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Welcome to the Citrus County Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) website. MOAA is a nonprofit veterans’ association dedicated to maintaining a strong national defense and ensuring our nation keeps its commitments to currently serving, retired, and former service members as well as their families and survivors.  MOAA is a tri-level organization with a Washington D.C. national organization level; a council level based in individual states; and a chapter level located in local communities.  There are over 355,000 members at the national MOAA level with 34 state or regional councils which have over 400 chapters.  Over 34,000 MOAA members live in Florida. The Florida Council of Chapters has over 40 local chapters supporting the tri-level system. 

I invite you to "surf" our web page and especially call your attention to our newsletter, the Bugler, which outlines many of the events we participate in as a chapter. Also note our calendar of events and if you would like to attend an event to "check us out" please contact myself or our membership officer. 

Citrus County has one of the largest percentages of veterans within a county population in the United States. Our chapter is active in key areas that benefit veterans of all ranks in our community.  Our chapter has four main purposes:

  1. Comradery with a purpose- our 80+ members have the opportunity to attend up to nine formal and informal events each year including six chapter meeting luncheons with speakers, a formal event dinner, a joint luncheon with a surrounding chapter, a picnic event and a summer luncheon event.  Our chapter has a personal affairs committee which communicates with members that have age related or health issues.

  2. Our chapter manages the “Veterans in the Classroom” program during the county’s November “Veterans Appreciation Week” where over 70 veterans give presentations to over 240 public school classrooms.  Our chapter also provides marshals for the Veterans Day parade and participates in in the planning sessions for the two week “Veterans Appreciation Week” program. 

  3. Our chapter awards, through a formal selection process, a $1000 scholarship to a high school JROTC senior.  We also donate $100 to each of the three local high school Army, Navy and Air Force JROTC programs.

  4. Our chapter participates in political representation for veterans of all ranks by meeting with local politicians, communicating with state legislators and visiting our U.S. Congressional House Representative during the August recess.

I welcome you to join and participate in our local chapter. For more information, please click on the “Contact Us” link under the Menu column of this website page.

COL Mark Bodenheim, USAR (Ret)

President,  MOAA Citrus County Chapter

“Never Stop Serving”