ALBUMOAA
"ALBUMOAA" - ALBUQUERQUE CHAPTER
The Military Officers Association of America
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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MOAA

WELCOME

Our Vision:

To be recognized as the leading Military Service Organization in central New Mexico, supporting and giving a voice to military retirees, surviving spouse, and veterans of all services.

Our Mission:

  1. To Provide Aid and Support to members of the uniformed services, their dependents, and surviving family members by growing our Chapter.
  2. To Represent the interests of and provide a voice for Retired, former, Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve service members at all political levels (Municipal, County, State, and Nation).
  3. To Provide Veterans and Retirees help with receiving their earned entitlements (e.g. VA, Tricare, Prescription Drugs, and on-base services)
  4. To Provide deserving Military, ROTC, and Veterans Service Organizations with financial and non-financial aid.
  5. To Educate our members and the community at large on important developments in National Security.
  6. To Support New Mexico Veterans Memorials and Monuments.
  7. To Provide chapter members the opportunity to travel and ski at a reasonable cost.

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Why Join the Albuquerque Chapter of MOAA?

Why Join MOAA – view the Video

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To all Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, Retirees, Surviving Spouses, Ex-Officers – All Services

These are just some of the many reason for being a member of the Albuquerque Chapter of MOAA:

(1) You will receive every issue of the award winning chapter Albumoaa newsletter, so you can stay abreast of what is happening locally.

(2) You will feel the pride in your local 501(c)(3) Chapter’s Charitable Giving Program, which includes giving ROTC Awards and contributing to the Blue Star Mothers, Gold Star Mothers, VA Hospital, High School JROTC programs, Honor Flight and more.

(3) You will be supporting the Chapter’s Legislative lobbying efforts for New Mexico income tax relief for military retiree pensions and more.

(4) If you chose, you can be placed on an E-mail list to receive the latest National Legislative activity news effecting you and your family – with information of what action you can take to help.

(5) You will be able to participate in our Breakfast, Tours and Ski Club activities.

(6) You will join in the fun when the Chapter has its annual Membership Appreciation Party.

(7) You will meet and enjoy some of the finest and friendliest people in the country and have the comradeship of associating with people with interests like yours.

We want all veterans, not just retired officers, and patriots who are interested in our programs to become active in our chapter. For an ABQ Chapter, MOAA Membership Application, click Join (at the top) & Submit or click on this link: Join ABQ Chapter and mail in your application today. The current year’s Membership is FREE for Regular & Surviving Spouses, if you check the box expressing your willingness to receive the newsletter only electronically.

ABQ Chapter, MOAA’s College Scholarship for H.S. Seniors

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THE ABQ CHAPTER HAS INITIATED A $2000 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Who is eligible for the scholarship?
• Children, grandchildren and great grandchildren – natural and adopted, of current dues-paying members, Regular and Auxiliary – who have belonged to our Chapter for at least two (2) years.
• US Citizen
• Enrolled in senior (graduating) year of high school

What are the considerations for selection?
• GPA
• Outside activities
• Community service
• Leadership roles
• Writing ability
• Good representative of the military community
• Acceptance of an offer to attend an accredited college or university

Who determines the winner?
Scholarship Committee evaluates applicants and provide recommendation the Chapter Board
Final approval rests with the Chapter Board of Directors

Schedule
Applications Due – 1 May
Evaluation – 1 June
Board approval – June Board meeting
Announcement – following Board approval

Click on College Scholarship (left-hand column) for application. You must be logged in as a Chapter Member (bottom, left-hand column) to have access to this information.

Summary of Personal Invome Tax (PIT) Proposal

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Proposed Exemption of Personal Income Tax (PIT) for Certain Veterans, Military Retirees, and Widows of Retirees—Economic Boon for New Mexico

Several years ago, Congress enacted the “Post 9-11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act,” which provides financial assistance to those the tens of thousands who leave the military services and seek college educations on their road to future success. This generous program offers qualifying veterans up to 36 months of almost fully paid college tuition, housing allowances, book, and fees—a total of $52,000 per veteran. New Mexico needs to provide incentives to encourage many former service men and women to come to our state for their education, bringing with them the Federal funded stipends that will be spent in New Mexico, producing badly needed economic development and increased tax revenues. An income tax exemption should be granted to recently separated military men and women who are enrolled in our colleges and universities.

