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. We continue to support these programs, with appropriate modifications, and invite you to "check out" the updates in the articles following this one.
The programs we support include preparing and serving meals at the Veterans Restoration Quarters (VRQ), a shelter for homeless veterans and providing volunteer support to veterans at the Asheville VA Hospital. Additionally, we are a strong supporter of Honor Flight, which transports veterans to our Nation's Capital to see the monuments honoring their service, and the We Honor Veterans program, 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. Please look at the following pages to learn how we can "never stop serving" even in these difficult times.
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. WNC MOAA, like National MOAA, is a totally non-partisan organization; our only interest is in supporting active duty members, veterans and their families.
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.