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Advocacy

What is Advocacy?

“Advocacy means persuading people who matter to care about your issue. It is about getting listened to, being at the table when decisions are made, being heard by people who make decisions. It is about facing and overcoming resistance. It is about speaking and writing in compelling ways that make decision makers want to adopt your ideas.”

John A. Daly

The above is from Mr. Daly’s book titled “Advocacy - Championing Ideas & Influencing Others.”

Following are some major concepts from Daly’s book that might be helpful to us as MOAA members pursuing our advocacy agendas:

Communicate Your Idea with Impact - The message needs to be clear and simple. People recall less than 15 percent of what they hear in recent conversations - and one-fourth of what they do recall is inaccurate.

Know What You Want People to Know - Define the problem and state the solutions plainly. Keep it simple.

Stay on Message with Repetition and Redundancy - The “Mere Exposure Effect” states that the more often people see an object, the more positive they feel about it. Also, the “Rule of Six” means that people need to see a message six times to have the message ingrained. Use repetition, saying the same thing again in the same way and redundancy, saying the same thing in a different way, to restate your objectives.

Use the Primacy-Recency Effect - by starting your message with big important news and finish your presentation with a bang. Do not ramble!

Advocate Face to Face - It is vitally important to have face to face exchanges with decision makers. It is far too easy to ignore an email or letter. A firm handshake and eye to eye contact will get the attention you desire.

Seek questions - Questions will help you, as the advocate, to assess if your messages have been clearly understood. Secondly, questions will help you grasp what the decision maker thinks is important. Third, questions generate more time discussing the idea. Fourth, questions generate an opportunity for you, as the advocate, to prove your competency. Finally, avoid getting defensive or responding angrily.

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MOAA's Core Mission

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is the country's leading organization protecting the rights of uniformed servicemembers and their families. MOAA's constituents proudly hail from every branch of the uniformed services. To them, we have made the same promise that they have made to their country: Never Stop Serving.

MOAA's greatest mission is to improve the lives of those who serve and their families, which is achieved largely through the tireless advocacy efforts taking place in our nation's and state's capital. For more than 90 years, MOAA and its affiliates have supported legislation that benefits the uniformed services community and has remained equally vigilant when fighting to stop legislation that threatens our livelihood. The larger our numbers, the greater our voice.

* Take Action Center National MOAA Advocacy Efforts here.

* Open to the latest State of North Carolina Priorities and Advocacy Efforts here.

* For additional information to help build your advocacy program see the Advocacy Tool Kit, a joint effort of the Association of Public Health Nurses and the Military Officers Association of America.

On behalf of the 350,000 members of the Military Officers Association of America, thank you for supporting our advocacy efforts. It's because of people like you that MOAA is on Capitol Hill. Thank you for being the embodiment of MOAA's commitment to Never Stop Serving.

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Legislative Links

US Senator Thom Tillis, NC Senior Senator Member of four key committees:

US Senator Thom Tillis, NC Senior Senator

Member of four key committees:

Armed Services Committee

Veterans Affairs Committee

Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee

Judiciary Committee

Senator Tillis's Website

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US Senator Ted Budd, NC Junior Senator Member of four key committees

US Senator Ted Budd, NC Junior Senator

Member of four key committees

Armed Services Committee

Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee

Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee

Senator Ted Budd's Website

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3rd District - Gregory F. Murphey, M.D. Committees and Contact Information

3rd District - Gregory F. Murphey, M.D.

Committees and Contact Information

Committees and Caucuses

Ways and Means Committee

  • Health Subcommittee
  • Trade Subcommittee
  • Veterans' Affairs Committee

  • Health Subcommittee
  • Committee on House Administration

  • Oversite Committee
  • Congressman Gregory F. Murphey, M.D.

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    Senator Jim Perry Republican - District 2 (Beaufort, Craven, Lenoir)

    Senator Jim Perry

    Republican - District 2 (Beaufort, Craven, Lenoir)

    Chairman

  • Finance Committee
  • Member

  • Commerce and Insurance
  • Health Care
  • Redistricting and Election
  • Rules and Operations of the Senate
  • Senator Jim Perry

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    Representative Steve Tyson Republican - District 3

    Representative Steve Tyson

    Republican - District 3

    Chairman

  • Finance Committee
  • House Select Committee on Homeowners' Associations
  • Transportation Committee
  • Vice Chairman

  • Commerce Committee
  • Member

  • Banking Committee
  • Education - Community College Committee
  • Health Care Committee
  • Insurance Committee
  • Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House Committee
  • Representative Steve Tyson

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    4th Branch (Federal, State and Veteran Organization) - Sign Up Today

    4th Branch (Federal, State and Veteran Organization)

    - Sign Up Today

    The 4th Branch is a coalition of government employee and retiree organizations committed to

    leveling the playing field in North Carolina for ALL government retirees through fair taxation.

    4th Branch

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    NC Council of MOAA Chapters State Legislative Affairs

    NC Council of MOAA Chapters State Legislative Affairs

    NC Legislative News and Events

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    MOAA National Legislative Affairs Keeping Current

    MOAA National Legislative Affairs

    Keeping Current

    Make sure you're always in the know about Capitol Hill by signing up for MOAA's Legislative Update Take Action.

    Legislative Action

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