Honoring Those Who Have Served. As an established Veterans Service Organization, RAC-MOAA plays an integral part in recognizing the the contributions of those veterans who have made the Supreme Sacrifice for the cause of freedom. To this end, RAC-MOAA representatives participate in annual memorial ceremonies on Memorial Day and Veterans' Day, usually at the Virginia War Memorial, Maguire VA Medical Center, Amelia State Veterans Cemetery and in Chesterfield County. Participation includes placement of a memorial wreath at the ceremonial site.
Supporting Those Who Have Served. Primarily through the efforts of our Legislative Affairs Committee, our chapter has made laudable progress in improving the recognition of, and services and facilities provided to, Virginia's more than 820,000 veterans of military service. Over the last decade, through persistent lobbying of the Governor and members of the Virginia General Assembly, our chapter has been instrumental in obtaining the following:
To oversee the administration of Virginia's Veterans Services, pursue future increases in funding and staffing for operation of the Department of Veterans Services, obtain commitments for the construction of additional Veterans Care Centers in the Northern Virginia and Tidewater areas, and improve responsiveness to the needs of Virginia's veterans, several RAC-MOAA and VCOC members serve voluntarily on the Board for Veterans Services and the Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Services Organizations. To learn more about our Legislative Affairs efforts click here.
Supporting Those Who Are Serving NOW. The chapter operates a Military Community Assisstance Program (MCAP), which provides its members the opportunity to make cash donations to support active-duty service members and combat-wounded veterans and their families. Over the past several years, donations to the MCAP have supported the following programs, charities and troop-support initiatives:
If you would like to make a donation to the MCAP to help advance all the good works it accomplishes click here.
Helping Those About to Serve. The Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross is always in need of volunteers to serve on its Armed Forces Emergency Services Committee. One of the principal functions of this committee is to provide greeters for new recruits into the Armed Forces at the Richmond-area Military Entrance Processing Center at the Federal Building at 9th & Broad Streets in downtown Richmond. These Red Cross volunteers provide a brief overview of Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services to inductees from all service branches. The typical Red Cross volunteer is assigned for 1 - 2 hours on a given day, distributes Family Contact Cards and Red Cross wallet cards to inductees, answers any questions, and then collects and mails the completed Contact Cards to appropriate Red Cross Chapters and family members. Training for these voluntary positions is provided by the Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross. For a more detailed description of this volunteer opportunity click here.
We need enthusiastic volunteers to help make our Public Relations efforts timely and meaningful. If you are interested in joining in these service activities, call our Director of Public Relations COL James T. Rose Jr. at 804-276-6775 or by e-mail by clicking here.