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1)  Tax Update

2)  Foundation: COVID 19 Relief Fund

3)  LOE Postponed

4)  Storm The Hill - Virtual


1)  Tax Update: The Status of 5 Key States

By: Amanda Dolasinski

JULY 28, 2020

READ Georgia MOAA President COL Paul Wingo USA (Ret) interview below!

Is your state still fully taxing retirement pay? MOAA National serves in an advisory capacity for state-specific issues such as income tax exemption. Please contact your local MOAA council as state legislation must originate at the state level.

Advocates in two states have pledged to keep pushing to exempt military retiree pay from state income tax after the COVID-19 pandemic halted efforts.

Proposed legislation in Vermont, where military retiree pay is fully taxed at the state level, would have provided a full tax exemption. In Georgia, a lawmaker proposed a bill that would offer a phased-in exemption.

[NEWLY UPDATED: MOAA’s Military State Report Card and Tax Guide]

Legislation on exemptions in both states stalled when lawmakers ended sessions early to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

In Vermont, state Rep. Daniel Noyes was able to get legislation for an exemption introduced by pegging it as an economic development strategy.

Noyes said the exemption, although decreasing state revenue, likely would have an overall benefit for the state because it would attract people who will spend money. It will also shore up the state’s aging workforce, which has been a challenged to fill emergency responder and firefighter jobs.

“Veterans are skilled workers who typically look for other employment opportunities after the military,” Noyes said. “This cohort of individuals coming out of the military is the kind of people we’d love to see immigrate to Vermont.”

There are about 3,900 military retirees eligible for a pension in Vermont. The average pension in Vermont is about $22,300, and state income tax can take up to 4%.

Vermont is one of the few states that doesn’t have a tax break for military retiree pay. The proposed move from full taxation to full exemption would mirror actions taken by North Dakota, which made the change starting with the 2019 tax year.

Georgia Update

Meanwhile in Georgia, lawmakers proposed two bills in an effort to give military retirees a tax break. The first, which may not be reintroduced, would grant a full, immediate exemption, while the second would phase in an exemption over 10 years.

State Sen. Zahra Karinshak sent a bill that would grant the full exemption, which was originally introduced in the 2019 legislative session, to the Department of Audit and Accounts for review. She has not said if she will refile the bill.

That bill could result in state revenue loss of $80.5 million to $131.5 million, with retroactive pay from Jan. 1, 2019, according to fiscal researchers.

In a similar bill, an exemption would be phased in by 10% starting at age 50 and increasing 10% until age 59, when retirees would receive 100% exemption.

Col. Paul Wingo, USA (Ret), President of MOAA’s Georgia Council of Chapters, said every MOAA chapter in the state has been actively pursuing lawmakers to approve the exemption. Coronavirus wrinkled their efforts, but they will keep going, he said.

“I have been reassured by my particular senator it will be reintroduced next year,” he said. “We’re confident it will still be on the table.”

Georgia is home to about 91,262 military retirees, according to a report. About 55% of those retirees were age 62 or older and already subject to a tax exclusion that is granted for all Georgia taxpayers in that age range.

Wingo said a plethora of Georgia’s jobs are near bordering states Alabama and Florida, which are appealing to veterans because of breaks on income tax. Offering an exemption on state income tax would entice more veterans to choose Georgia, he said. And, just like Vermont, Georgia is looking for educated, talented people to bolster its workforce, especially in classrooms, hospitals, and airports.

“All the states around us have exemptions, so we’re trying to convince (legislators),” Wingo said. “We know the revenue the state would normally receive would be overcome by the number of soldiers retiring that we can keep.”


2)  Emergency COVID-19 Military Family Support


THANK YOU Col. Arville Hickerson, USA (Ret)

Colonel Hickerson, a MOAA LIFE member, challenged the MOAA Foundation to raise $25,000 by May 5 to jump-start this campaign by offering matching funds. We are happy to announce that because of generous donors like you, we have reached our goal! Thank you again, Colonel Hickerson, for your continued support during this critical time of need.


As the nation endures the effects of the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the MOAA Foundation is focused on providing enhanced levels of support and services to those currently serving, veterans, and their families.

To meet the current and emerging needs of this community, and to get ahead of the demand, we established the COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Thanks to our donors’ unprecedented generosity, we have been able to help transitioning servicemembers and veterans and spouses who face unemployment by offering free virtual events – all the more critical in the face of staggering job losses – focused on every aspect of the job search and self-marketing process, facilitated by our MOAA Transition experts.

We are also happy to announce the disbursement of COVID-19 Relief Grants to MOAA chapters already supporting relief efforts for military and veteran families or caregivers in need of immediate bill-pay support due to the COVID-19 crisis.

As we look forward, we anticipate an increased need for the programs we provide year-round, and the MOAA Foundation hopes to fill any gaps that naturally arise during this difficult and unprecedented time.

With your help and support, we can continue to make a difference and provide financial relief to veteran and military families who need it most, but we need the resources to do so.



MOAA is working to respond to the evolving needs of our community of servicemembers, veterans, retirees, and their families. If you or your family have been affected by the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, please let us know about your experiences by answering the short questionnaire


Stay up to date on the latest government guidance and news reports regarding COVID-19.


Watch a special message from military mom and second lady of the United States, Karen Pence.


3) MOAA Postpones Levels of Excellence

Awards Ceremony

JULY 14, 2020

MOAA Postpones Levels of Excellence Awards Ceremony

Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our members and in view of the serious risks associated with large public gatherings for the remainder of the year, the Board of Directors has decided to postpone the 2019 Levels of Excellence Awards Ceremony scheduled for Oct. 23, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo.


As soon as alternate plans are developed to recognize our 2019 Levels of Excellence Award winners, you will be informed through MOAA’s print and digital communications channels and by your council presidents.


The fall board of directors meeting and the annual meeting of the MOAA membership will be held virtually the week of Oct. 19, 2020. Dates and times will be shared broadly as soon as our plans are finalized.

4)  Storm The Hill - Virtual


Your Virtual Storming ResourcesPreserving the Military Health BenefitStorming Events Move Online

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A Message From MOAA's President

Why pausing planned reforms to the Military Health System isn't enough.

Preserving the Military Health Benefit

Get the details on MOAA's work to stop a restructuring of military medicine that may limit your access to care.

Storming Events Move Online

Learn more about the cancellations, and find out how you can support continued advocacy efforts.

MOAA Honors Excellence

Learn more about this year's awardees and their work to help those in the military community.

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While the ongoing pandemic forced the cancellation of in-person events connected to Storming the Hill 2020, MOAA will continue its advocacy mission with a Virtual Storm highlighting the need to protect the military health care benefit earned by millions of servicemembers, past and present.


Check this website for Virtual Storm news, resources, and updates. You can download materials below, as well as find links to send critical messages to your legislators. 


Questions? Contact MOAA's Member Support Center at or call (800) 234-6622. To learn more about joining MOAA, click here.







Were you scheduled to Storm the Hill with MOAA this year? Storming team leaders have a role in this Virtual Storm; please click here for details (login required).

Formerly registered stormers can click here to download information related to travel reimbursement.   

Having trouble logging into the participant site? Please email or call (800) 234-6622.


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