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New River Chapter - All About Us
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* Our Mailing Address: NEW RIVER MOAA, PO BOX 1202, JEFFERSON, NC 28640

* The New River Chapter of the MOAA was formed in 2009 to support the National MOAA's goals and to serve the needs of military members in the counties of Ashe, Allegheny and Wilkes in North Carolina.

* We are a 501(c) (19) organization incorporated as a non profit corporation under the laws of North Carolina and recognized by the IRS as tax exempt.

* While we are non-partisan, we are proud of our relations with the elected officials from our community, locally, statewide, and nationally. All of them support our service men and women and have gone out of their way to participate with us in efforts on behalf of our military brethren.

* Our members include active duty, reserve, retired, and former officers who range from warrant to flag officer, and every rank in between.

* Our members are not only active in MOAA, but are leaders of local community businesses, physicians, educators and citizens who voluntarily serve in a wide range of local charitable or service organizations.

* Aside from the camaraderie that we share at meetings, our members continue the traditions of leadership that they developed in their military careers.

* We participate in our North Carolina MOAA Council of Chapters, and work in harmony with other local veterans organizations.

* In 2010, our chapter began supporting the Ashe County High School Junior ROTC program; in 2012 we also supported Junior ROTC programs at two high schools in Wilkesboro County one of which lost their ROTC affiliation.

* If you are a present or former officer, we are friends who have shared many of your experiences. As an active, retired or former officer of one of the seven uniformed services, you are most welcome to visit, and join the New River Chapter of MOAA.

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Navigating the New River Chapter web site
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Using your mouse:

* Left-click any menu choice in the left column of the "Home" page to be taken to that category.

* Mouse over the selection carat (>) in the category menu list on the left to expand the category's sub-menu...select a sub-menu item which will then open.

* Choose any of the navigation links in the sub-menu to learn more about MOAA, or the New River Chapter. The selection carats (>) also work within the sub-menu to expand on a desired topic.

* To return to the "Home" menu at any time, left-click the MOAA logo in the upper right hand corner of each page.

* If you want to have a printed copy giving a more complete description of the navigation instructions, follow the link below:

Print a copy:
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The Wall Murals of Downtown West Jefferson, NC
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The Wall Murals of Downtown West Jefferson, NC
Spring Wildflowers on Mount Jefferson
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MOAA 2010 Honorable Mention Award Recipient
The New River Chapter's Scholarship Fundraising Activity

* Looking for a great gift?

* Are you a resident of Ashe County, NC and want some postcards showcasing our beautiful town?

* Link to the entry in "News and Events" below to learn more about our award winning Scholarship fundraiser, named in memory of "Rear Admiral Scott L. Sears, USN."

Go to News and Events:
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Addressing service members by rank
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Addressing service members by rank
Officer (O 6) Insignia

- When sending a letter to a current, or former service member, it can be confusing on how to address a formal salutation, or how to abbreviate the individuals rank since the services differ...

- Oftentimes, the use of the wrong abbreviation - Cpt vs. CAPT, for example - can be off-putting to the intended recipient.

The attached document, from the MOAA National's Council and Chapter Policies and Procedures Guide, can assist with writing to service personnel.

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Rules for Rendering Hand Salute to the U.S. Flag
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From the Web site, Military.com

Not all military personnel may be aware of the law which allows retirees and veterans to salute the flag at ceremonial events. The below information is gleaned from the Military.com web site (also provided as a link at the bottom of this page):

* Traditionally, members of the nation's veterans service organization have rendered the hand-salute during the national anthem and at events involving the national flag ONLY while wearing the organization's official head-gear.

* The National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 contained an amendment to allow not-in-uniform service members, military retirees, and veterans to render a hand salute during the hoisting, lowering, or passing of the U.S. flag.

* A later amendment further authorized hand-salutes during the national anthem by veterans and out-of-uniform military personnel. The was included in the Defense Authorization Act of 2009, signed by President Bush on October 14, 2008.


Click here to open the military.com post.
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The Proper Way to Display the US Flag
Benefits Information
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Where can I get information regarding benefits for members or survivors?

* Go to the Benefits Information Pamphlet in the Documents section.

* The pamphlet contains information on:

County service offices

Family service centers

Social security

TRICARE and Medicare

Veterans Links

and much more!

Go to Documents:
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