- The Virginia Council of Chapters (VCOC) of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) consists of 16 MOAA chapters. As of January 2022, VCOC numbered 2174 members. VCOC MOAA members also serve in leadership positions on Virginia boards, commissions and councils and other veterans' organizations, such as The American Legion and Military Order of Purple Heart. VCOC is one of the 25 Veterans Service Organizations serving on the Virginia Joint Leadership Council (JLC), which pursues state legislation beneficial to veterans.
- VCOC works in Virginia to further the goals of national MOAA and the local chapters. By charter, MOAA and affiliated councils and chapters are nonpartisan.
- VCOC meets quarterly, with our schedule presented below. A Chapter "VCOC Rep" is designated by each affiliated chapter. The chapter President, VCOC Rep, Legislative Rep, and other interested leaders of VCOC MOAA are all welcome at VCOC meetings and events.
- On an annual basis, VCOC particpates in three legislative events. First, Advocacy at the annual Virginia General Assembly in Richmond. Second, MOAA National Advocacy in Action in DC. Finally, the annual VCOC Congressional Appreciation Luncheon.
- With the ongoing COVID 19 Pandemic, Advocacy may be virtual versus inperson, with the annual VCOC Congressional Appreciation Luncheon subject to cancellation or rescheduling.
- MOAA Policy Statement on Mileage Supplement for Council Presidents
- View MOAA Policy Statement on Mileage Supplement for Council Presidents here: Guidelines
- VCOC Budget Guidelines
- View the VCOC budget guidelines here: Budget
- VCOC Travel Reimbursement Request
- View the VCOC Travel and Reimbursement Request here: Reimbursement VCOC Awards Guidelines View the VCOC Awards guidelines here: Awards VCOC By Laws View the VCOC By Laws: VCOC By Laws Review of VCOC By Laws is now underway. Links to documents relevant to the review follow: 1. VCOC By Laws dated 15 October 2015
- 2. VCOC By Laws; Word Format
- 3. VCOC By Laws Changes; Sample Input
- 4. VCOC By Laws Proposed Changes dated 14 May 2022 Input from all chapters is encouraged, may be forwarded to COL Victoria Revilla, USA (Ret) at email@example.com MOAA Council and Chapter Policies and Procedures View the updated MOAA Council and Chapter Policies and Procedures Guide: Councils and Chapters Council Crier VCOC published a quartely newsletter, posted on this website under the Crier Newsletter. VCOC Goals and Objectives The overall VCOC goals and objectives are as follows:
- Improve legislative effectiveness, national and state
- Improve recruiting - members and leaders. What is in it for the member?
- Active public affairs - seeking to how we communicate internally and externally with all members, irrespective of generation.
- Improve vitality and excellence of chapters
History and Selected Accomplishments
- Formed in November 1975 at Ft Lee
- Richmond (1959), Hampton Roads (1959), Central VA (1971), and Southside (1971) - 1st Chapter Members
- Held 3 Day Biennial Conventions in 1980’s and 1990’s
- VCOC Congressional Luncheon - 1986
- Establishment of VCOC Legislative Committee - 1988
- Recommended Establishment of Coalition of Military Veterans Organizations -1989
- Recommended Funding of a Veterans Home and Cemetery - 1989
- VCOC Storming of General Assembly - 1996
- Funding and Construction of the Richmond and Salem Veterans Care Centers
- Funding for VA National Guard Family Support Centers
- Funding and Construction of 2 Military Cemeteries (Suffolk and Amelia) + 1 New Cemetery in Southwest VA
- Initial Funding of Wounded Warrior Mental Health Program
- Interstate Compact on Education for Military Children
- In State Tuition for Non-Resident Military Children
- Funding for the VA War Memorial Education Center
- One of Key VA Veterans Organizations to Advocate Formation of VA Dept of Veterans Services - 2002
- Recommended the Creation of a Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations within Dept of Veterans Services – 2002
Immediate Past President: COL Boyd Nix, USAF (Ret), (757) 846-6357, firstname.lastname@example.org
Committee Chairs Chaplain: LTC Ken Ruppar, (USA) Ret, (804) 639-0179, email@example.com Surviving Spouse Liaison:MAJ Sherry Ferki, USA (Ret), 757-630-5608, firstname.lastname@example.org TOPS Liaison Officer: Vacant Legal Counselor: COL Vince Cammarata, USA (Ret), (804) 338-8975, email@example.com Membership and Chapter Affairs: CDR John Prevar, USN (Ret), 703-340-9587, firstname.lastname@example.org Legislative Committee: COL Monti Zimmerman, USA (Ret), (703) 223-2211, email@example.com Public Affairs, Webmaster, Newsletter Editor: CDR Linc Smith, USNR (Ret), firstname.lastname@example.org VCOC Representative to Joint Leadership Council:COL Monti Zimmerman, USA (Ret), 703-223-2211, email@example.com VCOC Alternate to Joint Leadership Council: LtCol John Down , USAF (Ret), 434-286-8878, firstname.lastname@example.org Nominations Committee:COL Boyd Nix, USAF (Ret), (757) 846-6357, email@example.com