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Local veterans organization wins awards

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The Ark-La-Tex Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) was recently awarded three communications awards for their military newspaper, website and workbook.

These publications addresses personal affairs and survivor benefits for surviving spouses.

Vice Admiral Norbert Ryan, U.S. Navy (Ret.), president of MOAA, presented the local chapter the following Col. Marvin J. Harris Communications Awards:

  • Winner, Large Category, Print Newspaper – The Military Officer Newspaper, Col. Steve dePyssler, USAF (Ret.), Editor
  • 1st Runner-Up, Large Category, Web Sites – http://www.arklatexmoaa.org, Capt. David Jampole, USAF (Ret.), Webmaster
  • Honorable Mention, Large Category, Unique Communications – Col. Steve dePyssler, USAF (Ret.) created a Personal Affairs Workbook and Survivor Guide to Benefits for surviving spouses.

The awards are named after Col. Marvin J. Harris, USAF (Ret.), who served as MOAA’s Director of Public Relations from 1996 until 2011, delivering effective communications to both military and civilian audiences. Each year, national MOAA holds a Communications Award contest to identify those councils and chapters that do an outstanding job communicating with their members.

The Ark-La-Tex Chapter of MOAA has more than 1,500 members from all branches of the military.  The chapter hosts events throughout the year and remains active with Barksdale Air Force Base, including recognizing those who support the military, most recently honoring Sen. Robert Adley.  The chapter also recognizes Junior ROTC units and their outstanding personnel.  Last month, the chapter awarded more than 23 scholarships for $31,500 to Ark-La-Tex chapter member’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

For 75 years, MOAA has been serving those who serve their country.  Membership is open to active duty officers, Reserves and National Guard, former and retired officers and surviving spouses.  Visit http://arklatexmoaa.org/membership/ for more information on MOAA membership.