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Mayport Chapter is a chapter of the national Military Officer Association of America (MOAA).  If you are not a member of national MOAA check out this video  to realize why you should join.

You know the value of belonging to MOAA and your chapter. But when you’re talking to a potential new chapter member, it’s important to remember that many officers may have only limited knowledge of MOAA’s chapter system. Now is the time for them to join their local chapter to add their voice to the thousands of other MOAA members making a difference on the legislative front and in their communities.

Here are seven good reasons for any officer—active duty, Guard, Reserve, former, or retired, or their surviving spouse—to join a MOAA chapter today.

  1. Make yourself heard. MOAA’s chapters provide critical grassroots support for MOAA’s national legislative agenda. Our benefits are under attack and MOAA is in the fight to preserve them. Chapter members let their legislators know what’s on their minds and open doors for MOAA’s legislative team in Washington, D.C. In these difficult times, MOAA members need to stick together and our chapters are the best way we know to do that.
  2. Giving back to the community. Chapter members are MOAA’s ambassadors in their communities, supporting countless programs that make a difference in the lives of others. These members continue their “officership” service and are giving back in the truest sense.
  3. Value added to chapter member lives. MOAA chapters sponsor interesting programs and opportunities to interact with civic, political, military, and business leaders on issues important to members.
  4. Networking with fellow officers. Chapters include second career members in the work force and retired servicemembers who have contacts in their communities that can be valuable to transitioning officers.
  5. Stay informed. Chapter newsletters, websites, and meetings provide you the latest information on local, state, and national issues and changes to military benefits.
  6. Influencing state legislation. Most states have a council of chapters that unites every MOAA chapter in the state. These councils and independent chapters in states without a council often lobby for and pass state-level legislation that affects military members and their families, such exempting military retired pay from state income tax or increasing funding for state-run VA programs.
  7. Camaraderie with a purpose. MOAA chapters unite active duty, former, and retired officers from every branch of service, including National Guard and Reserve, as well as surviving spouses. These centers of camaraderie not only give you a chance to connect with other members with similar backgrounds and interest, but to also develop close and lasting friendships.

Exactly what does MOAA have to offer that other military associations don't? Here are a few good answers.

First, MOAA is a leader in The Military Coalition that works each year to pass national legislation that benefits military members and their families. Second, MOAA has many programs and benefits in place that can help you with everything from transitioning to a second career in the civilian sector to booking a discounted vacation cruise.

The thing MOAA does best, however, is continually educate its members about their earned military benefits and entitlements and keep them abreast of changes that affect them. Recently, the following item in the Green Valley (Ariz.) Chapter's newsletter, which was written by Cmdr. John Chernoski, USNR-Ret., membership cochairman and webmaster. His comments serve as a reminder that membership in MOAA has real value.

"If you are not an MOAA member, you might ponder why you should join national MOAA. First, our chapter's bylaws require chapter members to be national MOAA members.

"Another reason is more practical - the outstanding benefits and programs provided by MOAA.

Joining Mayport Chapter offers you a network of local members that are passionate about protecting our benefits.  We offer monthly meetings, except for July and August, to network with other current and retired military officers together with their spouses.