The following statement is taken directly from the Personal Affairs page of the
MOAA website, "If a chapter aspires to the same motto as the national association's
"service to country and our members," it is largely up to the personal affairs committee
to provide that service". MOAA goes on to provide numerous suggestions
and publications that can assist chapters in creating a Personal Affairs Committee.
The website also addresses the issue of providing Survivor Assistance with links
to numerous publications at this page: http://www.moaa.org/Spouse/Default.asp.
But exactly how should our Florida chapters go about organizing their committee
to provide these services and equipping that committee with the tools they need,
especially in the area of creating a Military Retiree Survivor Assistance Team?
And, why the emphasis on Survivor Assistance? Because not only is the military retiree
population aging as WWII servicemen reach their 80's but also because a disproportionate
number of them have moved to Florida to live out their retirement years.
And why do we keep referring to a Team instead of just a Committee? Because we,
as Officers, should feel an obligation to provide assistance to the families of
military retirees of all grades. In order to do this we must work with other military
affiliated organizations to find volunteer retired NCOs to become team members,
and then we should provide the leadership necessary to make these teams function
on their own with the support, but not the domination of, our MOAA chapters.
Here is where we can draw on the years of experience of the Cape Canaveral Chapter
and the publications they have created. The program is called the MILITARY RETIREE
SURVIVOR ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, the basic publication is named Handbook for MRSAP Team
Members and is available by clinking on the following link. Zip File Containing
all of the documents.