Surviving Spouses New Virtual Chapter

By Diane Lochocki, Greater Cincinnati Surviving Spouse Liaison

     On March 5, MOAA’s board of directors voted via a special meeting to approve the MOAA Surviving Spouses Virtual Chapter. Membership for this chapter is open to surviving spouses of an officer of any U.S. uniformed service and to surviving spouse liaison representatives in MOAA councils and chapters. All virtual chapter members also are required to be members of national MOAA or the spouse of a MOAA member.

     On June 5th, at 8:00pm Gail Joyce called the meeting to order. 25 Members of the newly formed Surviving Spouses Chapter attended their first Virtual meeting. This group started with 13 surviving spouses and as of the meeting date there were 41 signed members. All branches of service were represented from 14 of the 50 states and one member from overseas.

     Gail stated, “The purpose is to provide a forum for surviving spouses across the United States to come together”. “We want to find solutions to problems we might be having.”

     One of the top goals is to connect with younger spouses. Since the group meets virtually, it makes it convenient for spouses, with children or a job, to participate without leaving home. By being a virtual grop we can reach spouses in remote areas and areas where there are is not a local MOAA Chapter.

     The group plans to hold hour-long virtual meetings every quarter. Next meeting will be in September . If you would like more information or to join us please send an email to

Last Updated: June 30th, 2018

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