Similarly, New Mexico could attract many more of the total 60,000 military people who retire each year by granting income tax exemptions to entice them to come to New Mexico to begin a second career. They are mature, patriotic, and law-abiding citizens who bring talent and a tradition of hard work to our state. Retirees in particular bring Federal funded retired pay to enhance economic development and add to tax revenues. Many start new businesses. Additionally, they impose no burdens on any state benefits programs, since they have health services as a part of their retirement benefits. Retirees’ widows or widowers should likewise be encouraged to stay in New Mexico by extending such exemptions to their Survival Benefit Program and other Federal earnings.

Contact your State legislators to urge them to support personal income tax exemptions for veterans enrolled in colleges, military retirees, and widows of retired military personnel. Use this link to find your legislator:http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislator_search.aspx

To All Albuquerque Chapter Members – Volunteers Needed!

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Your MOAA Chapter has supported the New Mexico Veterans Memorial in many ways over the years. One of the volunteer services that members have performed is to act as Greeters, staffing the front desk at the Memorial on the first Monday of each month and the fifth Thursday of each month that has five Thursdays. The times are from 9am until noon, and noon until 3pm.

Please contact Clint Whisonant at Home 505-299-4836 and Cell 505- 410-1417 or email: clintwhiz@hotmail.com.

Upcoming Events
May
29
Mon
10:00 am Memorial Day Service @ NM Veterans Memorial
Memorial Day Service @ NM Veterans Memorial
May 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY Monday, May 29, 2017 9 A.M. – 10 A.M. Musical Prelude 10 A.M. – 12 P.M. Memorial Day Ceremony Speakers: Harrison “Jack” Schmitt, Senator – Astronaut – Scholar Colonel Eric Froehlich, Commander  377th

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May
30
Tue
7:30 am MOAA Breakfast @ Weck's
MOAA Breakfast @ Weck's
May 30 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Breakfast Club Where: Weck’s Restaurant at 3913 Louisiana NE – Just south of Montgomery When: The last TUESDAY of each month Time: 0730-0900 Hours Menu: Your choice and come hungry – large portions! Cost: Pay

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Jun
1
Thu
3:00 pm ICELAND, The Complete Tour with ... @ Meet at Albuquerque Airport
ICELAND, The Complete Tour with ... @ Meet at Albuquerque Airport
Jun 1 @ 3:00 pm – Jun 11 @ 12:00 pm
June 1-11, 2017 (11 days) – ICELAND, The Complete Tour with Arni Magusson: Iceland was born through volcanic action. The resulting land of peaks, geysers, glaciers, waterfalls, lakes and astonishing scenery is breath-taking. Here nature is

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Jun
17
Sat
11:00 am Military Coalition Luncheon @ Marriott Hotel
Military Coalition Luncheon @ Marriott Hotel
Jun 17 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
You and Your Friends are Cordially Invited to the Military Coalition’s June 2017 Luncheon Sponsored by Local Chapters of the: Air Force Association Association of the U.S. Army, MG John S. Lekson Chapter Navy League of

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Aug
20
Sun
5:00 pm MOAA Ski Club Meeting/Party @ NM Veterans Memorial
MOAA Ski Club Meeting/Party @ NM Veterans Memorial
Aug 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come join us at the NM Veterans Memorial from 5-7 p.m. Please bring your favorite hors d’oeuvre to share. Beverages supplied by the ski club. Be sure to bring your checkbook to pay 2017-18 Ski

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Sep
18
Mon
9:00 am Pennsylvania Potpourri @ Meet at Albuquerque Airport
Pennsylvania Potpourri @ Meet at Albuquerque Airport
Sep 18 @ 9:00 am – Sep 24 @ 9:00 pm
Pennsylvania Potpourri @ Meet at Albuquerque Airport
September 18-24, 2017 – PENNSYVANIA POTPOURRI – History, Art, Culture & Fun – Philadelphia, Hershey, Harrisburg, Lancaster & Brandywine Valley: Cost is $2,295/person (double occupancy); $200/person deposit holds your space (refundable until after June 7, 2017).   Detailed flyer: 

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Oct
18
Wed
7:30 pm American in Paris (Broadway Musi... @ Popejoy Hall
American in Paris (Broadway Musi... @ Popejoy Hall
Oct 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
American in Paris (Broadway Musical) @ Popejoy Hall | Albuquerque | New Mexico | United States
 * October 18, 2017 (Wednesday), 7:30 p.m., Popejoy Hall – AMERICAN IN PARIS (Broadway Musical):  “Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award®-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable

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