Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)

Columbia, SC Chapter

PRESIDENTS MESSAGE

Welcome to your Columbia Chapter of MOAA. 2016 is here! Last year went by all too quickly, but some of the events will linger here for some time in the Midlands. If you recently moved into the Columbia area, just retired, or left the Service, please consider joining our Chapter. Our first meeting of this year will be on Saturday, January 30th, at 9 AM at the Fort Jackson Officers Club Ė our annual breakfast meeting. Our guest speaker, Bill Bethea, Chair of the Military Task Force and appointed by the Governor, will bring us up to date on the legislative process and progress on a Bill to exempt military retired pay from the State income tax. This has been on the docket in several years past, passed the House but hasnít gotten much traction in the Senate. Several studies from both Clemson and USC project that the State would attract an increased number of military retirees over the years, versus the loss of income taxes paid by the retirees. And this is due in part that military retirees have an above average purchasing power, could contribute to the work force, by in large do not need any increases in school systems, would purchase homes in the area, and have their own medical coverage. This is especially notable since the surrounding states, NC, TN, GA, and FL do offer the tax break to retirees. Please read more about the meeting in the attached January Newsletter. Welcome. We look forward to seeing you soon.

WARREN D BENSON

COL USA MSC (Ret)

Chapter President



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Columbia Chapter, The Military Officers Association of America

P.O. Box 290927
Columbia, SC 29229