By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Tupelo is home to the newest chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, an organization that promotes and serves as a voice for servicemen and women across the country.
With more than 360,000 members nationwide, the MOAA establishing in Northeast Mississippi is an asset to the community.
David Allen, a retied lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Air Force, serves as treasurer and secretary for the local chapter, which has 49 members.
“This organization will give people on the local level a chance to keep up with what’s happening in terms of the military,” said Allen. “We will serve as a liaison to the servicemen and women, whether they are active or retired. We want to be a strong part of this community as we grow.”
Allen said the MOAA also communicates with Congress on issues that concern the military like pay, veterans concerns and health care for retirees.
“Congress has been very receptive to the ideas and input of the MOAA over the years, which makes it a stronger organization,” said Allen.
Fred Teer, president of the Northeast Mississippi Chapter, said maintaining a strong national defense is the most important thing to the MOAA, and building a strong community is also part of the plan.
“As we grow we plan to start scholarships and do other things that will improve the community,” said Teer. “We want to get an R.O.T.C. program started in the schools as well. We want our organization to enhance the whole area.”
The newly formed local chapter is the seventh in the state.
For more information on the MOAA, call Teer at (662) 840-9888 or (662) 397-7663.