The Military Officers Association of Sarasota, Inc. is an affiliate of the Military Officers Association of America, the largest and most effective association in the country advocating for veterans and active duty military members.
- We are a member of the Sarasota County Veterans Commission, and together with the many local veterans’ organizations support 70,000 veterans.
- We are a member of the Florida Council of Chapters, an organization of 44 chapters, with over 10,000 members.
- We are the link between state and county representatives and national MOAA affiliates, advocating for all military services active duty personnel and veterans’ benefits with our national and state legislators.
Our chapter is socially active and community oriented. We sponsor cultural events and concerts together with the Sarasota POPS which are open to the community. Our luncheons are held at Michaels on East as are special events. Our military gala in December is the highlight of the year.
Our luncheon programs feature speakers from military, city and county, and local organizations that hold interest for everyone.
We invite and welcome all uniformed service officers: retired, former or active duty, and surviving spouses of officers to our luncheons; ‘Meet and Greets’ held the second Wednesday of each month to remind us of the Happy Hour of old; and fun Yahoo (Young at Heart) events which can encompass anything from picnics, bowling, polo, kayaking, football games to much more.
For dates and information for events click on the link to our calendar.
Learn about our Support Our Troops (SOT) program, scholarships for High School students, tuition grants for veterans returning from active duty, JROTC support and much more by clicking on the FOUNDATION link.
MOAS, a non-profit 501c(19) organization, exists to improve the awareness, life style, and overall environment of its members; support and serve the citizens of the Sarasota area; influence the political process in matters pertaining to active duty, retired and former military personnel; and enhance the image of America’s uniformed services in our local community.
We are honored to be serving our community of over 85,000 military veterans and numerous Sarasota County school students for over 20 years. We provide numerous scholarships as shown on the photo below. Donations are always appreciated.
We have a very active group of leaders and we are involved in a various number of initiatives. We have a great relationship with the POPS, the Sarasota National Cemetery, the Community Foundation, and the Veterans Council.
We have our regular 3rd Friday luncheons at Michael’s On East, one of the premier dining establishments in Sarasota. We are continuing a 25 -year relationship with this restaurant.
We work with High School Scholarships and support the JROTC programs at our local schools. We will be working closely with SCF in their Veterans Support program, and we are undertaking an initiative to support a Service dog at SW Guide Dogs.
We would like your input regarding our speakers for the coming year. We have had some really great presentations, like the one from COL (MD) Mark Bowyer, who thrilled us all with his work on trauma surgery. We are open to hearing recommendations from our membership and will try to accommodate your wishes. Our members enjoy hearing from our local colleges, like Ringling School of Art and Design, our local leaders such as the Sheriff and the Mayor of Sarasota, plus we have military themed speakers to keep us informed about what is going on with our Active duty personnel and MOAA National speakers who let us know the status of applicable legislation.
Please enjoy our website and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to use the contact us button for more information.