VCOC MOAA DAY AT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY Monday, January 26, 2015
STORMING THE HILL - 2015
VCOC kicked off the year with a two-day campaign on 25 and 26 January to solicit support for military and veteran issues at the Virginia General Assembly. This is the 19th consecutive visit to the Virginia Assembly by MOAA members of the 18 chapters in the Commonwealth. On Sunday, 25 Jan, council officers and chapter representatives met at the Virginia War Memorial located in the state’s capitol city of Richmond for their 1st Quarter, 2013 VCOC meeting with the focus being on preparation for the following day's "Storming" visit at the Virginia Assembly. COL Stu Williams, 3rd Vice-President briefed the final results of the Virginia Board of Veteran Services and Joint Leadership Council recommendations and the background for the outcome on each recommendation. The intent of Governor McAuliffe and other Legislative leaders is to make Virginia “The most Veteran-Friendly State” and the work done by the VCOC is a key factor in their success.
Following the quarterly meeting, a New Years' Reception was held to welcome all VCOC members, spouses and guests that would be attending the "Storming" the following day. The reception was a good opportunity for newly elected chapter representatives to meet their fellow comrades from the other chapters.
On Monday morning VCOC representatives moved out early and were in place in the Speakers Conference Room by 0800 Delegate Kirk Cox (R-66th District) hosted the VCOC Day at the Assembly with his staff offering assistance where needed. Virginia’s new Commissioner of Veteran Services, John Newby, welcomed the VCOC representatives and was followed during the day by remarks from Delegate Cox, Del. Bill Howell, Del. Chris Stolle, Del. David Toscano, Congressmen Randy Forbes and Rob Wittman, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and Governor Terry McAuliffe