Virginia Council of Chapters Storming 2020

VCOC Chapters have been actively participating in the MOAA National Virtual Storming of the Hill in 2020. In advance of the MOAA National Virtual Storming 2020, VCOC President Col Boyd Nix, USAF (Ret) sent a lettter in support of the MOAA Position of halt to military medical cuts to the Virginia Delegation, listed below, left:

As of 31 May 2020, VCOC chapter participation (with lead officers noted), specific to MOAA National Virtual Storming of the Hill 2020, has included following:

29 April 2020: Hampton Roads Chapter, CDR Linc Smith, USNR (Ret), Zoom Conference with Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02), advocacy of H.R. 6573, "Help Our Heroes Medicine Act."

May 2020: Falcons Landing Chapter, CAPT Clair Wylie, USN (Ret), in person conference with Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10). 

May 2020: Hampton Roads Chapter, CDR Linc Smith, USNR (Ret), phonecon with Office of Congressman Morgan Griffith (VA-09). 

21 May 2020: Mount Vernon Chapter, CDR John Prevar, USN (Ret), E-mail letter exchange, Office of Congressman Gerry Connolly, (VA-11).

26 May 2020: Central Virginia Chapter, Capt Trish Capps, USAF (Former), Zoom Conference with Congressman Denver Riggleman (VA-05).

26 May 2020: Portsmouth and Hampton Roads Chapters, MAJ Sherry Ferki, USA (Ret), CDR Linc Smith, USNR (Ret), Zoom Conference with Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03). 

29 May 2020: Virginia Peninsula Chapter, COL Jim Pauls, USAF (Ret), Zoom conference with Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01). 

29 May 2020: Portsmouth and Hampton Roads Chapters, MAJ Sherry Ferki, USA (Ret), CDR Linc Smith, USNR (Ret), Zoom conference with Senator Mark Warner (D-VA). 

29 May 2020: Central Virginia Chapter, LtCol John Down, USAF (Ret), Zoom Conference  with Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (VA -07). 

17 June 2020: Portsmouth and Hampton Roads Chapters, MAJ Sherry Ferki, USA (Ret), CDR Linc Smith, USNR (Ret), Zoom Conference with Office of Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA). 

7 July 2020: Southside Virginia Chapter hosted: VCOC, Portsmouth, Hampton Roads, Southside and Richmond Chapters, Col Boyd Nix, USAF (Ret), COL Victoria Revilla, USA (Ret), CWO4 Bruce Brown, USA (Ret), MAJ Sherry Ferki, USA (Ret), CDR Linc Smith, USNR (Ret), Col Hal Hostetler, USA (Ret), CAPT Mary Lou Wassel, USNR (Ret), MAJ Mariah White, USA (Ret), COL Mark Rich, USA (Ret), ZOOM Conference with Office of Congressman Don McEachin (VA-04). 

 

MOAA National Virtual Storming of the Hill 2020

While the ongoing pandemic forced the cancellation of in-person events connected to Storming the Hill 2020, MOAA continues its advocacy mission with a Virtual Storm highlighting the need to protect the military health care benefit earned by millions of servicemembers, past and present. For 2020, MOAA National Storming runs from 1 May to 31 June 2020. 

The top two issues for storming this year are:

1. Thank you to Congress for passage of the SBP-DIC Offset "Widows Tax" elimination, included in the NDAA. 

2. In view of the COVID-19 Pandemic, halt to proposed military medical billet reductions. 

Check the MOAA National Website for Virtual Storm news, resources, and updates. You can download materials, as well as find links to send critical messages to your legislators at: MOAA National Storming 2020

26 May: Zoom Conference, MAJ Office of Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03)

17 June 2020: Zoom Conference, MAJ Sheri Ferki, USA (Ret), with Office of Senator Tim Kaine (D VA)

17 June 2020: Zoom Conference, Diane Kaufman, Regional Director, Office of Senator Tim Kaine (D VA)

29 May 2020: Zoom Conference, MAJ Sheri Ferki, USA (Ret) Portsmouth Chapter, with Office of Senator Mark Warner (D VA)

26 May: Zoom Conference, Col Hal Hostetler, USA (Ret), with Office of Bobby Scott (VA-03)

29 April 2020: Zoom Conference, CDR Linc Smith, CDR (USNR), with Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) H.R. 6573

7 July 2020: Southide Virgina Chapter Hosted Zoom Conference, Congressman Don McEachin (VA-04)