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VCOC Legislative Affairs

VCOC Legislative Mission

The Virginia Council of Chapters (VCOC) is the coordinating organization for the Military Officers Association of America in Virginia. There are over 49,000 MOAA members in the Commonwealth and the VCOC provides the forum for the 18 MOAA chapters in Virginia to develop common policies and objectives.

Just as MOAA members served in leadership roles on active duty, they continue to serve in leadership positions in veteran service organizations (VSOs), and on many Virginia boards and commissions that address veterans' issues. The VCOC benefits from this diverse experience as it works to support the needs and concerns of veterans throughout the Commonwealth and act as a proponent for uniformed services, retiree, survivor and veterans' issues at the state level. The VCOC holds a seat on the Joint Leadership Council of the Board for Veterans Services. This coalition of 23 veterans organizations is united to "speak with one voice" in promoting issues which support active-duty, Guard, Reserve, retirees, survivors and all veterans in the Commonwealth. The VCOC and its Richmond Area Chapter play key roles in the development of the legislative platform of the Joint Leadership Council (JLC).

In January each year, representatives from the 18 MOAA chapters in Virginia, converge at the Virginia General Assembly for the "VCOC Storming the Hill."  During this day-long event, Virginia MOAA members meet with their state Senators and Delegates to advocate VCOC's state legislative objectives and acquire patrons and co-patrons for bills to support these objectives.  The group is also addressed during this convocation by key members of the Executive Branch and the General Assembly.  Information on how you can participate in this event will be published in the chapter newsletter in late December.

State Legislative Goals

Legislation supporting the military community introduced in the 2021 Virginia General Assembly included the following objectives adopted by the Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations (JLC), representing 25 Veterans Service Organizations:

  • JLC 2021-01 - Income Tax Subtraction for Certain Low-Income Disabled Veterans

  • JLC 2021-02 - Promote Hiring of Virginia National Guard and Reserve Members

  • JLC 2021-03 - Expand Tax Relief for Surviving Spouses of Military Members

  • JLC 2021-04 - Disabled Veteran State Park Passport

  • JLC 2021-05 - Reduced Price Annual Passes to Virginia State Parks for Guard Members

  • JLC 2021-06 - No Cost License Plates for guard Members

  • JLC 2021-07 - Partial State Tax Exemption for Military Income

  • JLC 2021-08 - Support for the Department of Veterans Services’ Programs and Services

In 2021 due to COVID 19 pandemic precautions, RACMOAA, along with other VCOC chapters, met virtually with legislators to discuss the initiatives and garner their support throughout the General Assembly Session. For the current status of the initiatives, click link below for JLC Matrix Update.

MOAA National Legislative Goals

2021 is again expected to be a tumultuous year of partisan politics. Please be sure to sign up for The MOAA Newsletter online for updates.

Key Bills

Stay tuned by visiting the MOAA's Legislative Action Center.

 

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