by means of state income tax reduction on military pensions.
The Council was awarded Five-Star Level of Excellence awards for 2014 and 2016.