MOAA Virginia Council of Chapters Hosts 33rd Annual Congressional Appreciation Event

Retired Air Force Col. Steven Turner, Virginia Council of Chapters president presents Rep. Barbara Comstock with the Virginia Council of Chapters annual Legislator of the Year award.

Six members of Virginia’s congressional delegation joined more than 100 attendees at the 33rd annual Virginia Congressional Appreciation Luncheon, hosted by the Virginia Council of Chapters (VCOC) of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), at the Capitol Hill Club.

Congressional delegation members discussed key national defense-related legislative issues with leaders representing 16 MOAA chapters from the commonwealth. MOAA members expressed their gratitude for all Congress has accomplished this past year to support currently serving and retired uniformed service members, veterans, and military families and survivors.

The legislators in attendance included Reps. A. Donald McEachin, D-4th District; Bob Goodlatte, R-6th District; David Brat, R-7th District; Don Beyer, D-8th District; Barbara Comstock, R-10th District; and Gerry Connolly, D-11th District.

Goodlatte told the audience, “I want you to know I will continue fighting to ensure our nation’s military receives the quality of life they earned and deserve.” He continued, “We’re dedicated to ensuring our priority is to protect our freedoms and [to ensure] the people who do that are properly cared for and compensated for making such a sacrifice for themselves and their families.”

Connolly’s nephew, a Black Hawk pilot with the Massachusetts National Guard, recently returned from a fourth tour in Iraq and Afghanistan. The congressman praised MOAA’s legislative efforts in support of National Guard and Reserve issues by saying, “Your legislation recognizing parity is really so…

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