In pre-COVID times, our chapter met quarterly for lunch and a program. We also supported local veterans in several ways that provide hands-on opportunities for participants. Our programs have included preparing and serving meals at the Veterans Restoration Quarters (VRQ), a shelter for homeless veterans; supporting veterans at the Asheville VA Hospital, and conducting veterans‘ pinning ceremonies at the local Hospice facility. We also support 18 high school Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) programs throughout our area.
Our leadership is in-step with community guidelines for the safety of our membership and the veterans and others we support. We are constantly evaluating which activities can safely be re-started.
Our chapter has one satellite organization, the Smoky Mountains Satellite in Waynesville. Satellite members often choose to attend local events instead of coming to Hendersonville, which can be a long drive.
We are also proud of our efforts to support the Legislative Affairs program of national MOAA. We provide our legislators with MOAA‘s top issues to assist them in preparing to vote on national defense legislation.
We are a five-time recipient of MOAA‘s 5-Star Level of Excellence streamer recognizing our long time commitment to the goals and ideals of national MOAA.