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Important Notice About The Hiring Freeze as it Relates to Veterans

Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-MA) has introduced legislation in the House to exempt veterans from the hiring freeze as set forth by Donald Trump’s executive order. The legislation is known as the Veterans Federal Hiring Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 1001).

The Bill dictates that notwithstanding President Trump’s memorandum or any similar executive actions, federal agencies may continue to fill vacant federal civilian jobs and create new positions for veterans and veterans preference-eligible individuals. Lynch said that because veterans make up more than 30% of the federal workforce, they are disproportionately affected by the hiring freeze and that it’s unfair to subject them to the hiring freeze because of their service to the country.

He explained in a statement: Our dedicated service men and women fought to protect our freedoms and defend our homeland. We are grateful for their service and thankful when veterans return home and choose to continue their public service by entering the federal workforce. President Trump’s federal hiring freeze not only hurts everyday Americans seeking a prompt response from a federal agency, but also makes it difficult for veterans looking for employment in the federal government across the country. Veterans have earned their hiring preference and I am deeply concerned that the federal hiring freeze will disproportionately hurt America’s veterans. Lynch also noted that hiring of veterans has been increasing. According to data from OPM, in FY 2015, federal agencies hired approximately 6,000 more veterans over the previous year for a total of 71,000 new veteran hires, and of those, 31,616 were disabled veterans.

Lynch also co-sponsored legislation introduced last month (H.R. 696) that would exempt the VA from the hiring freeze. The VA recently issued a memo which announced positions within the agency that are exempt from the hiring freeze.

Kind regards
David B. Lobb
COL US Army (ret)
SC MOAA Council
Cell: 1-803-270-8690

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We think it sucks that more Post 9/11 veterans have died by suicide than combat related fatalities. More than 20% of veterans experience severe consequences associated with PTSD that negatively impact every area of their lives. Less than half seek treatment for their condition. More than 1 in 3 women veterans experienced in-service sexual assault and suffer with PTSD. Consequently, there are more than 50,000 homeless veterans, rates of divorce for veterans with PTSD are two times greater than veterans without PTSD, and on average 22 veterans a day commit suicide. We make a real difference by providing direct support services focused on generating health promoting physiology and overcoming the negative consequences of traumatic stress.


  • Honor veterans and promote service to America
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  • Bolster health and prevent stress related illnesses and suffering
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  • Promote economic stability and veteran business development
  • Strengthen the spirit regardless of faith or no faith
  • Create a platform to share healing stories and inspire others 
  • Encourage people to become part of a caring community 
  • Support trauma recovery research
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  • Traumatic stress recovery coaching and education
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  • Retreats in the outdoors that engage an active lifestyle


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  • Telehealth delivery expands reach and overcomes geographic limitations
  • The Officers and Board of Directors serve in a voluntary capacity


  • Generous donations of caring businesses and people
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  • outreach events
  • Seminars to educate and inspire healing

Welcome to the Military Officers Association of America's MOAA South Carolina Council of Chapters Website

We are comprised an organization of 12 chapters located throughout the State and are part of the national association.

MOAA is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization. With about 370,000 members from each of the seven uniform services, we are a powerful force speaking for a strong national defense and representing the interest of military officers at every stage of their careers. Membership includes active duty, retired, National Guard, Reserve and former officers and their families.
Click on the links to find out about MOAA's purpose, history, leadership and membership (National, State and Chapter).

There you will find useful information on the following topics all of which provide good reasons why you should join our ranks:

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Employment Assistance,
Educational Assistance Program,
Retirement Advice and Assistance,
Military Officer and Today's Officer Magazines
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Please use the contact link below if you have any questions about our organization.

David B. Lobb
President MOAA-SC
COL USA (ret)
Cell: 1-803-270-8690
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Membership is open to active duty, National Guard, Reserve, retired, and former commissioned officers and warrant officers of the following uniformed services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
If you qualify and would like find out more about joining please contact us.

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MOAA is the nation's largest and most influential association of military officers. We are the South Carolina Council working on behalf of the twelve Chapters and their members located in our state.
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