WHO ARE WE?
The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) was founded in 1929 as The Retired Officers Association (TROA) with a view to counsel and render assistance to all military officers in matters related to their retired status.
Through the years, the Association has broadened its objectives to work on behalf of the entire uniformed services community. Six of every ten retired officers belong to MOAA, as do more than 30,000 active duty officers. Today, with almost 400,000 members, MOAA is the country’s largest military officers association.
MOAA is an independent, nonprofit organization, operated exclusively to benefit officer members of the uniformed services, their survivors and families. MOAA is dedicated to preserving earned military entitlements and to maintaining a strong and effective national defense. The National MOAA and the WMMOA chapter are nonpartisan.
Membership is open to all Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, and former commissioned officers and warrant officers of the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Associate memberships are available for surviving spouses of deceased officers.
If you are now a member of MOAA, please enter your membership number on our Chapter application. If you are not a member of MOAA, we would encourage you to join the national organization at the same time.
MOAA membership options can be examined on the web at
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One Powerful Voice . .. . for 81 Years!
Western Montana Military Officers Association
Following World War II, a group of officers began meeting regularly at the Fort Missoula Officers Club in Missoula, Montana. The group, now formally organized as the Western Montana Military officers Association (WMMOA) still meets regularly each month from September through April with additional activities during the Summer months.
Since 1972, WMMOA has been a chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, one of the most powerful military lobbying organizations in Washington, DC.
Our chapter, currently the only one in Montana, is essentially autonomous and self-supporting, dedicated to serving the interests of all active, former and retired Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, Coast Guard and Public Health Service, National Guard and Reserve members and their spouses and survivors.
Our Mission Statement: To promote and support the purpose and objective of the Military Officers Association of America by advocating for a strong national defense, enhancing the communication and camaraderie among members through regular social gatherings, protecting the rights and interests of Veterans, members of the uniformed services, their families and survivors throughout Western Montana, and providing community support to local Veterans in crisis.
In addition to Missoula, the WMMOA Chapter includes members from the Bitteroot, Poulson, Superior and Ronan, and communities throughout Western Montana. This diversity of membership has provided greater insight into ways to better serve the community and the membership at large.
WMMOA is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization. Through its various committees and auxiliary, WMMOA sponsors a wide range of programs and activities throughout the year. Monthly Chapter activities include social hour meetings (2nd Friday evening Sept through April), as well as monthly luncheon meetings with speaker (3rd Fridays Sept through April). An annual banquet is held each April and several chapter events during the Summer. Our Chapter supports University of Montana ROTC programs, providing several scholarships each year to outstanding members of the Army detachment.
WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN OUR RANKS
As a MOAA member, you will have access to expert benefits information and advice, helpful money-saving products and services, plus a team of expert legislative professionals fighting for your rights. By becoming an WMMOA Chapter member, you will also have the opportunity to network and make connections to aid your personal and professional life. The following are only a few of the items that our membership finds beneficial.
THE BENEFITS OF MOAA MEMBERSHIP
Here are seven good reasons for any officer—active duty, Guard, Reserve, former, or retired, or their surviving spouse—to join the Western Montana Chapter of MOAA 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.
Please consider becoming a member of our Western Montana Chapter. Annual dues are $25 for regular membership (including spouse)
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